Dear Parents,

After over two years of managing to avoid the dreaded COVID-19, I finally succumbed and tested positive on Monday morning. Although I have not been able to be in school to watch and participate in the Easter activities this week, I have loved reading about, and watching what the children have been doing via the School’s social media pages. There are definitely some budding BAFTA nominees in the making!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PTA for organising the Easter chocolate tombola, which was a huge success across both sites, and for giving every pupil a delicious Easter egg to enjoy. What a marvellous treat!

Over the Easter holidays, I will be in school on a number of days after Tuesday 12 April. If you would like to pop by for a coffee and a chat, it would be lovely to see you. Please arrange a time by contacting Claire Bellerby at Claire Bellerby’s email address

Staff news
I am delighted to announce two new members of staff, who will be joining the Red House teaching staff from September 2022. Mr Nick Gresswell has been appointed Assistant Head (Operations), and his role will be to oversee the strategic development of systems on which Red House functions. Mr Gresswell is currently Director of Sport at Conyers in Yarm and is a highly experienced rugby coach. In addition to his management role, he will be teaching boy’s PE and Games. This post has arisen as a result of the decision of Mr Kitching to retire from his principal role of Assistant Head (one of many jobs that he does) after 27 illustrious years of teaching and being a pivotal member of the Senior Management Team at Red House.

Mrs Catherine Brown, is joining us as our new Director of Music, following the decision of Mr McReddie, to retire after 24 years of distinguished teaching and fantastic leadership. Mrs Brown is currently a Teacher of Music at the Freebrough Academy in Saltburn, and was Director of Music at Grindon Hall before that. Both Mr Gresswell and Mrs Brown are very excited about starting their new roles and will be popping in for visits ahead of their start date in September.

I am also thrilled to announce that Mr Tom Thorogood has been appointed the pastoral Head of Years 6-8 from September 2022. Mr Thorogood has been a brilliant Wellness Ambassador for pupils in the school, as well as having many year’s experience of being a great form teacher.

Next steps for ‘Living with COVID’ – changes from today

Following the Government plans announced in February around living with COVID, further changes have come into effect from today. The changes are as follows:

  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.
  • People with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, will be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature will be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
  • Healthy 5-11-year-old vaccinations – Online booking will open in April for healthy 5-11-year olds to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations will take place outside of schools in vaccination centres, pharmacies, GPs and walk-in centres. Parents of 5-11-year olds will receive a letter from the NHS with further information.

Readathon
Pupils were reminded in our Celebration and Achievement assembly yesterday that the Easter holidays are a perfect opportunity to continue with their Readathon fundraising efforts. The Readathon is fantastic way of encouraging children to read for pleasure, as well as raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Please click on the following link to discover more: ‘Read for Good’ film

Pupils should bring in their fundraising money (sponsorship money can also be paid online) and completed Readathon sponsorship forms to Mrs Fryer in the first week back after the Easter holidays. There will be a prize for the form that collectively raises the most money and prizes for the KS2 and KS3 pupil that individually raises the most funds! Please could I also gently remind parents about the importance of filling in the Readathon card especially for the purposes of Gift Aid. Thank you for your continued support.

I wish you all a wonderful Easter holiday with your families.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Head

 

 

Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

It was an honour to have Helen Butters join our assembly this morning to speak to the children about an inspirational challenge. Helen was part of a female team, the Yorkshire Rows, who were the first women to row across the North Sea to Holland. In December 2015, she then rowed across the Atlantic as part of the renowned Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge; the world’s toughest rowing race. She received a Guinness World Record for her achievement and her presentation was full of key messages for the children, including how being out of your comfort zone can increase confidence, how visualising a positive ending can improve resilience, how being honest whilst coming from a good place can resolve friendship difficulties and how accepting that things are going to be uncomfortable can allow us to adapt more easily to challenges. Helen’s next adventure is to take on the ‘Tour de Maggie’s’, a cycling challenge from Leeds to Barcelona, starting on Saturday 30 April 2022. One of our brave Year 6 pupils, Iris, will be joining Helen on this challenge and I have no doubt her school friends will get behind her and help her to raise some sponsorship money for Maggie’s Cancer Care. Good luck to all involved!

