Half-term Bulletin: 13 February 2020

Year 8
Well done to Arianne who has been awarded over 1000 credits since September for her hard work and commitment to the school! Arianne is involved in a big part of the school community, including the school council and is a fantastic role model for other students.

Mr Gee presented Arianne with a certificate and Amazon voucher in recognition of her achievements.



Just Like Us Awards
Congratulations to Finn in Year 11 who won the JLU ‘Student Ally of the Year’ award at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 11th February 2020. Finn was nominated for this award because he stands up courageously for those who feel bullied or discriminated against, without concern for himself. He irrepressibly initiates activities for the LGBT+ and allies group, plans them and takes part.

Finn played a key role at the end of the recent series of year group assemblies, rallying his fellow pupils to accept their LGBT+ peers and support them throughout the school. Joint Coordinators of the school’s LGBTQ+ group Mr Farry and Miss Gordon said: “We are extremely proud of Finn and delighted that his generous contributions of his time, friendship and enthusiasm for the LGBT+ group have been recognised.”

Finn attended the ceremony with his parents and fellow student, Scarlett, where he gave an impressive highly applauded speech.

This award recognises a straight, cisgender young person who has been a role model for positive allyship, going above and beyond to empower other young people to support the LGBT+ community at their school or college.

Special thanks to Mr Farry who took the students to the ceremony on behalf of the school’s LGBTQ+ group.

Year 7 Inter-form Touch Rugby
Congratulations to 7KC who are the Year 7 inter-form touch rugby winners after beating 7NL 30 -0 in the final on Tuesday.
Mr K Cheema – Physical Education Teacher

Year 10 trip to Berlin
Last Thursday Ms Duckworth along with Ms O’Neill and Mr Ellis took a group of 29 Year 10 students to Berlin for a three-day educational visit. It was a very packed itinerary led by an incredibly informative and knowledgeable guide.

Highlights included visiting the Olympic stadium, Sachsenhausen concentration camp, going into the Reichstag dome, the memorial to the book burnings at Bebelplatz, the Berlin Wall and a Stasi prison.
The students were an absolute credit to the school and our guide was hugely impressed by their interest in all the sights, their engagement, manners, behaviour and stamina!

Klara Glodowski who attended the trip said: “I would like to take an opportunity to say thank you for the great three days in Berlin. It was a fantastic experience with loads of historical information and with a fantastic guide that toured us around the city. I would like to thank the teachers for all the time that they put into this trip and for looking after us.”

Other students wrote: “The Berlin trip experience is unforgettable! On day 1, we explored the history of Germany. We visited the DDR museum, which was an incredible experience as it was a fun and interactive way of learning the history of East Berlin. We visited the Reichstag building and examined how it changed over time. In addition, we saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Brandenburg Gate.

“On day 2, we visited the Olympic Stadium and a Concentration Camp. This was a life changing experience as we discovered what really happened behind those walls. For dinner we had currywurst and it was delicious. Finally, we visited the Reichstag at night which was beautiful.

“On day 3, we visited the remains of the Berlin Wall and talked about the different escape routes that were used and the history of the people that lived through this experience. To finish off our time in Berlin we visited the Stasi Prison, we talked about the different ways the Stasi interrogated and manipulated their prisoners, which left us with a very memorable experience that we can use further on in our lives. Overall, the trip was amazing and with a fantastic tour guide we had a very educational experience that we can use in our GCSE’s.”
Ms C Duckworth/Ms C O’Neill – History department

Year 11 French and Spanish Speaking Oral Exams
The Languages department will be conducting speaking mock exams the first week after half term. This will be the last opportunity before the real GCSE exam early May. The students have been given their exam slots and a list of the times will be published on SMHW. The mock exam is compulsory and it is essential that each student is punctual.

There are three main parts in the exam, a role play, a picture to describe and a one minute presentation followed by questions. Each student has been provided with a booklet to assist with the necessary vocabulary.

Please encourage students to practise with you or a sibling. The marks for this speaking mock will give us a good indication of the final GCSE grade, therefore revision during February Half-term is crucial.

In the next few weeks, I will contact you again regarding Easter Revision.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs S Roy – Head of Modern Foreign Languages

A Message to all Choreographic Entrants
Please email your music to lwarnock@hrs.education or bring this in to me on CD/USB. You can also hand your music to Miss Hiscox. All music must be with me by Friday 28 February.
Thank you.
Mrs L Warnock – Dance Teacher

Community Hub at HRS
If you would like to hire our school facilities to run regular clubs/classes or one off events on evenings or weekends, please contact Alison Westcott, Finance Manager on awestcott@hrs.education. We currently have a diverse range of external companies running evening and Saturday classes at HRS, details of which are available on our website https://www.helena-romanes.essex.sch.uk/lettings-at-hrs/.
Mrs A Westcott – Finance Manager

Uttlesford Food Bank
Following your kind generosity with your contributions to the Uttlesford Food Bank before Christmas, we have been informed that a total of over 5 tonnes of food and nearly £3000 in financial donations was received from around Uttlesford.

It looks like 2019 will have been the Foodbank’s busiest year yet with a 40% increase in usage on 2019. The general donations they received throughout December sustain them throughout the year and represent a significant amount of their annual stock.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Weston Homes Open Day – Saturday 22nd February 2020
Weston Homes are holding their Open Day on Saturday 22nd February 2020, from 9:30am – 1:30pm, at their head office in Takeley, Essex.

If you are considering a career within the industry or are unsure about what path to take for your future, and would like to know more about their own apprenticeship schemes, come along to their Open Day to hear about the wide variety of careers available and find out what life is like at Weston Homes.

Career stands will run all day and you will be able to attend a short presentation on the opportunities and career pathways available. Presentations will run every hour from 9:30am.

Their Open Day is a great opportunity to learn more about the construction industry and the wide range of opportunities that are available.

Please click the following link to register your attendance:  https://www.weston-homes.com/careers/open-day/

Unfortunately they are not recruiting an apprenticeship intake for September 2020. They review their business requirements on an annual basis and hope to consider an intake for September 2021, details will be available on their website in December 2020.
Mr C Dilley – Assistant Headteacher