Weekly News Bulletin: Monday 9 December 2019

Bad Weather Arrangements
Now we are in the winter months I would like to remind you of our bad weather arrangements.

Please be aware that in the event of school closure local radio stations will no longer announce school closures. Instead parents will be able to see the full list of closures on the Essex County Council website. The page can be accessed using the link below:

http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Dates/Pages/Emergency-School-Closures.aspx

Alternatively this page can be found on Essex County Council’s homepage at www.essex.gov.uk, and search for Emergency School Closures or click in to the Education and Schools area, click Schools, click Dates and click Emergency Closures.

The Emergency Closures page will update as and when notifications are received, therefore it is recommended to continue to check or refresh the page. As in previous years we will continue to also inform parents by Groupcall message and on our website.
Mr D Gee – Headteacher

Rotary Youth Speaks – A Debate – Competition
Three teams represented HRS in the annual Rotary Youth Speaks competition, held at Felsted School on Monday 2nd December 2019.

The two younger teams, both from Year 7, were brilliant. They competed against two Year 9 teams from Felsted. The first team – Abby, Mariana and Olli – debated about whether books are better than films and their speeches were really amusing and confident. They were first to speak, so very well done to the team for opening the competition and breaking the ice. Olli came up with lots of valid points which he put across enthusiastically. They came second overall and scored 238.

Sam, William and Oliver, came fourth on 231 points. The boys were amusing and confident, displaying a good knowledge of facts about what is an interesting topic – debating whether colonising Mars is the answer to the overpopulation of the earth. William also answered a really difficult question from the floor. They were obviously interested in their topic and that enthusiasm came across. The boys also said it was an honour to represent the school.

The senior team, from Years 9 and 10, were in competition against sixth formers, and came second with 229 points against Felsted with 235 points. Eva, Olivia and Ben debated the argument about vegetarianism versus eating meat, and were all clear and well-spoken. Olivia relayed an excellent range of facts and arguments, showing a great enthusiasm also about the topic.

At the end of the competition, the Chairperson said that he was extremely humbled by the performances and that all the competitors should all be extremely proud of themselves.
Mrs J Piper – English faculty

Presentation of Certificates Evening – Wednesday 11 December 2019
Year 12 students who took GCSE’s at HRS have been invited to attend the Presentation of Certificates Evening on Wednesday 11 December at 7.00pm. Please return the reply slip to Mr Terry Ellis or email him on tellis@hrs.education to confirm attendance and how many guests will also be attending.
Thank you.
Mrs B Louth – Main Office

Attendance
Please can parents read the attached attendance information to familiarise themselves with the school’s attendance procedures and the importance of attending school regularly. Full details of the school attendance policy is on the website.
Mrs Abi Jenkins – Attendance Officer

Food Technology
The Food department has a large amount of plastic tubs (both named and un-named). If you are missing any, please can you send your son/daughter to the Food department to claim them.
Thank you.
Mrs C Joubert – Head of Technology

Ski trip – Easter 2020
We still have one place available on the ski trip to New Hampshire and New York at Easter. Please email Mr Allum at dallum@hrs.education for further information.
Mr D Allum – Trip Organiser/Maths

Learning Zone News
Advent in the Learning Zone is being marked with our very own Elf on the Library Shelf. On Monday he was named Pringle by a student in Year 10, Tuesday he zip lined across the ceiling, Wednesday he sat reading books about elves.

Students can find out what he is up to by visiting the learning Zone every day.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Uttlesford Food Bank
A final reminder that we are collecting the following items which we will take to Saffron Walden on Friday 13th December to be distributed in time for Christmas. Students can bring them to the Learning Zone, their form rooms or items can be dropped at Reception by 12th December.

Many thanks in advance for your generosity.

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, casseroles
· 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

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