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Issue Date : 7 January, 2011

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Local school celebrates new appointment

A new senior role at one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools has been announced.

Graham Coyle has taken on the role of Head of the Senior School at The River School in Worcester.

Graham has a long history of service at the school; he began teaching there in September 1987 when the school was just 2 years old. He is now in his 24th year.

Over the years, Graham has combined his teaching job with numerous roles; in 2006 Graham was appointed as The National Team Leader of the Christian Schools Trust which involved overseeing the combined work of 45 schools in the UK, representing them in legislative and judicial issues, leading on conference and training work and building links with similar overseas schools and organisations. His previous jobs have included working for British Youth for Christ in Brixton  shortly after the 1982 riots.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : We are delighted to welcome Graham as Head of the Senior School; he brings with him both experience and knowledge as well as a true sense of the schools purpose.

2011 looks set to be a good year for us; we continue to grow and develop in order to provide both our staff and pupils with the very best education as well as an environment in which we can all succeed.

Graham said : I am very excited about my new role at the school; our excellent group of teachers all contribute to the positive life of the school, ensuring our students get maximum benefit. I look forward to continuing the good work we do in training and preparing our young people to make a positive difference in society.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985.

The River School which is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum – is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE 

Issue Date : 14 January, 2011

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MP to present schools donation

A Worcester school will welcome the city’s MP later this month when he will present a very special donation.

Robin Walker MP – Worcester’s Member of Parliament elected in May 2010 – will visit The River School on Friday 28 January.  During his visit he will present a cheque for £500 from The Worcester Lions to a visiting group of Bulgarian pupils.

The River School has a special relationship with Petko Slaveikov School in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia. The only Christian school in the whole of Bulgaria, Petko Slaveikov School has welcomed the chance for pupils and staff to improve their English, exchange ideas and explore adopting English-style qualifications.

The visit is the first time the Bulgarian pupils have visited the school; River School pupils visited the Petko Slaveikov School in March 2010 and have since raised approximately £10,000 to fund future trips between the schools.

The £500 cheque has been donated by The Worcester Lions who on hearing about the fundraising initiatives being developed by pupils at The River School  decided to make a contribution; the cheque which will be presented by Robin Walker MP to will go towards improving facilities for Petko Slaveikov Schools disabled pupils.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : It is so heartwarming to be able to announce a donation of £500 to go towards helping pupils who have so much less than our own. We would like to thank The Worcester Lions for their generosity as well as commend our own pupils who have shown real enterprising spirit and great comradeship in their efforts to help others. Our thanks go to Robin Walker MP as well for the interest he has show in the project. Well done all!

Ian Haffner, President of The Worcester Lions said : We were all overwhelmed by The River Schools dedication to improving the education of those at Petko Slaveikov School. A number of the pupils came along and did a presentation to us  we feel that donating such funds will have a positive impact both at The River School and in the Bulgarian school in Sofia; we are delighted to be able to help.

The Bulgarian pupils arrive at the school on Friday 14 January for 3 weeks; 5 teachers from Petko Slaveikov School will also visit later in the month for 1 week.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985.

It is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL ON FRIDAY 28 JANUARY AT APPROX 12.10PM. ROBIN WALKER, MP FOR WORCESTER, WILL PRESENT A CHEQUE FOR £500 DONATED BY THE WORCESTER LIONS TO PETKO SLAVEIKOV SCHOOL IN BULGARIA at 12.20PM.


 

PRESS RELEASE 

Issue Date : 13 January, 2011

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Exam results put city school at the top

A Worcester school has announced its annual Department of Education GCSE results putting it at the number one spot in the city!

90 per cent of River School pupils achieve 5 or more GCSEs at A* -C including English and Maths; this ranks the school in the number one position in Worcester  1% higher than the RGSAO and 8% above St Marys Convent School – and an overall third in the county after Dodderhill School (96%) and Heathfield (also 96%).

Richard Wood, Headmaster of The River School said : This is fantastic news for both pupils, parents and staff at the school and we are absolutely thrilled to announce being number one in the city  and for the second time in the last five years.  Our strong Christian ethos is a really important contributor to our success. By developing ethical character it follows that our young people who have a real understanding of themselves and the world in which they live work hard and achieve academic excellence.

