Work started in late September to develop the new Hockey facility at Droitwich Road, Worcester and is in partnership with RGS Worcester, Worcester Hockey Club and Worcester City Council. The project involves building a facility to include two international standard Hockey pitches, two grass Football pitches, changing facilities and onsite parking.
We are thrilled that two of our Music Scholars are competing in the Final of the 2020 Bromsgrove Young Musicians Platform on Sunday. Sasha Penlington, Year Eight, will be competing in the Junior category on the piano, performing Bach’s ‘Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major’, Chopin’s ‘”Black Key” Etude’ and Debussy’s ‘Jardins Sous La Pluie’. Isabella Hulbert, Lower Sixth, will be competing as a singer in the Senior age group; she will perform ‘The Singer’ by Michael Head, Puccini’s ‘Chi il bel sogno di Doretta’ and ‘The Girl in 14G’ by Jeanine Tesori.
As of Tuesday 17 March, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) was challenged to adapt, improvise and overcome the obstacles presented to the youth organisation in light of the national ‘lockdown’. Training went virtual, lessons were delivered on-line, cadets were challenged in different ways to the norm.
The Literary Society (LitSoc) has had a hugely successful start to the Academic year, with rapidly increasing numbers, The Lecture Theatre is now LitSoc’s new home every Monday evening. Year Eleven also has its very own LitSoc ‘bubble’ every Friday lunchtime. Pupils enjoy the trademark Litsoc experience: literature and tea!
In 2019, RGS Worcester invested in new digital signage software called Trilby TV. The idea was to bring our digital screens around the School to life and also encourage more academic departments and staff to share content. We are pleased to confirm that the deployment has been a huge success. All four of the RGS Family of Schools are now using Trilby TV as a matter of course to share pictures, updates, Twitter feeds and most importantly pupils’ work.
On Friday 9 October, the ‘EdTech Vision 2025’ report was published by the EdTech Advisory Forum in response to the Educational Select Committee’s request for views and evidence on ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on education and Children’s Service’. The report celebrated the tenacity and resourcefulness of teachers, support staff, schools and colleges from across the UK as they dealt with the challenges thrust upon them due to COVID-19.
Last Saturday, RGS Worcester welcomed Cheltenham Ladies College to play the first Hockey fixtures of the term. Having returned initially to summer sports and then gradually integrating Hockey back into the co-curricular programme, the senior girls attended Indoor Hockey training sessions to get them back into the swing of things. Remaining within their Year groups, we had almost thirty Sixth Form girls to select from and, as it was only a friendly fixture, we listed twenty-one to play the eleven-a-side game.
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, a number of pupils from first the Sixth Form, and then Year Eleven, visited the Sabrina Bridge site to see the work that is being carried out there. We were lucky enough to be able to speak to the structural engineers from Jacobs and Griffiths who have been involved in the project since the beginning.
RGS Worcester’s pupils and staff have beaten the 2018/2019 fundraising record across the senior school, by raising over £17,000 for charitable causes during the 2019/20 academic year. This impressive total exceeds by almost £4,000 the previous year’s total. This is all the more commendable given the School was in ‘lockdown’ during the Trinity term.
The banner outside RGS Worcester says the School is ‘Open for Admissions – Come and Join the Family’ and has done for many months. We have been extremely busy in Admissions to ensure that prospective pupils and their parents have the opportunity to visit in these unprecedented times and there is more interest than ever before.