Dear Parents,This week has been truly action-packed on both sides of the pond! On Monday, the Year 2 pupils visited RSPB Saltholme and 16 finalists from the Senior School travelled to Manchester to participate in the ISA National Athletics Finals, with huge success and an amazing 8 visits to the podium! The Year 1 children loved their first week of Forest School with Ms Reily, particularly learning about snails, and many of the pupils in Years 5 and 6 pupils took part in the Stockton Schools Athletics Championship, winning a phenomenal 28 medals! We have also been supporting Men’s Health Week, with a particular focus on the ‘Can Do’ (Connect, Active, Notice, Discover, Offer) challenge in PSHE and tutor time in the Senior School.RHS Pride WeekRed House has been festooned with Pride flags this week and we have really celebrated the importance of Pride, in order to promote inclusivity, positivity and equal rights and opportunities for all. The pupils in the Senior School listened to an informative assembly delivered by the Senior Prefect Team on LGBTQ+ and a powerful and personal talk of how times have changed over the years by Mr McKay. Indeed, in a Year 7 and 8 PSHE/RSE discussion, the pupils stated that they found Mr McKay’s assembly to be ‘awesome, inspirational, brave and outstanding.’ Over in the Junior School, the children have been talking about rainbow families, and making colourful bracelets and flags to celebrate Pride.Thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff, who were involved in the Rainbow Run this afternoon. It was a truly tremendous event and a fantastic way for the whole community to join together to celebrate the importance of diversity and colour within the Red House family.We need your votes!Our Robotics team are seeking to expand their capabilities by adding an additional VEX IQ robot to their existing hardware. This specialist STEM activity has proven to be really popular with pupils of all ages (and will be making a special appearance at the PTA Summer Fête). Please support them with your votes and spread the word to friends and family. People can vote a maximum of 3 times per email address. Voting is now open and closes on the 7 July. Please click on the following link to vote for our Robotics Club. The application with the most votes will win a top prize of £1,000: Red House School – Venator Community Carbon Neutral Group (CNG) updateI am excited to announce that we have been successful in our bid for 420 trees/plants from the Woodland Trust, which will be planted across our Junior School and Senior School sites. The plants will be delivered in November 2022. Our RSPB bird boxes with cameras have arrived this week. The Eco-Committee in the Junior School and the CNG in the Senior School are in the midst of planning the best location for these bird boxes and we are hoping to have some feathered visitors very soon! From this Monday, we will also be participating in the ‘Big Battery Hunt’, the nation’s biggest school battery recycling programme. Please could I ask that your child brings any used batteries into school and hands them to their class teacher/form tutor.PTA Summer FêteThe PTA Summer Fête is taking place on Saturday 25 June between 11am and 3pm on the Senior School field. There will be something for everyone and entry is £2 per person. Everyone is very welcome so please feel free to invite family and friends.To help us to raise money for the PTA, we would be grateful for donations for some of the stalls:*   Bottles of wine or other alcoholic drinks for our Wine Tombola*   New/unused toys and children’s books*   School uniform that you no longer need for sale on our uniform stall*   Cakes and other sweet treats for the refreshment stallPlease could all donations be brought into school and left at one of the school offices on or before Wednesday 22 June. Please can any cakes be taken into school on Friday 24 June. All profits from the fête will go towards the PTA’s exciting ‘Big Project’: the re-design of the Senior School sports field and outdoor space. More information in the PTA letter at the bottom of Pupil Post.Volunteers for the PTA Summer FêteThe PTA also need lots of volunteers to help to man the stalls at the Summer Fête. If you are free and can spare an hour of your time, please let the PTA know by contacting the school office or by dropping them an email by clicking on the following link: PTA email address pta@redhouseschool.co.uk Changes to Autumn Term 2022 billingThe School is transitioning to a new finance system, which will be implemented in the new academic year. The new system is linked to the Parent Portal, which is where you can view your Autumn Term fees bill online when they are issued in July. For the Autumn Term, your bill will also be emailed; however, this will be phased out over the academic year and all fees bills will be published on the Parent Portal. There will be no changes to the terms and conditions and payment methods will remain the same. Should you have any concerns or queries relating to this, please contact Andrea Tomlinson, Head of Finance & Compliance, at the school or via email at the following address: Andrea Tomlinson email address andrea.tomlinson@redhouseschool.co.ukI hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.With very warm wishes

Dr Rebecca AshcroftHead

 

Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

We have certainly finished this week on a high and it was wonderful to see the whole school come together this afternoon for the Pride Rainbow Run. I was also incredibly proud of the prefects this week for pulling together such an informative assembly and inspiring our younger pupils to talk openly about the importance of inclusion and diversity.I very much enjoyed accompanying Year 6 on their visit to Eden Camp on Wednesday where they consolidated their learning on World War 2. As well as enjoying the fabulous displays, they were also able to enjoy an ice-cream in the sunshine!This half-term is certainly full of exciting events and we are very much looking forward to Transition Day next week, on Wednesday 22 June 2022, where our current Year 5 pupils will join us to become Year 6 and our current Year 6 pupils will spend the day as Year 7.Please also see the letters attached for details about Sports Day for Years 4-6 and Years 7-10: two very important dates in the school calendar!Summer Concert: Thursday 30 June 2022After a very long period of restrictions, this is our first live concert for over two years, and it would be wonderful to see you there! There will be vocal and instrumental performances by Senior School ensembles and solo performances by Senior and Junior pupils. A letter is attached with more information.Year 6 End of Year Performance: Wednesday 6 July 2022The transition from the Primary to Secondary years is an important milestone for the children; therefore, we would warmly like to invite Year 6 parents to an end of year performance where the pupils will share some of their highlights from this year. We would love to see you there so please see the letter attached for more information.Year 7 Residential Trip to Caythorpe: Friday 30 September–Sunday 2 October 2022Mr Thorogood and I spoke to the children in current Year 6 this morning to inform them of this exciting opportunity: a three day/two-night residential trip to Caythorpe (Lincolnshire) on Friday 30 September–Sunday 2 October 2022. This residential is provided to the pupils in September to bond with their new peer group as they move into Year 7. The activities on offer will be challenging, fun and varied, such as axe throwing, using the zip wire and giant swing, abseiling and river rafting. Mr Thorogood will be talking to the pupils in more detail about the activities next week. Please see the letter attached for important information about deposits to secure your child’s place.Senior School Dates List *   Wednesday 22 June: Transition Day (Year 6 into Year 7; Year 5 into Year 6) *   Wednesday 22 June: Year 7 History Trip to Warkworth Castle *   Friday 24 June: Years 4-6 Sports Day (12.30-4pm) *   Friday 24 June: Year 11 Prom *   Saturday 25 June: PTA Garden Fete *   Monday 27-Tuesday 28 June: D of E Final Expedition *   Wednesday 29 June: New Year 6 (current Year 5) Parent Information Meeting *   Thursday 30 June: Summer Concert *   Friday 1 July: Red House Has Got Talent *   Monday 4 July: Years 7-10 Sports Day at Middlesbrough Sports Village (1-4pm) *   Wednesday 6 July: Year 6 End of Year Performance *   Friday 8 July: Senior School Prize Giving *   Friday 8 July: Last Day of Term

Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

How pleasant to see a change in the weather towards the end of the week. It feels like summer might be finally upon us. The pupils are not only working hard at their academic studies, but also in preparation of the events that lie ahead. Next week is always one of my favourite weeks of the year, as we host our Junior School Sports Days.It was a pleasure to accompany the Year 2 pupils on their trip to Saltholme this week, where they thoroughly enjoyed learning about the minibeasts that live in ponds and grasses. Did you know there is a new species of bug that looks a little like a mint humbug that is so rare it may only be native to Saltholme? No, me either!I would also like to congratulate the Year 5 pupils who represented the school at the Stockton Primary Schools Athletics Event on Tuesday. I hear they performed magnificently and did themselves and the school proud.School Summer FeteThe School Summer fete will be with us on Saturday 25 June. I hope to see as many of you there as possible. Traditionally, the Junior School pupils have been given the opportunity to develop their enterprise skills and I would like offer pupils in Year 3 and 4 the opportunity to help run a stall for a short period. It could be ‘Guess the teddy’, ‘How many sweeties in the jar?’, ‘Sweet Tombola’, or even ‘Bash the Rat!’ If your child is interested in helping, please refer to the letter attached to Pupil Post.Summer Holiday ClubThanks to those of you who have already submitted forms for the Summer Holiday clubs. Please find attached a booking form for the Summer Holidays, starting from July 11. A reminder that for pupils aged 8-12, we are delighted to offer a ‘Forest School’ week, from July 18-22. Places will be limited on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please see the booking forms attached to today’s post.Dates for your Diary:*   Monday 20 June: Year 5 trip to Gibside*   Tuesday 21 June: EYFS (10.45am) & Years 1-3 Sports Days (1.50pm)*   Wednesday 22 June:  Transition Day*   Friday 24 June: Years 4-6 Sports Day (12.30pm)*   Wednesday 29 June: Year 3 to Hardwick Hall.*   Thursday 30 June: Parent Information Meeting for new nursery parents (3.40pm)*   Friday 1 July: Parent Information meeting for current Year 4 parents (3.15pm)*   Monday 4 July: Parent Information meeting for current Nursery parents (3.00pm)*   Tuesday 5 July: Parent Information meeting for current Year 3 parents (3.15pm)*   Wednesday 6 July: Parent Information meeting for current Year 2 parents (3.00pm)*   Thursday 7 July: EYFS end of year celebration, followed by Parent Information meeting for current Reception parents (2.45pm approximately – straight after the EYFS       celebration)*   Thursday 7 July: Parent Information Meeting for current Year 1 parents (3.00pm)*   Friday 8 July: Years 1 -5 Festival of Achievement (9.30am)

LettersSenior SchoolSummer-Concert-Thursday-30-June-2022
Years-7-10-Sports-Day-Middlesbrough-Sports-Village-Monday-4-July-2022
Years-7-10-Sports-Day-Programme-of-Events
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Year-7-Residential-Trip-to-Caythorpe-Friday-30-September-–-Sunday-2-October-2022
PTA-Summer-Fete-Saturday-25-June-2022Junior School Years-4-6-Sports-Day-24-June-2022Years-4-6-Sports-Day-Programme-of-EventsYears-3-4-Red-House-School-PTA-Summer-Fete-Saturday-25-June-2022Summer-Concert-Thursday-30-June-2022PTA-Summer-Fete-Saturday-25-June-2022

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