End of Term News Bulletin

End of Term Round Up
It’s hard to believe that we are now at the end of our first term back at school!  It has been a busy term for both students and staff and I am sure that everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the Christmas period.

I would like to thank parents and staff who responded to my request earlier this term for feedback about the two week October half-term.

The response from parents and staff was once again overwhelmingly positive so the decision was approved by Governors to have another two-week October half-term next year.  I list below the holiday dates for 2018-19:

Non Student Days:  Thursday 30th and Friday 31st August 2018
First Day of Term:  Monday 3rd September 2018
Half Term Holiday: Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4 November 2018 inclusive
Christmas Holiday: Thursday 20 December 2018 to Thursday 3 January 2019 inclusive
Non Student Day:  Friday 4 January 2019
First Day of Term:  Monday 7 January 2019
Half Term Holiday: Saturday 16 February to Sunday 24 February 2019 inclusive
Easter Holiday: Saturday 6 April to Monday 22 April 2019 inclusive
First Day of Term: Tuesday 23 April 2019
Bank Holiday: Monday 6 May 2019
Half Term Holiday: Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June 2019 inclusive
Summer Holiday: Thursday 25 July 2019

Earlier this month we held our annual presentation of GCSE certificates event for students who sat their GCSE examinations in the summer.  The evening gave students and parents the opportunity to celebrate their successes and to be reunited with students who have left to go on to other destinations.  At this event our whole school awards were also presented.

We say good-bye to one member of staff: Mr MacLeod (Drama) has been offered a promotion at another school.   We wish him the very best for the future.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support this term and wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Notice of the Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Helena Romanes School will be held at The Helena Romanes School, Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 2AU on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 6.00pm in the Learning Zone.

Please see attached letter for further information.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governors

Join Our Science Club – Tuesdays from 3.15pm to 4.15pm in A09
Each half term we run a different six week Science Club.   After Christmas, we will be looking for 15 budding Biologists to join us as we explore the microbial world around us. The club will start on Tuesday 9th January and application forms will be available from form tutors on the first day back next term.   Spaces are limited to the first 15 students who return their slips to Mrs Greaves-Park in the Science office.

World Challenge Fundraising Quiz Night
The World Challenge team has organised a fundraising quiz night on Friday 26th January 2019 to include a BBQ, games and a licensed bar.  The cost of a ticket is £12.50 and will include a burger or hotdog in the price.

For further information about the event or ticket sales please email: worldchallenge@hrs.education.
Mr N Foster – World Challenge Leader

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.

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