This week, Mr Haywood has told me how much he has enjoyed seeing Junior School pupils have yoga sessions in the sun, painting their own pebbles, and creating their own wellbeing garden, amongst many other things. It has been a pleasure to see the pupils embrace the Mental Health Awareness Week.
Across the pond in the Senior School, Year 10 pupils started their summer examinations on Thursday and Year 11 have been working extremely hard on their assessments. In Year 6 PSHE, pupils continued to have fun learning about democracy and the election process. Yesterday, the five political parties took part in an election and the result was (drum roll, please)… a three-way coalition between ‘Glizzie’s Guys’, ‘Spinning People’ and the ‘Blue Crosses’. Well done to all of 6C! Their manifestos, hustings presentations and posters were absolutely brilliant.
Mental Health Week #connectwithnature
This week, we have all been celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme of ‘connect with nature’ has really resonated with the pupils and they have thoroughly enjoyed participating in a wonderful array of activities and challenges. In the Senior School, the older children have been on mindfulness walks, enjoyed meditation, have listened to an assembly on the importance of sleep to their physical and mental health, and in Biology lessons, pupils have been planting their own sunflower seeds. Pupils in the Senior School have also been sent daily Teams challenges and tasks, related to Mental Health Awareness Week.
Staff in the Junior School have taken advantage of the sunshine this week and spent a lot of time outdoors delivering lessons. This has included yoga, mindful walks, art lessons, making reflection stones, planting seeds, meditation in the outdoor garden, and making glittery calm jars. In Year 5, each form had a 90-minute ‘Kidding around Yoga’ session with Miss Thompson outside. It involved yoga limbo, meditations, pranayama (breathing exercises), yoga stories and yoga games (including ‘toe’ga using pompoms!) and the pupils finished in our ‘enchanted garden’ using visualisation. On Monday, I am super excited to be visiting Mrs Ashton and Year 4, where they will be presenting their plans for creating their very own Zen garden to me.
This week, we have also been talking to pupils in the Senior School about the importance of self-care as an essential part of living a healthy and happy lifestyle. Self-care does not have to involve a huge time commitment or be expensive, and can be as simple as taking a bath, relaxing with a book, taking a walk outside or eating your favourite food. Self-care has a huge amount of benefits, including, improving your physical health; reducing stress and anxiety, as any activity that makes you feel more relaxed can help to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety and to lift your mood; boosting your self-esteem and protecting your mental health. Today, pupils have been set the challenge to complete as many of the 25 ‘Self-care Bingo’ tasks as they can over the weekend. A copy of the challenge can be found at the bottom of Pupil Post.
Face masks in school
From Monday 17 May, pupils will no longer be required to wear face masks in lessons and in the communal areas around school. Pupils who travel to and from Red House on the school bus will, however, be required to wear a face mask for those journeys. We will continue to operate rules on social distancing, classroom ventilation and regular handwashing.
Year 11 A level Bridging Programme
I am aware that many of the local Sixth Form colleges have recently announced their own transition days and/or their own bridging programme. Please reassure your child that it is absolutely fine for them to opt out of the Red House Bridging Programme to participate in their new school’s course.
Twilight Tours: Thursday 20 May
A reminder that this Thursday we are really looking forward to welcoming prospective families to our Twilight Tours event. The Junior School tours are between 4-6pm, with the Senior School tours being between 4.30-6.30pm. Please continue to encourage your friends to get in touch with Mrs Bellerby to find out more about our wonderful school.
Holiday Club and Sports Camp – May Half Term
If you would like to book a space on the May half term Holiday Club and Sports Camp, please follow the instructions on how to do so in Mr Haywood’s booking form here. There are only small number of spaces left, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School