It was wonderful to welcome the pupils back into school on Monday and hear their news about holidays, trips out with family and friends and how many Easter eggs they consumed!
On Monday, I spoke to the pupils about Fake News and the importance of verifying a story using reputable sources, before sharing it or commenting on it. The pupils had fun deciding which of the following stories were true and which were fake news: Story 1- elderly woman trains 65 cats to steal from her neighbours and Story 2 – police in Germany rescue man chased by baby squirrel. The true story was actually the second one – on 10 August 2018, ‘The Guardian’ reported that German police had rescued a man, after he called for help saying a baby squirrel would not leave him alone. The tiny offender, was nicknamed Karl-Friedrich by the police officers!
Head Boy and Head Girl Hustings and the Prefect Election
Yesterday, we hosted our very first Red House Head Boy and Head Girl hustings in a special election assembly. 15 very brave pupils from Year 10 spoke brilliantly in front of an audience of staff and children in Years 6-10 about why they wanted to become Head Boy/Girl, a whole-school initiative they would introduce or improve upon, and an interesting and fun fact about themselves. At lunchtime yesterday, pupils cast their vote for next year’s prefect team. Voting was brisk and the pupil turnout was over 85%; this was fantastic and much higher than the 67.3% electorate turnout in the 2019 General Election!
Over the past few days, staff and the Senior Management Team have been reading the letters of application from the 15 pupils who have applied to be either Head Boy or Head Girl. We will be making a final decision on the new Head Boy/Girl and new Deputy Head Boy/Girl from the staff and pupil vote, the hustings and their letters of applications. The new prefect team, and the new Head Boy/Girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl will be announced on Tuesday.
Twilight Tours: Thursday 19 May
On Thursday 19 May, we are really excited to be welcoming prospective families and our current Year 5 families to our Twilight Tours event. Our Twilight Tours are a great way to discover what’s so special about Red House and all we have to offer.
- Junior School 4-6pm
- Senior School 4.30-6.30pm
Please continue to encourage your friends to get in touch with Mrs Bellerby to find out more about our wonderful school. They can book via the link: Twilight Tours – Red House School, email Claire Bellerby directly at email@example.com or telephone 01642 558119.
I hope you all have a marvellous 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 back in school. In today’s Celebration Assembly, I focused on inspirational people, in particular the life of Muhammad Ali. As well as sharing information about his success in sport and his role as an activist, I shared three poignant quotes with the children, discussing the message behind each and how they can be applied in school: Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth; He who is not courageous enough to take risks, will accomplish nothing in life; I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’. I also acknowledged how it is not just famous people who can inspire us. Indeed, in every Friday’s assembly, I’m always blown away by the achievements of the children at Red House. This week we celebrated the Robotics Team, individual shooting and swimming success as well as the courage of the Year 10s, stepping out of their comfort zone and presenting individual speeches in yesterday’s assembly. We also wished Iris in Year 6 a huge amount of luck as she embarks on her 2-week charity cycling extravaganza for Maggie’s Cancer Care, where she will cycle around 1200 miles from Leeds to Barcelona, leaving at 9am tomorrow. In addition, the children have already achieved an impressive total of 137 merits so far – a great start to the new term!
PTA Jubilee Picnic: Friday 27 May 2022
I am delighted to announce that the PTA and staff would like to invite all parents and children to a Jubilee Picnic on Friday 27 May 2022, starting at 4pm. The venue is the Junior School field and tickets cost £3. An afternoon tea will be served and there will be a bouncy castle for the children and live music. Please email the respective secretaries (Junior/Senior School) to confirm how many will be attending and any dietary requirements; we very much look forward to seeing you there! A letter is attached with further details.
Senior School Book Fair (Years 4–8): Monday 16 – Friday 20 May 2022
We are very happy to be hosting another Book Fair with Scholastic Travelling Books from Monday 16 – Friday 20 May 2022. There will be a wide selection of books from a variety of authors and genres available to buy that will especially appeal to Years 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The Book Fair has always proved to be hugely popular at Red House and we really appreciate your support during this event. A letter is attached with further information and we will be promoting the event with pupils in school.
There is still time to bring in Readathon money! Please can those children who have taken part in the Readathon, bring in their sponsorship money next week.
Year 11 Exam Information
Our Y11 pupils have been given a hard copy of their individual timetable and also a copy of the ‘pink slip’ form, which will need to be returned if your child intends to leave the premises between a morning and an afternoon exam on the same day. Mrs Sweeney (Examinations Officer) will meet with the children next week to discuss this, along with exam preparation and guidelines. Please see the attached information for parents from Mrs Sweeney.
Upcoming Senior School Dates
Thursday 5 May: Year 10 Exams Start
Friday 13 May: Year 11 Study Leave begins
Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 May: Year 10 Geography Trip (letter attached)
Monday 16 – Friday 20 May: Year 4-8 Book Fair
Thursday 19 May: Twilight Tours
Monday 23 – Friday 27 May: Year 7-9 Exam Week
Friday 27 May: Jubilee Celebration Picnic
Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School
I hope that you have all had a wonderful Easter Break. It was lovely to see all the children looking refreshed and ready for the challenges that the summer term always brings. The summer term is always a challenging term, yet there are so many wonderful and amazing things to look forward to at the same time.
It has been a pleasure to welcome a number of new starters to the Junior school this term, from Nursery up to Year 5. I have to say it has been an absolute joy this week to see their smiling faces and how incredibly well they have settled into life at the Junior school. The biggest compliment I can pay them is that it feels like they have been part of the school for a long time already! We wish them every success on their Red House journey.
It was lovely to welcome parents into school to watch the children’s Easter celebrations at the end of last term. It has felt like such a long time! We hope to continue this and welcome you to a number of different events throughout the Summer Term.
Many thanks to those of you who took advantage of the school Holiday Club during the Easter Holidays. I’ve heard the children had a great time and produced some wonderful Easter themed decorations. The next Holiday Club will be at May half term and booking forms will be available in due course.
Summer Term Events
As I’m sure you know, the Summer Term is always an extremely busy term with many different things happening across the school. Already you will find a number of letters attached to this post for forthcoming events. Please keep a careful eye out on Pupil Post for further events throughout the term.
NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Online Programme – Mrs V Smith
Year 11 GCSE Examinations – Mrs M Sweeney
Year 11 GCSE Examinations Unauthorised Items
Year 11 GCSE Examinations IFC-Written Examinations
Year 11 GCSE Examinations Warning to Candidates
Year 10 Geography Field Trip to Blencathra Field Study Centre: Monday 16 May – Wednesday 18 May – Mrs F Foster
Year 10 Geography Field Trip Consent Form
Senior School (Years 4-8) Book Fair: Monday 16 – Friday 20 May – Miss C Thompson
PTA Jubilee Picnic: Friday 27 May