Unfortunately, the published Department of Education figures did not list The River Schools attainments; this is because the criteria demands that there be 11 pupils in a class  we had 10 – in order to report on the schools results to limit identification of individual students.  This lack of publicity is often seen as a penalty for small non selective schools such as ours; however, we hope that by announcing the figures ourselves we can gain the recognition we deserve. Congratulations to all our pupils and students!

The River School looks set for its best year yet, since it was founded in 1985. Coupled with academic achievement and growing numbers, a new senior management team has recently been appointed including Richard Wood, Headmaster, Carol Parry, Head of the Lower School and Graham Coyle, Head of the Senior School.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

Anyone interested in visiting the school or applying for their children to attend can contact the school on 01905 457047.  The next open day will be held on Tuesday 15 February.

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Issue Date : 1 March, 2011

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City school launches wrap around care

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools has launched a new wrap around care system.

The River School which was recently ranked as number 1 in Worcester in the Department of Education GCSE league tables has announced the launch of pre- and after-school care as part of its campaign to improve all aspects of the school.

Called Riverbanks, the new system allows parents to drop their children at school at 8.00am and collect them as late as 6.00pm. A nutritious breakfast is served during the morning session and a healthy snack in the afternoon one; a range of activities are on offer to suit all school ages.

Richard Wood, Headmaster of The River School said : Recognising changing demands on parents and families makes pre- and after-school care an important area for development in the school; ensuring that we continue to work to achieve the very best level of both education and care for our young people remains at the heart of what we do.

Other improvements to the school during the current academic year include holiday clubs for pupils and siblings, an expanded Forest School programme and the reconstruction of a wildlife pond thanks to Lottery Funding.

The River School looks set for its best year yet, since it was founded in 1985. Coupled with academic achievement and growing numbers, a new senior management team has recently been appointed including Richard Wood, Headmaster, Carol Parry, Deputy and Head of the Lower School and Graham Coyle, Head of the Senior School.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

Anyone interested in visiting the school or applying for their children to attend can contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Issue Date : 10 March, 2011

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Hospital drama at local school!

A hospital drama will unfold next week at one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools.

The River Schools drama group is inviting pupils, parents and staff to come along and watch their latest performance of John Chapmans farce, Nil by Mouth.

The play which will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 March at the school  is one of John Chapmans resounding successes; set in a North London hospital – St Christopher’s the  normally well-run medical centre falls into disarray due to understaffing and a minor mistake. Trolleys arrive in the ward like buses and although everyone finally gets treated its not for what they came in for! A Government Inspector arrives at the height of the confusion to check on the hospital’s viability. An extra pair of hands is just what’s needed and he soon finds he’s having better success with the patients than the staff are. He rounds off his visit with a resuscitation and a resurrection.

The main characters are played by Esther Davenport as Evelyn Keats and Oli Garlick as her hapless husband .

The Years 9 and 10 drama group stages annual plays at the school; recent successes include The Diary of Anne Frank and Wedding of the Year.

Richard Wood, Headmaster of The River School said : Rehearsals for our senior schools annual play have proved to be a great deal of fun for all those involved and we are sure that the audience wont be disappointed. We have a number of excellent drama students and with our focus on building character and developing our young children we are confident that our rendition of Nil by Mouth will be a resounding success!

John Chapman initially trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After three years on stage he decided to turn his skills away from the spoken word and towards the text itself. His first play Dry Rot opened at the Whitehall Theatre, London in 1954 and ran for three and a half years – a total of 1,475 performances. As a result he decided to concentrate on his playwriting. His next play Simple Spymen also ran for over three years and was followed by The Brides of March, Diplomatic Baggage and Oh Clarence.

The early sixties witnessed the beginning of a long relationship between Chapman and the BBC; he has written over two hundred TV comedies.  John is married to actress Betty Impey, and they have four sons.

