Ricky Recorder November 2015

The Ricky Recorder

Issue No: 34

I am delighted to welcome you to our first Ricky Recorder of 2015/16. For new comers to the School this is the first of six editions published each year, and I would like to introduce our new Sixth Form student editorial team Harry Laws and Dan Partlett.

My second high- light of the term was our Fun Run. This has become an established tradition of the School: where the community come together - not only to keep fit and stay healthy but also to raise

money for charity. During one of our assemblies with Years 7 to 9 we saw the result of our fundraising from last year: Ricky the Dog for the blind was bought and raised with the funds from Rickmansworth School’s 2014 fun run. How lovely for the students to see the living proof of the difference raising money can make to someone’s life, and to have him named after the School. We hope to see Ricky when he has finished his training with his new owner. We hosted an e-Safety evening for parents which was extremely well received (materials of this are on the School website) and you informed us you would like more of these advice evenings. Therefore, we intend to run more of these events. The next evening will be in the Spring Term and this will be a Drugs Awareness Evening. We would like such evenings to become a regular feature at Rickmansworth and I ask you to let us know what you would like at these information evenings. We will do all we can to facilitate these. After half term parents/carers will receive a Parent Mail with my weekly message detailing whole School letters/communications and a link to take you to them on the website, like a Parent Bulletin. Letters for specific groups of students will be sent as normal. The reason for the change is to reduce the amount of email traffic to you from School. Finally, I would like to thank and say goodbye to Carole White who left the School at half term and has made such a great contribution to Music.

We have offered this practise to the Sixth Form because it provides a great opportunity to them and so assists with university and job applications. This year started with the excellent news for our examination students. At GCSE 84% of students achieved A*-C and at A level we have been recognised as one of the top 9% high achieving sixth forms in the country. As such our popularity continues to grow with our highest number of students in the Sixth Form and we have had more visitors at our Open Evening and morning tours than ever before. I would like to report on two events, among the many others, that have taken place this half term. Two weeks ago we had our Awards Evening for students. This is always one of the highlights of the year when we come together to celebrate the success of students. This year our guest of honour was the Rt Hon David Gauke MP. It was very gracious of David to spend an evening with us as he had already spent a morning opening our dining hall extension last year. He spoke to the students about how we manage as individuals moving through phases in our lives: including the first day at primary school, moving to secondary school, onto university and employment. He spoke about how you need to develop your skills and resilience to adapt to these enormous changes. This is especially true these days for young people, the majority of whom are predicted to have a far greater succession of jobs than we have experienced. The Governors prize went to Georgina Decent for outstanding performance in Year 10 and the Andrew Kirkman prize, presented by myself, went to Eleanor Appleby for consistent hard work and contributions to the School community.

Mr K Douglas Headteacher

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