Well, having written to you during the excitement of World Book Day, I’m now writing to you during the excitement of British Science Week. Celebrations of our curiosity come thick and fast here at RHS, and the Science department have been leading a variety of exciting experiments, demonstrations and talks. Annoyingly the snow disrupted some external speakers last Friday, but I am sure we will be seeing them in at another point!
As ever, we have the tireless efforts of our Science department to thank for laying on a whole range of activities that spark further interest and curiosity in scientific exploration. Quite often this involves setting fire to things, or blowing things up, which I always find extra-exciting. Mr Koe is always threatening to dissect something whenever I swing by the Biology labs, and if there’s anything designed to get me out of the classroom faster it’s seeing those scalpels come out. I am always in awe of the students who take that sort of soft and squidgy type of science in their stride!
What is so powerful about our STEM work here at RHS is the great number of students taking up the challenge of the STEM subjects at A-Level, and we are always over-subscribed for these classes, our results at GCSE and at A-Level being some of the best in the town, and indeed county.
In addition, this week, we were excited to see one of our old students coming back to discuss her STEM apprenticeship with students, again reminding us not just of the opportunities on university courses with the STEM subjects, but with training and work-based learning too. It is always wonderful to see the successes our ex-students have made, based on the STEM education they received here at RHS.
In a busy week, we’ve also had students out visiting Poland on the Lesson from Auschwitz project, started year 9 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh courses, and of course, on Tuesday celebrated National Pi day, not to mention of course, celebrating International Women’s Day last week!
It’s such a pleasure to have so many wonderful experiences for our students filling the calendar and keeping us all busy. The final two weeks into the Easter Break promise to be equally jam-packed!
Have a great couple of weeks, stay well and safe everyone,
The election process for our Prefect roles starts this week. Year 10 students have been sent all the details they need about the role and the application form to complete. Our prefects play a vital part in the main school; assisting and supporting both staff and students.
Prefects take on responsibilities across the school working with, and representing younger students. This includes playing a key role in helping new Year 7 students feel settled and happy as they move up to Secondary School. All prefects will have general responsibilities as part of the team, however a commitment to attending at least one weekly lunchtime meeting and to all school events (including evenings) is essential.
Once we have our final shortlist of 10 candidates, they will write a manifesto to tell the rest of the school about themselves. Then all students in years 7 – 10 will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate that they feel would make the best prefect. Voting will take place from Friday 19th May to Thursday 25th May.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 19th April 2023 at 9.00am.
British Science Week
This week is British Science Week which is run by the British Science Association. It’s a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. To celebrate this, Year 9s have been flying teabags around the lab, equipped with a heat mat, spill and an empty teabag case shaped into a cylinder. They lit the top of the teabag cylinder and once it had burnt down the fine ashy mesh flew up to the ceiling!
They learnt the science behind it and created a poster to show how it worked! Lighting the top of the teabag cylinder heats the air inside the cylinder. The air molecules start to move more quickly and spread out to take up more space. As the air molecules spread out, the air inside the cylinder becomes less dense. Warm, less dense air rises above cool dense air. The ash of the teabag is light and doesn't require much force to lift it, so as the warm, less dense air rises, it has enough force to lift the ash of the teabag and off it flies! Hot air balloons use a similar principle!
Our students had a fabulous trip to Paris before half term and wanted to share their experience: "It was a wonderful experience to travel to Paris with RHS because it provided an excellent opportunity to explore the city. We had great weather and sunny skies the entire time we were on the journey. The excitement of being in Paris was increased by being accompanied by friends. Everywhere we went, particularly in front of the Eiffel Tower, we had the opportunity to take a tonne of photos! Although visiting the Eiffel Tower was meant to be the highlight of our trip, we also had the opportunity to visit the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay, two other fascinating locations. We had the surreal opportunity to see the "Mona Lisa" artwork in person at the Louvre, which was truly incredible. We had an excellent perspective of the Eiffel tower from the Bateaux Mouches boat trip, and the surrounding scenery was lovely."
