Principal's Blog

Alliance Blog 7:

Half-term came and went in a flash of an eye and we are now all focused on the second half of the summer term. I have been delighted by the mature way our GCSE and A-level pupils have approached their formal examinations over the past two weeks. As you are aware, changes to the examinations have been rolled-out this year and, having reviewed the papers, questions have certainly been tough.

There is only another week to go until all the examinations are finished and I am sure that the students (and their parents) are looking forward to some down-time when they can forget about studies for a while (I know we are in our household). I hope that the students make the most of their time to relax.

I would like to thank Mr Day for the hard work he has put into creating a song to celebrate Rushmoor’s centenary. The video can be viewed on our Facebook page or website at the following links:


The individual singers were brilliant, as were the junior school ensembles. Many thanks to George Child for shooting the video, ably assisted by Mick Child who supplied his drone for the wonderful aerial shots and edited the video. The words of the song are apt, summing up the ethos of Rushmoor so well. The line about going the extra mile to help our confidences soar applies equally to St Andrew’s School, which is why together as an alliance we work well.

The Year 10 geographers took part in a geographical activity to recognise the school’s 100 years by learning the locations of 100 UK towns and cities. This culminated in pairs of students having to plot 25 randomly chosen cities in order to win a prize. Congratulations to Elliott Fitzpatrick and Finlay Castell who located the most!

We have been supporting the wonderful work of the NSPCC charity and have raised a fabulous £1,700 for this worthy cause. The children across the alliance up to year 6 have been learning about the work of the NSPCC through assemblies and workshops, particularly their latest ‘speak out’ campaign, with representatives from the charity coming into school.

The Year 10 geographers took part in a geographical activity to recognise the school’s 100 years by learning the locations of 100 UK towns and cities. This culminated in pairs of students having to plot 25 randomly chosen cities in order to win a prize. Congratulations to Elliott Fitzpatrick and Finlay Castell who located the most!

Pupils from across the alliance joined together for a residential trip at Tirabad in the Brecon Beacons. This was a last-minute change because Blue Peris was unavailable, so after some frantic phone calls we were delighted that the trip could still go ahead. The feedback from the pupils has been wonderful and they all threw themselves into the adventure challenges. Thank you to Mr Morrish, Miss Dabell, Miss Lawrence, Mr Stevenson, Miss Parton and Mr Wyatt for accompanying the pupils.

Rushmoor pupils in years 1 and 2 were given the opportunity to take part in Save the Children’s Den Day. Simply, a night in the Randall Hall where they got to build their own dens and have a sleepover with their school friends whilst raising money to change children’s lives. The money our den-builders raised will help make sure more children around the world have a safe place to sleep and play. Thank you to Miss Boast, Mr Short, Miss Parton and Mrs Djukic for supervising the children overnight.

On Thursday afternoon a number of year 12 students went along to Bedford Modern School who were hosting a careers event for post 16 students. They were able to choose up to 4 speakers to visit and ask questions to give them an idea of what career path they would like to follow. The feedback from our students was that it was really beneficial and informative. Thank you to Mrs Johnson for taking them along and a thank you to BMS for organising a great event.

Rushmoor Sport:

It has been a couple of packed weeks for our respective athletics teams with ISA Regional Trials, KS3 Athletics league and the Upper School District Championships all taking place.

The ISA London North Regional Athletics was once again a huge event for the school as we both attended and ran the day. Winners from this event go on to represent London North region at the National Championships in Birmingham later this month. Our year 5 team performed very well on the day with both Ben Bramwell and Freddie Wells excelling by winning two events each. The day finished in an exciting fashion with the relay team winning a thrilling race to earn their place at the nationals. In the middle years strong performances from Malique Roach (Hurdles) and Oscar Smith (800m) saw them both win against tough competition. Our year 10/11 boys dominated on the track winning the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m races in impressive fashion. All the winning athletes will now attend the Nationals in Birmingham on Tuesday 19 June. These athletes are: Ben Bramwell, Freddie Wells, James Wookey, Ryan Kirkham, Malique Roach, Oscar Smith, Luke Holland, Elias Osei-Kissi, Sam Gale, Mohammad Tassadaq and Jack Sharp.

Upper School District Championships: The week before half term we attended this year’s Upper School Athletics Championships, which sees us competing against a wide range of schools from Bedford and the surrounding areas. Once again we had a range of really good performances that will see students progress to represent North Bedfordshire in next week’s County Championships. New student DJ Agbenu put in a fantastic performance in a very tough 200m event to earn his place at the Counties, this was even more impressive as he was competing against students from the year above. Once again the year 10 boys showed their class with a number qualifying for the Counties including Sam Gale, Jack Sharp, Mohammad Tassadaq and Edward Findley. Year 11 student Jamie Webster also qualified for the 800m on the merit of his personal best time.

