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Just a quick note to say thank you for your support over the last half term. It was great to see so many parents at the Year 9 Options Evening, there was a lot of information provided and now the important decisions need to be made. We have also had the Year 11 and Year 12 Drama Practical Exams which were really well received. It was fun seeing the students walking around in their costumes. Forty of our students are off to Disneyland Paris on a Maths trip and another forty are off to Italy skiing. We hope that they all have a fantastic time. Thank you for your support of the Funky Foot Friday which has raised £1494 for Zambia. A further £70 raised from cakes sold in Technology. The students have worked really hard this half term and I trust that they will have an enjoyable break. Sharon Jenner Acting Headteacher

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Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10

Highest Attendance


Form with the highest Honours


Student with the highest Honours

Jasleen Bains 7R

Class of the week


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Form with the highest Honours


Student with the highest Honours

Mitchell Pace 8Y

Highest Attendance


Form with the highest Honours


Student with the highest Honours

Lilly Hogarth 9X

Class of the week


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10U & X

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Student with the highest Honours

Matthew Davies 10W

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Year 11

Highest Attendance

7A/Es1 nominated by Ms Langlet for working really hard in their exam.

9A/Gg3 nominated by Miss Stockings for fantastic engagement in the lesson.

Harry Prasse 10S & Josh Harris 10R nominated by Miss Stockings for fantastic effort in both their geography classwork and geography homework. Sasha Bingham 10W nominated by Mrs Lafferty for being really kind & helpful towards other students in the lesson – has made a real difference to the class.


GENTLE REMINDER Firstly, we would like to thank all parents/carers for their continued support of Food & Nutrition. Could we just kindly remind you of a few pointers for this subject. Can we ask that you label your child's container with their name and form clearly on the lid. We are having many issues with 20+ containers per lesson that all look the same and are un-named. As you can appreciate space/storage is limited given the amount of practical lessons we teach each day/week. From now on, food and containers that are not collected the very next day after the product has been made will be disposed of. After each practical lesson the food is chilled and then stored in our fridges, which is where it remains until the student remembers to collect it. After 3/4 days we throw it away as it has been forgotten by it’s maker! However space is tight as we have many more practical lessons this year, together with group work lessons for which the school provides ingredients which would need to be stored in the fridges. Due to increase in individual products, they will now be thrown out the next day if not collected. Thank you again for all your support. We are really proud of the products our pupils produce within a limited lesson time.

Harry PoƩer Book Night Hogwarts came to Roding Valley High School as we celebrated Harry PoƩer Book Night on February 2nd. AcƟviƟes included a SorƟng Ceremony, a PoƟons Lesson, with ‘Professors Snape and Slughorn’, a Wand Duelling Contest run by Professor Bingham and Professor Hanlon, and a Fancy Dress CompeƟƟon. This gave students in Years 7 & 8 the opportunity to sample the magical world created by J K Rowling in her Harry PoƩer books. Photos of the event are can be seen on the school library’s TwiƩer feed: @RVgetcaughtreading.

Julia MarƟn


The Disneyland Paris trip on Monday 13th February, will be departing at 9 am. We will be meeting at the side entrance to the school on Brook Road. Please make sure to arrive by 8:30 am so that we may leave promptly.

Students will need to have their Passports and European Health Insurance Card. Students must also be wearing their purple Disney hoodies which they may remove once on the coach. We will arrive back at school on Wednesday 15th February at around 10pm. Email updates will be sent to keep you informed of any changes to our expected arrival time. We hope that the students will have a very enjoyable experience! It has been a very busy, colourful and fragrant time in our Food & Nutrition Department for the last couple of months… The beginning of 2017 saw the 2nd rounds of the 2 young chef competitions. Ellie Blundy and Abigail Ward represented Roding Valley at the FutureChef competition at Havering College, with Daisy Taylor and Koni Nowak attending the RIBI competition at Redbridge College. All girls represented Roding Valley brilliantly and didn’t disappoint in the dishes they produced. They all found it to be a great all round experience with their menu planning, preparing and cooking under such different conditions, so well done to them! The Year 9’s had a busy January with many attending the Desserts Masterclass where they all had great fun making an assortment of honeycomb, chocolate soil, chocolate sauce and ice creams… the combinations of smells in T1 was amazing and everyone enjoyed sampling the end products! The second event for Year 9’s was an opportunity to showcase their hospitality skills. They whipped up a storm with their scone making, and presented their end products with jam and cream, teas and coffees, and invited a guest to join them for their afternoon tea!

Access to Water in School Parents, please be aware that the canteen has jugs of water available both during lunchtime and break time for all students to access. Bottled water is sold at all outlets Large bottle 50p Small bottle 25p If a student is overdrawn or has no money on their lunch account, they will always be sold water.

Come up to Homework Club Monday after school to become a times tables expert. Time: 3.05pm - 3.40pm Place: Learning Zone ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE GIVEN EVERY TIME!

KS4 Computer Science revision/ intervention sessions are running in IT4 on Thursday lunchtimes.

After school sessions mainly targeted at Year 11s (but any student from all key stages KS3, KS4 and KS5 are welcome) in order to help support students to close the gap in either coursework or homework/classwork. Friday after school 3:05 - 4:05pm

PE Twitter Account The PE department have activated a Twitter account where regular PE updates, extra-curricular news and curriculum information will be regularly published. Follow @RodingValleyPE to keep up to date with our department. Mr Hudgell The Humanities Faculty has a Twitter account designed to promote sites of interest, pre-reading, revision, humanities information, news and general humanities support. It is aimed at all KS3, KS4 and A-level Humanities Students and can be followed @humsrvhs

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CHANGES TO LOCAL BUS ROUTES Debden and Loughton in Essex are currently linked to North East London by TfL bus routes 20, 167, 397 and 549. Essex County Council provided funding towards the operation of routes 20 and 167, however this stopped in April 2016. During June and July 2016 we consulted on proposed changes to bus route 167 in response to this loss of funding. We have now analysed these responses. We received 743 responses from members of the public and 15 responses from stakeholders. We also received a petition opposing the proposals which was signed by 2,547 people. From 11 March 2017, we will introduce the following changes: 

Route 167 will no longer run between Loughton station and Debden station


A new route 677 will be introduced providing a limited stop service between Ilford and schools in Debden using double deck buses. On school day mornings this will stop at all existing bus stops from Ilford to Buckhurst Hill station. After Buckhurst Hill station it will operate on an express basis, stopping only at Loughton station (for Roding Valley High School), Davenant Foundation School, Debden Park High School and Debden station. There will be one journey from Ilford to Debden on schoolday mornings and a return journey in the afternoon to Ilford making the same stops.

No changes are proposed to route 20, which will continue to serve the section of route between Loughton station and Debden station. Further information For further details of the above changes, a summary of the consultation responses, and our responses to issues raised, please go to Liaison with schools We do appreciate your concerns about the changes which were included in the consultation summary. We considered these in our response to issues raised report. We will liaise with the three main schools affected on the most appropriate timings for the new 677 service which works best for all. We will also liaise with them to provide advance notice and publicity of the changes. Yours sincerely

Darek Podwiazka, Senior Consultation Manager, Transport for London

ATTENDANCE MATTERS….. Student Absence If your child is unable to attend School for any reason then please report their absence by phoning the school number by 9.30am, you must also ring in each day of your child’s absence.

020 8508 1173 On their return to School please ensure your child brings with them a letter or medical evidence if requested explaining the reason for the absence for our records. Medical Appointments When possible please make sure you make any medical or dental appointments outside of school time. If this is not possible then please try to ensure that your child attends before and/or after their appointment Holidays in Term Time It is not school policy to authorise any holidays during term time except in exceptional circumstances. If you put in a holiday request a ‘Leave of Absence’ form must be completed (these are available at Student Reception). Please be aware if the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case may be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school. For full details regarding attendance please see our Attendance Policy which can be found in the ‘Parents’ section on our website or contact Mrs Jeanette Low our Attendance Officer on the school number. Guidance for Common Ailments Please see, on the following page, guidance from the NHS of common childhood illnesses; this advises what type of illness requires time off from school and what does not. Should you require further guidance please contact the school.

Piano Lessons: To book piano lessons please contact Singing Lessons: Private singing lessons are now available. Please contact Alex Larke for more details and to book your slot. email: Drum Lessons: One to One, Two to One and Small Group lessons available. Learn with your friends! Contact: Guitar Lessons: Lessons slots are available on Mondays with lessons priced at ÂŁ12 per half hour. Please contact Rachel Espeute on if you are interested.

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