9.30-11.00am on Thursdays 12th December, 9th January, 6th February and 5th March
The Sigma Trust is re-structuring its Post 16 provision for September 2020, creating Sigma Sixth Tendring – at TEC, and Sigma Sixth Colchester – working across Philip Morant, Essex University and the new Northern Gateway sports facility. They will be running co-ed Sports Academies in Football, Rugby and Basketball, utilising these facilities, and offering a full range of A level and BTEC qualifications. This should be a wonderful opportunity for our young people of NE Essex.
Any YEAR 11 STUDENTS that are interested, you are invited to a Football Academy Presentation and Taster session on MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER:
Please also see attached further information of the taster session and how to apply to the Sports Academy for 2020:
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Parents Evening will be taking place on Wednesday 4th December in K Block. This is an opportunity for parents/carers to meet and receive a short update from their child’s tutor.
Appointments are available from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and can be booked using the Parents Evening System online via the School website, from Wednesday 20th November at 9.00 am.
The website link is:
If you are unable to access the link please telephone the school reception from Wednesday 20th November at 9.00 am and someone will make an appointment for you.
During the evening there will be a short talk by Mrs Finch, Headteacher and Mrs Honeyman, Head of Year 7 to explain school procedures, the interim report system and provide information on the pastoral system. This will be at 4.30 pm and repeated at 5.30 pm in the main school hall.
There will also be a London showcase display for those who would like to take a look, following on from the year 7 London Extravaganza trip.
Dear Parent/ Carer,
I write to update you on the following important safeguarding themes to assist in keeping your child safe and well.
The link below will take you to the Childnet website providing updated information for parents and young people on risky behaviour and how to maintain online safety using a handy ‘Parent and Carer Toolkit’.
Increasingly we see that children are missing school due to anxiety which appears to be a national problem. Whilst this can be a worrying time for all, we have found that the most successful strategy is parents working together with the school to plan support which enables students to attend school regularly even in challenging mental health circumstances. If your child is experiencing difficulties, please don’t wait, talk to school immediately. The links below provide further advice in this area.
Finally, we will be launching a ‘Student Health and Care’ surgery on 21st November 2019 9.30 – 11am to support parents with any health or safeguarding issues your son/ daughter may be experiencing.
As ever, we are available to provide support and advice should you require this.
Your son/daughter has now completed the first half term of the academic year. It has been a very successful half term and I have enjoyed seeing and hearing the students embrace every opportunity to develop their learning. At HDHS we want to do all we can to ensure our students are aware of their amazing potential and we want to facilitate and encourage every opportunity for our students to develop as successful learners.
I want to introduce to you the Opportunity Curriculum. The school curriculum is the provision that HDHS provides for each student to learn and grow as learners. I am a firm believer that learning is not just something that happens in school. The Opportunity Curriculum is another level to our whole school curriculum and was introduced to the students in assembly this week and presented to them in the form of a booklet. Your son/daughter will be able to share their copy of the Opportunity Curriculum booklet with you but it is also available on the school website. https://www.hdhs.org.uk/
The Opportunity Curriculum is simply a platform to guide HDHS students to learning opportunities outside of the classroom. This takes the form of reading, watching documentaries/films, researching and visiting interesting places. On a daily basis this half term I have seen first-hand the passion and excitement that our students have for new learning experiences and the Opportunity Curriculum nurtures that love of learning. There is no expectation on the student to complete any particular suggested activity in any set time frame. Learning is a continuous journey. We want the student to take control of their own learning. The Opportunity Curriculum booklet is presented as a subject a page, allowing students to choose the subject/topic they enjoy the most and continue their learning outside of school.
There will be rewards for students who show independence and initiative, however the greatest reward is obviously ‘learning’.
Thank you for your continuous support of HDHS and our efforts and dedication to develop successful life-long learners.