Two boys are whittling sticks outside as part of their Forest School session

Dear Parents,

Red House has really been a veritable hive of activity this week. Lots of outdoors sporting fixtures have been taking place; particularly, cross country, football and boys and girls hockey. In addition, an eye-watering number of merits have been awarded across both sites, and the pupils have made a really excellent start to their learning this term.

A small number of pupils, particularly the younger children in the Junior School, have been absent with the usual seasonal coughs, colds and bugs this week. I just wanted to give reassurance to all parents that since the start of the pandemic, we have significantly increased our cleaning provision in school and that classrooms across the school are always well-ventilated, with classroom doors and windows being open.

 

COVID-19 LFD Home Testing
To keep our school community safe, it is absolutely imperative that all pupils in Years 7-11 continue to be tested at home twice a week and any positive results reported to school as a matter of urgency.

 

Changes to the Self-isolation Period for those who test Positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January, pupils who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to 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. For example, if your child tests negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to school setting immediately on day 6.

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 to NHS Test and Trace: NHS Test and Trace link

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

 

PCR Tests Suspended for Positive LFD Test Results
A reminder that confirmatory PCR tests following a positive LFD test result have been temporarily suspended from last Tuesday. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result and is asymptomatic is required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

 

Close Contact Daily LFD Testing
All pupils aged between 5 and 16 years at Red House, who have been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts. However, parents may use their discretion and test their child under 5 if they prefer.

 

Information on the Vaccination Programme for 12 to 15 year olds
A reminder that children aged 12 to 15 can now book for their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This has to be at a minimum of 12 weeks from their first dose. Bookings can be made via the NHS booking system: Link to the NHS Booking System. We have still not received a date for when the Immunisation Team will be visiting Red House to deliver the vaccines in school.

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

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Head

 

 

Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

We celebrated a very ‘special’ birthday for a very special lady in school today: our wonderful Head, Dr Ashcroft, turned 50! The Senior School reception was decorated with birthday balloons for her arrival this morning and, in our Celebration Assembly, all of the form tutors switched on their microphones so we could sing Happy Birthday via Teams! The pupils on both sides of the pond also enjoyed some specially baked birthday cookies at morning break time.

 

The pupils are settling brilliantly back into school life and it has been wonderful to hear feedback from sporting events as well as academic success this week. Mrs Lithgo was particularly impressed with Year 11 who went ice-skating as part of their Education for Leisure programme on Tuesday, commenting on the supportive atmosphere and camaraderie amongst the pupils. Year 6 started their first Forest School lesson yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of learning how to tie knots as well as whittling – some great team work was spotted during these sessions too! Year 6 and 7 have also really impressed me this morning as, last week, they were challenged to learn something new and then teach it to their peers. Some examples included card tricks, paper crafts, gymnastics, languages, drawing skills and sign language! As always, we endeavour to post as much as we can on social media to keep you up-to-date with school events and activities.

 

Finally, I was delighted to see the number of merits already achieved in just a week back at school: Years 7, 9 and 11 accrued a particularly impressive amount! Keep up the good work everyone!

 

Year 8 Parents’ Evening: Wednesday 19 January & Thursday 20 January 2022
Next week, our Year 8 parents have the opportunity to speak to individual teaching staff, via Teams, to discuss their child’s academic work and progress. Please can you sign up with your child’s name using the booking link on the attached letter, which gives further details.

 

Year 6, 9, 10 and 11 Parents’ Evening Dates 2022
Here is a reminder of our Parents’ Evening dates for other year groups (sign-up letters to follow nearer the date):

  • Year 10 – Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February
  • Year 6 – Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February (Mr Heaton & Mrs Coverdale only); Thursday 17 February (all other Year 6 staff)
  • Year 9 – Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March
  • Year 11 – Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March

 

Open Morning: Saturday 29 January 2022
We are very much looking forward to showcasing our fantastic school with our second Open Morning of the year, on Saturday 29 January 2022. Due to the current COVID-19 measures currently in place, we will not be asking pupils to be in school for this event; however, our wonderful staff will be raring to go so please do share the date with family and friends and ask them to book an appointment via the School Office should they be interested in visiting us.

 

 

Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

It has been a pleasure to hear how quickly the pupils have settled back into school life in their first full week back after the Christmas holidays.  Nursery pupils have been learning about snow and ice, experimenting with ‘frosty colours!’  In Reception, children have been learning about Dinosaurs and have created some wonderful images. In Year 1, pupils have been looking at poems with a focus on rhyming words. Year 2 children have been learning about the Great Fire of London and have made a paper model of a London house from that period in history. In Year 3, pupils have started the fascinating topic of the Vikings and have made longboats! Year 4 pupils have been excited to start their Forest school experience and Year 5 have started their new English text ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, as well as a new Science Topic on the Earth, Sun and Moon.  After my enforced absence, I’m looking forward to catching up with everybody next week.

 

February Half Term Sports Camp and Holiday Club
Please find attached to this letter the booking forms for Sports Camp and Holiday club will take place during February half term from Monday 21 February to Friday 25 February.

 

Face Masks
Just a gentle reminder that pupils in Year 4 and 5 should have a facemask for when they are on the minibus going swimming, (Friday and Monday respectively).  As well as this, these pupils will also require a mask when they are in lessons at the Senior school (Year 5 Wednesday and Year 4 Friday).  Please could I ask that your child brings a mask to wear on these days in classrooms and in the communal areas.

 

Clothing
As we enter the coldest term of the school year, please can I issue a gentle reminder to ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing for playtimes.  A warm coat is essential and hats, scarfs and gloves may also be brought to school.

 

Parking
Many thanks for the continued cooperation you have demonstrated when parking.  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.

 

Letters

Senior School

Year 8 Parent-Teacher Consultations via Microsoft Teams: Wednesday 19 January and Thursday 20 January 2022 – Miss C Thompson

Year 6 Subject Summaries – Mrs V Smith

Year 7 Subject Summaries – Ms L Roberts

Year 8 Subject Summaries – Ms L Roberts

Year 9 Subject Summaries – Ms L Roberts

Holiday Club/Sports Camp Letter – Mr S Haywood

Holiday Club/Sports Camp Booking Form – Mr S Haywood

 

Junior School

Year 1 Newsletter – Mrs L Waldock

Year 2 Newsletter – Mrs L Waldock

Year 3 Subject Summaries – Mrs V Smith

Year 4 Subject Summaries – Mrs V Smith

Year 5 Subject Summaries  – Mrs V Smith

Holiday Club/Sports Camp Letter – Mr S Haywood

Holiday Club/Sports Camp Booking Form – Mr S Haywood

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