The River School looks set for its best year yet, since it was founded in 1985. Coupled with academic achievement and growing numbers, a new senior management team is now in place including Richard Wood, Headmaster, Carol Parry, Deputy and Head of the Lower School and Graham Coyle, Head of the Senior School. Wrap around care and holiday clubs for pupils and siblings have also recently been launched.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

Tickets are free although booking is essential to guarantee seats; please call 01905 457047.Â

Anyone interested in visiting the school or applying for their children to attend can contact the school on 01905 457047.Â

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Issue Date : 15 March, 2011

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Bulgarian school set to welcome city pupils

Twenty pupils and 3 teachers from a Worcester school will be visiting their counterparts in Bulgaria next month.

The River School which has a special relationship with Petko Slaveikov School in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia also visited the school this time last year.

Pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11  along with a number of former pupils who were instrumental in developing the special bond between the two schools will fly out to Bulgaria on Tuesday 5 April for a week.

Petko Slaveikov School which is the only Christian school in the whole of Bulgaria continues to welcome the chance for pupils and staff to improve their English, exchange ideas and explore adopting English-style qualifications. The relationship also encourages them to develop ways of putting their Christian faith into action, in a nation where practising an active Christian faith can be challenging.

Earlier this year, Petko Slaveikov pupils and teachers visited The River School for the first time and were presented with a £500 cheque donated by The Worcester Lions and presented by the city’s MP, Robin Walker.

Since March 2010 River School pupils have raised approximately £10,000 to fund future trips between the schools.  This helps to pay for air fares, accommodation, gifts to the school as well as part-funding the teachers salaries. The £500 Worcester Lions cheque is set to secure facilities for the schools disabled children.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : Both pupils and staff are very much looking forward to next months visit to Petko Slaveikov; it not only offers encouragement to the school and helps support them in their English teaching and staff training, it is also of real importance to our pupils. All of them have worked so hard to help the school grow and develop and it is a testament to their commitment and enthusiasm that the relationship continues to go from strength to strength.

The relationship between the two schools was brought about by the now Head of the Senior School, Graham Coyle, whos enduring efforts should also be praised.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985.

It is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL ON THURSDAY 31 MARCH AT 10.00AM. PUPILS AND STAFF ATTENDING THE BULGARIAN TRIP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.


 

PRESS RELEASE 

Issue Date : 16 March, 2011

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Cambridge University’s Faraday Institute to visit local school

A team from Cambridge University’s Faraday Institute for Science and Religion will visit a local school later this month to deliver a first-of-its-kind programme.

The River School in Worcester will welcome Dr Ruth Bancewicz, Chip Kendall and Ben Jack on Thursday 31 March to deliver its very first school information pack – a music-based, multi-media approach to exploring the relationship between faith and science.

Chip Kendall, a Christian singer and author teamed up with brains behind Test of Faith, a series of resources exploring how issues of faith interact with science. The River School visit will include music performances with lyrics from Chip and his resident DJ, as well as discussions, video presentations, an award winning documentary, study materials and teaching on science and how it interacts with the Christian faith. Chip and the Test of Faith team will use a multi-sensory teaching approach to help the schools young people look at some of the perceived conflicts between science and religion and explore how the two disciplines complement each other.

The documentary has been contributed to by top level scientists, historians and theologians from the UK and USA, including Professor Simon Conway Morris from Cambridge University and the former MET Office Director General Sir John Houghton.

Dr Ruth Bancewicz will also attend in her role as Project Leader and editor of Test of Faith; Ruth has been a research associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion since it was established in 2006. After studying Genetics at Aberdeen University, she completed a PhD at Edinburgh University, based at the MRC Human Genetics Unit. After two years of postdoctoral research at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at Edinburgh University, she worked as the Development Officer for Christians in Science for three years, before moving full-time to the Faraday Institute.

Chip Kendall said : Our lessons and teaching combine two very important educational principles empowering pupils to learn in an imaginative environment and linking to the National Framework and Curriculum. By involving the students through a variety of activities including presentation, interaction, discussion and live performance, we aim to help them examine Christianity and its relationship to science and explore how they inform one another in a positive way.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “Science and faith are often set against each other in the media, but in this is not really representative of the views of the scientific community, many of whom have no difficulty in reconciling the two areas. The Faraday Institute visit is a fabulous opportunity to bring some wisdom to our pupils who study National Curriculum and GCSE Science in a Christian school.”

