Weekly News Bulletin: 25 March 2019

Sixth Form Conditional Offers
Sixth Form conditional offer letters will be sent out next week to all Year 11 students who have applied to Helena Romanes Sixth Form and who attended their guidance discussion.   If your son/daughter does not receive his/her letter by Thursday 28th March please inform Paula Barry at pbarry@hrs.education.
Mrs Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Essex Book Awards
Nine students visited Brentwood County High School on Tuesday for the announcement of the Essex Book Awards.

15 of the 24 schools who took part were represented and the Hall was packed with students eager to learn who had won.

We met three of the shortlisted authors and heard how they came up with the ideas for their novels.   After a Question & Answer session the winner was announced…..S.M. Wilson for ‘The Extinction Trials’.

We were able to have the books from the Learning Zone signed by the authors present and enjoyed some refreshments before travelling home to HRS in the school minibus.  All of the books shortlisted are available to borrow from the Learning Zone.

Thank you to Ms Bedocs who accompanied us and Mr Fisher for driving the minibus.
Mrs Bird – Learning Zone Manager

GCSE Science day on Wednesday 17th April
The day will focus on the challenging areas of GCSE, how to boost grades and how to meet the demand of the questions for examination success in 2019.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from an external speaker, Alessio Bernadelli, a Science Subject Lead where students will take part in interactive examiner workshops to improve their understanding of all three sciences.

Students will get top level advice and guidance on how to answer Science questions well and pitfalls to avoid in examinations.   Students will take away a full set of notes with examination tips and example answers.

There will be four sessions on the day which will start at 9.30am.

The morning will be useful for all Year 11 Science students and will consist of sessions for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Students with aspirations to achieve grades 7-9 in either combined or separate GCSEs will then stay on for a final session on how to access the higher grades in examinations.

The programme for the day will be finalised shortly.   Places are limited to 100 students so please respond to the email sent out earlier this week to secure your child’s place.
Mrs H Greaves-Park, Head of Science (Head of Chemistry)

Year 11 ICT and Computer Science
The ICT and Computer Science department will be running revision sessions during the Easter holiday on the following dates: Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th of April in AO5.  All students are encouraged to attend.

CIDA (Certificate in Digital Application) Level 2 students will be expected to attend a revision session during the Easter holiday – date and time to be confirmed.

Note: Revision sessions are also running on a Tuesday lunchtime and after school in A04.
Mrs B Kuhnell – ICT and Computer Science

E safety
New resources, which are part of the ‘Step Up and Speak!’ campaign have been published by children’s charity Childnet as part of a Europe-wide project to tackle online sexual harassment carried out by young people.  Further information can be found by at the following link: https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

The attached guide to the Community Support Services in Uttlesford may be of use to some of you.
Miss L Brammer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Child Protection Officer

News from Careers
First Intuition Summer Accountancy School
This free two-day event is designed for students aged 16+ who are considering a career in Accountancy and Finance.

Dates: 10th – 11th July 2019 from 9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue:  First Intuition, First Floor, Aquila House, Waterloo Lane, Chelmsford  CM1 1BN

Tel: 01245 209900

Email: chelmsford@fi.co.uk

Website: www.firstintuition.co.uk

The two days 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 exercises with an external business leader setting a task for students to work on in groups and present.

Students can book onto the event using the link below:

Weston Homes Open Day
A reminder that Weston Homes Open Day this year will be held on Saturday 30th March 2019, from 10.00am – 2.00pm, at their head office in Takeley, Essex.

If you are considering a career within the construction industry, and would like to know more about their apprenticeship schemes, come along to the Open Day to hear about the wide variety of careers they can offer and what life is like at Weston Homes.  From Architecture and Construction to Surveying, Sales, Finance and more, they offer diverse career and qualification pathways.

The Open Day is suitable to all ages but you will need to be 18+ as of September 2019 to apply for their apprenticeship schemes.

Career stands will run all day and you will be able to attend a short presentation on the opportunities and career pathways available.  Staff will be on hand to answer any questions related to their business area and explain in detail what they do on a day to day basis.

To register your attendance, please visit:

Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator