Is it just me, or is there something about January that makes you feel like there’s just so much to be done? All those plans for the year feel like they need to get started, and if you’re not careful, you find yourself attacking each thing like a bat of hell, rushing to get everything finished, because you’ve got all these great plans, and they just need to get started, and for crying out loud, why can’t everyone just see that??!!??
If you’re not careful your aim to make changes and get something new going can really dominate, and not give you the chance to reflect and approach things calmly.
In order to counteract this “everything has to be done TODAY”, I have taken to giving myself a small list of: “If I’ve done these things, then it’s actually been a positive week.” This seems to be helping, and reminding me that whatever plans I have, they don’t all have to be completed by the end of January.
My three things that will make it a positive week this week were; Try to get out for a run; make sure I got my newsletter in on time; and try to do something that puts me slightly ahead! (Obviously, I have considerably more to do than that, but for my “has it been a good week” consideration, these were my three things…)
Well, I did manage to get my newsletter in on the deadline, and you’ll see from my topic this week, that I am slightly ahead. I’ve yet to go out for a run. Two out of three ain’t bad I suppose.
Importantly though, I’m slightly ahead of myself, because I wanted to use this newsletter to wish all those of you who will be celebrating it, the very happiest of Chinese New Year’s.
New Year’s Eve falls on 31st January, with New Year’s Day this year being 1st February. We will be entering the year of the Tiger, and people born in a year of the Tiger are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident. The last year of the Tiger was 2010, which means, I imagine the year of birth for quiet a few of our Year 7 and 8 students.
Certainly, in working with those students, I can see some of those traits emerging, and in line with our aims here at RHS, we will hopefully continue to support them to be brave and confident. I’m not quite sure where I stand on unpredictable, but I suppose we can all do with a bit of that sometimes!
I’m told that the Chinese New Year is celebrated with people going back home to be together with families, to eat, drink, and cook together, visit extended family and friends and exchange good wishes, and it feels, that as January draws to a close that it’s just the right time for a little of that: Good food with friends and family, and good wishes and fortune shared for the year to come, a little glimpse of the warm shoots of spring in the darkness of the winter.
Happy Chinese New Year for next Tuesday everyone,
With all best wishes, stay well and safe!
Safeguarding ALERT – Dangerous Chat Rooms
We have been alerted to dangerous activities happening in chat rooms. Following concerns from parents and safeguarding professionals.
Last year schools across the UK were warned about a well-known chat room. Some schools issued warnings to parents and carers urging them to talk to their children about these types of platforms.
Content from Chat rooms is now being shared by popular influencers which could encourage young people to visit these platforms. We’re aware of instances where popular influencers are livestreaming reaction videos of them using the platform.
What are anonymous chat rooms?
Anonymous chat rooms are online spaces where people can chat with strangers. People can communicate via instant messaging and video chat, some of these platforms use random matching to pair users.
Young people are likely to use these chat rooms and chat room apps because they seem fun, and the randomisation of people can be exciting.
As young people spend much more time online due to ongoing restrictions, there is an increased chance that they will come across these sites.
We’re aware of content from Chat rooms being shared widely across other platforms with trending hashtags, which could drive even more traffic. Despite young people seeing platforms like these as fun, they may not see the risks from those online with malicious intentions.
What are the risks?
Young people are at risk of seeing distressing or highly sexualised imagery without warning
They may be asked or pressured to remove clothing or reveal personal information
They may be asked to have private conversations on other apps or platforms
They may also be sent malicious links or spam
Students should avoid using chat rooms and speak to an adult at school if they want to discuss anything that is worrying them.
Students must never send personal details to strangers or over chat rooms.
If you would like to discuss this further then please contact me via email S.firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes
Reminder to Students:
Please only use your school email address to sign up to educational platforms and sites, otherwise, you may receive Spam and junk mail to your school account.
Curves of Pursuit created by Year 7 & 8 students in Mindful Maths on Wednesday lunchtimes with Ms Cranmer. When asked why they came to this club students said that they found it calming and peaceful, that they loved being able to be creative with numbers and make amazing visual patterns...
The Rugby High School, Year 7 netball match was a great success. We won 12-1 and the team players really came together as a group. The squad were against Rugby Free School and weren’t defeated or unnerved and every team player worked hard and played a fair match. The players were Orla (WD), Iv...
On Monday 17th January the U14s played their first match against Bilton School on a home game. It was a brisk game and despite the biting wind and chilly weather conditions the girls all stood up to the challenge and put in 100% effort. It was a close game with quite a few shots on target throu...
