Weekly News Bulletin: 12 June 2017

‘Show My Homework’
Your son/daughter will be bringing the ‘Show My Homework’ login details home over the next few weeks.   Please download the App or login to the website so you are ready for the launch in September 2017.

Please continue downloading the Xpressions App to access information on timetabling;
achievement and behaviour points and attendance.
Thank you.
Mr L Cooke – Senior Leader

Year 7 MFL
This week and next, students are being asked to give their preferences in preparation for reorganising the groups for the Year 8 curriculum next year.   The dual linguists groups will be selected by the department from the highest achieving students this year.   Exam results, classwork, homework and teacher judgement will all be taken into consideration.

There will be one group of the dual linguists on each side of the year group.   After that it is our intention to run single linguists groups to allow students six periods per fortnight to reach their KS3 targets and prepare for GCSE options.   A single linguist taking French, for example, will not be able to opt for Spanish at GCSE because they will have missed the Year 8 part of the Spanish course.   Please note that a ‘preference’ is not a choice.   We will do our best to place students appropriately but the number of classes available, and the size of those classes clearly limits a totally free choice.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Year 9 Child Development Group
The external exam is on Thursday 15th June.   Please ensure that your child completes some revision over the weekend.  I will be completing our revision programme during the lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.   I will also be available during lunchtime and after school on Monday and Tuesday in D112 to offer additional help and support for any student who feels they need it.

May I take this opportunity to wish them all the best of luck, they have all worked extremely hard since September and I am very proud of them.
Mrs B Curran – Health & Social Care and Child Development

Year 11 Trip to the Gothia World Youth Cup
May I take this opportunity to say a big “thank you” to Precise Fire and Security Ltd for contributing towards this trip, allowing the Year 11 football team to participate in the Gothia World Youth Cup. The tournament is being held in Gothenburg, Sweden and is the world’s largest youth football tournament.

Precise Fire and Security Ltd’s generous donation has assisted the Year 11 students to take part in this tournament.

Helena Romanes School is extremely grateful for this kind gesture and greatly appreciates the contribution from this local business. This community spirited donation demonstrates the fantastic links that businesses in the local community have with our school.
Mr C Allom – Trip Organiser

French Trip
We have recently returned from a very exciting, enriching and enjoyable trip to Paris. Some of the students have been writing up their experiences of the trip and I have pleasure in sharing these with you below.
Mrs S Roy – Head of French

Saturday 27th May 2017 by Lucy Pickford and Jess Hass – Year 8
– After a breakfast of cereals, fruit, and croissants, we arrived at a market in Melun to test our French speaking skills. We asked the locals a few questions such as what do they like to do in Melun?

11:15 – The slight failure at the market didn’t dull the mood though, because we were heading to Paris! On the coach, we got a tour of some of the main monuments in Paris from our PGL leader, Dave.  Some of these included:

  • The Notre Dame
  • The Louvre
  • Hôtel National des Invalides
  • Eiffel Tower

 1:30 – after lunch under the Eiffel Tower, we boarded a tour boat to do some sightseeing on the Seine. We saw some monuments such as the Louvre and the Notre Dame up close and a lot of old bridges which were up to 400 years old. Since it was so hot (30oC) most of us went and bought ice creams from the stand afterwards.

3:30 – Next we queued for tickets to go up the Eiffel Tower. It was so hot and we had to get back in time for dinner at ‘Chateau de Grande Romaine’, so we only went up to the first floor. The view over Paris was amazing! Lots of us went and stood on the glass floor and took photos of the views. It was definitely worth the wait of queuing for tickets!

Disneyland Paris – by Hattie Brown – Year 9
Disney for me was probably the best day of the trip and I believe it was for most of the other students.  We did the usual morning routine of getting up and getting ready, then meeting and going to breakfast.   After we got on the coach and drove to Disney singing the whole way.   Once we arrived at Disney we got given our tickets and headed into the parks and went through security. To start with we all went into Old Disney and found our meeting point. Then we all went off in our groups to explore and enjoy our day.  The first ride we went on was the classic ‘It’s A Small World’.  We all really enjoyed singing along to that. The next ride we went on was ‘Thunderstorm Mountain’ which was really good and was one of the best rides we went on.

