Dear Parents,

It has been a week packed full of adrenaline and excitement this week. On Tuesday, children in EYFS and Years 1-3 had their Sports Day; it was wonderful to see their smiles (and steely determination), as they competed in the egg and spoon, sack and beanbag races! Wednesday was our Transition Day, and the pupils really enjoyed meeting their new teachers and experiencing a snapshot of what next year holds for them. Also, on Wednesday, the Year 7 had a brilliant and very informative History and Geography trip to Warkworth Castle. Thursday was the culmination of two years of hard work for the Year 11s, with them completing their final GCSE exam; they will be celebrating together as a year group, with staff, at the Year 11 Prom this evening at Judges Country Hotel. The finale to an incredible week at Red House saw the pupils in Years 4-6 enjoying their Sports Day; well done to all of the children, who were magnificent.

Hot off the Press!
Two of our Year 7 teams have been awarded 1st and 2nd place in the highly prestigious ICE Inspire 2022 – Sustainable Civil Engineering Award, which was open to all schools from across the wider North East region, and sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The team of Willow, Lizzie and Matilda won the event outright, with the team of Alice, Sarah and Lucy coming 2nd place. The judges were very impressed with both team’s submissions which involved designs that help promote a more sustainable way of life for our future communities. The ICE judges commented that their ‘technical concept was excellent and really addressed the issues faced by our society as a result of the climate crises…The subjects were very well researched, and touched on many different subject areas, including, materials and renewable energy, which shows a good holistic understanding of the issues that civil engineers have to create solutions for.’ Our winners will be presented with their trophies and prizes in School by the organisers, ICE, in the near future.

PTA Summer Fête
The PTA Summer Fête is taking place tomorrow between 11am and 3pm on the Senior School field. There will be something for everyone and entry is £2 per person. There will be bouncy castles aplenty, as well as food and refreshments, 30 stalls and lots of fun activities.

Year 11 GCSE Results Day
GCSE Results Day for our Year 11 pupils is Thursday 25 August 2022. More information about this special day will be circulated closer to the date.

School Uniform
A reminder that from September 2022, all pupils on both sites, will be wearing full school uniform and bringing their sports kit into school to change into.

If you would like to purchase any items of uniform from the uniform shop in preparation for the children returning in September, please email Mrs Morton via the following email: uniformshop@redhouseschool.co.uk  for an appointment. Mrs Morton will be holding appointments from the 8 August 2022 for three weeks. If you are not able to book an appointment within those three weeks, there will be two drop-in days between 10am and 3pm on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September; however, there may be waiting times on these days.

Please can I remind you that trousers should be charcoal and a regular fit (not slim/skinny) and skirt length should be to the knee.

PTA Summer Raffle
Tickets for the PTA Summer Raffle will go on sale at the Summer Fete tomorrow and we will be sending books of tickets home with each child, which we are inviting you to buy and/or sell to friends and family. Tickets are £2 each and all proceeds will go towards the PTA’s ‘Big Project’, the redesign of the Senior School sports field and outdoor space. The deadline for returning the raffle ticket stubs is Thursday 7 July and the draw will take place on the last day of term when winners will be notified. Thank you to everyone who has very generously donated or sponsored prizes – it is hugely appreciated. More information about the raffle and the fantastic prizes on offer is included in the PTA letter at the bottom of Pupil Post.

Co-curricular Clubs Next Term
Following a consultation with Pupil Council, Miss Thompson and Mr Haywood are currently finalising the clubs on offer for the Autumn Term across both sites. These will be sent out in the coming weeks with details about how to sign your child up to the different activities.

Red House Robotics Team
Please support our Robotics team who are seeking to add an additional VEX IQ robot to their existing hardware. 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 Thursday 7 July. Please click on the following link to vote for our Robotics Club: Red House School – Venator Community

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families and I am looking forward to welcoming many of you to the PTA Summer Fete tomorrow. Don’t forget your sun cream – the weather forecast is glorious!

With very warm wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Head

 

 

Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

We are continuing to celebrate Pride Month and, in this morning’s Achievement Assembly, Dr Ashcroft tested the pupil’s knowledge with an interactive ‘Heads and Tails’ quiz. It was amazing to see so many pupils still standing at the end! They were able to recall facts such as the number of LGBTQ+ flags (32); the year of the Stonewall riots in New York (1969); the year that Section 28 was introduced, banning schools from talking about same-sex relationships (1988); and the number of people that participated in the first Pride March in London in 1972 (1 million).

