And welcome to our new students in years 7 and 12, and their families, and welcome back to our returning students and their families. Welcome also to new colleagues joining the RHS community.
The start of the school year is always a flurry of new timetables, new classes, new groups and new experiences, as we meet up after the long summer break, exchanging stories and catching up with each other. Whether you’re a year 13 student, who has been with us for nearly seven years, or a year seven student only in your second week, there will be new things popping up daily as we settle into the term.
What of course, is not new is the wonderful community of RHS. Although it’s refreshed as new colleagues and students join us, the community and environment of RHS remains as it has always been, one of aspiration, setting heights in our heart, and most importantly, one of kindness, care and respect. My goodness me, I have used those three words a lot in the last two weeks, as we’ve settled back into school, and they remain the core of everything we do here at RHS.
Yes, of course we aim for the very highest academic standards and personal development, but we do it with the individual at the centre of everything we do, and as I’ve said to all our students and colleagues this week, and reiterate here for you, if we can all honestly say that today, we have acted with kindness, care and respect in our interactions in person or online, add we have tried out best at the challenges we’ve faced each day, then really, what more can be expected of anybody?
So, with our best foot forward and the very highest of heights set in our hearts, I welcome you to the start of term, and hope that for everyone the academic year of 2023-24 brings you everything you want and more!
A message from Mr Grady for all students and parents: Road safety and courtesy outside the school is of paramount importance at the start and the end of the day, as we want all our students to arrive at school safely and depart safely at the end of the day. The start of term is always busy as everyone gets used to the drop-off and pick-up routines. Can I remind all parents and drivers that the bus bay outside the school is for buses only, that drivers should not be parking on the yellow cross hatching on either side of Longrood Road and that students should not be dropped off in the driveway, or by pulling into the front car park. Please drop students off further along Longrood Road where there are no markings, or on Cymbeline Way, where they can take a short walk into school.
The senior team and myself have been out every morning since the start of term, and have witnessed some dangerous driving, and some impolite behaviour from drivers. I am well aware that in the morning and evening people have places to be and other responsibilities, but can I ask all road users to show the kindness, care and respect that we expect of our whole community. Finally, the dangerous driving has already caused some near misses, and I am sure we all agree that we want our students to be safely dropped off and collected from school, and not put at risk. Please take care at these times of the day. Many thanks for your understanding.
Uniform Policy update
We have updated our Uniform Policy and you can read the latest version on our website. Some of the changes were implemented following feedback from students, via our school council, and include the wearing of one discreet bracelet and/or necklace.
After its postponement back in the Summer Term, Sports Day has now been rescheduled and will take place on Monday 25th September.
Students will be taking part in track and field events including a student relay and staff will also compete in the staff relay!
Staff Training Days
We have two staff training days booked in for this term. On these days, no students are expected to be in school. The upcoming dates are:
Friday 6th October
Friday 22nd December
Celebrate Cultural Diversity Day
On Friday 29th September we will celebrate Cultural Diversity day at Rugby High, with students invited to wear clothing that reflects their heritage, culture or background, or simply an aspect of themselves.
At Rugby High we firmly believe we are a school that celebrates and enhances diversity for our community. This is safe place, where we can be ourselves, and be welcomed and accepted for who we are.
Join a lunchtime club
Thanks to our longer lunch break at Rugby High we have time to run co-curricular clubs over lunchtime and we encourage all students to join some of these clubs and try something new! New sports clubs have now been announced for this term and are listed on our website. Some of our other clubs have started running, including Classics Club on Friday at 1.30pm, and further co-curricular clubs will be added as they are announced. Students should also look out for posters appearing around school.
All year 7 parents/guardians are invited to 'Tea, talk and tour' on Wednesday 27th September, 3.45pm - 4.45pm, to welcome you to Rugby High School.
This event is organised by our PTA and is a chance to meet other parents, enjoy tea / squash and a cupcake and have a tour with your daughter.
We hope to see you there!
