Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term Four at Redland Green Post 16

Term 4 has been short and snowy, but busy nonetheless.  For Year 13 the focus has been on using teacher feedback and building on a solid set of mock results as they prepare for the final push before the summer exams. 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.

 

Although the term has been brief students have been very active, with the student council holding a cake sale in support of Bristol Refugee Rights.  The event raised well over £100 which has been put towards their destitution fund which pays for asylum seekers in Bristol to avoid and prevent destitution. To celebrate International Women’s Day ARUP  invited year 12 female students to join a group of engineers for a morning of tea, cakes and engineering. Our students met leading female engineers working in the Built Environment, to inform and inspire them with stories of their career progression and how they got to where they are today.

 

Students have also been taking part in competitions, with 20 Year 12 physicists entering the Physics Olympiad.  All of the entrants received a commendation, with special mentions for Nicholas, Matthew and Ben who achieved Bronze 2 awards, Dominic and Erin who achieved Bronze 1, and Joseph who achieved a Gold (top 3% of participants, and RGS’s first ever gold)!  Abby in Year 12 is also to be congratulated for her sterling performance in the Peter Cane Legal Reasoning essay competition which resulted in an invitation to Corpus Christi College, Oxford to take part in a workshop.  In the sporting sphere we offer our very hearty congratulations to George in Year 13 who won the gold medal for his category at the British Schools Judo Championship in Sheffield, beating several other England squad members in the process.

 

Throughout this term we have welcomed speakers to school as part of our core programme.  This has included a talk on higher and degree level apprenticeships, in which students were reminded that there is a great deal of opportunities on competitive programmes for students of all abilities in areas such as engineering, finance and marketing.  We also welcomed 16-25 Independent People, who led an educational and preventative workshop focused on how homelessness disproportionately affects young people, as well as the rights and choices young people have should they leave home in an unplanned way.  In addition we also heard from speakers from the National Citizenship Service, and had an informative talk from Bristol University to help prepare Year 12 students for the upcoming UCAS convention in April.

 

 

 

Well done to our students who have been selected for Target Oxbridge following interview.  We are also keeping our fingers crossed for those who have put together excellent applications for the Mayor’s City Leadership Challenge.

 

 

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

 

Team 1 arrived in Wales on Friday, being greeted with rain and grey skies. After putting up the tents, we cooked a dinner of pasta tomato sauce and broccoli under torchlight and prepared lunch for the next day. We met our leader for our expedition and we impressed by the stories he told throughout the weekend. A varied night of sleep ensued with torrential rain disrupting everyone. A breakfast of porridge and flapjack prepared everyone for a day of walking and training and despite setting off in the opposite direction, not having enough money to cross on the ferry and losing Miss Currie, we all learnt a lot and can now safely cross a river. We enjoyed another dinner of pasta and broccoli and introduced a starstruck Miss Tune to s’mores. We had a much needed early night after 30 minutes of star gazing and everyone was up and ready to go for the Sunday. A repeat of Saturdays breakfast prepared us for taking down the tents, packing up all of our gear and getting more information about our upcoming trip. The weekend as a whole was a great experience and a genuine success. We are now closer as a team and none of us can wait for us to get out there.

 

 

We wish all students and parents a very restful break.