Outstanding Ofsted Inspection Report for Boarding
- Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:29
Ofsted visited at the end of the Spring term to inspect boarding at CRGS, and we have just received the official Ofsted report following the three-day inspection visit. I am delighted to announce that the report was glowing and that Boarding at CRGS was judged to be 'outstanding' overall and 'outstanding' in every category.
The Boarding team and the boarders are to be congratulated on the report because they were subject a rigorous inspection and received high praise indeed. Particular mention was made of the Boarding Manager, Roy Flanagan, whose leadership and care set the tone for a 'home-from-home' experience for the boys who board at the school.
Headmaster, Ken Jenkinson, comments, 'Boarding is an important aspect of school life at CRGS and, although only a relatively small number of students benefit from it directly, it adds considerably to the ethos of the school. It is a vibrant and multi-cultural community which plays an important part of the sixth form experience of all the students at the school. I am really pleased that Ofsted recognized just how special the boarding provision at the school is.'
CRGS is one of the relatively small number of schools in the country that in its latest full-school and boarding inspections has been judged 'outstanding' in every category.
Public Speakers National Runners-Up
- Created on Saturday, 29 March 2014 23:32
The CRGS Public Speaking team of Ben Daniels, Coran Allen and Matthew Palmer won the Anne Simms Trophy, awarded to the second placed team, in the national finals of the BPW competition, held in Shropshire on Saturday 29 March. Coran was also awarded the Elizabeth Peacock cup by the judges as the stand-out performer in the competition. Coran's speech on the lessons of history was a personal interpretation of a classic question. He was paired with the team from Northern Ireland for the competition. Ben and Matthew were paired with the speaker representing the South West who spoke on the topic of political correctness and they gave flawless performances.
The competition was held at Moreton Hall school and the CRGS team was well supported by members of the LASE group who had travelled over to Oswestry for the occasion. This event was the last event in this year's Public Speaking programme at CRGS and it finished on an appropriately high note.
BBC School Report
- Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 14:54
Thursday, 27th March was BBC School Report Day on which members of the school Reporters’ Club had the challenge to search for, collate, write, record, film, edit and upload to the BBC website, news stories by 4.00 p.m. The bulletins, which you can find on our webpage or via BBC School Report, are arranged under four headings: Sport, First Word War, Science and Health, and Princesses and Prime Ministers. Click here to view our BBC School Report videos.
- Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 09:16
A level music students were delighted to receive a visit from the eminent composer Mark-Anthony Turnage this week. The composer gave an illuminating talk on his opera, Greek, which is a set work for the students and is one of the most frequently performed operas of the twentieth century. Greek is a modern setting of the Oedipus myth and is based on the play of the same name by Steven Berkoff. Mr Turnage listened to some A level compositions and was impressed by the range of works and the talent of the students.
Official Opening of the George Young Building
- Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 23:55
George Young’s daughter Alison came over from Paris this week to cut the ribbon and open the new school building named after her father. The opening ceremony was a celebration of both the new school facility and the life of the former English and Drama schoolmaster who inspired so many of his students at CRGS 50 years ago. The students known as the Friends of George Young led by Alan Sharp, presented the Head with a cheque for a further £5000 during the ceremony.
The building is a venue for drama productions, music concerts, dance, lectures, exhibitions, recitals and public speaking and is an eye-catching addition to the school site. 150 guests attended the opening ceremony and were entertained by students of the school. Recitals of Seamus Heaney poems, music performances by the barber shop group, the chamber choir and the cast of Les Misérables, speeches given by some members of the Public speaking society and drama from the Year 7 students preparing for a performance of Julius Caesar all made up a varied programme of entertainment for the guests.
The Head presented Alison Young and Alan Sharp with framed pictures of the building and thanked all those present for their support in creating such a fantastic facility. The outstanding performances of the students were reward enough for the appreciative guests to concur that all their efforts had without a doubt been worthwhile.
Maths Success for Year 10
- Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 14:02
Congratulations to Tek Kan Chung, Timothy Kwok, Raiad Shahzad and Sheldon Harrison who won their regional heat in the Year 10 Maths Team Challenge. The boys had to answer a variety of mathematical problems including finding the rule for a sequence of numbers which Sheldon correctly worked out with just one value in the sequence - twice! The boys also had to answer questions on a topic outside the curriculum, this year it was on Base 6 Arithmetic. Many thanks to David Sydenham Year 13 for mentoring the team on this section. The team now progresses to the regional final to be held at the University of Cambridge on Thursday 3rd April.
Modern Languages “Have your say” competition
- Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:05
On Wednesday March 17th eight CRGS students took part in this annual competition alongside most of the other secondary schools in the area. This event was held at The Stanway School, and with competitors in four year groups in French, German and Spanish, there were about two hundred present. Our students participated in the Year 8 and Year 7 French categories.
The format was to act out a sketch, for which was the first part of the script was provided and the rest had to be made up by the students. The standard was very high, and it was therefore very pleasing that two of our students, Ethan Babbage and Pulkit Malhotra, won through to the next round of the competition, which will be held in May.
- Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:40
The annual Colchester School Prom took place at Charter Hall on Friday 14th March. CRGS contributed two items to a programme of performances by eleven local schools and colleges.
Senior Orchestra thrilled the audience with a rousing performance of a medley of themes from the film ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ by John Williams. Chamber Choir then tugged at their heart-strings with Guy Turner’s 8-part arrangement of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ by Harold Arlen. The students involved deserve great credit for the hard work they have put into rehearsing to ensure that both performances were of a very high standard.
To view the Charter Hall 2014 photo gallery click here.