Dear Parents,

This week we have been busy focusing on ways to improve our wellbeing and positive mental health. Yesterday was Time to Talk Day and the pupils were encouraged to reach out and connect (remotely) with friends and family. In the coming week, we will be celebrating LGBT History Month, with a tutor-led assembly on this year’s theme of ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’. More information and links to this year’s ‘Faces of 2021’, including poet, author and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, can be found by clicking on the following link: LGBT History Month Resources  

Children’s Mental Health Week

This week has been Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Express Yourself’. In an assembly with tutors on Wednesday, the Senior School pupils learned that the concept of ‘Express Yourself’ is about finding creative ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas and that this can be achieved through things like art, writing, music, dance and doing things that make you feel good.  

Throughout the week all pupils have been learning that being creative and expressing themselves can have great benefits. For example, it can help them to relax and de-stress; generate ‘feel good’ endorphins which can lift their mood and help them feel energised and create a sense of identity and achievement; and that it can help to boost their self-esteem, connect with others and give them purpose and meaning. Pupils in the Junior School, and Miss Thompson, also wore their clothes inside out for the day! 

Online Learning – Pupil Surveys 

We are keen to hear from the children about their experiences thus far. We have sent a link to pupils in Years 7-11 and their responses are already coming in. Please can we ask parents of the younger children to help them complete their surveys.    

Links can be found here:   Reception-Year 2: click here      Year 3-Year 6: click here 

Ideally, responses will be with us by the end of the weekend so that we can reflect on the feedback next week.  

‘Live’ lessons and cameras

The benefits of pupils switching their cameras on during ‘live’ Teams lessons are huge: it helps keep the class connected, it improves pupil engagement and it maximises the communication channel and allows teaching staff to see from facial expressions if a pupil has understood the lesson content or instructions. Please could we ask for your support in encouraging your child to switch their cameras on in the live element of their lessons. If your child feels uncomfortable doing this, please could you let me know, and I will speak to your child’s teachers.  

Red House Has Got Talent 

We usually host this event at the end of the Spring Term in the Senior School. This year, we have decided to open the event up to the whole school, and run it as a virtual event.  We are looking for singers, dancers, musicians, Dad joke tellers – anything to lift our mood!  Further details will be sent to the children on Monday; watch this space. 

Parent contact details

If your contact details have changed e.g. change of address, mobile phone number, email address or workplace contact details, please could you send an email to Linda Ward with your updated details: Linda Ward’s email address  

Holiday Club and Sports Camp

Today is the last day to book a place on the February half term Holiday Club and Sports Camp. Please remember that this is only open to the children of Critical Workers. 

Mr James, M
r Haywood and I continue to be super impressed with how well the children across both sites have engaged with remote learning. The past few weeks have been very challenging and tough and the children should be commended for their positive attitudes and dedication to their learning.

I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families. 

With very best wishes

Rebecca Ashcroft

Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School 

Senior School

Year 10 Parent-Teacher Meetings: Monday 8 February and Tuesday 9 February 2021 – Dr R Ashcroft 

Year 9 Vaccines Consent Reminder Letter – Dr R Ashcroft 

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