Weekly News Bulletin: 25 February 2019

Jack Petchey Award Winner – January
Congratulations to Oliver Rochford, Year 13 who has been selected as the recipient of the January Jack Petchey Award. Oliver was nominated by Mr Farry, Head of Sociology, for his incredible sociology A-level video related to ‘whether society should be responsible for its vulnerable people’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVAF-QLgK4s. Oliver’s £250 award money is to be used to purchase a digital document camera/visualiser for the Sociology department.

Sixth Form Guidance Discussions – 11th February to 8th March 2019
If your son/daughter has applied to HRS Sixth Form please remind them of their guidance discussion date; this information was sent to parent’s email addresses on Friday 25th January 2019. Year 11 tutors have also been given this information.
Thank you.
Mrs P Barry – Sixth Form Manager

Absences
Please may we remind parents/carers that absences of more than three days require medical evidence such as a doctor’s letter, appointment card, hospital discharge letter or a prescription container label.

These should be handed in to student reception. Alternatively parents/carers may take a picture and email these to the attendance officer.

Full details of our Attendance policy can be located on our website.
Mrs A Jenkins – Attendance Officer

Advanced Notice
We are delighted to be welcoming author Kate Wiseman back to HRS on World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Kate will be in the Learning Zone at break and lunchtimes to meet students and will be running two workshops.

I will be spending half term reading through the entries to the Story Writing competition, the winning entry will be read by the whole school on World Book Day.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Spanish Workbooks
If you have purchased a Spanish workbook for your child, please tell him/her to collect this from Mrs Newell in D109 after half-term.

Chinese Visitors
On Thursday 14th February, Helena Romanes welcomed 16 students and three teachers from the Yantai Foreign Language Pilot School – a city in the north-east of China, about 750 kilometres south of Beijing.

Year 9 played host to our Chinese guests who enjoyed lessons in a range of subjects including English, mathematics, science, RPL, citizenship and Spanish!

Well done to all Year 9 students who represented the school in such a positive way.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

County Lines Drugs Gangs
Please see the Guardian news article below regarding the use of social media by County Lines drugs gangs, to recruit children. There is further information about County Lines on the parents tab of our website under the ‘safeguarding section’. For students it is in the students tab under ‘keeping safe’.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/feb/05/county-lines-drug-gangs-blackmailing-tracking-children-social-media

Miss L Brammer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Child Protection Officer

School Buses
Please may we remind you that 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 the bus company 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

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

Essex Police Satisfaction Survey
We have been asked to publicise the following Essex Police Satisfaction Survey as widely as possible:

https://www.essex.police.uk/contact-us/public-engagement-survey/