I hope you all had a wonderful half term break and enjoyed some of the lovely sunshine that we experienced in the second half of the week. With the beautiful flowers starting to bloom out of bud, it is really starting to feel like Spring is finally upon us.
I hope the children all received their Red House Rover through their letterboxes during the half term break. Please do not hesitate to contact me if Rover made a ‘detour’ and has not yet arrived!
Pupils’ Return to School
Following last Monday’s fantastic announcement from the Government regarding the full reopening of schools from 8 March 2021, Mr James is currently writing a ‘Return to School’ document which will be sent out to you next week. In the meantime, please can parents of pupils in Years 7-11:
- complete and return the COVID consent form which can be found here
- book your child(ren) in for their first COVID test on Thursday 4 March or Friday 5 March by calling Linda Ward on 01642 553370 before the end of Tuesday 2 March
Year 11 GCSE Grades
It was confirmed yesterday that schools will decide the grades awarded to the pupils in Year 11 this summer. We will be allowed to use a variety of measures including mock results, standardised work over the last two years and further testing between now and June. We will be putting in place a robust assessment framework to ensure the pupils achieve the grades they deserve and, once we have finalised this, we will share it with you and the children. Please also note that GCSE Results Day has been moved forward to 12 August.
World Book Day
World Book Day is next week, on Thursday 4 March. It will be a hive of activity, both in school with the children of critical workers, and for children at home in their last week of remote learning. In the Junior School, pupils can choose to celebrate the day by reading one of their favourite books and then designing a book jacket/book mark, making a cake based on a book character or dressing up as one of the characters in the book.
Whilst in the Senior School, pupils can participate in two exciting competitions and in tutor time on Thursday, pupils in Years 6-11 will take part in a ‘Guess the Shelfie’ competition. They will be show pictures of staff bookshelves, or staff reading their favourite book (faces covered) and they have to guess who the shelf/book belongs to. They can also take part in a ‘guess the book’ quiz. More details can be found in the letters from Mrs Summers and Mrs Fryer at the bottom of Pupil Post.
International Stand up to Bullying Day
Today is International Stand up to Bullying Day. This day was started in 2016 by The Diana Award, in collaboration with HRH the Duke of Cambridge, to bring the country together and to raise awareness about bullying, how it occurs and what to do about it. In today’s form time, pupils in the Senior School looked at what bullying is, as well as what it means to be an ‘upstander’ to bullying, rather than a ‘bystander’. They also discussed a range of scenarios and how best to support someone who is being bullied, as well as where to go to get help and advice if they themselves, or a friend, are a victim of bullying.
You are warmly invited to attend next week’s PTA meeting. This will take place on Wednesday 3 March between 6 and 6.30pm, via Teams. If you would like to attend, please contact me by 4pm on Tuesday 2 March by clicking on the following link: Dr Ashcroft’s email address
Holiday Club and Sports Camp – Easter
The February half term Holiday Club and Sports Camp went well and the children (and staff) had lots of fun! Booking forms for Easter will be available in next week’s Pupil Post.
Parent-Teacher Meetings this Term
There will be an opportunity for parents of pupils in Year 9 to speak to individual members of the teaching staff remotely, via Teams, on Monday 8 March and Tuesday 9 March between 4.30 and 7.30pm. Please see below a link to the letter regarding these meetings.
In next week’s Pupil Post, parents of children in Year 6 will receive an invitation to book 10-minute appointments to see Mr Heaton and Mrs Coverdale on Tuesday 16 March (2-5pm) and Wednesday 17 March (4.30-7.30pm). There will 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 the start of Women’s History Month, with an assembly marking the advancements in women’s rights made across the world in the twentieth century, as well as completing a host of challenges and activities for British Science Week, which starts next Friday.
I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School