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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.”
Ken Clarke Meets Year 13 Befrienders
Rushcliffe School year 13 YOPEY Befrienders met MP for Rushcliffe, Ken Clarke at Leawood Manor Home for the elderly on Friday 4th November. The aim of the trip was to raise awareness of the work being carried out by pupils at Rushcliffe School as part of this nationwide YOPEY (Young People of the Year) scheme which provides an opportunity for our sixth formers to take part in community work. Each year, YOPEY trains our students to out this work successfully and this week 30 more year 12 students will be enrolled. Once trained pupils will organise their own visits to Leawood in their non-contact time.
Kenneth Clarke, asked the year 13 when he met them why they had taken part in the scheme. Students reasons varied from gaining work experience for careers in medicine, nursing, social work to personal experiences of grandparents and wanting to share their knowledge. Mr Clarke was interested in the nature of the meetings student had with their clients. One student commented on the football conversations he had with gentleman he saw on a regular basis. Others talked about family life and spent most of the time listening to lives lived and adventures had by the person they supported. The M.P also asked the students about their career aspirations, A level being studied and university applied to. Some political conversation was touched upon. Mr Clarke commented on the need to develop care homes which like Leawood which are vibrant and stimulating and not placing elderly into hospitals.
Rushcliffe School will continue to work with YOPEY and Leawood Manor, run by the growing Runwood Homes Group. We strongly believe that charity work is not just about raising funds but also about active engagement. This scheme helps us to instil our core values and allows our sixth formers to ‘shine brightly’ beyond the school gates.
We would like to thank Leawood staff for accommodating our pupils each year and Tony Gearing of YOPEY for the on-going support. Please check the website for YOPEY for further information about this charity - https://www.facebook.com/YOPEY