Head's weekly message and letters
5th April 2019 | Head's Weekly Message |

Dear Parents and Carers

We have some excellent news to report this week on Sporting and Dance success.

UK Rock Challenge

On Monday, our Dance team, taking part in the UK Rock Challenge won the regional heat as well as many of the sub-categories, and now progress through to the South of England finals. This is a magnificent achievement and many congratulations to the students involved, and also Mrs Tidy and Ms Hutchings who helped them perfect their performances.  I received a lovely email from a parent who was able to attend which I would like to share with you:

“Rickmansworth School were simply outstanding last night in The UK Rock Challenge in Stevenage. What an absolute delight to witness such an incredible performance from our amazing students at Rickmansworth School. You would have been bursting with pride to watch such a professional and mature performance from the whole cast.

The competition was fierce with some fine performances from every school in the competition. Rickmansworth School performance was however on another level.

We are so privileged to have Mrs Tidy & Mrs Hutchings teach our students and give them the opportunity to represent their school in a competitive dance & drama environment. You could clearly see how much extracurricular time everyone has put into this piece. Every student was so ‘in the zone’ during the performance, simply brilliant. The cast performance, the choreography, lighting, music and stage crew were quite amazing, congratulations to everyone involved. I’m sure you will have some very buzzy and tired students and staff this morning.

We were all so proud of them all.”

Chess Cup

Wednesday saw our annual rugby match Chess Cup event against Joan of Arc, which I am delighted we won (again!) 41-5. It was an excellent event and I would like to commend all the squad members in their success. I know they have spent many hours since January in training in order to retain the trophy and we are all pleased that their hard work has paid off. It was great to see them in school yesterday all proudly displaying their chess cup victory ties. Special mention to their Captain Tom Herdman who led the team and man of the match Gabriel Wright.

We have two trips taking place over the Easter holidays. Firstly, the Disneyland Netball trip led by Miss Townshend, and the Wales Rugby trip led by Mr Gunn.   Good luck to all students involved.

Year 11 & Year 13 Students

Whilst we are all looking forward to a well-deserved Easter break, please spare a thought for these students who will need to be revising over the holiday period as their examinations loom ever closer. Good luck with your revision; work hard and you will deserve to be successful. Can I also thank those staff who are conducting subject revision sessions for Year 11 over the Easter period.

Peter Reynolds Bus Service – Buying a ticket with cash

Peter Reynolds have received notification from Hertfordshire County Council that any student who purchases bus tickets using cash will now be required to show a Hertfordshire Savercard https://savercards.hertfordshire.gov.uk/ to ensure that they receive the cheaper rate on single fares. If this applies to your child, please see the letter issued this week on our Letters webpage. Without a card, students will have to pay full price.

Peter Reynolds - End of Term Buses

Buses will collect at 12.05 pm and depart at 12.20 pm at the following locations: 

Bus 439 will pick up by the Sports Hall as normal 

Bus 846 will pick up opposite the church   

Bus 849 opposite Bateman Road as normal  

Grand Draw Raffle Prizes

Another reminder that we are still in need of donations for prizes for our Prize Grand Draw in July. Donations both big and small are both gratefully received. Please contact Mr White if you can help in any way. We are also looking for any parents who work for companies that may offer Match Funding charity schemes. If this applies to you, please do get in contact with Mr White.

Next Herts for Learning Parent Workshop – Monday 29 April

Our next Parent Workshop is Positive Approaches to Emotional and Mental Health and takes place on Monday 29 April at 7pm. Growing levels of mental health problems among children and young people are a very real concern. This session explores the sources of pressure on children and identifies core strategies to build into daily life to help build and retain positive mental health in the face of life’s ups and downs. Strategies will include ensuring that young people know how and when to get help. Book your free place here: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/FDC

I would like to wish you and your families a happy Easter break, and I look forward to seeing the students on our return to School on Wednesday 24 April (Week B).

Yours sincerely

Mr P Thompson, Acting Headteacher

Next Week: Week B

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GroupCall letters sent out this week:


Year 7 and 8 - GDPR Consent

Year 13 - Sixth Form Update

Year 7 - Modern Foreign Language Choice for Year 8

Whole School - Hertfordshire Saver Card

Year 11 Reports

School Reports 2018-2019: Parental Guidance

Year 13 Reports

GCSE Geography Field Trip to Epping Forest and Stratford