Weekly News Bulletin: 9 September 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,
I am delighted to write to you at the end of my first week as Headteacher at Helena Romanes.  I have very much enjoyed meeting our existing and new students over the last few days.  It has been a pleasure to see them working hard in lessons and to talk to them at break and lunchtimes.

Although the term started on Monday for students, we have also had two very successful staff training days during the preceding week.  We spent time agreeing our new vision for high quality teaching (known as the ‘HRS 10’) and reinforcing the expectations that we have of each other and of our students.  This preparation has led to a very positive start to the term.

I am looking forward to working with you in the future, as we strive to continually improve our school and provide our students with a wide range of high quality experiences.

Mr D Gee – Headteacher

Open Morning Student Guides and Helpers
If your son/daughter would like to help out on our Open Morning on Saturday 28th September 2019 they can collect a guide letter from their form tutors or a faculty helper letter from their subject teachers.  Please remind your child to return their reply slips to Mrs B Louth in the Main Office by Friday 20st September.
Thank you.
Mrs B Louth – Admissions Secretary

Early School Closure – Friday 27th September 2019
School will be closing early on the afternoon of Friday 27th September 2019.  Lessons will finish at 1.25pm and school transport will leave the school by 1.40pm. Food will be available for students at morning break.

This is to enable members of staff to prepare for our Open Morning on Saturday 28th September.

Dunmow Carnival Art Competition Winners
Congratulations to the following students who have produced three of the winning entries in this year’s Dunmow Carnival art competition:

Overall Winner:       Sophie Whelan
Under 16 Winner:    Hanna Nasiadka
Under 16 Runner Up: Beth Stannard

Sophie’s artwork has been used on the front cover of the Carnival programme and Hanna and Beth’s artwork can be seen in the programme.

Overall Winner: Sophie Whelan

Under 16 Runner Up: Hanna Nasiadka

Under 16 Winner: Beth Stannard

Roald Dahl Week
Next week marks our annual Roald Dahl celebration in the Learning Zone.  We will have competitions for students to take part in, food from his Revolting Recipe book on show and the Year 7s are making bunting which Mr Gee will judge.

We look for another busy year of visiting authors, exciting new books and lots of competitions.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager 

The School Shop
The school shop in the Learning Zone is open before school, break time, lunch time and after school where students can purchase stationary and school supplies.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone

Spanish and French KS3; Year 7 and 8
There will be times when students will be asked to take their exercise books home to consolidate/support their languages lessons and homework. We have stressed the importance of keeping their books neat, clean and tidy inside and out.

In order to help them with this, we have asked students to cover their books with clear covers and a selection of language related pictures (at least four on the front and four on the back). These could be drawn/downloaded/cut out of magazines etc. Should they need clarification or help please ask them to see their languages teacher.

Any students in Years 9, 10 or 11 may also cover their books like this if they wish to.
Thank you.
Mrs S Roy – Head of MFL 

HRS LGBTQ+ Society
The HRS Lgbtq+ society is pleased to be up and running and our meetings will be held on Monday lunchtimes in E06.  Everyone is welcome to come and join us.
Ms. W Gordon, Mr J Farry and Mr S Gair

Food Department
A reminder that all students are required to bring a clean bib apron to their practical lessons.  GCSE students are expected to have their burgundy apron.  It is very helpful if the plastic containers are labelled.
Thank you.
Mrs Joubert and Mrs Murray – Technology

Italy Trip – October 2019
Any Year 11 Geography students that currently do not hold an EHIC card are asked to do so as a requirement for the trip.   All students will be required to take one with them in case of a medical emergency.  EHIC cards are free and can be applied for on the NHS website.

More information on the itinerary and a parents evening will follow in the next couple of weeks.
Miss F. Gardner – Geography

PE Extra-Curricular Clubs
The PE extra-curricular clubs start up again next week.  The timetable can be viewed on Twitter and on the PE Club’s noticeboard.  It will also be available on the website early next week.

PE Colours’ Evening
Letters will be sent out by the end of this week and the list of students receiving colours will be displayed on the PE noticeboard.  Please ensure your son/daughter returns the reply-slip to the PE office to indicate whether or not they will be attending.
Thank you.
Miss L Booth – Head of PE 

Money Laundering
In an attempt to prevent young people within Uttlesford becoming a victim of money laundering, the Saffron Walden Community Policing Team has put together several posters/information leaflets and asked us to share them with you.  Please can you take a look at the leaflets which were emailed home with next week’s bulletin and discuss them with your son/daughter.
Thank you.
Miss L Brammer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead/Child Protection Officer

Chartwells, our catering contractors have two vacancies for catering assistants. One is for 30 hours per week and the other is for 20 hours per week, term time only.  Please email Jackie Holdsworth at 61677@compass-group.co.uk for an application form.