Friday 3 February

No. 61

From the Headmaster

We had a very successful Entrance and Scholarship Examinations morning on Saturday and I would like to thank the Sixth Form pupils and teachers for their help. We have now completed all of the assessments and sent out letters to the candidates. We would like to congratulate all those who have received offers of places, Scholarships and Exhibitions.
 
Year Seven had an Assembly with the NSPCC on Monday morning and the representative from the charity passed on her heartfelt thanks to me for the money raised by the pupils in their fancy-dress circuits that they completed last Friday. There is an article in the RGS Times about this as well as details about various events including the RGS Worcester vs King’s School Football match at Sixways on 1 March.
 
I would like to congratulate our fencers who not only were successful in their fixture against King’s School on Monday, but have four of their number who have qualified for the National Finals in their age groups. This is a considerable achievement and equals our highest number ever. Our Debaters should also be congratulated for reaching the Regional Final of the English Speaking Union Debating competition and the National Finals of the Oxford Union Debating competition. These are fiercely fought contests and the pupils and the staff who train them up have done superbly well. We wish them every success in the Finals and will follow their success in the RGS Times in the weeks ahead.

John Pitt
Headmaster
Talking about Oxford
With three competitions in five days, it has been a busy and exciting week for the RGS Worcester Senior competition debaters. The Year Nine and Ten had set us a great example by coming third in their International Competition for Young Debaters regional heat, and Year 11 debaters had also proved successful in the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition, reaching the regional final in March.  Read more here...
Year Seven raise £2,400 for the NSPCC
On Friday 20 January, Year Seven pupils took part in their annual fundraising event for the NSPCC; fancy-dress circuit training.  The pupils threw themselves fully into the morning with excellent costumes all round.  Nicholas Kaleniuk, Year Seven, said: “I enjoyed taking part as it was good fun.  A great way to keep fit and also for a very good cause.”  The fundraising started before the Christmas break and Kia Giles from Read more here
West Midlands Warm Up for Superball
After finishing second in the Worcestershire County Cup earlier this month, the 1st VII Netball Team travelled to Bromsgrove School last weekend for the annual West Midlands Regional Netball Tournament. The standard of play was high and we were faced with some challenging matches. At the end of the day we took fourth place in the league having won. Read more here.
Let’s Talk about Internet Safety  (Written by Evie Boyle) 
Technology is an ever-expanding phenomenon. At RGS Worcester we utilise this tool through our Digital Learning Programme (DLP) to enable pupils to use technology safely and informatively. The Internet can be perceived as being dangerous but exploration in the presence of teachers means that children at RGS can grow up to learn how to use the Internet securely.  With Internet Safety Week...  Read more here.
Four RGS Fencers through to National Finals
RGS attended the West Midlands Regional qualifying round held at Packwood Haugh School on Sunday 29 January.  Abi Watkins, Year Ten, had already qualified for the National Final as a Welsh fencer, so it was our boys in action for the day.   In the Under 16 Boys Epee, Will Osborne won four out of five of his pool matches, going through as the top seed to the Direct Eliminations and finished with the Silver Medal and a place...  Read more here.
GCSE Drama Examination Performance
On Wednesday evening, Year Ten had their first exam performance experience of GCSE Drama and they are the first year group to study the subject recently reformed.  The students were given two pictures and an extract from a piece of literature. It is from them that the performances were created.  The hard work of these young students was appreciated... Read more here.
Kings vs RGS Football Challenge Cup comes to Sixways
RGS Worcester will go head-to-head with King’s School at Sixways for the first time in their annual Challenge Cup football match on Wednesday 1 March (kick-off 7.00pm).  In the last four encounters between the teams, the match has been won by a single goal, with RGS winning the annual fixture in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  King's School won last year’s match 1-0; the first time they had won the annual fixture since 2012.  Read more here.

 
Friendly Fencing Fixture with King’s School
This week, 12 RGS fencers travelled to King's for the annual friendly fencing fixture. Fencing is a sport of good manners where the rivalry is good-natured and the King's School welcome was as warm as always.  King's is largely a Sabre and Foil club, while we focus on Epee, and the usual compromise was struck so that four of our top Epeeist fenced against their Sixth Form students, while the remainder of our fencers fenced Foil... Read more here
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