Wine and Cheese Social
All parents/guardians of all years plus all staff are warmly invited to a Wine and Cheese Social on Wednesday 27th September, 5 - 6.30pm. This is being organised by our PTA and is a social event for everyone to come along to!
Come and enjoy wine, cheese and chat with other parents, staff members and members of the PTA. We look forward to welcoming lots of you to this event!
Date for your diary: PTA AGM
The PTA AGM is coming up and we'd love parents to come along! It is on Monday 9th October at 6.30pm at school. This will be followed by our usual committee meeting from 7.45 - 8.45pm, which you can stay for as well.
If your daughter or son is interested in taking on the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme this year, come along with them to one of the following meetings to find out more!
Year 9 Bronze Parent Information Meeting - Wednesday, 20th September 2023, 6-7pm in the Hall.
Year 10, 11 or 12 Silver Parent Information Meeting - Thursday, 21st September 2023, 6-6.30pm in Drama Studio 1.
Year 12 Gold Parent Information Meeting - Thursday, 21st September 2023, 6.45-7.15pm in Drama Studio 1.
Essay prize winner
Ansruta Ayyalasomayajua in Year 13 won second prize in a Cambridge University Arts and Humanities essay competition over the summer.
The competition invited Year 12 students from UK state-maintained schools to submit a response to one of twelve essay questions, which encompassed a variety of Arts and Humanities subjects available to study at undergraduate level at the University of Cambridge.
Ansruta’s essay discussed the merits of English as an ‘international language’ and contemplated reasons for its success and consequently its potential demise. You can read her essay on the University’s website. Well done Ansruta!
Jess Billa-Patel year 11 has secured a place with Northampton Town FC u16's team who play in the Junior Premier League (JPL) Warriors league. She has also been offered a place in their Emerging Talent Centre for further football development.
This is one of the highest leagues nationally in the JPL and Jess will be playing the likes of Derby County, Nottingham Forest, and also in cup games against teams including Watford, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham which is amazing. Congratulations to Jess!
Free webinars to attend
We’re inviting parents to join a series of free webinars from Elevate Education. They also come into school and work with our students, delivering successful workshops that help them with study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation.
You can register for any or all of these webinars:
How to Get (And Keep) Your Child Motivated - 19th September, 6-7 pm
How You Can Help Your Child Manage Their Time - 3rd October, 6-7 pm
How You Can Help Your Child Prepare for Exams - 17th October, 6-7 pm
How You Can Help Improve Your Child's Memory - 14th November, 6-7 pm
How You Can Build Resilience in Your Child - 28th November, 6-7 pm
How To Help Your Child Alleviate Stress - 12th December, 6-7 pm
Could you be Warwickshire Libraries’ Young Poet Laureate 2023/24? Warwickshire Libraries have announced that the competition to become Young Poet Laureate 2023/24 is now open. The search is on for the county's ninth Young Poet Laureate, who will succeed Emily Hunt in the role for 2023/24.
The competition is open to anyone aged between 13 and 17 who lives and is educated in Warwickshire and who would like to perform their own poetry to an audience. The Young Poet Laureate will take part in events and activities across the county and is offered the mentorship of a professional poet. Past Warwickshire Young Poet Laureates have performed on the radio, on film, at festivals and led their own poetry workshops.
Send in your application before the deadline of 6pm on Thursday 5th October. The judges will then get to work and shortlisted candidates will be notified by Thursday 26th October. There’s more information on their website.
You need your Cat.
When you slump down
All tired and flat
With too much town
With too many lifts
Too many floors
Too many neon-lit
Too many people
Telling you what
You just must do
And what you must not
With too much headache
Too many answers
You will never know
Then stroke the Cat
That warms your knee
You’ll find her purr
Is a battery
For into your hands
Will flow the powers
Of the beasts who ignore
These ways of ours
And you’ll be refreshed
Through the Cat on your lap
With a Leopard’s yawn
And a Tiger’s nap.
Assistant Caretaker is 20 hours a week: £9,123 to £9,306 - plus overtime pay. 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 school 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.
For further details, job description or an application pack for the above posts please contact: