Newsletter – November 2023
We are now into the second half of the autumn term, the longest term but one of the busiest and it passes by very quickly! In order to support our education partnership, some information and dates are included in this communication so that you can be fully informed of what to expect for your child this term with regard to curriculum and events. As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Faculty Leader should you have an enquiry about the curriculum or just want to know more about a certain subject your child will be studying. Any emails or telephone calls to our main office will be directed to the correct Faculty Leader on your behalf.
Dates for your Diary:
15th November 2023:
Nasal Flu Vaccinations for Years 7 to 11. Further information and consent forms have been emailed out to parents.
30th November and 1st December:
Non Pupil days – The school will be closed to all students.
19th, 20th and 21st December:
ATL film rewards trips to The Electric Palace Harwich.
This will be an invitation only reward for those students who have achieved an ATL of 2.8 or above. You will receive further details nearer the time if your child reaches this threshold.
What will my child be studying this year?
We have created a brief overview of topics being studied in each subject area this year, here:
Please do encourage your child to talk to you about what they have been learning in each area.
Further information about our curriculum can be found on our website here:
We have updated our HDHS learning journey for 2023-24, which can be found here:
Finally, we are often asked by students what they can do outside of school to boost their attitude to learning score to a 4. One way is through carrying out one of the activities from our “Opportunity Curriculum”, which has been updated and is available here:
To ensure that all parents and students receive important communications can we please ask that you support us with the following:
- Get in contact if you aren’t receiving emails from Arbor. Please ensure they aren’t entering your spam account by mistake.
- Please get in contact if we only have one emergency contact on the system.
- If there is a change of contact number or address please ensure you inform us as soon as possible.
Learning Catch Ups
- If you receive a notification that your child has a Learning Catch Up, please discuss this with them, informing them where and when it will be from the notification that we send home. This information is also available for them to view within Arbor.
- Please support the school by insisting your child attends any Learning Catch Up given.
- Behaviour summaries can be seen in Satchel. We are currently working with them to make this more informative.
- More detailed behaviour summary is still available from Arbor and accessible if required.
If your child has a medical need can you please ensure that the school is fully aware of their need or condition. Individual Health Care Plans have been sent out via email to all those with a known condition, if you have received this email and have not replied can we please ask that you complete this as a matter of urgency.
If your child needs to take medication whilst in school please contact student services for a medication form.
Can we please remind all parents that the yellow zigzag lines in Hall Lane are strictly no stopping. This is for the safety of all students.
Now that the evenings are getting darker and especially if cycling, please remind your child that they need to cycle with care, with suitable illumination and ideally a cycle helmet.
School Closure Safeguarding Arrangements:
During any period of school closure, if you have any urgent concerns regarding the safety or wellbeing of a child, please call the Essex Safeguarding Child Board on 03456037627 or Essex Police via 999 in an emergency or 101, or via text (18000).
Any concerns sent into school over the weekend may not be picked up immediately, so please refer to the sources above during this period. All non-urgent concerns can still be sent to school or reported via the Whisper button: https://www.swgflwhisper.org.uk/report/har
Mrs K Finch
Previous letters from the Headteacher:
Newsletter – November 2023
Academic Update – Year 11 Prom 03.10.23
Letter from Headteacher regarding pastoral changes from September 2023
RAAC Letter for HDHS 1.9.23
Final Letter to Year 13 Parents August 2023
Final Letter to Year 11 Parents July 2023
Vape letter July 2023
Headteacher Letter to Year 9 Parents re changes to arrangements for 15th March 2023
Arbor Launch 2022-23 14th Nov 2022
Year 7 Letter from Headteacher October 2022
Attendance Expectations Sept 2022
Welcome to HDHS Year 7 September 2022