Friday 17 March

No. 66

Headmaster's Introduction
We held a special ‘Superball’ assembly on Thursday to wish the girls all the best before Saturday evening. We hope you can join us for this really special annual occasion where we celebrate Girls’ sport in the impressive surroundings of the University Arena. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the door so please do come along and cheer on Captain Honor Jeavons and her team as they compete in the third ever ‘Superball’.

The School features in this month’s Chamber of Commerce magazine ‘Business Direction’ and we have even been put on the front cover! The RGS article explains the benefits to our pupils of achieving at a high level academically, whilst participating in a wide range of co-curricular activities which, together, develop the skills the pupils will need in the future. Our Careers department, working with the academic and co-curricular teams, is fast becoming a leader in the area of skills development. Employers are telling us how important it is that students applying for jobs have the skills they will need in the work place and we aim to prepare our pupils to give them a head start. If you would like to read the article, please click here.

The RGS Times this week includes superb Debating success in the Oxford Union Finals as well as BBC School News Report day and Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions. There is a report on the well-attended Challenge Cup match at Sixways Stadium earlier this month as well as other sports including Hockey success and Equestrian. There is even news of one of our pupils commentating at Ascot and at Cheltenham, and another owning a winning dog at Crufts!

So, whatever your skills, whether they are debating an issue or shooting a hoop, there is something for everyone at RGS Worcester.
John Pitt
Headmaster
Oxford Union Finals Day:  Congratulations to debaters Tom Peake and Hannah Keene who took part in the Oxford Union National Finals last weekend. To reach the final stage the pair were selected as one of just eight from 54 regional teams. In the Finals there were 100 teams from as far afield as Canada, Hungary and Hong Kong.  Tom and Hannah performed extremely well, winning two out of four debates in the group and coming a respectable 14th place overall, ahead of the competition from across the West Midlands region.  Read more...
Roving reporters @BBC at School Report:  Pupils from the Middle School took part in the BBC News School Report on Thursday this week, which challenges 11-16 year old students to make their own news reports for a real audience.  RGS is one of over 1,000 schools to have taken part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link.  With support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills... Read more.
Jolly Hockey Sticks:  The Under 12 Hockey teams have played brilliantly over the last two weeks and won two County tournaments.  Firstly, the Under 12 A played against King’s School, Bromsgrove School, Malvern St James and The Chase, winning every game, scoring twenty goals and conceding just one goal all day.  This team will now play at the Regional Finals on 28 April.  The Under 12 B tournament took place at Blessed Edward School against King’s School and The Chase Chase on Tuesday. RGS won both matches with a score of 4-0. Read more.
 
Bronze Training Expedition to Martley:  Over 50 pupils from the Year Ten Bronze cohort ventured out into the north-west Worcestershire countryside over the weekend for their training expedition. It was perfect weather and terrain to demonstrate and develop their outdoor skills. They walked, navigated and worked as a team for the best part of two days, as well as preparing and cooking their meals. Their positive manner, appetite to learn and willingness to foster their outdoor skills was excellent. Read more.
King’s v RGS Challenge Cup 2017:  The first ever football match at Worcester Warriors Sixways stadium was a tremendous success this month, despite a frustrating loss for RGS in the last minutes of the match.  The RGS 1st XI played an excellent game and were a credit to the School and the ‘Green Army’, who offered fine vocal support in truly awful weather conditions.  The game opened with a strong start from King's School who deservedly took the lead.  With RGS shaken, King's siezed the moment and doubled the scoreline.  As the minutes ticked by, slowly but surely the RGS... More here.
And they’re off:  Year Ten pupil, James Reynolds took to the commentary box at Royal Ascot recently to experience the thrill of live commentary.  James said, “Horse racing has been my passion since I was small and I first attended Royal Ascot aged two. I have been very keen to pursue a career as a racecourse commentator for many years and have been fortunate to shadow many of the leading commentators at work.  During half term I visited Ascot Racecourse and was given a unique opportunity to take to the box by Channel 4 race commentator Lee McKenzie. I was given half a minute to learn the runners... Read more.
Crufts Prizewinner
Over the weekend the NEC in Birmingham was home to the annual dog show, Crufts 2017.  Elise O'Connor (Year Eleven) won the Toy and Utility handling class at Crufts (age 12-16) with her Tibetan Terrier, named Draco.  Well done to Elise – and, of course, to Draco.
Joey Good Time: Year Seven pupil, Joe Whitbread and his new horse Joey Good Time represented RGS Worcester during half term in the National School’s Equestrian Centre competition. There were 40 schools competing with each class having 70-80 competitors. Joe and Joey had two great rounds in the 80 and 90cm show jumping classes. Unfortunately they picked up faults in each so were not placed, but were delighted with this young horse's first NSEA competition and look forward to the rest of the season.  Read more.
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