Friday 8 July

No. 44

From the Headmaster

We have had busy Activities Days this week with trips heading off both within the UK and abroad, such as the Drama Trip to New York and the expedition to Nepal – what amazing experiences for the pupils.
It has been a very successful week which began last Friday with the Under 16 Rounders Team becoming National Champions. The Junior Girls Athletics Team then performed exceptionally well to come 11th nationally at their Track and Field Championships in Bedford. Congratulations to Elliot Downes (Upper Sixth) who, last Saturday, won second place in a National Design competition run by Triumph and, on Wednesday, came second again at a National competition organised by Mazak. ‘Team Ascent’ (Year Eleven boys) won an Award at the World Championships in the Land Rover 4x4 In-Schools Challenge, and their prize includes a visit to the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup sailing team’s base in Portsmouth. Last night we celebrated Year Seven and Year Eight pupils’ achievements at the Lower School Prizegiving with our guest Mr Chris Pennell, Worcester Warriors and England Rugby player. Finally, today the Pakistan ‘A’ and Sri Lanka ‘A’ Cricket teams are practising at the RGS ground (now Worcestershire County Cricket’s Second Home), Flagge Meadow, ahead of their four day fixture at New Road.
This extraordinary list of achievements and events is included in this week’s RGS Times alongside other articles, including a farewell to Mr Curtis. As pupils and alumni will know, Mr Curtis has been at RGS as a pupil (and a Head boy for two years) and as an English Teacher and Director of Sport for a total of 46 years. This has been an exceptional ‘innings’ at the School and he has taught and coached hundreds of RGS pupils to a very high level. The whole school community is indebted to him and we very much hope he will keep in close contact with RGS in the future.
As the academic year draws to a close, I wish our Upper Sixth, Lower Sixth and Year Eleven pupils every success with their public examination results in August and all pupils, parents, teachers and alumni an extremely enjoyable summer holiday.
John Pitt
Under 16 Rounders Team Become National Champions
The RGS Worcester Under 16 Rounders team has concluded an undefeated season by becoming the England Rounders National Champions in a tournament held at Leicester University.  The team’s performance was strong throughout the day, winning four group games, before making it through the quarter and the semi-finals.  Read more here.
Downes Double Triumph at Triumph and Mazak
Upper Sixth pupil, Elliot Downes was placed second in the National Final of the Triumph Design Competition this week. His lorry wheel removal and replacement system really impressed the judges.  He was commended for identifying an excellent problem to solve and for producing a solution that removes the risk of injury to people working in the vehicle maintenance business.  Read more here.
Tim Curtis: 40 Years at RGS
There cannot be many people who can say they have been an integral part of a school for well over 40 years, but that is what Tim Curtis has been to RGS Worcester.  Tim arrived at RGS in September 1970, a fresh-faced 10 year old (he was a year ahead academically).  He played Cricket for the 1st XI when he was 13 and went on to Captain the 1st XI and the 1st XV as well as being Head Boy before going on to study at Durham and Cambridge Universities.  Read more here. 
The House Results are in...
Congratulations to Whiteladies who have convincingly won the 2015/16 House Championship.
The final scores were:
1st Whiteladies - 186.0, 2nd Wylde - 159.5, 3rd Elgar - 139.0, 4th Ottley - 135.5
Special thanks go to Whiteladies House Leader, Miss Jane Waller, who has now stepped down, in order to concentrate on Enrichment.  Miss Binner will be the next House leader of Whiteladies.  Read more here.
Team Ascent at the JLR 4x4 Technology Challenge World Final 
Having worked tirelessly around exam commitments since the National Finals earlier in the year, Team Ascent headed to the World Challenge at the Richo Arena in Coventry on Sunday. Our car was duly handed in for scrutineering and passed. We then had to set up of our pit display and we were allowed two hours dead and no more. We did it and the display, complete with sand, rocks and branches, looked good.  Read more here.
On Track in National Finals
Last Saturday the Junior Girls (Under 14) took part in the National English Schools Track and Field Cup Final in Bedford. Competing at this level is a huge achievement for the girls and the School as it places the team in the top thirteen schools in the country and it is only the 5th time RGS has achieved in any age group.  Read more here.

Year Seven and the Scottish Play
On Friday, Year Seven put on a workshop performance of Macbeth. We had practised our scenes and, after several lessons of rehearsing, we all were ready for the real thing.  The first scene was ‘Meet The Witches’, which started the whole performance. The narrator, Mr Clemit, provided explanations of what was happening and summarised the scenes that we were not performing.  Read more here.
Golf Glory for RGS Staff
The annual RGS Pupils versus Staff versus Parents Golf Match took place last Friday at Bransford Golf Club and ended in a convincing win for the staff. The parents, winners in 2015, took the wooden spoon this year, with the pupils a close second place.  Steve Harrison (a parent but playing for the staff!) won the Best Individual Stableford prize with 41 points.  Read more here.
Holly’s World Dance Cup success
Congratulations to Holly Jenkins in Year Eight, who danced the World Dance Cup last week. She was awarded:
A Gold medal in the ballet and modern group, a Silver medal in the modern quartet and ballet group, a Bronze medal in the song & dance group and was placed 5th out of 30 competitors in the Lyrical Duet and 6th (in England) in the Ballet solo on Pointe.
Armour, Orienteering and Philosophy at Senior School
The Humanities Faculty hosted 85 visitors from RGS Springfield and RGS The Grange for a Humanities morning last week. The excitable students arrived with a little anxiety about Big School, but quickly realised that the halls and corridors of RGS were their home.  Read more here.

Year Nine has produced a pantomime in French which they have performed to other classes. Everyone played their part, writing the script, translating, devising costumes and finding props.  Audience participation was of course a vital element, and choruses of "Il est derrière vous" could be heard when "le suppôt malin" (evil henchman) Alex Owen appeared; Mia Shaw was impressive in the title role, whilst Jack Beasley and Sam Chamberlain brought the house down with their costumes and wigs as the Ugly Sisters.  

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