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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

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Ralph Adams Hale [2015] makes Premier rugby debut.

Ralph Adams Hale rugby Dec 2018Ralph made his full Premiership rugby debut on Saturday 1st December 2018 at the age of 21. He played his part in a Saracens win over Wasps at Allianz Park.

He had a very solid game, scrummaging very well, making several tackles and carrying for short yardage on a handful of occasions.

Ralph will be speaking at the annual Roundwood Park Sportsman’s dinner on the evening of Wednesday 5th December.

 

Report courtesy of Matt Hunter ( Head of PE)

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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

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In memorium : Captain James Pavitt (1997/98)

James Pavitt pilot 19978It is with great sadness that we heard the news that James Pavitt ( class of 1997/98?) had died. James was a qualified pilot and first officer/captain. This was devastating news as he had just won a difficult custody battle for his three daughters. A Fund has been set up to raiseo raise money for his daughters’ education and will be overseen by James’ mother.

There was a service at St John’s church in Harpenden on Monday 12th November which was attended by familyand a very large number of his friends and colleagues.

Our thoughts go out to his family.

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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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George Attfield (2014) et al star in Harpenden RFU defeat.

George Attfield2 Oct 2018Celebrations brought to a juddering halt

Harpenden’s day of celebration came to a juddering halt as Welwyn played the role of party pooper to perfection. A glorious sunlit day began with the Redbourn Lane-based rugby club officially opened their new £1.2 million all-weather pitch. The inauguration was performed by David Roberts, RFU council representative for Hertfordshire, who presented a commemorative vase to Harpenden president Peter Danby. And in expressing his immense pride in the facility, Danby paid a warm tribute to Darren Francey (club chairman), Peter Woodthorpe (secretary) and Philip Langford for heir huge efforts in bringing the project to fruition. But from there things began to unravel. Harpenden were second best in the derby clash and their promising start to their London North West Two campaign ended with a 22-19 defeat.

While they generally scrummaged and mauled well and there was no lack of effort, the end product was often marred by basic errors which resulted in the concession of a stream of penalties and turnovers. And it was from one of these penalties six minutes from time that Welwyn, who were ood value for the win, got their noses in front for the last time. Harpenden captain Oli Lacey was his usual honest self after the game. He said: “This was hugely disappointing. We made too many mistakes and there was a lack of discipline in key areas. “Despite all this, I still thought we might win but we let it go in the end.”

Harps were under pressure from the kick-off but after weathering the storm they failed to take advantage when stand-off Will Hales missed a penalty attempt on nine minutes. And six minutes later Welwyn took the lead through a Conor Boland try, aided by the departure of lock Ed Preston moments earlier for a yellow-card offence. But Harpenden hit back quickly with a fine try of their own, scored under the posts by outside centre Billy Sach after a strong run from Jack Murphy and

converted by Hales. More poor defence put Welwyn back in front, flanker Josh Milton, touching down under the posts, but Harpenden ensured parity at half-time when Jack Pennell went over in the corner. And they got the go-ahead try 15 minutes into the second-half. George Attfield got it, bursting clear for a try under the posts to give Hales the easy conversion.

All that good work, however, was undone five minutes later when Boland scored his second try of game. It meant the scores were tied at 19-19 going into the final 10 minutes but Harpenden’s discipline problems reared their head again with a penalty being given away, and Dave Fennell gleefully deposited the kick between the posts. Harpenden did have one more chance to level, but Hales’ penalty drifted wide of the posts.

Courtesy of Herts Advertiser ( Harpenden Edition), 2/09/2018. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Natasha Dowie (2006) attends Opening of RPS all weather pitch

all weather pitch opening group 2018Artificial Pitch Opening Ceremony – Thursday 13th September

On Thursday 13th September, the Roundwood Park Community Pitch, our new artificial pitch, was officially opened by some special guests: David Clarke, the England blind footballer and torchbearer for the 2012 Paralympics, Natasha Dowie, professional footballer and former Roundwood Park student and Alan Smith, the Arsenal and England striker, now a respected Sky Sports pundit.

A collaboration between Roundwood Park School, Harpenden Colts, the Football Foundation and Watford FC Community, the new pitch will be enjoyed not only by RPS students but by the wider community for multiple sports, all year round.

Our guests spoke about how fortunate the students and local residents are to have such a fantastic facility on their doorstep. David Clarke commented that “sport changes lives for the better” and urged students to make the most of the pitch, which he said “is going to be an incredible success”. Natasha Dowie, who was touched to be back at Roundwood Park, having left 12 years ago, was delighted to see the new pitch and said that she “hoped to see some more professional players, both male and female, that come from Roundwood Park”. Mr Hunter, Head of PE at Roundwood Park hoped that, as well helping to further develop skills in multiple sports, the pitch would encourage others to participate more, in particular girls. Echoing Natasha Dowie’s comments, Mr Hunter hopes that the numbers taking part in girls’ football will really grow now and stated that the pitch would change sport at RPS for the next 10-15 years.

