I do hope you had a restful half term (although I’m sure it already feels like a bit of time ago now!)
Yesterday morning I had the most wonderful experience of all that is incredible about our fantastic students at RHS. Firstly, the Year 7 choir sang beautifully at the start of the assembly, ably and skilfully conducting by one of our Year 11 GCSE music students – it was an uplifting moment, as choral singing always can be, and was also an sign of the sophistication of the group, as their harmonies really rang out in the hall. There is something challenging in choral singing – your own voice has to be perfectly balanced against all the others, so although there may be 20 individual voices, it is the combined sound of those voices, their manipulation of volume, pitch, dynamics and tone that creates something far greater than the sum of its parts. You can have no ego in a choir, but trust in the ensemble. And we saw that very well demonstrated indeed!
Secondly, while the assembly was going on, I was able to see the considerable amount of donations for our crisis appeal for those suffering in Ukraine. RHS staff and students and our community has risen magnificently to the challenge, and with overwhelming kindness and care has collected huge amounts of vital supplies to be collected and shipped off for the people who need them most. Mrs Grimes and myself, leading the assembly could not help but be moved at the kindness of our community, and the empathy we have all shown.
The juxtaposition of our individual contributions, piled up in boxes and bags with the individual voices of the Year 7 choir coming together to create such a strong group dynamic was not lost on me.
It was an incredibly powerful example and illustration of the Rugby High School vision, our students being ambitious, working together in their singing, but as a community, understanding what it is to show compassion and empathy and to take responsibility as brave, independent global citizens, knowing that their actions have the potential to change the world.
I was so proud, our vision, and our wonderful students coming together with such a powerful voice.
With all best wishes, stay well and safe!
Conservation Area Tidy Up
this Saturday 12th March 09.30 -12.00
Our Conservation needs a good tidy up and prune before everything starts growing in a few weeks’ time.
If you, parents/carers and students would like to offer your help, even for just an hour, please could you e-mail me, Jane Danger: email@example.com All you need to bring is your enthusiasm for being outdoors and enjoy pruning, cutting, sawing, weeding.
Forthcoming Prize Giving Evenings:
GCSE Prize Giving and Certificate Presentation Evening: 5th April 2022, 5pm – 7pm
A Level Prize Giving and Certificate Presentation Evening: 7th April 2022, 5pm - 7pm
If you took your GCSEs or A Levels in 2021 and have not yet received an invitation...
On the 16th of February , the U13s played their second football match against Rugby Free School . It was an excellent game. All the girls on both teams kept playing until the end despite the large goal difference.
Sofia Brighton-Revenga (8), Izzy Barr (1), Poppy French (1), Harriet Green (1...
Thank you to those students who took part in our Book in a Jar Competition as part of our World Book Day celebrations.
Miss Danks and Mrs Gregory were delighted by the imagination and creativity demonstrated in the ideas and the designs.
The winners were:
Sophie Chang - 1st
Last week, author of the Roman Mysteries series Caroline Lawrence visited year 7 for a virtual crash course on writing our own stories. Pupils are putting this advice to good use with a week of creative writing in their English & Latin lessons, using Caroline’s tips and ancient Roman artef...
At the lunchtime Classics Club, we aim to make learning about the Classical World a fun and exciting experience for anyone across the school. For our most recent session, we explored Ancient Greece and Rome with Virtual Reality Headsets, where groups of students got to take turns making their w...
Join in the celebrations for the 1900th anniversary of the building of Hadrian’s Wall, by submitting a poster, piece of creative writing or a 500-750 word essay. The deadline is 8th April – the final day of this term. Entries can be submitted to any member of the Classics dept – Mr Paterson, Mrs Fair, or Miss Plummer – via email or physical copy.
Upcoming webinars for parents - How to Help Your Child With Stress & Wellbeing
Rugby High School will be welcoming colleagues from Elevate Education into school during the summer term to start working with our students on different ways of developing their own, independent study skills. As part of the package they offer, we now have access to their Parent webinars, please see information below.
Elevate will be working with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.
Are you studying maths or science subjects and considering studying a STEM subject at university? Did you know that there are accredited virtual and residential summer schools which can help you decide which degree course might be right for you and also enhance your UCAS application? Insight into University summer schools will provide you with an opportunity to interact with university academics, admissions tutors, current undergraduates, and STEM professionals in exclusive live sessions.
This course is like no other! With the mix of live sessions, recorded lectures and hands-on practical STEM activities and projects set by leading UK universities and global STEM companies, you will have a unique opportunity to access all this amazing content in one place, pick-and-choose subjects that interest you and do as many as you wish at your own pace over the summer:
Ø Life Sciences from University of Warwick
Ø Materials Science from University of Cambridge
Ø Maths from Lancaster University
Ø Food Science from University of Nottingham
Ø Chemistry and Drug Design from Kingston University
Our residential courses run over 4 or 5 days where you get a taster of university life and an insight into a specific STEM subject. In summer 2022 these will include:
Ø Maths at Lancaster University
Ø Materials Science at University of Cambridge
Ø Mechanical Engineering at UCL
Ø Robotics & Autonomous Systems at University of Liverpool
Ø Broad-based Engineering at University of Sheffield
It’s just like studying at university! You will get the opportunity to experience university style lectures and work on activities and group projects with the support of academics and student mentors. Throughout the duration of the course you will stay in halls of residence and will take part in social activities in the evenings.
