Weekly News Bulletin: 3 June 2019

GCSE Spanish Writing Exam
This will take place on Wednesday 5th June. There will be final revision and support sessions for all students in the Main Hall Period 3 on the previous day (Tuesday 4th June). All students should attend unless they have another GCSE exam at that time. Please can you remind your child of these details.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Theatre Trip
There are spaces on the ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ trip – available for drama students in years 9 to 13.  We will be meeting at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford at 7pm and it finishes at approximately 10.30pm.  Please see Mrs Stewart for a letter in D02.  Non-drama students are also welcome to attend!
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Drama

Year 10 Occupational Talks Event
Our annual Year 10 Talks Event is on the morning of Thursday 13th June.  Each student has chosen three outside speakers they would like to listen to, from a choice of 17 different occupational sectors.

Please encourage your son/daughter to think of any questions they would like to put to the speakers.  Our visitors always ask for more student participation!
Thank you from the Careers Department

Learning Zone News
We are delighted to be able to invite 12 students in Years 7 and 8 to visit the Harry Potter Experience, eligibility was for students who have read the most words this half term. These 12 students have read a staggering 6,113,725 words since we came back to school from the Easter holiday.   Eight students are from Year 7 and four are from Year 8.  Look out for the email invitation with all the details.

Lost/Missing Books
As with every holiday we ask that if you come across a Learning Zone book under a bed or on a window sill please pop it into a school bag to be returned to the Learning Zone after half term, we have 91 overdue books.   Your help in repatriating them is greatly appreciated.

On Friday 14th June the author G.E Strong will be visiting HRS to speak to Year 8 students in assembly and running workshops in the Learning Zone through the morning. Signed copies of his book will be available to purchase through Parent Pay at discounted price, more details to follow.

Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Lost Property
A couple of rings have been handed in to Lost Property.  If your son/daughter has lost one, please ask them to go to Student Reception.

South Africa Rugby & Netball Tour
With just over seven weeks until 45 of our Year 10 and 11 students depart for the shores of South Africa; there are a number of very excited students here at HRS. The students have worked really hard along with the staff and the parents committee to raise money towards excursions tour kit. The Tour departs for Johannesburg on Sunday 21st July 2019.  In addition to playing fixtures against local schools, students will get the opportunity to go on a safari and experience the culture in Johannesburg before they travel to Cape Town via the city of George playing more fixtures and experiencing the vastly different culture there. They will return to the UK on Friday 2nd August.

The students, staff and members of the parent committee would like to thank the following local businesses for their wonderful generosity and kind sponsorship to help this become a reality:

Yelo Taxi Braintree, Dons of Dunmow,  Dunmow Round Table, Rebel Strength Dunmow,  Taylor Wimpy, SRC Group, Daisy & Co. London, GKM Aerospace, Hashtag Travel Dunmow, MFP Marketing and P&A Wood.
Mr S Figg – PE Department

Essex Pride 2019
On behalf of the LGBTQ+ group all are welcome to attend the Essex Pride 2019 event in Central Park, Chelmsford on Saturday 15th June 2019. Tickets are on sale via the internet.
Ms W Gordon – Director of Learning for Year 8

Child Exploitation
The Essex Safeguarding Children Board in partnership with The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s are delivering the following events across Essex for parents and carers to learn more about:  criminal and sexual exploitation; children that go missing, gangs and youth violence, trafficking, and online sexual abuse.

  • 8th June, Chelmsford Library, 10 – 4pm
  • 15th June, Harlow Playhouse, 10 – 4pm
  • 10th August, Basildon Council Offices, 10 – 4pm
  • 7th November, Clacton-on-Sea Princes Theatre, 12 – 7pm

These full day events will be a chance for parents/carers and wider members of the community to drop by and speak to a range of professionals, to interact with a selection of stalls advertising organisations across Essex and nationally that provide support to parents and carers.  There will also be a number of brief time-tabled talks throughout the day which parents and carers can pre-book in advance to attend, or just attend on the day (subject to seat availability).   The talks will include subjects on: the online world; grooming and what to look out for; gangs awareness; and a case study from Essex Police.

Information on the day and access to the booking system for attending specific talks is available on:  www.escb.co.uk/exploitation.

Shout – for support in a Crisis
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. They take people from crisis to calm every single day.

Shout exists in the US as ‘Crisis Text Line’, but this is the first time the tried and tested technology has come to the UK.

The anonymised data they collate gives them unique insights into mental health trends to help improve people’s lives.  Click the following link for the new crisis mental health support: https://www.giveusashout.org/.
Miss L Brammer | Deputy Safeguarding Lead/Child Protection Officer

Parent Event: Gangs and Youth Violence Awareness Session by Essex Safeguarding Children Board/The Children’s Society/Barnardo’s

Date:              Saturday 15 June 2019
Time:              11:10 – 11:40
Venue:            Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, CM20 1LS
Cost:               The event is free

This session is NOT designed to tell you how to parent, all children are different and despite their backgrounds, many fall into crime, violence and gangs.

The aim is to raise your awareness of current trends in serious youth violence and gangs, signs to look out for, how drug gangs operate, what to do in a crisis and personal testimony.

This session will open your eyes to the hidden truths behind the general stereotypes we all too often hear and see on the news.   Personal testimony will bring the real life element to this session, ensuring you leave feeling confident to spot signs and protect your children from the perils of drug dealing, knife crime and gangs.

Gavin McKenna is the Founder of ‘Reach Every Generation LTD’. Gavin has journeyed from gang membership in London to born again Christian, using his past life experiences to set about influencing societal change. Gavin has quickly established himself as a leading figure in combating gang culture.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parent-events-gangs-and-youth-violence-awareness-session-tickets-59776392800.

SEND Provision in Uttlesford
Uttlesford is assessing current SEND provision and support available to families.

If you have a child with additional needs in your family please complete the attached questionnaire and contact Dawn Wright from the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service with your feedback (contact details on the attached questionnaire).