Principal's Blog

26 - 30 June 2017:

This is my last blog of the academic year, so I would like to start by saying how thankful I am for the support and loyalty shown to Rushmoor School this year by parents. You will find my traditional end-of-year letter attached to this blog which highlights some of the minor changes which will be happening from September.

Thank you to everybody who came along to the fete on Saturday. There were so many people there and it was a lovely atmosphere. We raised a tremendous £3,300! Thank you to all the staff for helping out and to our wonderful PTFA volunteers for your fantastic organisation and support. I would particularly like to single out Mrs Hendry and Mrs Ciuro for doing a superb job in co-ordinating everything (which is even harder now we are transporting lots of things between the two sites). I really do appreciate the fact that we have a wonderful PTFA and really supportive parents. The money raised will be put to good use by the PTFA to benefit the pupils across the alliance.

This past week started with the year 3 and 4 pupils being invited to St Andrew’s School to watch their year 5 and 6 pupils perform the Rocky Monster Horror Show. They did a marvellous job and our pupils certainly enjoyed it. Thank you to Mr Farnsworth from St Andrew’s for producing the show and for inviting Rushmoor to watch it.

Pupils in the Junior School had their transition day this week, when they spend time with their new form teacher and class to start to get an idea of the work for the coming year. This is usually particularly beneficial to pupils moving into year 6, leaving the junior school behind.

I attended the School Summer Games on Tuesday and Rushmoor was represented by our indoor rowing squad. Well done to everybody who took part, but particular mention must go to Alex Roberts and Connor Brandon, who did a fantastic job, finishing 3rd and 4th.

In my capacity as Vice Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the Games, I had to do a presentation to local heads and councillors about our visit to Boston and our aims for introducing new ideas for the School Games in Bedfordshire.

It was fantastic to see year 4 enjoying dressing up for their Pirate Day on Tuesday. This was a great way for the boys to end their Explorers topic. They enjoyed making hard tack biscuits and pirate drinks as well as pirate flags and parrots. Today they will have a visit from Mr Thompson, Miss Thompson’s father, who will talk to the boys about his time in the Navy. He comes every year and the pupils really enjoy hearing his stories. Thank you to Mr Thompson for taking the time to come in.

On Thursday night the Rushmoor’s Got Talent competition took place. It was a great way for the pupils from year 6 upwards to showcase their talents. Thank you to Mrs Gittins and Mr Halliday for organising this event. There were some great performances and it was a hard decision but eventually the winner was Mustaeen Tassadaq. Well done to everybody who took part.

We have also seen a lipsync battle taking place this week, organised by the Junior School Council with Miss Thompson. Thank you again to Mr Halliday who was a great host. This was in preparation for the official event in the Autumn Term to raise money for Well done to everybody who took part in this – some great performances put on!

Year 12’s set off on Monday to the Dark Peaks for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition. The weather was glorious Monday, but soon turned on them and they have all done fantastically well to persevere.

The year 11s and year 10s from across the alliance went off on Tuesday for their silver expeditions, either the actual one or the practise. They went to the White Peaks and were immediately met with rain, which has continued throughout. They have all put on a brave face though and got on with the task. I think there are going to be some pretty tired ladies and gents this evening! Not to mention lots of very damp washing for the parents!

Well done to everybody who took part. My sincere thanks must go to Mr Swannell, Mr Macinnes, Mr Morrish and Miss Holyoake for accompanying the pupils, together with Mr Powell, who came out of retirement for the trip. As I always say, I fully appreciate teachers who will give up their own time to allow our pupils to participate in enrichment activities.

On Friday year 5 went to the Food and Farm Show in Peterborough which was a trip organised by Mrs Couzens as part of their food technology lessons. The show has 12 zones dedicated to educating children on all there is to know about food, farming and the countryside. From fish markets to alpaca petting, to seeing a real African village, children get the chance to get stuck into a range of interactive activities across the agricultural spectrum including grinding flour and cooking bread rolls in the Kids Country Kitchen, milking goats and cows, and taking part in demonstration vet surgeries. I know that the children will really enjoy this experience and will be full of stories about it when they return this evening. Thank you to Mrs Couzens for arranging this trip and helping to bring food technology out of the classroom.

