Weekly News Bulletin: 11 December 2017

Early School Closure – Wednesday 20th December
Please may I remind you that school will close early on Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 12.45pm. Lunch will be available at break time for those students who would like to eat something. The school buses will collect students at 12.45pm to take them home.

Last Day of Term
On Wednesday 20th December we are inviting all students to wear something “Christmassy” in addition to their school uniform. They would then be asked to bring in an item of food as part of the Uttlesford Foodbank appeal (see paragraph below for further information). Please help us in encouraging your children to support this worthy cause.
Miss V Cheyne – Head of English/SLT Secondment

Collection for the Uttlesford Foodbank
As Christmas approaches here at HRS we have been thinking about those people less fortunate than ourselves. We have decided to collect for the Uttlesford Foodbank which provides food and other essential items when they most need it. There will be a collection box in the Learning Zone to take any donations which will be taken to Saffron Walden during the last week of school ready for distribution for Christmas throughout the area. The items required are listed below, if you can add an extra item in your shopping bag this Christmas we would be most appreciative:

Christmas 2017 Ideas:
• Sugar, tea, coffee, long life milk
• Shampoo, shower gel, tampons, shaving gel
• Toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes
• Chocolates, sweets and treats
• Pasta, rice, sauces
• Puddings. Mince pies, Christmas cake
• Tinned soup, fruit, vegetables, meat
• Long life juice, squash

For further information, please click on the following link: https://uttlesford.foodbank.org.uk/about/

Thank you.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Presentation of Certificates Evening
On Wednesday 6th December we celebrated the success of our students at our annual Presentation of GCSE Certificates Evening. In addition to last year’s GCSE students receiving their certificates, seven students received special awards for their achievements both in and out of school and those are recognised on the honours boards in the school hall. The award winners were:

• GCSE Academic Achievement Awards – Holly Grenville and Gus Barry
• The Helena Romanes Prize – Georgina King
• Trevor Philips Award for History – Gus Barry
• The Phillip Lawrence Award – Harry Briffa
• Gemma Marshall Award for Textiles – Meredith Thompson
• The Governors Prize – Madeline Howard

Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Bad Weather Arrangements
If we experience extreme weather conditions this winter and it is decided to close the school, we will advise parents/carers via our school website and also send an email.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Sixth Form Applications
Please may we remind Year 11 students that the deadline for applications is Monday 11th December 2017.
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Year 11 Parents’ Evening
We would like to remind you that the Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 14th December from 5.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m. This will be an opportunity to discuss your son’s/daughter’s academic progress at this important stage in their education prior to their GCSE’s next year.

Students are responsible for making appointments with their subject teachers and these should be recorded on their blue appointment sheet. I would be grateful if you could check with your child that appointments are being been made. Students are expected to attend the evening with their parents or carers.
Please note that parking is not permitted in the Leisure Centre car park. There will be spaces available in the school car park which can be accessed by turning right at the roundabout at the front of the building.

If you have not already done so, please complete and submit the reply slip that was recently emailed or reply to ymehmet@hrs.education to confirm your attendance.
We look forward to meeting you on this occasion.
Ms T Foulger – Director of Learning: Year 11

Year 7 Modern Foreign Languages
After Christmas the Year 7 classes will be rearranged into sets. These will still contain quite a wide ability range and we will cover the same work in all sets. The students will be informed which sets they will be in during the first lesson back after the holiday so it would be extremely helpful if they could bring in all their MFL books to that first lesson. They will be allocated their new classes/teachers and told which lessons will be for each language. Information for parents/carers will be written in the exercise books.

The Faculty will review these changes after a settling in period.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Drama Club – Cancelled
Please be aware that Drama Club on 13th December has been cancelled owing to staff running a school trip on that day.
Miss D Foster – Drama Faculty

Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award
Year 12 students will have an assembly on Thursday 14th December where they will be told about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Direct Entry Gold.
The cost of registration will be £55.

Additional costs will be incurred for expeditions and the residential section.
The skills gained will also lay the building blocks of an impressive CV, which will come in handy if students head straight into the workplace as well as for UCAS applications. It provides the students with a recognised qualification and makes them stand out above others.

Application forms are available from Mr Graves. Mrs Middleton will be available on the afternoon of Tuesday December 19th during DofE training to answer any questions.

Year 13 students can also start the award. They will have until the age of 24 to complete it.
Mr P Graves – In School DofE Coordinator

Christmas Music Concert
Please note the date for the Music Concert has been changed to the evening of Wednesday 13th December 2017.

Students will be showcasing their talents so please come and join us for a festive evening full of musical entertainment. The PTA will be selling refreshments throughout the evening.

Tickets, priced at £5.00, may be purchased online via ParentPay.
Mr P Charalambous – Head of Music

Child exploitation: Live streaming an ‘urgent’ threat
Please read the article below from the BBC regarding this growing and very real threat with potentially devastating effects. It is a serious matter which has already affected some children in school and it is essential that we all work together to keep our children safe.


Miss L Brammer – Child Protection Officer

Christmas Dinner
If your child has paid for a Christmas dinner on ParentPay please remind them to collect their dinner voucher on Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th December from the Main Office.
Mrs B Louth – Main Office

Young Photographer Competition (Year 7 to 13)
Are you a keen photographer? Why not take part in a competition?
PRIZE: £50 per category (senior, intermediate, junior)

Task – To produce a portfolio of three photographs based on the theme ‘A Different Perspective’ in colour or black and white printed on photographic paper no larger than A4 size (this can be arranged with the Art department for a small charge per print). Mobile phone photography can be used.

In addition, each entrant should provide a brief sentence of what each photograph represents in relation to the theme.

Further information is available from Mrs Duke in the Art department or Google Classroom with the code 6514bi. The deadline is 8th January 2018

Dunmow Art Group Pop Up Art Sale – Saturday 9th December 2017
10.00am to 4.30pm at Smylie Hall & Church, Felsted – Free entry.
Original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, cards, raffle.
Some of our Year 11 students will be selling their work at the event.
Mrs J Duke – Joint Head of Art

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