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Spanish Play for Years 9 & 10
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

Spanish Play for Years 9 & 10


On Wednesday April 20th, the Onatti Theatre Company visited RES to perform a play to help Year 9 and 10 students with their Spanish GCSE.


Onatti Theatre Company at Rydens School


"Primera Cita is a funny show about two Spanish teenagers going on their first date. The characters, Maria and Carlos, show us how a first date shouldn’t go as the first phone call is as awkward as expected and the preparations for the night out don’t go well. Carlos decides to attempt to shave for the first time as Maria frantically searches through her clothes looking for the perfect outfit. To help her to decide between a sparkly dress, stripy tights and many other vivid items, Maria asks a volunteer from the audience up onto the stage to give her advice!


Onatti Theatre Company at Rydens School


During the date Maria and Carlos go to the cinema but end up sitting apart so that they can see. Maria flirted with some Year 10 boys chosen to make up the cinema audience and Carlos got very jealous.


Onatti Theatre Company at Rydens School


It was a very interactive show and the Spanish was quite easy to follow.  I would recommend it to anyone learning Spanish as it was a fun and enjoyable way to learn."

Rebecca Jordan

Year 9

 
Schools Rowing Championships
Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00

National Schools Rowing Championship


Congratulations to two year 9 students, Aiden McLennan & Ethan Robinson who recently represented Walton Rowing Club at the Henley Regatta and National Schools Rowing Championships, finishing in an amazing second place out of 51 boats. Both boys were selected due to their attitude, reliability and outstanding performances in training. Well done boys- Hampton & Proud!!


Rydens School RES Hampton House Rowing

 
Ground-breaking Ceremony
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00

Ground-breaking Ceremony


New Rydens Enterprise School Build


The first turf is dug

On Tuesday 22nd March 2016, Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction of their new school.

Watched by over a hundred and fifty students and guests, Nikki Shephard, Principal of RES dug the first turf with a spade presented to her by Anthony Nagle, Director of BAM Construction South East, the main contractor for the new school.

In recognition of the close relationship  between School and Council, Mrs Shephard invited Mary Sheldon, Councillor, Hersham North Ward, Elmbridge BC, to dig the second turf immediately after her.

The ceremony was attended by governors of the school, representatives from Surrey County Council and local Elmbridge councillors together with all the companies that have taken the project from the initial design stage to the start of construction. Also present were Bewley Homes PLC, who will be developing the existing site when RES has moved into its new building.


RES Ground-breaking Ceremony


Mrs Shephard spoke about the reasons behind the decision five years ago to try to take advantage of the freedoms that academy status could bring, to build a new school:-
“… We believed then and still do now that these wonderful students deserved a fantastic school with outstanding facilities that they can be truly proud of, and that show how they and their education are valued by the community...”

She thanked all of those who had been involved in the design and development of the plans:-
“…you signed up for this vision and came on board because you to wanted to design and build a truly inspirational school, and one that aspired to win awards for architecture, sustainability, innovative engineering and construction...”

And she spoke about the journey it had taken to get to this point:-
“… RES is one of the first academies to use its freedoms this way and completely self- fund the build of a brand new school. The project is highly innovative and ground breaking in itself, as very few schools have the vital combination of available land and the ability to continue to operate in one building while constructing a new one ... The support of the local community has been essential to the project. Without it, we would not have had the tenacity to keep going despite the many hurdles and delays that were imposed on the project...”

Mary Sheldon congratulated the school and all involved for getting such an important project to this stage. She spoke warmly about the links between the school and the local community and said how welcome the new school will be for the Hersham community both now and into the future.


RES Ground-breaking Ceremony


The future for RES

The start of construction marks a new phase in the organisational development of the School. RES will shortly be joining The Howard Partnership Trust, a multi academy trust of six schools across Surrey led by Rhona Barnfield CBE. Mrs Shephard moves on to a new role as Head of Education at Fleet Tutors, a national private tutoring company.

