I hope you had a restful and peaceful half term break.
I had the fantastic duty over the half term break of congratulating an old friend on their incredible achievement of actually climbing and reaching the top of Mount Everest.
In my naivety, I had assumed that “summitting” was pretty much a given, as long as one was relatively fit, and that lots of people did this every year. How wrong I was. There were only around 470 licences issued this year, and there is only a short two to three-week window in the whole year, where the weather is favourable enough to actually make it to the top. Only one in four people broadly over the years actually succeed in making it to the actual top. So, to have done so, and made it back safely (unfortunately 13 people have died this year attempting to get to the top,) is really quite something. Having spoken to my friend, I feel a sense of achievement myself in simply knowing someone who has managed this tremendous feat!
What impressed me even more than the feat itself, was the dedicated and focussed approach my friend has taken in preparing for this challenge.
His goal was to reach the top, and so he looked carefully at what has ensured previous climbers to be successful, and looked at what they did in preparation, in terms of training, both physical and mental, and how effective that training could be. He carefully considered what the barriers had been to people being successful, and ensured his preparation included reading and research, so that although the professional support he had was in place, that he also had a sufficient working knowledge himself, and could make informed decisions.
Most importantly, he had to be mentally prepared for the euphoric moment of reaching the top, which lasts a couple of minutes, followed by the knowledge that, having spent 4-5 hours getting there on that day, there was then a 5-6 hour descent back to “camp 4” before several more days of descent, so actually the mental challenge of “I’m at the top of the world – I now have days of descent, without the euphoria” was prepared for.
Every year, lots of people it seems, think they can pay the fees for the licence, pay a support company, but do no training themselves and assume that because there’s a support team that will do it. Their own effort isn’t even a factor. You can imagine how dangerous this is, to have people dangerously unfit to look after several thousand metres up and in temperatures well-below freezing.
In talking to my friend, he simply said “well you’ve got to put in the effort, and the support teams are really able to do their job.” This is such a simple but effective concept isn’t it, in all of the challenges or work we face. Yes, there are people around us whose job it is to help, to support to mentor and to coach, but if you are not matching their efforts every step of the way, if you think that they’re doing the work, so you don’t have to, then you’ll never reach the goals you set, or the goals you hope to achieve.
Climbing your own particular Everest, whatever it is will always be a challenge, but when you match your efforts to those around you who want the very best for you, then you’ll be summitting with pride!
Stalls will include a PTA Tombola and refreshments stall and charity fundraising stalls run by each form group in years 7 - 10. Excitement is building across the year groups as they are designing their stalls, games to play and products to sell around the themes they have been given. There will also be music and drama performances and an exhibition of student artwork.
Entry and tokens for current students to purchase items at each of the stall will be sold in advance via Parentmail. There will be tickets on the door for those who don't currently have a student in school.
Pride Month Celebrations
We're celebrating Pride month this June at Rugby High and marking it with a Pride themed baking contest this Friday, 9th June. Cakes will be sold at lunchtime on the same day. The canteen will also be selling Pride cupcakes in June, with a contribution going to charity!
On Friday 30th June we'll be holding a Pride non-uniform day with a rainbow theme and a donation of £1 via Parentmail. Everyone is welcome to join in the Pride Parade at lunchtime, on the field, with music and a few performances, plus you can bring your own flags and banners.
All money raised will be donated to Warwickshire Pride.
The competition has closed and the winners have been announced! In the art category in 1st place is Aashna and in second place Mya. In the written category in 1st place is Daisy and in second place is Dhanya and Harini.
Aashna's pottery takes its inspiration from amphorae that were decorated with designs relating to the mythological Trojan war. Mya has created a piece of art inspired by a winged statue. Daisy's writing contemplates the immortaility of statues and Dhanya and Harini's creative piece tells a story of ladies overhearing a slave dealer bickering over a girl.
Congratulations to them all!
Year 9 Rounders Success
Our Year 9 Rounders squad have once again had a successful season with three out of three matches won against Harris (21-7), Avon Valley (16.5 –3) and Rugby Free School (20-3). Magnificent scores with consistently double figures for us and managing to suppress our opponents enough to keep them in single figures. The squad demonstrated fabulous team work, communicating well and supporting each other both when batting and fielding. Everybody managed to get themselves on the rounders score board with top hitters being Sienna Moran 12 rounders scored and Daisy Flanagan, 10 rounders scored.
The squad is Daisy, Sienna, Darcy, Poppy, Selina, Corey, Lucy, Izzy, Lauren and Rhianna. Well done everybody on creating a consistently positive and supportive environment for all to play in.
