Weekly News Bulletin: 4 December 2017

Rotary Youth Speaks Competition
On Tuesday the 28th November, HRS hosted the annual Youth Speaks Competition sponsored and organised by our local Dunmow Rotary Club. In the intermediate round, teams from Years 7, 8 and 9 competed against each other with topics including: ‘Willpower’, ‘Creative Arts in Education’ and ‘The Effects of Plastic in the Oceans’; whilst in the senior round, HRS competed against Felsted Prep. Our link Rotarian exclaimed of the evening, ‘all your teams were very polished- they spoke clearly and eloquently and passionately about subjects they had researched well.’
We were thrilled when the winners were announced: Benjamin James (Chairperson), Sophie-Ella Rose (Speaker), Roshaan Premadasa (Vote of Thanks) from Year 8 won the intermediate competition with their passionate speech promoting Creative Arts in Education. Our Year 10 team who were articulately represented by Emma Holland (Chairperson), Sarah Mouncher (Speaker) and Katie Salmon (Vote of Thanks) stole the show beating Felsted with their topic, ‘Women’s Rights’.

A huge ‘thank you’ to Rotary Great Dunmow for a most enjoyable evening.
Miss V Cheyne – Head of English

Sixth Form Coffee Mornings
We are holding Coffee Mornings for prospective parents of Sixth Form students on Tuesday 5th December from 11.30am – 1.00pm and Friday 8th December from 9.15am – 11.00am. These are a chance to meet with the Headteacher and me, discuss the school and to see us function on a normal day. Booking is essential. Please contact the Sixth Form Manager at pbarry@hrs.education to book a place.

We look forward to supporting you in making the right choice for your child’s next step in their education.
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Year 11 Parents’ Evening
We would like to remind you that the Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 14th December 2017 from 5.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to discuss your son’s/daughter’s academic progress at this important stage in their education prior to their GCSE’s next year.

Students are responsible for making appointments with their subject teachers and these should be recorded on their blue appointment sheet. I would be grateful if you could check with your child that appointments are being made. Students are expected to attend the evening with their parents/carers.

Please note that parking is not permitted in the Leisure Centre car park. There will be spaces available in the school car park that can be accessed by turning right at the roundabout at the front of the building.

If you have not already done so, please complete and submit the reply slip that was recently emailed or reply to ymehmet@hrs.education to confirm your attendance by Friday 7th December 2017.

We look forward to meeting you on this occasion.
Ms T Foulger – Director of Learning: Year 11

Christmas Music Concert
Please note the date for the Music Concert has been changed to the evening of Wednesday 13th December 2017.

Students will be showcasing their talents so please come and join us for a festive evening full of musical entertainment. The PTA will be selling refreshments throughout the evening.

Tickets, priced at £5.00, may be purchased online via ParentPay.
Mr P Charalambous – Head of Music

News from Year 7
Year 7 Christmas Carol Service
Year 7 students have been invited to attend a Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in Great Dunmow.

Following the success of the event in previous years, we will be attending the service on Monday 18th December, starting at 2.00 p.m. Following an early lunch, students will walk down to St Mary’s at 1.40 p.m. The students will be accompanied by teaching and support staff to and from the church and shall return to HRS for 3.10 p.m.

We feel that this is an excellent opportunity for the students to be involved in this event, however if you have any concerns with regards to your child taking part in the service, please let me know as soon as possible.
Miss W Gordon – Director of Learning for Year 7

Redbond Lodge Christmas Collection
Please may I say a massive thank you for all parents and year 7 students who are contributing to the Redbond Lodge Christmas collection. The response has been amazing and we appreciate your generosity and kindness.

We are hoping to give the presents to the residents on Monday 18th December at the Christmas carol service at St Mary’s Church as we have invited the residents to partake in our carol service and share in the festivities.
Miss W Gordon – Director of Learning for Year 7

Collection for the Uttlesford Foodbank
As Christmas approaches here at HRS we have been thinking about those people less fortunate than ourselves. We have decided to collect for the Uttlesford Foodbank which provides food and other essential items when they most need it. There will be a collection box in the Learning Zone to take any donations which will be taken to Saffron Walden during the last week of school ready for distribution for Christmas throughout the area. The items required are listed below, if you can add an extra item in your shopping bag this Christmas we would be most appreciative:

Christmas 2017 Ideas:
• Sugar, tea, coffee, long life milk
• Shampoo, shower gel, tampons, shaving gel
• Toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes
• Chocolates, sweets and treats
• Pasta, rice, sauces
• Puddings. Mince pies, Christmas cake
• Tinned soup, fruit, vegetables, meat
• Long life juice, squash

For further information, please click on the following link: https://uttlesford.foodbank.org.uk/about 

Thank you.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Christmas Dinner
Christmas dinner will be served in the Upper Dining Hall on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December. If your son/daughter would like a Christmas dinner please arrange for the payment of £3.75 via ParentPay.

Only 100 spaces are available each day. Your child will need to collect a ticket for their meal from Mrs Louth in the Main Office on Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th December. They will need to present their ticket at the till when collecting their lunch. Please make your child aware that days cannot be swapped once purchased.

If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals and would like a Christmas dinner on either or both days, please let me know their name and registration group so they can collect a ticket from me in the Main office on Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th December. Normal lunches will be available in the Lower Dining Hall.
Thank you
Mrs Louth – blouth@hrs.education 01371 878659

An Opportunity for Students in Years 10-12
A National Healthcare Weekend is taking place on the 24th and 25th March 2018 at the University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ. This is for students in Years 10 – 12.

Healthcare professionals from across the UK will be volunteering to present and network with students who are interested in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology

It is a valuable opportunity for students to network with a variety of healthcare professions, learn about work experience opportunities and how to make a successful application.

Registration is £25 for the Saturday conference and there is an optional UCAS lecture available on Sunday for each speciality. Parents are welcome to attend; all costings for the event are shown clearly when you first enter the registration area of their website.
Students can register on the Medic Mentor website to find out more about the event and to book. http://medicmentor.co.uk/about/events-2/
I can forward their email if you contact me.
pabbott@hrs.education

Medic Mentor has said that all proceeds from the weekend will be used to support our UK’s healthcare students with scholarships, elective bursaries, free training and educational initiatives.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Useful Information from the Child Protection Officer
Dr Pooky Knightsmith directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools. She is also the vice-chair and education lead for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She has put together the following videos to provide advice and ideas for concerned parents/carers; teachers or other adults who want to know how they can help their child with the following issues:

Self-Harm Advice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfRwez8ergg&feature=youtu.be

4 Ideas for Supporting a Child with Anxiety
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbMUMFxjv40

 

Ms L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Officer

Young Photographer Competition (Year 7 to 13)
Are you a keen photographer? Why not take part in a competition?
PRIZE: £50 per category (senior, intermediate, junior)

Task – To produce a portfolio of three photographs based on the theme ‘A Different Perspective’ in colour or black and white printed on photographic paper no larger than A4 size (this can be arranged with the Art department for a small charge per print). Mobile phone photography can be used.

In addition, each entrant should provide a brief sentence of what each photograph represents in relation to the theme.

Further information is available from Mrs Duke in the Art department or Google Classroom with the code 6514bi. The deadline is 8th January 2018

International Postcard Show – Surface Gallery, Nottingham
All KS3, KS4 Art option, KS5 Art/Photography
Following the success of student participation in the show last January, HRS students will once again be participating in the show in January 2018.

Students will be given information about the competition during lessons and information will also be shown on SMHW. To enter the competition is optional; however, we strongly encourage students to participate. It is a very exciting opportunity to have artwork displayed in a gallery, alongside artists and University students.

The HRS Art department will select the work that will be sent off to the show. Selected students will be notified via their form tutor before the Christmas holidays. Parents/carers will also be notified. There is a fee of £3 per entry which should be paid via ParentPay.
Art Department

iPhone Found
An unclaimed iPhone has been handed in to Student Reception. If your son/daughter has lost their iPhone please ask them to come to Student Reception to give a description of their phone cover and put their pin number into the phone if it is theirs.
Thank you.
Student Reception

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