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is an interdisciplinary research enterprise that derives its name from Michael Faraday, one of Britain’s best known scientists, who saw his faith as integral to his scientific research.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985.

It is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE 

Issue Date : 27 April, 2011

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May open day at local school

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is holding an open day for prospective pupils next week.

The River School in Worcester will open its doors on Thursday 5 May from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet both the headmaster, Richard Wood, along with key members of staff.  As well as chatting to pupils, the event will include a tour of the schools beautiful surroundings 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “We hold regular open days to encourage people to come along and find out about the school and our special ethos.  Our May open day will allow prospective pupils and their parents to see our outstanding features as cited by our 2010 Ofsted report.

The River School  which was recently ranked number 1 in Worcester by the Department of Education GCSE league tables has also launched pre- and after-school care as part of its campaign to improve all aspects of the school.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Issue Date : 5 May, 2011

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Local school awarded Lottery boost

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is celebrating after being awarded £6000 from The Big Lottery Fund.

The River School in Worcester applied for the funding after the funding body announced it was preparing to plough £2million of good cause cash into improving the environment through protecting and creating wildlife habitats for everyone to enjoy.

Spearheaded by the schools site manager Marc Cawte, an application was submitted focusing on revitalising an existing pond in the school grounds.

The pond was a centre for wildlife when the school was a horticultural college in the 1970s.  After falling into disrepair in the early 80s, the pond has been out of action since; the funding will help to restore it to its former glory.

Work has already commenced on the site with a completion date set for early autumn. Pupils from throughout the school are being encouraged to help with its development as the project continues.

When completed the pond  which will incorporate a nearby building for class and microscope work – will be part of a nature centre to include the recently developed Forest School.  Once finished, the pupils will be able to see pond wildlife in action and enjoy activities such as pond dipping.  A special pond camera will also be installed to monitor activity round the clock.

Launched on BBCs Springwatch show last June, the aim of the funding programme is to offer grants of between £300 and £10,000 to projects that improve or protect the natural environment by raising awareness of threatened wildlife or places. A recent report by Lost Life showed that the UK has lost 492 species since 1800, including 24 per cent of butterflies and 22 per cent of amphibians, demonstrating the need for everyone to look after wildlife.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “Encouraging such wildlife habitats in our urban schools is not only important for biodiversity but also plays an essential part in encouraging pupils to learn about the importance of protecting and enjoying wildlife and its habitats. We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded such a substantial sum and look forward to integrating the completed project into the school.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON THURSDAY 12 MAY AT 11.15AM.

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PRESS RELEASE 

Issue Date : 4 May, 2011

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School charity gala for India

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is organising a charity gala later this month.

The River School in Worcester will welcome Alcester Male Voice Choir on Saturday 14 May.

Alcester Male Voice Choir is a well established choir with a passion for singing; unusually, the choir does not charge a fee, helping instead to raise money for a variety of charities. With more than 80 choristers in the choir, they have sung with such famous names as Dame Shirley Bassey, Willard White and Katherine Jenkins, and have played in venues such as Symphony Hall in Birmingham and London’s Royal Albert Hall.  They have toured throughout Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy.

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to two very special charities, Touch 1000 Lives and Building Blocks for India.

Touch 1000 Lives is a UK charity working to save children from being sold into slave labour.  One of its projects centres around the Soya tribe in Andhra Pradesh, a tribe of about 1000 families who are outside the caste system and therefore untouchable.  The Soya tribe live so close to the brink that from time to time when they run out of food they sell their children; they are sold into either slavery in the rock quarries or into prostitution.  Touch 1000 Lives is committed to saving the Soya tribe children and have so far :

  • Provided sewing machines and training in tailoring, thereby ensuring that the women of the tribe can make and sell clothes;
  • Provide families with free food as long as they stay together;
  • Laid the foundation stone for a new school to ensure Soya children receive an education.

Further projects planned for the coming year include developing a chicken farm and providing training in carpentry.

