We are excited to announce that are one of the top 3 Finalists for the School House Awards 2023 in the sustainability category.
GLOBAL AWARENESS, SUSTAINABILITY & CITIZENSHIP
Understanding our world and our role within it is a key part of pupil development at RHS and it is embedded inside and outside of our curriculum. We seek to develop our school community in the following three areas:
1. Global Citizenship
Celebrating cultural and national similarities and differences, recognising that diversity enriches our community.
Our staff and pupils actively develop, implement and evaluate new learning activities, which are shared with relevant groups across the school network. Successful activities and resources are built into schemes of work across the curriculum for future years to create a happy, fair and positive environment for all.
Whole-school events are planned to celebrate the cultural, ethnic, linguistic and social diversity of our school community. These events not only celebrate the global nature of RHS as a school, but they will be a vehicle for further education on the importance of being knowledgeable and receptive to other cultures, languages and groups.
2. Global Sustainability
Understanding our impact on the environment and our individual and collective responsibility for living and working sustainably.
We actively identify and put into practice more environmentally sustainable ways of living and working, supporting and encouraging this both within the school community and outside school, with our external suppliers, contractors and other associated groups and organisations. We aim to reduce our carbon footprint and renew our Gold Carbon Charter Award.
We identify and work with parents, alumni and other contacts who have expertise and insight into environmental responsibility and sustainability. Sessions to complement the growing presence of environmental issues in our academic schemes of work are run for pupils.
3. Global Awareness
Understanding and devising solutions for contemporary global issues.
We aim to better understand global issues e.g. war, mental health issues, poverty, environmental issues, and how they might impact our daily lives at RHS and beyond, identifying ways to support one another where required.
Our Compass curriculum in Years 7-9 encourages pupils to reflect on a diverse range of nuanced issues, such as protest, activism, fake news, the cult of celebrity, political engagement, modern slavery and the cost-of-living crisis. We recognise that complex issues often require complex solutions, and so encourage pupils to think critically about different viewpoints on such issues.
Current affairs and contemporary global issues are explored through our debating society, Model United Nations and tutoring programme, as well as being intelligently discussed through skilled teaching staff when they arise in the academic curriculum.
RHS Global News
In late August, 24 adventurous Year 13 geographers, accompanied by three incredibly enthusiastic geography teachers, embarked on an unforgettable journey to Iceland. Our Icelandic expedition kicked off in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital, where we watched a Lava Show and experienced a 'Fly Over' of Iceland.
At the end of May, our school had the privilege of hosting an exceptional Model United Nations (ROYMUN) conference that ignited minds, fostered critical thinking, and explored the realms of imagination. This two-day event brought together passionate pupils from various schools, immersing them in engaging debates on both "traditional" topics and a Matrix-themed fantasy crisis.
Our Year 7s got the opportunity to visit four Essex farms. In the morning they visited Frame and Chigborough farms where they got the opportunity to learn about wheat farming and all the farm diversification activities.
Be a Global Explorer and make our world a better place!
This week's Prefect Talk was delivered by Mia M and Charlie A to our pupils during assembly.
This weeks ‘Thought for the Week’ was delivered by Charlie R and Isabel S to our pupils during assembly with the focus being on the ocean.
We are excited to share with you the fifth edition of RHS Global, our pupil-led newsletter which seeks to showcase our global awareness, sustainability, and citizenship activities.
The first ‘Thought for the Week’ for this term was given by Katie S and Oliver W, who introduced this term's theme ‘Environment and Sustainability’.
In the second of our podcast series, we continue to get to know members of our RHS community, but with a particular theme. Global Awareness, Citizenship and Sustainability is the school focus for 2022/23 and how the school community can continue to grow in areas of diversity, inclusivity, sustainability and awareness of global issues. We listen to a range of members from our community on what we are doing in this important area.
RHS Global Newsletter
Our pupils have developed a digital newsletter to promote global awareness, sustainability and citizenship activity.