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For the second year running we hosted the superb ‘Prison-Me No Way!’ programme as part of our Year 10 Drop Down Day. The day is designed to give students information about the criminal justice system and had a number of engaging activities and speakers. The feedback from the students and staff involved was exceptionally positive and hopefully the students will have a better understanding of how this aspect of the justice system works. Congratulations to our Year 7 football team who became District Champions following a 5-3 victory over West Hatch this week. The team have played superbly all season and fully deserved the title of ‘Champions’- Well done boys! All parents should have received a letter regarding the industrial action taking place next Wednesday (26th March 2014) by members of the National Union of Teachers. This is a national strike in protest at pay and conditions and I have looked at a number of alternatives at trying to keep the school open, however with the large number of staff involved it has proved impossible. It is with great regret, therefore, that I have taken the decision to close the school to students next Wednesday as I do not have enough teachers in school to supervise classes and, just as importantly, maintain effective supervision at break, lunch and around the site during the day. The time period for the ‘Statutory Notices’ regarding to our 6th Form provision has now closed and, as a result, the Governing Body have taken the formal decision to approve the expansion in age range at the school from 11-16 to 11-18. This has now passed to Essex County Council where the cabinet member with responsibility will formalise this decision. As we are a Local Authority School and not an academy this decision can only be taken by the LA. Once this is done, and we hope that this will be imminent, the decision on the 6th Form is passed to the School’s Minister at the Department of Education. As a consortium we have been working in the last few months on the practical elements of the consortium (timetable, options, curriculum etc) and we are ready to go for September 2015—we just need to wait for the approval now! This is a final call for support for the PTA Quiz Night next Friday (28th March 2014). The PTA Quiz is a very enjoyable and popular evening and I would encourage all parents to attend. Details of how to purchase tickets can be found later on in the bulletin and please remember that all monies raised goes back into the school to support the learning of every child in the school. As an advanced notice, please remember that the end of term is Friday 4th April 2014. This is a normal school day and there is no early closure on this day so we will finish at the usual time of 3.05pm. School resumes after Easter on Tuesday 22nd April (Monday 21st is a Bank HolidayEaster Monday). I wish you all a good weekend. Paul Banks Headteacher

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Congratulations to Deven Stenning who has won a Kindle in the Year 7 Accelerated Reader prize draw. All Year 7 students who have taken at least 5 AR quizzes and got 100% in at least one of them qualified to be entered for the prize draw. Mr Banks had the onerous task of drawing the winning name on World Book Day, and Deven was the lucky winner. Deven is pictured receiving his Kindle from Mrs Martin, the School Librarian. Mrs Martin said 'Many of our Year 7 students are doing very well on the Accelerated Reader programme, so there were lots of names in the hat! Deven was the lucky one whose name came out and I hope he enjoys many happy hours of reading with his Kindle.' Ms Preston Head of Year 7


West Essex Schools FA League Cup Competition Year 7 RVHS 5 West Hatch 3 RVHS - District Champions!!! Played - 5 Won - 5 Goals scored - 38 Goals conceded - 12


Year 11 Geography Revision Monday or Thursday Lunchtime

Year 11 Summer Reading Challenge – volunteers needed Essex libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 and over to help with the summer reading challenge during the summer holidays. It is a great way to gain new skills and it’s also excellent for CVs. Volunteers just need to commit to a minimum of 15 hours of volunteering between 19 July and 3 September. Registration forms are available from the Essex Libraries website. The closing date is Friday 23 May. For more information please contact Sue Pringle on 01277 624624 or email Libraries taking part in the scheme include: Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Ongar, Debden, Epping, Loughton, North Weald and Waltham Abbey. UniFest 2014 Anglia Ruskin University are hosting an action-packed, inspiring and family friendly fun day called UniFest. Ideal for students between the ages of 6 and 16, expert academics will be hosting sessions designed to help young students to think about their futures, as well as having plenty of fun. Full details of the programme are available from the website Saturday 29 March – Cambridge Campus (Drop in between 10am and 3pm) Kind regards Mrs Mason Careers Development Manager

