YOLO Road Safety Production

Performance In Education came in on Wednesday 29th March to deliver a passenger safety production called ‘YOLO’ to Year 9 students. They delivered a production about the importance of passenger safety and the effects it has on both the people in the vehicle and others. After the production Performance In Education delivered a question and answer session and various activities about the importance of passenger safety which was reciprocated well by students. The workshop was engaging and informative and ensured students went away with a further understanding of how to stay safe.

Visit from a Royal Geographical Society Ambassador

The Geography Department welcomed ex-student Matthew Postlethwaite, now a Geography Ambassador, into school on March 2nd. As part of his visit, he talked to Year 9 classes about the importance of Geography and the opportunities it has provided him as a student whilst at university. Matt has been able to attend fieldtrips, both within the UK and around the world, and has developed many transferable skills that will help him to apply for a wide variety of specialist roles outside of university. Matt facilitated an engaging activity where students were tasked with organising different jobs into two categories, ‘No Geography Required’ and ‘Geography Required’. It quickly became apparent that all the jobs benefited from a background in Geography!

In addition some students took part in a workshop. Amy Marsh and Jacob Terry commented ‘the lesson consisted of building earthquake proof buildings with spaghetti and marshmallows. Matt then shook the table in order to create an earthquake and to see if our buildings would survive. This was fun and exciting’.

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Comic Relief!

A big thank you to staff, parents and pupils for their contributions either through £1 donation for non-uniform or baking cakes, making smoothies to sell and sponsoring students for their inventive ideas (sponsored silence, 3 legged day). Many thanks to pupils in Year 7 who gave their pocket money and all the students who then helped us count and bag up the coins ready for banking.

The total monies raised for comic relief was £1769.38.

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Rushcliffe Action Aid – Community support

The Rushcliffe Action Aid in the community has started well this half term with 2 visits to Epperstone Court home for the elderly. The first visit was all about supporting residents with their technology. Year 8 students gave some useful advice on getting the most out of your mobile phone and laptops. The second visit was all about social interaction between the young and old. Year 8 and 9 students spent an afternoon playing some familiar and some less familiar board games with residents. The residents also attended the Rushcliffe production of Chicago.
Rushcliffe pupils were exemplary not just in their behaviour but their ability to interact with ease, those they were helping or socialising with. The manager of the home and residents have been very complimentary about the pupils and the school.

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Once again the Arts department didn’t fail to razzle dazzle their audiences on the 8th and 9th March. As the longest-running musical on both Broadway the cast had a big reputation to live up to and they sure did. As the curtain went up the all singing all dancing cast took to the stage for 2 very memorable shows. It was clear the amount of hard work that had gone into the show, the chorus with their fabulous dance routines and strong singing were an excellent asset to the show. Special mention to the principles who all pulled off their challenging roles with passion and dedication. 

This was to be a final show for many of the principle cast, including Eleanor Watson (Roxie Hart), Ellen Morgan (Mama Morton) and Tarun Mistry (Amos Hart) who were a different class. A lot of promise was shown from younger members of the cast Evie Watson (Velma Kelly) and Jacob Simpson (Billy Flynn), who had the audience captivated with their professional performances.
Special praise should be given to the magnificent band who played each song with precision and as an immaculate ensemble. With the band lead by Mr Barraclough, the quality of the music was easily good enough for a bigger venue and audience, and the direction of the show from Mrs Wilson along with the super tech team the cast produced incredible show and leaves a very high standard for the next school show in which to aspire.
We would like to thank Mrs Simpson for the closing photograph.
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Nottingham school pupils come face to face with Leicester Tigers

It was heads down and ready for action when pupils from three Nottingham schools came head to head with the Leicester Tigers at a special rugby coaching day.

Year 7 and 8 students from Rushcliffe School, Farnborough Academy and Arnold Hill Academy were thrilled to spend a day being taught by coaches from the Premiership rugby club.

The Trent Academies Group, which runs the schools, organised the day so its young sports enthusiasts could not only discover more about rugby but also benefit from a different type of learning experience outside the classroom.

Phil Crompton, CEO of the Trent Academies Group, said: “It’s great to see nearly 100 boys and girls from across our three schools coming together to hone their rugby skills with top coaches from Leicester Tigers. An experience like this not only helps to make them better rugby players but it also increases their confidence and teaches them how important it is in life to set high standards for themselves.”

During the day, the students were coached in different rugby techniques and taught about the principles of the game. It culminated in a rugby festival where the three schools played against each other.

Juan Gonzalez Mendia, community manager at Leicester Tigers, said: “On the field we teach them how to resolve different problem scenarios and basic motor skills. In the workshops they learn about the values of the game such as respect, teamwork, discipline, and resilience. We hope they will come away wanting to join a rugby club and take on rugby for life. But the main idea is for them to learn in a different way. They can apply the problem-solving skills and core values of the game to anything in life.”

Pupils were buzzing about the opportunity. Cole Healey, aged 13, from The Farnborough Academy, said: “It’s really exciting. We’re learning about so many different things – what to do if you’re injured, how to teach other kids rugby and what sort of diet you need to play the game....lots of protein and carbs!”

Khalid Manful, aged 12, also from Farnborough, said “They’ve been talking to us about behaviour and acting appropriately – things like teamwork, not using rude words and always trying our best. If I’m feeling stressed in future I will focus, listen and remember what they’ve been teaching us.”

Cole and Khalid were both recently selected to take part in Nottingham City school rugby trials and if successful will represent the county.

Steven Wildman, aged 12, from Rushcliffe School, who plays for Nottingham Moderns, loved the on field coaching: “It’s so much fun. It’s taught me lots about spatial awareness and running with the ball. It’s great being taught by real Tigers coaches.”

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