In our Celebration Assembly yesterday, it was also wonderful to see a selection of pupils being acknowledged for their sporting success, being awarded with their ‘colours’ ties and badges, for representing the school in ISA competitions. For a small school, we do remarkably well in competitive events thanks to the efforts and talent of the children. It was also lovely to celebrate something unique for Red House: our Robotics team, James, Isaac and Archie, won the Excellence and Teamwork Award and scored the highest on the day in the 2nd round of the VEX IQ Robotics Competition. They have now qualified for the national final, which will take place in a few weeks – good luck to you too! Finally, we celebrated Rose in Year 11 achieving her Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘Certificate of Achievement’ Award, which means she has completed her volunteering, skill and physical sections – well done!

Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh
The Year 10 children did fantastically well on their practice expedition last weekend; whilst the weather was very different to today, the heat provided its own challenge for them and they persevered admirably with grit, determination and teamwork. Their final expedition will now take place a week earlier than originally planned on Monday 27-Tuesday 28 June 2022.

Year 8 History Trip to Royal Armouries, Leeds: Friday 29 April
In the first week back after the holidays, our Year 8 pupils will be heading off to the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Friday 29 April, 2022. The day will involve workshops as well as visiting the various galleries. A letter is attached with more information.

Year 10 Summer Examinations
The Year 10 Summer Examinations will take place between Thursday 5 May and Friday 13 May, 2022. As this is shortly after the Easter break, Mrs Sweeney (Examinations Officer) has attached a copy of the Summer Exam timetable, as well as some key information from JCQ, so that pupils can start to prepare over the holiday period.

Co-Curricular Clubs: Summer Term 2022
Our co-curricular clubs will continue to run in the Summer Term as they currently stand. If you wish to make any changes to your child’s club, please do get in touch. Our Year 6 pupils will also be offered a Book Club at lunch time next term, with Mrs Williamson in the school library.

Summer Term 2022
When we return to school at the end of April, there will be many events to look forward to in the Summer Term, such as school trips, the Jubilee Garden Party, Sports Days, Transition Days, the School Book Fair, Prize Giving and, making a much welcomed come back, Red House Has Got Talent! More information will follow next term. Our Year 11s will also begin their study leave on Friday 13 May and, after all of their hard work, will have their prom to look forward to in June! In the meantime, I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and hope you enjoy the break with your family.

 

 

Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

What a busy and exciting end to the Spring Term! It was a pleasure to watch the Key Stage 1 and 2 Easter Productions and see the children perform in front of a live audience for the first time in over two years. It was also lovely to welcome you into school once again to watch the children. Year 3 have had a fantastic trip back in time, experiencing life on a Viking settlement. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the visit from CleverCogz and the learning rooms proved challenging and great fun. We’ve also had the Easter Egg Competition, the Easter Tombola and a visit from the Easter bunny. All in all, it has been a fantastic end to the term, which I’m sure the pupils have enjoyed it immensely. Many thanks to all parents for their support during the Spring Term.

Art Exhibition
Many thanks to everyone who came to the Art Exhibition on Monday night. If you couldn’t make it, there is still the opportunity to purchase your child’s artwork for £10.  Please leave money at the Junior School office. Proceeds go towards the School PTA.

MGFA Football Club
A gentle reminder to those who would like to participate in the Football Academy in the Summer Term to confirm this with me as soon as possible. A payment of £36 (cash or cheque), should reach me by 25 April.

Summer Term
We are all looking forward to an exciting summer term and the events that are in store.  It will be fantastic to host our first Festival of Achievement for the first time since the summer of 2019. I know the pupils are looking forward to what summer school trip awaits them. Year 3 will be hosting their traditional French café and of course, there is sports days to look forward to. Transition Day is also an exciting event, and we look forward to welcoming parents into school towards the end of term to have information meetings with their child’s new teacher in September. It promises to be another very busy term, but with so many things to be excited about! Please keep an eye on Pupil Post for more information in the coming weeks.

May I wish you all a wonderful Easter break.

 

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