Here at Ribston Hall, we believe that each child’s individuality should be encouraged and developed.
Our vision is to empower our students to discover and unlock their own unique potential. Throughout their time with us, we aim to enable our students by guiding them through a rich educational experience that prepares them both physically and mentally for life in the 21st Century.
As parents, it is important that we share with you our new Curriculum Intent. Our intent is to provide an education that gives students the opportunities to develop:
The implementation for our curriculum is to facilitate a culture of academic excellence and personal growth through enriching and effective learning experiences. We have taken time to develop a new approach to our teaching which promotes Challenge & Deep thinking - High Expectations from students and teachers, with opportunities for Independent Learning through:
These five key strategies are being embedded into the curriculum and teaching through the implementation of the Effective Teaching Framework – ‘Classrooms of Discovery’. These strategies, alongside increasingly demanding subject content will provide opportunities throughout the Key Stages for students to develop themselves. We are excited to see how this develops over the year and how our students benefit from this new approach.
After receiving helpful parent feedback, we wanted to give you more information on our Wellbeing Hub and what its purpose is within the school. The Wellbeing Hub is overseen by Mr Andy Barnard, Assistant Headteacher in charge of Pastoral Care. The hub is made up of a large central space that contains the offices of the Key Stage Pastoral Assistants, Miss Sian Dobson (KS3), new to our team, Mrs Hannah Oakey (KS4), and our school counsellor, Mrs Sue Brewster. In this space is our medical area, a quiet space for sitting and some work spaces for students who need extra support. Close to this space is the office of our Inclusion Coordinator, Mrs Carolyn Ford, whose roles include SENCO and being in charge of staff and student wellbeing. We also now have a new parent & student room that can be utilised for meetings with external stakeholders. Miss Danks, our KS5 Pastoral Assistant has an office space in the Sixth Form area to support our Sixth Form students.
This hub and the staff within it support the work of the Heads of Year who look after our students. All students are encouraged to visit the Wellbeing Hub whenever they have concerns or are struggling with things.
We now have a beautiful Henri Rousseau inspired jungle scene mural in our Wellbeing area. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Collins and his wonderful band of artists for creating us this unique and very special piece of artwork.
The young artists come from Years 10-13 with each student being given a piece of the mural 'jigsaw' to paint. It was quite a task to bring it all together but both Mr Collins and the students have worked diligently to produce it.
The mural is an adaptation of the Rousseau jungle scene (with added beach elements!) and reminds us to breathe, to take a moment and to reflect when we are feeling overwhelmed by life. We are hoping to receive more support from the RHA soon to continue to furnish the area and make it an even nicer space.
Trailblazer Programme Mental Health Support Teams in Schools
We are delighted that our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new, national programme to help make mental health support for children and young people more available when they need it.
We are one of 72 schools from Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean to work with the NHS in Gloucestershire to introduce Mental Health Support Teams into schools.
We hope that these teams will provide valuable support to our pupils to help them with life’s ups and down, for example, with issues such as anxiety, friendship concerns, exam stress and challenging behaviour. This may involve group work and/or individual, one-to-one support, either at school or elsewhere. Where appropriate, the Mental Health Support Team will also link up with the specialist mental health services in Gloucestershire. They will also support parents and teachers to help children and young people who are experiencing difficulties.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to make a referral to the service, please contact Carolyn Ford.
As part of our school Careers strategy, we put out a call to our alumni to see if they would be interested in coming in to talk to our current students about their career paths. We had a brilliant response and are pleased that so many of our former students are keen to return to share their experiences and inspire the next generation of Ribstonians.
We opened our “Careers Conversation” in September with Kathryn Steenson, Archivist (Academic & Public Engagement) from the University of Nottingham talking to students about her work as an archivist and the variety that role brings – from looking after letters from Florence Nightingale; assisting in an infected blood enquiry to helping the general public with family history enquiries. She discussed the differences between archiving and hoarding and the responsibility that comes with effectively choosing which voices will be heard in future years.
Our second Careers Conversation took place in October with Helen Mclean who is an Expert Claims Technician with THB Reinsurance. She told us about the huge sums of money involved when there is a natural disaster and how she diverts this to victims to help them to get their lives back on track. Students reported being “unsure” how they felt about the insurance sector prior to the talk, but afterwards, 100% had a positive perception of the industry. One student reported “It’s one of those sectors that sort of goes under the radar when you hear about careers. You hear a lot about healthcare, law etc, but not so much about insurance”. Another remarked “There was a lot more involved than handling money. I did not know how much geography, languages and computing would be involved”.
We are looking forward to welcoming more speakers throughout the year, representing a broad spectrum of careers including journalism, science, engineering, social care, law and hopefully, criminology. These sessions are open to ALL students and take place at lunchtimes during the school day. They are publicised throughout the school and are on the school calendar. Students can sign up in the library.
Look out for the new Careers section coming soon on the school website.
Restart a Heart Day
On Wednesday 16th October, clinical trainers from the NHS visited school to give all Year 8 classes a 30-minute course in CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Every student had their own practice mannequins to work on and were taken through CPR by resuscitation trainers from Gloucestershire Healthcare NHS Trust, with additional help from students of the University of Gloucestershire.
Stuart Haile, a Resuscitation Trainer who teaches CPR to clinicians within the NHS, said: “A cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart stops, so blood is not pumped around the body and vital organs don’t get oxygen. Anyone who has had a cardiac arrest needs immediate help – calling 999 is a great first step, but the chances of survival double if someone then starts immediate CPR. A brilliant skill to have, it’s great to be able to pass it on to young people so that if they find themselves in an emergency situation they will be equipped to help.”
Restart a Heart Day is a national campaign organised by the British Heart Foundation. Last year an incredible 238,793 people across the UK learnt the basics of CPR thanks to the event.
The day in school was coordinated by Mr Barnard. He said: “We ensure the safety and well-being for all of our students is a major priority. We see the learning of CPR as a vital life skill to aid the well-being of their friends, family and local community and make a real difference to people’s lives. We hope it is a knowledge and skill set that they will never have to use, but if the worst was to happen, we would like them to be empowered to deal with the situation and help save lives. We hope over time that all of our school community will be trained in CPR.”
For more information and resources about Restart a Heart Day, and CPR techniques, visit www.bhf.org.uk
Year 11 GCSE Skills Day
On Wednesday 9th October Year 11 completed a GCSE and 'Next Steps' Day. Upon arrival students were given a ‘survival’ kit that contained:
2 post-it notes – to help all that knowledge ‘stick’.
1 coloured pencil– to remind them that they have a bright future ahead of them, but it is ok to make mistakes
1 paperclip– to help them keep everything together
1 elastic band – to remind them that this year will stretch them, but don’t stretch themselves too much!
A pack of smarties – because they all are.
A motivational poster/revision timetable grid - to keep them going, and to remind them we are all here for them.
We made use of the Smarties straight away by completing a chocolate meditation to reiterate one of the key messages for the day – to look after yourself and to take time out when needed.
In the morning students received sessions on Revising Smart (stress and time management) and How to Revise (what good and bad revision looks like). As part of these sessions students gave each other advice on different revision strategies to provide them all with a variety of tried and tested techniques. Students were also taught the science behind what revision and management strategies work and why. We then stopped our busy day for a well-deserved cup of tea or coffee to keep everyone’s brains hydrated.
Following breaktime, students completed four, 25 minute taster sessions on a variety of A Level subjects including subjects they have never studied such as Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics, and Politics. Students opted for which subjects they would like to visit and this therefore gave them the unique opportunity to sample the subjects they are interested in pursuing before our Sixth Form Open Evening (which will take place on Wednesday 4th December).
The day ended with a target setting session. Students were given hints and tips on how to create a revision timetable and encouraged to write a to-do list for when they got home. There was also an opportunity for students to consider what careers they would like to pursue via UniFrog (an online system that RHHS subscribes to).
All of the sessions were completed alongside an information booklet so students were able to record their thoughts and make any notes for their future selves.
The students have reported that they found the day very helpful and engaging and I was delighted to hear a real buzz of excitement when they were talking about their futures. I wish them the best of luck for their upcoming mock examinations. Year 11 are working very hard and I am sure this will result in the excellent results I know they are all capable of and deserve.
Miss Erro - Head of Year 11
Geography Field Trip
On Wednesday 16th October, we were among a group of 54, Y11 GCSE Geography students who participated in a trip for our geography fieldwork. We are currently learning about areas of deprivation within the UK, why such areas occur and where they can be found. For our fieldwork, we walked from Ribston around the local area looking at three specific sites of our locality and observed the differences between them, looking for different indicators of deprivation. We worked in groups to complete surveys in each of the different sites around before completing a field sketch at each site. We really enjoyed taking part because it was interesting observing things that we normally learn in a classroom in real life and within an area we know well. We found it educational as well as enjoyable and we finished the day with a nice meal at the Quays! Thank you Miss Mowatt and Mrs Morgenstern for such an educational, interesting and enjoyable trip.
Lucy Currie and Isabelle Gilbert, 11D
Frantic Assembly Workshop
On Monday 21st October, GCSE and A Level Drama students took part in a rigorous and exciting Frantic Assembly workshop.
Frantic Assembly is one of the UK’s most successful theatre companies. It is about the ethos of collaboration, of empowerment, of that constant desire to improve. It is about telling stories in a voice we don't always hear and about finding talent in places we don't always look.
Frantic Assembly’s productions include Things I Know To Be True, Beautiful Burnout, Lovesong and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Students participated in a 4 hour workshop with practitioner Marc Pouani. Students worked through various building blocks, developing and collaborating on sequences of movements to create meaning. Students were outstanding with their level of effort and performance skills. Students worked at the level of professional actors to train, devise and choreograph movement in the style of Frantic Assembly's work. There were beautiful moments within the workshop of pupils creating movement sequences which were visually compelling as well as moments of hilarity and fun.
Please can we have Charitable Donations!
Every year we ask for donations of food and toiletries for local the Food Bank and Homeless Shelter.
It would be wonderful if every student could donate something to help these fantastic charities at such a very difficult time of year.
Items could include: Long-life milk and juices, cans and packets (in date), Christmas treats, toothbrushes and toothpaste, sanitary products, wipes, shampoo and shower gel, socks and gloves etc.
Donations may be taken to the Food Room or given to Mrs Stoner.
RIBSTON HALL HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAYS - 2020/2021