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Celebrating Spring Term excellence

Rotary Youth Speaks

We celebrate remarkable achievements in a number of areas this term, showcasing the exceptional talent and dedication of our pupils.

Champions of Antarctica recognition

Rookwood School has been recognised by the 2041 School charity for our ongoing commitment to protecting Antarctica. The charity’s promotional video features Rookwood School’s very own Champions of Antarctica in action. They can be seen alongside Antarctic explorer Robert Swan, the first man to walk to both the South and North Pole and the legendary Joanna Lumley, as the ‘Voice of Antarctica’. We are so proud to be part of this exciting initiative. Watch the video below.


Young Writer Success

On 19th March, Rookwood had a very successful evening at this year’s Rotary ‘Young Writer’ presentation at Andover’s Guildhall. Rookwood stood out with imaginative pieces responding to ‘Rebuilding.’ Congratulations should go to the following pupils, for their imaginative pieces in response to the title ‘Rebuilding’:

Winner – Rio D (7F)
Runner-Up – Henry W (9Ma)
Highly Commended – Timi A
Winner – Lara D (L6)
Runner-Up – Evie M (10T)

Rio wrote a poem which elicited much praise from the judges and Lara produced a very personal, beautifully crafted and moving piece of prose. Lara was awarded the John Ray Cup, as overall winner, but both winning entries from the two age categories now go forward into the regional finals.

Certificates were presented to all finalists by the Mayor and Mayoress. The judges were impressed by the quality of the responses we entered this year, so well done to all who were entered into the local round of the competition; we are, as always, incredibly proud of our pupils.


Rotary Youth Speaks Success

Our hard-working and committed senior Youth Speaks team were also invited along to the Rotary Youth Awards Andover Presentation Evening to receive their now-engraved cups, along with recognition for their talent and considerable efforts. The team were successful in the local round of the competition in January, impressing the judges with their debate entitled ‘Let’s Ditch Our Data Dependency’. Elysia B (L6) was presented with her cup for ‘Best Proposer’; Emily C (11S) for ‘Best Chairperson’ and Matias P (11B) for ‘Best Opposer’. It takes considerable courage to speak formally to an audience in a competitive situation, so well done to all!

LAMDA Success

15 Rookwood pupils from age 7 to 16 have once again gained top marks in their LAMDA exams with two gaining high merits and the rest distinctions. Exams were taken in solo acting, public speaking, verse and prose and musical theatre.

Macey in Year 11 who achieved a distinction for her gold medal in Musical Theatre said; “I am delighted that I now have UCAS points already and that that the LAMDA qualifications are recognised all over the world. I am very grateful for the support that has been given to me.” Well done to all the pupils who have gained top marks.

Inspired Learning Group Science Competition

Our Key Stage 2 pupils participated in an Inspired Learning Group Science Competition, tasked with creating a wellbeing-themed poster. The pupils impressed with their innovative posters, notably Year 5 pupil Peach’s second place win with a teddy bear-shaped design focusing on water purification for disaster areas, an idea inspired by a science lesson by Mr Holmes on material separation. Well done to all who entered and well done to Peach for coming second in the competition.

As we come to the end of Spring Term, we take immense pride in celebrating the outstanding achievements of our pupils across the board, and thank our dedicated team for their support, encouragement and creating the opportunities to achieve success.

Spring Term successes at Rookwood