This week I managed to actually visit a theatre. I think this may be my first visit to one for about three years. It wasn’t to see a play, it was to watch a recording of “The Kitchen Cabinet” a Radio 4 programme where a food critic, Jay Rayner, asks a panel of food experts and chefs a variety of food-based questions – a bit like gardener’s question time, but with more butter. The audience too, can ask questions.
As part of the programmes’ celebration of Black history month, there was a special appearance by the owners of a Jamaican Restaurant in Coventry, and a sharing of Jamaican and Caribbean recipes, as well as actual food (although this was enjoyed by the panel, and not the audience.) The smell of the food though, rippled through the auditorium, and left us all drooling slightly…
What was fascinating to me, was the breadth of knowledge and the connectedness of knowledge that the panel, and of course the audience needed to draw on for the programme, and it made me reflect very much on our curriculum here. In order to fully access the conversations taking place on stage, I needed to draw on my geography and historical skills, understanding how food, recipes and heritage had made its way round the world, and ended up in Coventry, understanding the science of food, as they discussed the chemical reactions happening in certain cooking methods, and why and how flavours were developed, understanding language, as recipes, names of food or cooking styles had different linguistic roots, and of course enjoying the use of language in the discussion, the humour, and also, as an aside a whole segment on the local terms for a bread roll in Coventry (batch) as opposed to other places in this country and beyond; barm, bap, cobbler etc…
We often think about school as a variety of subjects. “I’ve done Maths, now I’m going to Business Studies, then on to Art…” and don’t always think about the connectedness, or the cohesion of how subjects interlink, overlap and inform each other, but it is occasions like this where suddenly, and quite obviously you realise just how connected things might be, and that your participation in the individual subjects and topics, and your curiosity to learn and discover will result in far richer experiences.
My question about interesting things to do with avocados that doesn’t involve guacamole was not selected to be asked on the programme, but on the other hand, as people had far better questions, as a result of the programme, my understanding of jerk seasoning, Scotch Bonnets and Pimentos has definitely been enhanced, and will be deployed in further cooking experimentation in the coming weeks.
Students are now able to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from the exciting new eBook and audiobook library, found here: rugbyhighschool.eplatform.co/
The library catalogue is full of bestselling, popular fiction titles and will offer your children a 24/7 access to a digital library in addition to the print library in school. Students can have 2 books out on loan at any one time and they will
automatically return after 2 weeks, or children can return them early in order to loan a new book.
We have age rated the books which means your children can only read books that are age appropriate. There are also settings that can be customised to enable children who suffer with reading difficulties to enjoy reading without specialised equipment or books – we will be working with those children to setup their preferences. The eBooks can be read on a computer, laptop, or through the free App on your tablets or smartphones.
Black History Month
We are proud to be marking Black History month in school and would like to share this reading list of some great books for young adult readers:
Cuts Both Ways by Candice Brathwaite
Rapunzella, Or, Don't Touch My Hair by Ella McLeod
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
When Our Worlds Collided by Danielle Jawando
Being Amani by Annabelle Steele
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
The King is Dead by Benjamin Dean
Only on the Weekends by Dean Atta
The Upper World by Femi Fadugba
Ophelia Clarke Bursary
A special bursary has been set up in memory of Ophelia Clarke (2018) who tragically passed away following her first term at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, aged only 18 years old.
Ophelia was a well-loved student at Rugby High from 2012 to 2018, and we have a tree dedicated to her memory on the school grounds. Ophelia is remembered by many at the school as an incredible young woman, intelligent, talented, caring and loving.
The College has now opened up the opportunity to contribute to the fund with a dedicated page on their website. Please share the link with anyone who knew Ophelia: Ophelia Clarke Bursary
Please note the updated term dates on our website. We have added some teacher training days to the calendar, when students are not expected to be in school. These are:
Tuesday 3 January
Friday 27 January
Friday 31 March
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July
PTA AGM coming up
The PTA AGM is being held at school on Monday 14th November from 6.30pm. Please come along! If you are interested in joining the PTA there is no need to let us know you’re coming. The AGM is about 30 minutes, followed by a short normal meeting, which you can also stay for.
Language Immersion Challenge:
Routes into Languages West Midlands
We were delighted that this summer that so many students decided to get involved in the Summer Language Immersion Challenge organised by Routes into Languages West Midlands. The challenge is designed to keep students practising their modern foreign language skills during the summer break and those who opt to take part complete a number of activities ranging from sending an email, following a recipe, watching a film or designing a cartoon in the target language, to name but a few. Participants are awarded Platinum (Yrs 10 – 12), Gold, Silver or Bronze certificates depending on how many of the challenges they complete.
We were therefore delighted to announce that a number of our students were awarded certificates for their efforts over the summer.
Many congratulations to all! ¡Felicitaciones! Félicitations!