Building Blocks for India is an education programme that aims to give slum children a good educational foundation; all of the children in Building Blocks schools come from extremely poor backgrounds where survival is based on making enough money to buy food. By providing these children with an education, Building Blocks is helping to break the poverty cycle, increase India’s literacy rate which is currently 52% – and work towards ensuring that more children complete their education.  Alarmingly, only 15% of children who start school in India ever finish the final year.

The concert will consist of two parts, with brief talks about both charities.  Music will include pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan, Albrecht and Noel Davies.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “It is part of the schools ethos to encourage our young people to develop a sense of their place in the world. From this, they learn how they can make a difference to children and families who are less fortunate. Supporting these two worthwhile charities will provide them with such an opportunity as well as raising much needed funds to combat the terrible poverty and suffering experienced by these Indian children.

The event starts at 6.45pm; tickets cost £7.00 for a single ticket or £20.00 for a family ticket, admitting up to 2 adults and 3 children.

Refreshments will be available.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON SATURDAY 14 MAY AT 6.45PM. ALCESTER MALE VOICE CHOIR WILL BE SINGING IN THE SCHOOLS GROUNDS TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY.


 

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Issue Date : 20 May, 2011

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Taming of the Shrew performance at local school

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools has been chosen as the only Worcester venue for one of Shakespeare’s most endearing comedies.

Heartbreak Productions will perform The Taming of the Shrew at the city’s River School next month.

The performance will take place in the school grounds on Thursday 23 June at 7.30pm.  Tickets are now on sale at www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk and cost £12.00 per adult and £8.00 per child.

Leamington Spa-based Heartbreak Productions have been touring the UK – providing open air theatre at its best – for 20 years; its aim is to tell stories that inspire, entertain and challenge, focusing on the ever-changing relationship between audience and actor.

Maddy Kerr, Executive Director of Heartbreak Productions said : We have performed regularly in and around Worcester for many years and so have a strong local following. As this is our only Shakespeare performance in the area we are expecting an excellent turn out, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies; written between 1590 and 1594, the play focuses on the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. A battle of wills ensues as Petruchio takes on the challenge of taming Kate.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted to be able to open the schools beautiful grounds to such a highly respected and professional open air theatre company.  We look forward to welcoming people from all over the city to join us in what looks set to be a truly entertaining and inspiring evening.

All proceeds from the play will go towards the schools work with Petko Slaveikov School in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, the only Christian school in the whole of Bulgaria.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON THURSDAY 23 JUNE AT 7.30PM. HEARTBREAK PRODUCTIONS WILL BE PERFORMING AN OPEN AIR PRODUCTION ON SHAKESPEARES TAMING OF THE SHREW.


 

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Issue Date : 19 May, 2011

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Pupils to take part in council park project

Pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools will be joining forces with Worcester City Councils parks team next week.

15 Year 7 pupils from The River School in Worcester will be at Barbourne’s Gheluvelt Park on Monday 23 May to help the city’s park wardens with their summer planting.

The pupils have worked with the city’s park wardens over the past few years as part of their Citizenship and Community Service studies.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “Working with organisations such as the city council offers the chance for our students to get involved with their local communities and appreciate the importance of their environment. Parks and open spaces are a vital part of city life and we wholeheartedly embrace our pupils getting involved in such a project.

Michelle Newell, Head Park Warden at Worcester City Council said : “We’re really pleased to have the River School children working with us. It’s a great opportunity to have extra pairs of hands helping with practical work in the park. The children will be stripping flower beds ready for the park horticultural team to begin the summer planting.”

The summer bedding plants for Gheluvelt Park will include marigold reds, African marigold vanillas, Plectranthus silver shield, geranium mixed, begonia non stop red, begonia non stop yellow and geranium quicksilver.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

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COME TO THE SPLASH PAD AT GHELUVELT PARK, WORCESTER ON MONDAY 23 MAY AT 11.30AM. PUPILS FROM THE RIVER SCHOOL WILL JOIN THE CITY COUNCILS PARK AWARDENS TO HELP WITH THE PARKS SUMMER PLANTING


 

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Issue Date : X June, 2011

Ref : TRS017

Golf lessons no handicap for local pupils

Pupils from a leading independent school in Worcestershire are the first in the city to benefit from the introduction of a new sport.

