Weekly News Bulletin: 3 September 2021

Dear Parent/Carer, 

We were delighted to welcome our new Year 7 and 12 students back to school this week, following the summer break.  In addition, we are looking forward to seeing the rest of our secondary and sixth from students return to school on Monday and Tuesday.

As of the 1st September, the status of our school changed to that of an all-through school and we are particularly excited to have our first cohort of primary children join us next week too.  The school site has (and continues to be) a hive of activity as the construction of the primary phase of the school takes shape.

As you will already be aware, we continue to take the health and safety of our staff and students very seriously.  Mr Foster wrote to you earlier this week outlining the measures that we have in place in order to make the school as ‘Covid-secure’ as possible. As part of this process, we have chosen to keep many of the control measures that we had put in place last year.  We will continue to liaise with Essex County Council and the local public health team, and we will let you know immediately if there need to be any further changes in response to increased rates, either at a local or national level.

We are all very much looking forward to more of a normal school year than the previous two, where students are able to benefit from many of the activities and opportunities that have been put on hold in recent times.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mr D Gee
Executive Headteacher

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions return
Our first group of students to do an expedition for two years has just returned from three days in the New Forest. They had all achieved their Bronze Certificate and were doing their Bronze expedition Assessment and Silver practice. The expedition took take place from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th August; the students walked and camped in the New Forest, Hampshire. One of the highlights for them on day 1 was seeing a group of wild deer.

An excited group met at school at 8am and travelled by two minibuses to the students’ drop off points near Beaulieu. They then walked to the campsite just outside Brockenhurst. On the Wednesday, they walked a circular planned route through the forest back to the same campsite. They were praised by members of the public who were staying on the campsite for their behaviour and attitude. They excelled showing great camp craft skills. They did recognise that they need to use their compass more!  The first day was very much a training day refreshing map and navigation skills before being let off on their own.

These students have all now passed their Bronze award and are making excellent progress towards their Silver award.

The trip was organised by Viv Middleton Sams, Peter Graves & John Pearson.

The next expedition is for Year 11 students to Screens Park near Roxwell during October.

Mr P Graves

Music Peripatetic Lessons
Music peripatetic lessons are once again available for students. For further information about booking lessons for this term, please contact either Mr Charalambous or Mr Stewart in the Music department by emailing them at pcharalambous@hrs.education or nstewart@hrs.education.

Name Labels
All items of school clothing, including ties; coats; PE kits and aprons etc. should be clearly labelled with your child’s name on as it is impossible to return lost items to students if they are not labelled.

There are a number of unlabelled winter coats left from last year in Student Reception, which we will keep here until Friday 10th September.

Student Reception

Drama and Tech Clubs
Please see the flyer below for further details about our Drama and Tech Clubs!
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Media and Drama

Vacancy
Chartwells, our catering contractors have a vacancy for a general catering assistant.  25-30 hours per week, term time only.  Please email Jackie Holdsworth at 61677@compass-group.co.uk for an application form.

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