Then we moved over into New Disney. The first ride we went on was the Aladdin ride which we thought was a little boring and not very exciting.  Some of us girls went back into Old Disney and queued to meet and get pictures with some of the princesses. We then all went onto the Indiana Jones ride which we didn’t queue long for but would have been annoyed if we had as the ride was short.  After we headed back into New Disney and went on the Nemo inspired ride.  Out of the rides we went on we definitely thought this was the best.

At 5pm the parade started which was amazing, the floats were so beautiful and made so great.  All the costumes looked gorgeous.  Once the parade was finished we walked back to the coach after a wonderful day.

Business Studies Trip
The Business Studies trip to Cadbury World and Alton Towers takes place from Friday 16th to Saturday 17th June 2017.   We are due to leave school promptly at 8.00am on Friday.   Please may I remind you that the evening meal is included in the price, as well as breakfast at the hotel on Saturday morning.   The only spending money students will need is for lunch on both days.   The trip is both informative and fun and we are looking forward to another memorable two days.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the trip.
Mr S Hector – Head of Employment & Enterprise

Magical Evening – Friday 16th June 2017
We are planning a ‘Magical Evening’ on Friday 16th June 2017 at 7.00pm to help raise funds for the Year 11 Prom.

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 include refreshments, entertainment, a quiz, a 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.

This would make a fantastic Father’s Day gift and 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 acalcutt@hrs.education 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 us by attending this event.   All money raised will be used towards the extra special touches that will help to make the Prom a magical evening for our Year 11 students.
Thank you.
Mrs M Aldous – Director of Learning for Year 11

Sixth Form Summer Ball – Thursday 13th July 2017
Please can students who have not yet returned their consent form and/or bond cheque, please do so by Thursday 15th June.  All students who are attending must adhere to this even if they are over 18.
Thank you.
Mrs P Barry – Sixth Form Manager

Year 10 Occupational Talks Event
Our annual Year 10 Talks Event takes place on the morning of Thursday 15th June.  Each student has chosen three outside speakers they would like to listen to, from a choice of 19 different occupational sectors.

Please encourage your son/daughter to think of any questions they would like to put to the speakers.  Our visitors always ask for more student participation!
Thank you from Careers

The Giving Machine
Please may I remind you that you can raise donations for Helena Romanes School without even leaving your sofa.   And it doesn’t cost you a penny!

We signed up to www.thegivingmachine.co.uk. a while ago and HRS receives a percentage of money from each transaction.

By signing up and shopping online via The Giving Machine you will generate a free cash donation for us.   With over 2,000 of your favourite retailers, including  Amazon, EBay, M&S, Next, Tesco, Sainsbury, John Lewis and Ocado, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation for our school.

In order to start raising free donations please go to www.thegivingmachine.co.uk and follow these steps:

  • Click ‘join as a giver’. You will be asked to search for a cause. Type in Helena Romanes School in the search and then select from the list of results.
  • Click ‘join and support’ and then enter your details.

You are now signed up.

Make sure you never miss a donation and download the Shop&Give application https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/shop-and-give/

It takes just a few minutes to install on your web browser and means that every time you click onto a retailer that supports this scheme you will get a prompt asking you to donate.

They estimate an active online shopper could each bring in £3 a month in donations for their chosen school, so we could raise thousands of pounds for the school by just doing the online shopping we were going to do anyway.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at finance@hrs.education or ask for me at main reception.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs A Westcott – Finance Department

Ethnicity Request
Parents of Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 students, who have not yet returned the ethnicity request reply form, please do so as soon as possible.

This request is a requirement from the Department of Education and your cooperation is appreciated.  A further copy of the letter is attached with this week’s bulletin.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Visitor Reception

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