"A highlight was being able to shop along Champs-Élysées, where there were so many stores that aren't available in the UK, such as Sephora. Walking through the streets of Paris was memorable, and going into the various shops and cafes allowed us to practise our French speaking, which was very helpful and helped us step outside of our comfort zones. As the trip progressed, it became much easier to communicate with staff members in shops and restaurants, and we were able to see many street vendors, which is something we do not typically see in the UK and had allowed us to buy souvenirs to remember our trip by. As we strolled through the streets in the evening, restaurants and cafes were beautifully lit up. Since we had to interact with individuals who spoke French, the trip helped us learn more about the language and deepened our understanding of the culture. As a whole, the journey to Paris was delightful and unforgettable, and we are grateful that we had the opportunity to take part in it."
International Women's Day Competition Winners
Students were invited to create a piece of art or a poem based on a woman that inspires them,for International Women’s Day. Here are the winners:
1st – Aashna
2nd – Dipika
3rd – Breesha
1st – Ivany
2nd – Agamya
3rd – Deeksha
Well done everyone!
Art chosen for exhibition
Congratulations to Matilda from Year 10 who has had a piece of her artwork accepted into the Coventry Open! The 2023 exhibition will be the twelfth Coventry Open, and the first to include a young people's showcase, giving artists aged 15-18 a chance to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting.
The exhibition opens at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry on Friday 24th March.
World Book Day fundraising
Thanks to the book sale and cake sale on World Book Day we raised £118.50 for the charity Book Aid International, which works for a world where everyone has access to books.
World Book Day creative writing competition
The winners of the World Book Day competition have been announced:
Year 7 winner – Reet
Year 7 Highly Commended:
Year 8 winner – Rishika
Year 8 Highly Commended: Gisele
Year 10 winner – Ivany
Well done to everyone!
U16s Football Success
U16s: Rugby High School 6 - 1 Harris CofE Academy
Goals: Evelyn (5), Rosie (1; pen). Assists: Izzy, Jess, Rosie.
Our U16s football team got off to a great start in the first of our league games, despite an anxious start. With a last-minute switch from 9-a-side to 11-a-side and all of our available players on the pitch, we did relax a little when Evelyn scored her first goal. Three more followed with assists from Jess and Izzy, then Rosie scored a confident penalty, and assisted in Evelyn's fifth goal. Hani made some skilful passes from midfield creating some great chances, no one would ever have guessed that this was her first ever football match!
Player of the match was Evelyn - not just for her 'Golden Boot' in scoring five of our goals, but for her great spirit as a team player.
The game showed amazing determination and resilience from Rugby High students - we had five year groups represented on the field, comprised of a range of players who are Academy level, players who don't play out of school, and even players who have never played before, all playing together as a team and supporting each other. We had our two calm and efficient year 12 officials, Belle and Maddie, refereeing and running the line, and we are very grateful to them for giving up their time (they get paid to do this at the weekend). Dr Brown and Mr Phillips felt very proud of all of the students, and we would also like to thank the parents (and big sisters!) who support, drive, and feed snacks to their children to keep them going, between all of their other commitments.
U13s: Rugby High School 19 - 0 Rugby Free School Goals: Sofia (9), Poppy (3), Abi (3), Izzy (1), Ella (1), Deeksha (1), Evelyn (1).
Our U13 football team had a great start in the first of their league games with an excellent win over Rugby Free School. Despite the gloomy weather, the players all shone and showed a range of intelligent, attacking moves. Through this, Sofia scored nine goals, Poppy and Abi achieved hat-tricks and Izzy, Evelyn, Ella and Deeksha all chipped in to round off the scoring. Special mentions as well to Imogen and Anushay for their fantastic assists.
