Dear Parents,

Today, Red House has been awash with glitz, glamour, sequins and sparkles, in support of the fantastic work of Children in Need. In the Senior School, there has been a Pudsey treasure hunt, glitter face painting and a quiz; whilst across the pond, the Junior School have enjoyed a delicious bake sale, as well as being involved in getting ‘their strictly on’ by dancing to the Chu Chu Ua, the Fast food song, the Cha Cha slide and the Macarena, to name just a few!

I would also like to say a huge thank you to Sara and Aljaž, who visited the Junior School yesterday, to the absolute delight of the children, and who did a fantastic, personalised video for the pupils in both the Junior and Senior School.

Parent Portal 

I am very excited to announce that we will be launching our new Parent Portal very shortly, complete with app! Look out for more details which will be sent out next week.

Year 11 Mock Examinations 

Well done to all of the Year 11 pupils, who have just completed the first week of their mocks. Remember, just three days to go next week. This weekend, make sure your child takes regular revision breaks. Getting plenty of sleep is also hugely important, as it helps your child’s brain store all the information they’ve learned throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water and eating healthily will also boost their concentration levels.

COVID-19 – Stockton Public Health Testing Advice 

Stockton Public Health are advising that any secondary age pupils or staff, who are household contacts of a positive case,  should take a daily LFD test at home, before attending school, for 7 days. This is in addition to the PCR test that all close contacts are advised to take.

COVID-19 – New DfE Advice for 12-17 year olds 

This week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised that all healthy 16 to 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 12 weeks after the first vaccine dose, or 12 weeks following a positive COVID-19 test result – whichever is later.

To be consistent with this advice, the clinical guidance has also been updated by the UK Health Security Agency to recommend that young people aged 12-17 who are not in a high-risk group should wait 12 weeks after a positive COVID-19 infection before getting their first vaccine dose. This is a change from previous advice that vaccination should be deferred for around 4 weeks after confirmed infection. A link to the new DfE guidance can be accessed by clicking on the following link: DfE Guidance for Young People Aged 12-17

Business Administration Apprenticeship Opportunity 

The school has an exciting opportunity for an apprenticeship in Business Administration.  We are working in partnership with Stockton Riverside College to find a 16-18 year old apprentice who is keen to learn and develop their skills on the job while working towards achieving a Level 3 qualification as a Business Administrator.

If you know of a school leaver aged 16-18, who would be interested in joining our team at Red House School, please ask them to contact Ms Andrea Tomlinson, Head of Finance & Compliance (andrea.tomlinson@redhouseschool.co.uk). Alternatively, full details are available on the school website by clicking here.

COVID-19 LFD Home Testing 

Please can I ask that all pupils in Years 7-11 continue to be tested at home twice a week on a Monday morning and a Thursday morning. Please continue to report their results on NHS – Test and Trace.

Flu Vaccine – Reception -Year 11 

A reminder that the Immunisation Team will be coming in to school on Thursday 9 December to vaccinate pupils from Reception-Year 11 and that in order for your child to receive the vaccine, consent must be given by Monday 6 December.

I wish you all a super weekend with your families and make the most of the gorgeous autumnal weather.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft 

Head 

 

 

Miss Claire Thompson

This week kicked off with ‘Anti-Bullying’ and ‘Odd Socks Day’. It was lovely to see the pupils and staff show me their odd socks as I moved around School! In lessons this week, it has been useful to listen to the children’s thoughts on kindness and heart-warming to hear about the kind deeds they’ve completed over the course of the week.

It was then wonderful to end the week with Children in Need and thank you to Year 10 (and Mrs Lindsay-Symington) for organising the activities. I couldn’t help but join in with the glitter and I’ve seen lots of smiley, glittery faces in the corridors! There was a hive of activity over lunch time with the treasure hunt as pupils tracked down the hidden Pudsey Bears, and the form time quiz was also a big hit! I also got to visit the Junior School today to judge their design a Pudsey Bear competition and I got a sneak preview of some of their dancing – I think Sara and Aljaž would’ve been very proud! Thank you to everyone for your kind donations.

 

Mr Simon Haywood

As the countdown to the festive period begins, it has been delightful to hear Christmas carols already being sung in classes and corridors.  It reminds me annually how early Christmas does begin in the Junior school.  Nursery have been enjoying their Police Week, and learning about the Emergency Services.  Year 2 have been looking at Art around the World and as part of their Captain Cook topic, have been exploring Maori Art.  In Year 4, the pupils have been looking at Christophe’s Story, which tells of a young boy who flees to England from a war-torn country.  Year 5 have started looking at sources of light as part of their topic in Science.  The pupils are definitely maintaining a good level of academic learning as the excitement slowly grows towards the Christmas season!

Anti-Bullying Week 

There was certainly a strange array of socks in school on Monday, as the pupils demonstrated their awareness of anti-bullying week.  Mrs Cooper discussed this in KS1 online Assembly on Monday and Mr Haywood showed the story of The Good Samaritan on Wednesday.  All the pupils have been involved in activities and lessons throughout the week, and have learned the importance of saying ‘a kind word’.

Children In Need 

The children have had a fantastic day at School for Children In Need.  They always enjoy the occasion and loved Pudsey decorating competition.  The cakes were absolutely amazing and many thanks to the pupil council and their parents for those fantastic treats.

Christmas Cards 

Those of you whose child designed a Christmas card over half term, should have received a proof copy of the card on Wednesday.  Should you wish to place an order, please return the order form (with payment in the envelope) to school, no later than Wednesday 24 November.

PTA Tea Towels 

The PTA have once again produced a tea towel of the Junior school pupils for parents to purchase.  Details of how to do so are available in the letter attached.

Young Writers Competition 

We are encouraging the children in KS2 to be creative in their writing and so will be sending the children home with a story writing planning sheet .

We are asking them to write a mini adventure story (no more than 100 words). This is a competition organized by Mrs Summers and run by Young Writers . Mrs Summers will collect all the stories and send them to be judged before the 17 December.

Junior School Letter

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