Ms Vann and the MFL Team
Bronze CREST Project Success
Last week at our celebration assembly, a number of Year 10 students were awarded Bronze CREST certificates. CREST (Creativity in Science and Engineering) is the British Science Association's scheme for STEM project work that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. We enable students to achieve all levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) via projects in Year 9 (Bronze), advertised external summer schools for Year 10 and 11 (Silver) and our 6th form Engineering Education Sxheme students achieve Gold awards which reflect highly in their University applications. Project work in Year 9 has been very helpful in the past, enabling students to successfully complete Arkwright applications to gain personal funding and mentoring during their sixth form studies.
Many students' projects were of a high enough standard to achieve Bronze CREST awards (kindly paid for by the PTA). Congratulations to them all!
Latest football news
Rugby High 2 - 4 Houlton School (pen)
Thursday 6th October
Goals : Sofia 1 (Zoe assist) Diana 1
In a closely-fought match between two mixed year 7 and 8 teams, Houlton just had the edge and saw a well-deserved win. We were very impressed with our new year 7 goalkeepers, Zoe and Ira, both making some great saves. Particular kudos to Diana for her amazing run down the length of the pitch to score a fabulous goal. We are most grateful to our year 12 officials, Belle and Maddie who both referee’d and ran the line. Year 7 player of the match: Ese
Too excited by our victory to take a team photo, with this our first KS4 team (plus Hattie playing up), this was another close game! RHS battled to the end and there was another beautiful goal from Evelyn that was disallowed. We had great service from Sophia in goal and some fantastic defending, particularly from Rosie and Hattie. Player of the match: Jess
All are welcome at Football Club on Wednesday lunchtimes (Weather permitting. Shinpads essential).
Cross Country Cup
On Monday 10th October we took 9 runners to Princethorpe College for the Warwickshire Cross Country Cup. Our runners put in some excellent performances, some racing for the first time!
In the Junior age group (Yr 7/8) we had a full team of runners, positioning 4th , 5th , 12th , 29th , 36th and 39th out of 43 runners in total. They came 3rd overall on positions, joint 2nd overall on points!
We then also had 3 Inter age group runners (Year 9), who competed as individuals. Our runners came in 1st place, 5th and 26th out of 44 runners in total.
I am delighted to confirm that our Junior team have now qualified for the next round, the Regional Schools' Cup, on Sat 12 November. We wish them lots of luck!!
Well done to all of our runners!
GCSE Drama Crucible Conference
On 6th October we travelled down to London for The National Theatre's GCSE conference on The Crucible. Read on for a review from Suad Othman (Year 10) : "We learnt about the historical and social context and how they affect design, directing and performance choices."
"The directors brilliantly demonstrated how changing certain things you can achieve any mood you need to help get the idea and feeling across to the audience."
"We had a great time hearing from professionals and the directors Lyndsey Turner and Blythe Stewart, who gave us tips and tricks on things to include in our exam responses. We watched a short (but wonderful) performance that included lighting and costume, and we were incredibly impressed by the choices they had made! This trip was very helpful and enjoyable."
Rotary in Rugby
Activities and Competitions for Young People
The three Rotary Clubs in Rugby are publicising their programme for schools, youth clubs and individual young people in Rugby District. There are lots of fantastic competitions to enter in different age-group categories. These are competitions where the Rugby event is the first round in a national competition.
* Young Chef: a chance (as on TV!) to make a three-course meal against the clock
* Young Citizen: encouraging people to put forward the names of young people who have exceptionally served the community
* Young Environmentalist : a challenge to write up research on a topic of your choosing on 'Biodiversity'
* Young Musician: for instrumental and vocal soloists of around Grade 6 or above
* Young Photographer: to offer a photo on the theme 'The Beauty of Architecture'
* Young Writer: to write in prose or poetry on the theme of 'Peace'
* Youth Speaks: to form a team of three to present a debate on a theme of your own choosing
Rugby Rotary are also offering popular activities and competitions which are unique to Rugby
* Young Artist: a 2-week exhibition in July 2023 of visual art-work in St Andrew's Church, with a popular vote for the favourite exhibit
* Rotary Music Bursaries: a chance for families to apply for financial support for music lessons
Please express initial interest by the end of October 2022. Applications (with submitted pieces of work where they are required) from schools or individuals need to be sent in by Christmas 2022.
Join the Med Bio Soc!
Would you like to discuss the latest biological research and debate ethical dilemmas in medicine? Come along to the Med/Bio Soc for years 12 and 13.
Bonfire Night Fireworks Display
Attending an organised public display on Bonfire Night is always recommended as the safest option for enjoying fireworks. The largest display in Rugby is returning this year on Saturday 5th November at Whinfield Rec on Clifton Road. This event is organised by the Rugby Tound Table and supports local fundraising.
DigData Career Challenges
There are more exciting career challenges to take part in coming up, plus an online career panel in November: