Half term news bulletin: October 2019

Welcome to our final news bulletin of the half term.

We have had an incredibly busy, productive and positive start to the new academic year. It has been a pleasure to work with our students, staff and parents over the last seven weeks. We have had a big push with students and staff on establishing and maintaining high expectations following the return from the summer holidays, and the feedback from staff, students and parents has been very positive. It has been a privilege to visit so many lessons and see students working hard, behaving well and enjoying learning,

As ever, our students have represented us excellently at events both in and out of school this half term. Some highlights include: our open morning last month and coffee mornings held throughout this half term; the Jack Petchey award winners who attended the presentation ceremony at Foakes Hall; the students who were awarded their Colours at the PE Colours’ Evening; and the students who represented the school at sporting fixtures throughout the half term. Our students are a source of great pride to us at HRS.

I would like to thank both our students for their efforts over the half term and also our parents for their continued support.

Have a good half term break.
Daniel Gee

Sixth Form Open Evening: Tuesday 12th November 2019, 6.00pm to 8.00pm
The Sixth Form Open Evening will run between 6.00pm and 8.00pm for all Year 11 parents and students. There will be two information presentations about choices and life in the sixth form, one at 6.00pm and the second at 7.00pm for your convenience.

The evening is both an essential and wonderful opportunity for students to speak to subject teachers and follow up from the successful speed dating events which ran on 4th and 9th October respectively.

Life in the sixth form is very different to Year 11 so everyone should come and find out as much information as they can so they can make an informed choice regarding destinations post 16.

I look forward to meeting you on the evening.
Donna Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Peer Mentors
Fifteen Year 10 students took part in the peer mentor training after school on Wednesday 16th October. Drew Taylor and Alice Cooper, Year 11 senior peer mentors, commendably presented to the peer mentor trainees. The peer mentors will offer weekly support to Year 7 students during form time, be peer buddies to some students, be representatives at the school council and participate in the anti-bullying programme and anti-bullying week 11th – 15th November. The students’ engagement was impressive particularly during discussion time about sensitive issues and strategies to support other students.
Mr S McLauchlan – Senior Leader

Juniper Book Awards
Twelve students attended the launch of the Juniper Book Awards at Great Baddow High School on Wednesday, six schools were present for the exciting moment that the six titles were revealed. Students were then able to perform a short sketch for each of the titles, working with students from the other schools. Some of the comments from our students were – Today was fun; I loved today; I really enjoyed today.

The titles of the shortlisted books are:

• Where the River Runs Gold – Sita Brahmachari
• The Boy who Lied – Kim Slater
• The Closest Thing to Flying – Gill Lewis
• The Dog who Saved the World – Ross Welford
• The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet – Martin Howard
• The Haven – Simon Lelic

The books can be read in any order and in February voting will open for students to choose their favourite of the six.

Book Club will meet on a Tuesday break time in the Learning Zone – everyone is welcome.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

The leisure centre has received a few complaints from members of the public regarding parking at the leisure centre during school pick-up time. The main concerns have been about speeding, inconsiderate parking, blocking the zebra crossing and coaches not being able to get through, because of parents parking at the front of the centre.

If you need to park at the leisure centre, please ensure you use the parking bays that are available and not park on the double red lines along the access road to the leisure centre or in the coach parking area.
Thank you in advance.
Mrs L Evans-Barlow – Business Manager

Year 8 RM Club
RM club will start after the half term for Year 8 students studying DT Timbers next term. Students will need to sign up with the Technology staff (E02) as spaces will be limited. Club will run Wednesday lunchtime up until Christmas.
Mr J Wootten – Design and Technology

Les Misérables school edition half term rehearsal
Just a reminder that all those performing in Les Misérables school edition should be attending the half term rehearsal in D04 on Friday 25th October.
Timings are as follows:

9.00am arrival
Rehearsal Unit 2
Little Cosette 9.30-9.50am
The Innkeeper’s Song 9.50-10.10am
The Bargain 10.10-10.30am
The Beggars 10.30-10.50am
The Robbery 10.50-11.10am
Stars 11.10-11.30am
The ABC Café 11.30-11.50am
The People’s song 11.50-12.10pm

Students are welcome to stay in D02 to complete homework etc. if parents are unable to pick them up until 2.00pm.
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Drama and Media