Weekly News Bulletin: 17 December 2018

End of Term Round Up
As we near the end of another term I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents/carers for your continued support through what has been a busy term for both students and staff.

I would like to thank parents and staff who responded to my request earlier this term for feedback about the two week October half-term.

The response from parents and staff was once again very positive so the decision was approved by Governors to have another two-week October half-term next year. I list below the holiday dates for the academic year 2019-2020:

Non Student Day Thursday 29th August 2019
Non Student Day Friday  30th August 2019
First day of term Monday  2nd September 2019
Half-term Holiday  Saturday 19th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019 (inclusive)
Christmas Holiday  Friday 20th December to Sunday 5th January 2020 (inclusive)
First Day of Term  Monday 6th January 2020
Non Student Day  Friday 14th February 2020
Half-term Holiday  Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February 2020 (inclusive)
Easter Holiday  Saturday 4th April to Sunday 19th April 2020 (inclusive)
First Day of Term  Monday 20th April 2020
Bank Holiday  Monday 4th May 2020
Half-term Holiday  Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 31st May 2020
Last Day of Term  Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Summer Holiday begins  Thursday 23rd July 2020

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.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a relaxing and restful time over the Christmas break.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Notice of the Annual General Meeting – The Helena Romanes School
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Helena Romanes School
will be held at The Helena Romanes School on Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 6pm in the Learning Zone. Please see attached agenda for further information.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governors

Year 7 Setting in Languages
After Christmas, Year 7 MFL lessons (both French and Spanish) will be re-arranged into sets. Set allocation is made on the basis of student results in the recent French and Spanish tests, as well as the linguistic ability test (commonly known as the “Swedish Test”) taken earlier this term.

In January, students should go to their first language lesson as normal where they will be notified of their set allocation and any consequent teacher/room changes.

Year 10/11 Spanish, Exam Preparation and Revision Day, 1st February
There are still a few places left on this revision day trip so please encourage your child to participate. It is an excellent opportunity to work through the structure of all the Spanish GCSE exam papers and to pick up vital tips for revision and exam technique.

Your child’s place can be secured by paying the deposit through ParentPay; the relevant, signed form should then be submitted as soon as possible.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Year 11 French Intervention
I would like to let you know that Year 11 French Intervention will now take place after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please encourage your son/daughter to attend as the next speaking mock exam is coming up soon. During Intervention, I can help with pronunciation, role play practice and general conversation in French.
Mrs S Roy – Head of French

If your child is unable to attend school you must notify us each day that your child is absent via the absence line (01371 878654) preferably no later than 8.45 am with the reason why your child will be absent. If we have not been notified of a reason for the absence, the school may contact you via Truancy Call, an automated messaging system.
Mrs A Jenkins – Attendance Officer

Uttlesford Food Bank Collection

Thank you to all of the students, parents/carers and staff who have donated items of food to the Learning Zone’s collection for the Uttlesford Food Bank this year. We look forward to delivering it tomorrow!
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Maths Faculty
If you are stuck for stocking filler ideas this year please consider a calculator, protractor, compasses and a ruler if your child doesn’t already have these items. Pearson Publishing also have a set of excellent EDEXCEL revision guides (blue is for Higher sets 1 & 2 and green is for Foundation and KS3).

Finally, please may I also remind Year 11 students that they have their final mock exams starting after the third week back!
Mr B Birss – Head of Maths

Dance Kit Orders
Thank you to all parents/carers who have ordered dance kit. The orders are now with the supplier and delivery will be after Christmas. May I take this opportunity to apologise to anybody who ordered their kit a while ago. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the ordering process we have had to wait for all outstanding orders to be returned before sending this to the supplier.

If your child takes part in dance activities at HRS and would like a dance kit please email the Head of Dance ; ljudd@hrs.education who will provide details and the order form.
Thank you for your support and patience.
The Dance Department

Year 7
Please may I say a big thank you to all Year 7 parents/carers for their gifts for the residents of Redbond Lodge and the Braintree Food Bank. It is lovely to see such generosity especially this time of the year.

May I also take this opportunity to remind parents/carers of Year 7 students that they are going to a Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in Great Dunmow on the afternoon of Monday 17th December.

Following an early lunch, students will walk down to St Mary’s at 1.40 p.m. in time for a 2.00pm service. 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 8
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this term.
The Year 8’s have been ‘GR8’ so far and are all working hard and diligently and making steady progress towards reaching their potential.

Year 8 reports go home on Friday 11th January so you will be able to assess your child’s progress. We also have Parents Evenings (for Lukin) on Tuesday 22nd January and (for Wells) on Wednesday 30th January. If you have any concerns you will be able to make appointments to see the teachers.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas and a very successful and exciting New Year.
Best wishes and thank you.
Miss W Gordon – Director of Learning for Year 8

County Lines Drama Production
Essex County Council Youth Strategy Groups and partners have jointly commissioned a countywide County Lines project for professionals, parents and community leaders working with young people.

They are offering a free training opportunity at a range of locations across the county which will cover the following:

• What is County Lines and how can it affect young people?
• The Grooming Process and how it can apply to County Lines
• The similarities and potential crossovers between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and        Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
• Where to go for help & advice

The events are free of charge. If you are interested in this training opportunity follow the link below:


Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Officer

Information from Careers
If any parents/carers would like to know more about how Apprenticeships work, please see the attachment below. This pack is produced specifically for parents by the National Apprenticeship Service.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Do you want to help inspire and lead young people?
Essex Police is currently recruiting for Volunteer Police Cadet leaders.

The national uniformed voluntary organisation is open to young people aged 13-18, including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion. The scheme aims to prepare young people for their future by providing activities and opportunities to develop qualifications, enhance inter-personal skills and confidence, and achieve a sense of pride through supporting community policing.

Previous experience in working with young people would be an advantage but is not essential. Training and support will be given. If you are interested, please submit your expression of interest to colin.cox@essex.pnn.police.uk. For further information about the role, contact Force Volunteer Cadet coordinator Neil Dibell on 101 ext. 110025 or 01245 491491.

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