It has been a very busy two weeks in school. Two weeks ago we had the school production of Bugsy Malone. The cast and crew did an outstanding job of putting on a very memorable performance. I hope you managed to see the coverage in the Jersey Evening Post. There were some fantastic photographs of the dancers, singers and actors. I can’t express how much work goes into a production of this scale so my heartfelt thanks go to Mrs Morlidge, the director, Mr Arnett, the musical director, Miss Le Blancq, the choreographer, Miss Sale, the lighting and sound director and Mrs Faulkner, the stage director. They had a team of students working hard behind the scenes in all areas. There were also numerous people behind the scenes doing hair, make up, refreshments and splurge gun maintenance. Without these people giving up their valuable time, the show would never go on. An additional thank you needs to go to the JMS and staff musicians who gave up their time to make the performance so fantastic. Take a look back at our Facebook page for photographs of the splurge gun attack on Mrs Morlidge on the final night!
Last week was the turn of Miss Le Blancq. She has continued Miss Hansford’s legacy by putting on a Dance Show to rival all others. We had performers who qualified for the Dance World Cup in Barcelona as well as our own past and present students. Friday’s audience was a sell-out and the atmosphere was electric. Again, my heartfelt thanks go to Miss Le Blancq for the countless hours that she put in for rehearsals. Miss Sale headed the Tech Teach once more and we wish Olivia Williams and Nathan Healey (who have been in the Tech Team since starting at Le Rocquier) the best of luck in their exams this summer. Again, there were countless others behind the scenes on costume, hair, make up etc. The students excelled themselves in the show and made Miss Le Blancq very proud. I can only hope she has now caught up on her sleep!
Mrs Teixeira has passed on the names of ten students who have passed their ‘KET’ and ‘PET’ Cambridge English exams. These students speak a different language at home but complete their schooling in English, so it is really positive to see that every student passed the exams with flying colours. My thanks to Mrs Teixeira for her hard work with these students and support for them in lessons.
Team of the Week for the week beginning 23rd April went to the cast and crew of Bugsy Malone. There were two Students of the Week for this week. Miss Sweeney took two students to the Peace Jam on 21st April. This took place in Winchester with the special guest, Tawakkol Karman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her non-violent struggle for women’s rights. Courtney Le Monnier (10CMa) and Patryk Ostrowski (10KHd) accompanied Miss Sweeney after putting in hours of their own time preparing for and taking part in the conference. Both should be commended for their professionalism and excellent representation of the school.
Team of the Week for the week beginning 30th April went to the cast and crew of the Dance Show. Student of the Week was nominated by Mrs Trott and went to Anthony Vinrace in Year 7 who was community spirited enough to find a bag and, despite being on crutches, make the lengthy journey to the main school office to ensure it was not stolen! It is simple acts of kindness like this that make me so proud of our school.
I would like to wish Year 10 the best of luck starting their Project Trident placements today. They have three weeks in the real world of work and I hope they take every opportunity to get the best from their placements. They have a tough time ahead as they will return to school after half term to start their Year 10 mock exams.
- Category: School Admin
Acting Headteacher: Mrs S Baglin.
Address: La Grande Route de St Clement.
St Clement, Jersey.
Telephone: (01534) 855876.
Le Rocquier School - Our School, Our Education, Our Future.
The new Le Rocquier school building opened in February 2006; a modern, spacious and innovative building that is a focus for our dynamic learning community. In the following profile we have highlighted some of the areas that will be of interest to prospective parents and students.
We place a high priority on the pastoral care of students. Each year group in the school is divided into a number of form groups looked after by a tutor, supported by a Head of Year, both of whom will normally stay with the year group as students move through the school. An intensive Induction Programme for Year 6 students exists to help make their transition to Le Rocquier School a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Key staff visit each primary school, and students enjoy a two day induction programme where they follow a special timetable and meet other students and staff. Some students are invited to our extended induction programme which culminates in a Summer Learning Festival during the summer holiday.
In order to make the transition to secondary school as smooth as possible, year 7 have their own school within the main school called ‘Little Rocq’. This means that they have their own team of staff and can enjoy all the facilities without having to share them with the older students. This has been highly successful and this arrangement is popular with students and parents/carers. In the majority of subjects where student numbers allow, setting occurs so that teaching can support student ability. We use academic data to set challenging targets and feedback progress to parents three times a year.
Students follow the Jersey Curriculum through Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and will enjoy a very wide range of options at Key Stage 4. Careers and Personal guidance is an important part of the curriculum. Over 90% of students stay on in full-time education.
We offer a full programme of extra-curricular activities. These include a full PE programme, homework club, Science Club, drama productions, sign-language classes, charity work, art club and First Aid training. Our Library and ICT suites are open to all year groups at all break times and after school for learning activities. Activities Week in the Summer Term offers students a wide range of interesting on and off island activities.
There is a strong commitment to Special Educational Needs. We have a team of Special Needs teachers and Teaching Assistants. Links with external agencies are strong. Le Rocquier has strong partnerships with a variety of outside agencies who contribute to the school’s Multi Agency Support Team (MAST). The Island’s provision for students with impaired hearing is located at Le Rocquier.
A leadership development programme is in place for students to follow from year 7 to year 11. These opportunities include helping to receive visitors, library volunteers, peer readers, sports leaders, student mentors, both Senior and Junior head boys / head girls and prefect roles. A successful School Council, which manages its own budget, is run by students for students.
All students are assigned a House when they arrive. The Houses are based on five of the continents to support the school’s international dimension. Le Rocquier is the first school in the Channel Islands to win the British Council’s International School Award. All aspects of the curriculum have an international content so that students can learn about global issues and their place in a rapidly changing world. Close links have been developed with schools in France and Kenya.
Investors in People
The school was awarded the ‘Investors in People’ at Gold Level in 2013 and is designated as an Investor in People ‘Champion’, which demonstrates the commitment and dedication of a strong and well-qualified staff team that works together to improve the quality of teaching and learning at Le Rocquier. We are hoping in the future to secure sponsorship to allow us to reapply for this award.
Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)
In 2013, Le Rocquier was again awarded the LPPA which recognizes the extensive work undertaken with parents and carers including our Parenting courses and support groups.
Students at Le Rocquier School are well-motivated. National examination results are very good and show extremely good Value Added in many subjects.