It has been a great week at Red House this week. On Wednesday, both the Senior and Junior School pupils heard an assembly from Helen from the Billingham and Stockton Food Bank about the fantastic work they are doing in the local community alongside referral agencies, to issue food vouchers to those in need of emergency food in times of crisis. Ahead of our Harvest Festival, we are supporting the Billingham and Stockton Food Bank again this year, and any donations of food, toiletries and used warm clothes (e.g. coats, hats, gloves, socks and scarves) would be most gratefully received. Letters are attached with further details.
A huge thank you to all pupils and parents who brought in cakes for today’s Macmillan Coffee Morning and the Modern Foreign Language’s ‘Bake Off’. Both events were a great success and the children loved eating the wonderful creations at break this morning. The Year 11 Charity Committee will be selling more of the fantastic cakes at this evening’s PTA BBQ.
PTA AGM and Executive Nominations: Wednesday 6 October 2021
This is a reminder that the PTA will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 6 October at 6pm in the Barn at the Junior School. The AGM 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 PTA email address.
Term Dates for 2022-2023
The term dates for next year, 2022-2023, are now available on the School website. Please click here to access the dates. We are currently finalising the dates for the following year, 2023-2024, and these will be published on the website next Friday.
Following the recent Government consultation, it has been announced that all children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. I have emailed the Immunisation Team at Harrogate and District NHS Trust and they have informed me that parents will receive a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered in the next few weeks. Most children will be given their vaccine at school. Some children are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine. Please click on the Government link for more details: ‘Who can get the vaccine’ guidance
For pupils aged 16 and 17, you can now get your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get the vaccine. You will be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery. You cannot book your appointment online but some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to young people aged 16 and 17.
Pupils across both sites are permitted to wear their ‘Summer Uniform’ up to the start of the October half term holiday. This is optional, and the ‘Full Uniform’ may also be worn. From the October half term until Easter, ‘Full Uniform’ must be worn.
Please can I request that girls from Year 7 upwards, wear either black/navy tights or white ankle socks. Navy knee length socks are only permitted for girls up to Year 6. Please click on the following link for full details on school uniform: Red House School Uniform Lists
Parking at Drop Off and Pick Up
The school works closely with the Norton community to ensure that issues that may affect our local residents are discussed and resolved to a mutually beneficial level. With this in mind, please could I gently remind you to give consideration to our local community and park safely and in appropriate areas when dropping off and collecting your child/children. Please could I ask particularly that the access road to Marmaduke Place is not blocked and that cars are fully parked and stationary before children climb in and out of the vehicles. It is important to our school that positive relations with our local community remain in place.
I am really looking forward to welcoming many of you to the PTA whole school BBQ on the Senior School field this afternoon.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson – Senior School
It has been an action-packed week at the Senior School but one of the greatest privileges was watching three pupil-led assemblies. Our Year 11 prefects began the week by introducing National Fitness Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday 22 September 2021. The pupils reminded us not only about the physical benefits of exercise but also the vital social and mental benefits too. A huge thank you to Mr. Thorogood and Keith in Year 11 who entered into the spirit of this event with a ‘plank off’ for 2 minutes! Following this, pupils throughout the Senior School have been talking about what fitness means to them and it’s been wonderful to see so many of them link it to fun! On Tuesday, Form 11W then reminded us of the importance of celebrating difference and they shared the story of the Little Rock Nine, highlighting the need for continued conversations around the topics of equality and fairness. In addition, on Thursday, Form 8J celebrated the work of Paralympians, which gave us all a lesson on resilience, determination and perseverance.
Open Morning: Saturday 24 September
We are delighted to be hosting our first Open Morning of the school year tomorrow. Thank you to all of the pupils on both sides of the pond who have signed up to share their Saturday morning with us! I have no doubt they will be excellent ambassadors for the school and will thoroughly enjoy the experience.
‘Attitude of Gratitude’ Journals
Mental health continues to be at the heart of everything we do at Red House. Next week, we are delighted to be relaunching the ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ journals with the children during form time. Form tutors will guide the pupils as to the different ways of using their journals, but one activity will be to write at least one thing they are grateful for: a great mood boost to help them start their day positively!
#HelloYellow Day: Friday 8 October 2021
On Friday 8 October, the whole school is coming together for the Young Mind’s #HelloYellow campaign. This will be a non-uniform day, and the children should wear an item of yellow clothing in support of young people to show they’re not alone with their mental health! Please can all pupils bring in £1 and give this to their form tutors during registration. Other activities will also run for 50p each. A letter is attached with further details.
Mr Simon Haywood – Junior School
Life at the Junior school continues to be extremely busy but fun and exciting at the very same time. The classes throughout the Junior school have been extremely focused on the Pupil Council this week, and children from Reception to Year 5 have been busy putting their manifestos together in the hope of being elected. After much thought and careful voting, the new Pupil Council for the 2021-22 was announced in Wednesday’s assembly by Mrs Waldock.
Reception: Xander and Elliott
Year 1: Storm and Adriyanna
Year 2: Edward and Nell
Year 3: William and Arabella
Year 4: Layton and Moshika
Year 5: Amelia, Sebastian, Charlotte and Joshua.
Many congratulations to you all! It really is a huge honour to be chosen by your peers and I’ve no doubt that, alongside Mrs. Waldock, you will do an incredible job.
Holiday club/Sports Camp
We hope to run the Holiday Club and Sports Camp during the October break. Please find the letter and booking form within the letters section, should you be interested in booking a place.
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 would 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
Junior School Letters