It was fantastic to meet so many parents at last Friday’s PTA BBQ event. The atmosphere was amazing and it was great to be able to meet once again as a whole school. The bouncy castles, live band, food and refreshments were a huge hit. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the PTA for organising such a brilliant afternoon and also all the staff, PTA and prefect helpers who made the event run so seamlessly.
Today marks the start of Black History Month and the theme this year is ‘Proud to be’. In my assembly this morning, I spoke to the children about imaging how much richer British history would be if we knew the stories of black people through the ages. I spoke to the pupils about two people, of many, who have inspired me: the life of Joe Clough, the first black London bus driver and his work as an ambulance driver in Ypres during the First World War; and Michelle Obama, the first African-American First Lady and advocate for poverty awareness, education, LGBT rights, women’s rights, physical activity, and healthy eating. To find out more about Black History Month, please click on the following link: Black History Month 2021 resources
Open Morning Success
Our Open Morning last Saturday was one of the busiest yet. We have received so many lovely comments about our wonderful pupil guides from our prospective families.
Registrations are now being taken for children currently in Year 6 wishing to join Red House School in Year 7 in 2022 and they are also being taken for children currently in Year 5 wishing to join us in Year 7 in 2023. Due to an unprecedented interest, we are expecting to be oversubscribed for these year groups; therefore, early registration is highly recommended.
Wellness and Mindfulness Programme
Following our success in being awarded the Schools Mental Health Award, we are keen to not ‘rest on our laurels’ and continue to robustly review our wellbeing and mindfulness programme in school. Pupils in Years 2-11 have started to complete their Attitude of Gratitude journals and we are in the process of appointing a number of Staff Wellness Ambassadors across both sites, to provide additional pastoral support to any of our pupils who require it. As part of our Wellness agenda, we are also going to be surveying all pupils, parents and staff in the school, and comparing the results to the baseline data set in the October 2020 surveys. The data from these questionnaires will then help us to prioritise our Wellness strategy in the coming weeks and months.
Parent Wellbeing Survey
Included in the ‘Pupil Post’ that you have been emailed you will find a brief survey on Parent Wellbeing. We would appreciate if as many parents as possible could complete this questionnaire by Friday 8 October 2021.
Following on from my message last week in Pupil Post, the Immunisation Team at Harrogate and District NHS Trust have informed me that the provisional date for children aged between 12-15 years to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in school is Monday 10 October 2021. I will circulate further information once this has been received.
Term Dates for 2023-2024
The term dates for 2023-2024, as well as next year, are now available on the School website. Please click on the following link to access the dates: Term Dates 2021-2024
#HelloYellow Day: Friday 8 October 2021
Are your child’s yellow socks at the ready? It is just one week to go until #HelloYellow and we cannot wait to see the Red House community come together to support young people’s mental health and the charity Young Minds. Please remind the children to wear yellow and bring in £1.
PTA AGM and Executive Nominations
This is a final reminder that the PTA will be holding its AGM next Wednesday, 6 October, at 6pm in the Barn at the Junior School. The AGM is open to anyone who is interested in attending. Elections for the executive posts of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will take place at the AGM. If you are interested in one of these posts, please contact Karen Shaw at PTA email address. Please click here for further information on the PTA and their events.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson – Senior School
I would first of all like to say a huge thank you to the pupils who joined us last Saturday at Open Morning. The children rose superbly to the challenge and we received fantastic feedback from our prospective families on how well-mannered, well-spoken and confident the children were, as well as showing their clear enthusiasm for the school. Whilst we already knew this, it was still wonderful to hear.
There continues to be a real sense of purpose and activity at the Senior School and there have been some excellent pupil-led assemblies again this week. Form 11P gave us a lesson on American History, focusing on the life of JF Kennedy, and Form 8G reminded us of the value of supporting Fair Trade, to help producers in growing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. In Form 11SC, the pupils presented the importance of looking after the environment and recycling, and our Year 8 Prefects have since begun a recycling audit within school (and are very keen to begin their weekly recycling duties from next week)!
Two groups of children have also headed off on their first residential trips of the year today. Our Year 11 GCSE Art/Photography pupils are visiting Seahouses and Holy Island as part of a research project towards their coursework, capturing wildlife and landscapes as well as sketching and drawing architecture. They will also visit the beach at night: to capture images as well as toast marshmallows! Our Year 7 pupils have safely arrived at the Weardale Adventure Centre and have an action-packed weekend of outdoor activities ahead. In a world that relies so heavily on technology, I have no doubt that this unique trip will offer plenty of opportunities to exist ‘in the moment’ and will serve to strengthen the bond within our Year 7 community.
Black History Month
Following Dr. Ashcroft’s news, this year’s theme ‘Proud To Be…’ is explained by Lynda-Louise Burrell from Black History Month UK as follows:
“Proud To Be… is our new campaign for Black History Month 2021 focusing around Black Lives Matter. We are encouraging all Black and Brown people, especially young people, to be proud of their heritage and who they are, and to choose who and what they share about what they are proud to be. For example, Proud To Be Black, Proud To Be Brown, Proud To Be Black and LGBTQ+, Proud To Be Me”.