Caroline Lawrence's virtual lesson
Recently Year 7 had a virtual English lesson with Caroline Lawrence. Caroline Lawrence is an author most famous for her Roman Mysteries series of books, however she has also written many other books set in the American Wild West and in Ancient Greece.
Here’s Abigail, sharing her review of the lesson:
“Caroline Lawrence taught us how to write a good novel and gave us lots of tips on how to create the characters and shape the plot. She encouraged us to form the story line around these seven points; the problem, the desire, the opponent, the plan, the battle, the knowledge and the new level achieved. She gave lots of examples from her books and showed us what context they could be used in.
She described a list of characters that can work well together in a story; the main character, the side kick, the funny one, the wild one and the mentor. These characters are a good mix because they help make the story interesting and funny at some points. She gave us a really useful structure and inspired us to have a go at writing our own stories.”
Fantastic Football Tournament
On Thursday 18th May, our footballers joined other schools around Rugby for a day of girl’s football training and tournaments. We had a fantastic day at Rugby Borough Football Ground in another great event organised by Harris School Sports Partnership.
The morning session was for Primary Schools with our Football Activators:
Our 12 football activators from years 7 and 8, alongside the Activators from Harris School, ran warm up and training activities for girls from KS2. We then hosted some mini tournaments between the schools and our Activators had their first experiences of refereeing!
The afternoon session was a Secondary Schools Tournament:
Our three teams in the secondary tournament all played hard. We had goals from Evelyn B, Ava, Rosie, Sofia, Evelyn H, Izzy B and great saves from Ava, Hattie, Ash and Zoe. The games happened simultaneously, there were numerous assists and other great play which we failed to note down! The exciting news is that RHS Green and RHS Bibs both won through to the level 3 finals for their respective age groups, due to be played this half term.
1st Rugby High (Green)
Joint 2nd Houlton and Bilton
4th Rugby High (Blue)
1st Rugby High
Schools Athletics Competition
Ese, shares her experience of taking part in the recent athletics competition we took part in:
"On the day of the English Schools Athletics Competition for Year 7, 8, 9 and 10, we arrived at the athletics track next to the Diamond Jubilee Centre. We chatted, shared sweets and food whilst we waited for our events to start. A lot of other schools from around Rugby were also there, such as Princethorpe, Harris, Rugby School and Ashlawn. The events were really engaging and there was good competition from other schools. We had a great time and enjoyed the events we each competed in."
Town Athletics Championships
On Monday 22nd June Year 9 competed in the Town Championships Athletics Competition. There were eight schools competing in this age group. This is an event we take part in every year; the sun was shining down on us and we had secured our regular spot under the tree, so all was well! We had students jumping, throwing and running as fast as their legs would take them. Points were awarded based on positions and over all we manage to pip 1st place, just one point ahead of Princethorpe College. An excellent achievement for students that have really only had a few weeks of training! Very well done to: Alice, Lili, Olivia, Emily, Ada, Darcy, and Jesse.
Then an extra well done to the following students, who were selected as part of the Eastern Warwickshire Athletics team, on the back of their performance at this competition: Astrid, Emily, Sienna, Olivia. We look forward to sharing how you get on at the next round!
Two Free webinars from Elevate Education
The last two webinars of this term are coming up, hosted by Elevate Education in 2023 are:
These 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.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
We’re recruiting for an Assistant Caretaker, Mid-day Supervisor and Cleaners, with all posts starting as soon as possible.
Assistant Caretaker: Part-time, Permanent position – 20 hours a week, Term-time plus 3 Weeks. NJC Grade B: Points: 3-4 (£9,123 to £9,306 - plus overtime pay. Pay award pending.)
We are currently looking to appoint an Assistant Caretaker to join our premises team. You will report to our Premises Manager alongside two other Assistant caretakers. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have a high attention to detail and take pride in their work. You must be passionate about contributing to a programme of continuous improvement of the site.
Cleaner: 9 hours per week. Start times: Morning shift flexible starting between 6am to 7am or afternoon shift from 3.50pm. Term-time plus 5 training days plus 1 working week for deep clean – 40 Weeks. NJC Scale Point 1/2 (£10.50 – £10.60 per hour).
Cleaners are needed to join our team, working in a friendly environment. Training for cleaning and COSHH will be provided. Applicants must be able to work alone and as part of a team.
Mid-day Supervisor: Term-time only from 12.50pm to 2.05pm each school day. NJC Scale Point 1/2 (£10. 50 - £10.60 per hour).
The post involves supervision of the students and assisting with the smooth running of the canteen service.
For further details, job description or an application pack for the above posts please contact: