Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term Four at Redland Green Post 16

Achievements and celebrations at RGS Learning Community

Term 4 (2018/19)

 

 

Term 4 has been short but busy and eventful nonetheless.  For Year 13 the focus has been very much on capitalising on teacher feedback and building on a solid set of mock results as they prepare for the final push before the summer exams. Miss Cripps (Year 13 Senior Tutor) has been busy putting in place support and intervention for the small amount of students with some ground still to cover, and I hope that those who have been contacted will take full advantage of the supportive measures put in place for them in the last few weeks of their school lives.  Year 12 students are now approaching their first set of central mock examinations, and have been working hard with their teachers to ensure success. Recent progress reviews for both year groups have shown that our students have been working hard, and that with attention on the right areas can expect to continue achieving well and can afford to be ambitious when considering their next steps.


Students have also been taking part in competitions, with Year 12 physicists entering the Physics Olympiad.  Special mentions go to Magnus, Tobey and Tad who achieved Bronze awards, and Luke and Saqlain who achieved Silver.  The Centre men’s football team have been training weekly, and played two competitive games against local teams during this term.  Following a narrow loss to Forest Sports College pride was restored by a last minute winner in the match against Bristol Cathedral Choir School.  In addition to this four Redland Green students rose to the challenge of entering a flash fiction competition run by the University of Oxford.  Nadia, Lucy, Ellie and Jessica have all written a story in French in just one hundred words. Despite the small word count, all of the students have created fantastic pieces with plenty of suspense and intrigue, not to mention an outstanding standard of French.  Félicitations a toutes!

 

Throughout this term we have welcomed speakers to school as part of our core programme.  This has included a talk on preparing for next steps from Bristol University, and making safe lifestyle choices from the be project.   In addition to this students in Year 12 have been beginning to make choices for their next steps, supported by trips to the UCAS convention held at UWE, and a conference supporting potential Oxbridge candidates at Birmingham University.  Our 19 HE+ students continued their programme of events this term with over 150 students from other Bristol schools. Hosted at BCCS, the conference on Tuesday 26 February included an admissions talk as well as a series of masterclasses on topics such as the science of the mind, poetry and legal philosophy.  We also welcomed members of Bristol University law society running sessions on women in law for aspiring female law students. Students and parents are reminded that all students have a login for unifrog, and receive regular careers opportunity updates via school email, which contain lots of information about all of the options available once A-levels / BTECs are over.

Congratulations to students who have been selected for a range of challenging and selective programmes, including Kotryna (Y12) who will be taking up a place in the Sutton Trust’s Summer School programme at Bristol University.  We are also keeping our fingers crossed for those who have put together excellent applications for the Mayor’s City Leadership Challenge.  In March a group of Y12s were nominated and successfully selected to  participate in masterclasses at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge university in psychology, history and politics. The students attended lectures delivered by leading Cambridge University researchers in topics including   “What makes a family? Using psychology to study family life”; "Democracy in Crisis: How We Get Out in One Piece" and “Food to die for. The normalisation of chemical food ingredients”. This event enabled the students to delve into a subject of their interest and gain insight into what it is like to study at Cambridge. Each masterclass included a tour of the college, a talk on preparing a competitive application to Cambridge, and lunch in their newly restored dining hall with current undergraduate students.    

 

Preparations are also going well for the Expedition team.  The account below comes from intrepid team member Sian (Year 12):

 

In July, a group of Year 12s are visiting Nepal for three weeks and whilst we are there we will be doing a range of activities that we as a group have organised ourselves. We will be visiting cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, going on a trek through the mountains and going a project at a local school, where we will be building an outdoor classroom and spend some time with the children there. The other weekend, we went camping in the Forest of Dean for two nights and this was a weekend to get to know our expedition leader, grow closer as a group and go through some scenarios we could face when in Nepal. We went on a 6 hour trek during the day with different people navigating the group.  We went through different challenges we could come across in Nepal for example transporting someone with an injured leg, the procedure we would go through if we found someone was missing and tested out kit we would need on the expedition. The weekend was a fun, interesting and informative experience and we were able to get to know our group member better and work together as a team.

 

We wish all students and parents a very restful break.