This week, we celebrate a range of cultural diversity in school, with European day of languages, and of course, our “Diversity Day” on Friday this week, an event that this year is only three years old, but already a fixed and traditional part of our calendar that I cannot possibly imagine not happening.
On Friday, our whole community will celebrate the diverse nature of the community, reflected in the way we dress, what we’re eating and a wonderful set of performances during Friday lunchtime.
Our diversity prefects have ensured that this year will be the biggest celebration yet, and we simply can’t wait to come together as a school in an event of such joy and inclusivity.
There will be a great many pictures of the event taken during the day, and I challenge anyone not to see what we do on this day and not be overwhelmed by the wonderful nature of our school community.
For those students new to RHS, you will not have seen anything like this, and it is a thing of great pride to me that students who’ve joined us so often say how great the day is, and how they wish their previous school offered not just a day like this, but the continued celebration of diversity that they have already experienced.
It is so instrumental to all we do here at RHS, not just that everyone is “accepted” and “tolerated” but that everyone here is seen, heard and celebrated, and that is they don’t feel that has been happening, that they feel able to talk to an older student, a student leader or a staff member to address this.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day on Friday, and look forward to seeing the very best of RHS front and centre!
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Sports Day - take two
The weather in a July was very unkind to us, with heavy downpours descending just 40mins before Sports Day was due to start, cancelling the event. We promised to reschedule, and on Monday 25th September we delivered...as did the Sun! We had glorious weather for what was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of competitive sport. The sounds of loud cheers and rapturous applause did not stop for the whole 2.5 hours. The event being accompanied by a playlist designed with our Cultural Diversity week in mind, also had the crowds bouncing!
During the afternoon we had a whopping 22 individual school records broken, as well as 3 relay records. Some competitors now holding 2 or 3 records in total.
Year 8 records
Emily - 400m
Florrie - Discus
Bestly - Shot Put and 200m
Maya - Javelin
Daisy - High Jump
Izzy - High Jump
Year 9 records
Lucy - 200m
Olivia - 400m and 800m
Isabella - Discus
Year 10 records
Cherie-Asha - 200m
Rebecca - 400m
Okiki - Discus
Ivany - Shot Put
Year 12 records
Kamil - 200m
Thomas - 400m
Alex - 800m
Felix - Javelin
Mazvita - High Jump
Tejiri - 100m
Points and places were hotly contested, and everyone entered with great competitive spirit, but also with kindness, care and respect for their opponents, and the staff marshalling the events.
1st - RAUF with 485 points
2nd – GLENNIE with 435 points
3rd – HOLMES with 430 points
4th – SEACOLE with 386 points
Congratulations to RAUF HOUSE, for the overall win. The yellow flag will be proudly flying from the school mast ??
Duke of Edinburgh Sign-up now open
Students wishing to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award this year are now invited to sign up.
The deadline for completing the registration form is 10pm on Monday 9th October. Scan the relevant QR code to link to the form.
The Great European Bake Off
This Tuesday was European Day of Languages and to celebrate we held the Great European Bake Off. We had an amazing selection of cakes and were blown away by the creativity we saw and the number of entries. Judging took place at breaktime and winner of the Traditional European Cake Award was the Sicilian Orange cake. Winner of the Creative Showstopper Award was the Spaghetti and Meatballs cake! And winner of the Year 13 Student Choice Award was the Pan-European cupcakes. Two cakes were also Highly Commended - the Beans on Toast cake and the Cup of Tea cake!
Well done to everyone who entered and to our winners!
Last week Caitlin Hanna, an ex-student, joined some our Year 13s to give them some guidance on Astrophysics at University. Caitlin has completed the 3rd year of her 4 year Masters Degree in Astrophysics at Leicester University. She was able to give an insight into university life, the application process and what the course involves. It is always great to hear how well ex-students are doing and its fabulous how much they still keep in touch and want to help those still at school!
Staff Training Days: Reminder
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
Year 10 student Isla has featured in the latest season of Phoenix Rise, a show on BBC Iplayer/BBC 3. Look out for her in a number of scenes (above you can spot her with her pink backpack)! The show focuses on six outsiders who learn the only way they are going to survive school is by sticking together - but can you ever really leave your past behind? It was filmed locally, in and around Coventry, including some of the city's iconic landmarks and also at former Further Education campus, Henley College.
The Rugby Town Exhibition competition
Call for Youth Section entries for a local art competition! Artists aged 14-22 are invited to enter their artwork depicting the town we live in, which will be judged by local artists Eric Gaskell, Steve Davies and Evelynn Wenman.
Selected works will then be on public display at Art at the Alex throughout November alongside work on this theme by a number of professional artists.
It is free to enter and there are prizes for youth entries 2 and 3D work. The entry Find out more here.
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.
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.
The next free webinar coming up is:
How You Can Help Your Child Manage Their Time - 3rd October, 6-7 pm