Weekly News Bulletin: 22 October 2021

Jack Petchey Achievement Award Winners

Mr Gee was delighted to be able to present this year’s HRS Jack Petchey Foundation Award winners with medals this week in recognition of their achievements.  The Jack Petchey Foundation normally present these medals at their annual awards ceremony at Foakes Hall in Great Dunmow but due to the pandemic it was not possible this year.

Congratulations to Year 13 student Damon; Year 11 students Elliott and Maisie; Year 10 student Arianne and Year 9 student Alexandra for being excellent role models in the school community.

Pictured below are some of our award winners receiving their medals this week from Mr Gee in the presence of their Heads of Year.      


News from the Learning Zone

This half term has been a whirlwind of testing for our Year 7 and 8 students with CATs and Star assessments.

We continue to encourage students to find a book that they really enjoy reading and will be adding new books to the shelves to support them to do this.

We have 203 library books which are overdue. Please use this holiday to have a look around and return any stray books.

On Thursday 4th November we are starting the Warhammer Club after school in the Learning Zone from 3.15pm – 4.00pm with Miss Tjandra.

There is a limited number of students who can take part; if your son/daughter is interested they need to sign up in the Learning Zone.  We look forward to sharing the progress of the game with you.

Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Biology Week 2021

The deadline for students in all year groups to participate in the biology challenges below has been extended so that students can work on them over half-term.  Students need to bring models into their science lessons after the break.

Mrs H Goodwin – Science Faculty

Sixth Form 

The sixth form charities committee have been very active over the last two weeks.

Congratulations to Year 12 students who raised £111.00 for the Barnardo’s charity through a series of cake sales with a Halloween theme.

Congratulations also to Year 13 students who raised over £95 for Breast Cancer, organising a wear something pink day.

They have also raised an additional £89 self-funding for their Summer Ball, an event which, traditionally, marks the end of A level studies.

Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Food Department

Please be aware that students may not cook if they do not have a suitable apron to wear. Aprons need to be cotton and the correct size for the student.

Nail polish may not be worn in food practical lessons. If a student arrives with nail polish, they will not be allowed to cook. The same applies to acrylic nails.

We have a large amount of plastic containers (both marked and unmarked).  Please can students be reminded to collect them.

Can all students please put their name onto their food containers.  It is very difficult to identify which container belongs to which students when at the end of the day, there are 66 students collecting food.

If anyone has a good quality pasta machine at home that they no longer need/use; please feel free to recycle it to us.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs C Joubert – Head of Technology

Free online Train to Teach in Essex and Suffolk Event

The Saffron Teaching School Hub, Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub and Alpha Teaching School Hub are hosting a free online ‘Train to Teach in Essex and Suffolk’ event on Thursday 2nd December from 4.30pm – 6.00pm via Zoom.

For further information and to register for this free event click on the link below:

Train to Teach 2nd December – event registration

We have teacher training vacancies now to start training from September 2022, with a wide range of providers from across Essex and Suffolk, covering Babergh, Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Ipswich, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Tendring, Thurrock and Uttlesford.

We are looking for people who have a degree, a passion for education and teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential.

For more information on training to teach please click here for details of the teacher training routes and funding options and advice on how to apply to become a teacher.

Further information becoming a teacher can also be found on the DfE ‘Get into Teaching’ website https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Rodda
ITT Lead, Saffron Teaching School Hub