Weekly News Bulletin: 19 October 2018

October Half-Term
I am currently looking at the term and holiday dates for 2019-20 and would welcome your views about having just had the two-week break for the October half-term. Please could parents/carers complete the survey sent out with the bulletin this week.

Once parent/carer and staff views have been taken into consideration, the dates for next year will then be agreed and set at the Full Governing Body meeting on Tuesday 11th December. Parents will then be notified of the dates before we break up for Christmas.

Please may we remind parents to not book any holidays for the next academic year until these dates have been agreed.
Thank you.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Scholastic Book Club
If you are looking for Christmas gifts please consider using the Scholastic Book Club, there are some great deals at the moment and if you log onto their website using this link the Learning Zone will be able to get some books for free http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/the-helena-romanes this offer closes on the 28th November to ensure that delivery will be before we break up for Christmas.
Thank you for your support.

Book Trust BookBuzz Programme
Together with Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund we have been able to offer our Year 7 students the chance to buy a book for the hugely discounted price of £1.50 from the Book Trust’s BookBuzz programme. We were delighted to receive six huge boxes containing the 230 books which we are planning on distributing during registration next week.

The 230 books from BookBuzz for Year 7 students.

Uttlesford Food Bank
This year we will again be collecting for the local Food bank in the Learning Zone.
If you can add an extra item into your basket to join in the real spirit of Christmas we would be most grateful.
Items required are listed below and should be brought to the Learning Zone.

Tins of: ham, salmon, tuna, complete meals, potatoes, soup, fruit.
long life fruit juice, custard, coffee, tea, jam, jelly, pasta & cooking sauces, Christmas pudding, savoury biscuits & crisps, boxes of chocolates, Christmas cake, yule log, Christmas crackers, part-baked bread rolls, mince pies, stuffing, gravy & sauces.

Please help us to help those who need it this Christmas.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Jack Petchey Winner
Luke Stubbs was nominated for a Jack Petchey Award by Ms Cheyne for “At a recent trip to London, a child fainted and was slipping in and out of consciousness; she lost feelings in her extremities. Luke worked closely with me to support the young lady. He made the phone call to the paramedics and took instruction on how to look after her until the paramedics arrived. He was calm and took instructions well. In addition to this, he gives up his own time each week to coach and mentor Year 11 football students preparing to partake in an international tournament in Sweden.”

Luke has been selected as the recipient of the October Award. Luke has nominated the English Faculty to receive the £250 contribution.
Mrs K Hennessy – Admin Services and SIMs Manager

Bad Weather Arrangements
Please be aware that in the event of school closure for example, through bad weather, local radio stations will no longer announce school closures. Instead parents will be able to see the full list of closures on the Essex County Council website. The page can be accessed using the link below and path:


In order to find this please go to the Essex County Council’s homepage at www.essex.gov.uk, and search for Emergency School Closures or click in to the Education and Schools area, click Schools, click Dates and click Emergency Closures.

The Emergency Closures page will update as and when notifications are received, therefore it is recommended to continue to check or refresh the page. As in previous years we will continue to also inform parents via our school website and an email will be sent via Groupcall Messenger.

Tassomai Online Science Study Programme
We are delighted to be launching an exciting online science study programme called Tassomai with KS4 Year 11 students this year.

Tassomai organises students’ independent revision and supports them in learning all the facts they need for the new 9-1 Science exams. It analyses performance and tailors its revision programme to the individual so they can fill any gaps in their knowledge and practice for their papers.

Most importantly, Tassomai reflects our GCSE Science specifications and is tailored to the exam board we are using, AQA, and the course that each student is studying (Trilogy or Biology, Chemistry and Physics). The programme consists of a number of multiple-choice tests that cover the various parts of the specification and has a progress tracker so that students and parents can see if they are on track; Tassomai recommends that about 15 minutes of the programme every day will keep a student on track with the pace. The programme is ‘intelligent’ and so tailors its questions to topics the student needs more practice on after an initial period of assessing secure and less secure topics. Unless you would prefer not to receive emails from Tassomai, they will send you a report each Saturday morning detailing progress over the past seven days so you will be able to keep an eye on the reports and encourage your child to log on frequently to keep their pace on track.

Students will have the opportunity to access the programme initially on a free trial basis for five weeks. After this period access will be available for a reduced price which is being negotiated at present. I will let you know once the price has been confirmed so that payment can be made through ParentPay.

Please be aware that this will take us and Tassomai a few weeks to set-up before students will get their log in details.

You can find more information at www.tassomai.com.
Mrs H Greaves-Park – Head of Science (Head of Chemistry)

Salamanca Trip, May 2019
There are just two places left on this trip which is open to any student in Years 10, 9 or 8 who studies Spanish.

This is a unique opportunity for your child to learn about Spanish culture and to benefit from an immersive language-learning experience.

To reserve a place, please go to ParentPay to pay the £100 deposit. The sign-up form should then be sent to me as soon as possible. If you need another copy of the sign-up form, then please contact me on vnewell@hrs.education.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Lost Glasses
We have had two pairs of glasses handed in to lost property this week. If your son/daughter has lost a pair, please ask them to check the lost property with Student Reception.

Friends of HRS
The Friends of HRS is looking for new members to take over and run the PTA as previous members have now moved on since their children have left to go to college/university.

The Friends of HRS help raise funds for enrichment of our School and to co-ordinate activities for school parents, families and the local community. It aims to bring together parents, teachers and others to raise money and to support the school. It provides an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal raising vital funds for the school to buy items not covered by the school budget.

Anyone wishing to join can contact Tracey Fullerton via pta.hrs@hotmail.com for further information.

Data Collection Sheets
Data collection sheets have now been sent out by post to 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 by Friday 23rd November 2018.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Visitor Reception

Christmas Dinners
A reminder that 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