Weekly News Bulletin: 23 April 2018

Elliot Peters
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation for a memorial ribbon for Elliot.  Collections have also taken place at Tesco and are available in a selection of shops in Dunmow and Thaxted and I am very pleased to report that the total amount collected to date is over £5,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.  The ribbons will be available at break and lunchtimes outside the main hall until the end of April.  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.

At the end of term, Elliot’s mother shared a letter with me that she received from the NHS Donor Family Care Service giving information about the four people who have so far received an organ donation from Elliot.  Elliot’s mother is happy for me to share this information with you and to hopefully raise the profile of organ donation.

“A lady in her thirties received a kidney and pancreas transplant, this lady had been on the transplant waiting list for over a year and a half.  A gentleman in his forties received a kidney transplant after a wait of five years on the waiting list.  A little six-year-old boy received a lifesaving heart transplant and a gentleman in his sixties received a double lung transplant.  Elliot’s eye tissue has also been donated but unlike other organs, tissues are stored for a period of time before being matched and allocated to suitable recipients”.

I know that Elliot’s family have been given some comfort knowing that Elliot’s organs have been gifted in this way so I would like to share the following link with you to consider registering for organ donation if you haven’t done so already: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/register-your-details/ .

Thank you.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Year 10 English
All Year 10’s will be studying the “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” after the Year 10 exams as one of their GCSE English Literature texts.

The English Department has produced an A4 version of this text and are offering students the opportunity to buy a copy of their own to keep at a cost of £2.50. They will then be able to annotate and highlight the text during lessons and revision.

Students who do not buy a copy will still be provided with a text. They will not however be able to write in it and will have to return it at the end of the course.

If you wish to buy a copy, please pay the £2.50 cost via ParentPay as soon as possible. Copies will be given out to students shortly after payment has been received.

Any questions, please contact me at vcheyne@hrs.education.
Ms V Cheyne – Head of English

Drama Club’s Showcase
Please come and watch Drama club’s Showcase: Cluedo on Tuesday 24th April in DO4 at 6pm.   It is a free performance, all are welcome.
Thank you.
Miss D Foster – Drama

Homework is set to extend classroom learning, to practise language learned, for research e.g. cultural aspects, or to learn vocabulary or language rules.   Homework also gives the student an opportunity to extend their work (essential if they want to achieve the highest grades).   Homework is set in two parts each week; it is copied into their exercise books from the board and explained in class.   No one should leave the classroom not understanding what they have to do, or the date for submission.   Homework is put on ‘Show my homework’.

The maximum time students should spend on MFL homework per week:

Year 7 – 2 x 30 minutes (1 x reading/writing, 1 x learning)
Year 8 – 2 x 45 minutes (1 x reading/writing, 1 x learning)
Years 9, 10, 11 – 2 x one hour (1 x reading/writing, 1 x learning)

If a student is struggling to understand what to do, they should ring their homework ‘buddy’, see their class teacher or ask their parents to write a note explaining the difficulty.   None of these exempts them from doing the homework!   If they are spending much longer than the allocated time on their work, or they need extra explanation, please ask them to talk to their teacher or write a note to the teacher outlining the difficulty.   It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to find the teacher and get the problem sorted BEFORE the deadline given.   Communication is the key to preventing small problems from becoming big issues.

Thank you for supporting your son/daughter with their learning.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

News from the Learning Zone
The competition is hotting up for places at the Accelerated Reader Rewards Breakfast in July, so far there are six Year 7 Millionaire word readers and five from Year 8.  One of the Year 7 students has read over 2 million words.   Millionaires receive ‘Golden Tickets’ which are entered into a prize draw.

Reminder for those invited to the Year 8 Harry Potter event which was cancelled due to the snow day, this now takes place next Wednesday 25th April at 8.45am in the Learning Zone.

The School Shop sells stationery, calculators and Blue Ties at competitive prices and is open before school, break and lunch times and after school in the Learning Zone.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Summer Menu and PE Extra-Curricular Clubs
Details about the new summer term menu can be found under the ‘school information’ section of our website and the Summer PE extra-curricular clubs can be found under the ‘Extra-curricular’ section of our website.

Warmer Weather
Now that the warmer weather looks like it is finally on its way, please can students be reminded to bring in a water bottle to refill during break and lunchtimes.  Also, if your son/daughter suffers from hay fever and requires antihistamines, please can they be taken before they come to school.
Thank you for your assistance.
Student Reception

Upcoming Local College Open Events
Your son/daughter in Year 11 may still be undecided regarding their choice for Post 16 study, or Year 10 students may welcome the opportunity to go and have a look what is on offer locally.

Chelmsford College Spring Showcase Information Evening
Monday 30th April   6.00 – 8.30pm
Monday 25th June   6.00 – 8.30pm

The College will be showcasing their vocational courses.

Please register online at: www.chelmsford.ac.uk

phone or email for more information:  01245 293031     information@chelmsford.ac.uk

Harlow College Information Evening
Wednesday 2rd May   5.30 – 7.30pm

Information about Apprenticeships, Vocational Courses, A levels, HNC/HND’s, and Access to Higher Education courses.

Please see their website for more details: http://www.harlow-college.ac.uk/apply/open-evening

Cambridge Regional College Open Evening
Thursday 3rd May   4.00 – 7.00pm
Saturday 23rd June    9.30am – 12.30pm

All subject areas will be represented at the event.

Please pre-register online at www.camre.ac.uk/events

Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Xanax (Alprazolam)
We have been informed about an emerging trend of young people using Xanax alongside other substances such as cannabis, cocaine, alcohol and MDMA across Essex.  There has been a number of A&E referrals received by EYPDAS whereby young people have been admitted following accidental overdose of Xanax.

Xanax is a prescription drug that is used widely in the US.  It is not prescribed by the NHS so is being obtained in the UK from dealers and over the internet.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine.  This family of prescription drugs is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.   It is a depressive drug which means it has a “slowing down” effect on the central nervous system.  They limit our breathing and heart rate as a result of the suppressed neurotransmitters, leaving the body ultra-vulnerable to other substances.   Combining with other substances makes this a dangerous mix with potential fatal consequences.

Benzodiazepines are a particularly addictive type of drug.   In January 2017 a 20 year old male from Colchester died as a result of taking Xanax alongside MDMA and alcohol.

There have been numerous reports of young people requiring medical assistance following using Xanax so please be aware of the potential risks.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting and other symptoms.  If unsure or an overdose is suspected please call 999 for an ambulance immediately and follow advice.

Ms L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Officer

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme – Under the Microscope
Please may we send out a final reminder about the Tesco Bags for Help Scheme – Under the Microcope.  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.  Voting for this project closes on Monday 30th April 2018.

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

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