Our Head's Blog this week is written by Senior Deputy Head Ms Bailey, as Mr Carson has been attending the HMC Conference for much of the week.

As we move into October the School is now working with real purpose and all of our students are busy with lessons, co-curricular opportunities and planning for the future.

Our Year 13 students have now started their university applications in earnest and life after RMS is beginning to become a reality as they explore the huge range of opportunities available to them.

They will be following in the footsteps of a cohort who are this week commencing their degree courses which encompass an impressive diversity of subjects including Pharmacology, Costume Design and International Relations across 34 universities.

For the first time we have a student who is taking on an apprenticeship as her next step and we look forward to hearing about hers and all of her peers' achievements and experiences over the coming years.

For others, starting at RMS is becoming a possibility and we are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their families on Sunday for Open Day.

The School is doing what it does best, working together to prepare for a day where we try to give a flavour of what RMS is about and what makes it so unique.

This unique environment was typified this week with our Head Girl team launching their school development project for this year, having put together a plan at the Sixth Form Leadership Day.

#catchthisconfidence is a fantastic idea to celebrate each other's qualities, encourage participation and develop our students' willingness to put forward their ideas and push their boundaries a little more this year.

A tremendously laudable and ambitious project which typifies the character of our students and embraces the values of the School so well.

One of the highlights this week was the Modern Foreign Languages Day in which Year 8 took part, where they enjoyed an interesting array of activities led by their language teachers.

From Salsa with Mr Piqueiras and Chinese dancing with Ms Xue, to Mexican craft with Miss Frossard, and singing in Swahili with Mrs Short, there was something different for everyone to enjoy.

Our pupils always demonstrate such openness to new experiences, and the blind food tasting with Mrs Evans was no exception. In fact, it was not only the pupils who were willing to get stuck in!

It was yet another example of how the different departments across RMS come together to make memories with the pupils and to share in the many opportunities available to all.