Dear Parents,

This week we marked National Careers Week #NCW2022 in school, with assemblies and PSHE sessions dedicated to focusing on careers.  Ms Roberts, Assistant Head (Academic) kicked off the week with an introductory assembly to Years 9-11, whilst 7H’s assembly looked at the importance of developing ‘soft skills’ to maximise career success. 7F created an assembly and quiz on different work experience which school staff had done prior to commencing their teaching careers. It was eye-opening to discover that my colleagues have previously been models, postmen, widget designers for a beer company and much more!

Carbon Neutral Group – update
Last Friday, the Red House Carbon Neutral Group had its inaugural meeting. It was fantastic to meet as a group of 24 to discuss creative ways in which we can reduce and offset carbon emissions in school. Since the meeting, the Pupil Council in the Senior School and the Eco-Committee in the Junior School have started to do school audits to see how we can become eco-friendlier. We have also already started to plan for initiatives, such as, ‘meat-free’, paperless and IT-free days in school. More to follow…

International Women’s Day
This week pupils on both sites celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme this year is #breakthebias and in my whole-school assembly, we explored ways in which bias, whether deliberate or unconscious, makes it difficult for girls and women to move ahead and have a level playing field. We looked at statistics from March 2022 in the following fields: business, education, law, politics and sport, to see how represented women and women of colour are in our society. For example, at 34%, the UK is in 45th position in the world for the proportion of women in parliament; whereas, Rwanda has over 61% and Cuba and Nicaragua also have a female majority in parliament.

Red House School Ukraine Appeal and the Red Cross Bake SaleThank you so much to everyone who has donated items to the school’s Ukraine Appeal. The response has been overwhelming and Mrs Fryer and Miss Ward, and their team of helpers from across the school, have been busy sorting and boxing up all of the items. Our caretaking team will be transporting the donations to Stockton Borough Council’s offices today, where they will be transported to the areas where they are most needed.
Thank you also for all of the cakes, which were baked or bought, and brought into school this morning to raise money for the British Red Cross, which is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The children really enjoyed the cakes at break and lunchtime and much needed funds were raised for the refugee families fleeing Ukraine.
I would also like to thank the PTA Executive, who have very generously decided to donate all of the profits from the PTA Quiz next Friday to the DEC.

COVID-19 Reminder
A gentle reminder that if your child tests positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting the key symptoms of COVID-19, they should not attend school for 5 days. It is advised that they have two negative LFD test results before returning to school.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your families.

With very best wishes,

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Head

 

 

 

Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

In line with International Women’s Day, pupils in Year 6 and 7 have been learning about the terms ‘Prejudice’ and ‘Discrimination’ and challenging stereotypes that can be viewed as sexist, racist or homophobic. I’ve really enjoyed listening to the children explore this topic and challenge themselves when thinking about unintentional bias.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve also noticed how hard our Year 10 pupils have been working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, using their lunch breaks to develop their map skills and plan routes. This week, they were also testing the outdoor cooking equipment to make themselves a warm drink! Mrs Williamson has provided them with a letter today, which outlines further details of their expeditions.

In addition, I had the pleasure of visiting the Year 5 pupils at the Junior School this week and saw some fantastic creative writing, as well as the use of parachutes to test air resistance. They are clearly making the most of their final year at the Junior School and are preparing well for Senior School life come September.

Comic Relief: Friday 18 March 2022
Comic Relief will be celebrated in school next week on Friday 18 March 2022. This will be a non-uniform day and the pupils have been encouraged to wear red or bright colours to celebrate the day. There will also be another cake sale at break time so please grab those pinnies yet again to help support this wonderful cause! A ‘Staff versus Pupils’ netball match will take place at lunch time so please can the children bring in some small change to support the different events. I thanked the children wholeheartedly for their charitable efforts in assembly this morning and I know they will rise to the challenge yet again next week. It is thanks to the generosity of our school community that we are able to support a range of charities over the course of the year. A letter is attached with further information.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening: Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 March 2022
Our Year 11 teaching staff are looking forward to meeting with parents of pupils in Year 11, via Teams, next Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March 2022. The letter to sign up is attached. Please read the instructions carefully and book your appointments by the end of Tuesday 15 March 2022.

Year 4-6 Swimming Gala: Friday 25 March 2022
A reminder that this even will take place on Friday 25 March 2022. Mrs Sweeney has attached a letter with further information. We hope to see parents there to help cheer the pupils on!

 

 

 

 

Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

It has been another eventful week at the Junior school, with many year groups working towards forthcoming events: Nursery pupils have been working towards the Art Exhibition and learning about castles, whilst Reception have been looking at the life cycle of a butterfly, and have enjoyed reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.  In KS1 and Year 5, pupils have been looking at non-fiction texts in English and have been creating their own non- fiction slide show about an animal of their choice in ICT.  Year 4 pupils have been having lots of fun preparing their art work for the exhibition; they have been sketching toucans’ step by step. In Geography lessons, they have located the Amazon rainforest, and are beginning to consider that rainforests are full of biodiversity, meaning there are lots of different species of plants and animals that live there. They have learnt there are two types of rainforests: tropical rainforests and temperate rainforests. In Year 5, pupils have continued working on 3D modelling in computing. As part of their topic on Forces, Year 5 have been using a parachute, made from a huge tarpaulin, to explore this force.  As well as their curriculum work, co-curricular clubs are well and truly in full swing, and Years 1 to 4 enjoyed a fantastic cricket workshop on Thursday.

Nursery to Year 6 Art Exhibition
A reminder that the PTA are delighted to host an exhibition of the Pupil’s Art work in the Barn on Monday 28 March. This will be from 3pm to 5.30pm. Refreshments will be available and you will have the opportunity to purchase your child’s framed masterpiece for £10.  All proceeds to the PTA.  Please see the letter attached for further details.

Easter Holiday Clubs
Booking forms for the Easter Holiday clubs are now available.  Please check last week’s Pupil Post for details.

KS2 Easter Celebration
I am delighted to let you know that KS2 children (Years 3-5), will be hosting an Easter celebration to parents on Monday March 28 and Tuesday March 29.  Please see attached letter for details.

Ukraine Appeal
Many thanks to everyone who have donated so generously towards the Red House Ukraine Appeal. A special thank you to Pupil Council, who arranged a cake sale at quite short notice; they were delicious and your efforts were greatly appreciated.

Red Nose Day
Next Friday is Red Nose Day. Please refer to last week’s letter for more information.  We will be selling a limited number of red noses from the school office next week. Purchases will be limited to 1 per pupil.

 

Letters

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