Weekly News Bulletin: 8 October 2018

Rewards Trips July 2019
To encourage good behaviour in school, Helena Romanes run rewards trips each July. The criteria for students to attend is positive conduct points but less than 99 behaviour points (conduct points = total achievement points less total behaviour points).

You are able to keep an eye on both achievements and behaviour through the parents Xpressions APP. Qualifying students will be invited to select which trip they would like to attend just before the May Half term

Forgotten Items
To encourage our students to become organised, independent, responsible and resilient, we ask parents/carers to talk to their sons/daughters to ensure they learn to manage their own personal items. In order to support the school in this area, please may we politely request that parents/carers refrain from bringing items to Reception to be collected or delivered to students during the school day.

Emergency messages such as same day medical appointments will always be passed on as usual.

Thank you for your continued support.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Year 7 Science Club
Due to the enthusiasm of our students, the Science department has decided that the Physics modelling Science club for Year 7 students will start after half term.
The first club will be Wednesday 7th November at lunch time in A015.
We still have some places available so if your child is interested please ask them to return their application form to me as soon as possible.
Thank you
Mrs H Greaves-Park, Head of Science (Head of Chemistry)

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The first meeting will be in the main hall at 3.20pm next Tuesday, 9th October, rather than (as advertised) in A06, due to the numbers applying. At this meeting Mr Pearson will confirm those who have got a place (which he is increasing to 49 places); the remaining 16 will be on the waiting list. Students will be shown the PowerPoint presentation that should have been given at the Year 9 assembly, an assembly that we didn’t run because the number of applicants had already exceeded our limit.

It is important that all applicants attend the first meetings; experience from previous years shows that some students drop out within weeks and so students who are on the waiting list still benefit from the initial training.

There will be a parents’ evening at 6.30pm on 6th November and then for all, a practice walk from Great Easton Church for 5 miles on the morning of Saturday 10th November. This walk is led by our experienced DofE staff, with the students following a circular walk in groups of 7-9 and introduces the students to map reading, compass walk and gives them an initial understanding of what will be involved in the expedition weekends.
Mr P Graves

Learning Zone
Thank you to all those who purchased a book (or two) from the Scholastic Book Fair, we have been able to supplement the Learning Zone with some new books.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Food Lessons
Please could all students bring NAMED containers to school for their food lessons.
Thank you.
Mrs C Joubert – Head of Technology

Year 7 Languages
Students will shortly be completing a language aptitude test. This test is called the “Swedish Test” and was developed by the University of York to assist languages teachers when assessing students’ ability to recognise and manipulate linguistic patterns. This test will be administered during timetabled Spanish lessons over the next few weeks. The results of this test will be used alongside Key Stage 2 data and French/Spanish language assessments (conducted in class during late November/early December) to decide Year 7 setting in languages which will be implemented after the Christmas holiday.

Year 11 Spanish
A weekly support/intervention session for Spanish GCSE will take place every Friday lunchtime, starting 5th October. At the moment, this session is by invitation only but it is our intention to open up this session to a greater number of students in due course.

Please be aware that students will be completing the content of the Spanish GCSE course before October half-term and that lessons thereafter will focus on revision, exam skills and exam practice.

Revision techniques have already been discussed in lessons and all students attended specific revision guidance sessions on 2nd October. We would be grateful if you could support your child during the revision process by, for example, ensuring that they have the appropriate materials to assist their revision.

Many students benefit from using published revision materials and the following have been designed specifically to support the Pearson Edexcel course: “Revise Edexcel GCSE Spanish – Revision Guide” (ISBN 978-1-4469-0353-7) and “Revise Edexcel GCSE Spanish – Revision Workbook” (ISBN 978-1-4469-0351-3).

We have previously made these available to students via Parent Pay. Unfortunately, we no longer have any stock of the Revision Workbook but we still have a few copies of the Revision Guide. If you have already paid for a Revision Guide, can you please make sure that your child brings the payment receipt to Mrs Newell to collect their book as soon as possible.

You may like to note that the first real GCSE exams (the speaking/oral exams) will take place w/c 6th May 2019.

Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair – Wednesday 10th October 2018
There is now less than one week to go until the 2018 Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair.

As notified previously, the Careers Fair takes place from 5.00pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 10th October 2018 in Saffron Hall at Saffron Walden County High School and students and parents from Years 9 to 13 at all Uttlesford Secondary schools are invited to attend.

It is never too soon to start thinking about possible career progression options and with local, regional and national companies and Higher Education providers running stands and giving talks during the evening, this is a great opportunity for students and parents from all year groups to attend and to explore the career opportunities that exist. Many of the organisations present offer post-16 and post-18 and post-graduate progression opportunities so there will be information relevant to all students.

More than 80 exhibitors are scheduled to attend including: Lloyds Bank; Easyjet; Waitrose; Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrookes and The Rosie); Princess Alexandra Hospital; Microsoft; Mullucks Wells; Kier Construction – the list goes on and most major employment sectors should be represented. Higher and further education providers include: University of East Anglia; Essex University; Cambridge Regional College; Harlow College and Stansted Airport College.

This is now one of the biggest careers fairs in the region and we anticipate that the evening will be very busy. You are welcome to attend at any time during the evening, although some talks will take place at specific times.

A copy of the Talks programme and list of exhibitors can be found in the separate attachment.

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