Weekly News Bulletin: 10 December 2018

Early School Closure – Wednesday 19th December
Please may I remind you that school will close early on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 12.45pm.   Lunch will be available at break time for those students who would like to eat something. The school buses will collect students at 12.45pm to take them home.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher 

Year 7 Christmas Carol Service
A reminder that 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

Presentation of Certificates Evening
On Tuesday 4th December 2018 students who took their GCSE exams in the summer celebrated their achievements at an award ceremony with family and friends where they received their certificates.  There was also a presentation of special awards and prizes (see below).

GCSE Academic Achievement Awards
These are presented to the male and female GCSE student who gained the highest top capped scores during the academic year 2017-18.
Winner – Lucy Turvey
Winner – Oliver Venner

The Helena Romanes Prize
Awarded to a student who has achieved in the face of adversity.
Winner – Bryony Peters

Trevor Phillips’ Prize for History
The Trevor Phillip’s Award for History recognises the achievement of an individual student from last year’s GCSE History cohort.
Winner – Megan Petts

Gemma Marshall Award for Textiles
In honour of Gemma Marshall who was a distinguished student at the school from 1995 – 2003.  Gemma went on to study at Winchester School of Art.  She sadly died in November 2006.  Her memory will live on through this special award.  We are honoured that Gemma’s parents Eddie and Jenny Marshall once again presented this award.
Winner – Stephanie Eaton

The Governors’ Prize
This prize is given to a Year 13 student to support their first year at University.
Winner – Kimberley White

Uttlesford Food Bank Collection
This is the final plea for donations to our collection for the Uttlesford Food Bank.  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

News from MFL
Spanish GCSE Student Revision and Exam Skills Conference
There are just 18 places left for this event which takes place in London on Friday 1st February.

It is a unique opportunity for Year 10 and 11 students to work through every element of the Spanish GCSE exams and to develop their skills in each task.

The cost is £42.50 (£25 for full-day the conference plus transport to/from school). Being mindful of financial demands at this festive time of the year, Parent Pay has been set up so that your child’s place can be secured by the payment of a £10 non-refundable deposit, with the balance due in the New Year.

Sign-up forms have been sent out previously, or your child can collect a form from Mrs Newell or Mrs Aldous.

For more information about the event as well as full details of the conference programme, please go to: https://www.keynoteeducational.co.uk/tours/gcse-spanish/

A-level Spanish
If you child is interested in studying A-level Spanish from September 2019, then please ask him/her to see Mrs Newell in D109 as soon as possible.

GCSEs in Other Languages
Further to last week’s newsletter, please note that 2019 will be the LAST CHANCE to take a GCSE in some languages. If your child wishes to take a GCSE in one of these languages, then he/she must see Mrs Newell in D109 before the end of this term. The languages concerned are: Dutch, Portuguese, Turkish, Persian, Biblical Hebrew and Gujarati.

Salamanca May 2019
A waiting list has now been opened for any student who may wish to join this trip if someone has to drop out.  To join the waiting list, please email me using the email title “Spain waiting list” and giving your child’s name and form details.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

GCSE Science Live Trip
Please ensure payment and permission forms for the above trip are returned to the Science Office by Monday 10th December.
Mr A Heinrich – Science Faculty

Year 11 Drama
Year 11 Component 1 exams will be held on Tuesday 18th Dec starting 5pm.
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Drama

School Shirts
Student Reception has an excess of donated school shirts.  If anyone would like one for a spare, please ask at Student Reception.

Lost Glasses
We have an increasing number of lost pairs of glasses in our lost property.  If your son/daughter has lost a pair, please ask them to check the lost property with Student Reception.

News from Careers
Apprenticeship opportunities
Local Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeship opportunity!!
Any Year 13 students interested in working as a Quantity Surveyor with Tamdown, who are an Engineering Services company based in Braintree, please see Mrs Abbott for further information.

This fully-funded part-time degree is at Anglia Ruskin University.

Career in Childcare
Are there any Year 11 students who would be interested in an apprenticeship at Saplings Nursery in Henham?  They are offering three apprenticeships, working with babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

The training will be towards an NVQ level 2 or 3 in Early Years, with links with local colleges and an independent training provider who can deliver the apprenticeship programme in-house.

Saplings have an Open Day coming up this Saturday 8th December for anybody who is interested in taking a look.  They are welcoming applications from not only school leavers, but also anyone looking to change careers.

Please see the attached flyer sent with this week’s bulletin for further information about the Recruitment Open Day.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator