Friday 15 April

No. 33

From the Headmaster

Enthusiasm for the start of the Trinity Term at RGS has not been dampened by downpours in Worcester and the pupils arrived back after the Easter holiday in very positive spirits. Pupils on the Spanish and German Exchanges arrived back during the week having had enjoyable and successful visits, during which they learnt much about the language and culture of the two countries.
 
The RGS Times this week celebrates sporting success alongside a fantastic performance from Amy Rogers in the Mathematics Olympiad – many congratulations to her. Next week, ‘Team Ascent’, the Land Rover 4x4 Challenge team from Year Eleven, takes part in the National Final of that competition and we wish them every success. They are putting the finishing touches to their scale model Landrover and practising their driving skills in preparation. The Greenpower Challenge Team also begins their new racing season on Sunday with a Test Day at Goodwood, so good luck to the drivers and pit crew.
 
Please do come and join us at RGS this term for some of the many exciting events in the School Calendar. We have a music world premiere concert, Young Fashion Designer UK competition, the Lower School Drama Production, a Summer Concert and the Creative Arts Evening, as well as the many sports fixtures and other events to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you here in the beautiful surroundings of the School and hopefully in the sunshine!
 
John Pitt
Headmaster
Studying Hadrian’s Wall at Length
On Field Day last term, a group of Sixth Form and Year Eleven Classics students journeyed to Northumberland to explore Hadrian's Wall. Over the weekend we travelled the length of the 80 mile Roman wall from east to west, which really helped us to visualise the dominance and might of the Roman Empire.  Read more here.

 
Easter Success For RGS Worcester Netballers
After an excellent term of Netball at RGS Worcester, to round off the season during the Easter holiday a group of RGS Worcester Netballers took part in the International Junior Netball Festival at Disneyland Paris. This is rapidly becoming the premier European event in the Junior Netball calendar as the festival combines a highly competitive Netball tournament with coaching from International players who offer master classes in a fun destination.  Read more here.
A Mathematician in 100
Amy Rogers Year Ten, achieved a Medal and Distinction in the Mathematics Olympiad that she took part in last term. This places her in the top 100 of her year group in the Country and is an absolutely fantastic result.  Amy, who loves Maths, said, “I am really pleased that I got so far this year, I feel very proud of myself.”
Bienvenue à nos amis Français
Before the Easter holidays we welcomed the French Exchange return visitors, who spent a busy fortnight with their RGS partners.  They met Year Seven and Eight students in the Language Lab (we set a new record of 68 pupils in the Lab). They visited the traditional Cathedral and Commandery sites, and had a fun session in the Fitness Suite with our Sports Assistant Tom Mitchell.  Read more here.
Welsh Championship for Freestyle Fletcher
During the Easter holidays, Olivia Fletcher, Year Eight, once again became Welsh Freestyle National Champion for her age group, this time for the freestyle stroke over 50 metres.  As freestyle is the quickest of the four strokes, and 50 metres always the quickest distance, no other 14 year old in Wales can swim faster than her.
Olivia will now go on to compete in the Midlands Championships from where she hopes to win a place in the British Nationals, for which only the top 24 swimmers from the Midlands can win a place.  Olivia’s dream is to be good enough to swim in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympics. 

 
Easter Rowing Camp 
Storm Katie blew into the south of England over Easter weekend, so a last minute change of venue to Dorney Lake (home of Olympic rowing) proved necessary, as the Thames was flooded.
The J15 boys and girls and the J16 -18 girls rowed in a mix of boats with the focus on technical work. Read more here.

 
Inter County Badminton
Emma Rhoden, Year Eleven, represented Worcestershire County in the Badminton England Inter-County Tournament, held at Nottingham University over the Easter holidays.
The four day tournament included an intense playing schedule, with at least three matches per day (10 games in each match).
 Emma relates, “The match that we were determined to win was the one against Herefordshire who had beaten us in the Shires match at the beginning of the season. Read more here.
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