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

Poetry Competition

Inspired by the theme of this year's National Poetry Day and the collaboration with Greenpeace this year, the English Department held a poetry competition titled 'Poems for the Planet.' In their English classes, pupils discussed their understanding of the environment and the current threats and dangers it faces. We looked at poems such as 'Night Music' and 'To the River Stour' to inspire our own writing.  

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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to our RHS community who celebrate this holiday. Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. The word Thanksgiving means the act of expressing or feeling thankful; in other words, it is the act of giving thanks for what you're grateful for. 

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Washington DC Tour

Report by Carrie B and Oliver C: “On the first Saturday of half term, 42 members of the band and choir headed off to Washington DC in the USA for a week-long tour. We headed across ‘The Pond’ in the largest commercial aircraft in BA’s fleet!  

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Eco-Initiative   

Georgie Stammers, Year 12, has seen her eco-initiative come to fruition this week. With strong eco values and a desire to make a difference to her environment, she approached the Headmaster to ask if she could write to parents about turning their car engines off whilst waiting in the school car parks, which she did.   

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COP27 - Head's Blog

This week COP27 is taking place, discussing the increasingly urgent need to take action to tackle climate change and to protect our environment. Discussions in Egypt perhaps feels a long way from here and from our sphere of influence, but we can all do our part in conserving our own part of the environment. 

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Global Awareness

Lilian Kamara and Will Sellers delivered their Prefect Talk in this week’s assembly on the current school focus of ‘Global Awareness’. To have global awareness is to have a capacity which incorporates the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for a person to navigate the world. In other words, this enables us to gain different perspectives and views about the world around us and how it works. 

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Podcast

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 thinking activity. Click on the image below to read our first edition.

 

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