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National Finals of the model rocket car competition - Bloodhound SSC @SantaPod

Four pupils from Year 7 qualified for the National Finals of the inaugural Micro:bit model rocket car competition. Over 5000 kits were distributed to secondary schools in the UK, with over 400 teams registering a time on the national database. The top 30 teams were invited to attend the National Final at Santa Pod Raceway with the team from Rose Hill ‘WAW’ qualifying 25th.
Upon arrival at the venue Team WAW had an opportunity to sample Virtual Reality provided by the Army, a key sponsor of the Bloodhound project. There were other activities laid on by the Army from a climbing wall to team building exercises. After a team briefing all the school groups were given a new model rocket kit plus a STEM ambassador or a member of REME to act as a scrutineer and offer guidance. The teams had 55 minutes to craft a new car ready for the first of two timed runs.
The 30 cars were launched in pairs and we won our heat convincingly. The stiff head wind kept speeds down to the high 30mph. During a working lunch the team fettled and tweaked the design, hoping for an even faster run. They had no idea where they were in the standings and tension was high. The second run saw another victory and they were told it was substantially faster than the first run, but still no idea how they were doing. After all cars were run Team WAW were placed joint 12th with an average speed of 39.24mph. The team didn’t win, but they were elated as they had finished higher than the qualifying position.
As part of the day all teams and teachers got to watch the current world record holders for a model rocket car test fire their latest model. Joseph Whitaker School hold the record at 533mph. The first test fire hit in the region of 500mph. The second launch was a different sort of rocket mixture and hit an unofficial speed of 700mph! Seeing what a normal school can achieve was inspirational for everyone and the team are now raring to go for greater speeds in next year’s competition.

Rose Hill School is shortlisted for Prep School of the Year

04 May 2022

It is with immense pride that Rose Hill School can announce that it has been shortlisted for the Tes Schools Awards Prep School of the Year 2022, one of eight schools within the category.

Immersive Learning, Focus Day 4

11 March 2022

Focus Days are an integral part of our teaching curriculum, not in addition to it, and allow for us to half a term#s work to be completed in one day.

World Book Day

04 March 2022

It’s been a busy week full of book related fun. To kick off Book Week The Library hosted a Book Hunt for the Prep School on Monday which saw the children hunting high and low for a selection of titles. On Tuesday it was Pre Prep’s turn as they took to the Astro to hunt for favourite book characters—I’m glad to say the glum weather did not dampen their high spirits! Prep School have been designing bookmarks during their library sessions with some fantastic designs created by our artistic pupils.

A day of Enterprise, Enquiry, Adventure & Philanthropy

28 January 2022

As always, our Focus Day this term was a great opportunity for pupils to develop lifelong learning skills in Enterprise, Enquiry, Adventure and Philanthropy.

Arthur Scoops Gold In National Championship

05 July 2016

Arthur won gold for long jump in the IAPS National Athletics championship in Birmingham yesterday.

Rose Hill Sweeps Medals in County Championships

28 June 2016

After a day competing in difficult weather conditions at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford last week, 11 medals were won by children from Rose Hill School in Tunbridge Wells.

Y6 trip to Newhaven Fort

20 May 2016

Year 6 set off for Newhaven Fort on Tuesday morning ...

Y7 trip to Wakehurst Place

16 May 2016

Year 7 had their annual trip to Kew @ Wakehurst Place last Friday .

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