Weekly News Bulletin: Monday 13 January 2020

Notice of Governors’ Annual General Meeting
Please find attached notice of The Helena Romanes School Annual General which will be held at The Helena Romanes School, Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 2AU On Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 at 6pm In the Learning Zone.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governors

Year 13 Mock Exams
Year 13 mock exams begin on Monday 13th January until Friday 24 January.

Our students have been working very hard towards this important milestone in their final year.  With their final exams starting in May, meeting their aspirational goals of entry to higher education at the university of their choice, or progression into higher or degree level apprenticeships, is at the heart of their motivational drive to succeed.

I wish all students well and look forward to seeing all of their hard work pay off in both the short and long term of this vital year in their educational journey.
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form 

School Nurses
I wish to make you aware of a safeguarding incident that recently took place at a primary school.  A parent was contacted via text message by someone purporting to be a School Nurse asking questions about their child.  This was reported to the police and has been confirmed as a hoax.

School Nurses do not send text messages as their first contact with parents.  If you receive a text message requesting information about your child from anyone purporting to be a School Nurse, please DO NOT engage.

To check the validity of any request received, please contact the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service Single Point of Access:  Mid Essex 0300 247 0014.

Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher/Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding Advice
Lots of useful safeguarding advice has been shared with parents via our Twitter feed this week.  Please go to the following link for further information: https://twitter.com/HelenaRomanes.  Useful information can also be found on our website under the parents tab at the top of the home page.

Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher: Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development

Uniform Expectations
Further to the letter sent at the beginning of the Autumn term, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our school’s uniform and equipment expectations as we continue to raise standards at Helena Romanes.

Uniform expectations should be adhered to throughout the school year and I would like to thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

Uniform expectations:

  • Students should wear formal black shoes. Trainers, canvas plimsolls, mules or boots are not permitted (Vans, Converse and other types of casual footwear, regardless of colour or material, are not considered to be formal shoes).
  • Students must wear the school tie at all times (including when arriving and leaving school).
  • The school jumper may be worn in addition to the school blazer.  It should not be worn instead of the school blazer.
  • Students may wear a top coat over their blazer. However, they should not wear a sweatshirt, hoody or tracksuit top, nor should they be worn in place of the blazer.
  • Trousers must be grey school issue. Black trousers are not permitted.
  • Shirts should be tucked in and a belt should be used (if necessary) to avoid trousers being worn too low at the waist.
  • Skirts should not be rolled or altered to make them shorter in length.
  • Socks worn with trousers should be black or navy. White socks should not be worn.
  • Tights should be plain navy, black or natural. Leggings should not be worn instead of tights. White or knee length socks are not permitted.
  • Makeup should be discreet.  Students will be asked to remove makeup if it is seen as excessive. Acrylic nails are not permitted and nail varnish should be of a neutral colour.
  • Jewellery is limited to one ring, a single bracelet and a single pair of plain stud earrings. Hoops, bars and facial piercings, such as those in the nose, lips or eyebrows are not permitted for health and safety reasons.  In these situations, students should wear a clear, plastic non-protruding retainer.  Please think carefully about when students have their ears pierced. It is preferable that this is done during school holidays so that students can remove them safely for PE lessons.
  • Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. Hair should be of natural colouration.

If you are unsure about any of the expectations set out above, please contact the school in advance.

If for any reason, including financial difficulty, you are unable to provide your son or daughter with the correct uniform and need to make alternative arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact their tutor or director of learning.

School uniform may be purchased from Trutex Direct or from Jacks of Dunmow.

Students should come to school prepared each day with the following equipment:

Pens (2 minimum)
Pencils (2 minimum)
Highlighter Pen
Glue Stick
Pencil Sharpener
Reading Book

Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher – Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development

Basketball Club
In addition to the extra-curricular PE clubs available to students, we also run a basketball club on a Wednesday lunchtime and after school on a Thursday until 4.30pm for boys and girls in all year groups.
Mr K Cheema – PE Teacher

If your child has allergies which may require an epi-pen, please ensure that they have an epi-pen in their bag at all times.   Please also be aware that a spare may be kept in First Aid in case it is needed. If you wish us to keep a spare, please either bring one in or send one in with your child – please ensure the pen has your child’s name on it.
Thank you.
Miss H Ellis – First Aider

News from Careers
We would like to make parents/carers of Year 10 to 13 students aware of the Medical Awards Programme.  Every student considering a career in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine should be enrolled because:

1. It puts students in the running for a £12,000 university scholarship
2. It helps students to focus their efforts and achievements
3. It is an impressive medically relevant Award to have on their CVs
4. It increases their chances of getting into medical, dental and vet school
5. It makes the process more fun and less stressful!

The Awards Programme offers a nationally streamlined process for students to pursue these highly competitive careers and gives them direct access to doctors, dentists and vets who act as Mentors and Award Supervisors.  This levels the playing field for students from all stages and financial backgrounds, as well as standardises careers advice delivered through schools across the UK.  The scholarships are purely merit based and are NOT means tested, making them accessible to all students.  Every student who completes their Gold Award automatically qualifies for interview and scholarship shortlisting.

You can download the flyer at this link:  [https://medicmentor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Awardsflyer2019-2.pdf]

Students are encouraged to enrol on the Awards Programme independently at this weblink:  [https://medicmentor.co.uk/medic-mentor-awards-programme/]

Schools will be informed if their students have been enrolled onto the Awards Programme.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr Dhakshana Sivayoganathan MBChB, BSc (Hons), Orthopaedic Surgeon/Chief Mentor for Schools and Widening Access on 01530 417299.

Amazing Apprenticeships
Please find below a link to the latest apprenticeship information and advice for parents from Amazing Apprenticeships. This is supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.


Mr C  Dilley – Assistant Headteacher – STEM and CIAEG

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