Weekly News Bulletin: 3 December 2018

Christmas Music Concert
The Christmas Music Concert will take place on Thursday 6th December 2018 at 7.00pm.

Students will be showcasing their talents so please come and join us for a festive evening full of musical entertainment.

Tickets, priced at £5.00, may be purchased online via ParentPay or purchased at the door on the night.
Mr P Charalambous – Head of Music

Year 7 Christmas Carol Service
Year 7 students have been invited to attend a Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in Great Dunmow.

Following the success of the event in previous years, we will be attending the service on Monday 17th December, starting at 2.00 p.m. Following an early lunch, students will walk down to St Mary’s at 1.40 p.m. The students will be accompanied by teaching and support staff to and from the church and shall return to HRS for 3.10 p.m.

We feel that this is an excellent opportunity for the students to be involved in this event, however if you have any concerns with regards to your child taking part in the service, please let me know as soon as possible.
Ms T Foulger – Director of Learning for Year 7

Year 7 Christmas Disco
Students going on the South Africa Rugby and Netball Tour next year are hosting a Year 7 Disco on Thursday 13th December from 6-8pm in the Main Hall. The cost of the event, which is being supervised by PE staff, is £5 per student and includes a bag of sweets and a soft drink.

Tickets can be purchased through ParentPay from Friday 30th November to Friday 7th December. Tickets will then be distributed to the students during form time on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th December.
Miss N Hiscox – PE Department

Email Message regarding Online Sexual Abuse
Further to the important safeguarding message sent yesterday (see below), please note the email was sent with a personalised header which was specific to each parent. This in no way implicates your child’s involvement in the incident. Should this ever be the case then you would be contacted directly by a member of staff.

Incident of Online Sexual Abuse
We have been made aware of an incident of online sexual abuse, the victim being a fairly young child using the teen dating website ‘ourteennetwork.com’. Once the contact was made on that website, typically, the child was directed to Snapchat where the abuse took place before parents noticed a change in the child’s behaviour and intercepted what was happening. The matter is being dealt with by the Police. There was also evidence of use of an adult live sex webcam site called ‘chaturbate’. Please ensure your children are not using these sites.

Please be aware these incidents do happen – it is imperative that you monitor your child’s online activity on desktops, laptops and all mobile devices, and that all devices have security settings, and parental controls appropriate to their age. If you notice a change in your child’s behaviour, be mindful that they could be ‘in trouble’ or unsafe online.

If you are worried about your child, or any other child, please be reminded that we have a dedicated email address worrybox@hrs.education which goes straight to our Safeguarding Leads, Mr S Emberton and Miss L Brammer. We can also be contacted by telephone at the school via main reception.
Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher/Safeguarding Lead

Young Writers Award
Congratulations to Year 7 students Jorjana Fletcher and Luca Sexton who have winners in the Young Writers Award. Jorjana wrote a poem entitled ‘ Is Daddy Coming Home?’ and Luca – wrote a poem entitled ‘Luca’. Both have had their work published.
Miss D Miles – English Faculty

Thank you!
Students and staff who are going on the South Africa Rugby and Netball Tour next summer would like to thank the following businesses for their support with the tour:

• Dons
• Yelo Taxis Braintree
• Rebel Strength
• Taylor Wimpy
• SRC Aggregates
• Daisy & Co. London
• GKM Aerospace
• Hashtag Travel
• MPF
• P&A Wood

Mr S Figg – PE Department

Tassomai Online Science Study Programme
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Tassomai learning programme for Year 11 students.

Tassomai will be live for all our Year 11 students from Monday 3rd December for a free trial period over the Christmas holidays up until 18th January 2019 – just in time for the full Science mock examinations, where we hope students will see the benefit of completing their daily tasks.

Students will be given their log- in details on Monday 3rd December and will be able to start quizzing immediately. The following apps will also available for students to use on their mobile phones*

Apple devices:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tassomai/id1374847484?mt=8

Android devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tassomai.learner&hl=en_US

*Students are not allowed to access the apps on their mobile phones from 8.40am to 3.10pm during the school day as per the school’s policy regarding mobile phones.

Once the free trial period ends, Tassomai will continue to be available to all Year 11 students for a one-off payment of £18 through ParentPay. Please take a look at tassomai.com for further information.

Tassomai will be launched in the New Year for Year 9 and Year 10 students.

Mrs H Greaves-Park – Head of Science (Head of Chemistry)

KS3 and 4 Science Revision Guides
KS3 and 4 Science revision guides are still available and can be paid through ParentPay then collected from the Science Prep Room A block.
Mrs H Greaves-Park – Head of Science (Head of Chemistry)

GCSEs in Other Languages
If your child is able to communicate in another language, there may be an opportunity for him/her to achieve an additional GCSE in that language.

Students are normally required to be able to listen, speak, read and write in the language (although this varies slightly by subject).

The following subjects can currently be taken at GCSE: Bengali, Mandarin, German, Italian, Modern Hebrew, Punjabi, Polish, Urdu, Welsh, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Dutch, Gujarati, Latin, Persian, Portuguese and Turkish.

If you wish to know more about the possibility of entering your child for an additional language GCSE, then please contact Mrs Newell on vnewell@hrs.education as soon as possible.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Jack Petchey Award – November Winner
Harry Briffa has been selected as the recipient of the November Jack Petchey Award. Harry was nominated for the Award by Mrs Stewart, Head of Drama for facilitating the lower school drama club. Mrs Stewart said: “He has actually taken full responsibility for it on the days that Mr Gair has been absent. This is inspirational as a positive role model and for especially encouraging boys to achieve and make progress in the Performing Arts.” Harry’s £250 award money will be used in the Drama department.
Mrs K Hennessy – Admin Services and SIMS Manager

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.

If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals and would like a Christmas lunch on Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th December please let me know by Tuesday 4th December. They will still need to collect a voucher from me in the main office the day before the lunch.

Tel: 01371 878659/blouth@hrs.education
Mrs B Louth – Main Office

News from the Learning Zone
Please be aware that the deadline for our Scholastic Book Club has changed. The latest date you can place your order at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/the-helena-romanes is now December 5th 2018. If you haven’t ordered yet, why not take a look at some of the great offers across a huge range of titles. Every order earns free books for our school.

Overdue Resources
Currently there are books to the value of £795.78 overdue from the Learning Zone. Students in Years 7 & 8 are reminded during their Learning Zone lesson and we have emailed older students who have overdue books. All books are issued for two weeks and have the date they should be returned by stamped in the front. We will be setting up Overdue Loan returns on Show my Homework to help alleviate the large number of overdue resources. If a student has an overdue book they will receive ‘homework’ to return it. All books can be renewed for a further two weeks. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Foodbank Collection
Please send your items into school before Friday 14th December when we will be delivering to the Food Bank. Thank you to those who have already donated.

Items requested: – Tins of: ham, salmon, tuna, complete meals, potatoes, soup, and 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.
Thank you.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

School Buses
If you have given permission for your son/daughter to go home with a school friend on a school bus that they do not normally travel on, please ensure you check first with Dons Coaches or FlagFinders to ensure there will be space on the bus for your child. If there is space, your child will need to bring in £2 to give to the bus driver before embarking.
Student Reception

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

Information from Careers
For students in Years 11-13
First Intuition Summer Accountancy School Wed 10th & Thurs 11th July 2019
Designed for students in Year 11 onwards who are interested in a career in Accountancy.

Students from HRS attended this free Accountancy Summer School last year, and First Intuition, based in Chelmsford, would like to know if we would like to reserve any spaces for our students for next year. Final bookings won’t be necessary until next year.

Next year’s two day event will take place on the 10th and 11th of July and will cover the following:

• Introduction to accountancy
• Understanding various roles within finance and what the role of an accountant is within       the working world
• Routes to qualification including apprenticeships
• Interview skills
• CV surgery
• How to apply for roles in finance including writing cover letters
• Communication and office skills
• Practical exercise with an external business leader setting a task for students to work on in groups and present.

Any students interested in attending, please see Mrs Abbott in Careers. There is no need to commit at this stage!
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator