Ricky Recorder Issue No 38

The Ricky Recorder Issue 38: May 2016

congratulations to the students – you should be very proud of what you have achieved.

Welcome to our Whitsun edition

The Ricky Recorder is full of the wide variety of activities that Rickmansworth students have attended and participated in this half term. We started with the Chess Cup against St Joan of Arc, the eleventh year of the competition and the third time in a row that Ricky School has won. I am sure that everyone would like to congratulate the students on their success and thank you to Chess Valley Rugby Club for permitting us to use their fields.

The end of this half term was marked by the news of Rickmansworth School’s expansion. Hertfordshire County Council recognise the increasing popularity of the School, which this year has received more first preference applications for both Year 7 and Sixth Form than ever before. If you recall, we temporarily increased our admission number for September 2016 by 26 students because otherwise our furthest distance between home and School would have only been as far as Croxley tube station! Taking additional students gives our local community the opportunity to attend their oversubscribed popular school. This pattern is replicated with many successful schools and we are glad to be in a position where we go some way towards meeting the demands of the local community. The expansion will also bring a capital investment in excess of £3 million into the School to build a new block and enhance other areas, something we are all extremely excited about. We are at that time of year again when students are undertaking their examinations. During this time make sure you revise hard, have breaks and eat well. We wish all students the very best of luck! At the very end of last half term our Sixth Form had their Prom. It was a delight to see the students there at Moor Park. For many of them it marked almost the end of seven years at Ricky School. At the end of next half term we our Active Learning Week. This year you can pay for all of these events via our online cashless payment service. May I remind you that the Parents Teachers Association are holding their annual Quiz Night on Friday 24 th June. Tickets are £14 and I look forward to seeing you there.

Staying theme, congratulations to Shannon Cooke who was part of the England’s Girls U16 UEFA Tournament. As part of the Arsenal team Shannon took part in the Girls U16 FA Cup Final against Manchester United and they were triumphant 5-1. Our Year 9 students went on a First World War Battlefields visit. Speaking to the students I know many were touched by the Menin Gate Last Post ceremony which takes place every night at 8pm. Thank you to the History Department for accompanying this trip. The Rickmansworth Independent Film Awards (RIFAs) showcased the work of our Film Studies department. It is always such a pleasure to see the final product of our students’ work, appreciated by a large audience in the main hall. It is no surprise that the department is one of the top achieving in the country. Thank you to all of the English and Film staff for their hard work and on the sporting

Mr K Douglas Headteacher

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