Friday 3 March

No. 64

Headmaster's Introduction

It has been an extraordinary week at RGS. On Monday, we returned after half term to exams for the Upper Sixth. On Tuesday, we welcomed Crista Cullen, GB Hockey Gold Medallist at the Rio Olympics. On Wednesday, very close to 1,000 people attended the Challenge Cup football match at the Worcester Warriors. On Thursday, a group of Year Eleven girls attended an awards ceremony with the engineering company Yamazaki Mazak, and were joined by last year’s successful RGS Land Rover Challenge team. RGS Worcester was the only school to be represented with two separate teams. Today we have RGS debaters participating in the ESU Public Speaking Mace competition and all week we have been celebrating reading with World Book Day, as well as Fair Trade Fortnight. Throw in numerous sports successes in Netball, Judo and Fencing, and we have a bit of everything!

Next week we look forward to ‘A Liverpool Story’ by the DIY Theatre Company, members of which have been working hard on all aspects of the production including selling tickets, assembling the programme, costume and set and conducting rehearsals. We also have ‘Superball’ fast approaching on Saturday 18 March, closely followed by ‘Cabaret’ and then the Choral Concert in Worcester Cathedral. Please do make sure you have your tickets for these events. Please do also support the Lower School entry for the School Gardens competition at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival (details below).

Finally, thank you to everyone who braved the wind and rain on Wednesday evening at Sixways. To have over 600 RGS supporters cheering on the 1st XI Football team was really special for the players and an experience I am sure they will not forget. Both teams should be congratulated and the RGS players showed real character to come back from a 2-0 deficit and, at 2-2, they went all out for the win, only to concede a goal in the last few minutes. I am sure they will bounce back and we wish them every success for the rest of the season.

John Pitt
Olympic Hockey Gold Medallist Visits RGS
On Tuesday, Hockey superstar Crista Cullen visited RGS to have lunch and deliver a talk to the 1st XI Hockey team and Athletes on the School’s Elite Development Programme. Crista, a triple Olympian, is a Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist and London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medallist. Her talk was thought provoking and covered many aspects including 'Thinking Thursday', where players have to adapt to new challenges set by the coach. It was also interesting to hear how... Read more here.
Under 13 Netball Team Wins for County Title
This week the Under 13 A Netball Team won the Worcestershire County Netball Tournament.  The team showed determination, composure and unbeatable teamwork to win six out of six matches and take the title.  Team Captain Madeleine McLeod reports:  “Our first opponent was The Downs. We started quite frantically with possession going back and forth before the game calmed down and our goals seemed to flow. The final result was 6-4. Next we were against the host school, Malvern St James.  The whole team became defenders... Read more here...
Green fingered Pupils Prepare for the RHS Spring Festival
This May, a group of amateur gardeners from the Lower School will represent RGS in the School Gardens Competition at the prestigious RHS Malvern Spring Festival at the Three Counties Show Ground.  With the help of Louise Mawditt from Angel Gardens and Mr Holt in DT, the group have designed a garden on the theme of Space. The idea is to reflect the achievements of Major Tim Peake and his time spent on the International Space Station.  Our garden, which is called ‘One Giant Leaf for Mankind’, includes the International Bug Station... Read more here...
National School Judo Championships
Last weekend Year Seven pupil, Loïc Keasley, was recognised as an outstanding talent for his age in Judo after representing RGS Worcester in the National Independent Schools Championships in the Year Ten and below category.  As the youngest (and smallest) competitor in the class by some margin, it was a remarkable achievement to make it through to the semi-finals, before losing to the eventual winner of the tournament.  During the day, Loïc also achieved accolades from tournament officials and school coaches... Read more here...
A Buzz Around World Book Day
World Book Day created a real buzz this week with various events and activities running. On Tuesday the author and storyteller, Cat Weatherill visited RGS to talk to Year Seven. She spoke about how she found her ideas for her books and about the stages a book goes through before it is printed. The pupils also helped her with ideas for possible future stories and were able to buy her books at a signing session at the end of each lesson.  The Library was inundated with pupils entering the ‘Book in a Bottle’ competition, which had over 200 entries. Read more here...
RGS Pupil Becomes Welsh Fencing Champion
Congratulations to Year Ten pupil Abigail Watkins, who became the Welsh Youth League Shield Under 15 champion during Half Term.  The trophy was presented to her by John Lees on behalf of Welsh Fencing at the Malvern Hills Swords Club.  As well as being the Welsh Youth Champion, Abi is now ranked seventh in Great Britain in the Under 20 Junior category and 18th in the Senior section.  Also in Fencing, Will Osborne travelled to Moulton for the ‘Elite Epee’ Junior Series Under 17 event during Half Term.  He won four out of six in his pool and was seeded 8th.  Read more...

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