This week has been another really busy one at Red House, with the Year 11s commencing their GCSE exams. They have been phenomenal and we wish them every success for their exams over the next few weeks.
Twilight Tours was a wonderful evening and there was an amazing buzz around school on both sites. We had almost 40 families visit us to find out more about our brilliant school. I would like to say a huge thank you to our pupil helpers; they were fantastic ambassadors and our visitors were full of praise and gave them rave reviews! Thank you to you also, for spreading the word amongst your friends about what a special place Red House is.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Fryer and her team of eco-warriors in the Junior School planted the apple, pear and cherry trees, which comprise our Platinum Jubilee Orchard. The children (and adults) were really excited to be part of such a wonderful project, which is creating a legacy in honour of the Queen’s 70 years of service. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the digging and planting, and also to the PTA for buying us the trees. #queensgreencanopy
Pride and The Rainbow Flag award
At Red House, we are keen to celebrate diversity, and as part of this commitment to inclusivity, we will be hosting a Pride Week in school in the week commencing Monday 13 June 2022. More information to follow in the coming weeks…
I am also delighted to announce that we will be working towards The Rainbow Flag Award in school from September, with Mr Barnbrook-McKay in the Junior School, leading our application. The award is a national quality assurance framework for schools, which focuses on positive LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility. Please click on the following ink to find out more: The Rainbow Flag Award
PTA Jubilee Picnic
The deadline for ordering your tickets to come and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Picnic on Friday 27 May is 4pm this afternoon. Tickets to the event are limited, so please secure your places by emailing either Miss Ward (Senior School) or Mrs Serewicz (Junior School) and specifying the number of tickets you would like and any special dietary requirements. Tickets are £3 per person and the total will be added to your school bill.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be rolling out more options for parents to use on the Parent Portal. At the end of the Summer Term, all school reports will be accessible via the portal. Please could you take a moment to log into the Parent Portal, using your username and password. If you experience any difficulties, please contact Mr Butterfield, our Network Manager, via the following link: Mr Butterfield’s email address
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families, and enjoy some of the warm weather which is forecast.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School
This morning’s assembly was a celebration extravaganza, and a heart-warming reminder that, for a small school, we have such a wealth of talent! First, we looked back at Iris’s epic bike ride journey to Barcelona and watched several video clips, including her leading the team into the city to finish. She then beautifully described her adventure, through 5 different countries, and shared her highlights, which included meeting new people and arriving in Barcelona (which was recorded on Spanish TV!). What a great example of resilience and stepping out of her comfort zone; a phenomenal achievement and a true inspiration to us all!
We also had a huge list of certificate winners from the Year 7 and 8 Maths Challenge. It was wonderful to see the children’s faces as their names were read out. Special mention goes to Elliott in Year 8 who achieved ‘Best in Year’ and Sarah in Year 7 who achieved ‘Best in Year’ and ‘Best in School’.
Following that, we received a full report from the recent ISA athletics and netball events from the PE staff. A huge well done to all involved for not only their sporting efforts but also for their behavioural conduct. They represented the school brilliantly and it was lovely to hear how our Year 10 pupils cheered on our younger pupils. A great example of the Red House family in action!
Cillian in Year 10 was also awarded with his Senior Sports Colours for cycling. He has been committed to the sport for many years now and superbly represented the school in the Croft 20 Mille Time Trial. He is also now on the British pathway and we wish him the best of luck with this journey!
In addition, we thanked the 69 volunteers who stayed behind after school yesterday to help us with our Twilight Tours event. Their commitment and support were very much appreciated and they did a fantastic job touring, playing sport and taking part in classroom activities.
This week, we also handed out badges to our new Year 8 Prefects as well as our new Senior Prefect Team. Form 8J will now be responsible for paper recycling in school, amongst other tasks, and our new Head Boy and Head Girl led their first assembly today, reading out the merit celebrations for this week. I have no doubt our new prefects will admirably take on their new responsibilities.
The Year 4-8 Book Fair has been a great success this week too. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate books and it was a pleasure to have our Year 4 and 5 children visit us at the Senior School. Our Year 5s certainly enjoyed their lunch on Tuesday and today and it has helped to ‘whet their appetite’ for joining us in Year 6 in September.
Finally, I would just like to wish our Year 7–9 pupils the best of luck as they prepare for their summer exams next week.
Red House Has Talent (RHHT): Friday 1 July 2022
Our Senior Prefect Team will be taking entries for the RHHT show due to take place on Friday 1 July 2022. The cost of entry for each act will be £2 (which will go towards a fantastic local charity, Open Door North East, supporting refugees) and the pupils will have the opportunity to sign up during break and lunch time next week – so dig out those dancing shoes!
‘Eco-Schools’ and Carbon Neutral Working Party
Our next meeting will take place at lunch time on Thursday 26 May 2022. Since our last meeting, the pupils have devised a litter picking rota for the school grounds and they’ve completed an Environmental Survey, covering aspects such as Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship and Healthy Living. Next, they will be putting together an action plan of short, medium and long-term goals.
Upcoming Senior School Dates
Monday 23 – Friday 27 May: Year 7-9 Exam Week
Friday 27 May: Jubilee Celebration Picnic
Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June: Half-Term Break
Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School
A busy week at the Junior School has seen the pupils involved in a variety of interesting and exciting activities. Nursery pupils have been looking at how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly! Reception children have been learning about stars and have enjoyed making their own constellations. Year 1 pupils have been investigating trees and Year 2 has continued with their Forest School fun! Year 3 has been exploring plants in and around the school. Year 4 has enjoyed a Mexican afternoon (many thanks to Mr. Munro for supplying a variety of resources). Year 5 Science has seen pupils exploring heat loss from bottles; in English, they have been learning about workhouses during the Victorian era. In my assembly, we discussed the story of ‘The Fox and the Stork’, and understanding the importance of treating others as you would like to be treated yourselves. As well as all of this, all classes are busy making bunting in preparation for our Jubilee celebrations on Friday 27 May, an occasion we are all very much looking forward to!
We were delighted to host Twilight Tours on Thursday night. Our guests were incredibly impressed with what we had to offer, and were equally impressed with our Year 3 and 4 tour guides, who did a fantastic job of promoting our wonderful school. Well done, everyone!
Scholastic Book Fair
The Book Fair has been a great success this week! Many thanks to those of you who have purchased books and I hope the children enjoy reading them!
A gentle reminder that today is the final day to book for the 3-day Holiday Club at Half-Term. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any more bookings after today to ensure that the club is staffed correctly.
On Friday 27 May, we shall be having a Jubilee celebration in School, prior to the after-school events. We would like pupils to come to school dressed in red, white or blue, or a combination of all. There will be a range of activities for the pupils to enjoy on the day, to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Please see the letter attached.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
Over the forthcoming weeks, Junior School pupils will be taking part in SRE lessons. Please find the attached letter for more information about this.
Next Week Events
Wednesday 25 May: Year 4 to World of Chocolate
Wednesday 25 May: Year 3 French café
Friday 27 May: Home clothes for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration.