Book Week 2020

We held a fantastic Book Week this week at the RGS, celebrating our love of books and the enjoyment and importance of reading. There has been a wide range of activities taking place throughout the week which have engaged and excited our pupils.

It all started on Sunday when staff and pupils arrived at school dressed as a book character. There were some amazing costumes and every class had the opportunity to parade on the stage.

During the week each year group focused on a different Great British Author and we held character hunts and competitions for everyone to get involved in. Our older pupils visited Early Years and Key Stage 1 classrooms to read stories to our younger pupils, and staff and pupils had to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ whenever they heard the sound of a tambourine. This caused much amusement, especially when pupils were in PE lessons!

On Thursday we held our Book Week assembly during which, classes showcased some of the work they had completed throughout the week. We welcomed the ‘Lilliput Players’ into school to work with Early Years and Key Stage 1 on creative music, and the whole of the Primary School joined together for a special reading themed garden party towards the end of the day.

A huge thank you to everyone for getting so involved in this great week and to Miss Newsome, our English Coordinator, for organising a fantastic and hugely beneficial Book Week.

Sports Day 2020

On Thursday 6th February we held our annual Sports Day. Early Years and Key Stage 1 took to the field in the morning with Key Stage 2 and 3 following in the afternoon. It was a great day of sporting action and sportsmanship with some outstanding individual performances from pupils, parents and teachers!!

Well done to everyone for their effort and to Beckingham (Early Years), Nettles (Key Stage 1), for being crowned Sports Day Champions in their respective age group

Health Week, 2 – 5 February

This week was Health Week at the RGS as we focused on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and a balanced diet. Throughout the week there was a whole host of fun and engaging activities for pupils across the School to take part in. Pupils in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 took part in football training with Premier League Soccer, basketball with Mr McCullagh, athletics with Miss Pearson and Dodgeball with Miss Blenham. Key Stage 3 also got involved as they had an afternoon participating in swimming, football, netball and basketball.

Back in the classroom pupils have been busy making smoothies and fruit kebabs, learning about personal hygiene and the importance of brushing their teeth, and having fitness competitions.

Spring Fair

1st of February we held our annual Spring Fair at the RGS. The event was an opportunity to bring the School and wider community together and raise money for the Parents’ Association fund which is used to host future events and further strengthen our community.

There were lots of great games to play, a wide range of shops and stalls, tasty food and some fabulous prizes to be won. The Bouncy Castles were very popular, as was Splat the Teacher!!! Well done to the School Council who ran their own stall and congratulations to our competition and raffle winners who walked away with a host of excellent prizes! Throughout the day we were treated to a number of superb performances on the stage and the Angry Birds popped over from Doha Festival City to see us!

Thank you to everyone who came along to share the day with our whole community and support the School. It was wonderful to see so many parents and pupils socialising and enjoying themselves.

To put on an event like this takes an incredible amount of hard work. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the day such a positive experience for all who attended. A special thank you to the Parents’ Association for their exceptional, hard work which ensured the day was such a great success and to those who volunteered to support games and activities.

Science Week 2019

This week pupils at the RGS have benefitted from one of our regular theme weeks, as learning has focused on Science. Pupils in the Primary School explored a wide range of scientific topics through hands-on investigations and experiments.

Science week got off to a bang on Sunday as the pupils focused on explosions, including exploding eggs, volcanoes, rockets and liquid fireworks. Edible Science was the theme for Monday before pupils became investigators on Tuesday, as they carried out experiments about different crime scenes set up around school. We also had a giant inflatable human body in school for pupils to explore and learn about how each body part works.

Throughout the week, pupils in Reception and Year 1 had the opportunity to visit CURIO City and on Thursday staff and pupils arrived at school looking weird and wonderful for our Science Dress Up Day!

A huge thank you to Miss Mc Conville, Science Coordinator, for planning and organising this beneficial week of learning

International Day 2019

On Thursday 17th October our whole school community came together to celebrate International Day. It was a wonderful event as we helped our pupils gain an understanding of the many different countries that make up the world in which we live. It was also an opportunity for pupils to learn about, and appreciate the cultures of families who make up the multicultural community at the RGS.

The day started with pupils, staff members and some parents arriving at school in national costume. We enjoyed a colourful assembly which was led by Farris and Sondos, our Head Boy and Girl respectively, and included wonderful performances from pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 and our music ECAs. A number of pupils took to the stage to tell us about their home countries and we heard a wonderful poem about the UK read by pupils in Year 2 and 3. Thank you to all the pupils who performed in assembly, and to Miss Martindale and Mr. Woodhouse for supporting the pupils to prepare the musical pieces.