Year 5/6 pupils took part in the KS2 athletics league. On 5 June they competed against Arnold and Holywell and the winners were: 75m - James Wookey, 4 x 75m relay – James Wookey, Ben Bramwell, Freddie Wells, Tyler Roach, 600m – Ben Bramwell and Turbo Javelin – Jack Norman. On 12 June they competed against BMS and St Josephs and the winners were: 75m – James Wookey, 150m – Ryan Kirkham, 600m – Ben Bramwell, 1200m – Jack Norman, 4 x 75m relay – James Wookey, Ben Bramwell, Freddie Wells, Ryan Kirkham, Turbo Javelin – Jack Norman, Shot Put – Maddison Agama-Spencer and Cricket ball throw – James Coplin. We would like to congratulate all the students who took part and wish good luck to the students moving forward to bigger events.

County Athletics Championships: This week we took five of our senior athletes to the Bedfordshire County Championships to represent North Beds. These students had qualified through right at the recent Upper Schools athletics championships. Everyone performed well on the night with Jamie Webster (800m) and Mohammed Tassadaq (1500m SC) both coming away with impressive wins in the events. A special mention must go to DJ Agbenu who qualified for the year 8/9 200m race, as a year 8 student this was a fantastic achievement in an event otherwise made up entirely of year 9 students.
Squad: DJ Agbenu, Edward Findley, Sam Gale, Mohammad Tassadaq and Jamie Webster

On 6 June we competed in the Year 5/6 joint multisports event at the athletics stadium. 50 teams entered the event, I am delighted to say that we finished 3rd overall and have qualified for the county finals. A special mention to Ben Bramwell who got the quickest time in both the 75m and 600m and Rosie Foster-Glennon who was the highest placed girl in the afternoon event. It was a fantastic team effort and all involved should be very proud. Squad : Rosie Foster-Glennon, Grace Langridge, Olivia Patel, Demi Sunda, Ben Bramwell, Ryan Kirkham, Jack Norman & Freddie Wells

Last Friday our year 7 Cricket team played a very competitive fixture against Lincroft at the neutral venue of Bedford School. Batting first we posted a good score of 84 for 5 off our 16 overs. Star of the batting was Nathan Johnson who top scored with an impressive 32 before retiring; his innings was littered with impressive strokes throughout. In response Lincroft progressed steadily leading to a thrilling finish, unfortunately Lincroft just made it hitting the winning runs with five balls to spare. The pick of our bowlers were Sam Crabtree with 3 overs 1 for 15 and James Coplin with 3 overs 0 for 13.

Earlier in the term the Year 5/6 boys won a district qualifier that entered them into the district finals day that took place on 7 June. The boys dominated their group winning all 3 games that meant they qualified for the final. They lost the final which was of a very high standard and qualified for the county finals later in the term which is a tremendous achievement.
Squad : Heath Clarke,James Coplin, Sam Crabtree, Thomas Fisher, Frankie Johnson, Ryan Kirkham, Samir Lockhart, Luke Mabberly, Jack Norman, Brandon Venn, James Wookey

Year 10 cricket team unfortunately lost against a very strong Kimbolton side this week. Year 3 are currently at Bedford School and we wish them all luck.

Last Friday, Miss Boast took KS1 to Bedford Modern School to take part in a multi-sports competition. The aim was for children to demonstrate their determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and team work within sport and all children did us very proud! Well done to Charlotte Onyett and Yazan Ghazzawi who received specific awards for determination and team work. Some children took part in a rounders tournament against some other schools and demonstrated fantastic skill and promise for the future. I’m also proud of our year 9 pupils who were sports leaders for the event. They were excellent throughout the day in helping the students and event run smoothly.

On Wednesday, Year 2 had a swimming gala at Pilgrims School. They all had a great time and put all their effort in every single one of the races (none other than 5 races each student!) They all came back with a medal, which is always very rewarding. Thank you to Pilgrims School for organising this gala and very well done to our Year 2 swimmers!

St Andrew’s Sport:

Years 7 and 8 at St Andrew’s had a tough rounders match on Monday against Mark Rutherford. The girls played well, kept their heads under pressure and did not panic in the face of some tremendous batting. Unfortunately they were up against a better team on the day. Players of the match were Hanaadi Ghazzawi and Ella Stone.

In the KS2 athletics league on Tuesday the girls went to BMS. Unfortunately the St Gregory's/St Joseph's team did not turn up, so it was just the two schools. Nevertheless, St Andrew’s put in some excellent performances, including Rosie Foster-Glennon winning the 1200m (beating all the boys as well!), Riya Sangha winning 150m and Toluwa Alade winning the shot put. A number of second place finishes ensured a close competition and we are currently awaiting the final results. Well done to all who represented St Andrew's.

