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RED HOUSE SCHOOL 36 The Green, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1DX. Tel: 01642 553370 Fax 01642 361031

a foundation for life Member of the Independent Schools Association Registration No. 312473 England. Charity Registration No. 527377


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Senior School


Senior School

3D Mixed Media


Anna Pemberton Elliot Dunkley

Pamela Allenson

Typographic Study Fashion Design

Holly Spence

Charcoal Studies

Ascot Hats

Charlotte Pepper

Jessica Sturrock

Joseph Clarke

Alexander Stephenson


CONTENTS Headmaster’s Introduction


Class of 2010


Events and School Trips


Creative Work


Sports Report




from the Headmaster

Dear Reader, The 2010 Red House School Yearbook provides an overview of the many events that have taken place both in and out of school over the last academic year. By its nature, it can only provide a brief glimpse of the achievements and successes of the children. You will find within this publication accounts of the many trips and visits that have taken place, the sporting triumphs of individuals and teams and the outstanding academic record of last year’s Year 11 pupils in their GCSE examinations. There are accounts of visitors to the school and records of the many achievements in external competitions in which children have been so successful. I have no doubt that this will bring back many happy memories to those involved in the events covered. Within these pages you will also be able to see and read work that the children have created over the year. The standards get better and better every year and I know that without restrictions on the number of pages many, many more excellent articles and pictures would have been included.


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I thank the children and my colleagues for their contributions to the magazine, which provides, once more, a lasting record of the school’s history. In particular I thank Mr Brown as editor and Dr Allinson for overseeing the development and production of this year’s magazine.



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GCSE Excellence at Red House

100% 5 C+ Grades including English & Mathematics 90.6% received subject grades at A*, A & B 69.4% received subject grades at A* & A A fantastic set of GCSE results have delighted pupils, teachers and parents at Red House School, following the already high standards attained in 2009. Red House pupils achieved an incredible 69.4% of GCSE grades at A* and A grade. Following publication in the Evening Gazette of “like for like” statistics achieved by other local independent school results, Red House continues to lead the way in education in the Tees Valley. Hard work by pupils and staff resulted in outstanding 2010 GCSE results with 100% of all pupils gaining 5 C+ grades (including English and Mathematics). In addition, 90.6% of pupils received subject grades at A* to B. Of particular note are top performing pupils, Allison Swinbank and Lewis Blakey. Allison received 9 GCSEs, all at A* grade and Lewis was awarded 11 GCSEs, 10 at A* and 1 at A grade. Headmaster, Mr Alex Taylor, commented, “I am delighted that the pupils’ enthusiasm, commitment and hard work has been rewarded by a thoroughly outstanding set of results across the board. Well done to all involved.”


