Friday 10 June

No. 40

From the Headmaster

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Awards were announced last night and I am delighted to report that, for a second consecutive year, RGS Worcester received an Award. This time the Award was for Education and Business Partnership and reflects the work done by our Careers and other departments in forging links with local businesses. It is a tremendous achievement for a school to receive such Awards and the school community should be congratulated for attaining such recognition for the hard work done by staff and pupils.
It has been a busy week at RGS as pupils return after half term and have received their internal examination results and our senior pupils continue with their public examinations. 
There are a number of exciting events coming up towards the end of this term and The RGS Times features the concert in Perrins Hall on 30 June. The ‘These Pale Cold Days’ concert includes the world premiere of this piece of music written by the nationally acclaimed composer and former member of RGS staff, Ian Venables, and involves professional as well as RGS musicians. It will certainly be an evening to remember, so if you would like to join us, please purchase your tickets from the RGS box office as soon as possible.
At the end of this term we will bid farewell to some long-serving staff who are retiring. Mr Vetch is included in this number and his long career at RGS is featured in The RGS Times this week. We wish Mike all the very best for the future and thank him for all that he has done during his time at the School.
Finally, do take the opportunity to sign up to play golf or to sponsor the Land Rover Challenge – details are below.
John Pitt
RGS Wins Chamber Business Award for the Second Year Running
RGS Worcester has been awarded a prestigious business award for the second year running.  The Awards Ceremony was held last night at the University of Worcester Arena, where more than 600 business people from Herefordshire and Worcestershire gathered for the gala dinner. Having won the Chamber Award for the ‘Best Use of Technology’ last year, the School has now been awarded the prize for the best ‘Education and Business Partnership.’  Read more here.
Fond Farewell To Mr Vetch
​Mike Vetch, French Teacher, will be leaving RGS after 30 years of dedication to teaching, rowing and a host of other activities, not least of which his involvement in the School’s Bridge Club. Throughout his time, Mike has shown enormous commitment to every aspect of school life.
Mike has dedicated many hours to the Department’s Digital Language Laboratory and shown admirable commitment to the teaching of literature at A Level.  Read more here.
England Head Netball Coach Visits RGS Worcester
In preparation for the start of the Netball season in September, RGS Worcester hosted the Independent Coach Education Intermediate Netball Course on Thursday 9 June with England Head Coach, Tracey Neville.  She explained to staff and visiting delegates how to apply lessons from international teams to school Netball.  Read more here.
World Premiere of Commemorative Song Cycle
RGS is proud to host the world premiere of the song cycle, 'Through these Pale Cold Days' in a commemorative concert in Perrins Hall on the eve of the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.  The music is written by Ian Venables, a former teacher and will be performed by professional musicians Nick Pritchard (Tenor), Benjamin Frith (Piano) and Louise Williams (Viola).  Read more here.
Animal Rights?
The Billingham Society has explored the animal world in two very distinct ways in the last few weeks.
First, on 25 May, the day when the internal examinations finished, the Billingham Society chose to mark the occasion with a fish dissection. Mr Sykes had provided a number of sardines – much bigger in size than Miss Waller had realised. Read more here.
Animal Rights?
The Billingham Society has explored the animal world in two very distinct ways in the last few weeks.
First, on 25 May, the day when the internal examinations finished, the Billingham Society chose to mark the occasion with a fish dissection. Mr Sykes had provided a number of sardines – much bigger in size than Miss Waller had realised. Read more here.
Golfing Glory for Emily
Year Eleven pupil, Emily Furniss has won the Kings Norton Junior Open Gross Trophy.  This is the latest in a series of golfing successes for Emily, and incorporates a qualifier for the Lee Westwood Tour Final to be held at Lee’s home club, Close House in Durham, later this year.

Calling all Golfers
The long-standing, Annual Golf Event for staff, parents and pupils will take place at Bransford Golf Club ‪on Friday 24 June.  This year an AOOEs former pupils' team has been invited to make it a 4-ball competition. The first tee off time will be 3.56pm for the eight matches. We are still looking for parents and former pupils interested in taking part. The cost of the event will be £25 for the green fee including refreshment afterwards. If you are interested in competing in this event, could parents email Chris Wreghitt at and former pupils email Tim Curtis at confirming their handicap and availability.
Look where an EPQ can take you? 
For her Extended Project Qualification Jemma Walden, Upper Sixth posed the question, 
'Do the advantages of flood mitigation products outweigh the cost to the UK economy?'.  She then sent it to UK Flood Barriers who had expressed an interest in seeing the essay.  They liked it and sent it to be published in a specialist publication called ‘Perspectives’, which deals with the issues around flooding.  Read more here.
Year Nine Pupils Host a Royal Duke of Edinburgh Tea Party
Year Nine pupils involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme hosted a tea party in Main Hall, open to residents from local nursing homes. The tea party consisted of the serving of tea, coffee, sandwiches and cake by the pupils, with a highlight being decorating cupcakes.Entertainment was also provided, made up of a general knowledge quiz and outstanding musical performances.  Read more here.
Sponsorship Opportunities at the Land Rover in Schools 4x4 Technology Challenge - World Final

Having won the National Land Rover in Schools 4x4 Technology Challenge, Team Ascent from RGS Worcester will next be competing at the World Final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Tuesday 5 July. They will be one of 16 teams from all over the world fighting for the supreme title. The challenge involves designing and manufacturing a 1/18th scale, radio controlled, off-road vehicle and driving it over a challenging obstacle course, producing a pit display and impressing the judges with a verbal presentation.  The competition will be publicised on a live YouTube channel and in Jaguar Land Rover and RGSW publicity following the event.

There is an opportunity for local companies to display their logo on the team’s exhibition stand at the event in order to support the team and to obtain some high profile publicity.  The cost of this publicity would be £50 and any interested parties should contact Mr Mike Howard in the Design Technology department before 17 June
Please note that priority will be given to those companies involved in the Technology or Engineering industries and it should be noted that we may not be able to take up all offers if there is insufficient space for all logos on the stand.
If you would like to read more about the Challenge please click here.

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