It was interesting that the House of Lords debated the importance of digital literacy this week and reached the conclusion that children should “learn ‘digital literacy’ alongside the three Rs”.
This was recognition of the critical part that the internet plays in all of our lives and how we should prepare children for this.
At RGSW, we have already taken this step and the Digital Learning Programme puts us at the forefront of educating children in this way.
Continuing the digital theme, RGS Worcester was featured on page 3 of The Times on Tuesday this week in an article about filming and presenting of school sport online. The article included a photograph of the RGS Under 13 team winning a match at the Rosslyn Park Sevens which was also streamed online.
We enjoyed ‘Cabaret’ on Tuesday evening which demonstrated the extraordinary depth of talent in singing at RGS. Eighteen pupils performed solos alongside the impressive Big Band and Senior Jazz Bands, with classics like ‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’ and ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, together with Carys Selvey singing her own single ‘Go with it’ and Tazmin Barnes performing and proving why her EP reached Number 16 in the Album chart last week when it was released. The concert ended with the tremendous ‘No Direction’ boy band performing a Jackson 5 medley to great applause!
This all follows the remarkable ‘Superball’ event in which the RGS side of the University Arena was sold out and required extra seats. In total over 1,400 people attended. The spectators witnessed a superb display of dexterity and accuracy and a powerful advertisement for Girls’ Sport. Many congratulations to the RGS team who went ahead from the outset and stretched their lead in the final quarter, winning the match 51-40, and became the first ‘Superball’ team to pass 50 goals. Well done to the players and coaches and thank you to alumni, parents and pupils for joining us and cheering on the team.
The RGS Times this week includes an article on ‘Superball’, as well as success in Rugby Sevens and at the Public Schools’ Fencing competition. There is also ‘Eggstravaganza’ for British Science Week and a CCF Field Day report.
We look forward to the Choral Concert in Worcester Cathedral on Monday evening. Please do join us for this annual event, which celebrates Music across all three RGS schools. The Careers department is holding our Careers EXPO next Thursday which will be even bigger than last year and I encourage pupils to visit with parents to explore the growing number of options available for after Sixth Form.
With fundraising for Comic Relief with cake sales and ‘sponge the teachers’, it has been a busy (and wet) week!