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Pamela Allenson

GCSE – 9 subjects including 6 A*/A grades

Rory Armstrong

GCSE – 9 subjects including 2 A*/A grades

Molly Bell

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Rachel Bird

GCSE – 9 subjects including 7 A*/A grades

Martin Blake

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Jessica Blakey

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Lewis Blakey

GCSE – 11 subjects, all A*/A grades

William Boggis

GCSE – 10 subjects including 7 A*/A grades

Jason Bowes

GCSE – 7 subjects including 2 A*/A grades

Ben Bradley

GCSE – 9 subjects including 5 A*/A grades

Callum Clark

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Hannah Craggs

GCSE – 9 subjects including 8 A*/A grades

Joseph Devlin

GCSE – 9 subjects including 5 A*/A grades

Liam Dexter

GCSE – 9 subjects including 4 A*/A grades

Elliot Dunkley

GCSE – 9 subjects including 1 A*/A grades

Amy Fenny

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Christopher Halfpenny

GCSE – 9 subjects including 8 A*/A grades

Jonathan Han

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Sophie Hovenden

GCSE – 10 subjects including 9 A*/A grades

Daniel Hunter

GCSE – 9 subjects including 7 A*/A grades

Elliott Husband

GCSE – 9 subjects including 5 A*/A grades

Claudia Johns

GCSE – 9 subjects including 1 A*/A grades

William Jones

GCSE – 10 subjects including 6 A*/A grades

Anthony Laverick

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Alexander Mason

GCSE – 10 subjects including 7 A*/A grades

Lewis Neasham

GCSE – 9 subjects including 6 A*/A grades

Amelia Osborne

GCSE – 9 subjects including 8 A*/A grades

Anna Pemberton

GCSE – 9 subjects including 7 A*/A grades

Charlotte Pepper

GCSE – 9 subjects including 6 A*/A grades

Thomas Pollock

GCSE – 9 subjects including 6 A*/A grades

Eloise Richer

GCSE – 10 subjects, all A*/A grades

Heera Sanghera

GCSE – 9 subjects including 3 A*/A grades

James Smerdon

GCSE – 9 subjects including 4 A*/A grades

Alexander Smith

GCSE – 8 subjects including 1 A*/A grades

Jessica Sturrock

GCSE – 9 subjects including 6 A*/A grades

Allison Swinbank

GCSE – 9 subjects, all A* grades

Shakkir Tabaqchali

GCSE – 10 subjects including 7 A*/A grades

Emma Taylor

GCSE – 9 subjects including 3 A*/A grades

Lauren Taylor

GCSE – 9 subjects including 2 A*/A grades

Gemma Watson

GCSE – 9 subjects including 5 A*/A grades

Louisa West

GCSE – 9 subjects, all A*/A grades

Harry White

GCSE – 10 subjects including 8 A*/A grades


Senior School Prize-Giving Senior school prize- giving is always a time of great celebration by parents, pupils and teaching staff. This November evening is an established occasion to celebrate the successes of pupils. This prize- giving was no exception as a packed hall witnessed the presentation of awards and trophies to pupils by guest speaker, Mr Timothy Robinson. Mr Robinson, Chief Executive of Xafinity Ltd, was on stage to congratulate and present Year 9, 10 & 11 pupils with awards and trophies. Following an opening address by School Council Chairman, Mr James Robson, a Senior School report was delivered by Headmaster, Mr Taylor. Prior to the presentation of awards, the audience heard two excellent vocal and instrumental performances by Erik Atherton and Mina Jackson. Erik performed ‘Panis Angelicus’ by Cesar Franck and Mina played ‘Nocturne’, a piano solo composed by Edvard Greig. During the awards ceremony, Georgina Woodhouse-Hills was awarded the John Stubley Cup for outstanding academic achievement, having passed 10 GCSE subjects all at A*. Rachel Moule and Safina Roberts were awarded the Wilkinson Cup for Academic Progress. Mark Brewis was presented with the Appleby Cup for Academic Progress. Literary talent was recognised in awarding Robert McGuinness the ISA Favonius Senior Essay Competition Prize. Theodore Brace and Eloise Richer were also awarded the Andrew Phillips Award for Charitable Endeavour. In addition, awards were also presented for ECDL, Duke of Edinburgh and sporting, music and drama achievements.


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Spain Trip 2010

Wonderful Time in Andalucia Robert McGuinness gives his account of a school trip to remember‌..a visit to the beautiful region of Andalucia in Spain. An early morning flight called for an even earlier wake up call. 'Wide awake' and ready to go, we made our farewells to family and then left to catch our plane. But not before enjoying a wide selection of snacks and drinks from Duty Free, a much needed energy boost for many pupils.

With roller- coasters, haunted houses, fear falls and some very popular dodgems, the day was enjoyed by everyone. However, some were frustrated to discover that the much awaited log flume had been shut down for repairs and was no longer in use.

Once boarded and sitting comfortably in our seats, another round of crisps and pop was enjoyed by the still hungry pupils, whilst others found this time an ideal opportunity to catch up on much needed sleep.

Day 3 saw a visit to the grand (or should I say 'grande?') city of Seville. Up early and ready to depart, excitement ran through the group as the bus travelled along the windy roads up to our destination. But as the roads grew ever more intricate, a few pupils began to feel ever more ill.

Following a three hour plane journey and collection of luggage, we realised that our coach was nowhere to be found. Eventually, with the location of the vehicle discovered, we wearily climbed aboard and headed off to the hotel. The hotel, centred at the coast resort of Torremolinos, was beautiful. With apartments and gardens, beaches, terraces and a swimming pool, we were lucky to be staying in such a lovely location. However, to the disappointment of some, the pool was out of bounds. However, the teachers did compensate for this by granting a trip to the beach. Linking in with a quick trip to Burger King for some deeply appreciated lunch, the visit to the nearby beach meant an afternoon of sun, sea and sand. The hotel food consisted of a variety of different dishes, ranging from Spanish prepared meats to flans and ice-creams. The hotel staff were very impressed with the behaviour of the school group and were delighted that we had encouraged other diners to clear their own meals away too. Day 2 meant a trip to Tivoli World which was full of rides, shops and cafes where we could spend our day in whichever way we fancied.


