I hope you managed to have a restful and/or productive half term, and that those of you celebrating Diwali this coming weekend are looking forward to a wonderful celebration – can I take this opportunity to wish all those of you celebrating, a very happy Diwali!
This weekend is also Remembrance Sunday, and as we approach the weekend, and the Remembrance activities we may be undertaking for Armistice Day, it is a time for reflection as much as remembrance.
I spoke in assembly this week to years 7-11 about what and who I remember, during the two minutes silence that we will be holding on Friday at 11am. I spoke about my memories of seeing Dame Vera Lynn alongside my grandmother, and my parents many years ago in Coventry town centre. Young as I was, it was impossible not to be moved by the way in which the two minutes silence was marked: Instead of a bugle playing the last post, what the crowds heard was one of Coventry’s air-raid sirens.
In the mid 1980s, we were 40 years on from the siren being sounded in actual alarm, but in that crowd were many people with a living memory of having heard and needed to respond to the siren for their protection and the protection of their families. It was a spectral and deeply haunting sound, even to a 10 year old who had no real idea of what hearing it for real would have meant. For many in the crowd it was a real act of remembrance.
In 2023, playing the siren would have a different impact, as the living memory of the blitz of Coventry in the 19040s is of course a very faint one now. And so, as I said to our students, we should perhaps consider reflection as much a part of the two minutes silence as remembrance.
We may have connections to the armed forces or experiences of conflict at first, second or third hand, and we may have real remembrance that we can undertake in the two minutes silences, but where that isn’t the case, we can certainly reflect, empathise and consider the impact of conflict on communities across the globe.
In that reflection we can consider how lucky we are to live in such a safe and supportive environment. We can go to work or school with no disruption, we can visit family and friends safely and with no fear for any risk to ourselves or those around us. Increasingly, it seems to me that this relative comfort is something to be treasured, and in the two minutes silence, is certainly something to reflect on.
So, whether you are engaging in reflection or remembrance, there is plenty for everyone of us to consider in the two minutes silence.
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.'
The nominations for each House Charity have been reviewed and we've decided on the following charities for the year:
Rauf: Making Herstory
Holmes: MS Society
Seacole: Motor Neurone Disease Association
Glennie: Little Princess Trust
The focus for this year will be form groups working together, as a house, to raise money for their charity.
National Language Competition
We’re taking part in GCHQ’s National Language Competition 2023, which aims to inspire language learning in friendly competition with schools from around the UK.
Students have been getting stuck into the puzzle-solving and putting their language skills to the test this week - we have over 80 students taking part! Good luck to all of the Year 9 students who have signed up to the challenge!
RiBiT: Reading Books is Terrific - the new reading award for year 7!
Year 7 students are invited to participate in a new reading award. This will allow our enthusiastic readers to enjoy this fantastic pastime still more, to read a wider range of fiction and to gain lots of house points!
Students can aim for bronze, silver, gold and even platinum awards. By reading a range of fiction from a variety of sources, and undertaking some creative challenges, students can gain awards at the different levels. Each Tuesday, year 12 RiBiT award creators Ariana and Milly will be in room 1 in the Drama block to answer students' questions and to sign off books read and challenges completed on their RiBiT award cards.
The award is optional, but we really hope that all year 7 students will get involved and join in the fun!
Well done to Deeksha who won the maths and science competition at Robo Day at Coventry College earlier this year. Robo Day was organised by Derrick Willer and Stephen Powley and supported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and Imagineering Foundation. The competition included quiz questions on maths, the history of computing and the solar system.
Deeksha's success resulted in a cheque for £200 being awarded to the school and Deeksha will be helping decide how we allocate this money and hopes that it can be used within the science department. Well done Deeksha!
On Monday 23rd October our Year 10 and Year 12 drama students were treated to a chilling performance of the works of the ‘Godfather of Gothic Horror’, Edgar Allan Poe at Rugby's Macready Theatre. This one-man show was a spectacular and thrilling interpretation of four of his most terrifying examples of gothic literature: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat, and The Raven. There were smiles all around at the end, as you can see, but the ghoulish, macabre memories of what we had just experienced lingered long into the night...
Printing at school
Reprographics can now offer cashless payment for school related colour printouts.
The charge is 10p per A4 and 20p for A3 and will be debited from your dinner balance.
Wordplay Poetry Event
Our Head of Sixth Form and English teacher, Olga Dermott-Bond, is also a published poet and will be taking to the stage at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Monday 20th November.
Here at Rugby High, we a have nationally recognised and published poet delivering English and leading in the school. We celebrate and drive the arts!
The Department for Education (DfE) funds the Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme across the United Kingdom. At it's core, HAF provides young people the opportunity to access enriching activities alongside healthy meals over the main school holidays in Winter, Spring and Summer. Please note that this programme is entirely separate from the Local Welfare Scheme's household support funding (i.e. supermarket HUGGG vouchers).
Each eligible young person (in full-time education from Reception to Year 11 who receives benefits-related free school meals) with a HAF code can access a maximum of 4 sessions over the winter holidays.
I can't forget the lane that goes from Steyning to the Ring
In summer time, and on the Downs how larks and linnets sing
High in the sun. The wind comes off the sea, and, oh, the air!
I never knew till now that life in old days was so fair,
But now I know it in this filthy rat-infested ditch,
When every shell must kill or spare, and God alone knows which,
And I am made a beast of prey, and this trench is my lair -
My God! I never knew till now that those days were so fair.
And we assault in half-an-hour, and - it's a silly thing,
I can't forget the lane that goes from Steyning to the Ring.