Welcome to an extra edition of the newsletter, a bumper edition in fact with a wealth of useful information and articles.
I am writing this newsletter just before setting off to attend and lead year 10 and 11 Badminton Club – one of the jolliest parts of my week. A 40-minute session of both competitive and non-competitive sport, where everyone is welcome to pop along and take part. Most importantly it’s a chance to step outside the rigour and challenge of the year 10 and 11 academic curriculum, and embrace sport for sport’s sake, such a wonderful thing for our wellbeing.
I think I rank, despite having been the captain of my Primary School Badminton Team as one of the less successful players. That early promise at age 11, not having quite made it through the following 35 years. What’s great though, is the kindness and warmth the year 10 and 11 students show me, supporting my game, and only slightly patronising me when I simply don’t meet their standard.
We all know that if we were to talk about positive choices for our own wellbeing, that addressing the question of regular exercise is a key one, and what is most positive about Badminton Club is not the number of games we win (or lose) or indeed the amount of sweat we might work up, but the laughter, the camaraderie and the release that playing badminton in this club really supports.
Hopefully you have all had a positive start to this academic year. With our outstanding results at GSCE and A-Level in the Summer, and great plans for the continued development of the experiences we want to offer our students throughout their time here, 2022-23 promises to be a great year here at RHS, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.
I need to go now, and do some stretching ahead of Badminton Club. My age and experience are no use against youthful exuberance, and I’ve got to try something that might offer me an edge!
Leave of absence during term time: Updated information for parents
The Supreme Court recently reached a decision in the case of Platt v Isle of Wight Council which has clarified the law on unauthorised leave, including holidays, during term time. The parents of children of compulsory school age are required to ensure that they attend school on a regular basis. The Supreme Court has made clear that attending school ‘regularly’ means that the children must attend school on every day that they are required to do so. As such, the parents of any child who is absent from school without authorisation for any length of time are likely to be considered as committing an offence under s444 of the Education Act 1996.
Football training has resumed on Wednesday lunchtimes, if students would like to come along, the next session is Wednesday 28th September. Students should change into PE kit and arrive on the field wearing shin pads and football boots. Training starts at 1.10pm and finish at 1.40pm, to allow time to change and eat lunch. There are some exciting opportunities locally this season, potentially including futsal. We will also play matches again against local schools and don't forget last year we qualified for the level 3 finals of the School Games, played at Damson Parkway, Solihull Moors' ground. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience, whether a regular player or inspired by the events of the Summer! We expect to field teams mainly from KS3 but if there is enough interest, we could look to a KS4 team too. Sixth form volunteers to help with training and matches are welcome too.
Plea for kit
Thank you to all of the KS3 parents who supported our teams last year, and for some parents who showed an aspirational turnaround in laundering kit. However, we are missing some pieces of kit from last season, we really need them to be returned! We are missing shirts numbered 5 and 8, and several pairs of shorts. We are missing our black padded goalie shorts and goalie gloves (black and white, Mitre brand). Please could parents and carers check at home for kit and could all kit be returned to the chemistry office, next to Gospel lab, no questions asked!
Upcoming Sporting Fixtures
Tue 27th Sept
Year 8 and Year 9 Netball vs Rugby Free School @ home
Wed 28th Sept
Year 10 and Year 11 Netball vs Avon Valley @ home
Tue 4th Oct
Year 8 and Year 9 Netball vs Avon Valley @ home
Thu 6th Oct
Year 10 and Year 11 Netball vs Rugby Free School home
Tue 11th Oct
Year 8 and Year 9 Netball Play offs - opponent TBC @ home
Wed 12th Oct
Year 10 and Year 11 Netball vs Harris @ Home
Tue 18th Oct
Year 8 and Year 9 Netball finals - opponent TBC @ home
Do come and support our teams if you can! Games start at 4pm and finish at 5pm.
Secondary Education Partnership
This website contains useful information for Year 5 pupils and their parents/carers regarding applications and preparation for transfer to secondary schools in Rugby in September 2023.
The series is available for parents via our partners Elevate Education. They also come into school and work with our students, delivering successful workshops that help them with study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation.
The webinars will help you to support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school and we hope you can join in.
The first webinar on 'Motivation' is available to replay here. This will be available for the next two weeks.
The next one is Tuesday 11th October, 6-7pm on 'Time Management'
You can sign up for any or all of the free webinars here: https://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/schoolwebinar
Digdata are running a number of live online career challenges i.e. virtual work experience this Autumn term, with Experian and Lloyds Banking Group and we'd like our students to take part!
These challenges introduce students to possible career opportunities and offer the chance to work collaboratively with other students, to interrogate information and data and present back their findings. Completion of the "Career Challenges" results in a certificate in virtual work experience.
The first two are:
Wednesday 28th September, 4.30pm - Experian "First Step" live online career challenge - How can you help Playstation market their new game? Register here.
Wednesday 5th October, 5pm - Experian "Next Step" live online career challenge - How can you help Alton Towers get more visitors to their theme park in 2023? Register here.
'First Step' is for year groups 7-9 and 'Next Step' is for year groups 10-13.
There are further challenges and also online career panels running this term.
Lunchtime menus are added to the school website each Friday, so you can see what will be available the following week. The menus are designed with our students in mind and comply with the Government’s healthy schools guidelines, which limit the amount of fat and sugar in the meals and encourages healthy choices. Gluten-free options are available but must be ordered in advance. We home cook many of the items on our menu such as scones and soups, and all of our desserts, pudding, cakes and biscuits.
Please visit our website to view the latest job vacancies at the school and find out how to apply.