On Tuesday night we welcomed Ashlawn for our second netball fixture. We played amazing throughout and showed great team work. With a brilliant defence, great interceptions and passes from the centre and some flawless shooting saw us win comfortably at 24-0. A privilege to be part of a strong and successful team. Well done girls.
Written by Poppy French
RHS VS AVON VALLEY - WEDS 26TH JAN
It was a little harder for our team tonight as Avon Valley brought some tough competition but luckily, due to our great teamwork and spacing, we managed to score lots of goals, with the overall score being 10-1 to RHS! Sofia said "The game was close and our opponents played well but we came out on top, well done everyone ". Poppy said " A tougher game tonight but we held our own and played well as a team. Well played everyone". The player of the match was Ivy Cooke. Thank you to all our supporters, our umpires and teachers, and all the people playing. What a great match!
Our Duke of Edinburgh Programme is now up and running. A total of 118 students are enrolled: Year 9 for Bronze, Year 10 for Silver and Year 12 for Gold.
Mrs Williams who guides the Rugby High’s DofE: “I think everyone is capable of achieving great things, but it...
A free maths learning platform to boost maths confidence, improve grades and win prizes!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Eedi has offered all Year 5 to Year 11 families at our school free access to the Eedi platform, a free maths learning platform designed to motivate children to build maths confidence and improve maths grades.
With the Eedi tutoring platform, students will get unlimited access to practice questions, review videos made by teachers, and the chance of winning prizes & rewards for their commitment and consistency. You'll also get weekly reports from Eedi on how they're doing.
As part of all free subscriptions, Eedi are also holding live weekly classes on key GCSE maths topics that students find challenging to help them prepare for their exams.
Each live class starts at 4.30pm and finishes at 5.30pm and takes place over Zoom. Your child can access each class from within their Eedi Family account.
Eedi holds seasonal leagues and weekly competitions & prize draws to boost motivation and engagement, giving away real prizes (from iPads to Amazon vouchers) for students and schools as they build their streak scores and earn coins to spend in the Eedi Shop.
Families new to Eedi will also have a 7-day trial to their unlimited on-demand tutor plan, Eedi Plus, which usually costs £4.99 / month (note that this is optional and complimentary).
If you have questions on the invitation, please contact Eedi directly on email@example.com.
Engineering course for Year 9 and 10 in February Half Term
EDT (Engineering Development Trust) would like to invite students in years 9 and 10 to take part in the Virtual Routes into STEM February course – it is easy to register and the applications are open until the end of next week, 6 February 2022.
The course provides guided learning for students to work through flexibly and find out all about college, university, apprenticeships and careers in STEM from the experts, students will also have a selection of tailor-made STEM projects and activities at their fingertips. A variety of live sessions will be running in half-term week for student to join and ask their questions to the panels of experts, students and apprentices.
Throughout the duration of the course students will have a unique opportunity to access content from:
University of Hertfordshire
University West of England
Forth Valley College
North Herts College
Solent University, Southampton
Plymouth City College
University of Westminster
Dundee and Angus College
Heriot Watt University
West Suffolk College
University of Bedfordshire
University of Birmingham
University of Cambridge
University of Plymouth
Cory Riverside Energy
This is an opportunity not to be missed! Please see the parent/guardian leafletand from there students can apply through their website.
My Hobbies/interests: During the past couple of years, I have really enjoyed running. I never thought I would utter those words, but there we go! I also, love playing the keyboard and being creative in that regard.
My favourite music to relax to: I would probably say, Laura Marling. She is my go-to artist in most cases. I've seen her perform live 5 times and she's always been fabulous!
My favourite music to clean to: I love listening to The Weekend or Dua Lipa or The Arctic Monkeys to give me the energy and motivation to clean the house. They would also, be my first choice before going on a night out.
I would most like to have to dinner: My Nan as she passed away while I was training to become a teacher and I would love to tell her the stories of the various adventures I've had. Also, Charles II as he seems like a good laugh!
A fun fact: I was living in Leicester during the year in which the men's football team, miraculously, won the Premiership. There were great feelings of joy and celebration which washed over the city and it was impossible, even as a lifelong Walsall fan, to not be swept up in it. To see Kasabian play in an impromptu concert following the open bus parade will always live long in the memory.
by Edward Thomas
In the gloom of whiteness,
In the great silence of snow,
A child was sighing
And bitterly saying: “Oh,
They have killed a white bird up there on her nest,
The down is fluttering from her breast.”
And still it fell through that dusky brightness
On the child crying for the bird of the snow.