I hope you managed to have a restful and/or productive half term, and that those of you celebrating Diwali over the break had the chance to celebrate and come to together with family and friends and really enjoy the occasion.
The clocks going back over this break always brings that definite shift into Autumn, and as the mornings and evenings feel a little darker, getting out of bed, and journeying into school and home in the dark can really shape how you’re feeling about the days and weeks ahead. During this week, and next all students will be discussing in their form groups what their “commitments” will be, so that, in line with our vision they can continue working to be “Resilient, Successful and Healthy this term.”
Students need to think about a variety of statements, based on their experience of the first half term, and whether you’re year 7 just starting to feel settled into school or a year 13 student, busily writing UCAS applications, and thinking about putting a foot outside the safety of RHS, we think the statements really help to focus us in our thinking. As adults too, these sorts of moments of reflection and commitment can also help us to shape how we approach each day or task or challenge. The statements we’re asking students to consider are:
To be Resilient, Successful and Healthy this term, I must…; I will…; I’ll try to…; I hope to…; I’ll be pleased if…; I know I’ll have been successful when…; I’ll avoid…; I will not…
I think this approach is a great way of taking the time to make some commitments to yourself, but also, with the variety of statements also give yourself the chance to be flexible and honest about what you realistically can achieve, and how you might do that. For the adults reading, I wonder if you’ll make some commitments too, as we’re asking the students to?
My form will be completed and stuck on my office door for all to see in the coming week. You can see what I’ll be committing to, and I look forward to seeing what our students commit to and achieve in the coming weeks too!
At the end of last half-term we held our Celebration Assembly, recognising the talents of our students and awarding certificates to each year group plus Headteacher's Awards and the Jane Eggleston Award for English.
Congratulations and well done to all of them!
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Certificates for Duke of Edinburgh Awards are presented at the Celebration Assembly each term. Students who had achieved their bronze, silver or gold awards and were announced at the assembly before half term.
Well done to them all!
Following the launch of our new E-library, 303 books have been borrowed in the first month – this is amazing!
To borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from the exciting new E-library, go to the online platform or scan this QR code:
A Great Season for the Dragonesses
Rugby High School girls from Years, 8, 11 and 6th form formed a key part of the amazing success of the old Laurentian Dragonesses last season. The Dragonesses play in the West Midlands Girls Tag League where player ages range from 8 to 17 and teams come from Kenilworth, Coventry, Keresley, King’s Norton, Bournville and Evesham. Last season the girls scored one second place and two thirds giving them third place in the league overall.
The highlight of the season came right at the end of the season at the Evesham Festival. After a long day, the girls found themselves in the semi-final where they played Kings Norton B. However, things didn’t go to plan in the first half & at half-time the game was tied at 2-2. Now the girls got really serious and took it upon themselves to turn things round. In the second half they played mistake-free Rugby, winning 7-3. They went on to lose in the final against King’s Norton A, but the average age of the squad is 12. Well done!
Students, parents and teachers are invited to discover more about career opportunities in data. This one hour session will include a 45 minute panel discussion and 15 minute Q&A.
Free Webinar on Exam Preparation
Elevate Education will be continuing their free parent support series on Tuesday 8th November at 6pm, with their webinar focusing on helping your child prepare for exams. As a reminder, Elevate Education works with our students, delivering workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. The upcoming workshop will focus on how to:
Create a road map to maximize success in your child's exams
Structure their final week before exams
Stay on track & avoid cramming or stressing the night before
Warwickshire County Council have produced a guide to help you stay safe and well this winter. It has help and advice on the rising cost of living, staying warm and well this winter, support available for families and mental health support. It also has a directory of useful phone numbers and web addresses. You can find it online.
Household Support Fund payments
Warwickshire County Council has written to parents / carers who are eligible for benefits related free school meals to let them know about financial help with significantly increased living costs.
Warwickshire County Council will be providing vouchers to support those families during these challenging times. The two cost of living payments will be sent in November 2022 and February 2023. If you have questions about this support please visit their website.
What If This Road
What if this road, that has held no surprises
these many years, decided not to go
home after all; what if it could turn
left or right with no more ado
than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin
were like a long, supple bolt of cloth,
that is shaken and rolled out, and takes
a new shape from the contours beneath?
And if it chose to lay itself down
in a new way, around a blind corner,
across hills you must climb without knowing
what’s on the other side, who would not hanker
to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know
a story’s end, or where a road will go?
We’re recruiting for a Premises Manager, an Assistant Caretaker and Cleaners, with all posts starting as soon as possible.
Premises Manager: £24,920 to £27,515, full-time and permanent (37 hours per week). The Premises Manager will manage our caretaking and cleaning team, be self-motivated, have a high attention to detail and take pride in their work and that of their team. You must have well-honed practical skills and a thirst to utilize them to the maximum benefit of the school. The ideal candidate will have purchasing expertise, a knowledge of a wide range of professional service providers, experience of managing a budget, be a competent ICT user and able to work to tight deadlines. Find out more and apply here.
Assistant Caretaker: £18,887 to £19,265 FTE, part-time and permanent (20 Hours per week, term-time + 3 Weeks). The Assistant Caretaker must be passionate about contributing to a programme of continuous improvement of the site and be a great communicator. You will ideally have previous experience in a similar role in the education sector and must have well-honed practical skills and a desire to use them for the benefit of the school. You must also have a driving license that allows you to drive a light weight 17 seater minibus. Find out more and apply here.
Cleaners: £9.50 – £9.60 per hour, morning shift flexible starting between 6am to 7 am or afternoon shift from 3.50pm. Term-Time plus 5 training days plus 1 working week for deep clean – 40 Weeks. Training for cleaning and COSHH will be provided. Applicants must be able to work alone and as part of a team.
Please visit our website to find out how to apply for the Cleaner position.