Form 8GS gave an excellent presentation on Black History in their assembly yesterday and not only taught us about the lives of some of the more famous, influential people in history, but also our very own Mrs van der Heyden. Pupils across the school will continue to learn about Black History in their lessons and tutor time over the next couple of weeks. The aim will be to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture as well as to learn about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes.
Harvest Collection: Friday 8 October
The Harvest donation boxes have been delivered to form rooms and it’s been wonderful to see that items have already been brought into school! Please encourage your child to raid the cupboards or wardrobes this weekend for relevant food and clothing to support the Food Bank with this very worthy cause (the full list of items was sent out last week). The deadline for bringing these items into school is Friday 8 October.
Setting Work For Absent Pupils
Please can I clarify the following about the setting of work for pupils who are absent from school:
- Pupils who are isolating due to COVID in Years 6-9 will be set work via Teams; in Years 10 & 11, they will be dialled in to lessons. If your child has COVID and is too ill to complete work, please inform Linda Ward, the school secretary, and she will inform staff.
- Pupils in Years 6-9 who are absent from school with a non-COVID related illness will not be set work on Teams or dialled into lessons. It is expected that they will use their time off school to rest and recuperate and that any missed work can be caught up when they return. If your child is in Years 10 or 11, work may be requested.
Year 6 Parents’ Meetings: Tuesday 12 October & Wednesday 13 October
There is an opportunity for parents of Year 6 pupils to speak with their child’s form tutor remotely, via Teams, to chat about how they are settling in. Please refer to the letter attached for instructions on how to book a meeting with your child’s tutor.
PTA Cinema Night Years 4-6: Friday 15 October
The PTA are delighted to be resuming Cinema Night with Years 4-6 at the Senior School on the final Friday before half term. This term’s movie choice, by popular demand, is Space Jam: A New Legacy. The event will take place in Mr Heaton’s Year 6 classroom and they are welcome to bring along a teddy, blanket and a pair of slippers! Please see the attached letter in order to book your child’s place.
Year 6 Cross Country
Well done to Luke, Harry, Douglas, Isobel, Iris and Robynne who ran in the Stockton Schools Cross Country Championships at Preston Park; remarkably, they all finished in the top 10 and have qualified for the Tees Valley Finals! Good luck to you all for the next stage.
Mr Simon Haywood – Junior School
It has been another wonderfully busy week at the Junior side of the school. Nursery pupils have been learning how to stay tidy and have even been washing dirty plates! Reception pupils have been learning the importance of ‘Road Safety’, and have also learned the ‘Supercats Road Safety rap!’. Year One headed to Preston Park on Thursday and enjoyed a traditional toys workshop. Year 2 have worked really hard learning to write instructions and Year 3 enjoyed recreating the gruesome mummification process! Year 4 have been applying new skills and techniques to create an amazing PowerPoint about Space. Year 5 have been learning about relative pronouns in English as well as the importance of E-Safety in Computing. They also were taught how to manipulate their own images! What is for certain is that no two weeks are ever the same at the Junior School!
Year 4 & 5 Cross Country
Well done to Evan, Ethan, Layton, Moshika, Willow, Thalia, William and Jacob who represented the school at the Stockton U-11’s Cross Country Championships in Preston Park on Wednesday. You all did fantastically well and we are extremely proud of you all.
Holiday Club & Sports Camp
Many thanks to those who have already booked places for October half term. Please ensure you return any booking forms by the closing date of Friday October 8.
Junior School Parents Evening
Parents Evening will take place on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October. This will be a virtual meeting using teams. Please refer to the letter attached for instructions on how to book an online meeting with your child’s class teacher.
Nursery Harvest Celebration
A reminder to parents in Nursery that the children will be performing a Harvest celebration in the Barn on the afternoon of Thursday October 14. Please return the slip to the Junior School office or let Mr Barnbrook-McKay know if you are able to attend the event.
Reception to Y5 Movie Night
We are delighted that the PTA will be hosting a ‘Movie Night’ on the final Friday of half term. Reception to Year 3 will be able to watch ‘The Sword and the Scoob’ in the Barn, whilst the Year 4 and 5 movie will be ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’, at the Senior School. Please refer to the letter attached for more information and how to book
Many thanks for the continued cooperation you have demonstrated when parking. We completely understand that parking can be difficult at the beginning and end of the day due to the limited space. Please continue to park with thought and consideration for others when collecting your children. Also, unless you are waiting for siblings, please would you leave the school premises as soon as your child has been collected, to allow for other parents to enter the school grounds. Please may I also remind you that the school car park is for staff only. Please do not use this car park when dropping off or picking up pupils unless you require the disabled parking space.
Senior School Letters
Junior School Letters