Former RPS teacher David French RIP

We recently [March 2021] received this sad news from RPS Alumna Kate Vale (1983)

“I am writing to inform you of my father’s passing. David French was a woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing teacher from 1962 until around 1967 whilst Mr Foxwell was head.  He later moved into the primary sector and was head of schools in Luton and Poole. He passed peacefully at the age of 87”.

Alexander Thomas (2008) unearths Ph.D.

Congratulations to Alex Thomas who writes…..

I am writing to inform the Alumni Association with the good news that my PhD thesis in Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University has been accepted by my examiners. The thesis explored the archaeological and manuscript landscapes of the Danelaw Boundary of the late 9th century. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the timing of the result, I will graduate with my doctorate next summer.

New arrival for Andy and Rebecca Porter

Mr Andy Porter (Head of Humanities and Geography teacher) and Rebecca (Nee Way) Porter ( PE teacher) are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter.

“Becs and I are thrilled to welcome our baby girl, Ava Elizabeth Porter into our family. She was born with a bang on bonfire night at 9:45, weighing 8lb 6oz. It was a challenging birth, but Mum was an absolute superhero.

We are enjoying the cuddles and facing the challenges of raising a little one. Needless to say, we very much look forward to bringing her in to school at a more suitable time.

Mhanks for all the thoughts and well-wishes. It means a great deal to be part of such a caring community”.

£500k raised to save Alviar Cohen (class of 2020)

A £500,000 fundraising campaign to help save the life of a Redbourn student suffering from leukaemia has smashed its target in days. Alviar Cohen has what he describes as “the bad kind of leukaemia” as he is in the 10 per cent of patients who cannot be cured. Intense chemotherapy; a bone marrow transplant from his twin brother Justin, and other treatments have failed to kill the cancer, and time is running out. His one hope lies in receiving pioneering treatment in Singapore at a cost of half a million pounds. But a community fundraising GoFundMe campaign set up to try to raise the cost of the treatment managed to hit the target within a week, with almost 18,000 people donating. Alviar said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received – THANK YOU SO MUCH!” Alviar, who is shortly due to take up a place at St John’s College, Oxford University; explained: “I’ve been told I’ve just a few months to live. I was also told a year ago my leukaemia was ‘incurable’. “One of the great new breakthroughs in cancer care in recent years has been CAR-T treatment where they modify the T-cells (one type of defence cell) to attack the disease. But I have T-cell leukaemia and they’ve not been able to safely get T cells to attack diseased T-cells. Until now. “That was until a few weeks ago. A specialist team in Singapore has a brand new treatment which claim to have cured a five-year-old boy in the UK in a similar condition. “I now have a chance to go and get the same treatment. A chance to have a normal life as a teenager, cancer-free: a chance to really start my journey. I feel like cancer has robbed me of the last three years. I won’t let it take any more.” Alviar has to finance the cost himself, but added: “I can’t tell you how amazing it is that ordinary people want to reach out and help someone in need.” See Courtesy of the Herts Advertiser, September 17 – by Laura Bill.

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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.


SarahMckenna Feb2020

McKenna scores for England in five-try thrashing of Ireland

England’s charge to a second successive Grand Slam continued as they inflicted Ireland’s first defeat of the 2020 Women’s Six Nations. Sarah McKenna scores for England in five-try thrashing of Ireland

Women’s Six Nations: England v Ireland

England: (22) 27 Tries: Hunter, Dow, Breach, Fleetwood, McKenna Cons: Scarratt

Ireland: (0)



Courtesy of BBC



sarah McKenna 2020

‘MC’ and England ladies beat French in Six Nations opening rugby game.

Sarah McKenna, nicknamed ‘MC’, (2007) is competing in the 2020 Women’s Six Nations Rugby Championship.

Sarah is enjoying a stand out season for Saracens and England. Currently in the England line up Sarah was impressive in the first Six Nations match.

England Women held off a massive France fightback to begin the defence of their Six Nations title with a 19-13 win in Pau on Sunday 2nd February.

Watch Sarah’s pass near the line to give England their first try.

 Match report of women’s France v England match.



Max Baggio Rugby 2019

Max Baggio [2014] scored the dramatic last-gasp try that led to Harpenden s shock win over North Walsham

Max Baggio  2 Rugby 2019Harpenden stunned unbeaten London One North leaders North Walsham with a last-gasp converted try giving them a 31-29 success on Saturday 16th November.

The Redbourn Lane-based rugby club have made a solid start to the new campaign following their promotion last season but even after recording five victories from their opening nine games, this one was not truly expected. That seemed doubly true when the visitors took a 29-17 lead in the second half but having kept themselves in the contest with a converted Adam Wilkinson effort, a break by Jimmy Speirs sent Max Baggio away down the wing to level the scores. This left Tom Sweeney with a difficult kick from wide on the right but the ball sailed straight between the posts to secure a sensational victory made even sweeter by a try bonus point. Skipper Oli Lacey said: “I always believed the boys could do it but we made things a lot more difficult for ourselves in the first half. “They are a very good side and we had to be at our best to win. The unbelievable effort by the team demonstrates the great spirit in the club and the support from the stands really lifted us.” Harps took an early lead when Sweeney slotted a long-range penalty, part of a second week where he returned with a 100 per cent record from his kicking game. But for the remainder of the first half it was North Walsham who held the upper hand, scoring three unconverted tries. The visitors’ dominance in this period was helped considerably by Harpenden giving away a series of penalties but more control in the second half allowed the home side to claw their way back. They were rewarded when Harvey Beaton made ground before slipping the ball to fellow front-row Pete Sims to force his way over the line. A converted try re-established North Walsham’s 12-point lead and the sides traded converted tries shortly after, Adam Wheatley getting Harpenden’s effort after a pick-up from the back of a five-metre scrum before the Norfolk side replied. It was at that point though that Wilkinson’s strong run set up the late drama and escapology routine.

Courtesy of the Herts Advertiser,20 November 2019 and by Neil Metcalfe. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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


Luca Kawahara Musiu 2019

Luca competes in Commonwealth Powerlifting Games.

Luca Kawahara Musiu 2019Luca Kawahara-Musiu (Y11) will be competing in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in St John, Newfoundland, Canada from 15 – 21 September 2019.

This is a massive achievement and a great opportunity for Luca.

The entry fee and anti doping costs are funded but Luca is having to fund his flight and other costs. In order to help, he has set up a funding page.

We all wish Luca the very best in Canada and If you would like to support Luca please look at the following.