Friday 5 February

No. 27

From the Headmaster

The RGS Worcester Entrance and Scholarship Examinations take place tomorrow and we look forward to welcoming prospective pupils to the School for the tests. I hope that they are looking forward to joining RGS Worcester and enjoying the many activities and experiences on offer.
Some of these activities are featured in the RGS Times this week. There is news of an impressive performance by RGS Mathematicians in the Senior team National Finals, and Debating achievements in a number of National competitions. Girls’ sport dominates this week with inspirational trips to see Netballers and Hockey players of the highest standard, the Netball Regional Finals for the Under 16 and Under 19 teams, and individual achievements from an Upper Sixth Fencer and a Year Seven Cross Country runner.  The Spanish department whisks us off to Murcia, while the DIY Company fills the GBT full of sand for the feuding Capulets and Montagues to fight over.
Finally, please do contact the RGS box office to get your tickets and join us next Tuesday 9 February, 7.00pm, for the Senior Piano Concert in Perrins Hall.  Our top pianists will be joined by professional musician Maya Irgalina for an evening of exquisite piano playing.  

John Pitt
Fellows and Whitefoot forward for Debating Regional Finals
Over the last ten days, the Senior Debaters have been in action in two key competitions.
Having won a difficult first round last term, competition was very stiff again on Tuesday evening at the English Speaking Union’s Mace Debating competition with teams competing for a place in the Regional Final.  Read more here.
Life’s a Beach for Romeo and Juliet
The DIY Drama Company will be presenting 'Romeo and Juliet' as their second production promises to be a drama highlight of 2016.  The company, which includes RGS Drama Scholars, was formed last year and is called DIY as the group take on all aspects of the production from marketing to costume, to stagecraft. Read more here.

Super Saturday for RGS Netballers
RGS Worcester Netballers visited the Genting Arena in Birmingham last weekend for the inaugural Vitality Netball Superleague Super Saturday for an action packed day of netball. Read more here.

Even Further Maths
Following the success of winning the Regional Maths Challenge tournament in Worcestershire, the Senior Maths Challenge team set off for the National Finals in London. Here they got the chance to contend with 85 other winning teams from regions all across the UK over three rounds of mathematical challenges at a level above both A Level and Further Maths.  Read more here.
Dynamic and Creative Netball at the Regionals
The Under 19 squad has had an amazing season so far losing only 4 out of our 24 matches played. After winning the County Tournament for the second year running we came into the Regional Round ready to give our all and fight for a chance to go to Nationals.  Read more here
A Chance to Work on Spanish
At the end of December, five members of the Sixth Form went to Murcia in Spain where we spent a week working in El Insituto Saavedra Fajardo and El Colegio Juan XXIII, where the staff were very welcoming. The work allowed us to gain a better understanding of life in Spain whilst improving our linguistic skills through the immersion experience.  Read more here.
Inspirational GB Hockey at Wembley
RGS Worcester had the exciting opportunity to see the National Finals of the England Indoor Hockey competition at Wembley Arena last weekend.
As well as witnessing the extremely high quality hockey we also had the opportunity to meet some of the Great Britain squad members.  Read more here.
Regional Final for the Under 16 Netballers
After our incredible victory at the County Tournament, the Under 16 team progressed to the West Midlands Regional Netball Finals. The team won their first match convincingly with a brilliant performance from everyone, but then came up against a very strong side in our second match, which we lost. We fought our way fiercely through all of our remaining matches, unfortunately we came away without any more victories.  Read more here.

Ruane has the Region on the Run
Last Saturday, 138 girls were on the start line at Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire for the Brooks Midland Counties Cross Country Championships 3km race.  A clean start saw Jodie Ruane in the lead pack from the offset. Jodie looked relaxed, confident and in control all the way around the course and it was a battle of three into the final field.  Jodie put on a strong surge at the end and left second and third far behind for a clear win. Many congratulations to Jodie for becoming Champion.

Danielle Lawson was fencing in Burgos in Spain for the Junior World Cup event last weekend and finished 33rd with the top British result of the day. This moves her up to second on the British Junior Ranking list and 121st on the World-ranking list.

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