Ricky Recorder Issue No 36

The Ricky Recorder

Issue 36 : February 2016

In the closing week of last term we attended the Herts Sport Awards. There are twelve sport partnerships in Hertfordshire working with over 80 secondary schools. As part of this ceremony there is an award for the outstanding secondary school provision for PE and Games – I am delighted to announce that Rickmansworth School won this Award.

We received many compliments from the primary schools and their parents on not only this event, but the work the Partnership does in the community. We hosted a Drugs Awareness evening for parents following on from the work we had done with Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 during Life Long Learning Lessons. We aim to run these information evenings for parents termly, but we need your input as to the topics you would like to see covered. Two themes appear to be key in parents’ minds. One is the Government’s Prevent Strategy on anti- radicalisation and what we need to look out for as parents. Connected to that is E-safety. Following our information evening we had requests to run a more specific session on online pornography, sexting and social media. If you have ideas please let us know. We are working with the Local Authority to place applicants for Year 7 at Rickmanswort h School starting in September. I am pleased to report that our number of first preference applications has increased by almost 60. In addition, our applications from external students to join the Sixth Form is at a record high. We are delighted to be increasingly popular, but also recognise this places an additional concern for the local community as it becomes harder to get local children into your School. Therefore, we are in discussion with the Hertfordshire County Council on how we can remedy this. I will keep you informed as the discussions move towards proposals. Over the half term we have 150 students taking part in our annual ski visit to Italy, as well as a Geography trip to Iceland. We wish them all well and look forward to hearing about the trips on their return. Finally I would like to thank all students and staff for their hard work, and to you the parents for your support.

It is in recognition of the excellent PE curriculum we provide and the many hours of extracurricular games offered to students. I would like to personally congratulate the PE Faculty for this well-deserved county recognition and honour. In January we took part in a number of Holocaust Memorial events. Holocaust Survivor Steven Frank came to the School to talk about his experience to Year 9 students, many of whom were moved by his testimony. We have also had a number of residential visits abroad. Students went to Poland and visited Auschwitz, while Modern Foreign Languages and History took Sixth Form students to Berlin to practise their German and visit historical sites such as the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Meanwhile, Business Studies have been to Paris. In February we hosted our Sports Partnership indoor athletics festival for our partner primary schools. We had record numbers of students attending and it was a great success.

Mr K Douglas, Headteacher

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