There were a number of sparkling performances but, in the end, it was decided that player of the match should be Deeksha – not only for her excellent strike but her all-round determination and drive which inspired others around her and ensured that the team was consistently on the front foot. She brought a renewed energy in the second half.
Dr Brown and Mr Phillips would like to say a massive thank you to all of the players who played their part, Belle for providing her time in order to conduct fantastic officiating, the parents who came along and showed their support for the team and Rugby Free School for demonstrating great resilience and a positive attitude throughout the match.
Emerging Talent in Football
Jessica in Year 10 has got into Derby County Emerging Talent Centre (ETC), an FA-approved scheme for developing girl's football players, which is a fantastic opportunity for her. In the last month, Jessica went to several trial rounds and was scouted. It was a highly competitive process with only a very few making it through.
Last week Jessica went to Derby Pride Park stadium to be inducted and receive her Derby County kit. She will now train with the Derby ETC whilst continuing to play for her other local teams Leamington Lions (Warwickshire league) & Kirby Muxloe (Leicestershire league).
Congratulations to Jessica!
Apprenticeships and Women in STEM
This week years 9, 10 and 12 have been hearing from one of our former students, Connie Rudman, about the opportunities offered by apprenticeships and about women working in STEM industries.
Connie is in year 5 of a 6 year degree apprenticeship at Jaguar Landrover, working in the interior lighting team to create innovative lighting solutions, whilst studying for an Applied Engineering Degree part-time at Warwick University. Connie spoke about her journey to her current career - when at Rugby High she felt she was good at art and enjoyed physics and realised that combination could lead to a career in design and engineering. She always felt she wanted to be an artist so chose work experience with a freelance artist and also at a tattoo parlour. However these experiences actually revealed that this was not the career she would enjoy and she took a further placement with JLR in the design department which she really enjoyed. After originally applying to university to do engineering courses she changed her mind and chose to apply for an apprenticeship and feels its the best thing she could have done.
Connie promoted the world of opportunities out there with apprenticeships available in industries as varied as HR, welding, arboriculture, medicine, childcare, journalism or interior design! Connie also emphasized the importance of embracing work experience placements, how its worthwhile thinking outside of the box and choosing placements which give you an insight into your possible future career.
Year 11 Support Clinics
If you are in Year 11 and would like to build confidence regarding English Language/English Literature or you would like further support with a particular question/skill set to help you in your Summer exams, then please attend the clinic dates below.
English Language Paper 2 Section A (Reading): Friday 17th March
English Language Paper 2 Section B (Writing): Friday 21st April
Literature: pre20th century novel and Shakespeare: Friday 28th April
Literature: Poetry and An Inspector Calls: Friday 5th May
All sessions start at 1.10pm and will be in A3. Please bring your lunch or collect a lunch pass from your English teacher
There is a place (believe me,
she said) where if, if
you go beyond
the street lights, to the lane’s end,
then (and don’t look back)
(One flash could nix your night-sight,
the spark of a car on the hill
a mile away
or a patio light’s twitchy sensor
shocking empty gardens
with fake day.)
Just walk, she told me once. You’ll see
what owl-eyes, fox-eyes, know:
there is a place
behind the darkness. It’s like coming home,
she said, believe me. I hope
it was true.
Look up. The height of it! More stars
than anyone has seen. And one
small speck called you
among the millions. And you’re spinning
upwards (she said, the last time
we saw her) through
We’re recruiting for Exam Invigilators, Premises Manager and Cleaners, with all posts starting as soon as possible.
Exam Invigilators: Salary: £11.76 per hour (including holiday pay), Hours: Casual. We are currently looking to increase our existing pool of Exam Invigilators for the forthcoming examination season starting in May. No experience is necessary as full training will be given, but the role requires good communication skills and attention to detail.
If you are interested in flexible working hours and are available during exam periods please contact the Office Manager on 01788 819500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed application form.
If you wish to know more about the role please contact the Examinations Officer on 01788 810518 extension 529. Please note this position is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
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.