The Rosarian Recorder No3

The Rosarian Recorder

Issue No: 03

Although it seems a long time ago now, especially with the nights drawing in, I want to thank those of you who attended the reunion back on the 27th June. We had glorious weather and really enjoyed the afternoon. Some of you may have seen a couple of the photos on the Rickmansworth School website already—now you can see the whole album, enjoy! 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 also 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. My second highlight 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, I’m sure many of you remember taking part in it! 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.

Mr K Douglas


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