One for the important announcement section. As of August 24th Nicholas Chichester-Miles (class of 2004) and Steffi Gray (class of 2003) are engaged to be wed.
Eleanor Karp-Tatham [ class of 2011 and aka KT] has not only gained a BSc (1st class hons) in Bioveterinary Science from the University of Lincoln but has also received the university’s prestigious ‘best student’ award in Bioveterinary Science.
Georgina Thomas is about to start her third year at the University of Birmingham reading English and Classics. She performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year (2013) and she is currently directing an adaptation of Euripides’ ‘The Trojan Women’ at the Fringe 2014. The production has received a lot of media attention after the troupe from Birmingham received a four star review from ‘The Times’.
Nurse’s mission to Ethiopia – Photo: Meryl is in pink.
While many people will be soon jetting off on luxury beach holidays, one local nurse is heading to Ethiopia on a charity expedition.
Meryl Green, 23, from Harpenden, will be taking her nursing experienceto Ethiopia as part of Project Harar which helps young Ethiopians with severe facial disfigurements [to] have corrective treatment.
Project Harar consists of European doctors and nurses who work alongside local Ethiopian staff to teach and share their knowledge with the local workforce.
Meryl will be using two weeks of her holiday entitlement to go on the trip which she will also be funding herself.
She said “I’ve always wanted to do charity work and travel with my job. I thought this charity was incredible. It will be great to pass on our knowledge. I’ve had a great education. I did my training at Kings College London; one of the top universities. I want to pass onmy education to those less fortunate”.
Meryl, a former pupil of RoundwoodPark School [class of 2009], works at a London hospital but has volunteered at St Albans hospital and care homes in Harpenden.
“I am very excited. It’s a big challenge but I’ll learn a lot. I am hoping to do something like this every year”.
She set off from Heathrow on Saturday May 30th .
Original article by Sophie Crocker in the Herts Ad.
Following her success for Liverpool FC and England and narrowly missing out [ runner up] on the Sky sportswoman of the year recently Natasha is again put forward for another award and she writes on facebook…
Nick Pullinger has always been a keen political exponent and it is no surprise to see him standing for the Labour Party in the local council elections on May 22 2014. Following his A level success in the Sixth Form, Nick gained a place on a scheme that enables him to study Accountancy & Finance at Durham University, whilst currently working for KPMG UK in St Albans; he is also studying for his ACA qualification.
We wish him well in the elections.
A group of Harpenden men are are uniting to take on an epic 70.3 mile triathlon in memory of a close friend. Colin Barnes, 55, was diagnosed with an incurable and life limiting brain cancer in 2012 and and died in August 2013.
Tony Russell, 56, son Dan, 26, brothers David, 49, and Peter, 54, along with friendAndrew Brown, 26, are all taking on the challenge. The five men, all former Roundwood Park students are coming together to raise £50,000 for the charity Headcase.
Since Colin’s death, Tony has stopped at nothing to raise funding and awareness, with funds already totaling more than £40,000. Tony said “we are trying to help the people less fortunate than us. It helps me when I am struggling”. The money raised so far has contributed to a much needed clinical trial but Tony is eager to reach the £50k target. He added “I want to raise as much awareness as possible . This type of cancer only gets 1% of government funding. I’ve been to the House of Lords with Headcase to lobby as this cause does not get as much money as it should”.
Tony and Dan have already run triathlons in Abu Dhabi and Nice but this is the first time the others have taken the 70.3mile half Ironman plunge. Tony said “it’s a bit of pain for a lot of gain”.
It will take place in May in Mallorca, with the five men swimming, running and cycling alongside other participants. Tony added “nothing will stop us having a go and we will not only raise awareness but hopefully also a ton of money, which in due course may just provide an extension on the current life expectancy and, who knows , at some point maybe even a cure”.
To follow their journey and for information on how to donate , their blog is available at www.headcase-ironman.me/fundraising
Article courtesy of Sophie Crockett; Herts Advertiser [ Harp.Ed.]; 17 April 2014.
