Friday 13 May

No. 37

From the Headmaster

As study leave begins for Year Eleven and the Lower Sixth Form, the examination season continues with both public and internal examinations next week. There is much in the press about the impact of examination stress on young people and I urge all of our pupils to keep calm, stay focused and rest assured that you have been well prepared by your teachers. We wish all the pupils every success whatever examinations they face.
 
It is pleasing to read of so many interesting educational experiences in the RGS Times this week. These include designing a test rig for Worcester Bosch, Duke of Edinburgh Award cuisine, film-making and handling medieval manuscripts. All of these and much more go on in a typical week at RGS!

John Pitt
Headmaster
Engineering Education Scheme with Bosch
For the last six months, Mark Davies, James Glazzard, Nick Thurgood, Alex Watkins, George Watkins and Jacob Withington have been working on a project with Worcester Bosch to design a new test rig interface adapter for the Ri boiler. The test checks the electrical connections of new boilers before they leave the factory. Read more here.
Bringing Medieval Life into the Classroom
Class 7B recently enjoyed a (very careful) hands-on History lesson under the watchful guidance of Mr Hallett when 14th Century manuscripts were discussed and studied up close in the classroom.  The School is extremely fortunate to have been donated two pages from a medieval manuscript by Mrs Jean Bennett (nee Fitzpatrick) who attended The Alice Ottley School (1929-42).  Read more here.
A Run of Success
Boys and girls from Year Seven to Ten competed in an Under 14 and Under 16 Athletics meet against Solihull School last week.  The meet included some superb performances and three school records broken. Darian Moore, Year Eight, has broken the Year Eight and Nine 200m record with a blistering time of 23.9 seconds.  (Ben Hughes, Year Eleven, has held the record for the last three years). Read more here.
RGS Cannes have Great Film Festivals
Paparazzi descended on the red carpet and glitzy glamour of the Godfrey Brown Theatre (GBT) last Friday as budding Film Makers from Year Seven to the Upper Sixth arrived in their finery, with the hope of winning one of the seven awards in the second Annual Film Makers’ Festival.  Read more here.

 
Teamwork makes Greenpower Go
Those who have been following the changes in Formula 1 racing over the last few years will be aware that this is now about producing a fast car and also about managing the race strategy to sustain race pace. This was also evident in the season opener for the Greenpower racing team where the team of Year Eight to Ten boys and girls worked superbly together to tackle the first race of the year with great organisation and determination.  Read more here.
A Zest for Zaragoza  
Year Ten travelled to Zaragoza at Easter for the second leg of their Spanish Exchange. This time Mr Sykes travelled with sixteen pupils who had already hosted their Spanish friends in an action packed week in England and were very excited to see them again.
The pupils relate their experiences: Imogen Still
My partner and I have become good friends and we had some amazing memories together.  Read more here.
Exploratory Cuisine 
Nutrition is a vital part of any expedition, whether one is eating Army rations or freeze-dried food from NASA, the balance of taste and goodness has to be carefully found.  The same is true of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, where participants have to devise and cook their own menus.  Read more here.
 

 
Click on the YFD poster below to see a short film of last year's competition
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