More than 75 pupils from The River School are now able to play golf, thanks to Ravenmeadow Golf Club along the Droitwich Road.

The school offers the sport to pupils from Years 7 to 10, over a 10 week period during the summer term.  Lessons are taught by one of the clubs golf professionals and take place throughout the week, lasting for 1 hour; at the end of term the pupils will take part in a 2 hour tournament.

Graham Coyle, Head of Physical Education at The River School said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our pupils the chance to play golf.  We have had a real surge of interest in the sport as it offers them an opportunity to try something different.

James (surname), Partner at Ravenmeadow Golf Club said : Pupils from The River School have taken to golf with real enthusiasm and interest. It helps with balance, eye and hand co-ordination as well as encouraging some good old fashioned competition!

(Name) (surname) from The River School said : we’ve been having golf lessons throughout the summer term and really enjoy it. As the instructor is a professional player, he offers us some really handy tips and we all feel we have made improvements.

The school also offers pupils sailing at Upton Warren as well as dance lessons led by professional dancers.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

Ravenmeadow Golf Club is a 2681 yard 9 hole golf course with 18 teeing areas, offering both 9 or 18 holes; it recently opened a new Adventure Golf Course for all the family.

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  1. COME ALONG TO RAVENMEADOW GOLF CLUB, HINDLIP LANE, OFF THE DROITWICH ROAD, ON (DAY THEY HAVE A LESSON) AT (TIME).  PUPILS FROM THE RIVER SCHOOL WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS DURING THEIR GOLF LESSON;
  2. COME ALONG TO RAVENMEADOW GOLF CLUB, HINDLIP LANE, OFF THE DROITWICH ROAD ON (DAY OF 2HR TOURNAMENT) AT (TIME).  PUPILS FROM THE RIVER SCHOOL WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS DURING AN END OF TERM GOLD TOURNAMENT.

 

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Issue Date :  20 September, 2011

Ref : TRS018

Computer donation to local school

A leading independent school in Worcestershire is celebrating after a surprise donation of 100 computers.

The donation from Jacobus Fruytierscholengemeenschap School in The Netherlands to The River School in Worcester has resulted in the two institutions developing a special bond.

The relationship came about via an international Christian schools network that both schools are members of.  Earlier this month the headmaster of Jacobus School visited The River School and – impressed with the school’s ethos – initiated plans to donate the computers.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said: “Christian schools in Holland are state funded and so are well supplied with all the necessary equipment that has such a positive impact on its education system.  Here at The River School, we frequently need to be resourceful and are therefore extremely grateful for the interest and support from our Dutch counterparts.”

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information about The River School please call 01905 457047.

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Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 

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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER AT 10.00AM.  RICHARD WOOD, HEADMASTER, PUPILS AND THE DONATED COMPUTERS WILL ALL BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOS!


 

PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  26 September, 2011

Ref : TRS019

Top Barn activity weekend for local school

Pupils from a leading independent school in Worcestershire will be taking part in a waterbased activity programme this weekend.

60 pupils – from Years 9, 10 and 11 at The River School – will spend Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October at Top Barn Lakes in Holt Heath, Worcestershire.

The pupils are all part of the school’s Delta programme which enables them to engage in projects where they can explore their Christian faith in the world around them.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School explained : “Our Delta programme has been part of the school’s ethos since it was set up more than 25 years ago.  In fact, it is a part of the school that has been praised as an area of outstanding practice by Ofsted.  Pupils have to pledge a commitment to the Delta programme and carry this through their senior school years – it requires both their dedication and faithfulness.

“The programme itself provides pupils with enrichment projects – such as team building and community service activities – and allows them to develop their Christian characters in practical and useful settings, where they can become confident in themselves and their place in the world.”

This weekend’s activities will include water and land based team building pursuits.  It will officially launch this year’s Delta programme which will run for the rest of the academic year.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information about The River School please call 01905 457047.

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Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 

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COME ALONG TO TOP BARN, HOLT HEATH ON FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 1.30PM.  PUPILS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AS THEY TAKE PART IN A VARIETY OF WATER BASED ACTIVITIES.  YOUR CONTACT ON THE DAY WILL BE STEPH BOYD, 07528 246 750.


