Weekly News Bulletin: 14 January 2019

Message from the Head
Following my letter of 4th January 2019 announcing my early retirement at the end of the summer, I would like to say thank you for all of the kind words and messages that I have received from parents/carers. As I said in my letter, this has been the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make and I truly appreciate the support I have received from so many of you.

I look forward to continuing to work together with you and our students for the rest of this academic year.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

News from MFL
Year 11 French Intervention
Please may I remind you 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

GCSE Spanish Revision Conference, Friday 1st February 2019
There are just four places left on this trip so please encourage your child to sign-up as soon as possible.

At this event, students will spend a full day focussed on developing the skills necessary to achieve well in the GCSE exams.

The course is appropriate for all levels, both Foundation and Higher, and is a unique opportunity for your child to improve their understanding of the exam requirements and how to tackle the assessment tasks successfully.

This trip is open to students in Years 10 and 11 studying GCSE Spanish, The cost is just £42.50 (coach plus conference fee). Please reserve a place for your child by paying the deposit on ParentPay; if necessary, your child can collect a further copy of the sign-up form from Mrs Newell in Room D109 or from the administration staff in Room D107A.

Salamanca Trip May 2019
An optional tour of the Real Madrid Bernabeu stadium has been added to the itinerary.

If your child wishes to participate in this tour while on the Salamanca trip, then please pay the additional cost of £25 on ParentPay; if necessary, your child can collect a further copy of the sign-up form from Mrs Newell in Room D109 or from the administration staff in Room D107A.

GCSEs in Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Greek and other Languages
If you wish your child to take a GCSE in another language, then please ask your child to see Mrs Newell in D109 as soon as possible.

Please note that 2019 is the last chance to take a GCSE short course (speaking and listening only) and that some languages, including Dutch, will no longer be available at GCSE after 2019.

If you or your child has already indicated that your child wishes to take a GCSE in another language, then please return the relevant form (already supplied to your child) as soon as possible.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Vacancy
Chartwells, our catering contractors have a vacancy for a catering assistant. 25 hours per week from 9.30am to 2.30pm, term time only. Please email Jackie Holdsworth at 61677@compass-group.co.uk for an application form.
Mrs J Holdsworth – Catering Manager

News from Careers:
An opportunity for Students in Years 10-12
National Healthcare Weekend
A National Healthcare Weekend partnering with Medic Mentor is taking place on the 26th and 27th January 2019 at the University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ. (There will be further dates March 2019). Doctors, dentists and vets will provide invaluable insight and network with the students.

Medic Mentor is a social enterprise which mentors aspiring medics, dentists and vets from schools nationwide. With their help many have successfully gained university offers.

Day 1: Insight into Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary
Fourteen unique talks for each specialty looking at experiences from A Levels, throughout university and leading to life as a fully qualified professional.

Day 2: Medicine only UCAS Lectures
A full day of lectures covering work experience, personal statements, interview techniques etc. led by their team of doctors.

Dates:
19th-20th January Exeter
26th-27th January London
2nd-3rd March Birmingham
23rd-24th March Stirling
30th-31st March London
6th-7th April Cardiff

Registration starts at £25. Students from low-income backgrounds can attend for free. If you would like some advice before you register, please contact the Mentor helpline on 01524 389772.

Students can register and find out more information here: https://medicmentor.co.uk/national-healthcare-weekend/

All proceeds are used to support healthcare students with scholarships, elective bursaries, free training and educational initiatives.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Essex Police
Essex Police has the following events arranged for this month:

Coffee with cops
Monday 14th January 2019 – The Hub unit 17, Newlands Shopping Centre, Witham, Essex. between – 10am – 11am.

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 – Coffee Kavern, 26, Bridge Street, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1HT – 10am – 11am.

Drinks with community links
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 – Tesco (Costa) Stortford Rd, Great Dunmow CM6 1SF – 10am – 12pm.

Street Beats
Tuesday 15th January 2019 – Door knocking in Terling village alongside the fire brigade offering information and advice – 9am – 1pm