Roundwood Park’s Sports Captains, H. Murray and H. Soanes said that “the artificial grass pitch has provided a really great opportunity for students at Roundwood Park school to be active at lunchtimes, and we have seen many students take advantage of it. Students across different years are now playing with each other and forming friendships over their love for the same sport and that is fundamentally what the pitch is about. We feel the pitch has really impacted and improved the community of Roundwood Park School”.

Mr Henshall gave thanks for the dedication of Harpenden Colts, Mr Smith, School Business Manager, and to the incredible contribution of so many in the local community who have worked tirelessly together to support this project and make it a reality.

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RPS students excel at 2018 English Schools athletics Championships

English Schools athletics champs 2018 cropTwo Roundwood Park pupils have followed in the footsteps of some of GB’s most-famous athletes by winning titles at the English Schools Athletics Championship.

Daley Thompson and Paula Radcliffe are just two of the names to have won at the event and to those names are now added Josh Woods and Mia McIntosh.

 Woods, who has just finished his GCSEs and lives in Markyate, took the intermediate boys’ triple jump title while McIntosh, Mia McIntosh, who is in Year 8 and hails from Redbourn, won the junior girls’ 75m hurdles.

 The pair, who both run for Dacorum and Tring Athletics Club, fought off competition from the best school age athletes across the country at the highly prestigious event.

 Roundwood Park School’s Mia McIntosh dips to victory in the junior girls 75m hurdles at the English Schools Athletics Championship.Roundwood Park School’s Mia McIntosh dips to victory in the junior girls 75m hurdles at the English Schools Athletics Championship.

To even get there athletes had to meet the required entry standards at legitimate competitions throughout the season in order to be available for selection. Team managers from each county then finalise their squads. Woods had jumped solidly in the early rounds to leave him fourth at the cut off stage.

 Roundwood Park School’s Josh Woods took the victory in the intermediate boys’ triple jump title at the English Schools Athletics Championship.Roundwood Park School’s Josh Woods took the victory in the intermediate boys’ triple jump title at the English Schools Athletics Championship.

He got to second going into the final round before launching a personal best of 14.37 metres, the best outdoor performance by a 17-year-old this year.

 McIntosh had twice bettered her own PBs in the heats (11.04 seconds) and again in the semi-final (11.01) before dipping across the line in the final, an impressive feat for a Year 8 pupil running against older competition.

 She said: “Winning was a huge surprise for me. While I knew I had a chance of a medal, as I’ve been running well this year, I’d never really thought I could actually take gold.

 “In the future, I am looking to work hard, keep improving my times and hopefully defend my title at next year’s championships.”

 Head of PE at Roundwood Park, Matt Hunter, was blown away by the success of his students. He said: “Having two English Schools champions in the same year is not something that is likely to happen very often. “As a school and a community we are extremely proud of the exceptional achievements of both Josh and Mia. “These titles are their personal reward for a lot of hard work and superb attitude.”

 Courtesy of The Herts Advertiser, Harpenden Edition, 19th July 2018

 

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Ellie Bultitude (2008) exhibits her Art work locally in 2018

Ellie Bultitude2 2011Ellie will be exhibiting her work at some upcoming art fairs and shows this summer.

 On a fine sunny weekend (9th – 10th June) on Harpenden common, Ellie, assisted by Mrs Bultitude, displayed and talked about her extensive art work in one of the many art tents.

She will also be exhibiting her accomplished and varied art work on the 6th – 8th July at the Cannual hildwickbury Arts Festival.

 

PLEASE go along to support Ellie and see her work.

 

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Pauline Moxham’s trampolinists gain 3 national titles.

Many alumni will have been involved in Miss Moxham’s after school Trampolining Club and may have gained success in the many competitions entered. You may not be surprised to see that Miss Moxham continues to demand high standards to bring out the best.

Her most recent success was published (see below) in the Herts Advertiser (Harpenden Edition); 03May2018.

The trampoline squad from Roundwood Park School who claimed three national titles.

 A school in Harpenden has been crowned national champions in trampolining. Roundwood Park sent five teams to the National School Trampolining finals, held in Belfast.

All five teams had won the regional round in Chesterfield earlier in the year and it had raised hopes for the high achieving squad. And after a very long day of tough competition against strong schools from all around the UK, Roundwood produced a series of excellent routines which saw three of the five teams – the U15 boys and U15 novice boys, plus the U13 girls – take gold. And the remaining two teams, the U19 girls intermediate and U19 girls novice, didn’t disappoint either with both bringing home bronze medals.

There was also individual success with Noah Bates and Ellis Lowry taking bronze in their categories. Coach Pauline Moxham said: “It was an amazing success for this hard working and committed quad.”