Weekly News Bulletin: 12 November 2021

To mark the start of the two minute silence at HRS at 11.00am on Remembrance Day, Year 9 student, Thomas, performed The Last Post on his trumpet. This was a moving tribute to remember all those who lost their lives during the wars.

On Sunday, Mr Foster, Deputy Headteacher, together with the Head Students will lay a poppy wreath on behalf of Helena Romanes School at the war memorial in Dunmow High Street.


Sixth Form Open Evening – Monday 22nd November 2021

Year 11 students are invited to our Sixth Form information evening, which takes place on Monday 22nd November from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. In order to make the experience as comfortable as possible for both guests and staff, we are putting the following arrangements in place.

There will be two presentations from the Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form. These presentations last for 30 minutes and are scheduled for one at 6.00pm and the second at 7.00pm.

In addition, subject teachers for each subject we offer will be in school to share information and answer any questions. Presentations will be given every 15 minutes to minimise the number of people in each room. This allows you to see the main presentation and visit up to six subjects over the course of the evening.

An outline of the evening can be seen below –

Time Various locations Main Hall
5:30 Subject information session
5:45 Subject information session
6:00 Subject information session Presentation from the Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form
6:15 Subject information session Presentation from the Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form
6:30 Subject information session
6:45 Subject information session
7:00 Subject information session Presentation from the Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form
7:15 Subject information session Presentation from the Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form
7:30 Subject information session
7:45 Subject information session

If you are an external student visiting the school, please be aware that we will have several of our Year 12 and 13 students to act as guides.

The new Sixth Form prospectus is available here.

Please make a booking to attend using the follow link Eventbrite.co.uk

Mr L Cooke – Director of Sixth Form

Foodbank Christmas Collection 2021

Once again Christmas is almost upon us and at Helena Romanes School we are collecting for the Uttlesford Foodbank again this year. There are many people in our area who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to afford to buy food. If you are able to, please donate an item or items from the list below to make their Christmas more comfortable, your donations would be very much appreciated.

• Mince pies – Please check the dates as these items can be very short dated
• Christmas Pudding – Alcohol Free
• Christmas Cake – Alcohol Free
• Chocolate Log
• Chocolates/Biscuits/Sweets
• Tinned Salmon/Ham/Chicken
• Tinned Ready Meals
• Jelly and Custard
• Cheese Crackers
• Gravy/Stuffing/Sauce

We are aware that not everyone is in a position to donate but every item given, however small, will help someone in need this Christmas. The Foodbank also accept monetary donations please see their website for details:

Donate money

Finally, please see the Uttlesford Foodbank website for items they are already well stocked with and items they cannot accept before sending your donation into school.

Donate food

Thank you for your support.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Physical Education Faculty: Year 7 & 8 District Rugby

Year 8
Thursday 4th November saw the Year 8 Rugby team take part in their first rugby tournament representing HRS and they did themselves and the school proud. Playing against some strong opposition, the team got off to a great start beating the hosts 10-0 and a hard fought draw before playing the two strongest teams in the competition.

The squad bounced back showing an eagerness to improve while listening carefully to feedback to get back into winning ways. The boys ended up with the following results:

Won 4
Drew 1
Lost 3

• Leventhorpe Won 10-0
• Hockerill Drew 0-0
• Saffron Walden Lost 20-0
• Bishop’s Stortford High Lost 20 – 0
• St Mary’s Won 10 -0
• Joyce Frankland Lost 5-0
• Birchwood Won 5 -0
• Edwinstree Won 25 -5

Despite some very cold windy weather the team played some great rugby and made massive improvements on previous performances. Well done!!

The players of the tournament were:

• Forwards: Gene Hancock
• Backs: Lennon Childs
• Tackle of the day: Alfie Halls

The Year 8 squad:
Callum Sanderson, Ali Ozturk, Fraser Everett, Charlie Hughes, Gene Hancock, Archie Bullock, Jacob Chambers, Lennon Childs, Alfie Halls, Henry Evans-Barlow, Freddie Bott, Thomas Bradbury, Finlay Staff-Brian, Rhys Lodge, Harry Robinson, Connor Rivers, Jake Wright,

Mr Wilkins – Physical Education Faculty / Head of Year 8

Year 7
It has been two great weeks of fixtures for our Year 7 rugby side. It has been brilliant to see the togetherness, effort and encouragement between each of them.

On Friday 5th November we took a squad of 15 players to the Bishop’s Stortford District Rugby tournament and played eight games of rugby against local schools. The results of the tournament are below:

• St. Mary’s Won (5-0)
• Hockerill Lost (0-5)
• Saffron Walden Drew (0-0)
• Joyce Frankland Lost (10-0)
• Birchwood Lost (5-10)
• Leventhorpe Lost (5-0)
• Edwinstree Won (25-0)

On Tuesday 9th November we had another squad of 18 Year 7’s and some Year 8 students playing together. This was a home fixture against Tabor Academy. The score was 20-15 to Tabor.

The boys should be proud of their achievements and owe much to their commitment to training every Thursday after school since the start of term.

Mr J Harvey – Physical Education Faculty

Miss Tjandra’s Lessons

If your son/daughter is taught by Miss Tjandra in the Science faculty, please inform them that all of her lessons will take place next week in A015 instead of A019.

Thank you.

Mr R Milne – Assistant Headteacher/Head of Science

Are you interested in training to become a primary or secondary teacher in Essex or Suffolk?
Do you know someone else who is interested in teaching as a career?

Dear Parent/Carer,

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