Thank you to all those parents and children who have supported Oliver! It’s a fantastic show and I am very proud of the efforts of the children and staff who have put the show together. More importantly, each evening there has been a palpable sense of community in the school with lots of members of staff helping and parents assisting back stage and playing in the orchestra. We may not have as much bling as other establishments but you are not going to find a more supportive environment, in which your children can thrive, anywhere else!
PTA Garden Fête – 1 July
There’s not long until this event. Please put it in your diaries and come along to support the PTA. There will be lots of activities on the day which means there are lots of ways to help too; please complete the form if you are available to do so.
Sports Camp during the summer holidays will now also be available to all pupils currently in Year 2. The only proviso is that the children will need to feel comfortable and confident with the slightly older children who currently attend on the Prep & Senior School site. Most will – Miss Howell ensures it’s a very welcoming environment! A letter is attached for you to complete and return. I believe there are also still a few places available in Holiday Club for the summer.
A huge thank you to those who have sponsored the children. Thus far, we have raised £656. If there are further donations yet to be received, please can they be sent to school by Friday 29 June.
Senior School – Internal Appointments for 2017/18
With departure of Mr Makin on the horizon, I thought I should update you on a few changes we are making in the Senior School for September:
- Mrs Roberts has been appointed Head of Teaching & Learning. She will be leading our development in this area as we focus on timely and appropriate feedback from teachers which the pupils can then reflect upon and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) in all subjects.
- Mr Kitching will retain responsibility for pastoral care throughout the school but will also take on specific responsibility for Years 7 & 8.
- Mrs Smart will take on responsibility for Year 9 along with responsibility for Years 10 & 11.
Keeping our Children Safe
You may have heard about the Blue Whale Game, a dangerous activity that is popular at the moment in Russia and spreading across Eastern Europe. The game is played online and spreads through social media. Players are appointed a “master/teacher” and these “masters/teachers” challenge the players in stages, to tattoo a Blue Whale somewhere on the body, usually the arm or the leg. As the game goes on the players are encouraged to self-harm and the final challenge is to commit suicide. All these actions have to be filmed and shared via social media to the so called “master/teacher”. The game is being played by children of all ages, some as young as primary age, but predominantly by teenagers. There is no evidence of anyone at Red House taking part in this but forewarned is forearmed.
The NSPCC has launched an updated Net Aware site for parents and carers. The site includes: tips showing how to help your child block or report someone targeting them; a guide to 39 of the most popular social media sites, apps and games used by children and young people including information about new apps like Pokemon Go, Periscope, IMVU, and Live.ly. For more information, please go to www.net-aware.org.uk Further resources are also available from Childnet International; a fact sheet is attached.
With best wishes
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