We would like to remind parents that uniform expectations are detailed in student planners. All students should be wearing this uniform as substitutes are not acceptable. We are currently reviewing the whole school behaviour policy, including uniform, with the aim of communicating expectations to students and parents before the end of the school year.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher
Well done to the Year 9 Girls’ Rounders’ team who have won the North West Essex District Rounders’ Competition for the second consecutive year. The girls played really well and were a credit to the school!
Miss N Hiscox – PE Department
Congratulations to Jasmine, who is the UK’s number one Under 16’s figure skater and has recently been chosen to be the Sports Ambassador for Essex County Council for 2017/2018. Jasmine was awarded this title at a presentation evening at Hylands Park in Chelmsford where she met Olympic Boxer, Anthony Ogogo.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning – Year 7
Year 7 & 8 BAE Systems, RAF & Royal Navy Education Roadshow
We are delighted to welcome the above roadshow into our school on Tuesday 6th June for Year 7 and 8 students!
The Roadshow was devised in response to the Government’s acknowledgement that there is already a shortfall of ‘home grown’ scientists and engineers to meet the needs of the country and by capturing the interest of young people aged 10 – 13, we can hopefully increase the numbers that take STEM subjects and ultimately increase the pool of talent in years to come.
This year’s show is in three parts. Part one explores the world of drones, the technology behind them and the multifarious uses that they are currently put to and their possible uses for the future. Part two focuses on computing and control systems that all modern technology is built around. Fun creative demonstrations will demystify the subject for students and help embed learning that they will encounter in school. The final part of the show features a very special robot. Students will be given the chance to pitch their wits against our robot – no surprises as to whom we think will win!
Mrs Helen Greaves-Park, Head of Chemistry (Joint Head of Science)
Year 8 Science Exams
The Year 8 exam will be carried out in lesson time during the first lesson back after half term. The exam will cover the topics taught in Year 7 and so far in Year 8.
A summary of the topics students need to revise will be available in Google Classroom. Students need to check their own notes and use a revision guide or an online resource such as DocBrown or BBC Bitesize and use an ACTIVE revision strategy including note taking and self-testing. If your child is unsure or needs more help, please ask him/her to speak to their Science teacher.
Mrs S Fortenbacher – Science
Notice for Year 11 students
If your son/daughter is coming into school during the day or after school for a pre-exam revision session they must wear their school uniform. If they are coming in for revision during half-term they do not need to wear school uniform.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Miss M Ryan – Deputy Headteacher
News from Maths
Key dates for Year 11’s after half term are:
- Thursday 8th June – Paper 2 – Calculator exam
- Tuesday 13th June – Paper 3 – Calculator exam
Please help your son/daughter prepare for these exams by ensuring they have their calculators with them. If I receive any predicted paper information I will email it to students/parents to help with practice.
Year 10 – GCSE Statistics Exam This exam is a single paper calculator exam and takes place on Thursday 22nd June. The Higher Level exam is for 2 hours and the Foundation Level exam is for 1½ hours.
We have given students a guide to revise from with key words and examples of exam papers. Please ensure you check your child has their copy and they use it over half term to prepare for the exam.
Year 9 – Next Exam point is the week commencing Monday 19th June
Year 8 – Next Exam point is the week commencing Monday 5th June
Mr B Birss – Head of Maths
Year 11 Prom Fundraising Event – Friday 16th June 2017
In order to raise funds for the Year 11 Prom, we are planning a ‘Magical Evening’ at HRS on Friday 16th June 2017 at 7.00 p.m.
Our resident professional Magician (and RE Teacher), Dara McGrath, will be performing on the night. Dara is a talented and successful artist in his spare time and has wowed many of our students at recent school events with his magic. There may also be an opportunity to experience his magic at your table for an extra donation.
The evening will also include refreshments, entertainment, a quiz, a customary raffle and some auction items. We are very fortunate to have received an amazing offer from Ronnie Irani, one of our Year 11 parents and former Essex Captain and England Cricketer. He has offered to let us auction two 20/20 Essex County Cricket Club tickets with Corporate Hospitality (Food and Drink) at the CloudFM County Ground.
You would be accompanied by Ronnie on the day and as an added extra you will also be taken onto the pitch before the game to meet some of the players and Head Coach Chris Silverwood. This is a unique opportunity and tickets are always a sell out and worth a lot of money. The match and date would be subject to Ronnie’s availability and at his discretion but he will do his very best to accommodate the winning bidder.
If you are unable to attend the event on 16th June, we are accepting auction bids in advance. If you are interested, please email Annette Calcutt at email@example.com to submit your bid.
Tickets for the event will cost £8.00 per head and payment can be made via ParentPay by Friday 9th June 2017. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, as space is limited so please make your payment as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please support this event as all money raised will be used for the extra special touches that will help to make the Prom a magical evening too.
