I love this time of year! It has been delightful to hear the beautiful singing and see the other festive preparations that the pupils and staff in the Junior School and Year 6 in the Senior School have been undertaking in readiness for filming their Christmas productions. Congratulations to the Year 11 pupils, who finished their mocks this week. They have worked incredibly hard for their exams and as a post-mock treat, they enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate and cookie at break time today.
School Council AGM News
On Wednesday evening, we held our 86th Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually via Teams. In the meeting, the new Articles of Association were reviewed and agreed, and the name of School Council was formally changed to ‘Board of Governors’.
At the AGM, five of our governors stepped down from their roles on the Board of Governors after many years of distinguished service to Red House – Gavin Cordwell-Smith (member since 2009), Simon Ashforth (member since 2011), Sven Wright (member since 2014), Karen Shaw (member since 2018) and Martin Anderson (also a member since 2018). I would like to take this opportunity to thank these governors, for the support they have given to the school over the past years. Being a school governor is a hugely rewarding role, but not always an easy task, with many meetings to attend, numerous documents to read and training sessions to attend. I am immensely grateful to these governors, that they have offered their skills, knowledge and commitment voluntarily, and that their support has helped Red House to achieve the success that it has under their stewardship.
I am delighted to announce that we have appointed three new governors to the Board of Governors at the AGM – Stuart Blackett, who has a son in Year 8 and another son who is joining our new Year 7 in September 2022; Leanne Boyd-Smith, who has a daughter in Year 9 and a son in Year 7; and Ken James, who was our much-loved Headmaster from 2016 to 2021. I am really looking forward to working with the new governors over the coming months and years.
I would also like to personally thank all of our Board of Governor members for their ongoing dedication and commitment to ensuring that Red House continues to thrive, improve and enjoy the success that it does.
Drum roll! Our new Red House Parent Portal is launching today. Very shortly, you will be receiving an email, which will contain your Parent Portal number and your Parent Portal password. There will also be a link to the portal and instructions on how to set up your account.
The Red House Parent Portal will be accessible via a desktop PC, as well as by downloading an app to your mobile phone or device. The iSAMS iParent App is available to download via the iTunes and Android App Stores. If you use the Parent Portal app, you will be asked for a school code which is REDH.
I hope you will enjoy using the new Red House Parent Portal. If you have any technical queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Butterfield, our Network Manager, at Mr Butterfield’s email address
Flu Vaccine: Reception -Year 11
A reminder that the last date to give your consent to the Immunisation Team, for your child to receive the flu vaccine in school on Thursday 9 December, is Monday 6 December.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your families and I hope you make the most of the gorgeous, crisp weather. I believe that even a smattering of snow is forecast!
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson
I have continued to enjoy spending time with the pupils in their lessons this week and, whilst there have been many positives, my highlights have included the following: Year 8 & 9 tackling coding in Computing; Year 7 creating detailed mental maps in Geography; Year 8 developing their incredible Day of the Dead Art project; and Year 9 sharing their WW1 scrap books, with some insightful diary entries. I am also presently impressed with the Year 6-8 forms as their form rooms are beginning to fill up with an abundance of useful items in support of their ‘reverse advent calendar’ initiative – keep up the good work everyone!
Staggered School Departure Times
I would like to inform you that, due to the recent guidance which has actioned us to cancel co-curricular clubs, we are reintroducing a staggered departure time for pupils in order to ease traffic congestion. This will be introduced from Monday 29 November 2021 and will remain in place until the end of term:
- If your child has an afternoon PE lesson, please note there will be an earlier finish time of 3.45pm on the following days:
Mondays – Year 7 & 8
Tuesdays – Year 5 & 6
Wednesdays – Year 7 & 8
Thursdays – Year 9 & 10
Fridays – Year 5 & 6
- On all other days, the pupils will finish as follows:
Y6-8 at 3.55pm
Y9-11 at 4.00pm
We really appreciate your help with this and Tea & Prep is still available until 6pm if required.
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.
Whole-School Photograph (Tempest Photography)
A reminder that our whole-school photograph is still available for purchase via the Tempest ordering website. Here is the link which will take you directly to the photographs and will allow you to browse the different products available and place your order: https://htmp.st/160221-117
If your order is intended as a Christmas gift, it is recommended that orders are placed before 1 December to give you the best chance of receiving your photographs in time.
Mr Simon Haywood
Once again, the Junior School has been a hive of activity this week. The Nursery pupils have been learning about firefighters and Reception pupils have been finding out about Jack and the Beanstalk and 2D shapes. Year 1 pupils have been learning about the weather and have been weather forecasters! In Year 2, the pupils have been writing reports about animals, as well as starting an Advent wreath. Year 3 Pupils have been Newspaper reporters, as well as jumping cars and measuring the distance. Year 4 have been learning about Flooding in their Water Topic as well as trying to create the perfect poster in ICT. Year 5 pupils have been learning about Community cohesion and how bananas can bring the community together! It goes without saying that no weeks are ever the same at the Junior side of the road!
Staggered School Departure Times
As a result of the cancellation of co-curricular clubs for the past two weeks and the ongoing situation, we are reintroducing a staggered departure time for pupils across both sites, in order to ease the traffic congestion, which has become increasingly problematic. This will be introduced from Monday 29 November 2021 and will remain in place until the end of this term.
The departure times will be as follows:
Reception – Year 3: 3.30pm
Year 4: 3.50pm (including Friday collection from Senior School).
Year 5: 3.55pm *collection from Senior School on Wednesdays.
** 3.45 pick up from Senior School on Tuesdays and Fridays (Games days).
Breakfast Club and After School Care will still be available for all pupils.
PTA Tea Towels
A reminder that the PTA have once again produced a tea towel of the Junior School pupils for parents to purchase. These are available to purchase at £5 each or 3 for £12. Please email JuniorOffice@redhouseschool.co.uk to place an order. The cost will be added to your school bill.
It is with great regret that we have had to postpone a number of the festive events due to the guidance and recommendations from Stockton Public Health. The pupils will still have a Christmas party on Thursday December 16. Reception and pupils from Years 1-3 will perform readings and Carols and Years 4-6 will perform a production. These will be available to watch through the school’s usual social media platforms.