Only three more sleeps to go! We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming the children back into school on Monday. They have worked incredibly hard over the past few weeks and really adapted to remote learning. After being off school for so long, it is only natural that many pupils may be worried about returning to school. Please be assured that the staff at Red House continue to be wholly committed to supporting your child, both academically and pastorally. In addition, in the following link, there are some tips from the Young Minds Parents Helpline Team on how you can support your child to transition back to school life: Advice for Parents from Young Minds
Pupils’ Return to School
I hope you all received the ‘Return to School’ document, which was sent out to all parents on Wednesday by Mr James. The only substantive change from the Autumn Term is that children in Years 7-11 are being asked to wear a face mask in lessons, as well as in communal areas, from Monday 8 March 2021, in line with the latest government guidance; Year 6 will be wearing them in the corridors.
Pupil COVID testing
It has been wonderful welcoming the children in Years 7-11 back into school over the past two days for their COVID testing. The response from the parents and pupils has been absolutely fantastic. We have achieved a testing rate of over 97% of pupils being tested before school fully reopens on Monday. This is well above the national average, which was put at around 50% by both Channel 4 and BBC News on Wednesday. Thank you for your support in this matter. Pupils in Years 7-11 will be tested again in school on Monday or Tuesday and then again on Thursday or Friday, before home testing begins from the week commencing Monday 15 March; testing kits will be sent home in due course.
World Book Day
World Book Day went with a real swing this week at Red House. Despite many of our pupils being at home for their last week of remote learning, pupils in the Junior School really embraced the challenges set by Mrs Summers, and celebrated the day by reading one of their favourite book, dressing up as a book character, designing some fantastic and very inventive book jackets and book marks, and baking delicious cakes based on a book character. Pupils in the Senior School were equally engaged in the wonderful array of activities on offer from Mrs Fryer. For example, the whole school took part in the ‘Guess the Shelfie’ competition during form time on Thursday, as well as taking part in a ‘Guess the Book’ quiz.
Red Nose Day 2021
The BBC’s Red Nose Day Appeal will take place on Friday 19 March 2021. This will be a non-uniform day with the theme of wearing red. Pupils should bring in a £1 donation if they wish to wear non-uniform. There will be activities running throughout the day. Please see below letters from Mrs Summers and Mrs Lindsay-Symington outlining what will be going on in the different parts of the school during the day. Thank you in anticipation for your support for this event.
Red House Has Got Talent update
All Red House Has Got Talent entries have now been received by Mr James and the submissions are with the panel of judges. What a truly talented body of pupils we have at Red House! Please watch this space – it is going to be a very tough decision for our judges!
Women’s History Month
On Wednesday, pupils in the Senior School watched an assembly on Women’s History Month. They learned that Women’s History Month started in 1987 as an annual celebration in March, to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and society. They looked at the position of women in British society before 1900 and the changes that took place after 1900 which have improved the status of women; for example, the work of the Suffragettes, the Women’s Liberation movement, women’s work during both world wars and the legal changes since the 1970s.
Holiday Club and Sports Camp – Easter
If you would like to book a space on the Easter 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.
School buses, for all routes, will be operating as normal from the morning of Monday 8 March 2021.
Parent-Teacher Meetings this Term
This is a reminder that the Year 9 Parent-Teacher meetings are taking place next Monday and Tuesday, between 4.30pm and 7.30pm, via Teams. If you have not already done so, please make your appointments to speak to your child’s teachers by Sunday evening. Next Wednesday, parents of pupils in Year 6 will receive an invitation, via email, to book 10-minute appointments to see Mr Heaton and Mrs Coverdale on Tuesday 16 March (2-5pm) and/or Wednesday 17 March (4.30-7.30pm). There will also be an opportunity for parents to make 5-minute appointments to speak to all the other Year 6 teachers on Thursday 18 March between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
Next week, we will be marking International Women’s Day with a whole-school assembly. In addition, the pupils will be participating in an array of exciting activities to mark British Science Week, which started today and continues throughout the next week. I had the privilege of helping the Year 8 pupils in school build a Jelly Baby Wave Machine on Wednesday. As a History teacher, I was initially a little daunted to be asked by Mrs Gresswell to help carry out a Physics experiment, having not completed any Physics since the late 1980s! However, we all had a huge amount of fun building the two wave machines and the pupils (and I) learned a huge amount from their experiments!
I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School