It was wonderful to see our current Year 5 and 6 pupils rise to the challenge of ‘moving up’ on Transition Day. Watching them smile and cheer as they met their new form tutors was a particularly heart-warming moment, and it was lovely to hear their highlights of the day (which, of course, for some of them, was lunch!) New pupils joining us in September were welcomed into the Red House family and, from speaking to teaching staff, they all made a great impression; I hope they are excited about their next step! Following this, parents of pupils in current Year 5 have been invited to attend the Year 6 Information Meeting, on Wednesday 29 June 2022 at 4.10pm, at the Senior School, to meet their child’s new form tutor and find out more about the year ahead. Parents of pupils in current Year 6 will be invited to a Year 7 Parent Guide in September where they will meet key staff and find out about some of the main features of life in Year 7.

Finally, I would just like to say congratulations to all of the Year 4-6 pupils who took part in Sports Day today and for their sportsmanship – it was a great atmosphere! I would also like to wish our Year 10 pupils the best of luck as they prepare for their final Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition on Monday. This evening, I am now looking forward to joining our Year 11 pupils at Judges Country Hall for their Prom, which will be a perfect way to celebrate the end of their GCSEs and their time at Red House.

London Trip: Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September 2022
Mrs Fryer has included a letter below with some information about the London Trip. If your child has already secured their place, the final cost of the trip is now due to be paid by Friday 8 July 2022. The total cost covers entrance to attractions, accommodation, meals, a hoodie and transport, and the itinerary looks fantastic!

Year 7 Outward Bound Residential Trip to Caythorpe: Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October 2022

Just a reminder that the deposit to secure your child’s place is due by the end of today. As the pupils will move into 3 forms in Year 7, the trip will provide a perfect opportunity to bond with their peers as well as challenge them!

Prize Giving (Years 6-10): Friday 8 July 2022

Preparations for Prize Giving have begun ‘behind the scenes’, which will take place on the last day of term, Friday 8 July 2022, at 2pm in the Senior School Hall. Parents will be contacted next week if your child has been awarded a prize for this academic year.

Summer Holiday Forest School: Monday 18 – Friday 22 July 2022

I am delighted to share this exciting opportunity for our pupils aged 8-12 to take part in Forest School sessions during the Summer Holidays. Forest School is an inspirational concept, providing learning opportunities through practical activities where children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking and teamwork. If you would like your child to take part in any of the sessions during this week, please fill out the attached booking form below.

Senior School Dates List

  • 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

Well it’s finally started to feel a little bit like summer at the Junior school this week. On Monday, I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying the Year 5 pupils on their trip to Gibside, where they enjoyed tackling the low ropes and a spot of orienteering! The EYFS and Year 1-3 Sports Days took place, and it was lovely to see everyone competing and having such fun! We’ve also had Transition Day, where the pupils have enjoyed a day with their class and new teacher for September. I’m sure Years 4-6 will have performed brilliantly today in their Sports Day at the Senior School. What an incredibly busy week for everyone!

School Summer Fête
A reminder that the School Summer Fête will be with us tomorrow at the Senior School.  Many thanks to those pupils who have volunteered to help run the Junior School stalls. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow… those bouncy castles look incredible!

Summer Holiday Club
Thanks to those of you who have already submitted forms for the Summer Holiday clubs. Please find booking form below for the Summer Holidays, starting from Monday 11 July 2022.

Forest School Week
A reminder that for pupils aged 8-12, we are delighted to offer a ‘Forest School’ week, from Monday 18 – Friday 22 July 2022, if there is enough interest. This would be run by our Forest School specialist, Ms Reily. Places will be limited on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Dates for your Diary:

  • 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 (3pm)
  • 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 (2pm) 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 (3pm)
  • Friday 8 July: Years 1 -5 Festival of Achievement (9.30am)

EYFS end of Year celebration/Festival of Achievement
Just a reminder that the Early Years end-of-year celebration will take place on Thursday 7 July at 2pm in the Barn. The Years 1-5 Festival of Achievement will take place on the last day of term, Friday 8 July, at 9.30am in the Senior School Hall. It has been a long time since we have been able to host our end of year celebrations to parents, and we are really looking forward to it!

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