Principal's Blog

20 - 24 March 2017:

This will be my final blog before the Easter break as next week you will receive the Newsletter instead. Firstly, I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work during this term, both with curriculum and enrichment opportunities. Secondly, I would like to wish our pupils well for the Easter break and I look forward to seeing them in the summer term, which will be extremely busy!

The Auction of Promises on Friday evening raised a fantastic amount, approximately £8000. Thank you to everybody who supported this event; it was a fun evening. Unusually attendance numbers were actually down on previous years, perhaps due to the match at Goldington Road, so we did incredibly well to raise so much. The money will be put to good use to benefit the pupils across the alliance and also £1000 will be donated to our charity appeal for the GEMs school in India.

The PTFA Spring Ball will be held on Friday 5 May at the Park Inn Hotel in Bedford Town Centre. I really hope that parents and staff will be able to support this event. The Ball is not about raising money; it is about having the opportunity for parents and staff to socialise and enjoy a night out. Tickets can be purchased from Gina. Please book early to help make planning easier.

This week has been dominated by the Peter Pan production. All those involved in the show spent Monday and Tuesday at the theatre for dress rehearsals. They have performed to an audience on Wednesday evening, Thursday evening and have two performances today. I have attended on Wednesday and Thursday and would like to say a big thank you to everybody involved in the show. The cast have done a grand job and particular mention should go to Thomas Kilroy who took the lead role as Peter Pan. Well done to all involved backstage, front of house or on the stage itself. Particular thanks to Mrs Gittins, Mr Day, Mrs Frost and Mrs Stott.

Last week I wrote that some of our pupils would be going to the Guinness World Record Mental Health Lesson. We were absolutely delighted that the record was achieved. I really think it is such a worthwhile message about mental health issues in the young and we shall be covering this subject more in school.

Also, last week I mentioned that a group of pupils would be going to Wembley Arena to take part in the WE Day celebrations. We became interested in this event because I heard about it at a conference. It was a joint trip with the pupils from St Andrew’s and it links in well to the PSHE syllabus by encouraging pupils to be aware of issues from around the world. Click here to find out more

The children from the Reception classes at Rushmoor and St Andrew’s joined forces again to take part in a scavenger hunt at Bedford Park. It is great to see the children having the opportunity to get together during enrichment events and I am sure that they enjoyed this particular outing immensely. Thank you to all the staff involved for arranging it.

Reception class had a second outing this week, this time with Rushmoor Robins to Thrift Farm. The children search for signs of spring, investigated frog and toad spawn, had an exciting woodland walk and even got to visit the ‘Sheep hospital’. To top it all off the children were very excited when they were given the chance to name 3 lambs and feed them a bottle of milk each. Buttons, Lola and Sophie all seemed to enjoy our visits just as much as we did. Thank you very much to Mr Macinnes, Mrs Wyatt, Mr Morrish, Mrs Robinson, Miss Grummitt and Mrs Sangha for organising and helping with the trip. I must also give a very special thank you to Frances Law at Thrift farm for accommodating us and being so welcoming and insightful.

This week has seen our very first mock AS Level examinations at Fenwick House. Our Sixth Form students have been revising really hard and it has been interesting to see just how they are coping with these examinations. With not long to go until the real things in May and June, it has been valuable to enable them to get to grips with the style of the examinations. I would like to thank all our sixth form staff for their efforts this year in providing a great learning environment for the students and fantastic enrichment opportunities.

The year 10 pupils who are studying the religious education short-course also had their mock examination this week. Again, I hope they found this a useful learning experience in order to prepare for the real thing next term.

I would add that the Easter break is a good time for the year 11 and year 12 students to do lots of revision, together with the year 10 pupils who have a GCSE examination this year. It is just 13 weeks until the last GCSE examination will be sat. Please ensure your child has a sensible revision timetable planned and makes good notes. Teachers can answer any queries they may have next term if they ask for help.

As I write, Red Nose Day is in full swing. Thank you to everybody who has come into school in mufti today and donated £1 to this extremely worthwhile cause. The day started with an eventful Comic Relief assembly where the whole school found themselves dancing and cheering on the teachers singing!

Thank you also to the staff who have ‘volunteered’ to have a pie thrown at them! They helped raise the total of £460 for Comic Relief. They are all good sports especially my PA who got pied twice; I had better watch my back!

Year 5 played against Bedford School earlier this week. The games were played in a great spirit and watched by many parents, it was great to see goals scored from Charlie Decesare, Jayden Nyenya, Alfie Stoughton, Adam Corley, Brandon Venn, Thomas Fisher and 2 goals set up by Moazin Rauf. Rushmoor won one fixture 6-1 and drew the other 1-1; however the victory came second to games which were played in the perfect spirit. Well done to those involved.

Year 9 played against BMS in which was a game of two halves, in the first half Rushmoor played some lovely football and had many chances to gain a healthy lead. A chance was taken by Jack Sharp at the start of the second half to put us 1-0 up. The game then changed as we stopped playing and invited BMS to attack, some good ‘circus skills’ from goal keeper Mohammed Tassadaq kept us in the game and we came out with a good win.

Year 10 went to Pitsford this week and worked on playing attractive football, the size of pitch hampered us somewhat but with some fleet footed work from Jamie Flynn and some fine leadership from Charlie Crow allowed us to grind out a good 2-0 victory.

Year 8 hosted Pitsford in their final game of the season and showed some good developing football to come out 4-1 winners, the score could have been more however some good goal keeping and the help of the post kept the score down. If this team keep listening to the coaching they receive then they could turn into a fine footballing team.

Good luck to our Year 6 hockey teams who are playing against BMS this afternoon.

On Thursday the pupils from years 9 and 10 went off on their trip to Montpellier to study the French language. This trip always proves useful in helping the pupils develop their spoken French and it is really enjoyable too, with a bit of culture thrown into the mix as well. They will arrive back on Wednesday 29th March, just in time for the Easter break.

Junior School stars of the week:

RCM -   Whole class
1RDF -  Aiya El-Koum
2EB -   Whole class
2LC -   Arman Treis
3JM -   Alessio Sepede
3ST -   Kian Woolven
4AB -   Ben Bramwell
4ET -   Jason Okunnu
5CR -  Thomas Smyth
5AC -  Sebastian Paulson

Principal’s Award:

Congratulations to Aum Songara, Max Robertson, Joseph Hearne, Malique Roach and Thomas Smyth for receiving a Principal’s award this week. I’m very proud of you all.

I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards

I M Daniel

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