This week, weather permitting we will all be participating in the Race for Life. 5km walking, running or jogging (in my case huffing and puffing) around our field. It is a fabulous whole-school event which we have been doing now since 2014, and it never ceases to amaze me just how much joy there is in the whole school coming together to complete an activity that is all about a really great cause, but also celebrates getting outside, and doing something physical.
Given that it is also Pink Day, I am also looking forward to the array of costumes and colours that our students (and staff) will be sporting. If there’s something we do well at RHS, it is the community spirit – look out for photos on our social media, and on our website!
In addition to it being the race for life, it is of course, the last week of this half term, and it feels like its been a very long one! It’s time for a step away from school, and a few days rest and relaxation so that we can all be ready for the second half term and the run into the Christmas break.
As ever with a holiday, make sure it is a chance to rest, not just recover! Take the time to meet friends, be sociable, but also, given Halloween and Bonfire night, stay safe, be safe and return well and prepared for the next few weeks in school.
I do hope everyone has a calm and refreshing half term, and now I’m off to do some stretches and lunges before attempting 5km. My 47-year-old legs don’t quite take to the running as easily as they used to!
As required by the Admissions Code, Rugby High School has published its proposed admissions policies for 2025 entry and has initiated a consultation period which is running from Monday 23rd October 2023 to Monday 4th December 2023.
Please see below for the 'Admissions Policy Rugby High School 2025 for consultation.'
This month we are celebrating Black History Month, which runs throughout October. Last week the hall was filled with a lively audience ready to be entertained with celebratory dance and musical performances, from Jackson 5 and Azonto to a stirring rendition of Hallelujah.
A reminder of who your House Sports Captains are!
The house prize for Holmes took place on Wednesday 25th October. This was a reward for achieving the most house points during the previous term and the students in Holmes house enjoyed a movie afternoon, watching Paddington 2!
Either print the form and hand it in to reception at school or email it back to RHS200Club@rugbyhighschool.co.uk (a photograph of the completed form will do). Payment is by cheque or via bank transfer.
A big thank you to all those who have already entered. All tickets will be sent out to you after half term.
Best wishes, Tess Juckes, 200 Club Organiser
GCHQ - National Languages Competition 2023
GCHQ, one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, is running a National Language Competition from 6th-10th November 2023 aimed at Year 9 pupils from across the UK. Over the course of five days, teams of four will score points by tackling a variety of fun, language-themed challenges hosted on an online platform.
Pupils taking part need no prior knowledge, only a keenness for languages. The team with the most points at the end of the competition will be invited to GCHQ’s Headquarters in Cheltenham and will be presented with a trophy. We are delighted that over 80 of our Year 9 students have signed up to take part in the challenge and we wish them lots of luck in the competition!
Here's some quotes to inspire you, from teams who took part last year:
"The challenge was really fun and also different to ones I have done before which was really interesting to see. I really enjoyed decoding some of the activities and working together with my team - it was an unique experience."
“When we got the offer to take part in the competition it was an immediate ‘yes’. We were intrigued by the prospect of solving and hopefully completing all the puzzles. The GCHQ said that it was impossible to complete all the challenges but we wanted to push ourselves out of our comfort zones"
The MFL Team
MFL and Food Technology – Crêpes and Tortilla Española
This week Year 9 students of French and Spanish have been cooking either crêpes (students of French) or tortilla española (students of Spanish) in Food Tech with Ms Holland and Mrs Fair or Mrs Muñoz. Students studied the vocabulary for utensils and ingredients in French or Spanish beforehand, as well as how to follow the French or Spanish recipe. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to put their language skills into action! Students thoroughly enjoyed this cooking activity, and also eating what they had made! A few quotes from the students included, “C’était vraiment amusant!”, “Les crêpes étaient très délicieuses – miam, miam! “, “On s’est super bien amusées!”, “We’ve been learning about Spanish culture in lessons so it was great to actually make something that we’ve seen photos of in class”, “¡Lo pasamos bomba!”, “It was lovely to work in groups and to eat the tortilla we’d prepared and cooked together. It felt like we were a big Spanish family!”.
Many thanks from all of us in the MFL team to Ms Holland for making this mouth-watering cultural experience possible!
Kenilworth vs Rugby High U13s Festival of football fun
On Thursday 12th October, we took a mixture of our year 7s and 8s over to Kenilworth School for a series of friendly 10 minute games against several of their U13 teams. For our year 7s, it was their first time representing the school in football, and they were amazing! We won some games, drew some and lost some. We borrowed Kenilworth players to make up our teams. Our goal keepers were Zoe, Melisa and Ella J and our goal scorers included Abi, Ella M, Imogen and Louise. Our players played the whole time as their teams rotated round and the effort they put in until the end was fabulous. We'd also like to thank Anna and Alannah at Kenilworth for refereeing the games.
Keva gains place on Synchronised Swimming Squad
Keva, Year 7, and four other athletes from Rugby Swimming club have been trialling for places in the National artistic swimming youth squads.
After several intense weeks of testing, Keva and two others were lucky enough to earn a place in the youth development squad, this is the very first step on the ladder to swim competitively for team GB!
Keva will now swim in Bristol with team GB once a month to master the techniques needed to compete at the highest level whilst still swimming competitively for her club.
Chloe, Year 9, also entered the trials for a team place in the next age category and made it to the final stages of selection in an extremely competitive group. Well done to them both!
Former student shares their story
We love hearing from our former students and Katie has been in touch to share her experiences of how useful her Spanish language skills were on her recent trip to Peru for her dissertation field work!
Thank you Katie for being such a brilliant ambassador for learning modern Foreign Languages at Rugby High!
"I recently got the opportunity to travel to South America with my degree in Environmental Science. I travelled to Peru for my dissertation field work and my background in Spanish was unbelievably helpful. I was able to speak the most Spanish out of anybody in my group and was able to communicate with the local residents about why we were there. It was not only an incredible experience personally, but I also got to learn new vocabulary and traditions from different communities that we stayed with that would have been impossible without my Spanish GCSE. We stayed in very remote communities with very limited English so my Spanish GCSE allowed me to communicate for the group, especially ordering in shops and restaurants, learning from the locals and with other researchers on the trip. During my time in Peru I discovered my passion for research and have just started my master’s degree with hopes to do more climate research in Peru in the future."
Next PTA Meeting
The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th November at 6:30pm in the Sports Hall Classroom.
All are welcome to come along!
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Free webinars to attend
Elevate Education will be hosting their next parent webinar on 'How You Can Help Improve Your Child's Memory'
Sign up to take part in the webinar on 14th November, 6-7 pm.