Weekly News Bulletin: 13 November 2020

Wreath Laying
Despite Covid restrictions resulting in Remembrance services around the country being scaled down this year, we are very proud of two of our students who were invited to lay poppy wreaths at war memorials in and around Dunmow to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

Head Girl Sophie, who was accompanied by Deputy Headteacher, Mr Foster, laid a wreath on behalf of Helena Romanes School at the Dunmow war memorial and Year 11 student Millie, was invited by the Great Easton Community Association to lay a wreath at the war memorial in Great Easton.

Thank you!
Thank you to Dunmow Town Council Dunmow for providing £15 Tesco vouchers for each free school meal student to cover food expenses during half term.  Their generosity was gratefully received by all concerned.

Children in Need
PE Teacher, Mr Cheema is completing a ‘1000 press ups in a five-day challenge’ with a friend who is working from home, to raise funds for Children in Need.
Mr Cheema will be doing 40 press ups per lesson every day until Friday, witnessed by students.  If you can give a little to Children in Need, any contributions would be appreciated: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kulvinder-Cheema1
Thank you for your time.
Mr K Cheema – PE Teacher

Uttlesford Food Bank Christmas 2020
Here at HRS we will again be collecting for the Uttlesford Food Bank Christmas Campaign.

There will be collection boxes in the Hall for students who arrive on a bus and by the stairs to Art for those who arrive on foot or by car.

We are all aware of the hardship many people in our area face, even more so for some people this year with the continuing pandemic.  If you can give an item of food from the list below between the 16th and 27th of November it would be much appreciated.  All items received will be handled in a COVID secure way.

  • Tinned Salmon
  • Tinned Ham
  • Face Masks
  • Long-Life Juice and Fruit Squash
  • Christmas Pudding
  • UHT Milk
  • Stuffing & Gravy
  • Mince Pies (Please Check Best Before Is After 15/12/2020)
  • Chutney/Sauce etc.
  • Box of Chocolates
  • Tinned Ready Meals
  • Christmas Cake
  • Chocolate Log
  • Part-Baked Bread Rolls (Please check Best Before Date)
  • Cheese Crackers/Crisps/Twiglets etc.
  • Biscuits
  • Jelly/Custard
  • Coffee
  • Small Jars of Pasta Sauce

Should you prefer to make a monetary donation, the Foodbank uses Virgin Money Giving (see link below).  In the message box add HRS plus your message if desired.


We look forward to receiving your donations to spread the joy of Christmas giving through the school and the community.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Year 8 and Year 9 Maths Assessments
All students in Year 8 and 9 will be sitting their termly assessment next week.   It is therefore important that they remember to bring all of their equipment with them to their maths lessons (pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, set of compasses, eraser).   Both assessments will be non-calculator.

Both year groups have been sent revision materials on Show My Homework where they can find out more about the style of paper they will be sitting.

The assessments will take place on the following days:

  • Year 8 – Monday 16th November
  • Year 9 – Wednesday 18th November

The expectation is for all students to attempt as much as they can of a foundation GCSE style paper in an hour.  This will then be used by the department to adapt our plan for each class to ensure they are where they need to be at this stage in their education.
Thank you in advance for your support
The Maths Department

Year 11 Mocks: Round 2
Please be advised that the second set of mock exams will take place from Monday 18th January 2021 to Friday 5th February 2021.  This is now presently 7 school weeks away.

These mocks will cover all subjects.  We have run two sets of mocks in Year 11 for a number of years now to give students adequate practice in both revision and the application of knowledge in exam settings.

Attached to this bulletin is a document that outlines the content of each of the mocks as well as helpful resources for revision.   It is imperative that students are revising every evening from this point onwards as the content for GCSEs is significant which takes a lot of time to cover.  I have attached an exemplar revision timetable to show how all subjects can be covered as well as making space for other non-academic pursuits to enable important down time.   As before, I would recommend the scaling back of other activities in this period to allow students to have enough time to revise.   Please do ensure students have their own revision timetables, organisation is a major key to success.

When it comes to how to revise, strategies are also in the attached document.  These can be used both individually but also with your children to help you check knowledge and be part of the process.

If you need any support or guidance during this time, please do get in contact.
Mr N Wilcox – Head of Year 11

Considering a Career in Medicine?
Is your child considering a career in medicine? We are going to run a presentation from a senior lecturer from the Anglia Ruskin University for anyone who is considering medicine. If your child would like to be part of this, please forward their name to me, thank you.
Mr N Wilcox – Head of Year 11

Physical Education Faculty: Year 7 and 8 Curriculum Update
For Years 7 and 8 we have been focussing on indoor and outdoor athletics events.  Each form group will participate in 10 events over this half term and each individual’s times and distances will be recorded on an overall spreadsheet.

Each event is allocated points and the better the time or greater the distances they achieve, the more points they get individually as well as for their own form group.  Therefore we are running an inter-form event for Years 7 and 8, the results of which will be known in a few weeks.

Some students may be selected to participate in the indoor Essex ‘virtual athletics competition’ and we will let those students know in due course.

Both Years 7 and 8 have participated with great enthusiasm and motivation, challenging themselves individually and supporting one another in their form groups.
Mr K Cheema – Physical Education Faculty

Parenting alone – Befriending Service
Parenting alone can be full of pressures and challenges. If you’re feeling lonely, lacking in confidence, not getting out enough, swamped by responsibilities or desperate for ‘adult conversation’ our Volunteer Befrienders can help.

Our Befrienders are non-judgemental, good listeners, empathetic and willing to help and support you by offering encouragement to access your local community, attending activities / groups with you where safe and allowed, and telephoning or meeting up for a socially distanced chat.

Take the step to reducing your loneliness by getting in touch with Essex Befriends.  You can self-refer for a Befriender by emailing parents@mindinwestessex.org.uk

Online safety links for parents
For useful information to help keep your children safe, please click the following link.
Miss L Brammer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead/Child Protection Officer

Teacher Training Opportunities
Are you interested in training to become a primary or secondary teacher within the Essex region?

Do you know someone else who is interested in teaching as a career?

Saffron Walden County High has been accredited with Teaching School Hub status in this year and has been working closely with another Teaching School Hub (Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub) and other local teacher training providers to recruit and support our partners to deliver high quality teacher training. This is important to us because it means we can choose the most talented and dedicated people and develop them as teachers within our schools to deliver the best outcomes for the students in our local area.

We have teacher training vacancies now to start training from September 2021, with a wide range of providers from across (Uttlesford, Braintree, Harlow, Chelmsford, Epping, Basildon, Brentwood, Southend – on – Sea and Thurrock) We would be very interested to hear from you if you are thinking of becoming a teacher or know someone who is.  We are looking for people who have a degree, a passion for education and teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential.

Please come along to find out more at an online ‘Getting into Teaching’ event on the 14th of December 4.00pm- 6.00pm.  At this event you will hear from multiple teacher training providers and find out more about which training routes are right for you and how you go about applying. We are also very excited to have Cat Scutt speaking at this event. Cat is the Director of Education and Research from The Chartered College (the professional body for all teachers.) You will also get the opportunity to hear from recently qualified teachers who will share their experiences of teaching with you.

The poster in the ‘related documents’ I have attached the poster which gives details on how to book on this event.

Please also look at the information on our HUB website on the Train to Teach section which explains the different routes, funding options and gives advice on how to apply to become a teacher. https://www.saffronteachingschoolhub.net/page/?title=Train+To+Teach&pid=36  

For any further information on becoming a teacher you can visit the DfE getting into teaching site here https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/.

Yours sincerely,

Angela RoddaAssistant Director CTSN SCITT /Assistant Head/ITT lead for Saffron Teaching School Hub
Saffron Walden County High School
Email: arodda@swchs.net
Email: Arodda@camteach.org.uk 

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