Weekly News Bulletin: 1 July 2019

Year 9, 10 & 11 – GCSE Results Day
GCSE Results Day is Thursday 22nd August 2019 and school will be open from 8.00am on that day. These results are for students who sat any exams during the Summer exam season.

If your son/daughter is unable to attend in person, they can nominate someone else to collect their results on their behalf. That person will need to bring written authority from the student, together with some form of photo ID of the person collecting the results.

Year 11 – All uncollected results will be posted at mid-day.
Year 9 & 10 – Uncollected results will be available from the Exams Office on the first day of next term.

Year 12 & 13 – GCE Results Day
GCE Results Day is Thursday 15th August 2019 and school will be open from 8.00am on that day. If you are unable to attend in person, you can nominate someone else to collect your results on your behalf. That person will need to bring written authority from you, together with some form of photo ID of the person collecting the results.
All uncollected results will be posted at mid-day.
Exams Office

Photo and Video Image Consent
We are in the process of updating photo and video image consent for all students. There are many occasions where images of students are used around the school, for example when receiving awards or other achievements, whilst on school trips or in promotional materials.

Full details of the regulations have been sent out with this news bulletin this week or you can refer back to the email of 12th June and if you haven’t done so already please complete the consent form for EACH child you have at Helena Romanes.

The school photographer will attend during the first week of September and in preparation for this, student name and admission numbers (school generated number) will be shared with them to prepare Identification slips to match the correct student with their photo. Consent is included within the reply form in the above link.
Mrs K Hennessy – Admin Services Manager

Learning Zone – Monday 8th July 2019
Please be aware that the Learning Zone will be closed to students after school on Monday 8th July due to a meeting being held in there.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Year 12 Information
Full mock exams take place between 1st and 12th July 2019. ‘A’ Level students will be on study leave during this period. BTEC students will attend all timetabled lessons as normal.

Students will undertake a period of one week’s full work experience from 13th to 17th July 2019 inclusive in preparation for employment post 18/university.

I wish all students the success they deserve for mock exams and hope they enjoy their opportunity to experience adult life within the world of employment.
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Message from Finance regarding Changes to ParentPay
You may have noticed that as well as payment by credit and debit card, ParentPay now offer the option to pay for items by Bank transfer. We have been advised by ParentPay that the initial setup of this facility can take up to 10 working days, so items will be shown as paid but the money may not be taken from your bank account for some days. This only affects the initial setup of Bank Transfer on ParentPay and once this has been approved all further transactions will be taken from your bank account straight away if funds are available, or rejected at that point if there are not enough funds.

Please can we ask when initially setting up the Bank Transfer facility to pay for ParentPay items that you make sure that you have enough money in your bank account for the next couple of weeks. If there are not enough funds when the transaction is taken some days later it will be rejected which may cause disappointment and if paying for lunch, may cause this to go into arrears.
Thank you for your support in this.
Finance Department

Great Dunmow Annual Civic Service
Year 8 students Vanessa Gradzinska-Alves and Maisie Francis represented HRS last Sunday 23rd June at the Great Dunmow Town Council’s Annual Civic Service at St Mary’s Church. During the service, where the new Mayor of Dunmow was introduced, Maisie and Vanessa assisted The Reverend Lea Williams with the ‘Welcome and Bidding Prayer’ and the ‘Dismissal and Blessing’ to the congregation which included representatives from local charities and organisations.

Ms Gordon, Director of Learning for Year 8, said: “Maisie and Vanessa were fantastic and were the perfect representatives for the school. They delivered their speeches eloquently and clearly and looked incredibly smart. Thank you to their parents who gave up their Sunday to get the girls to the service”.

The Making of Harry Potter
Twelve students from Years 7 & 8 visited ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ at Warner Bros. Studios on Tuesday afternoon as a reward for reading the most words on the Accelerated Reader programme between the Easter Holidays and May Half-term; together they read an amazing 6,566,653 words in 7 weeks.

Highlights included the Steam Train at Platform 9 3/4, Gringotts Wizarding Bank with a very realistic dragon; we also had the opportunity to ride a broomstick! We took the ‘scary’ route through the Forbidden Forest and one of the inhabitants smuggled itself back and has taken up residence in Mrs Bird’s office in the Learning Zone.

The afternoon was a great success, not least because of the delicious Butterbeer which was enjoyed; although the Butterbeer ice cream was equally delicious.
Thanks to Miss Hiscox who drove the minibus and of course the students who were a credit to the school.
Mrs S Bird/Miss C O’Neill – Literacy Coordinators

Jack Petchey Award Winner – June 2019
Congratulations to George Thurley who was nominated for a Jack Petchey Award by Mrs Stewart. George was nominated for the award because “he is an avid member of the tech crew and really stepping up in the absence of the Year 11’s. He is committed and dedicated and always polite. He is going to do the tech for most of the Awards’ Evenings this summer and deserves an award himself for his volunteering and enthusiasm “.

George’s £250 award money will be used in the Tech/Media Faculty.

Paris Trip
Recently, I was extremely lucky to be able to travel to Paris with 45 HRS students accompanied by Mr Bousfield, Mrs Winchester and Mrs Atkinson. The students were real ambassadors to the school. One student has been writing up his experiences of the trip. I would like to share these with you.
Mrs S Roy – Head of French

HRS Paris Trip 2019 by William Bennett
We started our trip off with a lovely, warm welcome from the staff at PGL, and were immediately welcomed into the Chateau and given a fantastic dinner and a guided tour of the entire facility. It was jam-packed with all sorts of fun things to do, like table tennis, football, and a swimming pool. Then, after our delicious dinner and guided tour, we went off to bed, excited for Paris the next day…

The next day, we arose to beautiful weather and a delicious continental breakfast with croissants and all sorts of other yummy things. Then we hopped on our coach towards Paris. Upon arrival, we drove through the city centre, and saw all sorts of fantastic things including, the Notre-Dame, the Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower and much more. Then we went on the ‘Bateaux Parisienne’, a fantastic boat trip down the river Seine, highlighting all of Paris’ most beautiful monuments. Afterwards, after a quick coach drive, we walked up to the Sacre Ceour, a fantastic Church overlooking the whole of Paris, and spent some time in the exciting and charming market there. We also had an absolutely amazing ice cream. Then we went back to the hotel for a swim and another amazing meal, and went off to bed, ready for Disneyland the next day…

Up bright and early, we headed off to Disney, where we had the most amazing day meeting characters, going on rides, and seeing fantastic models. We travelled around the 2 parks for ages and saw as much as we possibly could, it was great fun and parade was also fantastic and very enjoyable. And then, tired and full of happiness from the magic of Disney, we set off back to the Chateau de Grande Romaine, had dinner, and went to bed, sad that is was going to be our last night there, and got some good sleep, ready for the long journey home on Monday.

The entire experience was absolutely fantastic, and I don’t think that any of us will ever forget it. So I would like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to all of the staff involved in the trip, Mrs Roy, Miss Winchester, Mr Bousfield, Mrs Atkinson, and of course, Steve for transporting us all there safely.

Activity Day
In partnership with the Essex Boys and Girls Clubs Essex, Uttlesford District Council we will be hosting an Activity Day on Sunday, 30th June between 12-3pm at Sampfords Youth Club. Entry is free and activities include: archery, caged football, rounders’, tug-of-war, arts and crafts, nail paining, BBQ, tennis, Segway’s and ice-creams.
Come and join them for a family fun packed day! For more info please contact Martin 01799 586440 SYC or Keith 01245 264783 EBGC.