Weekly News Bulletin: 26 February 2018

World Book Day
Thursday 1st March is World Book Day, we will be holding our annual guess the book title competition and the Learning Zone will be switching off our PCs and inviting students and staff to read during break and lunchtime.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Year 7 Sponsored Spell
The Year 7 students are taking their spelling tests this week and next to raise money for our sponsored children in Guatemala and Senegal. Money can be sent into school via Parent pay or brought up to the MFL Office in a named envelope. Thank you for your support!
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

PE Practical Assessments for Year 11
All students taking the following sports as an option must attend the following assessments:

Monday 26th February and Monday 5th March 2018
Badminton Assessment – Sports Hall

Tuesday 27th February 2018
Table Tennis Assessment (Gym)

Thursday 1st March 2018
Netball Assessment (Outdoor)

Miss N Hiscox – PE Faculty

Year 7 News
Following our Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in December some of our Year 7 students wrote about what Christmas means to them and some of their contributions have been included in this month’s parish magazine, Outlook. The page is attached for your information.
Miss W Gordon – Director of learning for Year 7

Date for Your Diary
The Choreographic Competition is taking place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th March. Sixth Form students will be selling tea/coffee/wine/beer/soft drinks and snacks before the competition begins and during the interval. All funds raised will go towards their May Ball.
Mrs P Barry – Sixth Form Manager

Year 8 Data Collection Sheets
Year 8 Data Collection Sheets were posted home in January and should have been returned before half term even if no amendments were necessary. If you haven’t already done so, please can the forms be returned to either student or visitor reception as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Receptionist/Admin

E-Safety Advice on HRS Twitter
There are regular updates on E-Safety each week via the school Twitter account. Please follow our account @HelenaRomanes to ensure you have access to the latest advice and updates.
Thank you.
Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme – Under the Microscope
Please may we remind you about the success of our recent application to Tesco for the ‘Under the Microscope’ project.

Customers will be able to vote at the Tesco store in Great Dunmow from Thursday 1st March to Monday 30th April 2018. Please help us to win the vote by placing the blue token given out at the checkouts in the HRS ‘Under the Microscope’ voting box at the front of the store.

The awarded money will be used to provide extra microscopes and equipment for use in lessons, science club and our open days. We want to inspire potential biologists, environmentalists and scientists by making science fun through opening up the amazing microscopic world around us. Using microscopes and gaining new microscope skills, our budding scientists will look at what distinguishes different materials like fabric and paper and discover what lurks in the likes of soil, water or a jar of dry yeast. Their curiosity will be limited only by their imagination….
Thank you for your support!
Mrs L Evans-Barlow – Business Manager

Careers – Open Events
Weston Homes PLC Open Day
Weston Homes are hosting an Open Day on Saturday 24th March 2018 between 10.00am and 3.00pm at their Head Office: Weston Group Business Centre, Parsonage Road, Takeley CM22 6PU.

The event will be for students and parents to gain an insight into the careers within construction, release the stereotype attached to the industry and promote the apprenticeships they have available to start in September 2018.

Please see below the potential career opportunities and stands available on the day:

Department Career Pathway Relevant subjects
Planning & Design Town Planning, Architecture, Urban Planning Art, Design, Geography
Land Real Estate Management Geography
Commercial Quantity Surveying Maths, Business Studies
Technical Architectural Technology Graphic Design
Engineering Civil Engineering Graphic Design, Engineering
Construction Construction Management Project Management

They will be advertising for applications for their apprenticeship schemes commencing September 2018 on Monday 26th March.

Please click on the following link to see more information: https://recruitment.weston-homes.com/Home.aspx?MenuID=kShPQyPKb6o=

Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

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