Rupert House School Girls Get First Rowing Experience Thanks to Upper Thames RC

Year 6 girls at Rupert House School have enjoyed the school’s first rowing experience thanks to Upper Thames Rowing Club (UTRC)

On Tuesday Upper Thames Rowing Club’s (UTRC) Junior Coach, Emily Forrester, herself a previous pupil, gave an entertaining and exciting presentation to the girls. This was followed on Wednesday by a rowing taster session at UTRC.  The afternoon was led by Emily and she was helped by JPM (Chairman of UTRC), and Mary (an UTRC volunteer).

Sarah Williams, Deputy Head of Rupert House School said, “The girls had a gorgeous afternoon and were lucky enough to have a beautiful spring day with 16 degrees and sunshine! Following a tour of the club, they had a tuition session on the rowing machines then a briefing and safety talk. They all wore buoyancy aids which gave them extra confidence, although thankfully these weren’t needed.The girls went out in coxed quads and doubles, each with an UTRC or Rupert House School sculler in the boat. Some of the girls swapped boats and tried the other type of boat. Many parents came and supported the sculling and the girls had a fantastic time.We are all looking forward to our second session next week. Fingers crossed we are blessed with such perfect conditions again.”

Headteacher, Clare Lynas said, “I am delighted that our Year 6 girls have been given this superb opportunity to experience rowing on the Thames.  This is a first for Rupert House and is a project that I hope we will be able to repeat.  It is a splendid follow-up to our Arts Week and a valuable part of the broader curriculum that we are able to offer in the Spring and Summer terms of Year 6, once the girls had successfully gained places at their senior schools in January and February.  Thank you to all those who have made it possible.”