Dear Parents,

Today was an emotional day for our Year 11s, as we said goodbye to them in a morning of special leavers’ events, ahead of them starting their Study Leave. I would like to wish them all the very best for every success in their GCSE exams, and I am really looking forward to celebrating with them at the Year 11 Prom on Friday 24 June at Judges Country House Hotel and on GCSE Results Day on Thursday 25 August.

Over in the Junior School, the pupils have been very busy getting bunting at the ready for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and writing some very impressive and regal poem entries for the Stockton Borough Council’s ‘Big Lunch Poet’ competition for the Jubilee.

PTA Jubilee Picnic
You are very warmly invited to come and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Picnic on Friday 27 May from 4pm. They will be much fun to be had, including, bouncy castles, a live band, afternoon tea, plus a licensed bar and much more…

Tickets to the event are limited, so please secure your places by emailing either Miss Ward (Senior School) or Mrs Serewicz (Junior School) and specifying the number of tickets you would like and any special dietary requirements. Tickets are £3 per person and the total will be added to your school bill.

PTA Jubilee Orchard
I am also delighted to announce that we will be unveiling our very own Jubilee Orchard, at the Jubilee picnic on Friday 27 May. A huge thank you to Mrs Fryer and the PTA for organising this fantastic tribute, which is creating a lasting legacy in honour of the Queen’s 70 years of service and which will benefit future generations of pupils at Red House, as well as planting sustainably. #queensgreencanopy

Mental Health Awareness Week: Monday 9-Sunday 15 May 2022
This week we have marked Mental Health Awareness Week on both sites and pupils have been encouraged, through assemblies, PSHE and tutor time, to connect with their friends, family and communities.

With exams fast approaching for many in the Senior School, it is normal for some pupils to feel a little bit worried about exams, especially if they are putting themselves under pressure. Young Minds have created a wonderful resource bank of helpful tips for both pupils and their parents. Please click on the following link for more information:  Young Minds – Dealing with Exam Stress

Twilight Tours: Thursday 19 May 2022
We are very much looking forward to welcoming lots of families to our Twilight Tours next week, on Thursday 19 May (Junior School 4-6pm & Senior School 4.30-6.30pm). We are delighted that the Senior School bookings are almost full and there are still spaces available at the Junior School. If you know of any families who may be interested in visiting, please share our social media posts and ask them to contact Claire Bellerby. Further information can be found on our website: Twilight Tours – Red House School

Update on COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 to 15-year olds
Although the in-school COVID-19 vaccination programme ended on Friday 1 April, parents of children aged 5-15 years can still book COVID-19 vaccination appointments online at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site, to get vaccinated without needing an appointment.

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

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Head

 

 

 

Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

We gave the Year 11 children a fantastic send-off in assembly this morning, starting with a montage of their years throughout School; there were certainly a few giggles as well as lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhhs’! It was heartwarming to look back over the years and reflect on the fun they’ve had, the friends they’ve made and how much they’ve grown and changed. We then hosted the ‘Reddies’, a set of awards given especially to our Year 11 leavers, ranging in categories from ‘Most Likely To Be Prime Minister’ to ‘Best Hair’! Those who began their Red House journey at the Junior School also visited their old classrooms and teachers and they even recreated an iconic photograph in the Nursery garden! As well as lots of shirt-signing, they all had a delicious brunch before we said goodbye. I would like to wish them every success as they prepare for their final exams and for the future.

Our Year 7-9 pupils are also busy preparing for their summer exams, which take place from Monday 23 to Friday 27 May 2022. Mrs Sweeney (Examinations Officer) has attached some important information in a letter below as well as the exam timetable.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our Year 10 pupils who have finished their summer exams today. They’ve worked incredibly hard so I hope they enjoy some down time this weekend. When they return next week, our Year 10 Geographers will be heading to Blencathra on Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 May 2022 as part of their fieldwork studies; I have no doubt it will be a productive and enjoyable trip.

