Cambridge Aspiration Day
On Thursday 26th January, 14 Year 10 pupils attended an ‘Aspiration Day’ at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. The pupils took part in a variety of sessions exploring the benefits of university studies and the range of degree subjects on offer. There was a tour of Peterhouse – the smallest and oldest college in Cambridge – and they were treated to lunch in the great dining hall where the group agreed “It’s like being at Hogwarts”. After lunch, pupils opted to hear either Dr Laura Hardwick speak about ‘Frogs in the fight against cancer & degenerative diseases’ or Bridget Kendall, (former BBC diplomatic correspondent) and now first female Master of Peterhouse, whose talk on ‘Why Study Languages?’ included her experiences of interviewing Vladimir Putin. Pupils also enjoyed a Q&A session with Cambridge undergraduates and found out about many different aspects of student life and studies. It was a most informative and aspirational day and we look forward to being invited back again next year!
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Winter Concert 2016
At Christmas Rushcliffe school’s talent comes together to create a festive concert for all to enjoy. This year there was a range of Year groups and performances and the addition of the new singing teacher meant the singing was incredible for the age of the students. With renditions of Jingle Bell Rock, Rocking around the Christmas tree and Christmas Carols the festive spirit radiated throughout the concert. A self-written song by Elijah Pope of Year 10 alongside the brass group, the school choirs and percussion group really proved to us all how much talent we have at the school. With various solos and duets the Concert was not short of talent and the coming years are an exciting prospect for the musicians of Rushcliffe School. A special Mention has to go to Ryan, Honor and Leo who were great comperes for the performance and of course to Mr Pitts, Mr Jones and Mr Barraclough for organising the event.
Rushcliffe School Wins New Lord Lieutenant’s Award
Pupils at Rushcliffe School have won the new Lord Lieutenant’s award after participating in 2500 hours of voluntary service over the last year. A third of our 1500 pupils have been involved in a wide range of projects supporting national charities and the local community. The voluntary work included:
- Cooking Christmas dinner for the residents of a local care home each year.
- Supporting a disabled centre, nursery and school in Malawi.
- Going into a local care home to spending time with people with dementia.
- Planning and delivering a series of sports festivals to feeder primary schools.
- Constructing a sensory garden for a local church’s nursery group.
- Organising an annual fundraising festival to support children at The School of Hope in Guatemala.
- Carrying out volunteer work in Ecuador for the local community.
Every year group chooses a charity (Help for Hero’s, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Teenage Cancer Trust have recently been chosen) to support and organise fundraising activities for.
Vice Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Timothy Richmond, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Arthur Sandford visited the school to present the award.
Head teacher Steve Lewis said: “Helping others and supporting both our local and global community is one of the key values of our school. Our pupils willingly give up many hours of their time to help those in need. They have a real passion for the voluntary work they do. They actively direct and lead it. I am very proud of them indeed.”