Weekly News Bulletin: 8th October 2021

Primary School

It has been a busy and exciting time in HRS Primary over the past few weeks, and we’ve all enjoyed seeing the children settle into their surroundings, establish strong relationships with their peers and teachers and engage positively in their learning.

As well as our classroom-based learning, we are beginning to explore the rest of the school and take part in lessons and activities alongside teachers from the Secondary phase. The pupils were put through their paces by Mr Kidder in PE and danced delightfully with Mrs Judd in the Studio!

Further embedding their connection to the Secondary school, our primary pupils are learning to respect their environment. They have recently created posters to encourage HRS students to care for the grounds and encourage them to pick up litter. We are very proud of their contribution to the ethos of respect within the school.

Strong relationships with our families is central to our ethos, so we recently hosted a ‘Meet the Teacher’ session for parents and carers in our Learning Zone. This was another valuable opportunity to connect with families and share the learning journey of our pupils. We are looking forward to running similar sessions across the term with a focus on phonics, literacy and numeracy.

Finally, we have taken delivery of some amazing resources and equipment for our pupils! The children have especially enjoyed playing with our new hoops!

Mrs J Hone – Headteacher (Primary Phase)

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award Expedition

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award expedition last weekend. On Day 1 the route took students from Ford End to Skreens Park in Chelmsford and on to the finish at Broads Green on Day 2. The weather was dry for the first three hours of the walk on Day 1 before the torrential rain arrived and continued until 8.00pm.

Students showed good navigation skills, teamwork and care for one another and their resilience to the extremely wet weather conditions on Saturday was commendable. That, along with Skreens Park management providing them with the use of a barn at short notice, enabled them to successfully compete the first day. They used the barn to cook on the Trangias in the dry, erect their tents (and then move them outside into position) and socialises in the evening in the dry, whilst outside torrential rain fell. This was the worst weather we have ever encountered on a Bronze expedition!

On Day 2 the weather conditions were far better, enabling the students to complete their expedition in good spirits.

Seventeen of the 19 students completed their Bronze Award by the end of Day 2. The two remaining students have almost completed theirs also. Congratulations to them all.

This is the second DofE expedition to run this year, resulting in all of the Year 11’s who signed up for it having the opportunity to complete their Bronze Award.

The trip was organised by Mr Pearson and supported by Mr Graves, Mrs Middleton-Sams, Ms Foulger, Mr Mascetti, and Mr Moore.

Covid-19 Tests
Please may we remind parents/carers of the following guidance from the NHS if your child has Covid-19 symptoms:

There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you’re getting tested.

The 2 main tests are:

• PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they are sent to a lab to be checked
• rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms and they give a quick result

Both tests are free from the NHS.

Thank you.

Relationship and Sex Education Curriculum
As part of our Relationship and Sex Education curriculum we are required to communicate with parents to seek their views on our Relationships and Sex Education policy.

I would be grateful if you could read the policy, which can be found on our website https://www.helena-romanes.essex.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Relationship-and-Sex-Education-Policy-Jan-2021.pdf and email any views or comments you have to enquiries@hrs.education with a subject line of RSE Policy Comments.

Many thanks for your support.
Miss E Colton – Deputy Headteacher: Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

Rotary Club Competition Winners
Congratulations to Lola Gibson and Oliver Levy who were both placed top of their age group for their submissions to the Rotary Club’s Young Artist/Young Photographer 2021-21 competition. Lola went on to win 1st prize in the District (Essex) competition.