National Women Engineering Day at Anglia Ruskin University

23 June 2017

On Friday 23 June 2017, a group of Year 9 girls participated in National Women Engineering Day at Anglia Ruskin University. The day consisted of a range of activities, demonstrations and inspirational talks. The Girls had a chance to visit a foot lab that uses software top determine foot pressure as well as 3D printing and how this is used in hip replacements. The girls were all engaged and asked many questions!

One of the students, Crystal, wrote the following diary of her experience:

On the 23rd of June, Ms Patel took Year 9 girls to  Anglia Ruskin  University in Chelmsford,(East Anglia) for Women’s Engineering.

On this day, we learnt about the different types of engineering, the steps to become an engineer, and what you do as an engineer. My favourite, by far, was biomechanical engineering, as this intrigued me the most. We learnt about how the software is used, the different parts of our knees, and also how hip replacements work.

Professor Raj Hornstrom led us through most of the day, where she explained to us about her quite interesting job, introduced us to her team, and also allowed us to explore the software with her team where they answered any of our questions. Her research team, (whom are only there for the summer term) were very helpful and extremely beneficial as they gave us a lot of insight into the research they are help Prof, Hornstrom in.

We also had a Q&A with 3 other female engineering professors, Oliver(who is a part of Prof. Hornstrom’s team) and Nathalie(just graduated engineer). The question which I asked the female professors was ‘When you were studying to become an engineer, was there anyone who told you  couldn’t do it and broke your self-esteem?’ Their reply was quite inspiring, as they said that even though it is terribly hurtful, no one knows you better than yourself, and if you know you can do it, there is no one that can tell you you can’t.

All four the the professor opened up my mind to not only engineering, but also the struggles of being in a male dominating society, and how to overcome it. Overall, Ms Patel did extremely well with this trip and is an amazing (and super fun) teacher. I definitely look forward to going onto more science trips with her!

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge

Wednesday the 10th May was the West Essex finals of the Speak Out Challenge 2017, which saw Aliya Silverstone performing for Roding Valley High School.

As Alice Redknap was the 2016 West Essex Speak Out winner she MC’d the event, doing a brilliant job and doing herself and the school proud.

Aliya Silverstone’s speech was entitled ‘gingers’, detailing the daily struggles and stereotypes put upon readheads and entertained the audience from start to finish, earning her 2nd place in the competition. A video of her speech is below.

All in all it was a brilliant night and Roding Valley definitely left a lasting impression.

Ms Hanlon

Click on the images below to see pictures from the event

Yr11 Essex County School Champions!

On Tuesday 9th May, the Yr11 football team eventually ended up winning the Essex cup final against St Bonaventure’s. It was an end to end game that had everything. Injuries, goals, yellow cards & last minute equalisers.

The game finished 1-1 with our goal being scored by Ben Harris. The game went to extra time & with a lot of tired legs, cramp and injuries the boys fought hard and held on for the game to go to penalties.

The penalties swayed either way with both teams missing penalties, and it went down to the last penalty taker and eventually Roding Valley come out as victors winning 9-8 on penalties.

The boys have worked so hard for this since yr7, and they thoroughly deserve every plaudit and praise they receive from this massive achievement.

Mr Jones

Click on the images below to see pictures from the event

Year 8 District cup winners

The Year 8 Football team managed to win the District Cup Final this afternoon by beating St Marks 3-1 at Met Police, Chigwell.
After dominating possession throughout the game and encounting sun, rain, sleet and hail….we managed to wrap up the victory in the second half with goals from Edward Johnstone, Ali Springer and Nathan Walters.
If you teach or come across any of these students in passing this week please congratulate them on yet again another final and another successful season.
Thank you for all that attended and showed support, and also a huge thank you to John Ryan for his commitment to PE and driving the team to away fixtures this season.
  1. Daniel McSweeney
  2. Toby Hamid
  3. George Taylor
  4. Tommy Harrison
  5. Tom Callagher
  6. Edward Johnstone
  7. Jay Daniels-Hammerston
  8. Mack Stapleton
  9. Jamie Thomas
  10. Joe Marjason
  11. Oliver Rolfe
  12. Micah Newton
  13. Daniel Famigletti
  14. Ali Springer
  15. Nathan Walters
  16. Oliver Rolfe
  17. Alfie Sergent

Mr C. Hudgell

Progress Leader of Year 7 & Teacher of Physical Education/Science
Roding Valley High School

Sixth Form event photos

Inside Justice Trip 2

Poetry by heart competition winner

Congratulations to Harry Smith (y11) who is our school poetry by heart winner (followed by Estella Chambers in 2nd and Santi Aldridge in 3rd). Ms Hanlon will be working with Harry to prepare him for the next round of county judging.