The Junior School assembly this week was an introduction to the NED program. This is a character education programme which centres around a 45 minute assembly called The NED Show. NED is a cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. It is simple, relatable and child-focused and leads into a year round program to promote a culture of kindness and excellence at the school, through the power of yo-yos.

I have just received the UKMT Maths Challenge Kangaroo results, which Luke Barton in year 8 qualified for. This was an invitation only challenge, which Luke qualified for by being in the top 6% of students who entered the Junior Maths challenge this year. He has done amazingly well with a score of 81. We are extremely proud of him.

Sports News:

The Year 7 team had a hard fought game against Kimbolton with some good performances from Raza Sarwar with the ball and Harry Phillips with the bat, a team that is definitely improving.

Year 8 team had a thriller with BMS on Thursday, 20 overs of good cricket per team. Husnain Auvas led the team well with the bat and Harvey Creasey took 4 wickets with some great bowling. The over of the day was bowled as the last of the day with Kaasim Ajaz bowling five dot balls when BMS only needed 8 to win. A great win for a team that have worked hard on their core skills.

The Year 5/6 athletics team qualified for the league finals this week and came 5th in the district, this is a huge achievement and is showing that our talent is working hard and being rewarded. This closes off a very successful athletics season for the school.

Junior School stars of the week:

RCM -    Stephen Muniu
1RDF -   Billy Bell
2EB -     Matthew Eaden
2LC -     Toby Conway
3JM -    Alessio Sepede
3ST -    Harry Ridgeon
4AB -    Toby Sutliff
4ET -    Whole class for their fantastic sea monsters
5CR -    Jack Norman
5AC -    Edward Chrystal

Principal’s Award

Congratulations to Maya Brown and Harry Phillips for receiving a Principal’s award this week for their class work. I would also like to congratulate Harry for his amazing season of football. This week his team won the Newport Pagnell tournament, with Harry scoring the goals and at the end of Season Awards Ceremony on Friday he came home with two trophies, one was for the 'unsung hero'. Ben Clarke, who also plays for the same team received the Players player award for the season, which is the highest award as it is voted for by your own team mates. Well done Harry and Ben!

There is a lot going on in the last week of term. The junior children have their picnic on Monday where they will have a visit from the Gun Dog Company. Images of this event will be on our facebook page. The owner of the company shows his dogs in front of her Royal Highness!

The summer concert takes place at St Andrew’s School on Monday evening. Bubbly and canapés will be served by pupil waiters from 6.00pm and the performance will commence at 6.30pm.

There are two sixth form induction days taking place on Monday and Tuesday, including a trip to Cambridge. I would urge our year 11s to attend to get an idea of what sixth form life is going to be like at Fenwick House. They will enjoy the experience and I know that they will benefit by continuing their education with teachers who are hugely supportive and already know them well. Our current sixth formers have really enjoyed this year and it is telling that we’ve had students return to us after not enjoying further education elsewhere.

Year 10s are off to Thorpe Park on Tuesday to learn all about the physics behind rollercoasters. They will have the opportunity to have a ride on them too! Thank you to Miss Simic for arranging this. It’s an early departure, so please be at school by 7.45am and a late return, about 8.00pm.

Sports Day for the children in the EYFS through to year two will take place on Tuesday afternoon on the school field. Then on Wednesday, year 3 upwards will have their sports day at the athletics stadium.

Mrs Crannis and Mrs Simic have organised a STEM day on Thursday, all to do with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Pupils from both schools will experience this excellent day.

Finally, on Friday morning it is the prize-giving assembly and then the children will be handed over to you for the summer break at 12.00 midday.
I look forward to welcoming the pupils back to school on Wednesday 6th September. In the meantime, I wish them all a good summer break.

Kind regards
Mr I M Daniel


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