Twilight Tours: Thursday 19 May 2022
I would like to say a huge thank you to the pupils who have signed up to support us during this event. If your child is able to attend and hasn’t yet signed up, please let me know as soon as possible. Please also be aware that, with the exception of Performing Arts, clubs will be cancelled that night.

Year 6 NSPCC Workshop
Yesterday, our Year 6 children had a very informative visit from the NSPCC. As part of their workshop, they learned that abuse and neglect are never okay and that they have the right to speak out and be heard, to stay safe and to get help when they need it. The children engaged brilliantly in the discussions and took home an information sheet at the end of the session.

Years 4-8 Book Fair: Monday 16 – Friday 20 May 2022
We are very excited to be launching our Book Fairnext week. Books range from £3 to £10 and the pupils will have plenty opportunity to visit throughout the week. For more information on the books available, please visit the following weblinks:
Years 8+ https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/bookcases/ro
Teen Titles 11+ https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/bookcases/tt

Upcoming Senior School Dates
Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 May: Year 10 Geography Trip
Monday 16 – Friday 20 May: Years 4-8 Book Fair
Thursday 19 May: Twilight Tours
Monday 23 – Friday 27 May: Years 7-9 Exam Week
Friday 27 May: Jubilee Celebration Picnic
Friday 27 May: Break up for Half-Term

 

 

 

Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

A busy week at the Junior school has seen Nursery pupils learning about bees! They have been tasting honey, looking at pollen and how bees move it. They have even made their own bees! In Reception, pupils have been learning about the solar system and have been practising naming the planets in the correct order using the rhyme ‘My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets’. Year 2 have been enjoying their forest school sessions and, as part of this, have also been learning about bee habitats and making bee boxes for wild and solitary bees. The children have been very careful using tools including hammers and secateurs! On Monday in Year 3, it was BFG Day! The Friendly Giant came to visit 3A and the children enjoyed making snozzcumber snacks and frobscottle. Their dream jars were magical and pupils talked about their dreams for the future. Year 4 had a fantastic time learning about Mexico. They tried some Mexican food and carried out research on some of the landmarks and festivals in Mexico. In Year 5, pupils have been writing balanced arguments based on the class novel, ‘Street Child’.  They have also learned about some of the jobs that Victorian children had to do to survive, such as mining and chimney sweeping. In computing, pupils have continued to work on designing a game. In Science, Year 5 children have been demonstrating great practical dexterity in learning to wire a plug. Linked to their topic of materials, they have explored the concepts of electrical insulators and conductors. Pupils have had a lot of fun demonstrating their electrical skills and using a range of screwdrivers!

Mental Awareness Week
The pupils have been involved in a range of different activities to promote mental awareness this week.  Class discussions have taken place and pupils have designed their own posters. At Red House, we pride ourselves on our wellbeing and the pupils have embraced the week tremendously.

Holiday Club
Thanks to those of you who have returned forms for the 3-day Holiday Club during May Half-Term. Should you wish to book your child in, please return the form to school as soon as possible.

Junior School Book Fair (Nursery – Year 3)
A reminder that we are excited to be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair next week at the Junior school for children in Nursery to Year 3. There will be an opportunity for parents and pupils to purchase some fantastic books, as well as earning free books for the school at the same time. All your support in this venture is greatly appreciated.

Diary Dates:
Here are a few upcoming dates for your diary.  More events to be confirmed shortly;
25 May – Year 4 trip to World of Chocolate, York.
25 May – Year 3 French café
27 May – Jubilee party
13 June – Year 2 trip to RSPB Saltholme
15 June – Reception & Year 1 trip to Blue Reef Aquarium
20 June – Year 5 trip to Gibside
21 June – EYFS & Years 1-3 Sports Day
22 June – Transition Day
24 June – Years 4 – 6 Sports Day
8 July – Years 1-5 Festival of Achievement.

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