The Sound of Music
A Brief Visit to 1930s Austria – The Sound of Music
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A Brief Visit to 1930s Austria – The Sound of Music
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.
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.
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!
On Friday 22nd June a small group of Spanish students headed off to see 'Me siento pulga' at The John Lyon's theatre in Holborn. 'Me Siento Pulga' is a funny, surreal play which blends scenes from famous Spanish playwrights using physical theatre to help make some of the more complex ideas and language accessible. Students (and teachers!) had a fantastic time and we're looking forward to repeating the experience in the next academic year. More details to follow in the Recorder.
This week some Bishop Ramsey students took part in the ShoutWest Literary Festival at Brunel University. The students got to meet and work with authors, illustrators, animators and TV screen writers for two days.
The two days were packed with activities such as drama, writing and illustration workshops, and each student produced their own piece of creative writing. Some students were brave enough to read out their work and all took part in a 'graduation ceremony' at the end of the Festival.
Highlights of the two days were a dramatic reading by author Margaret Bateson-Hill and an illustration demonstration by CBBC writer and animator, Alex Milway.
Here is what one of our students wrote about the event: “I liked being given the objects and writing a story about them and I liked the work on describing feelings and emotions. I also loved being at the University”. Taylor O'Brien, Year 8.
On 7th June, three students visited Finham Park School in Coventry to film evidence of their status as a World Class School. After a long journey, the students arrived to get straight to filming with a whistlestop tour around the school and then lots of interviews with different staff and students. They managed to get about eighty minutes of footage, which now needs editing into a manageable and interesting film, to submit to WCS. At the same time, the students who visited BR are making their video about us!
We eagerly wait to see what their video looks like, as we get on with editing ours. Thanks to Philippa, Ella and Rachel and all the world class students who were interviewed by the Finham Park students.
The Beck Theatre April 2018
Congratulations to our students who were nominated for a young Achievers Award for outstanding achievement during the last year.
The Music Department was very proud to take part in the Hillingdon Schools Concert in Hillingdon House Farm Sports Ground on 13th June.
On Thursday 14th June 2018 we celebrated the achievements of our Years 7 - 10 students at our annual Prize Giving Event.
Dr Krish Kandiah, Founding Director of Home for Good, presented prizes to students for their achievements during the academic year 2017-2018. The audience was privileged to enjoy the musical talent of Kate Anderson (7M) on the piano. Katie Hall (8A), who was also awarded a prize during the evening, performed a song from our forthcoming school production 'The Sound of Music'. A special presentation was awarded to Chris Gentle for her outstanding leadership of the Governing Body over many years.
Thank you to the Friends of Bishop Ramsey for providing the prizes, to AIP for the delicious canapés and to St Lawrence Church for sponsoring the St Lawrence Church Prize.
The ‘Green Ribbon’ campaign was successfully launched in Bishop Ramsey on the week beginning 14th May 2018.