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The school held their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 10th. in the school hall. The audience was welcomed by two senior students, Abi and Jordan, who introduced each item. The evening's programme was a combination of all the ensembles that rehearse throughout the term and several performances from school leavers, all of whom wore red carnations. Many of these year 13 students have been a part of every single concert since starting at the school.
The programme began with a lively performance of two pieces by the Jazz Band which this year has been run by James Willett, one of the leavers. Next was the first leavers' item which was a flute duet performed by Katherine Keeble and Elizabeth Flach. Katherine has been in every concert since Year 7 and has taken part in the Junior Band, Senior Choir and Concert Band during her time at school. She has recently passed her Grade 8 Flute exam. Elizabeth has also been a valued member of the Senior Choir, Concert Band and Sinfonia. They played the popular Flower Duet from the opera Lakme which was originally sung by two sopranos. The Junior Choir then performed Hakuna Matata from the musical The Lion King and Imagine With Me by John Francis. The second leavers' item was two saxaphone pieces performed by Alison Waller who is one of the A Level musicians and has her Grade 8 and her A Level recitals round the corner. Alison has also performed in every concert since Year 7 and is the leader of the saxaphone quartet. Other performances in the first part of the evening were presented by the Senior Choir and Sinfonia.
One of the highlights of the evening was a magical performance by the Glee Club, an idea which has been put together by sixth form students. Ms. Rottmann has now taken over looking after the girls who rehearse on Wednesday evenings.
The young students came up with their version of the popular song When I Grow Up from the musical Mathilda. The choreography was arranged by the girls themselves. It was delightful and warmly applauded by the audience.
The Friends of Bishop Ramsey provided refreshments during the interval which was much appreciated.
The second part of the programme began with a rousing performance of the Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa. This was followed by a medley of popular WW1 songs performed by the Staff Choir. The audience was invited to join in. The next item was provided by the Junior Band which included some students who were performing for the first time in public. A stunning rendition of the song I've Got To Find A Piece Of Mind made popular by Lauryn Hill was performed by Renee James who joined the school for the sixth form. Renee has made a massive contribution to the Music department; she initiated the Glee Club, has sung in the choirs and was instrumental in setting up the recent talent show in which she wowed everyone with a version of Feelin' Good. Performances by Leavers and the Jazz Band followed. The concert concluded with the Concert Band who played the theme tune from the popular 70s show Hawaii 5-0 and a medley of Stevie Wonder hits.
The success of the concert was due to the hard work of Mrs. Neale, Head of the Music Department, and her colleagues Ms. Rottmann and Ms. Hunt.
The concert opened with a lively performance from the Junior Choir who sang One Short Day by Stephen Schwarz from the popular musical Wicked. This was followed by the first solo performance of the evening which was a Mozart piano sonata played by Jesse Deng from Year 12 who is currently preparing for his Grade 7 exam. The next item on the programme was a performance from the Wind Band,directed by Miss Hunt and led by Alison Waller a Year 13 student, who played I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. The audience was then entertained by performances from the Senior Choir, Sinfonia which consisted of a variety of string players directed by Miss Rottmann, the Glee Club which is a new addition to the music department this year and is run by Renee James and Jacqui Garrett from Year 12 and the Jazz Band led by James Willett, Year 13. The first half drew to a close with a solo violin Concerto Movement 1 by Bruch performed by the very talented Andrei Anghel, Year 10. Andrei is also an accomplished pianist who has represented the school in various music competitions this year and won the Northwood Piano Competition.
After the interval the Senior Choir conducted by Mrs. Neale, Head of Music, performed a Gospel song, Hallelujah, Salvation and Glory by Stephen Hurd. This rousing performance was, no doubt, due to the obvious enthusiasm of the conductor! Louis Cowling, Year 12, followed with a wonderful solo drum performance. These items were followed by further performances from the Junior Choir, the Jazz Band and the Hillingdon Music Service Saxophone Quartet led by Alison Waller. The evening was brought to a close by the Concert Band, conducted by Mrs. Neale, who performed a James Bond medley.
The school has many talented musicians but such a concert could not have been arranged without the dedicated hard work and enthusiasm of Mrs. Neale and her department who must be congratulated for producing a very entertaining evening.
Further congratulations must go to Bishop Ramsey for recently gaining the prestigious World Class Schools Quality Mark making the school one of only 26 schools in the country to do so. Well done!!
The evening began with a speech of welcome from Lewis Henderson and Anna Seevaratnam. Head Boy and Head Girl. Prizes were not only awarded for academic achievement but also for contributions made to the form classes by individual students and personal resilience. There was also recognition for those students who had undertaken the Sixth Form Challenge and made an Outstanding Contribution to School Life in various ways. Mr. Wilcock, Headteacher, introduced the awards to both teaching and non-teaching staff.
A number of students were awarded more than one prize and many of last year's Year 13 students had already begun their university courses. The prize worthy of special mention was the Jacob Sawyerr prize for Endeavour which was awarded to Marcel Headlam and Lloyd Malecaut. The prize takes its name from a Year 10 student who suffered a brain haemorrhage whilst playing football in March 2014. After an uncertain start Jacob began to make gradual improvement and in the last year has gone from strength to strength. Jacob's determination has been an inspiration to all the staff and students. Marcel and Lloyd, his friends, visited him every weekend in a number of hospitals across London where he was being treated and continue to support him. The school has raised money for the Tree of Hope charity which has helped Jacob and his family to adapt their home to his needs. It was very heart-warming to see a picture of a smiling Jacob in his wheelchair at the Year 11 Prom held at the school towards the end of the summer term.
Following Nick Hurd's address, the audience was entertained by James Willett, Year 13, who played Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma on the saxophone. Mr. Wilcock then gave his Report after which a Vote of Thanks was given by Lewis and Anna. The evening ended with the singing of the hymn, Be still, for the presence of the Lord.
version of the 1971 musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical takes its name from the USA's 1950's working-class youth subculture known as Greasers. It is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School and follows ten teenagers from the Senior Class as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values and love; the school's production focused on the themes of togetherness and friendship.
The leading performance directors were Mrs H Simmons, Head of Drama and Mrs S Neale, Head of Music who together with Mr D Cullum, Band Master, musicians, other members of staff who directed the younger cast and students who acted as choreographers, they produced final performances which reflected what collaboration,hours of preparation and enthusiasm can achieve.
The heart of the story is the romance between Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town Sandy Dumbrowski who met in the summer. However, back in school peer pressure and cliques make life difficult. Will Danny be able to retain his cool dude status and still make the demure Sandy his girl? Will Sandy be accepted by the group of girls known as The Pink Ladies? Accompanied by 1950's rock and roll music and dancing the answers to these questions would be eventually revealed to the audience. I was privileged to watch a rehearsal of the senior cast and attended their performance on Tuesday, July 14th.
The show opened with the whole company's rendition of Grease which had the audience tapping their feet in time with the music. Danny Zuko was played by Daniel Manchorov who admirably established the cool dude persona of his character, strutting his stuff and flicking his hair back in true Greaser style. With his stage presence and great voice he was certainly one of the stars of the evening. Sandy, played by Fleur Mahdessi-Sarkissian, gave a delightful performance of her naive,new girl on the block character, especially when alone on stage singing Hopelessly Devoted to You in a beautiful voice which conveyed all the emotion of the lyrics.Special mention must go to the T-Birds; in particular Kenickie played by Toby Poole and Sonny played by Daniel Gibson, who had all the mannerisms of 1950's Greasers and sang and danced their way through some of the musical's best known songs. Other notable performances were from Sarah Howden who played Rizzo and Alannah Coleman who was Patty Simcox.
Throughout the performance the Band, conducted by Mr. D Cullum, gave a stirling performance. The musicians were: Charlie Ward (Drums), Glen Taylor (Electric Guitar), James Willett (Bass Guitar), Alison Waller (Saxophone) and Esme Porter (Piano).
One of the highlights of the performance was the appearance of Greased Lightnin', the systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic iconic car. Credit here must go to the Stage Manager, Miss E Neal and her crew for manoeuvring it on and off stage very slickly and managing quick scene changes very smoothly.
Included in the many impressive aspects of the performance was how the whole cast managed to sustain a realistic Chicago accent and, whether speaking or not,every performer was totally focused while on stage.
This production of Grease was a joy to watch and congratulations must go to everyone involved who made such a wonderful evening's entertainment.
The Speech of Welcome was delivered by Year 10 students, Scott McCreeth and Anna Thompson. This was followed by the crystal clear voice of Deborah Jardine,performing Hold Back The River by James Bay, who was ably accompanied on the piano by Reanna Gregory; both girls were from Year 8.
Mr. Andrew Wilcock then presented his Headteacher's Report which recorded the many successes enjoyed by the school in the last academic year. Both GCSE and A Level results were higher than the national averages; GCSE Drama was given a special mention as most students achieved A* or A grades. Several of the sports' teams had become borough champions. Furthermore, there had been a number of excellent drama productions and music concerts. Mr. Wilcock's obvious pride in his school was evident throughout and he concluded by congratulating his students and thanking his Staff for their hard work and commitment.
A piano recital was then given by Year 9 student Andrei Anghel (pictured right below) who played Chopin's Revolutionary Etude. What an amazing talent for one so young! His performance was rapturously applauded. Having congratulated Andrei at the end of the evening, I was very impressed by how charmingly modest he came across and I look forward to hearing him play in the future. Unsurprisingly Andrei was the winner of the Key Stage 3 Music Prize.
The prizes were then presented by the Guest of Honour, Nick Hurd MP. For each of the year groups there were Form and Subject prizes. Prior to receiving his/her prize a personal recommendation was read out by a member of staff which highlighted the student's character and/or academic strength.
Although it is somewhat invidious to give some students a special mention as they all deserved congratulations, there were two students who were both awarded two prizes each. These were Rosie Castle 9M who received prizes for Physical Education and Desigh & Technology and Daniel Gibson 10R(pictured below with Mrs.Simmons)who received the John Cule prize for Drama which is named after the school's first Headteacher and a Year 10 Ramsey Award.
A very special award was presented to Mrs. Helen Simmons, Drama teacher, who had been nominated for the Pearson Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Simmons achieved the Silver Award which means that she is considered to be one of the nine best teachers in the country. She will now go forward to the Teacher of the Year Gold Award which will be announced later in the year. The RRA wish her all the very best of luck.
Having presented all the prizes, Nick Hurd MP addressed the assembled students. He promised to keep his speech short which met with the approval of his audience. His most important advice to the students was: Take time to discover who you really are; attempt challenges outside your comfort zone; don't be afraid to fail as you can learn much from your failures; pursue the path that really makes you happy.
At the conclusion of the evening the hymn Be Thou My Vision was sung and the Final Blessing was given by Rev. J Andrew Evans who is a governor of the school.
There was a retiring collection in aid of Bishop Ramsey's partner school, Malosa School in Malawi, which has been badly affected by floods this year.
Formed in 2010 the duo are graduates of the BRIT School of Performing Arts. Jeffrey Okvere and Stephan Benson are two multi-talented young men who possess the skills of song-writing, vocals and dance. The name Misunderstood was chosen by them as they feel it sums up the way many young people are perceived. They incorporate enthusiasm, and diversity to bridge the gap between Urban, R&B and Pop. Their intention is to motivate students on the importance of Self Belief and to encourage them on that journey.
The morning consisted of an inter-active workshop and talk with the duo, followed by a performance of their own material. The issues covered included: being confident, anti-bullying, cyber bullying, peer pressure, online safety, online friendships and social media; these were all presented in a fun way, frequently making their audience laugh. Students and staff were encouraged to join in with Misunderstood's debut single, Break Your Neck,and other songs. A street dance competition was held which encompassed a selection of different styles to one piece of music. The winner was selected by the students based on the level of clapping and cheering each competitor received. It became very loud! Probably the most popular item of the workshop was the incredible dancing of the duo, especially the height and complication of their backflips. The duo received ear-piercing applause at the end of the workshop and they chatted with students afterwards.
This fun morning with a serious message was a great success. Students commented on how funny and cool they were and many expressed the comment : I wish I could do backflips like that!
The presentation ceremony was also attended by the Mayoress, Mrs. Rita Kilroy, Councillor Becky Haggar, Joan Davis, Vice President of RRA, Graham Bartram, Chairman of RRA and several committee members.
Mr.Jeffries and Miss Neal both spoke of their involvement with the project and one of the students explained what it had meant to them researching the lives of local brave young men who had sacrificed their lives for their country; she made the point that they had died to give them the freedom they still enjoy today. Two students then presented the album to the Mayor who received it on behalf of local people. The ceremony concluded with a minute's silent reflection to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Refreshments were then served by Christine Etherington, Library Manager, and her staff to whom all concerned would like to express our grateful thanks for their support.
The album will be on public display at Manor Farm Library for several months. We hope that local residents will take the opportunity to view it.
The executive committee of the RRA generously agreed to put aside £500 for the project. Together with Mr. Andy Jeffries, teacher of History with responsibility for Gifted and Talented students, Miss Elaine Neal, Senior Librarian and students from Bishop Ramsey C of E Secondary School I set about compiling the album.
First we took the names from Ruislip war memorial of men who had sacrificed their lives in WW1 and each student had to research where they were buried or commemorated. Tanya Britton's book was very helpful as it gave us valuable information.
For some of those buried in Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries we were able to purchase photographs of their graves from The War Graves Photographic Project. For those who have no known graves we found pictures of the foreign memorials on which their names appear. In addition we were able to purchase personalised memorial scrolls for these men. A few men are buried in St. Martin's churchyard so it was easy to take photographs of their graves. On the adjacent pages to the photos we have included some personal details and how these brave men met their deaths.
The album is now complete and will be presented to the Mayor, Councillor Catherine Dann, at a ceremony to be held at Manor Farm Library on Friday, January 16th. from 10.00am until 11.00am. The album will then be on display in the library for a few months and we are hoping that it will eventually remain in the museum at Manor Farm House.