Principal's Blog

8 - 12 January 2018:

I hope that all our families enjoyed the festive period and I wish each one of you a happy and healthy 2018.

Thank you to Miss Thompson, Mr Jones and Madam Thiebeaux for organising the ski trip in December. Once again, the trip was very successful and everybody had a brilliant time skiing because of the fabulous snow conditions. Details have been circulated about the trip for December this year, so please let the office know this week if you are interested in attending as we need to secure the booking with the travel company, subject to numbers.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of Samuel Batty, a former pupil at Rushmoor. Since leaving in July 2016 Samuel has stayed in contact with the school and his friends in the Sixth Form. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. We will be holding a mufti day on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in honour of Samuel.

The staff returned to school on Monday for a training day. The focus was on First Aid and subject planning taking into account exam changes at GCSE/A level.
The spring term has started with assessment tests for many of the pupils and the boys in year 11 going through their mock GCSE examinations. The A-level students have also been completing mocks this week too. It is now that our senior boys are beginning to feel the pressures of the formal examinations and where our individual support will help them every step of the way. Directly after the mocks are marked, parental consultations will be held to discuss outcomes. We are also putting together a timetable for booster sessions over the Easter holiday. Please consider this if you are thinking about booking a holiday if your son is in year 11. Previous cohorts have stated that attending the holiday sessions, together with the before school and after school revisions sessions have been really beneficial.

Congratulations to our Sixth Form students that have completed UCAS application forms, all of whom have been offered places at their first-choice Universities.

On Tuesday evening our drama pupils from years 10 to 13 went to The Quarry Theatre to watch The Metamorphosis written by Franz Kafka. One pupil commented “It was the weirdest thing I have ever seen!” It is a story about a man who wakes up as a gigantic, disgusting bug. It is cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in schools, colleges and universities. The theme of the book is alienation; the metamorphosis creates a psychological distance by emotionally separating the man from humanity.

We believe in encouraging our pupils to enjoy theatre from a young age and what better way to do so than attending a pantomime. It is an annual tradition at Rushmoor and the pupils from Key Stage 1 travelled to Milton Keynes on Thursday to watch Cinderella. Everybody had a wonderful time and enjoyed the show. Thank you to Miss Boast and Mr Short for arranging the trip.

Another annual tradition is the Year 3 trip to Stibbington Education Centre. The former village school building contains a classroom furnished and equipped for lessons about an evacuee’s experience during World War 2. I hope the children had a wonderful time there today.

In sport news this week our Year 7/8 hockey team had a fixture against Goldington Academy. In the first round of fixtures we won 1 and lost 1. They showed a positive performance from the whole team. We also had two teams from Year 8 playing football against Kings Ely to start the football season. The A team played against a very strong team but never let their heads drop in what turned out to be a tough fixture. The B team fared much better with a fantastic defensive display seeing them win an entertaining game 1-0. It was a great all round team performance which included star performances from Henry Cotton in defence and George Long in attack. I look forward to the season ahead.
We were delighted to receive a thank you letter from the Prebend Street Centre following the donations made by Mrs Kelly’s year 9 English class.

Dear Mrs Kelly & class

On behalf of the team, our volunteers, and Service Users of the SMART Prebend Centre, I would like to thank you for your recent donation of food and toiletries to the centre.

We are open 365 days a year supporting some of Bedford's most vulnerable people, not only providing food & clothing, but also companionship and support to those using the centre to help them move towards to a more positive future.

This year we are hoping to provide new training and living skills opportunities for people using the service, alongside continuing to provide hot meals, shower facilities, clothing, emergency food packs, advice and support.

Again, thank you very much for your donation. It's only with the generosity and kindness of the local community that we can continue to deliver the service within the SMART Prebend Centre.

We wish you all a healthy & happy 2018.

Kind Regards,

Jen Robus |Deputy Manager SMART Prebend Centre, Domestic Abuse Project & Training

Staying with the charitable theme, I would like to congratulate Heath Clarke who helped to raise over £500 to support The Langar Project by raffling a Christmas Hamper. As you will be aware, the School has close links to The Langar Project, which provides food for those in need, so the £500 will certainly be put to good use.

Well done to Hugo Crannis in Year 10 who passed his Grade 2 drums theory exam with a merit before Christmas. He is also working towards his Grade 5 piano.

Principal’s Award

Congratulations to Jamie Marshall, Moazin Rauf, Tyler Roach, Erik Treis and Hayden Heyhoe-Fisher for receiving a Principal’s award this week. It is a great start to the term.

As we are all aware, at drop-off and pick-up times there is a lot of traffic around the school and we all need to be considerate of the people who live in the area. Historically we have tried to encourage a one way system for parents to use to ease the congestion of single lane traffic caused by parking. We suggest parents should turn into Byron Crescent and follow the road around to Cowper Road instead of turning directly into Cowper Road from Shakespeare Road. Please avoid waiting for pupils immediately on the corner, outside of the parking lines, of Byron Crescent as this creates a hazard and disrupts traffic flow because cars cannot turn into Byron Crescent if other cars are coming up the road. Finally, the car park across the road is for staff use only and is not available for dropping off or picking up. We appreciate your understanding in these matters.

Finally, despite some local political opposition, we are currently looking at different paths towards success in achieving planning permission for the new school and remain very optimistic as we have met the majority of the requests from the Local Authority. Once we have succeeded in achieving this permission our plans are to develop the new school in as tight a timescale as possible. I will continue to update parents on developments.

I hope you enjoy a good weekend.

Kind regards

Mr I M Daniel

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