The application deadline is Thursday 31st March. Please note places on each course are limited so it’s highly recommended that you apply ASAP to avoid disappointment. Make sure you think about what to write on your personal statement (approx. 200 - 250 words) to tell us why you would like to do this course, which subjects you are currently studying and your predicted grades.
'Levelling Up’ Free Online Tutorials to Y12 Students
In 2022, the University of Birmingham is pleased to be able to again offer our 'Levelling Up’ free online tutorials to Y12 students.
Levelling Up is a free academic and pastoral support programme targeted at students who are aiming to study Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Materials Science at university. It also prioritises students from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are currently underrepresented in their subject at undergraduate level.
Participants in the programme will experience a regular calendar of online small group tutorials with current under-graduate and post-graduate students over an extended period of time (April 2022 - March 2023). These tutorials will support their A level studies by focussing on particular parts of the curriculum and also help them prepare for university application at the University of Birmingham (and other universities). The programme is being jointly run in collaboration with a range of other universities and the Institute of Physics.
Applications for this year's programme will open on Monday 28th February and close on Friday 18th March. We have a limited number of places we can offer and will notify all students about the outcome of their application soon after the deadline.
National Citizen Service - Year 11 Summer 2022 opportunity
Over the years many RHS pupils have joined the NCS programme earning us a Gold Award for participation in the scheme. We encourage all students to have a look at the programme and make the most of the opportunity.
Message from the NCS team:
The NCS programme offers current Year 11 students a fantastic opportunity to do something meaningful during their summer break, as well as a chance to develop key skills for employment whilst taking on new challenges that will set them up for adult life. They'll also do something good for their local community, carrying out a project to support a cause they care about. We've seen first-hand what an amazing feeling of accomplishment and increased confidence this brings. Throughout 2021, teenagers on NCS donated 500,000 hours of their time to help rebuild their communities following the pandemic, showing what a difference young people can make when they work together towards a goal.
What is involved in the NCS programme?
Week 1 (Mon-Fri): BE EPIC & LIVE LIFE - 4 night Residential
This week combines 2 phases of the programme. The BE EPIC phase involves team building activities and outdoor pursuits all aimed to get the young people out of their comfort zone and social mixing with new friends. The LIVE LIFE phase is all about developing independence and key skills for the future. Your teen will be able to network with local employers, engage with charities and organisations from across the West Midlands.
Week 2 (Mon-Fri): DO GOOD - Non-residential - 9am-5pm (local venue).
During the DO GOOD phase the young people will team up with a local charity/organisation of their choice and undertake a rewarding project in their community. They will complete volunteering hours and utilise all the new skills they’ve aquired.
A place on NCS is worth up to £1200. The programme is government funded meaning the cost to take part in NCS is only £50. If you receive additional financial benefits or your teenager receives pupil premium funding the cost of the programme can be reduced to £10!
NCS programme dates in the Summer:
Wave 1 Mon 27th June to Fri 8th July 2022 2 Weeks £50*
Wave 2 Mon 4th July to Fri 15th July 2022 2 Weeks £50*
Wave 3 Mon 11th July to Fri 22nd July 2022 2 Weeks £50*
Wave 4 Mon 25th July to Fri 5th August 2022 2 Weeks £50*
Wave 5 Mon 8th August to Fri 19th August 2022 2 Weeks £50*
*Bursaries are available for eligible students
Students have been handed information packs with further details about the programme and information on how to register.
and click the ‘register now’ button in the top right hand corner. Registration takes around 5 minutes. If you have any questions or don’t think the above dates will work with your summer plans, give the local NCS team a call on 0116 240 7007 or Email NCS@leics-ebc.org.uk
The Dogs (2013)
Some mornings, waking up between the sandy whippet
and the black – their breathing as slow as mine,
their eyes more sorrowful – I remind myself I’m not a dog.
It’s not acceptable to taste the grass or roll in moss until
I’m musked with it. There are deer in the woods I’ll never see.
My thirst discriminates. It does not have me bend
my grateful head to puddles, gutters, hollows
in the rock. I don’t track rabbits in my sleep.
I’ll not know love like theirs, observed in mute proximity
and if I sometimes sit bolt upright after dark, sensing
a movement in the yard, it’s only that I’ve learned
a little of their vigilance. I’m not like them:
one night I’ll set off past the meadow, down
behind the beck, beyond the blunt profile of Silver Howe
and nobody will call me back.