Weekly News Bulletin: 26 March 2018

Memorial Ribbons
As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, in celebration of Elliot’s life, memorial ribbons have been made for students/parents and staff to wear in exchange for a donation to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. These are available at break and lunchtimes outside the main hall. If your son/daughter would like to make a donation (a minimum of £1) in exchange for a ribbon, please remind them to bring in some money.
Thank you.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

News from the Learning Zone
The Learning Zone has been busy this half term despite the best effort of the weather to scupper the fun.

World Book Day was celebrated a week late with book vouchers, quizzes and a story for staff and students to share for every period of the day.

The annual ‘Guess the Book’ competition was won by Cameron Macdonald in Year 8 for correctly guessing that the dragon on the Learning Zone door represented the book
‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. His name was pulled from a hat of many correct entries.

On Tuesday 13th March nine Year 8 students travelled to Essex Outdoors in Danbury for a very chilly presentation of the 2018 Essex Book Award, the winner was Stewart Foster for his book ‘All the things that could go wrong’. Stewart had coincidentally visited HRS on Monday 12th March to talk to Year 7 students about his books and what it is like to be an author. I would recommend this and his previous book ‘The Bubble Boy’ as great holiday reading.

Finally the Harry Potter Event has been rescheduled for Wednesday 25th April.
Mrs Sharon Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Year 7 MFL Exams
These will be held after the Easter break. There will be written papers for Listening, Reading and Writing and a short speaking test conducted by the class teacher. The format for these exams will be explained to students together with suggestions for revision. Please encourage your sons and daughters to go over the work they have done this year in both French and Spanish. Thank you!
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Year 13 Drama Component 2 Exam
Year 13 are completing their component 2 exam. Please come and watch their amazing monologues and their directed piece; ‘The Birthday Party’ in D04 on Tuesday 27th March at 5pm. Starring Jamie Murphy, Danny Wood, Eleanor Grant and Jacob Deakins – all welcome to this free performance.
Miss D Foster and Mrs S Stewart – Drama

Student Achievements
Three students from HRS have just returned from Orlando in Florida after competing in the Level 3 Senior Co-Ed Small Division Cheerleading at the 2018 UCA International Allstar Championships. Isabelle White, Paige Bone and Jamie Murphy travelled with 16 other athletes from the local cheer squad Oblivion Allstars. They were the only team from Great Britain in the competition and were up against some of the best and strongest teams from across north and south America as well as Internationally.

On day one of the competition the team were amazingly ranked 4th. However, they trained late into the night making minor improvements to the routine, putting on an extraordinary performance the following day at the Finals, scoring even higher than the first day, securing a 3rd place finish. The team also won a UCA summit bid and an invitation to compete in Las Vegas later on in the season.

Thank you!
Thank you to all the parents who supported the bar and tea stall which was organised by Sixth Form students at the recent choreographic competition.

The winner of the ‘Sweet Tray’ was Charlie Roe. The Sixth Form raised over £140.00 which will go towards their May Ball.
Mrs P Barry – Sixth Form Manager

News from Maths
Monday 26th March – Year 7 assessment
Students will attempt a paper which will require the use of a calculator so please be sure they have their equipment next week. Thank you to all the students who have logged on to the PiXL times table app which aims to improve their basic times table skills.

Also on Monday 26th March Year 10 students will be completing the conclusions for their GCSE Statistics coursework.

Monday 16th April – Year 10 will have a full Maths assessment. This will decide on setting and entry tiers for Year 11. After this they will be focusing on exam practice for the GCSE Statistics that they will sit in the summer.

Year 11 students have access to vle.mathswatch.co.uk which has videos to help them revise as well as homework tasks. They can also use PiXL maths app from a tablet or PC to give them instant feedback on topics.
Mr B Birss – Head of Maths

Child Protection
The following links have been placed on our school website to help keep children safe:
Pack containing printable leaflets around how to navigate the online world and keep your child safe

May we also take this opportunity to remind you that parents/carers/students can keep up to date with E-Safety and safeguarding advice sent out weekly by following us on Twitter @helenaromanes.

This week we have sent out the following E-Safety and safeguarding advice and information:

www.essex.police.uk/onlineCSE
• Parent guide for ASKfm by www.net-aware.org.uk
• Parent guide for google+ by www.net-aware.org.uk
• Parent guide for Instagram by www.net-aware.org.uk
• Parent guide for Minecraft by www.net-aware.org.uk
• Parent guide for Snapchat by www.net-aware.org.uk
• Parent guide for WhatsApp by www.net-aware.org.uk
• Parent guide for YouTube by www.net-aware.org.uk
• Parent guide for the social networks children use by www.net-aware.org.uk
http://www.breckfoundation.org/
• Indecent images of children – advice and guidance –https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/indecent-images-of-children-guidance-for-young-people/indecent-images-of-children-guidance-for-young-people
• Is She Legal? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdmRfzCvT7w&feature=youtu.be
• Signs of and unhealthy relationship – Snapchat example – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVFDtMX8N6U&feature=youtu.be
• Parental guidance on Snapchat by Childnet.com
• Advice and guidance on social media images of children from www.essex.police.uk/onlineCSE
• Parental advice and guidance about Instagram by www.essex.police.uk/onlineCSE
• Parental advice and guidance about Snapchat by www.essex.police.uk/onlineCSE

We hope you find these links useful in keeping your children safe.
Mr S Emberton – Lead Child Protection/Ms L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Coordinator

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 can now vote at the Tesco store in Great Dunmow until 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

Twitter
Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter @HelenaRomanes or follow our English faculty on Twitter English_HRS. You can also now follow the HRS Science department on Twitter for information, news and details of upcoming assessments @hrs_science.