Dear Parents,

Red House has been positively buzzing with activity this week and the children have been extremely busy. Election fever hit the Year 6 yesterday, with pupils in 6C forming their own political parties and conducting a hustings, followed by a Q&A session, in PSHE. Five parties are participating in the upcoming election next week and they are imaginatively named: the Disability Party, Glizzie’s Guys, the Blue Crosses, the Nodding Men and the Spinning People. Hot topics up for debate yesterday were climate change, education, health and combatting racism and sexism. Next week, they will be designing their own election posters and participating in a mock election!

Pupils in Year 11 were treated to their first ‘Education for Leisure’ lesson outside of school this week, with an adrenaline pumped visit to Velocity Trampolining and Gymnastics in Billingham, whilst the children in Reception planted sunflower seeds and also enjoyed painting some fabulous interpretations of sunflowers.

Anti-Bullying Day: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Tuesday was Anti-Bullying Day and this was marked with a wide range of activities on both sides of the school. Pupils in the Junior School looked closely at what bullying actually is and how to get help; while children in the Senior School listened to an assembly about the effects of bullying and the importance of kindness at all times. Across both sites, pupils in Years 2-11 created their own form’s ‘Jars of Kindness’. The activity was a huge success, with some forms needing two jars, as their original jar was overflowing with positive affirmations and jokes designed to make their form members smile!

Mental Health Week: Monday 10-Sunday 16 May 2021

Next week, we will be celebrating Mental Health Week in school, with an array of mindful and wellness tasks. This year the theme is ‘connecting with nature’. Getting outside is a great way for children (and adults) to improve and maintain their mental health and wellbeing. According to the Mental Health Foundation’s recent ‘Mental Health in the Pandemic’ study, going for walks outside was one of the top coping strategies of participants in the study, with 45% of respondents stating that being in green spaces was vital for looking after their mental health. To find out more about the benefits of nature on mental health, please click on the following link: Mental Health Awareness Week – Ten Top Tips

In the Junior School, pupils will be connecting with nature by designing their own mindful gardens, sketching outdoors, listening to the sounds of nature, doing yoga, planting seeds and discussing how important nature is in providing peace and calm. Whilst in the Senior School, the older children will be participating in meditation, going on mindfulness walks and discovering the importance of sleep to their physical and mental health.

Year 11 Prom deadline reminder and the A level Bridging Programme

The deadline for receiving the pupil menu choices for the Year 11 Prom is Friday 14 May 2021. Please find a copy of the letter at the bottom of Pupil Post.

Please included at the bottom of Pupil Post, is a letter to Year 11 parents and pupils concerning the Year 11 Pre-A level/BTEC Bridging Programme, which is running from Monday 14 June to Friday 2 July 2021, with the timetable and Subject Choices Form also attached.

COVID-19 Home Testing: Years 7-11

Please can I remind parents of children in Years 7-11 to ask your child to do their lateral flow test on Monday morning and Thursday evenings.

Year 11 Appeal process for the speaking endorsement for GCSE English Language and all Modern Foreign Languages

Please see at the bottom of Pupil Post a letter from our Exams Officer, Mrs Sweeney, regarding the appeals process for the endorsement (speaking) grade during this exam series for GCSE English Language and all Modern Foreign Languages. Pupils will be given this grade over the next week during lessons. Please note that this is not taken into consideration when awarding the Teacher Assessed Grades currently being reviewed by all GCSE subject staff.

Holiday Club and Sports Camp – May Half Term

If you would like to book a space on the May half term Holiday Club and Sports Camp, please follow the instructions on how to do so in Mr Haywood’s letter at the bottom of Pupil Post. There are very few spaces left, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your families.

With very best wishes

Rebecca Ashcroft
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School

Senior School

Junior School

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