Superb Exam results at Robertsbridge Community College
Pupils at Robertsbridge Community College were celebrating record-breaking exam results on Thursday. Five years of study were rewarded when the wait was finally over and pupils were able to open the envelopes containing their GCSE results. There were scenes of joy – and relief – as pupils received the grades that mean they can go on to the next stage of their education and careers.
67% of pupils achieved the gold standard of 5 A* - C grades, with some impressive standout performances showing that Robertsbridge’s reputation for academic excellence is well deserved. 11% of pupils achieved five or more grades at A and A*with one pupil - Amanda Bryant - achieving an incredible ten GCSE grades at A* and A. Also deserving of mention are our year ten mathematics pupils who accrued an incredible 31 A and A* grades a whole year ahead of other pupils nationally.
Headteacher Doug Downs commented: ‘I am immensely proud of the hard work of our pupils who have shown that Robertsbridge Community College is at the forefront of academic achievement in East Sussex. I must also mention the incredible support provided by our staff and the parents of our pupils who have once again shown just what can be achieved when we work in true partnership. The buzz around the college is incredible.’
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Making a bat for "Cookie"
“Don’t think I’ve ever seen pupils at RCC quite so excited returning from a trip”, so tweeted Head Teacher Mr Downs as a group of very happy Year 7 students returned following a morning at Gray Nicolls in the village.
Having had a session with master batmaker Chris King, the students then went on to help with adding the grip and decals to the bat, all with the help of England cricket captain, Alastair Cook. An impromptu knock about inside the workshop, with the great man bowling, followed on from interviews with the BBC.
The session concluded with Alastair autographing and presenting the bat to the students, to bring it back to the College as a momento of the morning. It will go on display in the foyer, once his signature has been safely sealed.
Duke of Edinburgh award presentation
Congratulations to the students who recently received their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards at the presentation evening held at St Richards College, Bexhill.
Look forward to hearing how you all get on with the silver. Good luck to the present cohort, who are just starting out on their Bronze.
For more information on taking part in the DofE award scheme at the College contact Mr Hougham, Miss Brindle or Miss Young.
Amnesty International and Holocaust Talk @ Chichester
A small group of students from Robertsbridge Community College were privileged to be taken to Chichester Cathedral for an Amnesty International workshop and talk.
Highlight of the trip was a riveting and emotional talk by Stephen Frank, a holocaust survivor. For nearly an hour and a half the students, and accompanying staff, sat spellbound as Stephen delivered his powerpoint accompanied talk on his life before and during the Second World War. Living in Amsterdam, from an affluent Jewish family, at an early age his life was upturned when the Germans arrived. His father failed to return from his work one day having been arrested and late sent to his death in one of the camps. A short while later the rest of the family were interred in a series of transit camps, two in Holland, before eventually arriving in a camp not far from Pilsen in Czechoslovakia. It is likely that, had the Red Army not arrived and liberated the camp when they did, Stephen would not have survived much longer. He would either have succumbed to the malnutrition and illness afflicting him, or along with his family been sent to the nearby camp of Auschwitz.
Perhaps one of his most harrowing tales was the one about all the children, he was nine at the time, being put in line and made to pass little boxes along, between a building and the river, where the last one threw them into the water. They were the cremated ashes of their friends and family.
Many of the RCC students took the opportunity to purchase Stephen’s book and have a private word with him at the end of the afternoon.
To read more on this amazing trip see the Easter 2016 newsletter.
Sussex County Cross Country Finals @ Brighton
A small squad of twelve students represented Robertsbridge Community College at the Sussex Schools Cross County finals held recently. All the students had achieved qualification at the Hastings and Rother event held late last year on the site the Battle of Hastings.
There were in the region of 200 runners in each of the races, which were divided according to age and gender. As the age group rose, so did the distance of the course.
All of the RCC students acquitted themselves well, each finishing in the top quarter of their individual race. Particular success was enjoyed by Maia and Marcus Ramnarine and Evie Clements who, judging by their finishing positions, should qualify for the regional finals later in the year.