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- Published 11/12/18On Thursday 6th December 2018, the Drama Department hosted an evening to celebrate all the wonderful things that have been happening within our extra curricular clubs. In our first act the Drama Club treated us to some comical extracts from the bookRead More
Speak Out Regional Final 2018Published 07/12/18Read More
Speak Out Regional Final – Bishop Ramsey winner
On Wednesday 5th December, Georgia Hunt and her supporters made their way to the Hillingdon final of Jack Petchey’s ‘Speak Out’ competition, held at Oak Wood School. Georgia was selected to represent Bishop Ramsey School, having won the school competition in November.
The atmosphere was energetic and a real celebration of young people and what they can achieve. There were twenty one students, representing all the schools in Hillingdon, and their topics were as diverse as them. We had both humorous and emotional speeches on discrimination, Islamophobia, the power of words and even the whys and wherefores of space travel. Each was crafted, passionate and thought provoking, proving young people have plenty to say, when given the opportunity.
Georgia gave an inspiring and eloquent speech entitled ‘Rainbow in Grayscale’, in which she expressed her experiences with depression and anxiety and gave a positive message about moving forward from problems to grow and be strong. She challenged her audience, speaking with energy and enthusiasm and delivering a clear, polished performance, of which she should be very proud. So impressed were the judges, they awarded her first place.
We are incredibly proud of Georgia, who now goes on to be judged out of 37 regional winners by a panel, who will shortlist to 15. If she is successful, she will speak at the grand final in July. Georgia has been a brilliant ambassador for the school, not just in the ambition and quality of her speech, but in the dedication she showed to perfecting it and ensuring it was the very best she could do.
Speak Out Assembly FinalPublished 26/11/18Read More
On Wednesday 21st November, four speakers battled it out to earn the right to represent Bishop Ramsey at the Hillingdon finals of the Jack Petchey Speakout Challenge.
The ‘speak-off’ took place in assembly and year 10 students Elena Manchorova, Mae Mahdessi-Sarkissian, Thea Cook and Georgia Hunt spoke eloquently and passionately about mental health, the NHS, the education system and social media.
The winner was judged by a panel of Mrs Adamson, Mrs Neal and Mr Britton. Georgia came first, with Thea as runner-up. All students demonstrated fantastic dedication and energy in their preparation and the crafting of their speeches, which had to be delivered without notes, completely from memory.
Congratulations to all the speakers; well done on reaching a high standard of excellence and ensuring the voices of young people are heard in such a positive way.
Miss C Wells
Assistant Head (English and Literacy)
St Cecilia ConcertPublished 26/11/18Read More
The Music Department hosted the St. Cecilia Concert, in candle light, on Thursday 22nd November.
A wide variety of musical items from different genres were performed by the students at Bishop Ramsey. It was delightful to see many students involved from Year 7 to Year 13. It was ecstatic to witness the audience of 150 people in the main hall!
I hope parents, members of staff and, most importantly, the students who performed on the evening, enjoyed the results of their hard work!
It was a memorable night and I look forward to seeing many more concerts to come.
Ms D Jankauskaite
Head of Music
Lest We Forget - Bishop Ramsey RemembersPublished 15/11/18Read More
The students and staff at Bishop Ramsey commemorated the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the First World War in a week of events and displays organised by Miss Neal, Mr Flynn and Mr Britton.
Mr Flynn led World War One assemblies for each year group. Flags of participating nations were displayed in the Atrium whilst posters and facts of the period were exhibited around the school. A colourful display of students home made poppies and tiles was also prominent. The library held an exhibition which included facsimiles of newspapers of the week leading up to 11th November 1918 and a book of Remembrance to the Ruislip fallen.
Year 7 and 8 students watched part of the film ‘Journeys End’. Based on R C Sheriffs biographical play set in 1918 it portrays the horror of the trenches and the awful conditions the men suffered. The students found it a emotional experience. For the older students there was a showing of Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’.
Garden of Remembrance
On Friday 9th November staff and students planted a garden of remembrance to commemorate the lost generation of the First World War and the fallen of other conflicts.
Mr Britton and Miss Neal led a short ceremony of commemoration accompanied by student representatives from each form. Miss Neal and Oliver Kavanagh explained that on Sunday 11th November at 11a.m it would be exactly 100 years to the minute that the First World War ended. Millions had been killed or injured and every member of the community affected. The majority of the fallen were buried overseas or missing so the Nations dead were commemorated through war memorials including gardens.
The poem ‘Who are These Men’ was excellently read by Rhodri Leach.
Miss Neal and Harry Donovan then planted two trees both red for remembrance. These were joined by a heather and a lavender both white for peace. One student representative from each form then planted wild flowers and meadow grass seeds to represent a Flanders field using the flowers of remembrance – the Poppy for Britain and the Empire, the Cornflower for France, the Daisy for Belgium and the Forget Me Not for Germany. During the planting the name, rank and age of the fallen engraved on Ruislip war memorial were read out by Rowan Gale and Mr Britton, a poignant moment for everyone present.