Paris Trip The Paris Trip is getting closer! I would like to invite all students taking part (along with their parents/carers) to a meeting on Tuesday 25th March at 6pm in the Hall where final details of the trip will be discussed. There will also be an opportunity for me to answer any questions you may have. Would you please bring Passports and EHIC cards along to the meeting. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend, please contact me directly. I look forward to seeing you on the 25th. Mrs N Chambers Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Week ending 14 March 2014 Year 7 Highest Attendance


Pupil with Highest Honours

Lola Allen 7V

Form with Highest Honours


Class of the Week

7wx/Pe1 nominated by Ms Cordwell for being always giving 100% effort and being a pleasure to teach

Year 8 Highest Attendance


Pupil with Highest Honours

Jay Austin 8T

Form with Highest Honours


Year 9 Highest Attendance


Pupil of the Week

Lukas Pilipavicius 9V – nominated by Mrs Lasfer for helping an elderly lady on the High Street at the weekend

Pupil with the Highest Honours

Alan Angel 9T

Form with Highest Honours


Year 10 Highest Attendance


Form with Highest Honours


Year 11 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.

GCSE Examinations May/June 2014 Please find below a copy of the FINAL GCSE Examination Timetable for May/June 2014. 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 this information, they must speak to their Form Tutor who will have their copy in the register bag. Students will receive their individual timetables shortly. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jenny Draper Examinations Officer

English Revision Timetable

Student Reception Post Box Dear Parents, To try to alleviate the student activity at student reception we are introducing a postbox where students will be able to post any correspondence to the school providing it meets the following requirements:The correspondence is in an envelope It has the following written on the envelope: Name Form Short description of content For example: Jack Smith 8S Normandy trip deposit If a receipt is required for enclosed payments this will be delivered to the student in their class during the day. Please advise students not to post any items without the requirements above as they will not be processed and the school will not hold any responsibility for the consequences following such actions. For example: a student missing out on a school trip. We hope this will help the students to enjoy their breaks more and spend less time queuing at student reception. Karen Salmons Business Manager

Year 11 Easter Revision Programme All sessions are free of charge Please complete this form and return it to the school

February/March GCSE (Mock) Examinations Please find below a generic copy the February/March GCSE (Mock) Examination Timetable. Students have received their individual timetables via their form tutors, these have been printed on bright green paper. Breakfast Revision Sessions will be taking place in the Canteen from 8am for students sitting exams scheduled to start at 9am. These sessions are hugely beneficial and we would urge you to encourage your son/daughter to attend. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jenny Draper Examinations Officer Roding Valley High School

GCSE ICT Coursework Catch-Up for Year 11 Every Tuesday Lunchtime With Miss Wilson in ICT4 Please encourage your child to attend to help improve their grade

Supported Homework Club Learning Zone Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 3.05pm - 3.40pm Everyone welcome

In aid of        TEAM ZAMBIA 2014 

258 High Road, Loughton

Monday 31 March 7pm  3 course meal  Live entertainment  Pupils and guest Andre ‘SAXMAN’ Brown  £35 per person 

Drum Lessons 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:

Guitar Lessons Lessons slots are available on Mondays with lessons priced at £12 per half hour. Please contact Steve van Niekerk on if you are interested.

School Shop Opening Times Before School: 8.30am - 9.00am Break: 11.00am - 11.20am

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.

Lunch: 1.20pm - 2.05pm

Tuesday: Before school 7.15 am - 8.10 am , break time and lunch times. Access for early opening is via the door by resources.

After School: 3.05pm - 4.00pm

Julia Martin / Stephen Murray


Singing Lessons Private singing lessons are now available. Please contact Gemma Kirk for more details and to book your slot.


Science Revision for Year 11 and  Year 10   every Wednesday a er school 

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