On Thursday 14 June, nine girls from St Andrews travelled to Bedford athletics stadium for the KS3 district athletics event. What started out as a windy and damp day, later turned into bright sunshine. All competitors performed with great determination and powered on through the ever changing weather. Amelia Baker and Ella Stone ran good races in the 1500m, followed by some good performances in the field events from Kasey Darnton, Jelena Ilic, Amelia Creasey and Hanaadi Ghazzawi. It was the sprint events where St Andrews experienced their greatest success with Faith Afonja, Chino and Chiamaka Oriaku all reaching the finals with strong times from the heats. In the final two races of the day we saw sisters, Chino (200m) and Chiamaka (100m), win their races and take home gold medals. Well done to all those who participated.

I would like to wish the very best of luck to those pupils who will be competing at the ISA National Finals next week – Amelia Baker, Kasey Darnton, and Ella Wing.

Junior News:

This week 5CL performed Bluff King Hal, a poem about King Henry VIII. Year 5 are currently studying The Tudors in their history lessons. This was a wonderful way of learning about his wives and their fate!

In maths, Year 5 have been learning about volume by using water flutes to see the different notes that can be made with different volumes of water.

The play equipment recently installed on the Walmsley playground, and generously donated by the PTFA, was officially opened today by Mrs Hendry. The children are very much enjoying the range of activities this provides. Many thanks to the PTFA.

EYFS News:

In Rushmoor EYFS this year we have been following the children’s interests and we have been learning about animals. On Thursday 14th June Rushmoor Robins went on a trip to Woburn Safari Park. The children enjoyed getting close to the wildlife and seeing the different animals we had been learning about at school. The children were very excited to see lots of baby animals at the zoo.

At St Andrew’s Nursery, I am delighted to offer many congratulations to Juliet Bromley, one of the members of staff who, after two years of studying, has gained a First in an Early Years Foundation Degree, so very well done!

The babies have been busy exploring gross motor movement, travelling up and down ramps and transferring sand with big spoons. This important play all helps develop muscle strength and co-ordination in babies’ limbs.

The toddlers have been looking at colours and texture, making rainbows, jelly play and jumping in coloured puddles on the playground.

In Pre-School the children have been busy making Fathers’ day cards and trying hard not to let the secret out before the big day! Owls and Robins have been investigating the phonic letter sound 'w' experimenting with wizard potions and tasting watermelon. Pre School are also limbering up and practicing their running skills for sports day on the 3 July - our theme this year is the forest.

Principal’s Awards:

Ada Padbury, Olivia Patel, Grace Constant, Grace Langridge, Lillie Morris - for their work ethic and commitment to extra-curricular activities and representing the school in PE/Games.

Chloe Frost – for her fantastic contribution to the year 8 magazine in English.

Samir Lockhat for a well written weekend diary.
Henry Sayer for his hard work with Mrs Davis.
Alex Abruzzese for his imaginative shape poems.
Ollie Onyett, William North and Leo Abruzzese for their science homework.

Junior School Stars:

St Andrew’s Week: 11 June 2018

Reception Phoebe Watkin

Year 1 Mary Chai

Year 2 Aiden Blattner

Year 3/4 Mimi Gardner

Year 5 Cerys Holley

Year 6 Demi Sunda

Rushmoor Week: 11 June 2018 

Reception Freddie Marlow 
1TS Stephen Muniu 
2EB Ophelia Manser 
3JM Matthew Eaden 
3ST Kai Wolkenstein 
4AB Matthew Broadbent 
4ET Ali Ghazzawi
5CL Kavi Mann
5CR Freddie Wells & James Wookey
5RS Elijah Kasujja

Our congratulations go to Simeon Gay in year 10 for going the extra mile on Friday 1 June when he completed a gruelling 12 hours boxing training session to raise money for Cancer Research UK and The Primrose Unit Bedford for Macmillan. He has a just giving page and has so far raised hundreds of pounds to this very worthwhile cause. If you wish to sponsor Simeon for his efforts then please go on to Well done Simeon!

I would like to congratulate Samuel Gale who came first in the J15 single and first in the J16 double at the Star Regatta at the weekend. Well done Sam!

Congratulations to George Simmonds for receiving an award for enjoyment at Junior Bedford Blues at their end of season prize giving. George always does his best, is not afraid to get stuck in and score tries. It is great to see how well he is doing at the club.

Thank you to all the staff who helped out at the Kite Festival last weekend, and it was nice to see some of our families who came to have a chat. Also, thank you to the girls from St Andrew’s who helped me set up early on Saturday morning, Maddie Corley, Aimee and Mia Moliterno.

Do not forget we have the Alliance Summer Fayre coming up on Saturday 23 June 2018 at St Andrew’s School between 11.30am and 2.00pm. I look forward to seeing Rushmoor and St Andrew’s families there.

Also, the summer ball will take place on Friday 6 July, if you would like to buy tickets please contact Gina in the office on 01234 352031 or 

Kind regards

I M Daniel, BA (QTS), NPQH


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