Jonathan Bagnell (2008); A 2019 update

Jonathan spent 2019 living in Tokyo, Japan where he worked on delivering the VIP hospitality programme for Rugby World Cup 2019. After an exciting year he has now returned to London where he is a Senior Event Manager delivering the VIP partnership programmes in Formula 1.

 

Ralph Adams-Hale (2015) continues to surge upwards in the Rugby world.

Breakthrough just the start for Harpenden’s latest Man in Black Ralph Adams-Hale

 A first try for Saracens may not have been enough to get him a Heineken Cup semi-final spot against Munster but there is no denying that it has been a memorable year for Ralph Adams-Hale.

 The Harpenden man made his first Gallagher Premiership start in December against Wasps and has featured a number of times since, including a try-scoring appearance off the bench at Bristol Bears one week ago. And when he reflects on the moment he found out he would be in that team to face Wasps, a smile floods across his face.

 He told HertsAdSport: “I’d just had a gym session and the forwards were about to go through our line-outs and everything at the start of the week. “Mark McCall came up to me and said ‘you’ve been playing well and we’ve been impressed with you so we’re going to start you on Saturday’. “Obviously my heart was going and it was really exciting. “I did the whole week of training and I wanted to impress but at the same time I didn’t want to get injured. “I’ve had games in the Premiership Cup so I’ve had experience of training with the first team but it’s a step up again to the Premiership. “But the day of the game there was just nerves and I just wanted to get on the pitch. I didn’t want to be waiting around. I was itching to get on. “Once you get going, everything clicks in and you’ve done it a million times.”

 The 22-year-old admitted he felt his chance was coming after the early part of his career was blighted by serious injuries. And ironically he believes those set-backs may have played a part in his current success. He said: “The injuries probably helped build my strength up as I was going to the gym for four months almost.

 “When I came in I was probably not the right size for a prop, not quite big enough. “I used to back row when I was 16 and then I moved to prop and that’s when I started going to the gym and putting on a decent amount of size. “That means I’m more confident in myself and therefore more confident on the pitch and also I’m less likely to be injured because I’m bigger and stronger.”

 And the with the World Cup looming at the start of next season he sees no reason why he cannot push again after the summer. He said: “There will be a lot of opportunities to play a lot of games and put my foot forward as a regular match-day 23 player.

 “It’s going to be competitive of course but that is what drives you to beat the people in your position to the one of two spots available each weekend. “If you coast through then that doesn’t push you and doesn’t help you improve.”

 PUBLISHED: Herts Advertiser( Harpenden Edition); 07/09/2019

 

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Richie Michaels [1995-2000]

Richie Michaels 2 2000Richie is currently the owner of Whisk(e)y Tasting Experiences and National Brand Ambassador at Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.

After his GCSEs, Richie attended Oakland’s College and gained an Associate degree in Sport & Fitness Administration/Management.

Richie then moved to the USA, joining the degree programme at Bellamine University in Louisville. Kentucky, studying Business administration, marketing and related support services; he graduated with a Batchelor of Business Administration (BBA).

Following his interest in sports, Richie pursued a career in Sports bar management in Louisville. After a spell as Key Account Manager for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits company, Richie started up his own business which involved whisk(e)y tasting and education events. He combined this with his current role as National Brand Ambassador for ‘Uncle Nearest Premier Whiskey’ in Louisville.

 

 

Ellen Hume Amateur golf champ 2019

Ellen Hume (class of 2016) is the new English Women’s Amateur Golf Champion

Ellen Hume Amateur golf champ 2019AAOn Sunday 19th May, Ellen Hume, aged 19, playing for Mill Green Golf Club was up against the number one seed Lily May Humphreys, but the Hertfordshire star was able to hold her nerve at the wet and windy Saunton Golf Club in Devon.

The testing conditions didn’t affect the standard of golf with the momentum swinging between both players in the closing stages.

Humphreys birdied the short 16th to get back to all square but Hume immediately birdied the long 17 to go one ahead.

A par on the final hole from Humphreys took the match to a 19th hole.

