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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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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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Letters of Hope from Guatemala

Our Spanish A level students have been exchanging letters in Spanish with the seven Guatemalan students we have been sponsoring through the Esperanza Festival for the last three years.

These students go to ‘Escuela Proyecto: Esperanza’, the School of Hope, where they are provided with food, education, health, social and psychological care. Many students at the School of Hope lose their sponsors as they finish their ‘GCSEs’. However, we have always been determined to support ‘our’ seven students education long enough so that they have a true chance to become fully independent self-sufficient adults who can in return break the cycle of poverty of those near to them.

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From left to right Oscar Garcia Jimenez, Brenda Barrios López, Leydy Julissa de Leon, José Manuel Socop Valle, Devin Esau Castro, José Puac Maxima, Yesmin López Zacarias.

They have been writing to us to let us know how they are getting on. Some of our Sixth formers ( Maddie Storey , Evie Craig, Beth Vangeham, Beth Griffiths, Lucy Jepson, Francesca Bowen, Harriet Turneer ) have used their Spanish language skills and have responded to their letters. 

After completing their Secondary Education in December 2016 , Oscar, Yesmin, José Gabriel, José Manuel and Brenda have started college this January in Antigua. Oscar and Yesmin are both studying accounting; José Gabriel is studying business administration José Manuel is studying electronic studies. Brenda Maria, is studying to be an Office Secretary. They are all settling into their classes and are enjoying their studies!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Esperanza festival.  Roll on Esperanza 2017!

TAG Business Breakfast

Last week Rushcliffe School held the first Trent Academies Group Business Breakfast. This was a fantastic opportunity for the school to start to engage with local businesses to further the work we are doing to make our students “the most employable” young people. We have started to introduce projects into all faculty areas that are focused on working with businesses and are keen to connect with other local employers. If you run a local business and are interested in getting involved in our next meeting in the summer term, please contact Miss Tomlinson for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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