Thank you to everyone who attended last Friday’s PTA Fireworks Display. It was truly a spectacular evening and so lovely to see so many of the Red House family together once again. I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Khaliq for putting on such an amazing display, and also to the PTA Executive and their army of fabulous PTA helpers for the hours of planning and preparation which went into running such a wonderfully seamless event. In addition, the evening would not have run as successfully as it did without the immeasurable support of the Red House staff.
On Wednesday, the Sports Hall was extremely busy with a team of 13 nurses from the Immunisation Team at Harrogate and District NHS Trust who came into school to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to a large number of our pupils aged between 12-15 years. If you have not yet had your child vaccinated and would like to, please book an appointment at a local vaccination site by clicking on the following link: NHS – Book a COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 LFD Home Testing
If your child is in Years 7-11, please can I ask that they continue to be tested at home on a twice-weekly basis (Monday morning and Thursday morning). Please continue to report their results on NHS – Test and Trace.
Flu Vaccine – Reception – Year 11
The Immunisation Team will be coming in to school on Thursday 9 December to vaccinate pupils from Reception-Year 11. In order for your child to receive the vaccine, parents need to have given consent by Monday 6 December. Please see details on how to give your consent, plus information regarding your choice between the nasal or injectable vaccine in a letter at the bottom of Pupil Post.
Year 6 Face Masks
We are constantly updating our measures in order to provide the safest environment for the children. With this in mind, we have decided to introduce the compulsory wearing of face masks for pupils in Year 6 from Monday 15 November (many had already decided to wear them from yesterday). Year 6 pupils will be required to wear a face mask while in communal areas of school, but not in their classroom. This will bring them in line with the other children in the Senior School.
Junior School Staffing News
I am delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Year 2 teacher to provide cover for Mrs Cooper when she starts her maternity leave in January 2022. Miss Lisa Rogers is a highly experienced teacher, having been a teacher of KS1 and KS2 for over 18 years. She is currently a classroom teacher and ITT mentor at Archibald Primary School in Acklam, Middlesbrough. Miss Rogers has been appointed as a 0.8 FTE teacher for 2C and Mrs Summers will teach 2C for the equivalent of one day per week. Miss Rogers is very excited about starting her new role at the Junior School at Red House, and she will start to transition into her new role with Mrs Cooper from the start of the Spring Term.
I am also thrilled to announce that Mrs Waldock will take on the role of KS1 Coordinator from January 2022, during Mrs Cooper’s absence.
In light of the guidance received yesterday from Stockton Public Health, in the coming week, we will be reviewing all Christmas events which were due to take place in the last couple of weeks of term across both sites, and working on contingencies in case the measures imposed yesterday continue past the two-week initial review. Christmas at Red House has most certainly not been cancelled and we will definitely be running lots of festive activities! More to follow.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson
It was an honour to be part of the Remembrance Service at the Senior School this week. The pupils respectfully rose to the occasion and Jessica, Jacob, Alexander and Rose from the Senior Prefect team beautifully led the service with their readings. Michael’s playing of the Last Post and the Reveille was also outstanding and created a real sense of occasion to commemorate this event.
Last week, Mr Heaton, along with Mr Wilkinson and Mrs van der Heyden, took 13 Year 10 pupils to Reeth for the day to practise their navigation skills as part of their D of E training; thankfully, all returned in one piece! Whilst the weather was not the best, all remained in good humour and spirits and had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
I would like to wish our Year 11s the best of luck for their mock exams next week. Please remind them of the importance of good rest breaks and downtime as well as getting a good night’s sleep during the exam period.
Anti-Bullying Week: Monday 15 – Friday 19 November
In my virtual assembly this morning, I introduced ‘Anti–Bullying Week’, which takes place nationally from Monday 15 to Friday 19 November. To launch this initiative, on Monday 15 November, we would like the children to wear odd socks to represent their uniqueness. In PSHE lessons next week, the children will also take part in ‘anti-bullying’ focused lessons. Please see the letter attached for more details.
Senior School Wellness Ambassadors
We thought ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ next week would be the perfect time to launch this. The pupils were informed today of their drop-in sessions: a chance to meet and chat with staff about any worries they may have. The sessions will take place in the Biology Lab as follows:
- Years 6-8: Tuesdays 1.30-2pm (Mr Thorogood & Miss Thompson)
- Years 9-11: Thursdays 1-1.30pm (Mrs Lindsay-Symington & Dr Ashcroft)
Children in Need Day: Friday 19 November
In assembly this morning, I also reminded the pupils that Children in Need Day is next Friday. The theme for the Senior School pupils is ‘Be Yourself’ and they are able to wear home clothes next Friday as an opportunity to express themselves. Please remember that it is £1 to support this event and we are also running activities at lunch time at a cost of 50p each. The letter was on last week’s Pupil Post should you require any further information.
Mr Simon Haywood
A busy week at the Junior school started with Years 3 to 5 involved in an exciting Art workshop on Monday. EYFS have been learning about the significance of the poppy and people who keep them safe. Pupils in KS1 have been busy designing survival shelters, imagining they were stranded upon a desert island. In Year 3, the children have been making fantastic poppies from recycled plastic bottles and Year 4 have been looking closely at sea life as part of their new Art topic. In Year 5, the pupils have been looking at parts of a plant, as well as learning about the last day of Pompeii. Throwing in Forest School and a couple of rehearsals for Christmas, and you could say it’s very much been a ‘full-on’ week at the Junior school!
Next week is Anti-Bullying week and we will be focusing on this at the Junior School next week. Please refer to Mrs. Cooper’s letter at the bottom of this page. We have an ‘odd’ idea planned!
Children in Need
A reminder that Children in Need day will be with us next Friday! It is always one of the special occasions of the school year and we look forward to seeing the children in their non-uniform clothes! The pupils really do take great pride in raising money for those less fortunate.
The pupils observed an impeccable two-minute silence on Thursday for those who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do today. Year 3 represented the school at St. Mary’s church and laid a wreath at the memorial. As ever, they were excellent ambassadors for the school.
KS2 coordinator and Assistant Head
We very much look forward to welcoming Mrs Victoria Smith to the Junior school in January. Mrs Smith will be joining us as Year 5 teacher, Head of Key Stage 2 and Assistant Head and we are delighted to acquire her services. Mrs Smith will be coming in to visit on Wednesday 17 November to get to know the children ahead of her official start.