Friday 6 May

No. 36

From the Headmaster

RGS Worcester has once again been selected as a Finalist in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Awards. This time the focus is on our Careers provision, which has been significantly enhanced in the last 18 months. This follows our success last year at the Awards in the ‘Best Use of Technology’ category and further details are available below.
 
This week the Independent Schools’ Council (ISC) announced the results of their annual census, demonstrating that independent education is becoming increasingly popular and proving both the academic achievements and the wide range of opportunities that schools like RGS Worcester can offer to children in their education.
 
The RGS Times this week demonstrates this range of opportunities with news stories as diverse as ever, from individual and team success in sport to alumni reunions, House events and fundraising efforts, as well as great news about one of our pupil’s achievements in Mathematics.
 
We welcome visitors to the RGS The Grange Open Morning on Saturday and then RGS Springfield the following Saturday (14 May).
 
Finally, we wish our Lower Sixth students every success as they embark upon study leave for their AS Level examinations next Thursday and all the very best to our Year Eleven pupils as they depart for their GCSE examinations on Friday. They have been working hard in the build up to their exams and leave well prepared and with our very best wishes.
 
John Pitt
Headmaster
RGS Chamber Awards Finalists
RGS Worcester is delighted to have been chosen as a Finalist once again in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.  The School has won a place in the Final of the ‘Best Education and Business Partnership’ category.  The Chamber of Commerce, amongst many other education and business organisations in the two Counties, is working to deliver a workforce that can fill the skills gap which many businesses report as a problem affecting business growth.   Read more here.
Simply Cricket
The 1st XI made a great start to this season by winning their first four matches. Captain Amar Jawanda led from the front taking seven wickets against King Edward’s School Birmingham.  Callum Turner, James Allen and Sam Hughes all scored runs in victories over Hereford Cathedral School and, in the National t20 knock-out, the team beat Wycliffe College and Dean Close to progress through to the second round of the competition.  Read more here.
Flourishing Fivers raises over £4,500
Once again Year Eight have risen to the annual challenge set by St Richard’s Hospice in October.  In an assembly, Jayne Sargeant introduced the ‘Flourishing Fivers’ Campaign by asking the Year group to take £5 and to see how much money they could raise for the Hospice.  Read more here.
RGS alumni at the East India Club
The Headmaster hosted a lunch last week at the East India Club in central London for RGS former pupils who are now based in London and the South East.  This was the first such formal dining event that the Development Office has arranged in London and it was well received by all who attended.  Read more here.
Congratulations to Amy Rogers, Year Ten who has been selected for invitation to the National Mathematics Summer School 2016 following an excellent performance in the Intermediate Maths Olympiad.  This is tremendous achievement since such an opportunity is only provided to the very best mathematicians in the Country.  Amy will be travelling to Woodhouse Grove School in Leeds in July.  Approximately 40 students attend each summer school for a week of lectures, problem-solving sessions, mathematical competitions and explorations, and social events.
Coaching from former RGS pupil and Olympic hopeful
Jenny Nesbitt left RGS in 2013 and is studying at the University of Bath.  Over the last year she has represented Great Britain at the Euro Cross Country Championships in December, at Edinburgh in January and in Italy in March.  She has also recently become the second fastest woman in the UK over the half marathon distance, improving her chances of selection for the European Half Marathon this coming summer.  Read more here.
Young Fashion Designer 2016
Former pupil Sophie Wynne-Owen, has just been awarded the title of ‘Young Business Women of the Year’ at the Worcester Women Awards for her bridal design business that she runs from her shop on Friar Street in Worcester.  We are delighted that Sophie is going to be a judge for us at the Young Fashion Designer Competition again this year in June.  Read more here.

 
Wylde House Supper
 A record number of Wylde House members attended this reunion last Thursday to celebrate another successful year and another birthday. Wylde House is 101 years old and still fighting fit.  The pupils entered the decorated Main Hall accompanied by Eloise Morgan playing the piano before House Captain, Gus Thomas offered a welcome speech.  Read more here.
Recycling for Earth Day 
As part of the Humanities Faculty celebration of Earth Day, pupils were asked to donate unwanted clothes to highlight the ‘Sustain’ theme.  The clothes will be donated to Maggs Day Centre in Worcester, a charity which supports the homeless and with which RGS Worcester has developed strong links. Read more here.
Fencing Success
Last weekend four RGS fencers competed in the ‘British Youth Championships’ (BYC) National Age Group Finals which was held over three days at the EIS (England Institute of Sport) in Sheffield.
The BYC is a very busy and big competition with a large number of fencers who have a lot of experience. Even for our top fencers, Danielle Lawson and Abigail Watkins, it is still a major undertaking and requires that fencers be very much on the top of their game.  As always, the RGS coach Nick Chapman was in attendance throughout, giving technical support and vital coaching that makes the difference in these events.  Read more here.
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