 
Rock Challenge Winners
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00

'Rock Challenge' Winners


Rydens School RES Rock Challenge Winners


We are OVER THE MOON to announce that Rydens Enterprise School won the Open School Dance-Drama competition, 'Rock Challenge' held in Guildford on 22nd March 2016. With a performing cast of only 24 students in Year’s 7, 8 and 9, students secure 1st place at the open heats! The students were not only judged on their performance but in a whole number of categories. We are thrilled to tell you that RES won a grand total of nine Awards of Excellence in the following areas: Concept; Visual Enhancement, Entertainment; Video Performance; Soundtrack; Costuming Character; Excellence for Drama; Set Design and Function and Stage Use. The performance cast, back stage crew, lighting, sound and camera techies have worked extremely hard with us to create an overall amazing piece for performance. We are extremely excited as RES is now set take this piece to perform at the Live Southern Finals, in Portsmouth on Tuesday 21st June 2016!


Rydens School RES Rock Challenge Winners


A massive thank you from Miss Jones, Miss Todman and Miss Simmonds to; Mr Rossi, Mr Powell, Mr Caswell, Ms Andrews and Mr Coombs for helping with set design, set building, costume and sound. A massive thank you to parents and carers who have supported their child through the rehearsal process and for everyone who came to support us in the performance last night- we hope to see you at the live finals in June! But the biggest THANK YOU goes to every student who took part, contributed ideas, worked together and never gave up! We are SO proud of you all! WELL DONE!


Rydens School RES Rock Challenge Winners


Title: One lie: enough to question all truths

What begins as a little white lie, soon becomes enough to create contagious doubt over every other truth told in the village of Salem. As the story unfolds, watch how the villagers become fixated on delivering accusations in an attempt to save themselves. But how far are they willing to go? Who will be damned and who will survive...

 
RES Productions - Wizard of Oz
Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

RES Production - Wizard of Oz


RES Productions - Wizard of Oz


There cannot be a school in the UK doing better work in the field of musical theatre than Rydens and their Wizard of Oz, which played to full houses on every night, was yet another winner.You couldn't find more disparate musicals than their last four, the blood-curdling Sweeney Todd, Avenue Q, Evita and Oz, but under the enthusiastic leadership of Head of Drama David Swann and music coach Alicia Johnson, Rydens have knocked them all out of the park.” – Jeremy Chapman, Surrey Advertiser

We are currently celebrating the success of our recent school musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Performed to the public over three evenings and one matinee, reviews for the show have been outstanding. Cllr Tannia Shipley, Deputy Mayor of Elmbridge, said of the performance: “My husband and I were astounded by the standard of performance” and Mrs Shephard, Principal, said “Once again the students have put on a highly professional and inspiring performance, the talent within our school community is amazing and I can certainly see a number of the leading stars going on to perform at a very high level. The beauty of a school performance is the chance for all students taking part to shine, from those taking part for the very first time and learning how to hold the audience to the experienced performers that lead the show and take us to another world. This year over 140 students were involved on stage and back stage and all pull together to ensure that the audience had a great evening out. All performances were sold out with a lively matinee on Saturday afternoon that included face painting and the opportunity for the younger children to talk to the tin man, scarecrow and lion in their costumes. Dorothy not only had to learn her lines, but also took time to train ‘Toto’ a real dog that was also a star of the show. The Wicked Witch kept the audience on their toes and added the evil element that makes the show so popular with all ages."


RES Productions - Wizard of Oz


RES has always been well known in the local community for the quality of its productions. Over the last three years we have presented some of the most challenging performances in the music theatre repertoire including Evita, Avenue Q and Sweeney Todd. The performing arts department provides excellent opportunities for students of all abilities and diverse backgrounds to discover their passion and build confidence and we have been supported in this by several charities, eg, The Walton Charity, The Robert Phillips Charitable Trust and Puppy Dog Rules dog training who kindly provided Toto.  

On average between 70 and 120 students take part in the musical each year and as many students also get involved back stage. We also invite our local primary schools to a specially tailored performance and we invite elderly residents in the community to a special dress rehearsal; The Wizard of Oz has proved to be one of our most popular shows with both these audiences.


RES Productions - Wizard of Oz

 
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