What an amazing week it has been at Red House this week. Co-curricular clubs have returned and are in full swing, and it was fantastic to see so many children getting involved in such a wonderful range of enrichment opportunities. Despite a worrying weather forecast, the sun was beaming down on the school field, when we had our whole school photograph taken on Wednesday morning and the children all looked super smart for the occasion.
PTA AGM and Nominations – Wednesday 6 October 2021
The PTA is a small, but dedicated group of parents and teachers who organise events and activities for pupils and their parents. The money raised goes towards paying for treats for the children and buying additional equipment for the school, but being involved in the PTA is also a great way to get to know other parents. The PTA meets monthly during term time and new members are always welcome. If you are not able to attend the meetings, you can be added to the PTA distribution list to be kept up to date about what is being organised and how to get involved. If you are interested in joining the PTA, please get in touch with Karen Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org
The PTA will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 6 October at 6pm in the Barn (Junior School) which is open to anyone who is interested in attending. Elections for the Executive posts of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will take place at the AGM. If you are interested in one of these posts, please contact Karen Shaw at the email address above.
In my assembly this morning in the Senior School we celebrated many of the achievements of our pupils this week. I also spoke to the children about the importance of internet safety, who to speak to if they have an internet-related worry, and some top tips to keep safe. My advice included, to think before they post or share anything online; to not share any personal details and to check what people can see in their privacy settings; to think about who they are talking to online and never share their personal information with them; to keep their device secure, and to never give out their password or log-in information. For more details, the UK Safer Internet Centre have some great resources for parents to access. This can be found by clicking on the following link: Safer Internet Advice for Parents
I hope you have all have a fantastic weekend with your families. I am really looking forward to seeing many of you and your families at the PTA Welcome BBQ next Friday on the Senior School field, where there will be inflatable fun, a live band, food and refreshments.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson – Senior School
There has been a real buzz about the Senior School this week as clubs resumed and we had our first whole school photograph in 4 years! As everyone came together on Wednesday, it created such a joyous atmosphere, and my highlight was watching the Year 6 and 9 pupils accompany the children from the Junior School across the road. Hearing the pupil’s converse with such ease and confidence epitomised the family-community ethos at Red House and reminded me that age really is just a number; we truly are one school.
Mr Kitching and I also enjoyed leading our first assemblies this week. With Years 6-8, Mr Kitching gave the pupils some important messages: ‘be yourself’ and ‘be a participator’, even if this means trying new things and being out of comfort zones! With Years 9-11, I encouraged the pupils to be ‘aspirational’ whilst also reminding them that, to achieve their goals, resilience, dedication and hard work are essential ingredients to success.
Open Morning – Saturday 25 September
Thank you to all of the pupils who have signed up so far. If your child is available but has not yet signed up, please let us know as soon as possible. As well as the chance to be a tour guide, we hope to run sporting, musical and other classroom activities to fully showcase all that Red House has to offer. Your friends and relatives are most welcome on the day too (please ask them to contact the School Office should they like to book a visit).
Macmillan Cake Sale – Friday 24 September
Calling all bakers! We will be celebrating the European Day of Languages and supporting the Macmillan Coffee Morning by holding a Red House MFL Bake Off! Pupils in Years 6-11 who wish to participate, should either bake a cake using a traditional European recipe, or decorate a cake to represent a European country. The cakes should be brought into school on the morning of Friday 24 September to be judged, and they will then be sold at breaktime to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Please just be aware that we are a nut-free school.
PTA Welcome BBQ – Friday 24 September
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to this event next Friday; it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet others and chat. If you would like to attend, please let us know as soon as possible, so we know how many burgers and sausages we need!
Navigating the School Sports Website
As sporting fixtures return this year, Miss Sweeney has created a useful video for parents to help navigate the site. Please click the following link: Mrs Sweeney’s School Sports Website guidance
COVID-19 Testing for Pupils in Years 7-11
Thank you for your continued support in testing the pupils twice weekly at home, in line with the current Government guidance. As a reminder, the testing should take place on Monday mornings and Thursday mornings.
Mr Simon Haywood – Junior School
It has been another busy and exciting week at the Junior School. The Nursery pupils have been talking about the people who they live with and have also started using the Bee-Bots. As part of their Maths work, Reception children have made some fantastic repeating patterns using paint and cotton reels. Whilst Year 1 have had great fun learning about and playing with Victorian Toys. Year 2 have been studying the artwork of Monet and created their own masterpieces based upon his work. Year 3 have formed an ‘Ancient Crime Squad’, investigating how the tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered. Year 4 have been exploring solids, liquids and gases, and have experimented with lemonade and raisins to see if they would jump! Year 5 have been looking at dianthus plants to study the different parts and functions of plants. As well as this, they have been reflecting on the qualities and character traits needed to be an effective Pupil Council representative.
The KS1 Assembly this week also focused on the positive impact being elected onto the Pupil Council can have. Moreover, all of the Junior School made it to the Senior School for the whole school photograph. Many thanks to the pupils in Years 6 and 9 who helped to chaperone our younger pupils over the pond. With clubs finally getting underway as well this week, I think it is fair to say that the summer is now a distant memory!
Key Stage 2 Theatre Trip
Mrs Summers and Mrs Ashton have arranged to take the Key Stage 2 pupils to the theatre to see ‘Gangsta Granny’ later this term. Please find information attached. I am sure this is going to be an experience the pupils will enjoy immensely.
Open Morning: Saturday 25 September
Many thanks to those pupils in Years 3 -5 who have volunteered to be a school guide at our Open Morning on Saturday 25 September. If your child would like to help on the day, please contact me as soon as possible.
Norton Green Eco Project
Congratulations to Connie in Year 4. As part of the Norton Green Eco project, her design was chosen from all the schools in the area as the one to be made into the official badge. Connie was delighted to be presented with a copy of the badge at the duck pond on Friday, which was celebrated with the community of workers who have worked tirelessly to keep Norton Green looking so beautiful.
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 ensure that 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.
Senior School Letters
English Mock Exams and CGP Revision Question Cards – Mrs C Fryer https://www.redhouseschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/mock-exam-PGC-cards.pdf
Pupil Copies of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – Mrs C Fryer https://www.redhouseschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Christmas-Carol-pupil-copy.pdf
Junior School Letters
Year 5 Forbidden Corner Wednesday 6 October 2021 – Mrs G Summers https://www.redhouseschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Year-5-Forbidden-Corner-Wednesday-6-October-2021-Mrs-G-Summers.pdf
KS2 Gangsta Granny Sunderland Empire theatre: Thursday 18 November 2021 – Mrs Ashton & Mrs Summers https://www.redhouseschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Gangsta-Granny-18-Nov-21.pdf