We’re already two weeks into this half term, and the time simply seems to be flying away!
This week and next week also feel slightly truncated with the two bank holidays, creating that four day week for us all, and meaning you never quite seem to get up and running in the way you’d like. However, I hope everyone is making the most of those extra days at the weekend.
For our year elevens and thirteens, we are entering their last two official weeks of education, although throughout the exam period students can attend, and we will also be putting on specific revision sessions that students will have been invited to. For those families with students preparing to sit GCSEs and A-Levels, I’m sure you’re thinking, “where did that time go?” “Only last week, surely, we were thinking about the move from primary to secondary school?” And now here you are, 5 or 7 years later thinking about the upcoming exams.
Time really does ebb and flow in the oddest of ways, and I was reminded of this recently whilst talking to a neighbour. As we approach this weekend, with the impending celebrations surrounding the coronation of King Charles III, I am excited to say that in the small close in which I live, one of our neighbours has organised a street party.
I have some sort of random nostalgia for a street party, despite never having attended one. I thought I dimly remembered doing something in our primary school playground for the Queen’s silver Jubilee, but a quick google told me that this was 1977, and I would have been aged one. So that can’t be right. I wonder what that was…? There was definitely a street party feel to whatever was happening. Time once again, playing odd tricks on the mind.
Anyway, a street party to celebrate the coronation seems a very pleasant thing to do with one’s Sunday afternoon. We are all meant to bring a plate of food, and it will be a chance to catch up with our neighbours, some of whom I never really speak to, and perhaps make some connections with those living close in our community. I’ve had a go at making the Coronation Quiche, relatively successfully, although I have to say it doesn’t have the excitement nor flavour of Coronation Chicken.
Excitingly though, I have also got a plan for a small performance at the start of the party. Those of you who remember Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee, (Again – time is a funny thing – I thought this was relatively recent – but it was 2002. Twenty-one years ago! The entirety of our student body will have no memory of this!) those of you that DO remember it though, may remember that Brian May, the guitarist from the band Queen, performed “God Save the Queen” whilst standing on top of Buckingham Palace. Well. I have an electric guitar, and a hefty amplifier. I can play “God Save the Queen.” And, I can get onto the one story roof above our garage with the help of a stepladder. All I need is a large curly wig, and I can really kick the start of the street party off with a bang!
As a younger person, and certainly as a grumpy student at university, I would not have expected my older self to be in quite such a celebratory mood around the coronation, and would certainly have shared a variety of views with you about the monarchy – whether you’d asked me for them or not. But the older I get, and as time moves on, the more I find some comfort in the continuity that our monarchy brings. There is something reassuring about the ties that bind monarchy and state, king, queen and parliament, and during such an occasion, with what I am sure will be hours of television and media coverage, it’s a great opportunity to learn a little more about our constitution, why our country works the way it does, and reflect on how we can continue to be a part of our local and national communities to continue to make a difference.
I’m not going to be painting myself red, white and blue and camping out on the mall at all hours, but in my own quiet way, with my amplifier turned up to eleven, I shall be celebrating the accession of our next monarch, and enjoying the company of my local community.
For those of you celebrating the coronation over the bank holiday, I do hope you enjoy it, and next time I write to you, our year elevens and thirteens will have officially left, our year tens and years twelves will now be the official oldest in the school, and we shall officially have entered a new Carolingian era.
Leave of absence during term time: Updated information for parents
The Supreme Court 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.
Your child’s progress academically, as well as socially, is our shared priority.
Photo Competition Winners
Students who visited Paris in February were invited to enter our photo competition and the winners have been announced. The runner up is Flora with her photo of the Musée d'Orsay, an art gallery built in an old railway station on the Left Bank of the Seine.
The winner is Sophie for a photo of Église Saint-Eustache in the Les Halles area.
We saw so many beautiful sights whilst we were staying in Paris that it was really hard to choose! Congratulations to everyone who submitted an entry.
Year 11 Study Leave
Year 11s are busy preparing for their upcoming GCSE exams which start on Monday 15th May (Art and MFL oral exams are prior to this). They will be enjoying their Celebration Breakfast on Friday 12th May which will finish at 10.55am. After this they will be able to go home to prepare for their exams.
