It has been another very busy week at Red House and it has been lovely to see so many pupils really enjoying their return to school and their face-to-face lessons. Yesterday, we marked Global Recycling Day and the pupils in the Senior School participated in a quiz and enjoyed an assembly on the importance of recycling and the small daily changes that can be made which have such a significant impact on our climate. Today has been Red Nose Day and pupils across both sites have been wearing red in support of Comic Relief. In addition, they have been taking part in quizzes and games; plus the seniors enjoyed a socially distanced cake sale on the field, all to raise funds for a very worthy cause. The grand total across both sites raised for Red Nose Day is £950.
COVID-19 Home Testing: Years 7-11
Further to earlier guidance from Public Health, and contrary to what we were told last week, pupils are to continue testing over the Easter holidays. Therefore, pupils will be given a further supply of 10 tests to bring home next Friday (26 March). This supply will cover your child’s home testing up to and including, 6 May. If children are absent next Friday, they can call into school to collect their tests during the first week of the Easter break, between 9am and 4pm.
Public Health England and DFE guidance
Public Health England and the Department of Education have confirmed that following a positive LFD test at home, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked online or by calling 119.
Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep
Today is World Sleep Day. The importance of sleep in keeping our pupils physically and mentally healthy cannot be underestimated. When they sleep, their bodies and minds have the time to rest, recover and process all the things which have happened to them during the day. Here are some top tips, which I shared with the pupils today, for making sure they are getting the sleep their mind and body needs:
· Make sure you are doing enough activity during the day – like running around the playground or playing sports – to make you feel tired later on.
· Watch what you eat and drink during the day – especially lay off the caffeine and sugar!
· Take an hour before bedtime to ‘wind down’ – so avoid things which stimulate your brain, like playing games or watching TV.
· No screens – like mobiles and laptops – in bed. Make your bedroom, and especially the area around your bed for sleep only. This tells your body it’s time to snooze when you climb into bed.
· If there is something on your mind, try writing down your thoughts or worries before you go to sleep to get them out of your head and onto paper.
· Feeling stressed or upset can affect your sleep, so talk to someone if you are feeling that way.
Please see below the second edition of the ‘Wellbeing at Red House’ newsletter. In this volume, Mrs Cooper focuses on the importance of self-care, as part of living a healthy and happy lifestyle, and she reveals what the six key elements of self-care are, as well as sharing some ideas of the types of self-care activities which Red House staff take part in.
Summer Examinations and Assessments
The Year 7-11 summer examinations and assessments will take place on the following dates:
· Year 11: 19-30 April 2021 and 24-28 May 2021
· Year 10: 13-21 May 2021
· Year 9: 7-11 June 2021 (after half term)
· Year 8: 24-28 May 2021
· Year 7: 24-28 May 2021
Ahead of these assessments and examinations taking place, the pupils will receive study skills guidance and support, plus revision lessons across all topics.
A huge thank you to the PTA, who have very kindly organised an Easter egg tombola, which will be taking place on Friday 26 March in both the Junior School and the Senior School. The price will be 50p per ticket or 3 tickets for a £1. Details of the Easter events which are happening across both sites, can be found in the letters at the bottom of Pupil Post.
Parking Outside the Junior School
Please may I ask for your continued consideration to others when parking close to the Junior School at drop-off and pick-up times.
I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School