Weekly News Bulletin: 15 October 2021

HRS Primary Phase

We have had another amazing week in the Primary phase, with lots of ‘new’ adventures and experiences! Firstly, we welcomed a new pupil to our school, and are so pleased with how well he has settled in. There have been several admission enquiries in recent weeks, and we have a growing number of families booked in for school tours for our 2022 cohort, which is very encouraging. We also visited the Dunmow Leisure Centre for our first swimming lesson – which was a very new and exciting experience for us all! Miss Knowles is both an accomplished swimmer and a trained instructor, so the children were in super safe hands and it was a splashing success all round.

We are continuing to explore our environment through our learning activities, making the most of opportunities to be active and outdoors! The children have enjoyed being mathematicians and have been spotting and creating patterns. In English, they have learned, enacted and innovated a story – using story maps, drama and props to bring the tale to life. They have also been eagerly applying their developing phonological skills to real-life situations, creating shopping lists for a picnic using phoneme/grapheme correspondence skills.

We can’t wait to see what new opportunities next week will bring!

Mrs J Hone – Headteacher (Primary Phase)

Year 8 Certificates

This Wednesday Mr Gee met with four outstanding students to present them with a certificate and badge to celebrate their fantastic achievements this year. The students have excelled and their progress has been incredible. A huge Well done to Jake, Finlay, Dylan and Sophie!

Mr C Wilkins – Head of Year 8 / Mrs L Cook – Head of Year 8

Physical Education Faculty
Core Physical Education:

Year 7 and 8 are on their second rotation of activities and Years 9, 10 and 11 began their new sport activities this week.

Sixth Form sport continues on a Wednesday afternoon with students involved in football, the fitness suite (with support from the leisure centre) and yoga.

Many thanks for the support of other colleagues without whose help, this would not be possible.

Could we ask all parents/carers and students to label their PE kit, so that if found, we can return it to the rightful owner.

Essex Cup Football results:

• U19 Sixth Form 0-7 to Brentwood School
• U16 Year 11 1-4 to Notley High School
• U15 Year 10 1-5 to Passmores School

We have played against some strong schools in our return to the Essex Cup Competitions, however, the squads will learn from this and we will continue to train every week.

The Sixth Form has been entered into the U19 Essex East League 3 so will have regular games every Wednesday afternoon and the long term intention is to build a school first XI which may incorporate players from other year groups and expand the teams within the Sixth Form. Thanks to Mr Cooke, Mr Hore and Michael Richardson from MRFA Academy leading the coaching for the Sixth Form.

At the start of the year we held a series of trials for both U14 and U16 students. Having selected the players for each team they will now be representing the school in both the National Schools’ Competition and also the Essex Cup. Both teams have played in the National Schools’ North West Essex round and performed really well. The U14 team who were formed this year have bonded well with both Year 8 and 9 students represented. The U16 team continue with the same team from two years ago. To qualify for the next round we needed to finish in the top 2. Despite some fantastic play both teams finished 3rd, so narrowly missed out on representing NW Essex in the next round. A great result for both teams. Next week the U14 team will travel to Passmores Academy and the U16 team to Mossbourne Community Academy to play in the first round of the Essex Schools Cup. We would like to wish the girls good luck in the next round.

Our Year 7, 8 and 9 squads have been training on a regular basis this half term every Thursday and we have our first major outing away, against Birchwood School next week on Thursday 21st October. This is in preparation for the Bishop Stortford Rugby tournaments after half –term. All of the tournaments will start at 2.00pm at Leventhorpe School fields. The dates are below:

• Tuesday 2nd November: Year 9
• Thursday 4th November: Year 8
• Friday 5th November: Year 7

Cross Country:
We will be entering the Bishop’s Stortford Schools Cross Country Championships on Tuesday 16th November with Year 7, 8 and 9 boys and girls squads. If there any senior students in Years 10, 11 or Sixth Form who wish to enter as individual athletes please, get in touch with Mr Cheema as soon as possible before half term.

Physical Education Faculty

Year 10 Maths Assessments

Year 10 will have their half termly assessment next week on Tuesday 19th October and Friday 22nd October in their maths lessons. If they would like to revise we recommend completing Memri tasks on hegartymaths.com, and using websites such as mathsgenie.co.uk to revise any topics they have studied using the revision material available.

It is important that students have the correct equipment with them on the day (pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, sharpener, compass and protractor).

Year 7 Maths

This week the Year 7’s have been placed into their new maths groups. To make this transition easier all year 7’s have been set the same homework tasks on hegartymaths.com, these are:

• 151 – Writing Algebraic Expressions 1
• 152 – Writing Algebraic Expressions 2

These tasks should be attempted and if the student scores less than 70%, we will ask them to watch the video to see the examples and then try the task again to improve their score. They may wish to watch the video first also. If they have any further issues, please remind them to speak to their new or previous maths teacher.

Miss G Bacon – Second in Mathematics


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Mr C Dilley – Assistant Headteacher