Friday 11 March

No. 31

From the Headmaster

RGS Worcester is now an Apple Regional Training Centre which means that we join a group of over 100 schools nationally that offer training in the use of Apple technology in the classroom as part of a community programme. This is recognition of the progress RGS has made in our Digital Learning Programme and will provide us with the opportunity to share best practice with a network of other schools. The staff and our pupil Digital Leaders presented to 50 visitors from primary and secondary schools in the area at our launch, which was introduced by the Education Business Development Manager from Apple UK.
 
I hope that our pupils are enjoying their Field Day today with trips going far and wide, including a number of Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF expeditions. Also on the co-curricular front, please do join us next Tuesday for the Choral Concert in Worcester Cathedral during which we look forward to the choir performing John Rutter’s ‘Gloria’. In sport, there is ‘Superball’ on Saturday 19 March at the University Arena.
 
Finally, next Wednesday, we have a large number of representatives from different career paths and Universities attending our Higher Education and Careers EXPO at the School from 4.00pm. This event is open to all pupils and their parents and we strongly encourage all Year Ten, Eleven and Sixth Form pupils to attend. This is an exciting opportunity to consider different options for ‘life after RGS’ and is not to be missed!

John Pitt
Headmaster
An Apple Regional Training Centre at our Core
RGS Worcester has launched an Apple Regional Training Centre, which is designed to provide local teachers with free training, expertise and access to best practice to support their use of technology in the classroom.  The School is the only centre in the country to operate an Apple Training Centre in both Prep and Senior Schools settings, and the only Independent school in the Region to be awarded this status. Read more here.
The Narrowest of Victories
The King’s School Worcester defeated RGS Worcester (sponsored by SME Solicitors) for only the fourth time in the last two decades to take the Worcester City Cup at Evesham United F.C. last week. RGS’s young team, with only two Upper Sixth students in the starting eleven began brightly with Alfie Cook and Max Hawksworth both getting behind the King’s back four and troubling the goalkeeper. Read more here.
Congress to Campus
As part of our A Level Politics studies, a group of Upper Sixth students travelled to the Rothermere American Institute in Oxford. We attended 'Congress to Campus', an event aimed at bringing the American political system to life despite being 4,242 miles away here in the UK. Our first talk was on 'The Inside Story' led by two former Congressmen - Ken Kramer (Republican - Colorado) and Larry LaRocco (Democrat - Idaho). Read more here.
Spring Relays
The annual RGS Spring Relay Cross Country event took place at RGS The Grange last week with teams from RGS The Grange, RGS Springfield and the Senior School competing in four different races of 1.5km against teams from eight other schools.  Read more here.

 
Under 13A - Worcestershire County Netball Runners Up
The Under 13A Netball team competed in the Worcestershire County Tournament at Malvern St James last week. Having won all our matches in the Worcester City Cup round we looked forward to taking part in the County Competition.
The afternoon started with our most difficult match against Bromsgrove School.  Read more here.
Emily Furniss – England Golf Youth Panel
Emily has won a place on the England Golf Youth Panel where she will act as an Ambassador and role model advocating England Golf.  She will be charged with providing England Golf with consultative advice on the views of young people, supporting the development of initiatives and activities to engage young people, as part of the England Golf vision to ‘Grow the Game’. Read more here.

 
RGS Rebuilding Bridge
The Year Nine Bridge team competed at the National Youth Bridge Challenge at Loughborough Grammar School on Saturday, RGS's first Bridge team for nine years; they follow in the footsteps of David Williams and Peter Ford, who went on to win the prestigious inter-university Portland Bowl at Cambridge, and to represent England at Under 20 level!  Read more here.
Moore Success in UK Athletics
Darian Moore, Year Eight, has been competing in the UK Athletics indoor events this season at Year Nine level.  He has done extremely well and here are the highlights from his rankings:
60m - 7.75 sec - ranked 38th in UK, 200m - 25.32 sec - ranked 29th in the UK, Long Jump - 4.94m - ranked 44th in the UK. Congratulations to Darian and we look forward to his seeing his performances in school athletics in the Trinity Term.
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