And it was there that Hume claimed the title with a steady par, after Humphreys’ approach found a thick clump of rough just off the green.

Nineteen-year-old Hume said: “It’s the toughest match I’ve ever played. I know that Lily is a great player and I felt I was the underdog going into the match, definitely.

“It’s unbelievable, I never expected to win, especially with the opponents I’ve had. The odds weren’t in my favour.”

Not only did she have to face the top seed, the winner in 2017 and fresh from victories in the Irish and Welsh stroke play championships, but she had also been drawn against defending champion Georgina Blackman and England international Emily Toy in earlier rounds.

However, Hume’s confidence was also sky high going into the competition having won the Herts Championship earlier in the month at Sandy Lodge Golf Club in Northwood.

She showed her fighting qualities in this morning’s semi-finals after going four down to Emily Brennan in the first five holes.

But she began the comeback on the eighth and after overhauling the deficit, clinched a 3&1 win.

And she continued the momentum in the final, winning the first hole with a par, a start she believed was crucial to settle any nerves.

She was never behind in the game, although Humphreys pulled her back to all square on three occasions.

“Match play is a format I like,” she said. “My game was in a good place after my year at college in America and winning the county championship in exactly the same format helped me prepare for this.”

 

Report courtesy of the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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Felicity Sullivan(2009) and the language of success.

Felicity Sullivan 2009Felicity completed her studies at Roundwood Park gaining 3 A levels and 11 GCSEs. She was appointed Head Girl from 2008-9. Jonathan Richardson was Head Boy at the same time.

Being a passionate linguist, Felicity gained a place to study languages at Nottingham University where she graduated with a degree in French & German. She enjoyed netball and theatre studies when not acting as a telephone fundraiser at the university or in France as an English Language assistant or in Germany as an online marketing intern.

After graduation, Felicity had a spell as a Delegate Account Manager for a European Aesthetic Medical company in Paris before joining International Private Finance in London as a Junior Assistant. From there she worked her way up in the company and studied for the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) at the Institute of Financial services, gaining merits and distinctions.

Felicity has recently been promoted to Head of International Mortgages at IPF in London.

 

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Richie Driss (2007) becomes 38th Blue Peter Presenter.

After graduating with a degree in Film & Television Studies from aberystwyth University,  Richie took on a number of roles as a presenter for several radio and media outlets including Kiss FM, Slash Football (YouTube) and as both presenter and produce at JOE Media.

However,his most recent appointment is as the 38th Presenter of BBC tv’s Blue Peter programme.  News of this broke on the Herts Advertiser.

 https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/blue-peter-presenter-richie-driss-studied-a-level-media-at-sir-john-lawes-school-harpenden-1-6017804

This report is slightly misleading as Richie only attended SJL as part of his consortium studies whilst at RPS. Richie Driss 2019

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Inspector Steve Alison [2006] leads his cadets at the High Sheriff’s Justice Service.

Insp Steve Allison Nov 28 picSt Albans cadets took part in the recent High Sheriff’s Justice Service. The service is held annually to recognise those who work or volunteer in law and order and the cadets were invited by High Sheriff

Suzy Harvey. Insp Steve Alison, who leads the St Albans and Harpenden Cadets, said: “Once again it as fantastic to be a part of this prestigious service and I would like to thank the High Sheriff for inviting us to attend.” Cadets welcomed the guests before escorting the procession from St Albans useum + Gallery to the cathedral. Police cadets are aged 13 to 18 and learn about police procedures and the law and work with officers at community events. To find out more about Hertfordshire’s volunteer police cadet programme, visit www.herts.police. uk/Information-andservices/ Get- nvolved/ Cadets/Cadets.

Photo. The cadets lined up behind (left to right) Insp Steve Alison, High Sheriff Suzy Harvey, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Hertfordshire’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

Herts Advertiser ( Harpenden Edition); 28th November 2018

Georgia Danso

Georgia Danso (2011) in the Spotlight

Georgia Danso The RPS Newsletter ‘Round up’ features a Spotlight on a former pupils that have been strongly involved in the Expressive Arts.  In a November issue , ‘we’ talk to Georgia Danso about her life since taking on music and Performance studies at A level.

