Weekly News Bulletin: 12 November 2018

Sixth Form Open Evening
A reminder that our Sixth Form Open Evening for September 2019 entry will take place on Tuesday 13th November from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. There will be two speeches in the hall, the first at 6.00pm and the second at 7.00pm and teachers of all subjects will be available to discuss subject choices.

Online applications will be open from Tuesday 13th November and the closing date is Friday 14th December.
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

On-line Grooming Alert
We have been made aware by the parent of a 16-year-old boy that he was contacted in a grooming type manner, over Facebook, via an account using the name of Holly Holloway. The account has a profile picture of an attractive young female. The friends are all male and are a mix of much older adult males and younger “boys”. The account is clearly fake and the matter has been reported to both Facebook, by the parent and CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection) by the school. Although we do not believe any of our students are currently “friends” on this account, please monitor your children’s online friends and report any concerns to us straight away. This highlights the fact that it is not just girls who can be abused online – an important message for all.
Miss L Brammer – Child Protection Officer

Salamanca Trip – May 2019
This trip is open to any student studying Spanish in Years 8, 9 and 10.

There are just four places left on this trip.

If your child wishes to participate in this trip, then we would ask you to send in the signed form and pay the deposit on Parent Pay as soon as possible. A reminder that the deadline for signing up for the trip is Friday 16th November, unless all places are taken before then.

If you have already paid the deposit, please note that you must also send in the signed form before the due date. Please note that we must receive a signed, original form (emailed copies cannot be accepted).

Equally, if you have sent in the signed form, the deposit must also be paid in order to secure a place on the trip. If you have sent in the form but not paid the deposit, then the place may be allocated to someone else.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Essex Book Awards Launch
We were pleased to welcome Allison King from the EES for Schools to launch this year’s Essex Book Awards with students from years 7-10.

Students took part in a Drama Workshop based on the 6 books nominated for the 2019 Award.

Students will read the 6 books, vote for their favourite in March next year ahead of the Award Ceremony at Brentwood County High School.

Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze & Silver Training – Cancelled next week
Please note that there is no DofE (Bronze or Silver) training next week (13th November) due to all DofE staff being on a First Aid course. Meetings will resume as normal the following week (20th November).
Mr P Graves – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Please may we remind you that students are not permitted to wear nail varnish or false or acrylic nails or false eyelashes. Make up is not permitted in Years 7 to 9; from Year 10 make up should be discreet.   Students will be asked to remove make up if it is seen to be excessive.

Christmas Dinners
Christmas dinners will be served on Wednesday 12th December and Thursday 13th December in the Upper Dining Hall.

It is on ParentPay for students to purchase a meal on either day at £3.75 per day. The last date to pay for this will be Tuesday 4th December at midday.

If you purchase a Christmas meal for your child please let them know that they will need to collect a voucher from the Main Office the day before the meal and will need to show this to the catering staff when they collect their lunch.
Mrs B Louth – Main Office

Data Collection Sheets
We will be sending out data collection sheets for Year 10 parents/carers to check the information we currently hold is correct. The sheets need to be signed and returned to either Student or Visitor reception even if correct.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Visitor Reception

Uttlesford Youth Council is recruiting new members – Have Your Say
We will be holding elections to select new councillors aged 13 and above to represent the school and the community in which they live at District level.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage in local initiatives and issues that interest them and have a say in their future.

Youth Councillors will be expected to attend six full council meetings a year and take an active role in working groups established to address identified issues such as Mental Health and Social Media.

The time commitment for this will be around an hour and a half a week.

Transport to and from meetings, refreshments and training will be provided.

The Youth Council is currently working with Uttlesford planners to deliver a Housing Seminar on Saturday 1st December where young people can get information and feedback their views on the proposed house building program in the local plan.

The Housing working group is currently looking at housing in the future, working with District Council planners to give a young person’s perspective on the design and technology of the houses and communities they will ultimately be living and working in.

If you are interested in becoming an Uttlesford Youth Councillor please get in touch at youthcouncil@uttlesford.gov.uk.

Elections will be taking place in school in the coming weeks.

Careers News
An opportunity for students in Years 10 to 12
A National Healthcare Weekend partnering with Medic Mentor is taking place on the 24th and 25th November 2018 at the University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ.   (There will be further dates for March 2019 for Medicine & Dentistry).

Healthcare professionals from across the UK will be volunteering to present and network with students who are interested in:

• Medicine
• Veterinary Medicine
• Dentistry

It is a valuable opportunity for students to network with a variety of healthcare professions, learn about work experience opportunities and how to make a successful application.
Registration is £25 for the Saturday conference and there is an optional UCAS lecture available on Sunday for each specialty. Parents are welcome to attend; all costings for the event are shown clearly when you first enter the registration area of their website.
Students can register on the Medic Mentor website to find out more about the event and to register. https://medicmentor.co.uk (Look under Courses then National Healthcare Weekend.)

If you would like some advice before you register, please ring the Mentor helpline number: 01524 389772.

Medic Mentor has said that all proceeds from the weekend will be used to support our UK’s healthcare students with scholarships, elective bursaries, free training and educational initiatives.

Year 11 students
Cambridge Regional College (CRC) is holding an Apprenticeship Information Evening at their Cambridge campus on 27th November at 6.00pm. Register at wwwcamre.ac.uk/events if interested.

Please note: All apprentices need to be in a suitable job role to do an Apprenticeship. CRC are training providers who can give advice and guidance on how to get a job and work with employers who regularly want to hire new apprentices. Students need to ensure that they tell Mrs Abbott in Careers or Julie Kay the Careers Guidance Adviser that this is what they are looking for so we can also help with Job Seeking locally.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

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