 

PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  11 November, 2011

Ref : TRS020

November open day at local school

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is holding an open day for prospective pupils next week.

The River School in Worcester will open its doors on Thursday 17 November from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet both the headmaster, Richard Wood, along with key members of staff.  As well as chatting to pupils, the event will include a tour of the school’s beautiful surroundings – 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “We hold regular open days to encourage people to come along and find out about the school and our special ethos.  Our November open day will allow prospective pupils and their parents to see our ‘outstanding features’ as cited by our 2010 Ofsted report.”

The River School has recently launched pre- and after-school care as part of its campaign to improve all aspects of the school.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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For media comment please contact :

Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 

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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER, ANYTIME BETWEEN 10.00AM AND 1.00PM.  THERE WILL BE A CHANCE TO PHOTOGRAPHIC STAFF, PUPILS AND THOSE ATTENDING THE OPEN DAY.


 

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Issue Date :  15 November, 2011

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Christmas Giving at The River School

Pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools have set up a special project group to support a children’s Christmas campaign.

The group is encouraging all pupils from The River School in Worcester – aged 3 to 16 – to support Operation Christmas Child, the largest children’s Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse.

Last year, The River School sent 75 shoe boxes to Worcester’s local shoe box depot at Shrub Hill Industrial Estate where thousands of shoe boxes donated by Worcestershire schools, churches and other organisations are shipped abroad.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “We strive to give our pupils every opportunity to run initiatives in the school among their peers and Operation Christmas Child is an excellent example.  The school’s ethos encourages them to develop a sense of their place in the world and help those less fortunate than themselves – this campaign shows how truly rewarding the giving side of Christmas can be.”

The deadline for filled shoeboxes is Friday 18 November. Samaritan’s Purse has been sending gift-filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world since 1990, bringing joy into the lives of over 80 million children.  Last year, over 500,000 people from across the UK and Ireland got involved – including many churches, schools and workplaces. Children and adults alike wrapped and packed around 1.12 million shoeboxes full of gifts and goodies, which were then sent to disadvantaged children across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

As part of the school’s run up to Christmas, pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 are also planning a special Christmas meal for teachers at the school, which they will prepare themselves on Thursday 15 December.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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For media comment please contact :

Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 

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  • COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL ON FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER AT 10.45AM.  PUPILS AND SHOE BOXES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS;

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  29 November, 2011

Ref : TRS022

Local school in Iron Man triathlon challenge

Forty students and 3 teachers from a leading independent school in Worcester will be taking part in an Iron Man triathlon challenge this Friday.

The River School team is hoping to raise almost £2000 in order to fund a Bulgarian ski adventure for pupils from Petki Slaveikov School in February next year.

The challenge will take place on Friday 2 December between 2.00pm and 4.00pm at Nuffield Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Centre in Perdiswell, Worcester.

Those taking part will complete a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and 42.2km run, a total distance of 226km.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “Funding the Bulgarian pupils to take part in the ski trip is of real importance to our pupils. It gives them another opportunity to develop a sense of their place in the world and support young people in other nations.

“They have worked so hard to help Petko Slaveikov School grow and develop and it is a testament to their commitment and enthusiasm that the relationship continues to go from strength to strength.

“The relationship between the two schools was brought about by Graham Coyle, one of the school’s senior management team, who’s enduring efforts should also be praised.”

Since March 2010 River School pupils have raised approximately £10,000 to fund future trips between the schools.  This helps to pay for air fares, accommodation, gifts to the school as well as part-funding the teachers salaries.

Emily Tuck, Manager of Nuffield Health said : “We are delighted to be able to offer our centre to The River School and support them in their endeavours to raise much needed funds for other children who have much less than themselves.  Good luck to then all!”

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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For media comment please contact :

Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 

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COME ALONG TO NUFFIELD HEALTH, PERDISWELL, WORCESTER ON FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER ANYTIME BETWEEN 2.00PM AND 4.00PM. PUPILS AND STAFF FROM THE RIVER SCHOOL WILL BE TAKING PART IN AN IRON MAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE.