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Rudheath News: Friday 14th May

THE RUDHEATH NEWSLETTER

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Head Teacher Update

This week has been mental health awareness week, and many of our students have taken part in activities aimed at enabling teamwork and support of eachother.

With this mindset, students should feel empowered to make the most of their time with us at Rudheath. The last two years have tested the resilience of all our young people, and staff too, and now that the restrictions are gradually easing we can focus on returning the school to some sense of normality.

For Year 11, the GCSE years should be the most enjoyable; specialising in subjects that excite and ignite a passion for learning. The pandemic has meant that much of the last two years have been different from the norm, but I am delighted to hear that we are heading towards September with all students securing a positive next destination.

In the coming weeks, we will welcome our next cohort of Year 7 in a range of taster sessions and visits from our partner primary schools. As the effect of the pandemic has been felt by all schools, our local primaries are no different. Many of our youngest learners have been out of the classroom and so the warmest of welcomes to Rudheath is vastly important over the coming months.

Last week, I mentioned that our LORIC test tubes were now ready to start being filled. Walking through the Assembly Hall has been a great pleasure, with the tubes filled with different coloured tokens representing a range of personal attributes being demonstrated in the classroom and around our school. I am also hearing that some students are in competition to fill their tube first.

I am also delighted to hear that the following Year 7 students have had some poetry published and will also shortly receive a certificate. There are some extremely talented writers in Year 7. Well done to Melissa Coppock, Bella Harrop-Dobson, Dylan Lishman , Miley Heath, Luke Wilkinson, Luke Kierans, Grace Foster, Lewis Marshall and Rhaghav Jevirajasingham.


Barcelona Trip

We are excited that the overseas cultural trip to Barcelona is now fully booked. Thank you to everyone for booking. Further information about the trip is available from Miss Stockley.

Year 7 Drama Club

Well done to the fantastic Year 7 students that joined ACTion Theatre Company on Tuesday. They had great fun building their confidence and improvisation skills. All Year 7 students are welcome every Tuesday 3-4pm in the Theatre. We look forward to seeing you all there. 


Future Careers

Apprenticeship Success

On 27th May, Year 11 will have the opportunity to take part in a careers day at UTC Warrington, a technical college specialising in Science, Healthcare, Digital and Engineering. This week, two of their Year 13 students have secured prestigious degree apprenticeships with Sellafield Ltd – a nuclear engineering company. Students will have the opportunity to experience college life and take part in some A Level taster sessions.

Mental Health Awareness

The 10th – 16th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week, a great time to evaluate mental health in school and to raise awareness of the issues that may affect a young person’s mental health.

Most students will have been experiencing a different style of learning over recent months, with lockdowns, remote learning and year group bubbles providing us with a different school operation. We know that this is different from the normal situation and our young people will be experiencing out of the ordinary challenges.

In school, students across all year groups have been taking part in activities aimed at developing teamwork and keeping active and healthy. This included dodgeball, dance, art and teambuilding activities.

Enrichment

After school sport is back! Check out the below list of clubs that start from Monday 26th April. Each club starts at 3pm and finishes at 4pm. All students must wear full RSA PE kit and trainers.

Monday
> Year 9 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 9 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 9 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 9 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 8 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Tuesday
> KS4 Football club – An opportunity for all students in KS4 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> KS4 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in KS4 to practice their athletics events. Students   can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 7 – Zumba club – Dance to the latest moves and get fit at the same time! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Thursday
> Year 8 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 8 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 8 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in year 8 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 9 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.   Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Friday
> Year 7 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 7 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 7 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 7 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.


INSET Day – 25th June

Further to the letter that was sent home on 28th January stating that the INSET Day planned for Friday 5th February would be cancelled, we are now in a position to confirm a rearranged date and time for this day.

Therefore, the rescheduled INSET Day will now take place on Friday 25th June and, as such, school will be closed to all students.


Year 11 pupil publishes own novel to raise awareness about mental health

A Rudheath Senior Academy pupil has published her debut novel aged just 16 to spread awareness about mental health.

Paige Keen will be giving all the proceeds from her book to charity and it is available to buy on Amazon.

Paige, a year 11 anti-bullying ambassador for her school, said: “The message is that ‘it’s OK to not be OK’.

“Young people feel very misunderstood about their mental health.

“It is always a difficult subject to talk about, it is very sensitive, but I think the more conversations we have about mental health, the more the stigma will slowly break away.

“Writing this book is a huge step forward for me.

“In Year 10 I wrote a descriptive language piece and I remember my dad saying I should write a book.

“I thought to myself ‘I can’t write a book’.

“But I had an idea and I kept working on it and building on it, and it finally turned into a book that is readable.

“My teacher Mrs (Jemma) Morrell has been a lifesaver throughout this process.

“I’d send her the script and she has been pushing me throughout all of this.

“Without her I wouldn’t be sat here with a book in my hand with my name on it.

“I hope that when people read this book it will help to see that there are people who have suffered from poor mental health from the age of 12.

“Too often things are put down to a friend issue, or just feeling sad, and people don’t always take it seriously.”

The story of Paige’s book, 1-in-4, explores the mental battles of main character Sophia, who is haunted by anxiety that never seems to go away, and Logan, who struggles with negative voices inside his own head.

Paige will donate all proceeds The Diana Award, which runs anti-bullying campaigns in schools across the UK, and Mind, which is a mental health charity offering people of all ages advice and support.

Rudheath Senior Academy also provides its own platform in the drive to stamp out bullying.