Rebecca gained a degree in Philosophy from the Universit y of Cardiff and from their embarked on a remarkable career in theatre direction.
“I am now a theatre director and playwright. I have had my work performed across London and South Wales, and think I might have the project that could take my career to the next stage. I have written and directed a verbatim play inspired by campaigns such as Everyday Sexism, No More Page 3 and Ending Victimisation, and which I believe has the potential to represent a new, fresh voice of feminism in British and International theatre. It had a successful 3 day run at the Etcetera Theatre in January, receiving 4 star reviews and support from industry giants, and has great potential for a London transfer and tour.
To let you know a little more about it: it’s a verbatim play called Travesti, taking women’s real stories about why they wear make up, being groped on public transport, and experiences of sexual violence, and performed by an ensemble cast of six male actors. It is a warm and witty play incorporating music and dance which explores whether our reactions to these stories change based on the gender who tells them, and whether we might allow certain behaviours due to longstanding social roles. By putting these stories in men’s mouths, I wanted to highlight the absurdities of typically ‘female’ behaviours – why are women expected to wear make up and men aren’t? Why are we expected to shave our body hair and men aren’t? Why are we expected to consider our safety at night in ways that men don’t have to? Happily, as a result, it also opens up interesting discussion about the social roles enforced on men, and – for example – how male rape is something that is not discussed in the same way as female rape. My intention was to make a feminist theatre piece that looks like the women I know: intelligent, playful, funny and sexy.
Ian Rickson (Director, Mojo, Harold Pinter Theatre – currently directing Hugh Jackman on Broadway) described the show as “terrific. A fresh, seductive and unsettling evening” and Christopher Haydon (Artistic Director, Gate Theatre) called it “sharp, witty, genuinely shocking at times”.
The Pleasance Theatre has offered us a prime slot in their 30th Anniversary Edinburgh Festival programme, which is exactly the opportunity we wanted for it – not only to be programmed by the leading festival venue with strong possibility for a London transfer and tour, but also to reach a potential audience of over 2000 people with a theatrical discussion we are passionate about. I am over the moon to have been offered such an incredible slot with the best Edinburgh venue, especially being an unknown artist and company. My company (Unbound Productions) are, of course, keen to take this opportunity, but we are sorely in need of money to do this. We have calculated that it will cost us around £22,000 to take Travesti to Edinburgh – we have budgeted paying the actors, (which unfortunately is not always a priority) for accommodation, set, props, costume and of course marketing! We are crowd funding and applying to a number of trusts in order to raise this money, but are aware it is a sizeable amount.”
On Monday 10th March from 7-9 p.m. in the school hall, Roundwood Park held its first ever Music House event. It was the brainchild of Elia Tuck and Harry Croft [both Y13] who acted as the event’s MCs. The event consisted of a series of inividual or group musical performances from each of the seven houses and after a short break this was followed by a choir performance from each house and included members of staff as well as students from each house. This was a ‘sell out’ ticket event for a capacity of 150. The evening’s performances were judged, appropriately by 3 of our alumni, Katie Brennan, Sophie Gledhill and David Jenkinson each of whom were quite impressively musically talented. Dr Smith , of no musical talent/ability made up the judging quartet.
It was a most enjoyable and successful event/evening and much appreciation should go to Michelle Rooney and her staff supporting team.
‘We were left to fend for ourselves’ writes Adam Binnie on the front page of the Review on Wednesday February 26th. The article chronicles the disruption and trauma inflicted upon several prospective newly weds hoping to have their wedding receptions at the Harpenden House Hotel which has just announced its imminent closure leaving Harpenden without a single hotel.
Adam has written over 1100 articles for the Watford Observer.
RPS alumni now have two prolific journalists on the local newspapers with Adam at the Review/Watford Observer and Monique Hall at the St Albans Advertiser.