In the week prior to International Day, pupils had spent time learning about the countries that their friends and teachers come from, as well as the country that their teacher had chosen to represent this year. During International Day they had the opportunity to explore even more countries as they visited far flung destinations such as China, Brazil, India and many more. At each country the pupils took part in some great activities and collected passport stamps in their RGS passports!

One of the highlights of International Day is always the International Day Lunch which is organised by parent volunteers. This year was the best so far as parents made a fantastic effort providing food from different countries for our pupils to share, and also decorating their tables with flags, maps, signs and souvenirs from their chosen country. The food was delicious and I am looking forward to next year already!

I am sure everyone will agree that the day was a great success and one that was not only enjoyable for our whole school community, but also hugely beneficial for our pupils. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents who got so involved with the festivities.

Art Week

During the last week of Term 2 we held a fantastic Arts Week based around the theme of ‘Story Art’. Throughout the week pupils took part in a wide range of great activities as they learnt new techniques and discovered famous artists.

On Wednesday (17th April) all parents were invited to the RGS Art Exhibition to view the amazing artwork that our pupils had created. Parents, pupils and staff walked around the exhibition which had displays of artwork from every class in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Over the holidays I brushed up on my auctioneering skills, because at 8am on that same day we held an Art Auction, with one collaborative piece per class auctioned off to the highest bidder! There were thirteen items up for auction, created by pupils of all ages. It was great to see such variety, as canvases were auctioned alongside furniture and also a fantastic duvet set created by Year 3. The Auction was great fun and I would like to thank the parents for really getting involved and being so generous. We raised a substantial amount of money which highlights the generosity of our parent community. The money raised being given to the School Council fund so the pupils can continue to make improvements to the RGS.

Well done to our pupils for their fabulous effort during Arts Week and thank you to the teachers and teaching assistants for their ongoing support and hard work. A special mention for Miss McConville and Miss Tomes who worked tirelessly to plan and coordinate both Arts Week, the exhibition and the auction.

Book Week

We held a fantastic Book Week this week at the RGS, celebrating our love of books and the enjoyment and importance of reading. There has been a wide range of activities taking place throughout the week which have engaged and excited our pupils.

As pupils arrived at school each morning there were lots of great competitions running and wonderful books to be purchased at the Book Fair. Well done to everyone who took part in one of the competitions and to our ‘100 Book Challenge’ winners who were presented with certificates on Thursday.

Classes had the opportunity to listen to stories read by different teachers and our older pupils visited Early Years’ classrooms to read stories to our youngest pupils. ‘Cozy Wednesday’ saw pupils wear pyjamas and enjoy stories with their friends, teachers and parents. Also on Wednesday, parents were invited to come into school to look at examples of guided reading and talk to Mr. Trace about strategies that can be used at home and school to encourage reading and develop key skills.

Throughout the week pupils had to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ when they heard the sound of a tambourine around school which caused much amusement, especially when pupils were in PE lessons!
The final event of the week was the Book Character Parade which was great fun! There were some amazing costumes this year with pupils and staff coming to school dressed as their favourite book or movie character. We enjoyed a variety of performances throughout assembly, including poetry read by pupils and teachers. On Thursday, pupils also took part in a carousel of activities throughout the day with different teachers.

A huge thank you to everyone for getting so involved in this great week and to Mr. Trace, our English Coordinator, for organising a fantastic and hugely beneficial Book Week.

Sports Day 2019

As part of Health Week we held our annual Sports Days this week which are always a highlight of the year. Pupils, parents and staff members arrived at school wearing House colours and pupils took part in a series of events to collect points for their Houses. The action then turned to the track for individual races!

On Wednesday it was Early Years and Key Stage 1 who showed amazing effort and sportsmanship as they competed for their Houses. The parents demonstrated their athletic prowess as Hussein and MK’s Mum, Reem’s Nanny, Wouter’s Dad, and Yazaan’s Dad all emerged victorious in the parents’ races. Miss Keay once again showed she is the speediest female teacher in school as she led the way in the sprint, while Mr McCullagh took the male title away from defending champion Mr Walsh in a photo finish!

On Thursday it was the turn of Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils who took part in a series of field events, followed by sprinting, hurdles and long distance races. Well done to everyone who took part, especially those pupils who volunteered for the long distance races and kept on going even when they were finding it tough. Zaynab’s Aunty sped away to win the parents’ race, while Miss Kelly was better than the day before by winning the Female staff race. The male staff race was highly competitive, with Mr McCullagh just holding off Mr Temple to make two wins in two days for Hamonde!

Valpy were crowned overall champions of the Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports Day, while Nettles claimed the Key Stage 2 and 3 title.

Well done to all the participants and thank you to everyone who came along to support the pupils. The sportsmanship on show was really special and pupils should be very proud of themselves. A special mention to Mr Temple, Mr McCullagh and Miss Kelly who planned and organised both Sports Day and Health Week.