The first thing I did before writing this newsletter was look back at my newsletter for the end of last year. On one level I simply cannot believe we’re another year onwards, but on another level, it feels like about 5 years have taken place in one!
One of the last things I wrote to you all last year was:
And most importantly, I want to be ready, come September, to Rejuvenate the RHS community, to help us feel a little more Recovered, and to Reconnect more strongly than ever with our core principles of kindness, care and respect, and to set, as ever the very highest of heights in our hearts.
I am happy to say that we’ve made real progress in all of these areas – and as I eat an ice cream today, whilst making original films with a group of Year 10 students, and I watch them learn how to film, edit and construct original narratives, I couldn’t feel more re-connected and rejuvenated. Being honest, given the heat, recovery may be a bit optimistic, but in two days’ time we’ll be able to really relax as the holidays hit.
Next year, we want to build on the progress we’ve made this year, embracing new challenges with flexibility and dynamism, looking at the cohesion of our curriculum and making sure that every students’ RHS journey offers them the very best chance of building resilience, ensuring their health and earning success.
I’d like to thank all staff whatever teams they are in, for their promotion of curiosity and joy in learning, their empathy and kindness and their great skills as practitioners and educators.
I’d like to thank our families and parents and all the adults outside school supporting their children, and supporting the school in modelling kindness, care and respect and continuing to support the success of their children.
Most of all, I’d like to thank our wonderful, wonderful students. Our students are simply a credit to their families, themselves and RHS. They are curious, they arrive on time, in uniform, with all equipment, they work hard, they push on through challenges, and they do it all with good humour, and kindness care and respect and with the very highest of heights in their heart, and when something doesn’t go right, or a poor choice is made, they step up, take responsibility and move forward.
It is a pleasure and a privilege to continue to work with your children, with your families and with such fine colleagues, and I look forward to doing so in the coming years.
Enjoy the break everyone, and I Iook forward to seeing you all safe and well in September!
Autumn Term Start Dates:
Monday 5th September: Teacher Training - no students expected in school.
Tuesday 6th September: Year 7 & Year 12 Induction (only year 7 & 12 students in school)
Wednesday 7th September: All students in all year groups return
Digital Surgeries Programme
Over the past few weeks a group of Year 8 and 9 students have given up some lunchtimes to participate in the digital surgeries programme. Students explored how our political system works, considered what issues were most important to them, and researched two politicians we were going to interview. Students then interviewed one of our local councillors, Kam Kaur, where questions included views on our education system and diversity in politics.
Our next interview was with Labour Peer Lord Collins. Students asked him about how he became a Lord, his views on current bills going through Parliament, and whether he would ever want to move to Spain.
Students said this was a very exciting and inspiring opportunity, with one student commenting 'politicians were different to how I expected,' and another 'I didn't realise how important local politics was.'
Special thanks to the four Year 12 Politics students who led the sessions so ably and enthusiastically.
It was a pleasure to help judge the sheer volume of Pride/Identity competition entries with Mrs Dermott-Bond, Reese and Fatima (the diversity and wellbeing prefects) last week.
It was super to read all the entries from the amazing talented students we have at RHS. There was a wide range of diverse poetry and something for all judges to enjoy. There was some super crafting of structure, striking imagery, use of extended metaphor, clever use of voice and use of half rhyme which was incredibly enjoyable to read.
Well done to all who entered the competition and special congratulations to the joint Year 7 winners, Year 8 and 9 winners and the KS5 winners too.
Our many thanks to everyone who took part in the PTA Summer Draw.
By supporting the school, you have helped us to provide additional activities and resources for our Students.
Congratulations to our winners!
£100 Prom Dress voucher
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Warwickshire Family Information Service Newsletter