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The school was incredibly busy last night with our Year 7 Parents’ Evening. There is normally a great atmosphere at our parents’ evenings but this one was exceptional. The sheer amount of positive feedback from teachers, parents and students meant that there were some very happy Year 7 students last night. Well done to everyone in Year 7 who attended and thanks to the parents for their continued support. I would also like to thank a group of our students who helped raise £780 for charity in memory of one of our former students who tragically recently passed away following a long battle with illness. The boys took part in a sponsored fun run to raise money for the ‘Ray of Sunshine’ charity and did an amazing job in raising so much. We will, as a school, also be raising funds for the charity later in the year and the £780 raised by the boys will be added together with what we raise to hopefully give the charity a sizeable donation. You can find more about the boys fundraising at: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/ news/11226170.Teenager_raises___780_in_memory_of_best_friend_s_sister/ We are also preparing for our Year 7 and 8 residential trips which are running in the first two weeks after the half term holiday and I am sure everyone participating will have an amazing time. Congratulations go to Conor Tyrrell (9T) and Harry Francis (9Q) who both received their county ‘caps’ last week following their continued representation of Essex at football. Caps are given for players who make 10 appearances for their county and both boys have achieved this milestone. Congratulations also to Freddie Hatton (11U) who narrowly missed out on selection for England Under 16s at Rugby. Freddie also represents his county and the South of England at Rugby. Representation at this level is extremely competitive and we are very proud of the boys. As the warmer weather has arrived, I would like to remind parents that our uniform regulations are in force and that students who do not follow them will be sent home and not allowed to return to school until the problem has been rectified. Please ensure that your child brings their blazer to school every day and wears the appropriate footwear. Parents of female students should also note that skirts must be worn below the knee at all times. Next week is the half term holiday, however the school is open for those staff and students attending the Year 11 revision sessions. School resumes for all students after the holiday on Monday 2nd June 2014 at the normal time. I wish you all a good half term break. Paul Banks Headteacher

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Secondary Handball Competition Friday 16th May Debden Park High School Last Friday, 16 pupils from Roding Valley attended the Secondary Handball Competition for Years 7 & 8. The morning consisted of the boys being coached some of the basic handball skills by the young leaders from both Epping St Johns and Davenant and afterwards having a mini tournament versus West Hatch. Each pupil who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves, the morning also resulted in our Year 7 team being victorious and coming away as overall winners.

Well done to all the boys that attended. A Great effort. Year 7 Team Josh Harris, Ben Taylor, Bilaal Riaz, Bobby Wheeler, Max Wintle, Tom Spencer, Mitchell Orley, Oliver Coote Year 8 Team Alfie Evans, Jay Austin, Sam Thomas, Sidney Jethva, Cameron Bennett, Raoul NoĂŤl, Daniel Jones, Max Lachman.

SCHOOL BUS Dear Parents/Carers Please be aware that the school bus/ taxi will now leave Brook Road at 3.15pm. This is a slightly earlier time. Please make your child aware of this new time and advise them that the bus will not wait for any late-comers. Staff have been instructed not to hold students back at school if they need to catch the bus without 24 hours notice.


Season Review 2013/14 The Year 8 football team had another successful season in their second year at Roding Valley. In their first year in the ESFA National cup, they managed a great run to Round 6 to be unluckily knocked out by an own goal in a 1-0 defeat that was played in heavy rain and on a pitch that resembled a mud bath. The Essex Cup brought another good cup run to the Quarter Finals, with some convincing results on the way. Again unlucky in defeat, with a great come back in normal time to bring the scores to 2-2, it made for great entertainment in extra time but once again the score line didn't finish in our favour. The District KO Cup, in the first year of its existence, made for our most successful cup run. The team convincingly made their way to the final, conceding only 5 goals on their way. This form carried on into the first half of the final, by being 2-0 up at half time. However, the form came to an abrupt end in the second half with the lead slipping and just before the final whistle, the heartache was sealed and the 3rd and decisive goal was scored. In the District League competition, the league title was decided on the final game of the season against Davenant. Both teams had an identical points tally going into the final game. This was another closely fought encounter, with Roding dominating possession and having multiple attempts on goal. On this occasion, Roding found Davenant's goalkeeper in inspired form and this helped them produce a 1-0 victory and seal the league title. Thank you for all the efforts from all of the team this year, and a big thank you to all the continued support from parents who came and supported the boys while also making it possible for them to attend with all the other games and training sessions they have outside of school. Well done once again and I look forward to what the Year 9 season has to offer. Mr. L Jones

