Principal's Blog

9 - 13 January 2017:

On Monday we had some very excited junior pupils from our two year 3 classes who came into school in their costumes for their trip to Stibbington Day Centre to learn all about being an evacuee in World War Two. Many of the children carried boxes with the gas mask warnings and labels of the era on them. They also carried one toy, which is all the evacuees were allowed to take with them. I am reliably informed by my daughter that the spam sandwiches they had for lunch were delicious! They spent some time in the classroom learning about the wartime, trying on gasmasks and they even had a spelling test with words such as ration, government and evacuation included. They also had the chance to use some ‘old’ money to purchase things. I think it was a great learning experience and my thanks go to Mr Thomas, Mrs Mortensen, Mrs Limb, Ms Robson and Mrs Wyatt who accompanied the pupils. They were joined on the day by pupils from St Andrew’s School, so it was a good chance for the children across the alliance to mix together.

We were delighted to receive some exciting news this week about a book that is going to be published on the 31st March. At the end of last half-term, some of our KS2 classes entered a poetry competition called ‘Once Upon A Dream’ run by a company called Young Writers. All the poems we put forward for the competition have been chosen to be published in the book. Very well done to all the pupils concerned.

If you follow us on FaceBook or Twitter, you may have seen that the joint Rushmoor and St Andrew’s skydiving team are all set to take part in the World Challenge in April, where they will become the first GB youth team to compete in the competition. What a great opportunity for these youngsters and we wish them all the very best of luck. Thank you to Mr Farnsworth from St Andrew’s and Ms Robson to organising this opportunity.

Well done to our year 10 rugby team who participated in a competition at Biggleswade RUFC on Tuesday. There was some tough competition, but we won the plate competition. Thank you to Mr Walker for his organisation.

The Year 7/8 A and B football teams went Kings Ely on Wednesday. They were trial games with many new pupils wearing the Rushmoor colours for the first time. They all enjoyed the game, with a lot of positives to come out of them, but also a few errors to work on. We are looking forward to the rest of the football season.

As I stated last week, year 11s now need to be considering their post-16 education. We will be holding an A Level Taster Evening on Tuesday 7th February 2017 4.15pm-6pm in Fenwick House and would urge all our year 11 pupils at Rushmoor and St Andrew’s to attend. Attending our Sixth Form is obviously beneficial to them in terms of continuity in their education at this critical point, but even if their plans at this stage are different, I believe they would benefit greatly from this evening to give them an idea of the subject content involved in A Level and Btec studies.

I think I should start a competition to see where the most far flung place is that you might find a Rushmoor tie. So far Luke Holland comes up trumps, wearing his school sports colour tie at the Ritz Hotel no less! Looking very smart indeed; I am very pleased to see the tie worn with pride.

Junior School stars of the week:

RCM -    Stephen Muniu
1RDF -   Ethan Ndokera
2EB -     Harry Mayrick
2LC -     Leonard Owino
3JM -    Oscar O’Connor
3ST -    Harry Ridgeon
4AB -    Diyan Adil
4ET -    Ellery Few-Wiegratz
5CR -   Brandon Venn
5AC -   Charlie Hodges

Principal’s Award:

Congratulations to Julian Romaniv and Zac Myles for receiving a Principal’s Award this week. Julian’s hard work in history paid off with a fantastic mark in his recent history test on the Normans. Zac showed me his holiday diary he wrote about his trip to Sri Lanka. He even taught me a few things including the Water Monitors he saw! Well done boys!

I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards
I M Daniel

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