Kathryn's Favourite Things

According to year 7 pupil Kathryn, "RHS is the best!". Kathryn is one of our International pupils and is a full time boarder. Originally from the USA, her parents are serving US Army officers based in Germany. Kathryn and her parents chose RHS to give her a stable base whilst her parents move frequently with their work and they are delighted with their decision.


We met Kathryn to chat about her life here at RHS and she shared some of her favourite things:

  1. Blake House

Kathryn is based in Blake House, our Year 7 house for boarders and day pupils. Blake is wonderful supportive environment for our newest pupils and is where they start and finish every day looked after by House parents Mr and Mrs Maloney, Matron and Mr Nortje the resident pastoral assistant. She loves how they look after her and are always there for her. She also adores the resident cats Dusty and Davey who give her plenty of cuddles.

  1. Her friends

Kathryn has made friends from all over the world and felt particularly lucky during lockdown to be part of a girls' lockdown bubble. Some of our International pupils were unable to go home, so they had their online learning in their boarding house bubble and were kept thoroughly entertained by the brilliant team. Highlights were snow and sledging, the food and making new friends in other year groups.

  1. After school clubs

She loves her after school clubs and has chosen to take part in one every day! With 200 clubs to choose from the choice was tricky. This term she's enjoying climbing on the RHS state-of-the-art climbing wall, drama, LAMDA, treble choir and Shakespeare clubs. Kathryn is also very creative and loves the crafting activities on offer within Blake House during evenings and weekends.

  1. The food

Coming to RHS has given her many new experiences and the new types have food have been one of them! She loves the range of options and the chance to try cuisines from all over the world. A particularly favourite is breakfast especially if pain au chocolat or hash browns are on offer!

  1. Induction Weekend

When new pupils start at RHS in year 7 they take part in an induction weekend. Kathryn loved this weekend and really enjoyed the fun activities and tasks she took part in. She participated in a treasure hunt around the school's vast site to help orientate and get to know her way around, as well as many team building activities and fun.

When asked to sum up how she feels about RHS she said, "Everyone at RHS is so open, I always feel like I can talk to anyone and it's really fun!". Kathryn hopes to stay here at RHS until the end of year 13.