Weekly News Bulletin: 2 March 2020

U14 and U15 Netball
Congratulations to both the U14 and U15 Netball teams for their fantastic efforts in the recent District Netball Tournaments resulting in them both becoming the overall District Champions in Year 9 and 10!

The U14 Netball team played on Wednesday evening in very cold conditions; they managed to pull off an emphatic win in the tournament by winning all of their games in the pool before progressing into the semi-finals and finally into the final where they faced Notley High School. It was fairly even for the first two minutes, but after that the girls turned over a number of centre passes to win convincingly.

The U15 Netball team played in even colder conditions but the girls played every match with good spirit and were very determined to win. It was played as a round robin against five other schools, and they beat Joyce Frankland in the first match 7-5 and the girls never looked back. Their movement and footwork was beautiful to watch and they played the rest of the competition with respect for every team.

Miss Booth, Head of PE said: “Both teams were an absolute credit to the school. Well done to all the girls for such fantastic results!”

Year 8 Key Stage 4 Briefing Evening – Wednesday 4th March, 6pm – 8pm
Options Evening will be held on Wednesday 4th March. The evening will give you the opportunity to visit displays and ask questions about the option courses on offer and the broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. There will also be a presentation from Mr Foster, Deputy Headteacher and Curriculum Director, to explain the process in more detail.

Additional information will be sent to Year 8 parents/carers in advance of the evening including an electronic copy of the Options Booklet. The students are invited to attend this event with you as this will give them the opportunity to speak to subject staff about their choices and see examples of Key Stage 4 work.
Mr N Foster (Curriculum Director) and Ms T Foulger (Director of Learning Year 8)

Choreographic Competitions
• Tuesday 10 March – Year 9 and 11
• Wednesday 11 March – Year 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 only: If you are planning to enter this competition please let your dance teacher know by Monday. Please also make sure your music has been emailed across or is brought in on a clearly labelled CD or USB stick and handed to your dance teacher as soon as possible.

HRS Annual Dance Show – Thursday 12 March 2020
All dancers will be invited to attend rehearsals on Monday 9 March and a schedule for this day will be distributed shortly so dancers know where they need to be and when. This will also include vital information about the events themselves (some of which has already been included in the letter distributed to parents last half term).

Tickets are on sale via ParentPay and will also be available on the door.
Mrs L Warnock – Dance Teacher

World Book Day
Next week on Thursday 5 March it is World Book Day. To celebrate, the Learning Zone will be transformed to represent a book title, we are very grateful to Brian Foster who has devised and created the tableau. During the week there will be competitions and, of course, reading during break and lunchtimes. On Thursday we will be turning the computers off during the lunch break to focus on reading, students can bring a book from home or borrow from the Learning Zone and just read.

Why is reading important?

In the age of digital media we are now living, the phrase ‘why do we have to read books?’ is something I hear often during Learning Zone lessons. In response to this, I have read some research on this question from the BookTrust and Coventry University and the following is a powerful reason for children of all ages to become proficient readers.

Reading for pleasure has been associated not only with increases in reading attainment but also with writing ability, text comprehension, grammar, breadth of vocabulary, attitudes, self-confidence as a reader, pleasure in reading in later life, general knowledge, a better understanding of other cultures, community participation, a greater insight into human nature and decision-making (Clark & Rumbold, 2006; Howard, 2011; Wigfield & Guthrie, 1997). A recent government report highlights this, noting that once decoding has been mastered, mature reading skills are ‘best developed by instilling in children a love of literature’ (Reading: The Next Steps; DfE, 2015, p. 4).


We are always happy to help students find books, and we have books suitable from Years 7 to 13, reading is a good way to wind down away from social media before you go to sleep at night.

Happy Reading Everyone.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Second-hand school shirts
We have a selection of second-hand school shirts available in Student Reception. If your son/daughter is in need of any spare shirts, please contact Student Reception.
Thank you.
Student Reception Team

News from Careers
Pathways to Property – Fully funded Summer School and Online Course with the University of Reading
An opportunity for students to learn more about the property industry and the exciting careers within it

Every day we are influenced by the built environment around us – shops, offices, industrial buildings, houses and the surrounding countryside all have an impact on the way we live. Did you ever wonder how these properties are developed, whether the buildings going up in our cities are sustainable or how much they are worth? The Pathways to Property project allows students the chance to explore the property industry in more depth. With such a huge variety of roles, from a building surveyor or town planner to a sustainability consultant or financial analyst, there is a role to suit any skillset or personality.

Pathways to Property Summer School

A four day, fully funded residential course for students in Year 12

• Date: 20-23rd July 2020
• Venue: Henley Business School, University of Reading
• Who: Year 12 students from state schools/colleges considering a career in property – either through University or through an apprenticeship
• Cost: Nothing! All food, accommodation and travel costs are covered

During the Summer School:

• Learn about the industry and the careers available
• Attend taster lectures
• Get involved in a group project and debate
• Go on site visits
• Meet new people
• Experience life on a University campus
• At the end of the Summer School, if keen to learn more about property, students can complete a funded work experience placement over October half term, have access to our e-mentoring programme, and if they choose to apply to study Real Estate and Planning at the University, can apply for a bursary up to £30,000 over three years.

How to Apply:

Applications close 15th May, although earlier entries are strongly encouraged. Visit the website at https://www.henley.ac.uk/alumni/support-henley/pathways-to-property

‘For me, the Summer School was the first step into a career in the property industry’

Bradley, Summer School participant & graduate surveyor at British Land

Open Online Course (OOC)

A three week online course designed by academics at Henley Business School, University of Reading for students to learn more about starting a career in property.

• Date: Begins 2nd March 2020
• Length: 3 weeks, requiring a maximum total of 6 hrs of study
• Venue: Online
• Who: Open to all students in secondary education. Most appropriate for students in Year 9 and upwards
• Cost: Nothing!
• During the OOC:

Learn about key topics in the industry such as sustainability, globalisation and technology
Hear from people in lots of different roles in the industry and learn about what they do
Get support from course mentors; a combination of academics, industry volunteers and real estate and planning students

After the course:

Upon completion you will receive a Certificate of Achievement for your studies – a great addition to a CV or UCAS application.

How to Sign Up:

Please visit https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/pathways-to-property to sign up to the course.

Get in touch at pathways2property@henley.ac.uk or 0118 378 4194.