Please see here for copy of a recent letter received from Ofsted.
Science week kicked off on Thursday 12th March with a trip to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC, Birmingham. This year the science and DT department invited students who were achieving highly or had shown great progress in these subjects, as well as opening the trip up to any student that was keen to see what future STEM careers were available to them. Students participated in many hands-on tasks including making an alarm clock, mixing chemicals to make lip balm and making furniture out of paper (the trick was to roll it up!!). This yearly event is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and our pupils had a fantastic day, getting hands on experience with all sorts of practical work from the real world.
The following Monday saw the start of the 'science week form competition', and the 'science week poster competition'. The form time quiz involved many questions testing student's knowledge of biology, physics, chemistry and current science news. All forms got involved, and the winning form ended up receiving 100 house points. The poster competition was a great way to get the students to investigate science on their doorstep – scientific inventions and research that had been carried out around London. The Science Department were very impressed with the number of students that entered, and the quality of work that was received. We had posters discussing ways to negate climate change, 3D models of TVs and radios, and posters discussing women in science. The winners got announced on Friday and each student was awarded a chocolatey prize. The Science Department were so impressed with all of the student's effort, level of detail, and novel ways in which they presented their research, we currently are planning to showcase the posters in a display along the school corridor.
We conducted a number of biology dissections on Wednesday; chicken wings for year 7s and pig's eyes for year 8s. Both year groups were very sensible, and showed a huge amount of interest when learning about the various parts of the organs. They even demonstrated the dissection to teachers that came to see what the students were up to, despite some teachers being squeamish!
Thursday saw another inter-house competition called the 'spaghetti challenge'.
In this race against the clock, a pair of students from each form had twenty minutes to build the tallest and strongest tower from dried spaghetti and marshmallows. The team with the tallest tower that could still hold a chocolate egg was the winner. The students were able to learn about distribution of mass, that weak materials can be made stronger with good design techniques and good teamwork goes a long way! The winners also bagged another 100 points for their form.
Science Week this year just so happened to fall on the day that the UK was to have its first solar eclipse since 1999. As this was to be the first solar eclipse ever witnessed by the students, the science department saw this as a brilliant opportunity to teach the students about the sun, and prepare for the big event on Friday 20th by making solar eclipse cameras the day before. We saw out Science Week with a morning of solar eclipse viewing and, although cloudy, many of the students participated and really enjoyed it.
17th March 2015
Our High School and Primary School were inspected recently by Ofsted. We are delighted to report that both schools were judged to be Outstanding in every category.
This is a remarkable achievement especially given that the College has been open for less than two years. It is a reflection of the unswerving dedication and commitment of the whole College community. This endorsement can only serve to strengthen our resolve to maintain the highest standards in partnership with parents to create a world-class Catholic College. It is the result of the hard work of many and it rewards the faith that parents had in trusting the education of their children to St Richard Reynolds.
Read the reports for yourself:
Year 8 Girls Rugby Team at The Stoop
19th March 2015
Yr 8 Rugby team meet England Rugby player & World Cup Winner Danielle Waterman.
It has been quite a week for our year 8 girls rugby team. They have taken part in the London Youth Games (winning 5/6 games and finishing 5th overall out of 33 London Boroughs), met 3 England internationals and taken part in a training session with world cup winner and cup final try scorer Danielle Waterman.
After their success in the London Youth Games the school was invited along to Harlequins RFC home ground, The Stoop, to take part in a pop-up training session to highlight the topic of Women in Sport. The session was arranged by her sponsor Caxton FX – a currency exchange company who behind an initiative to encourage and inspire girls to get into sport at an early age. Danielle met the girls and talked to them about her experience playing for England, how she got into rugby and why she is encouraging young women to take up the sport. She offered them tips on how to what it takes to become a top athlete and showed them her World Cup winners Medal. The girls also took part in some rugby drills run by Danielle, received a half time team talk from her and got to hold her World Cup Winners Medal.
A Night at the Races
6th March 2015
Over 100 parents, staff and governors enjoyed an exciting night at the races in the College Hall on Friday evening. The event was brillaintly organised by Head of Design Technology, Mr Skelton. Enthusiastic punters placed £1 bets on eight races over the sticks and bid for horses in the auction race. The customary raffle was preceeded by an auction for a Harlequins rubgy shirt signed by the team. Huge thanks are due to all those who helped to organise the evening, to man the bar, to take the bets, to prepare and serve the burger supper and to the companies who sponsored the races and paid for advertising space in race card. Winners and losers alike had a splendid evening. The money raised will help the school move a step closer to be able to lease a school mini bus for next year.