Rugby at The High School
Ethos and Aims


The pursuit of excellence through enjoyment of the game. To be accessible  to pupils of all levels, abilities and to develop each player, tactically, physically, mentally and socially through the game of rugby.

 The High School will provide a progressive, structured and enjoyment rugby program which is taught through a safe and inclusive learning environment. Giving all pupils’ the opportunity and skills to enable them to achieve to the best of their ability both individually and as part of a team.

1.    The pursuit of excellence through the enjoyment of the game. 
2.     Respect the ‘Game of Rugby’ and play within the Laws of the Game.
3.     Accept the referee’s decision and let your captain or coach ask any relevant questions.
4.     Play with control. Do not lose your temper.
5.     Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and the school.
6.     Be a ‘good sport’. Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opposition.
7.     Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not ‘bully’ or
take advantage of any player.
8.     Rugby is a team sport, make sure you co-operate with your coach and your team mates.
9.     Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
10. At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match.
11. Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents. Tackle hard but
fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.
12. Winning and losing is part of sport: Win with humility – lose with dignity.
13. As a team sport it is important to understand that all members are important to the team!
14. Remember you are representing your team, your school and the Game of Rugby.
Code of Conduct
At The High School “Commitment”is regarded as central to any involvement in playing rugby. Players show their commitment to their team and their school by regular, punctual attendance at both training sessions and matches and by being properly prepared for all activities. The following guidelines may help in ensuring full participation and proper commitment:
1)Taking proper care of rugby gear
Clearly name all items of rugby gear including gear bag.
Carefully place properly closed gear bags on the bag racks provided beside your locker. It is extremely unlikely that rugby gear stored in this way will go missing. Occasionally, gear bags are moved in error in which case they are invariably found on or near other bag racks. Boys should check that their gear bag is in place during the day especially at the end of lunch break when bags are most likely to be accidentally moved.
Only bring your rugby gear into school on days when you have training or a match and bring it home with you after the session.
Make sure that you bring appropriate gear to training sessions and full clean kit to all matches.
 2) Attending matches and training
Boys are expected to attend all scheduled training sessions and matches.
In the case of minor illnesses and injuries boys are still expected to attend the session for either limited participation or observation as appropriate.
If a player cannot attend training or a match because of serious injury/illness then they must inform their coach in advance. This should always be done in writing. The note can be from either a parent/guardian or the player himself. The note can be either given to the coach in person or else handed in to any member of staff in the staff room where it will be passed on to the coach.
In the event of sickness or other absence on the day of a match a parent/guardian should ring the school and leave a message with the office staff.
In the event of sickness or injury occurring between a Friday afternoon and a Saturday morning players or their parent/guardian should contact another player who may deliver the message. In all other instances it is not acceptable to send messages via other players.
Every effort should be made by boys and their parents/guardians to avoid medical/dental appointments being made on training days or match days.
While it is understood that weekends can be busy times for families, commitment to the team may involve delaying other weekend activities until after a training session or match is completed.
3)Commitment and Participation
Participation in school sports at The High School is one of the central elements to the development of what often become lifelong friendships.
Boys may, of course, be involved in sports and other activities outside school.
Boys who want to play rugby at The High School must accept that playing for the school comes first and must agree to abide by the code of conduct.

As with any team sport a lack of commitment by an individual may affect the entire team. Boys who show a persistent lack of commitment may have their participation in rugby restricted and may also be issued with a detention or other sanction as deemed appropriate by their coach. A “rugby detention” may take place on Saturday mornings. Parents/Guardians will be notified in writing in advance of any such detention. Failure to attend a rugby detention will result in the matter being referred to the relevant year head and may also result in more serious sanctions which may include the ending of all participation in rugby