Weekly News Bulletin: 11 December 2020

Year 11 – applications to join the Sixth Form
Please be reminded that the initial closing date for applications to the Sixth Form is Friday 11 December 2020.  In light of the quick turnaround between 26 November and 11 December 2020 please be aware that applications received before Friday 18th December 2020 will be duly considered.
Mrs Donna Wright Head of Sixth Form and Head of Psychology

Term Dates for 2021-22
Please be aware that the holiday and term dates for the academic year 2021-22 will be agreed by Governors and published in January 2021. 

A Level Mathematics
Year 13 A Level Mathematics students will be sitting assessments in their maths lessons next week on the content covered so far. There will be two Pure maths papers on Wednesday 16th December and 2 Applied maths papers on Thursday 17th December.  Students are reminded to bring their equipment and to make use of the revision materials provided on Google Classroom and on the Dr Frost Maths website.
Thank you.
Miss Bacon – Mathematics Faculty

Student Recognition
We received an email on Tuesday from a very grateful local resident who wanted to thank some of our students for finding her dog who had escaped and was seen crossing a busy road at Church End.  The quick thinking students, caught the dog and contacted the owner to inform her that he was safe with them and waited until she collected him.

The owner wanted to express what a credit the students are to both themselves and the school. She added that their sensible actions in catching her dog probably saved his life.

We have not been able to identify the girls but would like to thank them personally on behalf of the owner.  If your son/daughter was involved in this incident, please email Mrs Weston at cweston@hrs.education.
Thank you.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Virtual Parental Information Evening
We will be holding a virtual introduction to the Bronze DofE Award for Year 9 parents and carers on Monday 14th November at 7.30pm. The meeting will take place through Zoom and login details will be emailed to the parents/carers addresses on the application forms.
Mr J Pearson – HRS DofE Team

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificate of Achievement
Congratulations to three more students in Year 10 who have gained their DofE Certificate of achievement this week: Emily Stone, Charlotte Oliver and Katie Oliver.
Mr P Graves – HRS DofE Team

News from the Learning Zone
Uttlesford Foodbank
Thank you to all those who brought in donations for the Uttlesford Foodbank.  Seven crates of food were collected on Wednesday to be distributed to those in need.

The Christmas TV Guide
Do you love to watch films? Behind many good films there’s often a great book!

The Christmas TV guide compiled by Helen Smith at the Eckington School covers films from the beginning of December to the 1st January including the channel, time and rating.  Also included are the subscription channels and a word search you can print off and complete.

It is a wonderful resource and we are very grateful that Helen has shared it with us. There may be an opportunity for you to watch a film and maybe follow up by reading the book over the Christmas period.


Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Young Minds Parents Helpfinder – supporting you to support them
This year has been extra stressful, especially if you’re a parent.  With so much uncertainty, it’s entirely normal for your child to be finding things difficult, and for you to be unsure how best to look after their mental health and wellbeing, as well as your own.

But whatever you and your child are dealing with, you are not alone. The following link offers support to parents and carers from the Young Minds charity:  Young Minds Supporting Parents

NSPCC Young People’s Board for Change

  • Aged 13-16?
    Want to help other children and young people?
  • Want to have your voice heard, meet new people and have fun?
  • Be unstoppable – join the Young People’s Board for Change

Students ready to have their say can apply now to join the NSPCC Young People’s Board for Change by using the following link: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/board-for-change

Year 7 & 8 Indoor Athletics
At the start of this half term Year 7 and 8 students participated in indoor athletic events within their core Physical Education lessons. The top students in each year group were selected to compete in the North West athletic games.

Four schools entered, Helena Romanes; Saffron Walden; Joyce Frankland and Forest Hall.  In our first year of entry the Year 7 girls and Year 8 boys came second overall in their respective competitions.  When the boys and girls scores were added together we came 3rd overall in both year groups, not losing out by many points. This bodes well for the future and we will certainly continue to compete next year.  Thank you to all the year 7 and 8 students who took part.

Overall points totals:

Year 7   Girls 1078            Boys 1013
Year 8   Girls 1056             Boys 1236