11 Year 5 pupils with their teacher dressed in non uniform for Children's Mental Health Week

Dear Parents,

It has been wonderful to see the children across both sites engaging with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday and Children’s Mental Health Week in school this week.

In my assembly this morning, we continued to mark LGBT+ History Month, by looking at three trailblazers in the world of LGBT+ history: Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen, who have sold 360 million albums worldwide; artist, director and Pop Art pioneer, Andy Warhol; and the ‘Rosa Parks of the gay community’, Stormé DeLarverie, the woman who helped define a change of LGBT+ rights activism, following the Stonewall raid in New York in 1969.

Carbon Neutral Working Party
We are currently looking to set up a working party to investigate Red House becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and being in the position to be able to offset our carbon emissions by 2025. We are meeting initially in school at 1pm on Friday 4 March 2022. If you would like to be part of this exciting initiative, or have any ideas or contacts, please could you email me directly at: Dr Ashcroft’s email address

DTP-MenACWY Vaccinations for Pupils in Years 9-11
If your child missed having their DTP-MenACWY vaccination in school last term, they may attend a drop-in clinic with the Immunisation Team from the list at the bottom of Pupil Post. If you would like to book a clinic appointment, please call the Immunisation Team on 0300 003 2554. If you are unsure if your child is due these vaccinations, please contact your GP prior to booking an appointment. All children must attend with the adult who holds parental responsibility

Parking – Marmaduke Place
Please can I request that parents do not park on Marmaduke Place or use Marmaduke Place as a turning point at school drop-off and pick-up. A resident has complained this week that his elderly wife was almost knocked down by one of our parents trying to reverse off The Green, into Marmaduke Place, to avoid driving past the school.

COVID-19 Guidance
LFD home testing and close-contact testing: please can all pupils in Years 7-11 continue to be tested at home twice a week and any positive results reported to school. If your child is aged 5-16 years and is identified as a close-contact of someone with COVID-19, you are strongly advised for them to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result.

COVID-19 vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds
Parents can book a vaccine via the following link – NHS COVID-19 vaccine bookings

Self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
Pupils who are self-isolating with COVID-19 may reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported by accessing the following link: Reporting a COVID-19 test result

I hope you all have a super weekend with your families.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Head

 

Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

I would like to thank all of the children who contributed towards the Children’s Mental Health charity (Place2Be) today by bringing in their £2 to ‘Dress to Express’. They’ve not only raised important awareness, but also vital funds to ensure more children have access to mental health support. This week, I particularly loved the letters of advice written by our Year 8 pupils and the ‘Changing Shapes’ artwork completed by Year 6 and 7 pupils, focusing on how they’ve grown in the past and their hopes for growth in the future. Key Stage 3 pupils have also been discussing the importance of the mental, as well as physical, benefits of exercise during their PE lessons. In addition to this, there is also now a wonderful display in School on ‘Online Safety’, celebrating the work completed on Safer Internet Day. The pupils have discussed not only staying safe online but also acting responsibly in terms of their online behaviour.

Next week, our Year 11 pupils begin their Mock Exams. I know that they’ve been working incredibly hard recently and would like to wish them the best of luck as they enter this next exam period. It was wonderful to see photographs of them enjoying their tennis and padel tennis session at Tennis World earlier in the week!

Year 10 Poetry Live at Bradford: Wednesday 2 March 2022
To support the current English literature GCSE syllabus, a visit to St George’s Hall on Wednesday 2 March 2022 has been arranged for pupils to take part in this excellent ‘GCSE Poetry Live’ event. A letter is attached with further information.

PTA Quiz Night: Friday 18 March 2022
I am delighted to confirm that the PTA is holding their Quiz Night in the Senior School Hall on Friday 18 March 2022. It will be a traditional ‘pub-style’ general knowledge quiz and a pie and pea supper will be served. Non-Red House parents are also very welcome to attend so please feel free to bring along family and friends. It is always a popular event so tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. More information is provided on the attached letter; please return the slip to the Senior or Junior School Office by no later than 3pm on Thursday 10 March.

World Book Day (Thursday 3 March 2022) Readathon Years 6-9
We are running a ‘Readathon’ with pupils in Years 6-9 to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 3 March 2022 and we’d like your child to join in! This is a fun challenge to encourage reading for pleasure, which has been linked to enhanced academic and social development as well as overall wellbeing. By raising sponsorship money, the children will also contribute to supporting children’s hospitals by providing books and story teller visits. Please refer to the attached letter for more information.

Mobile Phone Use
The children have been reminded in assembly today of our Mobile Phone Policy: phones must be switched off before the children enter school each morning and remain switched off until they leave school at the end of the day (unless given permission to use their phone from a member of staff); if a pupil needs to contact home during the course of the day, they must do this via the School Office.

Senior School Co-curricular Clubs (Years 5-11)
Thank you to everyone who has signed up and secured their place. Unless communicated otherwise, clubs will resume after February Half-Term, the week commencing Monday 28 February, and we can’t wait!

Year 6 Parent-Teacher Consultations: Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 February 2022
Our Year 6 staff are very much looking forward to speaking to parents, via Teams, next week. Please ensure all appointments have been made by the end of today.

Year 9 and 11 Parents’ Evening Dates 2022
A reminder of our other Parents’ Evening dates this term (sign-up letters will follow nearer the date):
Year 9 – Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March
Year 11 – Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March

Year 4-6 PTA Cinema Night: Friday 18 February
A reminder to please sign up for this by Tuesday 15 February at the latest! Requests made after this date will unfortunately not be accepted due to catering and staffing arrangements.

 

Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

This week at the Junior school, the pupils have been giving great thought to Children’s Mental Health week as well as staying safe on the Internet. Certainly, a lot of the ‘Dress to Express’ outfits have been extremely expressive! Nursery have been looking at the story Ronald the Rhino who doesn’t like himself. He wants to be another animal so the other animals show him how he is special. The children then talked about how we are special. Key Stage 1 pupils have completed activities such as ‘Respectful Gaming Chat’ and ‘Be SMART on the Internet’. Year 3 children have created their very own ‘Stay Safe’ iPads and in Year 4 pupils produced work in ICT looking at the dangers of Internet use, such as cyberbullying and giving ‘too much information’. In Year 5, the pupils have discussed mental health and why it is important to be able to recognise and talk about feelings. They have also discussed how to stay safe when using the Internet, with a particular focus on online gaming.

Co-curricular clubs
Thanks to those of you who took advantage of the date extension to modify your club choices for the second half term. You will receive confirmation of your child’s choices early next week.

Sports Camp and Holiday club
Thank you to those who have booked for the February half term. The booking deadline was last Wednesday and we are no longer taking bookings to allow us to staff the clubs appropriately. The next Holiday Clubs will be at Easter, starting on Monday 4 April.

PTA Cinema Night
A reminder that Cinema Night will take place next Friday. For Pupils in Reception to Year 3, this will be in the Barn and for Years 4 & 5 at the Senior School. Please send your replies in by the deadline of Tuesday 15 February next week. We will not be able to accept places after this date, to ensure that is properly catered for.

Parking
Many of you may be aware that parking around The Green has been a hot topic on social media in recent weeks. 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.  Please may I also ask parents to avoid parking in the church car park at drop off and pick up times.

 

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