Weekly News Bulletin: 18 November 2019

Art Department Craft Stall – 30th November, 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Our fantastic Year 12 Art students have been busy elves making Christmas ornaments, cards and gifts and they will be on sale for a range of affordable prices at the Great Dunmow Christmas lights turn on in Dunmow high street on Saturday 30th November 2019. Hopefully we will see you there!

Thank you to those kind people who donated some really lovely wool. If you have any leftover wool, the art department would be most grateful for any donations that you can spare! Please drop it off at student reception for Mrs Duke. Thank you so much!
Mrs J Duke – Head of Art

Year 10 Debating Society
A debating society has been set up for Year 10 students to develop their skills in public speaking, evaluation and reasoning. Such skills will be useful in life as well as helping them to obtain employment in the future. The debating society will run on Wednesday lunchtimes in C01 – all are welcome regardless of experience or confidence!
Mr N. Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 10

Les Misérables School Edition
Tickets for ‘Les Mis’ will be going on sale from Friday 22nd of Nov at lunch times outside the hall from 1.30pm – 2.00pm every day. Prices are £5 concessions (HRS staff, students and OAPs) and Adults £6.50. Performances are on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December starting at 7.00pm.

If you cannot get to HRS at lunch time, please could you contact sstewart@hrs.education leaving the correct cash amount at main reception. Please include a stamped addressed envelope so that your tickets can be sent to you.
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Drama and Media

Year 12 Philosophy and Ethics
On Wednesday this week, Mrs Axe and some of our Year 12 Philosophy and Ethics students attended a conference in London with world renowned Philosophers. Among the speakers was Professor Richard Swinburne, Professor at Oxford University who spoke about his ideas on the existence of God, the sixth formers commented how useful it was to hear directly from the people they had been studying and hear the debates around the big questions like ‘Does God exist?’.
Mrs C Axe – Head of RPL

Uttlesford Food Bank
As Christmas time approaches we are once again collecting food for the Uttlesford Food Bank. Students can bring their donations to the Learning Zone any time before Thursday 12th December.

The following items are on the Food Bank’s shopping list to be distributed to those in need in our area time for Christmas.

Christmas 2019
· tinned potatoes
· long-life juice and squash
· Christmas puddings/Christmas cake
· chocolates and sweets
· tinned salmon/sardines (fish apart from tuna)
· jellies/custard
· rice pudding
· mince pies
· tinned ham
· part-baked bread rolls
· tinned/packet ready meals e.g. chilli con carne, chicken in sauce,
· chocolate log
· gravy/stuffing
· crackers (exploding or cheese!)
· coffee
· jam
· small toiletry items

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Christmas Lunches
Christmas lunches for students will be served in the upper dining hall on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th December 2019. If your son/daughter would like to have a Christmas lunch, please pay via ParentPay before Friday 29th November 2019 and ensure that your child has checked with their friends which date to book before paying as places are non-transferable.

The cost to each student is £3.90 and 100 places will be available each day.

If your son/daughter is in receipt of free school meals, please email me at blouth@hrs.education to let me know if they require a Christmas dinner on either or both days. You do not need to pay for the dinner on ParentPay. If you do not confirm that they require a Christmas lunch, it will be assumed that they will purchase food from the lower dining hall or snack shack on these days.
Mrs B Louth – Admissions Secretary

Head Lice
It has been brought to our attention that there may be an outbreak of head lice within Year 8. Please check your child and treat if needed.
Thank you.
Miss H Ellis – First Aider and Student Reception

Year 7 and 8 Maths Café
The Maths Café runs from 3.10pm to 4.10pm on a Wednesday in D102 and is open to any Year 7 and 8 students who feel they have areas they would like to catch up on, or to practise further, or revise.
Miss V Bennett – Maths

Year 10 Poetry Live! – Tuesday 21st January 2020
The English Faculty has organised a visit to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to attend ‘Poetry Live!’ Students will have the opportunity to hear poets from the GCSE Anthology perform their work, take part in discussions on the meanings in the texts and hear advice from an AQA Examiner. There are only 18 spaces left on the trip and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost of the trip is £28 and can be paid for on ParentPay.
Mr J Burrows – Head of English