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Mark Rutherford are the champions!

Mark Rutherford Year 8 (Under 13) boys’ football team took on Lincroft in the final of the District Cup on the 26th April 2018. The boys were going into this game in unbeaten form playing 5, winning 4 and drawing 1!


The boys started off on the back foot with Lincroft placing the pressure on the Rutherford defence. The boys soaked up the pressure for 15 minutes until Lincroft broke the deadlock and took the lead. However, this lead did not last long; straight from the off Rutherford knew they needed a quick response and a quick response is what they gave.


A weighted ball was played over the top by Samith Hussain to Aaron Woodham who lobbed the ball over the keeper and headed it in making it 1-1. This gave Rutherford a little boost and they began to attack more frequently looking for the runs of Ben Moseray and Dave Boateng who beat the defence beat with their pace. This change in pressure paid off as a ball was played down the channel into the path of Ben who crossed the ball back post narrowly missing Aaron who quickly reacted to the loss ball, dropping his shoulder, drifting round the defender and slotting the ball front post making it 2-1 Rutherford. 5 minutes before the end you could see Rutherford struggling with the pace of the game as Lincroft began to take control. This was shown as Lincroft managed to score two late goals right before the end of the half, seeing them take a 3-2 lead into half time.


The second half didn’t start off well for Rutherford. Lincroft took control and continued to apply pressure, the way they did at the end of the first half. Rutherford’s frustration got the best of them and a lapse of concentration resulted in Lincroft running through and making it 4-2. Changes were made to freshen up the midfield, with Ethan Norman coming back on. This proved a critical substitution as he was able to regain control and dictate the tempo of the game. A ball was played over the top, with a Lincroft player passing the ball back to the keeper who handled it- resulting in an indirect free-kick in the box. Aaron laid the ball off to Ryan Chandhar, who blasted it into the roof of the net, bringing the score to 4-3. This sparked an increase in belief as minutes later Ethan played a long ball over the top that saw Dave at the end of it- tacking the ball in his stride one on one with the keeper, slotting it through his legs making the score level at 4-4.


The resilience in the boys showed as they were contending and winning the first and second ball- not allowing Lincroft out of their half, fighting to get the winning goal. Seconds before the final whistle, Ethan played a long ball over the top to Dave who tried to replicate his goal, but saw the keeper get down quickly- deflecting it into the path of Aaron who slotted the ball past the keeper, securing the win and making Mark Rutherford the under 13’s 2018 District Champions.


Headteacher Mr Millard stated “We are immensely proud of the team effort.  Football requires perseverance, hard work, dedication and respect. The team showed determination and a winning attitude that paid off with a District Cup Championship. Well done to the team and the staff that developed and motivated the players into winners.”


Goals Scorers: Aaron Woodham x3 Dave Boateng x1 Ryan Chandhar x1

Man of the Match: Aaron Woodham

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Itís Smart to be a Smartie

Meet the founders of the Smarties Club, Amy, Sarita, Freya and Holly.

Over the past academic year, Scholar Amy of the 2020 STEM Scholars Programme and her team from Mark Rutherford School have been going above and beyond for their Villiers Park INVOLVE project. From running a series of after school activities for Year 7 and 8 students, to taking part in Bed Pop for British Science Week, the Smarties team have been working hard to inspire younger students to get excited about all things science.

Not only has their project helped encourage younger students into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), it has equally impressed parents, head teachers and even local companies. We recently got in touch with Scholar Amy to find out where the Smarties Club all started, and what inspired her and her team to take on a Villiers Park INVOLVE project.

“We were aware of a gap in STEM related after school activities for the Year 7s and Year 8s, so we decided to create a club for these year groups. We really wanted to encourage them at that age to explore the STEM subjects and inspire them to pursue their interest in them. We especially wanted to help quieter students to build confidence in taking opportunities, and create a welcoming and inclusive club where everyone had equal chances to explore STEM.”

With these ideas in mind, the Smarties Club was soon born, a weekly after school activity which took place over ten weeks. The group meet up in free periods to plan the club, as well as assigning tasks to each team member to spread the workload and support each other.

The club’s main focus has been to help Year 7 and 8 students work towards achieving a CREST Award, focusing on the topic of engineering. “The project that we chose is called ‘Squashed Tomatoes’, and looks at sustainability in engineering, focusing on creating a structure to transport tomatoes from the top of a mountain to the bottom. Our sessions usually entail a science-related or teambuilding starter activity, followed by the squashed tomatoes project, which ran on a plan of designing, building and then testing over the course of ten weeks.”

Amy and her team have been delighted by the incredible feedback their project has seen, both from the young people involved as well as their parents. The project culminated in an activity evening at Mark Rutherford School for parents and young people, hosted entirely by the Smarties group and funded by their successful application for a grant from the British Science Association.

“What an excellent event and I love the fact it was completely staffed by girls – my son was completely engaged.” Parent of student from Scott Primary School.

“What a fantastic evening – I’m proud to see my sixth formers mixing with parents and younger students, enthusing the next generation of STEM students.” Headteacher, Richard Millard.

For full article please click here.

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Year 7 Asian Inspired Masks

Masks created by Year 7 students went on display in the Sp4L this week where they can be viewed by staff, visitors and students. Students have been working on a cross curricular project based on a different continent each half term. For this particular module of work the students explored and researched Asia and then responded by designing and making a mask that either focused on one specific country or combined elements of different countries together.
Each class was allocated the same box of resources and materials but the range of outcomes was very varied which demonstrates that experimenting and problem solving are valuable aspects of the creative process.
Headteacher Mr Millard said “‘Art is crucial for young people’s development and economic wellbeing. The curiosity of art will lead a way of learning that embraces originality. Well done for producing such a wonderful array of masks”.

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Planetarium to Support Science and Astronomy


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