For the last two days our Year 7 students have been off timetable with the English Faculty studying William Shakespeare. The days also included a visit by a theatre company who introduced our students to some of the finer points of Shakespeare’s work in a very interactive way. Our Year 10 students prepare to head off into the world of work next week as they undertake their Work Experience. We are one of the very few schools in Essex who still operate a Work Experience scheme and we will continue to do so as we believe the benefits to our students are immense. All students in Year 10 have placements and we look forward to welcoming them back after next week to hear how they got on. Finally, 11 of our Year 11 students head off to Zambia with staff next Wednesday. This is our second visit to support The Greater Joy School in Kitwe, Zambia and I am sure everyone involved will have the experience of a lifetime. You can follow the progress of the group as they will be blogging regularly about their experiences at: http://beyondrodingvalley.blogspot.co.uk/ Parents will be aware that the school undertook a full review of our uniform and, as well as the introduction of the new skirts and the new PE kit (compulsory for Year 7 students this year and then compulsory for all other students from September 2015), we have also redesigned the school badge. The main design stays the same, however, we have made changes to the background and border of the badge. All students will be given a new badge to be put on their blazer from September 2015 and these should arrive in the post before the end of term. One of our Year 11 students, Deana Levy (11R), is raising money for Motor Neurone Disease. Deana is an outstanding swimmer and has so far completed three large open water swims this year finishing 1st in one of the events in the River Thames at Windsor. You can support Deana’s bid to raise money for the charity through: https://www.justgiving.com/Deana-Levy1/ As we approach the end of the school year it remains very important that all pupils are equipped and organised for school every day. An essential part of the equipment students need to bring to school is a school planner and until the end of term we will be focusing on ensuring that every student has their planner every day. If a student has lost their planner they will be issued with a photocopied planner for the final weeks of the term by their form tutor. Please ensure that you continue to sign the planner each week to monitor your child's homework and acknowledge any detentions or correspondence from the form tutor or subject teachers. Should anyone fail to bring their planner to school each day after the allocation of replacements, they will be given a detention. Students who repeatedly fail to bring their planner to school will face more significant sanctions. Finally, a reminder to all Year 11 students and parents that tickets for the RVHS social event of the year - the Year 11 prom - are on sale now. Tickets are priced at £22 and can be purchased from student reception. I look forward to seeing all our Year 11 students at the prom to celebrate their five years with us in what is always an extremely enjoyable evening. I wish you all a good weekend. Paul Banks Headteacher
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Alex Cunningham 9U and Bilaal Riaz 9U
Both Alex and Bilaal have been nominated as they have inspired others by the courageous, helpful and charitable attitude they have displayed. They have taken it upon themselves to raise as much money as possible in support of Cystic Fibrosis. They have organised a 7 mile run around Loughton Fields which was sponsored by many students and raised ÂŁ1,200.
A reminder to parents/carers of Year 7 students going on the Chessington ICT trip on Monday. Please ensure your son/daughter is in the Brook Road playground by 7.50am. Students should dress appropriately for the weather. Students should bring a packed lunch/money for food. Students should ensure they bring any medication they may require. Any questions/queries please email email@example.com Mr Hussain - Visit Leader
GCSE Catering - Task 1 Dear Parents/Guardians We would like to congratulate your sons on successfully completing their Task 1 Practical Assessment. All students worked extremely hard and the standard of food was excellent. Thank you to all parents/carers who helped with the provision and organisation of ingredients and equipment needed, also thank you for your continued support. Food Technology & Catering
GCSE ICT Catch up sessions Every Tuesday Lunchtime Starting 10th June IT4 These sessions are for students who have fallen behind or want to improve their grade. Please encourage your child to attend Miss Wilson
Maths End of Year Test Dates Paper 1—Non-calculator Paper 2—Calculator
Year 7 Year 7 Year 8 Year 8 Year 9 Year 9 Year 10 Year 10
Date 20th June 24th June 9th June 11th June 13th June 17th June 4th June 6th June
Tickets now on sale Pay via ParentPay or at Student Reception Tickets £22.00 Price includes a photo and a £2.00 donation to the Zambia trip
Day Friday Tuesday Monday Wednesday Friday Tuesday Wednesday Friday
Paper 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
Forest School Open Evening – Monday 30th June 2014 4.30pm-7.00pm Forest School are inviting prospective parents to a Summer Open Evening. It will be an opportunity for prospective parents and students to visit Forest before the flurry of open evenings in the autumn term. It will be a relaxed event with no tour guides but the school grounds will be open as will the sixth form for parents and students to explore. Teaching staff will be on hand to answer any questions. If you wish to attend you can book places at www.forest.org.uk/friends Bancroft’s School University Seminar for Parents and Students – Tuesday 24th June 7pm Bancroft’s is hosting a talk by US Universities expert Steve Fenoglio. He currently advises UK students and schools on applying to US universities. If you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like any further information please contact Nick Maloney at nick.maloney@bancrofts .org Epping Forest College Taster Day On Wednesday 2nd July students in Year 10 are all attending a taster day at Epping Forest College. Students will be given the opportunity to try out courses they may be considering when they leave Roding Valley in Year 11. All students have been given a letter to be signed by parents I am still awaiting lots of permission slips to be returned, please ensure your son/ daughter returns their permission slip ASAP. Students are to make their own way to the College to arrive by 8.45am. If they have chosen a sport session please remind them to bring their sports kit and a towel. Kind regards Mrs Mason Careers Development Manager email@example.com
Science Revision for Year 10 every Wednesday a er school
At the end of this academic year, RVHS is changing the PE kit. If you have any items that have been lost or are too small, please call the office where we have a large selection of donated, good quality PE kit that your child can have until the end of term.
Geography Catch-up Clinic and Homework Help Every Monday at 3.10pm Starting 23rd June
A reminder to parents of all Year 11 Health and Social Care Students Please encourage your son/daughter to attend their Health and Social Care lessons up until the exam on Tuesday 24th June 2014(am) Also there will be a revision breakfast session on the morning of the exam in T2 starting at 8am. It is really important that all students return their Health and Social Care textbooks on the morning of the exam. If books are not returned, we will have no alternative but to invoice for the cost of the book. Thanks again for your on going support. Miss Canavan
Non Uniform Day 18th June 2014 in aid of British Heart Foundation A big thank you to everyone for your donations
RVHS raised ÂŁ969.05
Year 7 Fun Run Thank you to all those who supported the Year 7 Fun Run.
It was a great afternoon in the sunshine. We have currently raised over ÂŁ900!
Please bring in any remaining sponsorship to Mrs Bentley
Team Zambia 2014 On Wednesday, 15 Year 11 students will be on their way to Zambia to visit our school, Greater Joy. Whilst they are there, they will be building an outdoor play area, painting a mural, undertaking reading assessments and running a sports programme for the pupils there. If you would like to follow their progress, please take a look at their blog during their time away www.beyondrodingvalley.blogspot.co.uk
Week ending 13 June 2014 Year 7 Highest Attendance
Pupil with Highest Honours
Max Collings 7Q
Form with Highest Honours
Pupil of the Week
Tanem Ibrahim 7R and Gavin Ip 7T nominated by Ms Patel for always putting in 100% effort for classwork and homework
Class of the Week
7ux/Sc1 nominated by Ms Patel for always being enthusiastic and eager in lessons and for some fantastic contributions during discussions
Year 8 Highest Attendance
Pupil with Highest Honours
Maitland Sonny-Warren 8Q
Form with Highest Honours
Class of the Week
8W/Hi nominated by Ms Preston for such a massive effort with their assessments, helping one another and really wanting to do well
Year 9 Highest Attendance
Pupil with the Highest Honours
Jake Forecast 9R
Form with Highest Honours
Year 10 Highest Attendance
Form with Highest Honours
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 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 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 020 8508 1173.
Following the end of the school day, the Science Club has been mee ng every Monday a ernoon since September 2013. The club is mainly a ended by Year 7 & Year 8 pupils but is open to all those who are interested. The club is well a ended and seeks to enhance pupils interest in science. To achieve this, the club sessions consist of spectacular demonstra ons followed by group ac vi es. Under controlled condi ons the demonstra ons exhibit the flash, bang, wallop areas of science, along with more serious experiments. These involve the use of Geiger counters, oscilloscopes, Van de Graaf generators and other pieces of technical equipment. General ac vi es have included forensic science inves ga ons, web search inves ga ons (astronomy ma ers being an example) chemical inves ga ons, electrical inves ga ons, medical monitoring and much, much more. All in all, a good me is had by all!
