Ricky Recorder Issue No 39

The Ricky Recorder Issue 39: July 2016

We were delighted to welcome Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle as guest of honour as we celebrated our Schools Sports Partnership with local secondary and primary schools. A

this year were Ashton. During Active Learning Week we have taken residential trips to France, Germany, Spain and Wales, as well as a range of activities in School and out. I would like to thank Mr Crane for Sports Day, and Mrs Pickford for Activities Week. We have also hosted a number of workshops for local primary schools in Music, Dance and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as rocket building and testing organised by the Science Faculty. Our end of year Music Concert and evening of Song and Dance were fantastic events: thank you to Mr Tompkins, Mr Shiels and Mr Waters. Casting and rehearsals are now well underway for our autumn production of Billy Elliot, which is not to be missed! Transition Day was a historic moment for the School as we welcome an additional form into Year 7; 226 students will join us in September, our largest year group ever. During the summer we will be undertaking a major refurbishment of the Science block, with new laboratories and an ICT suite. This has been part-funded by parental contributions to the Rickmansworth Foundation, and we pledge to use your donations to continue to enhance the facilities we are able to offer our students. Finally, it is always sad to say goodbye to staff, and I would like to thank all those who have contributed so much to the School. In particular I would like to say a special farewell to four staff who are retiring after a total of almost a hundred years’ service, which is quite remarkable. Mr Cruse has taught maths and computing for more than 20 years; Mrs Ross-Smith has worked in the Finance Office for 22 years; Mrs Millard has taught English and been a pastoral head for 27 years; and Mr Gentry, who joined at the same time, taught Chemistry among his many other roles in the School. I am certain that you will join me in wishing them all a very happy retirement.

large number of students won awards, including our own Shannon Cooke who was named Exceptional Performer of the Year. Congratulations to all of them. Awards were not only given to the students; the Partnership received national recognition of its excellent standard from the Pearson Teaching Awards, and I am delighted that the Partnership, supported and part-funded by other local schools, has been recognised in this way. Well done to Mr Berry, Mr Ling and Mr Hambleton. Two teachers have also been recognised in the Pearson Awards; Mrs Curtis, Head of Drama, for her excellent teaching, and Mr Crane, Director of Learning for Year 7, as an outstanding new teacher. In June we invited our local MP, David Gauke, a Remain supporter, and Peter Lilley MP, for the Leave campaign, to debate the European Referendum with our Year 12 students. The opening question was, “Is a vote for Leave a vote for Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister?” What a month it has been in politics! Sports Day was a great success; a number of Ricky records were broken. House winners

Mr K. Douglas, Headteacher

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