Mrs M Aldous – Director of Learning Year 11
The Learning Zone Books
The Learning Zone has currently issued 377 books to students; unfortunately 179 of these books are now overdue. I would be grateful if over the half term you could help your child to look for any books that belong to the Learning Zone and return them as soon as possible. Your assistance is very much appreciated.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager
Year 8 and 9 Chromebook One to One Scheme
We are pleased to announce the second opening of the portal to allow parents of Year 8 and 9 students to purchase Chromebooks through the scheme. We had a good take up through the first wave with nearly 100 devices purchased. There are three different login details, so please carefully check which login to use. The portal will remain open until 9th June 2017. Additional information on how the scheme works has already been e-mailed to all parents.
#1 Standard Log in:
To be used by all parents (unless criteria below are met)
#2 Multiple Children:
If you have more than one child in the school in Year 7 to 9, please purchase the first device using the Standard Log In above. Then, use the log in below to order the second device. This will apply the £100 discount to the second device.
Pupil Premium / FSM
If you are in receipt of free school meals, please use this log in to order. It will apply a 50% discount to the Viglen unit, or the equivalent amount from the Acer unit.
Should you wish to purchase your own Chromebook, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for the purchase of a Google licence for £19 that is necessary for the device to work on our system.
If you have any other questions, please contact email@example.com
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 7
Anglia Ruskin University Open Day
ARU are having an Open Day on Saturday 10th June at their Chelmsford and Cambridge Campuses. For more information and to book, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/opendays.
As part of their open day they will be hosting a free Funfair for students and their families to attend (Chelmsford Campus only).
For a full list of activities please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/communityevents and enter the date of the event in the search box.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Co-ordinator
Information for all School Leavers
Support from the Careers Department
Please may I remind you that Year 11 students can apply for more than one course or establishment, and evaluate their offers when they may have more confidence in their expected grades. We have encouraged all of our students to have “back up” plans just in case they are disappointed with their results.
All suitable Year 11 apprenticeship or job with training vacancies will be displayed on the noticeboard outside the Lower Dining Hall. Sixth form vacancies will be displayed on the noticeboard near the main door in the Sixth Form Centre. It would be to their advantage if your son or daughter gets into the habit of checking regularly.
I will continue to contact students, year groups and Parents/Carers by Group Call, email, and Google Classroom, particularly when local employers contact the school with vacancies. If I have been notified of their interests I will target students with suitable vacancies.
All students looking for Apprenticeships should ensure they register on the national apprenticeship website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk so that they can receive vacancy alerts tailored to their own interests.
Exam Results days:
A Level Results: Thurs 17th August 2017
GCSE Results: Thurs 24th August 2017
Julie Kay our Careers Guidance Adviser will be in school on the morning of 17th August and the afternoon of 24th August to assist any students who need support. She can follow up her attendance in school by phone or email.
I will be sending a School Leaver Information Fact Sheet to you which has been put together by Essex County Council with support contact details should your son or daughter need help once they have received their exam results. As I will only be working occasional days during the school holidays please use the contacts given on this sheet.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Co-ordinator
Live My Digital: Learning about digital living, together
The Girls’ Day School Trust has created ‘Live My Digital’, a unique video series to help parents help their children to stay safe online. The series consists of six short films for parents and six matching films for children to empower families to use social media safely and responsibly.
The videos look at the ways in which the internet and digital technology can be used positively by young people as well as identifying the potential issues they may face. The most critical themes in online safety today are covered including:
- The digital footprint
- Identity and self-esteem
- Relationships and grooming
- Security and privacy
We hope that the films, together with the downloadable online safety factsheets, will help encourage and support open discussions in your family about how to enjoy the online environment whilst staying safe.
You can access the videos here: www.gdst.net/livemydigital
We have been made aware of a new app potentially putting young people at risk by enabling them to FaceTime random strangers.
Please take time to look through the useful information regarding this and other apps via the following link: https://protectyoungeyes.com/content/monkey-app/
Miss Louise Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator
Now the weather is getting warmer, please ensure your child brings in a water bottle which they can refill at the dedicated areas around school during break and lunch.
Miss H Ellis – First Aider
Refer a Friend Today and Change a Child’s Life Forever
Essex County Council has asked us to share the following information with parents:
Therapeutic foster carers support children who have suffered trauma or neglect. Through patience, empathy, love and understanding they help children overcome their past and give them the chance for a better, brighter future.
This is specialist work, suitable for those with experience of working with young people, we offer:
Exceptional Training and Support
- A competitive financial package of up to £560 a week plus expenses
- A retainer so you’ll be paid regardless of whether or not you have a child in placement
- 28 days holiday a year
- Collaborative work with a team of professionals including education specialists, social workers and a dedicated clinical phycologist to carry out a personalised care plan.
If you know someone who you think would fit the bill then please share this message with them and make a positive difference to a child’s life today.
For further information you can call 0800 801 530 or go to the following website: