Weekly News Bulletin: 27 November 2020

Uttlesford Food bank Christmas 2020
Thank you to those who have already donated to the Food Bank, next week is the final week we are collecting, please give generously if you are able.

Collection boxes have been placed in the Main Hall 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 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.


Thank you to those who have already donated.  We look forward to receiving further donations to spread the joy of Christmas giving through the school and the community.Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
During this difficult year we have continued to run the Award but have concentrated on helping students complete their Physical Recreation, Skill and Voluntary sections and have an excellent response from most students.

We would like to draw your attention to the updated Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme webpage on the school website; the link to the page can be found here.  Please take a look at this site for further information about the scheme in general and the various parts to it.

Unfortunately, due to lockdown we have been unable to do the expeditions and hold meetings in school.  However, we have been communicating with students via email and have helped a large number of students complete their Awards.  DofE launched a Certificate of Achievement Award; we are pleased to report that many of our students have gained this Award in Year 10 and Year 11.

Those students who have not been able to undertake their expedition this year will be pleased that the vaccination news increases the likelihood of a resumption of expeditions next summer.  To ensure that students do not lose out because of the current situation, DofE is allowing the Silver practice expectation to count as the Bronze assessment for next year only.

We are in the process of launching the Bronze Award to Year 9 students through form tutors, followed up by a presentation, application form and letter being sent home to Year 9 parents and carers.   Application forms should be returned to Student Reception for the attention of Ms Foulger, the school DofE contact.   If after receiving this information, you have any further questions, please contact Mr Pearson, the school organiser at jpearson@hrs.education.

Those students in Year 10 who have passed at least one section of their Bronze Award have been invited to start the Silver Award.  Year 11 students who have completed at least one section of the Silver Award have been offered the opportunity to start the Gold Award.  Application forms for these two Awards need to be emailed to Mrs Middleton-Sams at vmiddleton-sams@hrs.education.  If a student missed out on doing the Bronze Award and wants to do the Silver Award as a Direct Entrant they should email Mrs Middleton- Sams for an application form and details.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award team is run by volunteers who look after individual sections and are supported by other school staff and sometimes parents.
Mr P Graves – DofE Volunteer Leader

Blitzkids Radio
This Sunday 29th November ‘blitzkids’ radio are hosting a female takeover day raising money for a fantastic charity ‘Changing Pathways’ supporting victims of domestic abuse.

One of our talented year seven students Martha Blagrove will be hosting a show as part of this day and Martha is on air 9am till 10am.
Mr C Wilkins – Head of Year 7

Images and Video Parental Consent Form
Thank you to those parents and carers of Year 7, 9 and 11 students who have already completed and returned the above consent form.  All outstanding forms should be returned by Friday 4th December at the latest.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Reception

Something’s Not Right Campaign
We want to bring your attention to the new ‘Something’s not right’ campaign. This campaign was developed by the Home Office in partnership with Childline, NSPCC, Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, the Marie Collins Foundation and the Internet Watch Foundation and contains a lot of useful information, advice and guidance for a range of safeguarding issues.  Please take some time to look at it, particularly with your children.  The link will be on our website under the students keeping safe tab and we will be promoting it in school.


Miss L Brammer – Child protection Officer