Bill McNally Senior science technician
Chemical inves tigations
Van de Graaf Investigations
Centre of mass investigations
Chemical InvestigaSpecial thanks to Maisha and Mashrur Khondokar 7S
GCSE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2014 Further to our year 11 art exhibition in school we are now presenting a selection
Loughton Arts Centre
of our students work at on Loughton High Road (next door to HSBC bank) The exhibition runs for 2 weeks from tomorrow (Saturday 14/6) 10am to 4pm
If you are free to visit during the day then please enjoy the work and leave feedback for the students in the book provided at the gallery.
Well done to all of the year 11 students for their hard work on the course and particular congratulations to those students selected for this exhibition! Mr. Tisdale
FINAL GCSE Examination Timetable May/June 2014 STUDENTS HAVE NOW BEEN ISSUED WITH THEIR INDIVIDUAL EXAMINATION TIMETABLES VIA THEIR FORM TUTORS, THESE HAVE BEEN PRINTED ON BRIGHT YELLOW PAPER. IF YOUR SON/DAUGHTER HAS NOT RECEIVED THIS YET, PLEASE ASK THEM TO SPEAK TO THEIR FORM TUTOR OR SEE MISS DRAPER FOR ANOTHER COPY. PLEASE ENSURE THIS SHEET HAS BEEN CHECKED FOR ACCURACY AND YOU HAVE BEEN ENTERED AND SEATED FOR ALL EXPECTED EXAMS. Year 11 students should have received in registration a 'Guidance for Students' booklet with a blue cover which is full of information and advice about before, during and after examinations. Tucked inside the front cover is a 'Statement of Entry'. This lists your son/daughter's personal details plus every examination they have been entered for. Students must check this information thoroughly, especially personal details and name on certificates. This must be the students legal forename/surname. The examination boards will charge a fee for any amendments requested after certificates have been printed. Students must also check that they have been entered for all expected exams. If any information is wrong or missing, they must speak to Miss Draper, the Exams Officer immediately. If your son/daughter has not received either their booklet or individual timetable, they must speak to their Form Tutor who will have their copy in the register bag. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jenny Draper Examinations Officer
Please find below a copy of the Breakfast Revision Timetable for the forthcoming GCSE Examinations.Â Breakfast Revision Sessions will be taking place in the Canteen from 8am until 8.45am for students sitting exams scheduled to start at 9am. Our Catering staff will provide students with croissants and juice free of charge. These sessions are hugely beneficial and we would urge you to encourage your son/daughter to attend.Â If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. J Draper
GCSE (Mock) Examinations Please find attached a GCSE (Mock) Examination timetable for the forthcoming Year 9 and Year 10 end of year exams which are taking place after half term. Students will have received their individual timetables via their form tutors, these have been printed on BRIGHT PINK paper. If your son/daughter was absent on Friday 23 May, timetables will be posted home. If you have any further questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jenny Draper Examinations Officer Roding Valley High School
Guitar Lessons Lessons slots are available on Mondays with lessons priced at £12 per half hour.
One to One, Two to One and Small Group lessons available. Learn with your friends! Learn to play the drums from as little as £5 per week Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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School Shop Opening Times Before School: 8.30am - 9.00am Break: 11.00am - 11.20am Lunch: 1.20pm - 2.05pm
LIBRARY OPENING TIMES The library is open to all students for homework , G.C.S.E. work and private study / reading at the following times : Monday - Friday (excluding Tuesday): Before school 7.15 am – 8.30 am , break time , lunch times and after school for homework club 3.15 pm – 4.15 pm. Tuesday: Before school 7.15 am - 8.10 am , break time and lunch times. Access for early opening is via the door by resources. Julia Martin / Stephen Murray
After School: 3.05pm - 4.00pm PUPILS WILL NOT BE SERVED OUTSIDE THESE HOURS FOR FURTHER MATCH REPORTS, RESULTS, FIXTURES AND TEAM SELECTION, LOG ONTO rvhspeblog.com
Singing Lessons Private singing lessons are now available. Please contact Gemma Kirk for more details and to book your slot.
Supported Homework Club Learning Zone Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 3.05pm - 3.40pm Everyone welcome