Ricky Recorder Issue No 35

Ricky Recorder

Issue No: 35

Welcome to our end of year 2015 edition of the Ricky Recorder. It is a great pleasure to report on this half term which has been action-packed. I would like to start by focussing on our primary school dance festival in November. This was a fantastic event in which we had over 21 primary schools, who are members of the School Sports Partnership perform their dances at Rickmansworth. The event ran over two nights and it was a delight to see the primary students come onto a large stage, with all our lighting and stage effects to perform. Well done to them and all of our primary partnership staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Berry and Mr Ling of Rickmansworth School who organised this event.

the School in action after their visit on Open Mornings after the transition process in Year 7. Therefore we have created a session in which New Year 7 parents can see their child at work during a normal School day. Mrs Curtis and I were delighted to escort them to see their children in class. As you can imagine some of their children loved it and others kept their heads down when we entered the rooms! It was also an experience for parents to spend 10-15 minutes in a class seeing how a lesson pro- gresses rather than the normal 5 minute snap shot you get on a normal tour of the School. One particular feature parents noted was the change and the use of technology in all classes. In fact the morning was such a success we are repeating it in January for an afternoon session. On the final day of term we had our Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for the Peace Hospice. On the last evening of term we hosted our Awards Evening for Sixth Form students. Our guest speaker was Dom Hyams. He is well known for being an ambassador of the national disability confident campaign. He gave an inspiring speech to our award winners. I feel that award evenings are one of the highlights of the year, where we all come together to celebrate the success of students and on this particular evening we welcomed back former Year 13 students who are now pursuing their careers at university or at work. I am pleased to announce the winner of the Year 7 Christmas card competition is Amelie Weller. Her card will be sent to local primary Heads and

As always, during the run up to Christmas we had our School production. This year we presented Blood Brothers. I am pleased to report that we have received lots of praise for this production and I was extremely proud of the students who led this stunning performance. There were two casts and both did exceptionally well. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who gave so much of their time and effort to make this production work. Ms Brewer Head of Drama, Co-Producer with Mrs Curtis, Producer and Ms Brown deserve special praise, without their dedication this superb pro- duction would never materialise and I would like to thank them for their hard work.

dignitaries in the area. Runners up in the competition were Jovan Bains and Noori Junaid. Well done to e v e r y o n e w h o entered, we received a very high standard.

Finally, I would like to wish you a very happy Christmas, a good new year and we look forward to seeing all the students back on the 5 th January. Thank you for all your support; I wish a well deserved rest to all the staff and to the students: thank you for making Rickmansworth such a special School.

“Bring your parent to School day” was a new venture for Rickmansworth. It was offered to parents and carers in Year 7 as part of the transition process. I believe parents rarely see

Mr K Douglas, Headteacher

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