Principal's Blog

2 - 6 October 2017:


We were delighted to welcome so many parents, grandparents and guests to the Junior School Harvest Festival that took place on Tuesday morning. We were pleased to have Father Valmor and representatives from St Martin’s Church come along to offer their blessings, together with representatives from the Bedford Langar Project. It was lovely to hear the pupils sing and perform poetry so well given that they have only had a short time to prepare. It is our belief that allowing all our pupils the opportunity to perform in front of an audience allows them to grow in confidence. It is proven that by becoming involved in performances allows children to express their creativity, learn the need to persevere and how to focus on working together collaboratively. Children from the nursery up to year 5 took part and they were all superb.

This year we have once again supported the Bedford Langer Project, providing them with food supplies to help with their work in the community, cooking meals for those in need. This forms an important part of our community cohesion work and we are delighted that the school has close links with this project and that some of our parents and pupils are becoming involved with it too. Thank you to everybody who contributed to this very worthwhile cause.

Students in years 12 and 13 studying product design went to visit art galleries in London, including the Serpentine, to look at ideas and gain some inspiration for their own projects. Thank you to Miss Cripps and Miss Rayer for accompanying the students.

The parental consultation evening for year 6 pupils took place on Thursday evening. Year 6 is the first year where parents are able to meet individual subject specialists instead of just the form tutor. With a lot of subjects to cover it is a longer experience than consultation meetings that took place in the junior years; however, I hope that the talks with teachers were helpful.

Year 13 chemistry A-level students were in the lab this week performing practical work; titrations with strong weak acids versus strong weak bases. This is the student’s final year at Rushmoor before making the decision to go into further education or into the workplace.

In their science lesson this week 4ET walked round the school to find hot and cold areas. They marked the areas on their maps of the school and discussed how the local features can affect the temperature and wind.

Once again this week the year 11 boys have been continuing their careers programme with further work on their curriculum vitae’s and developing their interview techniques. This is in preparation for their mock interviews that are taking place on Friday 10th November from 4-6pm. If you are able to volunteer to interview some of our pupils at this evening please contact Philippa Abruzzese at pabruzzese@rushmoorschool.co.uk

You may remember me writing in a blog last year about 4ET who all wrote to their favourite authors. They have had replies from JK Rowling, David Walliams, Tony DiTerliizzi, Anthony Horowitz and today Jacob Mead and Charlie Ridgeon received a personalised, hand written post card and a signed photo from the author of Horrid Henry, Francesca Simon. All these replies are a great keepsake for the boys and will encourage them to keep reading, which was Miss Thompson’s aim when planning this task.

The sixth form students are again competing in the Student investor challenge. Currently we have 2 teams of 4, Team 1 Rushmoorians (Greg, Angus, Matthew and Rosie) and team 2 Rushmoorschool (Kiera, James, Henry and Sam). This year there are 1,920 school teams competing in the opening practice round, the live game starts on 23rd October 2017. So far it is looking very promising with the Rushmoorians placed 74th and Rushmoorschool team in 249th, not bad for 2 days trading.

This week saw our final fixture of the U13 partnership league, having learnt lessons from two fixtures against tough opponents the team enjoyed a healthy win against a very spirited Westfield side. Most pleasing was the players ability to move the ball wide early which resulted in some fantastic team tries.

Our U15 team travelled to Mark Rutherford for what turned out to be a very hard fought affair. The game was nip and tuck until the very last moments where despite a valiant effort from our players the home team managed to hang on to their lead for a deserved victory.

The U14’s team made the short journey to play a very strong BMS side. Despite missing a number of key players we showed great spirit in the tackle area during long periods of defence. After weathering an initial onslaught the players settled down and played some entertaining running rugby with ball in hand, the highlight being a well worked team try.

The U12’s rugby team started their partnership league campaign with a comfortable win against Bedford Academy. The players again showed their ability to move the ball and attack the wide spaces which meant for an entertaining game.

Our U10 rugby team welcomed Robert Bloomfield this week; despite a scrappy performance from the team we were able to score a number of well worked tries to get the win. They have a number of key work on’s before they play Bedford School next week.

Next week we look forward to our students performing in the ESAA regional x-country event, U12’s Bedford School rugby festival and Year 10 student Sam Buck will be representing the school in the County Scratch Golf Championships.
On Saturday 1st October, Northampton Saints held an Under 11’s rugby tournament. As tournament winners, Olney got to hold up the team flag at the start of the Harlequins v Saints game later on that day. They also got to walk around the pitch at half time. It was great to see photos of Ben Howard walking the pitch, well done Ben!

Rushmoor will be working on a performance of ‘We will Rock You’ this year and auditions are open to those in years 6 to 10. The show will be performed in March 2018. Please do encourage your child to take part; it is always a great experience to be involved in a show.

I am particularly delighted that this show has been chosen as it brings back memories of our former colleague, Mrs Bishop, who sadly passed away in September. Back in 2004 she made me go on a staff trip to the theatre in London to see this show and I enjoyed it, so I am now looking forward to seeing our pupils perform it too.

Junior School stars of the week:

RLH - Alfie Primus
1TS - India Ward
2EB - Olivia Crabtree
3JM - Matthew Eaden
3ST - Kai Wolkenstein
4AB - Oscar O’Connor
4ET - Elyn Daniel
5BR - Daniel Siong
5CR - Ben Spary
5JP - Franky Wolkenstein

Principal’s Award

Congratulations to James Wookey and Zachariah Levens for receiving a Principal’s award this week. James overcame adversity with his performance at the Harvest Festival and Zachariah has worked very hard in English this term. Well done James and Zachariah!

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Kind regards
Mr I M Daniel
Principal

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