Principal's Blog

22 - 26 May 2017:

On Monday the year 6 pupils joined the girls from St Andrew’s for a visit to the Globe Theatre in London. This trip reaches across the curriculum areas of history, literacy and drama. The visit included a guided tour of the theatre and a workshop based on one of Shakespeare’s plays. Through practical exploration, pupils are encouraged to develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s characters and stories, and to engage with the text as a script for performance. Different dramatic techniques are used to deepen pupils’ critical understanding.

With the summer weather being kind to us, the years 3, 4 and 5 pupils set off to Elstow for an RE Lifepath trip accompanied by the same year groups from St Andrew’s. Lifepath Bunyan is an opportunity to help children learn about the life of John Bunyan and his faith. They can relive the story of his most famous book, Pilgrim’s Progress. The event also demonstrates how people’s faith and belief in God continues to change lives today. The main focus is to encourage the children to think about their own 'lifepath'.

Throughout the week there have been many GCSE examinations and AS examinations taking place and these will continue when we return after the half-term break. Of course our year 11 pupils will be on their official exam leave from today, but please do ensure they attend all the extra revision sessions that teachers are putting on for them over the half-term break and in the run up to the exams. Half-term must also be used for some revision. I do appreciate that this is a stressful time for most households where they have a year 11 or 12 student; I can sympathise entirely, and should you need any extra advice or support, please do let us know using the staff emails listed on the school website. We are here to help. As soon as the year 12 students complete their AS examinations, they will move directly into the next section of their courses, so no time off for them.
Following successes in the Intermediate Maths Challenge back in February, with four students from years 9 and 10 achieving Bronze certificates in the national Intermediate Maths Challenge, we are delighted to announce even more successes in the recent UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, aimed at students in years 7 and 8.

20 boys from the school entered the individual challenge. Luke Barton, year 8, scored 92 marks, putting him into the next round and gaining him a Gold certificate. Olivier Gaillard also in year 8 and Julian Romaniv in year 7 both gained Silver Certificates and Oscar Smith (year 8), Michael Greatorex and Luke Smart (both year 7) all achieved a Bronze. We are extremely proud of the boys as they are in the top 40% of students who sat the challenge; last year over 650,000 students from 4,500 schools took part in one of the 3 individual challenges, making them the UK’s biggest national maths competitions. Gold certificates go to the top 7% of students, Silver to the next 13% and the Bronze to remaining 20% of those top students and so it is quite an achievement. We wish Luke Barton great success when he takes the Junior Kangaroo challenge in June.

Thank you to Mrs Frost from St Andrews and Mr Day for organising for pupils in years 7 to 9 to attend the School of Rock Musical in London on Thursday afternoon. Again, this was a joint trip for Rushmoor and St Andrew’s. The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight A pupils into a rock band. He then wants to get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s Headmistress finding out.

This afternoon pupils from key stage 2 are taking part in the Kidocracy Roadshow. This is an interactive theatre show presented by Keith Farnan. Appearing as his alter ego, Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all, the show begins when children are told they are being given an island to rule. In just under an hour, they must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules that rock and deal with all sorts of crises, because running the world isn’t just all fun, fun, fun, there’s stuff to be done as well.

Once again I would like to thank Mr Morrish and Mr Macinnes for leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at the school. This week they held a training session on map reading skills. In June we have the pupils going off to the Peak District for their silver expedition and this year, for the first time, two of our students, Katie Davis and Owen Daniel, will be doing their gold expedition.

The children in the EYFS provision have been learning all about fundraising recently by taking part in Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk in aid of Save the Children. Our children are very fortunate, but every child should get the chance to learn, play and grow up healthy and happy. Unfortunately, millions of children around the world are missing out on this, just because of where they are born. The money the children from Rushmoor Robins EYFS have raised will help Save the Children make life a little bit better for children around the world who are in desperate need.

Thank you to all the staff and children who took part in the walk around Bedford Park and to the families who helped to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. The children also made Peppa Pig cupcakes on Thursday to sell to their parents and family members to raise more money.

We were delighted to hear of Jack Deakin’s adventures in France last weekend. Jack is very keen on karting and competed in the European final against competitors from 22 countries. After having some mechanical problems he moved from 28th place on the grid to finish in 11th place overall in the final. Jack showed a great deal of resilience to compete so well after the problems, and knowing he was up against the best drivers in his class worldwide. Congratulations Jack on an amazing achievement; you should feel extremely proud of yourself.

Well done to Alex Pask in Year 5 who was awarded Clubman of the Year for the U10 Bedford Blues rugby team.

The school hosted ISA Athletics on Friday 12th May; a really successful day with some amazing performances. The Games department excelled themselves with the busiest event to date with 26 schools in attendance. There were some very dominant performances and special mention should go to our double medalists, Ben Bramwell, Jacob Wells, Sam Gale, Luke Holland, Jacob Paton, Jamie Webster. All of whom won Gold in their 2 main events. A full report will be in the end of year newsletter.

Upper School District Athletics - a great performance from all our athletes on an incredibly hot day. The Junior boys came 6th in the entire district with outstanding performances from Sam Gale, Jack Sharp, Mohammad Tassadaq. The Intermediate boys finished 5th in the district with Jack Goodyear, Jacob Paton, Jamie Webster all winning their events. Both teams did incredibly well with both teams finishing as the best independent school in the whole of Bedford.
Year 7-10 pupils took part in the ISA National tennis tournament this week. They all played very well and enjoyed the experience.

The U10 cricket team played BMS earlier this week and showed great improvement from their first game. They played again with the U11s today at a county cricket tournament. Both teams gave a very good showing with one of the teams losing in the semi-final. Well done to all who took part.

Year 9/10 cricket team played Pitsford and the Year 10 team played BMS this week. The boys batted well, but due to a lack of control of the ball they unfortunately lost two close games.

The Quadkids fixture has quickly come round again this year. Two mixed teams with St Andrew’s competed in 4 events, standing long jump, 600m, 60m and vortex throw. The boys and girls all did really well in their events.
Junior School stars of the week:

RCM - The whole class for completing the Muddle Puddle Walk!
1RDF - Ethan Ndokera
2EB - Pearl Johnson
2LC - Arman Treis
3JM - Jonathan Camatchee
3ST - Sam Harper
4AB - Michael Butterworth
4ET - Ellery Few-Wiegratz
5CR - James Bellingham
5AC - David Solomon

Principal’s Award:

Congratulations to Jayin Gill, Harry Ridgeon and Charlie Maudlin for receiving a Principal’s award this week for their hard work in lessons.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Mr I M Daniel

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