Weekly News Bulletin: 26 November 2018

October Half-Term
Thank you to those of you who have completed the online survey regarding the two-week October half-term. If you have not yet done so, please may I ask you to complete the survey as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Mobile Phones
Please may we remind parents/carers of the school’s policy regarding mobile phones. These should be switched off at 8.40am (first bell) and remain switched off until students have left lesson after the final bell (3.10pm). It would appear that some parents/carers have asked their child to keep their mobile phone switched on so they can message them or contact them during the day. Please note this is not in line with school policy and any phone left on for this reason will be confiscated. If you have an urgent message for your child, please contact Student Reception on Ext. 235.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Year 12 Parents’ Evening
Year 12 Parents’ Evening will take place on Wednesday 28th November 2018 between 5.00pm and 8.00pm.

Appointments can be made by logging on to:

Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

• As far as possible, parents should attempt to book medical and dental appointments outside of school hours.
• Where this is not possible, an appointment card or evidence e.g. screenshot of an appointment reminder should be sent to the school Attendance Officer Mrs Jenkins (ajenkins@hrs.education) or handed in at student reception.
• If the appointment requires the pupil to leave during the school day, the pupil must be signed out by a parent and have a written note.
• Pupils must attend school before and after the appointment wherever possible.
Mr S McLauchlan – Senior Leader / Student Welfare Manager

Poetry Live!
Year 10 are invited to Poetry Live! This is a great opportunity to see poets speaking about their work live on stage.

Poets, who have contributed work to the Power and Conflict Anthology, such as Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy will be speaking on the day.

Tickets are still available at a cost of £28 paid through ParentPay. This price includes transport and the entrance fee.
Miss D Miles – English

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

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.

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

Year 7 Setting in Languages
Please note that Year 7 will shortly be taking end of unit exams in both French and Spanish. These exams will be administered within lessons. The results from these exams, along with the linguistic ability test taken earlier this year (known as the “Swedish Test”) will be used to set students from January 2019.
Mrs V Newell, Head of Spanish / Mrs S Roy. Head of French

Salamanca Trip, May 2019
There is just one place left on this trip – to secure this place for your child, please pay the deposit on ParentPay and submit the signing-up form as soon as possible.

GCSE Spanish, Exam Preparation Day, London, 1st February 2019
Year 10 and 11 GCSE Spanish students are urged to participate in this dedicated revision and exam preparation day which will enable students to gain invaluable insights into the exams and to practise exam techniques. If your child wishes to participate, then please pay the contribution on Parent Pay and submit the signing-up form as soon as possible.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Essex CAPI Service (Children Affected by Parental imprisonment)
This is a little known service funded by Barnardo’s, to support young people and their families when a loved one is either in prison or in the criminal justice system having been arrested, on bail, or due in court. Miss Brammer is the single point of contact for this service in school. If you would like to discuss a referral in confidence, then please contact her on Ext. 110 Tuesday to Friday or via email lbrammer@hrs.education.
Miss L Brammer – Child Protection Officer

Information from Careers
Chelmsford College are running a Showcase Information Event on Monday 26th November from 6.00pm – 8.30pm.

This is an opportunity for any Year 10 or Year 11 students to gain more information about the wide range of vocational courses on offer.

For more information about what is on at the different campuses, Moulsham Street or Princes Road, please visit the Chelmsford College website: www.chelmsford.ac.uk
On this website you can register your attendance in advance to Fast Track your arrival, or just turn up on the evening.

Courses for 2019/20 are now live for applications online.
If you have any questions, please contact the College Information Centre on 01245 293031, or email information@chelmsford.ac.uk.

Year 11 & 13 students – Apprenticeship Opportunity
Car Mechanic Apprenticeship opportunities – Taylor’s Service Centres, Dunmow
If any Year 11 students are interested in a career as a car mechanic and have enthusiasm for the car industry Taylor’s are looking to recruit two apprentices next year.

“Initially for us, at Taylor’s, we are looking for young people who have a mechanical mind, are good with their hands, have a love of cars or machinery and with plenty of common sense.

We would ideally like a couple of individuals to initially start as Saturday person/work in school holidays (this will be paid work) and then if they show an interest and feel this could be a career for them we could then enter conversations regarding a mechanical apprenticeship. An apprenticeship would initially start on a mechanical apprenticeship attending further education at college at Colchester Institute and then after successfully completing their first year/two years they could be moved on to a full JLR (JaguarLandRover) Apprenticeship. All the time working at Taylor’s and gaining hands-on experience.

In addition, for your Year 13 students they may want to take a look at the link below, this will explain Jaguar Land Rover and careers on offer.”

Year 13 students
A local Recruitment Agency, L B Solutions Ltd, in Ford End has contacted me and is keen to take on motivated and enthusiastic apprentices.

Their website is www.lbusolutions.co.uk

Also please find attached a recent job advert for a recently filled apprenticeship position,

They would very much like to hear from any of our students who are keen to go down this career path once finishing their A level’s.

Students please see Mrs Abbott in Careers in the first instance if you are seriously interested in any of these apprenticeship opportunities and would like to be put in contact with the companies.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Sick Child – When to Seek Help
The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards have put together a leaflet to help you recognise when to seek help if your child is sick.

Remember this is a guide, and as parents you know your child best; trust your own instincts. Please click the following link to access the guide:
Miss H Ellis – First Aid

Are you Missing Out?
A staggering £10 billion of Housing Benefit, Pension Credit and Employment and Support Allowance was unclaimed last year.

Around two million families didn’t claim their entitlements. Some could have missed out on £10,000 worth of unpaid benefits. Click on the following link for further information: https://mailchi.mp/turn2us/november2018_enews?e=29537e1636.