Principal's Blog

18 - 22 September 2017:

The week started early for some of our A level students, with a 6.30am departure time from school on Monday to travel to Hunstanton (thank you to parents for getting them in so early). The day-trip was in order to investigate coastal fieldwork and collect urban data.

The coastal investigations require a comparison between two different coastlines, so on Wednesday it was another early start as the group headed off to Newhaven and Brighton for a 1-night stay as the second part of their field studies on geology, coastal direction, and wave action. The time in Brighton was spent gathering data to understand how the Brighton Marina development has affected the community and businesses.

Finally, they are also conducting fieldwork more locally, investigating the effect Centre Parcs has had on the Flitwick and Woburn areas. Overall, quite a hectic schedule! I hope the students have found it useful. My thanks to Miss Ross for organising the trips and to Miss Rayer and Mr Whomsley for accompanying the group.

A brief reminder that Open Morning is taking place across the alliance tomorrow morning, 23rd September, between 10.00am to 12 midday. I will be visiting both sites during this time and I will be delighted to chat with you if you are attending. My thanks to those pupils who are coming along to lend their support; I say it often, but our pupils really are our best advertisement.

Those pupils across the alliance in year 10 and 11 who would like to find out more about life in our very own Sixth Form have been invited to come along on Saturday to the information event. There will be talks by Mrs Beattie, Director of Sixth Form, and the Sixth Form staff and students will be on hand to offer tours and answer any questions. We have been delighted with the number of students who joined us this year and we hope that our current pupils will find this information event helpful.

Well done to those pupils who took their LAMDA examinations over the summer under the guidance of Miss Izzard. If your child would like to have speech and drama lessons please contact Miss Izzard at

LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies, offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. LAMDA recognise and reward the endeavours of each individual and provide people with the opportunity to develop the life skills they need: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas. Those who passed examinations are: Connor Speight, Julian Romaniv, Ben Handscombe, Finlay Castell, Charlie Klein and Thomas Kilroy.

At the beginning of term you received a letter about our annual ski trip for 2018. We are fully booked for this year, but we are currently confirming places for our 2018 trip. It is a great week that is open to pupils from Year 4 and above if they go alone or from Year 3 if accompanied by a parent or the whole family goes with them. We have managed to secure an all-inclusive price of £800 for all children 7-16 years of age, £860 for 16 year olds and £1010 for adults. If you would like to find out more or reserve a place please email Madame Thiebeaux at

Sports News
It has been another busy week on the sports field at Rushmoor with four separate year groups taking to the rugby pitch. Both the U11 and U15 teams recorded hard fought wins against BMS in physical games that were played in great spirit, especially the U15 team who showed great resilience and commitment in the tackle area to come away with a well-earned 33-27 victory.

On Tuesday our under 16’s rugby team took on Mark Rutherford, which is an annual event and always a very hard fought battle. We were a bit worried because some of our players were suffering injuries, but the team put on a valiant display and the final result was extremely close. Well done to everybody who took part.

The U13 team played their second fixture of the local league against a big and strong Sharnbrook Academy side. The team showed great commitment in a game where they had little possession against a very well drilled team. Rushmoor did show positive signs in attack which they will take forward to next week’s fixture.

Last Friday, the U10s had their first match against Quinton House. The boys won very comprehensively by 8 tries to 2. It was great to see Lewis Gardener, Daniel Siong and Freddie Wells make very impressive debuts for the school. A special mention to Samir Lockhart who was an animal in the rucks.

Tonight we will also be playing our first mixed fixture of the school year when we combine with St Andrew’s for the U13 District Dodgeball, we wish the team the best of luck.

Rushmoor Robins News
The children visited Bedford Park where the leaves had started to change colour and fall, scattering an array of different colours and shapes across the grounds. This beautiful display of nature caught the children’s attention and curiosity. As adults, time of year may pass us by without too much notice as we have seen it many times before and we know that winter is on its way, but to our children this is something that they have only experienced a few times in their lifetime and maybe even only once in their living memory. The children are now at such a wonderful age where their curiosity provokes them to ask questions and make comments about the world around them. The staff wanted to encourage this natural curiosity. The children went on a colour hunt to see which different colours they could find. The children found lots of yellow and brown leaves and we discussed why we might have found the colours we collected. We talked about which different colours we might find at different times of the year.

I was delighted to learn about David Baines, from year 8, who had a very productive summer holiday by making a computer animation project. This shows a tremendous amount of effort and expertise and I am very impressed. Miss Ionn, our new ICT teacher, also enjoyed learning about the project. Well done David.

I was impressed to hear about Alfie and Ruby Stoughton who, at the weekend, both competed in the Bootneck Challenge, an obstacle course race in Cambridgeshire. Ruby did the children's race and Alfie completed the adults 5k race. Well done to you both!

I would also like to congratulate Charlotte Onyett for passing her Grade 1 Ballet exam. She proudly spoke about it to her class in Show and Tell today. Well done Charlotte!

Junior School stars of the week:

RLH - Erin Eaden
1TS - George Steed
2EB - Harry Clayton
3JM - Ben Handscombe and Alex Timpau-Rat
3ST - Albie Beeden
4AB - Blaine Kelly
4ET - Maya Brown
5BR - Daniel Siong
5CR - Ellery Few-Wiegratz
5JP - Luke Maberly

Principal’s Award

Congratulations to Luke Maberly and Majus Hodges for receiving a Principal’s award this week. They have both had a fantastic start to this academic year and their marks are reflecting the hard work they are putting into their work. Well done boys! 

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Kind regards
Mr I M Daniel

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