“I took Drama & Theatre Studies as one of my A levels.  I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to pursue as a career, however I knew that I wanted to be in a creative industry.

I chose Drama for a number of reasons. Firstly, I didn’t get the chance to take GCSE Drama so felt this was a good chance to utilise my drama abilities and work on basic skills. I participated in extra curricular art activities and wanted to build my knowledge, theory and experience in an educational setting. It was a good subject in combination with my other A Level options (Sociology, English Literature, Psychology); I often found certain topics/skills overlapped and therefore helped develop my understanding. I feel that it helped me gain strong communication skills, the confidence to think creatively, the ability to prioritise tasks, develop teamwork skills as well as create ideas with a range of people in mind.

One of the biggest challenges I faced whilst undertaking Drama A level was having to constantly push myself out of my comfort zone and learning to not worry about how I would be perceived by peers. It was also hard to find the balance between creative development and theory and managing my time to ensure I worked to the best of my capability but within a realistic time limit was always something I had to work on.

After A levels I went on to study Retail Marketing and I enjoyed my course, however it was important that I still kept up my drama and dance as extra curricular activities.  Drama was a great experience and has benefitted me in many ways both in my studies and afterwards. It was a very diverse subject that covered a range of topics and required various personal skills such as presentation skills, developing workshops, working as teams in seminars, developing innovative marketing ideas and approaches. My experience studying Drama at A Level enhanced my ability to perform these tasks effectively. It helped with my organisational skills, the ability to work with various types of people, my time management but most importantly my communication skills. From the interview stage to being in the practical work place, communication skills in marketing and any industry are essential to perform a task efficiently and to ensure everyone has the same understanding of what needs to be achieved.

Studying Drama also built my confidence in communicating with people, understanding people in social situations as well as the importance of finding a good balance in life. It has never hindered my opportunities in life since taking the course. It was something I was so certain I wanted to achieve and I am happy with my A Level choices. I personally believe it is best to work to your strengths and to study something you have a strong interest in. If anything, it made me realise that perhaps I should have used my university time to focus more on my creative interests i.e take modules in creative arts, participate in more extra curricular activities etc.

Your parents are very influential and are important people to discuss your options with. Nevertheless, it is crucial that you pick options that you truly have an interest in or may benefit your future career, (if you have thought of one). Like many students, at the stage of my choosing A Levels, I didn’t have a firm idea of what career I wished to pursue but if you opt for subjects that you enjoy and that are diverse then you’ll develop various skills that can be applied to any future role.

Having recently returned from a long travel trip I am now undertaking some freelance marketing work part time until I find the next perfect marketing opportunity”.​

If you have a story you’d like to share with us about how studying Art, Music, Drama, PE, Textiles or Photography at RPS has influenced your life since school, then please get in touch with m.garbutt@roundwoodpark.co.uk

Rhys James

Rhys James comedian extraordinaire!

Rhys James2For those of you that do not watch much television you may not have realised that one of our alumni is a fairly well know stand up comedian. He appears on Mock the Week quite regularly on BBCtv.

 

 

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Jenni (nee Kilvert) Cresswell (2000)

jennie (kilvert) Cresswell2After studying Music, Performing Arts and Psychology for my A levels at Roundwood I then went onto Keele University to study Music and Psychology as dual honours. I continued to have singing lessons whilst at university. It was during this time that my university singing teacher convinced me to audition for the London Philharmonic Choir and I have been a member since 2005. I’ve had some amazing experiences with the choir including tours to Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Australia and Kuala Lumpur. I’ve also recorded an album, taken part in the BBC Proms, been on the television, radio, sung for the Queen and at Buckingham Palace. I currently run the choir Instagram account and help to concert manage. Whilst all this was going on I spent a year as a teaching assistant in a primary school before training to be a teacher. I’m currently the music teacher in a large primary school near Wembley. I’m really excited to be here tonight and to see the talent of the current Roundwood students!