Maths End of Year Test Dates

Year 8 Students and Parents Please remember that Creative Arts option sheets need to be returned to Student Reception by Friday 6th June.

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 

Day  Friday  Tuesday  Monday  Wednesday  Friday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Friday 

Paper  1  2  1  2  1  2  1  2 

If you have mislaid yours, please ask at Reception for another copy.


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


Year 10 Careers Programme The Year 10 Careers Programme is already underway; students in Year 10 have all in the past week had group work sessions in the careers room to discuss their Post 16 Options and the application procedures. Careers Impact Day On Tuesday 1st July the timetable will be suspended for Year 10 and they will learn how to write a CV, letter of application and they will attend work shops with the Barclays Life Skills Team on interview techniques. At the end of the day they will have completed a CV and a letter of application in preparation for their Mock Interviews on Wednesday 16th July. During Period 5 students will attend a presentation in the hall from Essex University and Epping Forest College. 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. I will be sending home letters after half term. Please ensure your son/daughter return their permission slip. They 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. Mock Interview On Wednesday 17th July students will be offered a ‘mock interview’ either with an employer at their premises or with a visiting employer at the school. Students do not have to wear uniform, they are allowed to wear suitable clothes in which to attend an interview. I will be sending home letters with further details for parents to sign after work experience.

Kind regards Mrs Mason Careers Development Manager dmason@rodingvalley.net

Please support our school library in a prize draw being run by National Book Tokens! National Book Tokens are currently running a prize draw which offers school libraries the chance to win £2,500 or even £5,000's worth of National Book Tokens. See the link below for full details: http://www.nationalbooktokens.com/ schools#.U33D0Hpwbcs By entering Roding Valley High School's name and submitting your details you'll be giving the school library a chance of winning this fantastic prize - the more times our name is submitted the more chance we have of being picked out! Many thanks in anticipation of your support with this.


Please find below a copy of the Breakfast Revision Timetable for the forthcoming GCSE Examinations.  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.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. J Draper


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


Week ending 16 May 2014 Year 7 Highest Attendance

7T

Pupil with Highest Honours

Imogen Kemp 7V

Form with Highest Honours

7Q

Year 8 Highest Attendance

8S

Pupil with Highest Honours

Sam Barrett 8X

Form with Highest Honours

8X

Year 9 Highest Attendance

9T

Pupil with the Highest Honours

Tasma Crosby 9R

Form with Highest Honours

9R

Year 10 Highest Attendance

10U

Pupil with Highest Honours

Ali Beiki Ashkezari 10T

Form with Highest Honours

10T

Year 11 Highest Attendance

11W

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.


Extended Research Project Letters are available for students to collect from Main Reception. The deadline for submission of a project is 3rd June.

Do you have an old dishwasher you no longer need? Is it still in working order?

T Kyriakou Or a freezer?

Year 11 Geography Revision Monday or Thursday Lunchtime

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

If so, the Science Department would love to hear from you!

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


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: jameswelsted@hotmail.co.uk

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

www.jwdrums.co.uk

School Shop Opening Times

LIBRARY OPENING TIMES

Before School: 8.30am - 9.00am

The library is open to all students for homework , G.C.S.E. work and private study / reading at the following times :

Break: 11.00am - 11.20am

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 PUPILS WILL NOT BE SERVED OUTSIDE THESE HOURS

Julia Martin / Stephen Murray

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

email: g.kirk_88@hotmail.com


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