Dear Parents,

We are extremely proud of the way our pupils have responded to lockdown and their online learning over the past few weeks. Through daily form time, weekly Teams Talks, individual calls to pupils, form assemblies via Teams and online lessons, our pupils have risen to the many challenges and remained connected to our fantastic community. The pupils have worked incredibly hard, remaining adaptable and resilient, and we would like them to take a rest from any school work over the February half term break. The only small exceptions are pupils who have catch-up work to complete and pupils working on GCSE subjects with coursework in Years 10 and 11.

Red House Has Got Talent 2021

As a community, we have lots to look forward to in the second half of the term, including Red House Has Talent, which was launched by Mr James to the pupils on Tuesday. We are holding a Senior competition (Years 7-11) and a Junior competition. All video entries must be submitted to Mr James by Friday 26 February 2021. This can be done by clicking on the following link: Talent Competition Entries

Safer Internet Day 2021

We celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday and looked at the global theme of ‘together for a better internet’. Through a quiz and the sharing of top tips in form time, pupils across both sites focused on how young people can learn to tell fact from fiction, and work together to create an internet they can trust. Tips included: confirming online information by using other websites, always checking whether there could be another side to the story, understanding the motives behind the content they see online, and discussing online information with people they trust.  For parent tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online, please click on the following link: click here

The ‘30 Ways to Thrive’ Half Term Challenge

Over the half term break, I have set an optional ’30 ways to Thrive’ challenge for all pupils in school. Tasks range from making a paper aeroplane that flies 2 metres, to making a list of 10 things you are looking forward to doing when lockdown ends, and from sending someone you care about a complimentary text or email, to discovering and listening to some music that you have not played before. The task has been set on Teams for the pupils to access. Please click on the link to see the 30 mindfulness and wellbeing challenges: click here.

LGBT History Month

In a guided assembly on Wednesday with form tutors, pupils in Years 6-11 explored this year’s LGBT History Month theme of ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’. They reflected on the steps made towards greater equality and diversity since the 1970s and they looked at the lives of influential members of the LGBT community, including mathematician and cryptologist, Alan Turing.

International Women and Girls in Science Day 2021

In 2015, the United Nations declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The purpose of the day is to continue the work towards equal participation in science for women and girls and further achieve gender equality. The outbreak of the current pandemic has demonstrated the essential role of female scientists in the different stages of the fight against COVID-19, from advancing the knowledge on the virus, to creating the vaccine against the virus. Pupils in the Senior School were invited via Teams to discover more about the role of women in STEM subjects and to access the live debate at the UN. To find out more please clink on the link: click here

Year 8 Parent-Teacher Meetings 

After the February half term break, there will be an opportunity for parents of pupils in Year 8 to speak to individual members of the teaching staff remotely, via Teams, on Wednesday 24 February and Thursday 25 February 2021 between 4.30 and 7.30pm. Please see below a link to the letter regarding these meetings.

Mr James, Mr Haywood and I are very much looking forward to welcoming the pupils back into school as soon as we possibly can. We are eagerly awaiting news from the Prime Minister next week on when school will be permitted to fully reopen. Please ask your children to keep an eye out for the Red House Rover, who will be popping through your letter box next week!

I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing half term holiday with your families.

With very best wishes

Rebecca Ashcroft
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School

Senior School

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