In my whole-school assembly today, I talked to the pupils about Holocaust Memorial Day, which was commemorated yesterday on 27 January, and marks the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet Red Army.
I spoke to them about a Holocaust survivor, Arek Hersh, who I have been lucky enough to meet on a number of occasions. Arek was taken to the first of four concentration camps when he was only 11 years old and he was moved around and eventually taken to Auschwitz. By luck and holding onto the hope that some of his family members would still be alive, he managed to survive the atrocities of the Nazi regime and was liberated in Theresienstadt on VE Day, 8 May 1945. Out of 5000 Jews from his home town, only 40 survived, and Arek himself lost 81 members of his family, only a sister survived. After liberation, Arek and a number of young survivors were brought to England to recover and continue their lives. Tortured with nightmares of his experiences, Arek was unable to speak of the Holocaust for 35 years until he was asked to write his life story in a book, ‘A Detail of History’.
COVID-19 Vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds
The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered in school, on Tuesday, 1 February, to all children in Years 7 to 11, who are aged 12-16. The immunisation team are offering first and second vaccinations. The deadline for providing your consent online was yesterday; however, you may call 0300 0032554 to book your child’s vaccine in school.
Face Coverings in School
As we are continuing to follow the local Stockton Public Health guidance, pupils in Years 6-11 are still required to wear face coverings in communal areas around school. Pupils in Years 4 and 5, who have an indoor lesson in the Senior School, are also required to wear face coverings in these areas. This is due to be reviewed again in the week commencing 7 February 2022.
COVID-19 LFD Home Testing
Please can all pupils in Years 7-11 continue to be tested at home twice a week and any positive results are reported to school. This will really help to keep COVID-19 transmission to a minimum.
Self-isolation Period for those who test Positive for COVID-19
Pupils who are self-isolating with COVID-19 may reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace: NHS Test and Trace link
Close Contact Daily LFD testing
All pupils aged between 5 and 16 years, who are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School
It has been a wonderful week at the Senior School and the sunny weather has certainly helped at this time of year! I’ve particularly enjoyed hearing about the coursework of our Year 10 & 11 Art, Photography and DT pupils this week: from making games to collage to an underwater themed project, they have proved to be a talented and creative bunch. It was also wonderful to hear a group of Year 11 pupils discussing poetry in their English lesson yesterday and their analytical approach was hugely impressive. Lower down the school, we have been discussing the laws and dangers around e-cigarettes in PSHE lessons. If you would be interested in discussing this topic with your child at home, the Tip Sheet for Parents at the bottom of Pupil Post may help.
Open Morning: Saturday 29 January 2022
We are very much looking forward to showcasing our wonderful school tomorrow.
Co-curricular Clubs: Spring Term 2022
We are hoping that our after school co-curricular programme can resume from the week commencing Monday 7 February. Please find the letters attached below with more information and how to sign up. Please email me your child’s choices by Tuesday 1 February.
Year 11 Voter Registration Form
The Year 11 pupils have been given a Voter Registration form today. Adding young people to the Voter Register from the age of 16 ensures that they are already registered when they turn 18 so they can vote straight away if an election is due. An electronic version of the form is also attached below.
Year 4-6 PTA Cinema Night: Friday 18 February
Please see letter attached. This is a lovely way for the pupils to end a busy half-term.
Year 4-6 Swimming Gala ‘Save the Date’: Friday 25 March
We are delighted to have a date booked for the Year 4-6 swimming gala so please add it to your diary! Parents will receive a formal invitation 2 weeks prior to the event.
Year 10 Year 10 Parents’ Evening: Monday 31 January & Tuesday 1 February 2022
A reminder that this will take place next week. Please make sure you have booked your appointments by the end of today. Here is the letter again should you need it.
Year 6, 9, and 11 Parents’ Evening Dates 2022
A reminder of our other Parents’ Evening dates this term (sign-up letters will follow nearer the date):
- Year 6 – Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February (Mr Heaton & Mrs Coverdale only); Thursday 17 February (all other Year 6 staff)
- Year 9 – Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March
- Year 11 – Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March
Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School
This half term seems to be flying and its hard to believe that the end of January is almost upon us. At the Junior school this week, Reception have investigated measurement in Maths and enjoyed measuring and weighing dinosaur fossils and bones. Year 1 have been learning about the history of transport and enjoyed looking at cars from the past this week and finding out how they have changed over the past 100 years. In English in Year 2, the children have been learning about explanation texts and have been writing about how to make a chocolate rose sculpture! In Y3, the pupils have been working on fractions in Maths, using times tables to find fractions of numbers and shapes. Y4 have been really excited to read The Spiderwick Chronicles and have been describing scenes from the story using higher level vocabulary. They have also thoroughly been enjoying their Forest School session making settlements for the magical creatures from The Spiderwick Chronicles. In English, Year 5 are developing their reading skills by refining answers to comprehension questions. In History, they have been studying the use of propaganda during WW2 and also the role of women at this time. In Computing, the pupils have had a lot of fun designing and making Pong games! Another exceptionally busy week at the Junior school!
The staff are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the school on Saturday for the Spring Term Open Morning. We are all extremely proud of what we have at the Junior school and hope that the many visitors we are expecting will also see the benefits of a Red House Education.
In line with recommendations from Stockton Public Health, we hope to resume co-curricular clubs from Monday 7 February. Please find attached the Junior school club list letters. Should you wish your child to be included in a club, please contact me at Simon.Haywood@redhouseschool.co.uk soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday 1 February.
Sports Camp and Holiday Club
Places are gradually beginning to fill up for the February Half Term Holiday clubs. Should you wish to secure a place for your child, please could you complete the booking forms and return to me as soon as possible.
Many of you may have be aware that parking around the Green has been a hot topic on social media in the last week. 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. Please may I also ask parents to avoid parking in the church car park at drop off and pick up times.
Tip Sheet for Parents – Miss C Thompson
Year 11 Voter Registration Form – Stockton Borough Council
Co-Curricular Clubs Letter Senior School – Miss C Thompson
Co-Curricular Clubs – Miss C Thompson
PTA Movie Night Years 4-6: Friday 18 February 2022