This is my last Blog of 2017 as next week we will email the term’s Newsletter to you instead.
I would like to say thank you to all the players, spectators, staff and helpers who came along on Saturday to our Invitation Trophy Rugby Competition. The weather proved kind to us and the event ran really well. The boys played well against tough opposition. They played some good rugby and are developing nicely as a team.
On Sunday the double winning U10 rugby team took part in the National rugby tournament. The boys were very unlucky to lose their 3 group games by one try, on another day; they could have quite easily won all three games. It was a very good learning curve for the boys and they have developed as players from the experience. With some improvements to their defence and defensive discipline, there is no reason why they can't test the countries best next year. I'd like to reiterate what a tremendous season the Under 10s have had and how proud I and Mr Thomas are of them.
The week began with a large number of students between Years 6 and 9 attending a swimming gala at BMS as part of the Bedfordshire and Luton School Games. We had such good performances with swimmers swimming up a year and still finishing in the top three in each of their heat and even winning some of the events in the B team. Well done!!
On Tuesday our U15 Rugby team made the short journey across to BMS for a last minute friendly fixture. BMS had unfortunately had their fixture cancelled this week and we were more than happy to fill the fixture to allow both sets of players a competitive game before the Christmas break. The game was very competitive as always with BMS moving the ball well but Rushmoor asserting themselves in the physical aspects of the game. Tries from Luke Holland, H-P McCardie and Tom Sayer weren’t quite enough for the win on the day, however the fixture did provide Mr Hawken with a valuable opportunity to assess the GCSE students in a competitive game situation.
On Wednesday the U11 football team took part in the county football tournament. The boys had a tricky group but after 8 games and some very good team performances, we qualified for the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the boys lost their semi-final to the eventual winners. I was very pleased with the boys’ performance, especially considering the tournament took place in our rugby season. All of the squad scored on the day and behaved very well throughout.
Last Tuesday saw us compete in the final Sports Hall Athletics of the year, Rushmoor and St Andrew’s combined to make a joint Yr5/6 team for the event. The students thoroughly enjoyed the very well organised event which saw them competing in adapted athletic disciplines such as standing long jump, soft javelin and a variety of running races. After a huge effort the team finished 4th out of the 18 schools that took part in the morning session.
Last night we took four of our Year 10 GCSE PE group to compete in the Bedford District Badminton tournament. The students performed very well against tough opposition from both Mark Rutherford and Sharnbrook Academy. Mr Hawken was very happy with the skill level of the students who will be working on Badminton after Christmas ahead of their assessment against the GCSE criteria.
The focus this week has been on Christmas, with the Junior School’s wonderful Nativity entitled “Straw and Order”. With a daughter in year 4, I have heard the songs and script since October! So it was great to finally see the whole performance on stage. The children did an incredible job of entertaining us, and they should be very proud of themselves – I am immensely proud of them. Having watched many, many years of Nativity performances it always amazes me that I have never seen the same version twice. The effort put into these performances is wonderful and I would like to thank all the staff who helped to make the Nativity yet another success.
The pupils in our Reception class had a trip out to see a Barn Nativity yesterday. Thank you to Miss Harrow for arranging this special treat for her class. The Barn Nativity took place in a garden in Clapham organised by the Christian Group ‘Impact’. The children had the chance to ask the actors questions about the story and also took part in singing traditional Christmas carols. The children also had a chance to meet and stroke the donkey.
Continuing with the Christmas theme, the Choir performed on Wednesday afternoon at The Christmas Tree Festival in St Paul’s Church where this year’s theme is “Stories for Children”. Once again, the school decorated a tree to support this event and my thanks must go to Mrs Bushell and Mrs Hope for their creative talents in organising the decorations.
The final week of term will be hectic with many Christmas celebrations planned; the usual Christmas lunch on Wednesday; the year 11s from across the alliance having their Christmas meal and the sixth formers planning their own celebration. We also have a Christmas party in the junior school and I am told there will be a special guest coming along! Then there is the traditional Carol Service at St Martin’s Church on Thursday at 4.30pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies back at the School. This really is a lovely way to round-off the year and certainly gets you in the Christmas spirit, so I hope that you are able to join us.
Term ends at 12.00 midday on Friday 15th December and the ski trip departs on Saturday 16th. I hope everybody going to Les Menuires has a fabulous time. It is the first time in over 25 years that I am not going too, but I am very pleased to have handed the baton over to the very capable hands of Miss Thompson and Mr Jones and I thank them both.
Junior School stars of the week:
RLH - Everyone for performing so well in the nativity
1TS - Sebastian Thomas
2EB - Woody Brown
3JM - Vinaya Patel
3ST - Jacob Adedeji
4AB - Blaine Kelly
4ET - Sam Harper
5CL - Daniel Siong
5CR - Lewis Gardener
5JP - Jonas Lee
Congratulations to Ben Spary for receiving a Principal’s award this week. He has been working extremely hard for Miss Robson, well done Ben!
I look forward to seeing you during the last week of term, but would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and peaceful festive season and I will see our pupils back on Tuesday 9th January 2018 ready to celebrate Rushmoor School’s centenary year!
I M Daniel, BA, NPQH