Managing Exam Stress
For students finding the upcoming exams period stressful or overwhelming, they can find support from Kooth. Kooth is an online mental health and wellbeing service for children and young people and has lots of content and discussions around exam stress. Kooth is free to use, no kind of referral is needed to join, signing up and getting started only takes a few minutes and no problem is too big or small. Students can read their exam stress toolkit with tips from students and teachers on how to manage exam stress.
The Classics department has launched a competition open to all students! To enter you need to create a response to a piece of Classical art/architecture, either in writing or another medium. Prizes will be awarded to the best written and non-written entry from KS3 and from KS4/5. Prizes include house points, edible treats and a Classics-themed prize. Hand in your entries to the Classics office by 22nd May.
Students can get inspiration from sources such as: The Manar al-Athar Photo Archive - If you use one of these images and respond in writing there is an opportunity for their entries to be submitted to a competition with the University of Oxford for which there are cash prizes.
Surabhi has qualified to compete in the Under 14 Youth Fencing Championship.
After coming 5th in the West Midlands regional match in February, Surabhi represented the West Midlands in the U14 British Youth Fencing Championship, which was held in Sheffield on 30th April. This is a tremendous accomplishment for her. Well done Surabhi!
Latest Futsal Tournament
On Thursday 20th April, we took two U13 futsal teams to Houlton School for a futsal tournament. Our green team had won through in East Warwickshire and we were to play Nicholas Chamberlain, the winners of the North Warwickshire futsal tournament. We were also to play two Houlton teams, we had only met these in a football game played on grass and lost (narrowly) so we were quite nervous!
Each game was very hard fought against great opposition and we were delighted to at least score some goals past these formidable oppositions. Halfway through we moved from the sports hall onto the MUGA outside and a shout out to both Deeksha and Vanisha who left a lot of knee skin behind on that MUGA. Our goal scorers were: Erin, Imogen, Sofia (2), Ella, and Evelyn (also an assist). Some great football on display from all teams and a thoroughly enjoyable tournament. Thanks to Rob, our temporary caretaker, for driving the minibus to all of these places too!
Sixth Form Drivers
If you come to school in your own car, whether you park on the school premises or not, you need to register your car with us using the form below. After registering collect a Parking Permit from Reception at break time the following day.
Remember to leave in good time for your journey and park considerately on the school site. Please do not use the visitor car park as this can lead to visitors parking on the drive which makes access for delivery drivers and emergency vehicles a problem. You must display a Rugby High School parking permit in either your front or rear windscreen whether you are parked on site or on a road outside of school. If you park on the streets outside school you must obey the law and the parking restrictions in the Highway Code.
Warwickshire Libraries are looking for young people, 13-19 years old, to volunteer this summer to help with the annual Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure programme for children, run by The Reading Agency. Taking place every year the Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays.
If you can volunteer for 10-15 hours in the summer holidays and have the key skills of a love of reading and being able to share this with younger children, being patient, punctual and reliable, then why not apply?
Good luck to our Rugby High students who are in the big summer musical School of Rock at Rugby Theatre in early June, who are Florrie, Poppy, Molly, Saffron and Isabel.
They are doing a fantastic job of the singing, dancing, acting and music! It's going to be the talk of the town!
Share our Open Evening date
We'd like to invite year 4 and 5 students and their parents/carers to visit Rugby High School for our Open Evening on 14th June, 5-7pm!
Parents/carers and prospective students will be able to explore Rugby High School, speak to teachers and current students and hear talks from the senior team. Please share these details with any friends or family who have daughters in years 4 or 5.
Free webinars from Elevate Education
We’re inviting parents to join a series of free webinars this academic year 2023. The next series of webinars from Elevate Education in 2023 are:
These free webinars are provided for parents by our partners Elevate Education. They also come into school and work with our students, delivering workshops that help them with study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. This webinar series will help you to support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school and we hope you can join in.
A Portable Paradise
by Roger Robinson
And if I speak of Paradise,
then I'm speaking of my grandmother
who told me to carry it always
on my person, concealed, so
no one else would know but me.
That way they can't steal it, she'd say.
And if life puts you under pressure,
trace its ridges in your pocket,
smell its piney scent on your handkerchief,
hum its anthem under your breath.
And if your stresses are sustained and daily,
get yourself to an empty room - be it hotel,
hostel or hovel - find a lamp
and empty your paradise onto a desk:
your white sands, green hills and fresh fish.
Shine the lamp on it like the fresh hope
of morning, and keep staring at it till you sleep.
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.