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    Summer Art Exhibition (page 30)

    For the Richard Hale Community July 2013

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    for great quality used uniform visit the PA uniform stall at school events

    or purchase by appointment or post

    Contact Jackie Keenan on [email protected] or 01992 550208

    winter coats * jumpers * training tops * football/rugby boots

    Ski clothing now available!


    Help us raise money for the School

    school blazers PE/sports kit rugby/cricket kit outgrown ski kit please leave washed items in Reception marked used uniform


    First Prize 50.00 D L Jones, Hertford Runners-up 25.00 A Ives, Hertford 25.00 E Waumsley, Hertford

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    as we are now with Barclays.

    For any queries please contact Aissa Blanche, Finance Assistant.

    mailto:[email protected]

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    HEADWORDS Dear Parents,

    It has been a very busy but productive end of the academic year. On Monday, 1st July we received notification from the Minister of State that we had successfully converted to an Academy. This is the Schools fourth change in status since 1617, with over 350 years as a grammar school, then a community comprehensive and more recently a foundation school.

    Academies are billed as autonomous state-funded independent schools, benefitting from greater freedoms but still operating under the statutory DfE framework. We, however, will not be changing our name, uniform or curriculum. The ethos remains: traditional values with students expected to fully participate in the life of the school. The media have reported on possible changes to the timing of the day or the length of school holidays. You will, I am sure, be relieved to know we have no plans to change either of these!

    Education is undergoing a massive upheaval across all sectors. The examination structure is changing and will impact on GCSE/A Level students completing in 2015. Modular examinations are being phased out and replaced with terminal papers sat at the end of the course. Coursework and controlled assessments will have less value, and will disappear completely in some subjects. Vocational subjects will have an external examination component and will no longer have multiple GCSE equivalence. Simply put, education is returning to 1970s with O Levels and A Levels returning. Disappointing or exciting? It depends on your point of view.

    The National Curriculum is being revised and levels removed, but there is no clarity as to what will replace the levels that we currently use for measuring pupil progress. Ofsted will no doubt have a view on this.

    The top field was seeded during half term and since then rainfall has been insufficient for grass germination. However, our summer sports teams have enjoyed the heat wave. At District Sports our minors, intermediates, and combined seniors were group winners, and the boys champions overall. At county level we gained third place in the school finals with the intermediate boys. Three students were picked to represent Hertfordshire in the All England Athletics Championship. It should have been four but Liam Dee Y12 was selected to represent Great Britain in the World Championships.

    Tennis has a huge following at Richard Hale and practices are always well attended. The courts are in good condition for a state school but do not prepare our teams for

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    matches at schools in the independent sector. It is therefore particularly pleasing to report that our tennis team won the County Finals, at Hertford Tennis Club, beating St Albans Boys in the semis and Berkhampstead College 5-1 in the final . In cricket all year groups won through to the district semi-finals. The Year 8 team lost narrowly in the county final, beaten in the last over of an exciting 20:20 match against Haberdashers.

    Biology laboratory refurbishment was completed on time and on budget. The original new block laboratories were built in 1977. I was very fortunate to start my teaching career in a brand new lab: they have lasted very well. Following severe water damage last summer, the refurbishment could not start until the roof had been replaced but they are now what you would expect in a high performing Science College.

    The Sixth Form engineers have been busy testing and racing a Green Power car. A single seat race car designed and manufactured by our students. This term it has raced at Goodwood and Rockingham. Unlike our kit car it is not capable of high speeds as it is powered by an electronic motor and limited to two batteries. The team are now working on improving the performance of next years car. Automotive Technician Dan Jacobsen was an integral member of the Green Power support team and attended the first practice session and race at Goodwood. Tragically Dan was killed three weeks ago in a road traffic accident. A keen motor sport enthusiast, he was always on hand to support the students. The front cover features a metal sculpture constructed by an A Level art student supported by Dans technical expertise.

    Once again we were privileged to see a splendid school production, We Will Rock You, and a very impressive display of students art work at the Corn Exchange. There are full reports and photographs of both in the magazine.

    The following staff will be leaving at the end of this term, and we wish them well in their future careers and activities. Sharon Isbecque: joined Technology in June 2004, and leaving to manage a young family. Rachel Carter: a part-time teacher of Classics who delivered twilight Latin to our ancient linguists. Dan Tansley: a PE teacher who converted to Mathematics, and became master in charge of cricket and Head of Wallace House; he is moving to Verulum Boys School for a well deserved promotion. Roger Tiffen: Physics, persuaded to put off retirement and join the science department for nearly two years, and is finally leaving to pursue leisure activities and

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    enjoy a well-earned break. Dagmar Babik: MFL, having covered Sarah Paddicks maternity leave is taking up a post at Sherrardswood School.

    Next term we will welcome Mr Greg Parker to Mathematics, and Mr Andrew Hay, Miss Hannah Mercer and Mrs Faye Whiteman to English. I wish you all a sunny and restful summer.

    Stephen M. Neate Headmaster


    Phil Elcombe English Department

    On a cold February in Hertford, the School Hall was catapulted into a futuristic dystopia where live music is forbidden and global conglomerate corporations rule the world a society under the dictatorial authority of the unforgiving and aptly-titled Killer Queen who, with her faceless army of brainwashed and acquiescent clones, has successfully prohibited rock music and all musical instruments. However, one boy stands alone against her; that boy is ... Galileo Figaro! A boy with a dream of rock! But Galileo and his irrepressible partner in crime Scaramouche Want to Break Free of the Queens tyranny and overthrow her and her obsequious sidekick Commander Khashoggi and let rock rule the Earth once more!

    We Will Rock You was the sixth school musical in recent years, demonstrating the wealth of talent at the school. There were several stunning performances from the cast. Sam Higgs, as the noble and rebellious protagonist, delivered a very professional performance of Galileo, which won him many admirers. He was admirably supported by Abbie Francis and Grace Costin who shared the role of Scaramouche, but offered different interpretations of the character: Abbies unflappable and imperturbable, and

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    Graces feisty and spirited. Two undoubted talents nevertheless. Eloise Shackleton with her powerful voice and imposing stage presence gave a striking performance as the Killer Queen. She commanded her minions with ferocity and mercilessness, including her faithful sycophant Commander Khashoggi, a role shared by Ryan Hyland and Sam Moss; the comical quality of his nauseating toadying was conveyed expertly by both actors. There were also noteworthy performances from Connor Hewson as the incongruously-named Britney Spears, and his co-conspirator the knife-wielding, uncompromising rebel Meat Loaf, played excellently by Molly Babuniak and Selena Comeskey. The role of Pop, a hirsute, hippy barman, was shared by Jack Hinckley and Kieran Mason; both performers created a loveable and endearing comic disciple of the Old Ways.

    However, it is not just the acting performances that made this production so successful. Musical Director Steve Wright and his Theatre Band were phenomenal, making the show come alive for the audience. A new addition this year was the

    wonderful School Choir, within which a new talent was unleashed. The audience was treated to a superb singing performance from Owen Henry who delivered a haunting opening to the production with his rendition of the 1991 hit Innuendo.

    In total, almost a hundred staff and students were involved in performing Ben Elton and Queens satirical prod at the music industry. Creating this Kind of

    Magic on stage takes tremendous organisation and this was only achieved because of the hard work and meticulous preparation of Laura Smith as Artistic Director and Jeremy Heath as Assistant Director. They were ably supported by the choreographic

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    talents of Louise Roberts, the versatility of Rick Clayden and his technical team, the wardrobe wizardry of Shelagh Maughan, and the myriad assistance of numerous other staff.

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