Weekly News Bulletin: 17 June 2019

Recent Sporting Achievements
I would like to update you on recent sporting achievements for students over the last term.

Congratulations to the Year 10 Rounders’ team who won the NWE Tournament, narrowly beating Notley in the final. They first won this tournament in Year 7, so it was fantastic to win the tournament again.

Congratulations to the U13 Girls’ Football team who got through to the semi-finals of the Bishop’s Stortford & District Tournament.

Congratulations also to Jaimee Smith who represented North West Essex last weekend in the County Athletics Championships. Jaimee is a superb athlete who competes in both high jump and 75m hurdles. She could only take part in one event and chose the hurdles for this competition. All the athletes on the day had to battle the headwinds, which in an event like hurdles makes it very difficult. Jaimee came 2nd in her heat booking her place in the finals. She finished 7th in the final.

Congratulations to Evie Connett and Maggie Bowman who took part in the County Netball Trials last weekend. Evie got through to round 3 of the trials on the day but unfortunately due to an injury was unable to continue.

And finally, congratulations to Harvey Walsh who has been chosen to represent Saracens and Essex at U13 Rugby.
Miss L  Booth – Head of PE

Change of Date: Early May Bank Holiday 2020
Please be aware that next year’s early May Bank Holiday has been moved back by four days in England, Wales and Northern Island to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The early May Bank holiday will now take place on Friday 8th May 2020 instead of Monday 4th May 2020. The holiday dates on the school website have been amended to show this change.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Year 12
Our internal university super fair takes place on Thursday 20th June between 11.25am – 1.25pm. All students will have an opportunity to meet representatives from a variety of universities to discuss their post 18 destination options.
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Year 12 University Fair
On Thursday 20th June, representatives from various universities will be in school to discuss Higher Education options with Year 12’s throughout Periods 3 and 4. The session will start with a talk from the University of Lincoln about ‘choosing a course & university that is right for you’; following on from this, students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various universities to discuss courses, entry requirements, and more. Please encourage students in Year 12 to think of any questions they may want to ask, as this will be the ideal opportunity to ask the experts.
Mr S Hine – Science Faculty

English Text Books
As the end of term is approaching, please can we ask that any text books belonging to the English faculty be returned to the main reception by Friday 28th June 2019.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Receptionist/Admin

Year 8
Please ensure Year 8 students bring in the correct equipment every day. There were too many students without calculators for their maths exams and they cannot make or show progress if they do not have the equipment. Calculators are available for purchase from the Learning Zone if you are unable to get one from the shops.

It is also part of the school expectations that students bring a reading book to school with them every day. I have walked around the classes and there are too many students without reading books.

Finally another reminder that false nails, acrylics or brightly coloured nails are not acceptable and students will be asked to remove them. This is the same for false eyelashes and excessive use of makeup.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Ms W Gordon – Director of Learning for Year 8

Supporting LGBT+ Young People to Explore their Identity Safely Online
Research has found that one of the most positive aspects of being online for LGBT+ young people is the opportunity to connect with like-minded people and access specialist support. Research by CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) found that LGBT+ young people were more likely than others to have asked someone out online and to have dated someone they had met online. This preference for, and higher use of, technology for meeting new partners doesn’t come without the potential for increased risk.

CEOP have produced some really useful materials to support young people who are LGBT+.

Please take the time to look at these useful materials with your children if applicable.
For young people 14+

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/Need-advice/exploring-your-identity-online

Supporting positive sexual behaviour in Young People
It’s important for parents and carers to be having open and non-judgemental conversations with young people about exploring sex and relationships online. CEOP have produced some useful materials to support parents with this.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Supporting-positive-sexual-behaviour

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/has-your-child-used-online-dating-services
Miss L Brammer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead/Child Protection Officer

Fantastic free e-comics from Essex Libraries!
You can now get free comics and graphic novels with your library card! Download and read through a browser, or on the RBdigital mobile apps.

With over 180 titles from the publishers Marvel, Disney, IDW and Dark Horse, the collection includes many popular brands that appeal to all ages, such as Star Wars, Frozen, Spiderman, Toy Story and superheroes galore!

Check out as many as you want and read them anytime, anywhere – free comics are just a click away!
https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/news/fantastic-free-e-comics-from-essex-libraries/

1Life Great Dunmow Leisure Centre Offer
For a limited time only 1Life Great Dunmow Leisure Centre is offering an exclusive HRS membership to HRS students and families.
No joining fees and up to one month free! Free gym and pool trials are also available.
Email: sagreatdunmow@1life.co.uk. Call: 01371 878 690.