I received a hand-written letter addressed to me at the school this week, which is actually quite a rarity. An actual hand-written letter. The handwriting was formal and confident, and certainly to me, promised something interesting inside.
Inside the letter was my 16 year-old self.
The letter had actually come from my GCSE Maths teacher, a formidable and good-humoured woman who had been a joy to work with, even when I was finding maths difficult, as I sometimes did.
Her letter opened with “Surprise!” which was fair enough, as she retired at the end of my GCSEs, and so I had not spoken to, nor had contact with her for 30 years. She had kept, it seems, interesting bits and bobs from her time as a teacher, and had found in her loft a letter I had sent to her during my GCSEs.
The letter was a closely argued, and mock-outraged explanation of why I felt I should have received the full 5 marks for a question, when I had only received 4. My teacher had simply grown tired of explaining this in class, and had stated that I should address my complaint in writing, which, precocious teenager that I was, I duly did. I had laid out my measurements, and made it very clear that I could not be held accountable for the blurry nature of the copying/ or the slight inaccuracy of the ruler, and so therefore, my answer of 37.9 inches (yes, inches. It was a different time) was just as right as my teacher’s answer of 37.
My teacher had also kept the reply she sent to me, outlining, that after careful consideration of my “pleading” she would award me the full marks.
With 30 years reflection on this, what strikes me is the quality of the relationship, the confidence of my teacher not to be rattled by a snotty teenage boy, but also her confidence it letting it be a moment of opportunity: She taught me not to be put off, to state my problem in mature and considered tones, and to interact with the problem, rather than run from it. It was such a good-humoured moment, and in re-reading the 30 year-old letters, what is so pleasing is seeing my own joy and curiosity in learning even back then.
I’m sure we all have memories of those little moments that really counted when we were at school, and I hope, that we, staff, students and families of RHS, continue to find and make those moments in our work together. Who knows, one day it may be one of your teachers, or even myself writing to you, 30 years down the line to remind you of your younger self, to celebrate your education, and to maintain those connections from which we all get so much joy.
The World Book Day theme this year is ‘Heroes’ and students are encouraged to get creative with their costumes to wear on Thursday 2nd March!
We are planning to run the following events:
Cake competition: Bring in your heroes-themed cakes on the day! Judging will be at 1pm, cake sale at 1.15pm.
Dress up competition: At break, in the hall
Guess the teacher: in the foyer at break and lunchtime
Book sale: This will run at lunchtime all week
Creative writing competition: deadline to be handed in is World Book Day.
Students should look out for posters around school with more details!
Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Rock Band club
Ms D’Souza is eager to keep our orchestra and chamber choir going after their wonderful performances in the Red Shoes, and is opening them up for more people to join. Students interested in joining the orchestra should complete the online form to show their interest, available times and instruments. Ms D’Souza has some fabulous film music scores to play, so would love as many people to sign up as possible:
We have a wonderful small group of vocalists in the choir who sounded so hauntingly beautiful in our recent production, and Ms D’Souza would also like to expand it slightly. This group is for part singing and some acapella (unaccompanied) work. If anyone if interested in accompanying on piano this would also be wonderful. The group is currently soprano/alto/higher voices, but Ms D’Souza would love the versatility of having some male/lower voices too. If you are unsure, why not go to a session to try it out! Please complete the online form if you are interested in joining chamber choir:
Rock Band Club is also starting up too, so look out for more details coming soon.
The deadline for completing the online forms for orchestra or chamber choir is this Friday, 10th February.
Futsal Tournament Success for the U13s
On Monday 6th February, our U13 Football Team took part in a Futsal tournament at Harris School. We were joined by Harris, Avon Valley and Rugby Free School. It was a tremendous opportunity and the students were all eagerly excited about the chance to demonstrate their skills in a competitive environment.
The team made a great start with a 4-1 victory over Rugby Free School, with 2 goals from Sofia and a goal each for Izzy and Evelyn. Following this, was a superb performance against Harris School with another couple of goals for Sofia.
This meant that the final match, against Avon Valley, was a “winner-takes-all” decider. It was a closely fought game with chances for both sides but in the end, due to another glorious finish by Sofia and some magnificent saves by Poppy French, RHS secured the victory of the game and, consequently, the tournament.
Dr Brown and Mr Phillips would like to thank all of the students who took part. They showed a fantastic attitude throughout the tournament, played to their full potential and represented the school wonderfully. It was decided that the player of the tournament would be Zoe due to her tremendous goal-keeping display against Harris, a willingness to play anywhere and constant enthusiasm and support for her teammates.
RHS 4-1 Rugby Free School
RHS 2-0 Harris
RHS 1-0 Avon Valley
Well done all!
Cross Country event
We would like to congratulate Olivia (Yr 9) and Elizabeth (Yr12), whom have both been selected to represent Warwickshire in the 'English Schools' Cross Country Championships'. This is being held in Nottingham on 18th March.
We wish both runners lots of luck!
Our year 7 and 8 Football Activators were inspired by the Barclays Game On Launch event this week! They are keen to plan some events to encourage all girls to play football, whether they've played before or not. Watch this space...
Climate month underway in school
Climate Month, the month-long mission by the school's Climate Coalition to raise awareness of the climate crisis and also raise money, is underway and our first event was Meat-free Monday this week. In the canteen, delicious veggie and vegan options at break time included vegan sausage rolls, vegan orange and hazelnut pastry and vegetarian pizza. And at lunch vegetarian chilli and spiced vegetarian biryani were on offer!
We're looking forward to seeing everyone's entries in the cake competition tomorrow!
Preloved uniform sale
This Saturday, 11th February, is the PTA's Preloved Uniform Sale in school. Please come along between 10am and 11.45am.
We’d love to see you at the sale!
PTA 200 Club 2022-23
The draws for December, January and February 200 Club tickets have taken place! Congratulations to the lucky winners!
Cheques to the December and January winners should have already been delivered via your children, while the February and Quarter 2 cheques will be delivered shortly. Enjoy!
Tess Juckes, 200 Club Organiser
He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (1899)
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
We’re recruiting for a Premises Manager and Cleaners, with all posts starting as soon as possible.
Premises Manager: NJC Grade H: Points: 17-22 (£26,845 to £29,440), full-time and permanent (37 hours per week). We are currently looking to appoint a Premises Manager to manage our caretaking and cleaning team. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have a high attention to detail and take pride in their work and that of their team. They must be passionate about developing a programme of continuous improvement of the site. They will be a great communicator, with a passion to serve their internal and external customers.
You will ideally have previous experience managing such a team in the education sector. You must have well-honed practical skills and a thirst to utilize them to the maximum benefit of the school. You will have purchasing expertise and a knowledge of a wide range of professional service providers. You must have experience of managing a budget and be a competent ICT user. The ability to work to tight deadlines and to communicate successfully with staff and students is essential.
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.