Christmas Bulletin: December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is a pleasure to be able to write to you at the end of a very successful term.

I have been welcomed into our school community by students, staff and parents alike, and it has been a privilege to meet so many people committed to working in partnership together.

I have also been fortunate to have been invited into so many of our local primary schools during the term. It has been really helpful to hold discussions with my fellow headteachers about how we can work together to support the education of students of all ages across the Great Dunmow area.

I have been incredibly impressed with the talent and commitment displayed by our students this term. Events such as the production of Les Misèrables, our recent Christmas music concert, the Presentation of Certificates evening and the annual Christmas carol service at St Mary’s Church have allowed our students to demonstrate very high levels of skill and performance. More importantly, it has been striking to see their confidence and resilience when performing under pressure. Our students have a great sense of camaraderie and they are incredibly supportive of each other.

It has been another successful term for our sports teams. I would particularly like to congratulate Year 10 student Ellie Cakebread who came second in the Bishop’s Stortford and District cross country and Year 7 student Rufus Gray who came fifth. I would also like to congratulate the Year 8 football team who reached the fourth round of the County Cup, the Year 8 and 9 rugby teams who were runners up in the North West Essex rugby tournament and the U14 & 16 girls’ netball teams who represented North West Essex in County stages of national competition. The U16 netball team are through to the last 16 of the Essex Schools’ Cup competition.

As ever, our staff continue to go ‘above and beyond’ to ensure that our students receive the best opportunities, both in and out of the classroom. School trips and visits this term have taken students to places such as Hampton Court, Sorrento, Hatfield Forest, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Warner Brothers Studio tour in London. Such experiences are vital in enriching the experiences of our students. I would like to publicly thank all of our teaching and support staff for their hard work and commitment this term.

On behalf of the staff and governors at Helena Romanes, I would like to wish you a merry Christmas.
Daniel Gee – Headteacher

Year 7 Carol Service, St Mary’s Church
On Monday afternoon 13 staff accompanied the Year 7’s to St Mary’s Church for the annual carol service.

We had a lovely afternoon singing carols and listening to the Christmas story. Maksymilian, Oli and Emma were chosen to read three festive readings which they read very clearly and impressed us with how well they tackled some of the difficult words.


The Vicar encouraged us to consider those who will be homeless over Christmas and two teams competed to make the best shelter out of cardboard and newspaper. Not surprisingly, neither of these teams would have liked to have slept in these overnight. We also considered how our donations to the food bank will help those who are struggling financially over the Christmas period.

The students behaved fantastically and were a real credit to the school.
Mrs L Cook – Director of Learning, Year 7

Christmas Jumper Day
A big thank you to all the students and staff who took part in the Christmas Jumper Day last week. We have raised over £835 for Save the Children.
Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher

Food Bank
The Learning Zone has been filled with your generous donations to the Food Bank and Mr Allom, along with some Year 11 students kindly agreed to deliver it last Friday afternoon to the Uttlesford Food Bank in Saffron Walden to be distributed in time for Christmas.

Accelerated Reader
Well done to Sophie O’Rorke and Maggie Taylor in Year 8 and to Anri Earle and Zoe Mennell in Year 7 who have read over a million words since coming back to school in September. There are many students who have nearly reached their first million words. Keep reading over the holidays and be ready to quiz when we come back to school in January.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Learning Zone Newsletter
Look out for our Learning Zone round-up which is being sent to you separately!
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

First Aid Workshop
This term the Level 3 Health and Social Care students took part in a First Aid workshop delivered by the Red Cross on ‘Student First Aid’. They had an enjoyable morning learning about the recovery position, electrocution, choking, heart attacks and using a defibrillator. A highlight was learning the ‘danger dance’ which is carried out to check for danger before delivering First Aid to a casualty. The girls all passed the course and were presented with a certificate!

We look forward to working with the Red Cross again in the near future.
Mrs L Cook – Director of Learning for Year 7 / Health & Social Care Teacher

Lost Epi-pen
If your child carries an Epi-pen, please can you check if they have lost it as an un-named one has been handed in to Student Reception.
Thank you.
Miss H Ellis – First Aider