Following the planting Rosie Castle read the appropriate poem In Flanders Field.
The ceremony concluded with Mr Britton reciting Laurence Binyon’s Exhortation ‘They Shall Grow Not Old…’ and a moments silence was held for all who had suffered through the Great War.
The garden will now become a focal point for commemoration every November as well as being a place of reflection throughout the year. We will watch the trees and flowers grow representing the young and old who never returned.
Service of Commemoration
On Monday 12th November the entire school stood outside to commemorate the end of the First World War in a short service of Remembrance. The service was introduced by Mrs Adamson and then there was a bible reading by Altay Shaw and Philippa Gadsby. The poem In Flanders Field was read and this was followed by the laying of two poppy wreaths by Miss Neal and Mr Flynn. Miles Da Silva ably played the Last Post to signal The Two minutes silence which was held perfectly by the entire school whilst the Union Flag was lowered by the Head boy, Robbie Brown. The short service ended with prayers led by Mr Alan Wright, Lay reader at St Lawrence, Eastcote. A fitting tribute to those who served and fell.
We Will Remember Them.
Year 11 - 13 Prize GivingPublished 14/09/18On Thursday 13th September 2017 we celebrated the achievements of our Years 11 - 13 students at our annual Prize Giving Event. Dr Krish Kandiah, Founding Director of Home for Good, presented prizes to students for their achievements duriRead More
Bishop Ramsey Students take new GCSEs in their stridePublished 23/08/18Read More
Bishop Ramsey’s Year 11 students seemed particularly unfazed by the new GCSE grading system, recording results that were quite superb. Top Performer Melissa Jarman achieved a staggering eight grade 9s. Not far behind were the Johnson triplets who achieved thirteen grade 9s and 15 grade 8s between them. Among the many high performers was Alfie Hall, who registered six grade 9s and two grade 8s.
Over 80% of the year group achieved passes in Maths and English and over a quarter of all GCSE entries were graded at 7 to 9 (including A* and A). The fine performance of the class of 2018 means that they are in an excellent position to move on to their A Level courses with real confidence.
Bishop Ramsey is currently recruiting for A Level students and welcomes applicants from other schools as well as Bishop Ramsey. If you are interested please click on the Sixth Form tab and follow the link to Enrolment 2018.
Bishop Ramsey students celebrate outstanding A Level resultsPublished 16/08/18Read More
We were delighted with our stellar A Level results this year: 27% of all entries were graded A or A* with just under 60% graded B ore above. 3 students achieved the feat of gaining straight A*s. Of these, Chris Flach will be going on to Oxford to study Mathematics and Computer Science, Alana Gaglio will study English Literature at Warwick and Catherine Mason will read Psychology, also at Warwick.
Overall 21%of our candidates achieved at least 2As and a B – Truly a World Class performance from Bishop Ramsey’s Students.
Chris and Alana pictured celebrating with Eleanor Harman who got 2A*s and an A.
The Sound of MusicPublished 20/07/18Read More
A Brief Visit to 1930s Austria – The Sound of Music
Retirement of Mr LunnonPublished 06/07/18Read More
Mr Lunnon will be retiring at the end of this academic year after a long and distinguished career in teaching and school leadership spent entirely at Bishop Ramsey.
Mr Lunnon joined the school as a newly qualified teacher of Physical Education in September 1979. He has, by turns, served as Second in Physical Education, Head of Year, Head of Lower School, Head of Key Stage 3, Senior Assistant Headteacher and, most recently, Acting Deputy Headteacher. His contribution to the school has been immense.
I am aware that many parents will have fond memories of Mr Lunnon as their teacher. I have been hugely grateful for his wisdom, enthusiasm and hard work during the time we have shared at the school. Always thinking of the future of the school, Mr Lunnon has this year, in addition to his formal duties, coached our new Year Directors, giving them the benefit of his pastoral skill and judgement.
Bishop Ramsey School will miss Mr Lunnon greatly. I am sure you will want to join me in wishing him a long and happy retirement.
Ordination of our Lay Chaplain, Susy DandPublished 02/07/18Read More
On a gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon a group of Bishop Ramsey students and staff made their way to St Pauls' Cathedral to participate in Susy Dands' ordination service. The church was packed with excited friends and relatives who almost lifted the roof with their whoops and cheers once all candidates had been ordained a deacon by the Bishop of London. After singing several songs and sharing the Eucharist together we were able to watch Susy and the other clergy process out of the church and onto its famous steps where crowds of people celebrated afterwards.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 2018Published 29/06/18Read More
Over the course of this academic year, 41 year 9 students have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Divided into 6 and 7’s between 6 groups, the award culminates to an expedition through the Chiltern Hills. All 41 students excelled through their qualifying expedition and have passed this section of the award. They carried all of their equipment over two days, covering an average of 15km per day and cooking their own food.
The groups all overcame personal and physical challenges and I am proud to have lead the award this year, and all that the students have achieved. Well done to all who took part, looking forward to seeing some of you at silver!