Friday 21 October

No. 52

From the Headmaster

The Modus Cup match on Wednesday evening was a fantastic experience for the whole school community and I would like to thank parents, alumni, friends, staff and pupils for supporting the event. Between the two schools, we raised over £200 for the children’s rugby charity ‘Wooden Spoon’, and enjoyed an excellent evening of fast-running rugby on the Worcester Warriors’ new artificial surface. The RGS team played very well and were certainly fully committed. The match could have gone either way and was a great spectacle. The support for the team was excellent and demonstrated the great strength of the RGS community.
 
The RGS Times completes this busy first half of term with lots of sport: from the Rugby at Sixways, to Netball in Bath, Cross-Country success at Abberley, Rowing victories, Alumni Golf and Hockey Regional success. The Arts are also represented with the Arts Fund Lecture and two of our pupils taking part in the Swan Theatre production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. There is also an article about The Billingham Society, which provides Academic Enrichment for our pupils, and has had a busy schedule so far this term.
 
If I could also take this opportunity to advertise our Sixth Form Open Morning on Saturday 12 November, 9.00am -12.00noon for current Year Eleven pupils and parents to find out more about the Sixth Form and the subjects the pupils wish to study at A Level, as well as for new entrants for the Sixth Form at RGS.
 
As we look forward to the Half Term break, I would like to congratulate all pupils and parents for a successful first half of term, and particularly those new to RGS in Year Seven and other year groups who have settled in to the School so well. I wish all of the pupils, parents and staff an enjoyable Half Term holiday.

John Pitt
Headmaster
Passion and Pride - Modus 2016
As always, the RGS vs. King’s Rugby Modus Cup Match at the Sixways Stadium was a fiercely contested and passionately supported match. The RGS team played with skill, grit and determination in front of a 3,500 strong crowd.  Spectators, commentators and RGS Sports staff were unanimous in their praise for the boys who played with uncompromising passion for their School and their sport.  Read more here.
Photos courtesy of Chris Ham
Micro beasts, Maths Problems and Oliver Twist – all part of the Billingham Society offering
The Billingham Society started the Michaelmas Term with the annual Society Tea in Eld Hall in September. Over 50 pupils from Year Seven to Ten joined Miss Waller and Mrs Houchin for games, quizzes, Maths problems and refreshments.  We were delighted to welcome a number of our new Year Seven members and really look forward to seeing them at future events: their enthusiasm was infectious. Read more here.
Victorious in Bath
With a new season ahead of us, and new England Netball rules to adjust to, the RGS Worcester 1st VII Netball Team set off for a two day mini tour to Somerset and Berkshire.  Our first destination was a Sports Experience Day hosted by Bath University at their Sports Training Village.  Read more here.
Quaichs and Cups – The RGS Alumni Golf Day
The Quaich is a traditional two-handled Scots drinking vessel often referred to as a ‘friendship cup’, that in modern times is most commonly encountered as a prize in golf and curling competitions. RGS alumni met at Worcester Golf and Country Club last week to compete for the prestigious Biggs Rodway Quaich and for the rejuvenated Old Elizabethans’ Cup.  Read more here.

 
Under 16 Hockey Team Qualify for the Regional Tournament
RGS Under 16 Girls have qualified for the Regional round of the Indoor Hockey tournament, after finishing runners up in the County tournament.  They opened with a fantastic 6-0 win over Malvern St James, with goals by Sophie Thompson (5) and Grace Francis (1). They then lost one game to Malvern College and won one against Bromsgrove, before finally beating King’s.  Read more here

 
Bear Grylls Survival Race
Tom Ehlers, Tom Hislop (both Year Nine), Harry Nelson and Ed Smith (both Year Ten) were part of a group of 17 scouts from 3rd Worcester who went to the Bear Grylls Survival Run in East London this month.  They took part in the run for the juniors and also worked as volunteers helping on bases for the main run and met Bear himself.

 
Double Netball Success
Over the past two weeks RGS Netballers have achieved success in the first round of the Under 12 and Under 13 National Schools Sport Magazine Cup, and the Worcester City District Under 14 and 16 tournaments.  On Friday 20 September RGS Worcester hosted Edgbaston High School in the first round of the Under 12 National School Sport Magazine Cup.  Read more here.
Year Sevens on the Swan Stage
Congratulations to Jonty Marsh and Ben Sears (Year Seven) for their outstanding performances in the Swan Theatre’s Amateur Company’s production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ earlier this month.  The Worcester News reported that the production was a fitting tribute to a great American novelist, Harper Lee, who died this year.  Read more here.
Photo courtesy of Beth Martyn-Smith
Heads Start for Rowing
RGS Worcester’s rowers have kicked the winter training season off with nine wins at two events.  Harry Smith, racing the 3.3k course at Monkton Bluefriars Head last Saturday, beat seven opponents to win the J17 singles title, a clear 20 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. This was Harry’s second win of the term, having won Intermediate 3 at Worcester Head two weeks previously.  Read more here.

 
Under 16 England Rounders
Congratulations to Imogen Sinclair who has been selected for the Under 16 England Rounders squad.  Imogen had an extremely successful 2016 Rounders season, playing for England and also playing a key part in the RGS team, which went on to win the Under 16 England Rounders Championships.

 
Ably run at Abberley Hall
On Thursday 13 October the Junior Boys and Girls (Under 13) took part in the Abberley Hall Prep Schools’ Cross Country Competition. For the first time RGS took B teams in both events and their strength in depth showed.  The Under 13 Girls team dominated the race from the very start and brilliantly picked up all the medals. Jodie Ruane won the race, Alice Atkinson came second and Abi Timmington third. Read more here.
Rome and the Grand Tour - An Illustrated Lecture by Dr Tom Duncan
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an Art Fund lecture on Rome and The Grand Tour with Dr Tom Duncan on Tuesday 1 November in the RGS Lecture Theatre.  
The lecture provides a fabulous enrichment opportunity and is open to the public.  Tickets are priced at £17, although students and staff can attend free of charge.  Read more here.
Half Term Multi Sports Holiday Club
Plans for this half term’s Multi Sports Club are action packed with dodge ball, handball, a day of bushcraft with wilderness survival skills and a skiing trip to the SnowDome.
The Club is open to children from all schools and activities are tailored to age groups up to 13 years.  To book your place please go to: 
https://rgsw.bookinglive.com/
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