Weekly News Bulletin: 21 May 2018

Parent Governor Nomination
There is a vacancy for a Parent Governor on our school’s Governing Body and I am writing to invite nominations to fill this vacancy. For further information, please see the attachment below.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Year 11 Notice
Please be reminded:

• Study Leave begins on Monday 21st May 2018. Students should only be in school for exams or organised revision sessions
• Shirt signing must only happen on Friday 18th May and it must be on a separate shirt, not the ones that students are wearing
• Friday is a normal school day and students must conform to the school dress code, otherwise they will be asked to leave school or be isolated if this is not possible
• Phone cameras should only be used at the discretion of the class teacher for final class/group pictures

Ms T Foulger – Director of Learning for Year 11

Show My Homework Reminder
Please could we encourage you to make sure that your son/daughter are regularly logging into Show My Homework to check their homework. As parents, you also have your own unique login to check the homework. Please contact Mr Cooke if you need your login details.
Mr L Cooke – Senior Leader

Prefects
Year 10 students have been invited to make an application for Prefect or Head Boy/Girl. Students can obtain an application form from the DOL office opposite D112. The deadline for applications is Friday 25th May.
Mr T James – Director of Learning for Year 10

Year 8 Science examination is scheduled for Wednesday 6th June
In the lead up to the exam, all classes are undertaking a series of teacher-led revision sessions covering the content that has been taught over the past two years and giving students a chance to check their own understanding and progress in the topics studied.

In addition, all students will be set three separate homework revision tasks using the Collins Connect online resource.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs H Greaves-Park – Head of Science

Year 7 & 8 MFL Curriculum
In order to prepare for the Year 8 Curriculum in MFL, we would like to explain how the timetable may change for some students. Currently the students are taught in half year groupings. This will continue. The top students are moved into a ‘Dual linguist’ group and will continue to study two languages next year. This is seen as part of the stretch and challenge given to our most academic linguists and is decided by the department based on exam results and performance in class during the year. Other students will study just one language for the full 6 hours/fortnight thus enabling them to reach a standard where they are able to take advantage of a GCSE choice if that is what they want to do. Please discuss these choices with your child. As far as possible we will honour the choice your child makes but we are restricted, both in the numbers of students we can have in the top sets, and the remaining classes need also to be a viable size. While ‘over population’ of one choice has only occurred once in the last few years, we may need to adjust the sets and will consult you if this becomes necessary. Choices in Year 8 only affect options in year 9 to the extent that if a student is only studying French in year 8, then they would not be permitted to take Spanish at GCSE in year 9 and vice versa.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Athletics
The Athletics season has begun at HRS, and we have seen some amazing performances so far! We have seen students excelling, and want to congratulate our athletes.

Some of our students went to County trials last week, and we are delighted to announce that Innes Fullerton (1500m), Sadie Frater-White (1500m) and Emily Chittock (200m), have been selected to represent Team North-West Essex in June at the County Championships!

Last weekend was also the Essex Championships, which was an extremely hot day, but non-the-less saw our HRS athletes thrive! Congratulations goes to Sadie Frater-White (Year 8) coming 3rd in 1500m (time: 4 min 52.32) and narrowly missing a medal with 4th place in 800m (time: 2min 27.23). From this performance, Sadie has now been selected to represent Team Essex in October. The boys were also amazing, with James Chalklen (Year 10) and Innes Fullerton (Year 11) taking part in the 2k Steeple Chase, which saw both of them on the podium winning 1st (Innes) and 2nd (James) place in the U17 race.

This is an amazing effort by all of our students, and the PE department are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication!
Miss A Diss – PE Faculty

Year 8 Football: North West Essex Champions
The Year 8 football team took on Tabor in the cup final of the North West Essex championship on 15th May, bringing to an end a season of games against schools around North West Essex. All of the team worked tirelessly throughout the entire match after taking an early lead, only for it to be equalised twice during the game. The ‘never give up’ attitude took the team right to the end as they punched in two more goals against Tabor to win the game 5-2. Each student was excellent in all that they did and deserved to be winners. Congratulations to them, to their families and thank you to Mr James for his coaching and organisation.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 8

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
This weekend 43 Year 9 students will be doing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s practice expedition. There are three start points: Matching Green, Ford End and High Roding. They will start from their respective start point at 10 am on Saturday and finish on Sunday afternoon.
Mr P Graves – Head of ICT

Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair 2018
Our next major Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair is on the evening of Wednesday 10th October, at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH. Representatives from nearly 80 businesses, colleges and universities have already signed up for this year’s event, and they will be chatting to the 2000 students and parents who we anticipate will attend.

We are asking at this stage if you could come and join them, and talk to young people and their parents about your job, or get your business involved with the event. You don’t have to be a multi-national company to come along – young people love to talk to people who are doing a wide range of jobs, and you could make a difference to a young persons’ future by talking to them about the work you do.

We would like to thank those parents who have already agreed to be part of this special event, and for those who would like further information please contact
Tessa Pierre: Tessa.Pierre@jfan.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there.

Youth World Cup, Gothenburg
As I am sure many of you are aware, we have a team of Year 11 boys going to Gothenburg in Sweden in July to play football. They will be taking part in the Youth World Cup (https://www.gothiacup.se) where thousands of young people unite from all over the world in the name of sport. It is so cool and a really heart-warming experience to see so many young people from different cultures socialising and having fun.

This trip has been their incentive to really knuckle down and work hard academically this year. They have exceeded our expectations and have spent many hours both before and after school revising and preparing for all their exams. It has been such a privilege seeing them grow in confidence. Most significantly, though, perhaps, has been the development of their intrinsic drive and the realisation that the best reward for hard work is success.

Although the trip has been funded by the boys’ families, we are fundraising to allow for any extra activities (a trip to the archipelago…). Any small amount you could spare would be greatly appreciated. They are good boys and this is a good cause. Please click on this link to donate:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/vanessa-cheyne
Thank you!
Ms V Cheyne – Head of English

Mental Health/Emotional Wellbeing
The following are a useful set of safe, self-help resources, to support young people’s mental health/emotional well-being. All students will shortly be provided with a card with this information on, but it would be useful if you could remind them to use the resources please and perhaps support them to do so, if they need additional support.

• Kooth – online counselling & emotional well-being platform
• Big White Wall (for over 16’s) – support for/from community members with guidance by trained staff 24/7
• Zumos – online support. All students have been given a login. See Mrs Atkinson if you have lost yours
• Head Space – an app providing guided meditation and mindfulness
• Calm – an app to help reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and relief of stress
• Calm Harm – an app to help reduce the need to self-harm
• SAM – an app for self-help around anxiety management
• ChildLine – ring 0800 1111 (free call) to talk to a counsellor
• Samaritans – ring (free call) 116 123 talking support, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year
• OR – speak to any member of staff who will contact a member of the student welfare team
• OR – ask for help by emailing child protection staff at worrybox@hrs.education

Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Officer

Springbok Fitness Classes at HRS!
A new fitness class is now taking place at HRS. Springbok Fitness is held in D05 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Saturday mornings at 8.45am. The hourly classes cost £6.50 per session or £55 if you pay for 10 in advance.

Springbok Fitness is a fun way to get fit by exercising on mini trampolines to music! Booking is essential as there are a limited number of trampolines. Please click on the following link for further information: http://www.springbok-fitness.com/

Twitter
Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter @HelenaRomanes or follow our English faculty on Twitter English_HRS; for information about the Science department follow them @hrs_science and for PE fixtures, results and news follow them at @HrsPe.

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