Students at Helena Romanes School in Dunmow celebrated the end of term with an action-packed Activities Week.

There were a wide variety of activities on offer. Year 9 students took part in problem solving and team building activities, while Year 8s made business pitches and learnt about planning a music festival.

Students visited the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern art gallery, and others visited Stansted Mountfitchet Castle.

Some students went even further afield - visiting Paris, Sweden and the battlefields in Belgium.

The majority of Year 10 students have been undertaking work experience placements, while others took part in volunteer activities around the school and wider community.


Assistant headteacher Mr Milne said: "I am really proud of the students who have fully embraced Activities Week, whether that is trying something new, or taking a risk, or going somewhere they might not have normally chosen to go.

"We have been impressed with their conduct, maturity and enthusiasm. 

"It has been a joy for all the staff to see students embracing activities week and it has been a wonderful celebration of activities after a really great year at the school."

Activities week ended on Wednesday, July 19 with a whole school sponsored walk. The rain held off and students paid a donation to participate in the walk, which took them on a scenic route around the countryside.

The money raised will go towards the student council, who will use it to fund mental health projects in the school community.

On July 19 students from Years 7 to 11 also performed at the Summer Music Concert.

There were piano, guitar and vocal solos as well as ensembles of student drummers, African drummers, ukuleles and the junior choir.

The concert served as a goodbye to head of the music department Mr Russell, who worked at the school for a term.

Deputy headteacher Miss Colton said: "We feel incredibly lucky to have had him as part of our team and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for filling the void until our new director of music, Mr Cairns, joins us in September."