Friday 12 February

No. 28

From the Headmaster

We had a tremendous Senior Piano Concert on Tuesday evening in Perrins Hall which was a showcase for thirteen talented pianists in the School and included a performance from professional musician, Maya Irgalina. Maya kindly offered a Masterclass for our pianists in the afternoon that was greatly enjoyed. Mr Hamilton should be thanked for organising such an impressive evening of music.
 
Last week, in the Land Rover 4x4 Challenge, the RGS team swept the board in the Regional round of the competition, coming first and winning an Award. ‘Team Ascent’, lead by Alec Berry, Year Eleven, should be congratulated as they plan for the National Finals. Thank you to Mr Howard for his considerable commitment in supporting the team.
 
The RGS Times this week features these events along with others, including House Drama, which was the first House event under our new House system to involve pupils from all Year groups across the School in the same event.
 
Finally, the Entrance Examination day last Saturday was a great success and I would like to thank all of the Sixth Form students and staff who assisted on this important day for the School. We have a high number and quality of applicants for places and we look forward to welcoming them to RGS next September.
 
I wish all pupils and parents an enjoyable and well-earned Half Term.

John Pitt
Headmaster
Team ‘Ascent’ rise to Land Rover challenge
A team of six Year Eleven boys was victorious in the Regional Final of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge.  The boys (Alec Berry, Harry Smith, Edward Lawson, George Mann, Fiaz Ibrar and Jack Beet) built a remote controlled car designed to complete a very challenging obstacle course, which would test the car and the driving skills of the team to their limits.  Read more here.
Senior Piano Concert is Major Success
Maya Irgalina joined RGS pianists this week to perform in the outstanding Piano Concert in Perrins Hall.  Maya studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and has subsequently performed all over the world.  Before the evening concert, Maya invited some of the School’s pianists to join her in a Masterclass.   Read more here.
Guys and Dolls’ at New College
The cast of the RGS Worcester ‘Guys and Dolls’ show travelled to the New College, Worcester to see the College’s own production of ‘Guys and Dolls’. The College students had already been to see our production in December and it had been a pleasure for us to have them watch us, especially when they all joined in with us singing 'Guys and Dolls' at the end.  Read more here.
Debaters in Union at Oxford
Six Year Nine and Ten debaters from the RGS Worcester Debating Society, supported by Thursfields Solicitors, travelled down to Oxford University last weekend to take part in the regional round of the International Competition for Young Debaters.
Fifty-two teams were entered which meant that, with four pairs taking part in any one debate, thirteen debates were happening simultaneously in the prestigious surroundings of the Oxford Union.  Read more here.
Under 12 Netball Team - District Champions
Last week 12 schools visited RGS Worcester for the Under 12 District Netball Tournament. This year, for the first time ever, the District Tournament was also a chance to progress to the Winter Games Finals at the University of Worcester on 1 March, so there was much at stake.
Our Under 12 team started well with convincing wins against Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, The Tudor Grange Academy and Christopher Whitehead Language College.  Read more here.
Inaugural House Drama is not purely Mechanical
The first House Drama competition was a great success last week, with all four houses showcasing their finest drama work to produce their own adaptations of the ‘Mechanicals’ play from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Read more here.

Walking the Worcestershire Way for Flourishing Fivers
Tom Ehlers, Tom Hislop, Jon Edgson and Ben Wastie, Year Eight, are planning to walk 31 miles (54km) along the Worcestershire Way during Half Term. The boys are undertaking the challenge in aid of the Flourishing Fivers charity appeal which Year Eight supports each year in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.
Tom comments, “I think we are all very excited about the walk and the challenges it presents, but we are quite nervous as none of us have ever done a walk of this length before.”
The boys have already raised £550; if you wish to add to their total, you can give at https://www.justgiving.com/RGSW-2016-TTJB-Worcestershire-Way
Just Giving text donations - You can also donate via text by simply texting TTJB81 £amount (i.e. £10) to 70070
The Pullinger Quiz – Raising money for Rowing
 
Please come along to support the Boat Club on Friday 26th February at 7pm in Perrins Hall.  £25 family ticket (up to four people) and £7 single to include Fish And Chip supper (or sausage and chips or vegetarian option). Bar and Raffle.
 
To purchase tickets please email pullingerboatclub2@gmail.com 
Taking Hearts for New Hope
Students have been raising money for the New Hope Charity for Children with a Valentine cake sale and delivery of heart-shaped biscuit. Pupils were able to send an anonymous message with a biscuit to a special friend for a small fee.  Money is still being counted, so a grand total will be announced after Half Term.
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