Friday 17 February

No. 63

Headmaster’s Introduction

It has been a week of contrasts, from the beautiful piano playing of our pupils and the professional pianist Raymond Yiu on Monday, to the leg-warmers and ‘Bowie-esque’ face paints of the Senior House Dance competition on Tuesday, and from the academic endeavour of the new Upper Sixth Mock Examinations from Wednesday, to the Netball success of the Lower School teams. Throw in Modern Languages and Debating and you have an action-packed RGS Times this week.

We are delighted that Sally Mills has joined the RGS Board of Governors and there is an article included which mentions her extraordinary expertise in pastoral care and safeguarding. This, I hope, demonstrates our determination to ensure that the care of our pupils remains uppermost at RGS and is the foundation from which academic success, personal development and co-curricular enjoyment are built. Welcome, Sally, and thank you for joining the RGS family.

I would also like to thank the Rushforth family for donating a signed photograph of the Bloodhound Project car. This is the car designed to compete for the land speed record and should reach speeds in excess of 1,000 mph. The striking photograph will go on display in the Design Centre shortly.

We are all looking forward to the excitement of the Football Challenge Cup match at Sixways on Wednesday 1 March, but first I wish all pupils and their families an enjoyable half term holiday.

John Pitt
Headmaster
House Let’s Dance to a Bowie themed competition  On Tuesday, 43 senior pupils dressed up in a range of dazzling costumes and put on a fabulous display of dancing to a range of David Bowie hits. Every member of the audience wore a smile of delight throughout the lively and highly entertaining competition. The standard of dance was extremely high and any one of the Houses could have been a winner.  Congratulations to the competition winners Ottley House... More info and images here
Piano Concert and Masterclass with Raymond Yiu
This week, RGS welcomed Raymond Yiu, a highly talented post-graduate student at the Guildhall School of Music, for an afternoon masterclass and an evening concert.  The event provided a performance platform for our talented RGS pianists, many of whom are already beyond Grade Eight.  During the day, pupil performers enjoyed a lunch with Raymond before discussing their repertoire for that evening. Raymond then heard four of them play in an afternoon masterclass... Read more here.
Appointment of County Safeguarding Expert to RGS Board of Governors  We are delighted to announce the appointment of former Head Teacher and current independent Safeguarding Consultant, Sally Mills to the RGS Board of Governors.
Sally has extensive experience of working with children from early years through to young teens for more than 40 years.  For the past eight years she has been working for the Local Authority supporting schools and colleges across Worcestershire in safeguarding children and child protection and has undertaken many courses to support this role. Read more...
Guest Speaker Attends Modern Foreign Languages Progression Lunch  On Tuesday, the Modern Languages Department held their annual progression lunch for those considering a Modern Language at A Level. This year, the event was well attended by both Year Ten and Year Eleven pupils. There was the opportunity for those who came to discuss the content of A Level courses with MFL staff.  The highlight was a visit from Mrs Gerti Willis from the Department for International Trade... Read more.
Netball News – Success for Under 12A and Under 13A   
It has been an eventful week for the Lower School Netball Squads with the Under 13A team coming a close runner up in the Worcester City Tournament and the Under 12 District Champions continuing their winning streak with a clean sweep of A to D team wins at Solihull School.  Madeleine McLeod (Under 13A Captain) reports on the Worcester City Tournament:  "Our first match was against Christopher Whitehead.  Read more...
Making the Final at Nottingham
Last weekend, fourteen Lower and Upper Sixth debaters set off for Nottingham University Schools’ competition. Four rounds of debating beckoned with a fifth for any pair that could reach the Finals.  Fifty-two debating teams from across the country descended on the University ready for the competition. Our debaters were welcomed by our ex-President, Nick Humphries, studying law at Nottingham and now on the... Read more...
Bromsgrove International Young Musicians Competition 
Many congratulations to Liam Leonard (Year Nine) who won the Junior Section of the Bromsgrove Young Musicians' Platform Competition with three piano pieces last weekend.  Following the audition on Thursday, there were just five competitors through to the final stage.  Liam was the winner of the competition, followed by RGS The Grange pupil, Sasha Penlington, who was by far the youngest competitor in the category, in second place.  Well done to both Liam and Sasha on this wonderful achievement. 
Winning Streak continues for Under 12 District Tournament Victors
Following on from the District Tournament win, the Under 12 teams continued their success with a clean sweep against Solihull School last week, despite the heavy snow. Darcy Gray and Zoe Pye wrote the following report:  The A team had a great start with 7-1 in the first quarter. They continued to play well throughout and finished with a convincing win of 21-6... Read more
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