Ricky Recorder Issue No 50

Our newly opened Reception building at the entrance to the School

As always, we have maintained and enhanced our extra-curricular provision, with local visits to the theatre, Warwick Castle and the River Chess, as well as international residential trips to France, Germany, Portugal, and Italy. Currently our Sixth Form are on an expedition to Madagascar. They will be close to completing their jungle treks before reaching their village destinations where they will undertake a project to aid the local population. We will keep you posted on their progress. During the year, there have been too many notable successes to list, but I would like to highlight a few. As always our School production of Lord of the Flies was received with great acclaim; the PE Faculty were awarded the best department in Hertfordshire for the third year in a row; the English Faculty entered a national short story competition with 77 entries for Key Stage 3. Normally only a handful are selected, but on this occasion 66 of our stories are due for publication. What a fantastic achievement! And earlier this month, Rickmansworth School was asked to represent Hertfordshire schools offering the Duke of Edinburgh awards, at a Reception with Prince Edward. A great honour for the School and well done to Ms Baron who leads DofE.

While all of this has been taking place, we have had the ongoing expansion of the School site. The new Reception is now complete and open and the main block, which is to be named the Sixth Form with ‘The Ricky Playhouse’ theatre, is due to be completed in six weeks. The students are excited to see the new English rooms, Sixth Form study areas, Film Studies suite, Cinema, as well as the theatre and Drama studio; and of course the new toilets! This will bring the best facilities to the students, the ones they deserve. However, we do need your help equipping the theatre with racked seating, lighting and sound. Please go to the School website and on the front page, you will find a link to ‘Buy a Brick’ which will contribute to the funds required for the theatre and display your message as a legacy for the young people of Rickmansworth to come. Finally, I would to like to pay tribute to Ms Toon and Mrs Lupton who are both leaving the School. Ms Toon has worked here for 27½ years, and Mrs Lupton for 26 years. In this day and age, it is rare to find staff who have worked in one school with a combined service to the students and the local community in excess of 53 years. I am sure you will join with me in thanking them and wishing them all the best for the future.

Mr K Douglas, Headteacher

The Ricky Recorder Issue 48 – February 2018

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