Weekly News Bulletin: 1 October 2021

Head Students
Congratulations to our newly elected Year 11 Head Students Maisie and Ellis and also to Ella, Molly, Elliot and Ben who have been elected as Deputy Head Students.

The panel were very impressed with all of their applications, videos and interviews, together with their attitude to learning and views on life and the school environment. The panel also listened to the applicants’ opinions and ideas on how to make HRS an ever better place for all. The common factor amongst them all was that they wanted to make everyone in the school feel safe and happy and feel that each and every one had someone to turn to.

Head of Year 11, Ms Gordon said “I am incredibly proud of my year group as a whole and even more so knowing these students are representatives of the year and will leave a lasting legacy at HRS.”

The iDEA award

Congratulations to Year 13 student Brandon who is the first student at HRS to receive an iDEA Bronze Award.

This Award is an initiative that has been launched in Computing this year to give students the opportunity to enrich their digital skills. It is an industry recognised qualification, where students have to complete badges to gain either bronze, silver or gold award. Since the start of term HRS students have completed a total of 918 badges.

Ms P Cater – Head of Computing and Computing Hub Lead (SAT)

Physical Education Faculty News

Years 7 to 11 have been fully engaged in PE Core Curriculum activities and the Sixth Form has been participating in their Wednesday period 5 PE/sport opportunities.

The U19, U16 and U15 football squads will be taking part in their Essex Cup games over the next few weeks and we wish them well.

In Year 9 we had three representatives go to the NW football trials; Jamie Bibb, Oliver Edwards and Thomas Riches, who performed admirably. Oliver and Thomas made it to the final squad and played their first representative game last Saturday.

Year 7 rugby had their first training games on Tuesday 28th September, the scores are below:

• Leventhorpe 5-5 D
• Hockerill School 5-15 W

The squad of boys were a credit to the school and a pleasure to take on the fixture. With ten Year 7 boys not selected there is a lot of competition in Year 7 but we hope to give everyone a game over the coming weeks before their tournament which is after half term.

The netball trials have also taken place and the selection process was a difficult one with so many girls attending. The U16, U15, U14 squads selected will be participating in the forthcoming NW County games which feed into the National School Netball Tournament. Good luck!

It has been wonderful to see so many students attending extra-curricular clubs this term. Please remember students need their full PE kit. Hockey and rugby students need gum shields (we have run out at present and are ordering more in) and hockey and football students need shin pads when attending extra-curricular clubs and matches.

Please make sure your child’s PE kit is labelled in case it gets lost; it can then be returned to its rightful owner if found.

Thank you all, for your support.

Physical Education Faculty

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Last week a group of Year 12 students organised their first Sixth Form fundraising event by holding a Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 24th September.

Well done to Mason Adams, Jake Blohm, Alex Campbell-Brown, Ellie Hougham, Dylan Jewiss, Henry Malthouse, Shona Pathak, Isaac Roberts and Tony Smith who raised over £200. Rae Thatcher also did an amazing job of organising all the deliveries and Josh Cohen raised an additional £60 by selling leftover biscuits to the younger students, demonstrating excellent entrepreneurial skills.

Mrs P Barry – Sixth Form Manager

Design Technology: YEAR 8 STEM Club/Competition

The Design Technology department are starting this year’s STEM club/competition after October half term. The competition is open to all Year 8 students.

The challenge is to build a solar powered, wind driven model race car. Students will work together in small groups to design and make their model race car and compete against other groups upon completion.
Students will be able to start construction from the beginning of November with judging and races taking place in March 2022. The Design Technology: Stem Club/Competition will take place during lunchtime once a week in the Design Technology department.

There will be a prize for the winning team at the end of the race and competition.

The entry fee which covers the cost of the main materials (solar cell, rechargeable batteries, motor, propeller, switch, wood and plastic) is £5, students will work in pairs to design and make one race car. The entry fee will need to be paid via ParentPay by Friday 22nd October, before the ‘team’ can commence their project.

Full details and rules will be provided at the start of November and the club/competition will take place across the year.

Should you have any further questions, please email: csavill@hrs.education.

The Design Technology Team

Free Maths Help Online from Eedi

Eedi has offered all Year 5 to Year 9 (ages 9 to 14) families free access to Eedi School League, a 100% free maths learning league designed to motivate children to build maths confidence.

With the Eedi tutoring platform, students will get unlimited access to practice questions, review videos and the chance of winning prizes for their commitment and consistency. You’ll also get weekly reports from Eedi on how they’re doing.

Eedi is designed to feel more like a fun game rather than extra work. Your child will earn Streak points by setting a Routine and sticking to their weekly learning.

Eedi will hold weekly competitions and prize draws to boost motivation and engagement, giving away real prizes (from iPads to Amazon vouchers) for students and schools as they build their streak scores.

Families new to Eedi will also have a 7-day trial to their unlimited on-demand tutor plan, Eedi Plus, which usually costs £4.99 / month (note that this is optional and complimentary, you don’t need to pay or add payment details to participate in the League)

To learn more, visit the official Eedi School League website at https://eedi.com/school-league . Signing up is easy and takes less than 5 minutes.

If you have questions on the invitation, please contact Eedi directly on family@eedi.com.

The Maths Department