Upon arrival, we entered the park full of enthusiasm and excitement, but were confused when the authorities mistook us for a school dance act for a competition they were hosting. Following this minor confusion, we were free to go off and have fun.

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A quick stop at the service station meant an opportunity to stretch legs and spend a little money. However, as the journey ventured further, more cases of illness became apparent. This should, perhaps, have been an omen warning us to head back, but the coach continued, eventually reaching Seville. After a short boat ride along the city's river, we headed into the centre, where we were given the opportunity to spend some time shopping and taking a look around. But as the day progressed, the heavens opened and rain spat down on the already drained group. Soon more of us began to feel the strain and Mrs Smart was left to tend to her many 'patients.' Nevertheless, this experience bonded the party and we soon left the city with hopes of another trip to the beach‌

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Day 4 entailed a trip to Malaga, the cultural hot-spot of Spain, with its many monuments, buildings and structures. We first visited a magnificent cathedral, ordained with many elegant and picturesque colours and patterns. We soon discovered a living gold statue, which entertained with his many interesting sounds and forms. Next stop was the interesting museum of Picasso and his fantastic artwork. We learned a great deal from the intuitive mind of Mrs Smart and were in awe of her knowledge of art. As stomachs rumbled, food was in order and we were once again left to go off in search of somewhere to spend our money. Some thought food to be the first port of call, others judged this to be a perfect opportunity to buy a €15 guitar and busk on a street corner! Day 5 meant Gibraltar. Upon arrival, we were reminded that once at 'the top of the rock', we must tightly keep hold of our possessions as the monkey inhabitants were known to target tourists. Several members of the group learnt this hard way as several monkeys attempted, in some cases successfully, to steal sweets and other purchases from unwary pupils. Away from the animals, we headed for St Michael’s Caves, a dark network of rocks and stalagmites; an opportune time to take a picture or two. After a nice drink in the cafe, we journeyed back to the hotel for our final activity… a flamenco lesson ! Some pupils showed Spanish flair, whilst others failed to make the cut. Despite this, every pupil relaxed and made the most out of their “ultimo noche” (last night). Day 6 was time to leave Spain, the sun and its beautiful scenery, a reality no member of the group wanted to face. But as we checked in our luggage and boarded the plane, thoughts soon turned to reunion with family and a catch up on some much required sleep. The Spanish trip was greatly enjoyed by everyone, but we have to thank the staff for organising all the fun we had: Mr Haywood, Mrs Auty and Mrs Smart, thank you for making the visit the fantastic experience that it was, and we hope that the next trip is equally enjoyable. Robert McGuinness


Outward Bound in the

Lake District

High in fun, energy and adventure, the Year 9 Outward Bound weekend in the Lakes is always a highlight of the Red House year. The centre at Ullswater has been a tried and tested favourite location for this fun-packed weekend of exciting activities. Miranda Sellers gives her account of spending a challenging weekend in the Lake District with her school friends:


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In October 2009, Year 9 visited Outward Bound Ullswater for a keenly anticipated weekend of outdoor pursuits. I was in the ‘Mallory’ group. On Friday, when we arrived, we did some basic team-bonding activities; for example, the ‘Alphaplank’. This was followed by a ‘Jog and Dip’ which is a short jog followed by jumping into the lake off a jetty! After a relaxing evening in the games room, we set off early on Saturday morning for our expedition. We canoed most of the length of the lake taking the majority of the day.

We then spent most of the evening trying to build a bivvy (a tarpaulin shelter)! We eventually managed this (much appreciation to Adam’s scouting skills!) and built a camp fire. The rest of the evening was spent sitting round the fire cooking the dinner and getting ready for a night in a clearing of the forest.

Overall, I really enjoyed the long weekend – so much so, I decided to take part in the full week course over the summer. I found it very tiring but rewarding. Miranda Sellers

Other activities we completed included ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, the trapeze and the nightline. Other available participatory events included gorge walking, rock climbing and high ropes courses, just to name a few!


Year 7


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On Monday 17th May 2010, Year 7 went on a trip to Bolton Castle. Once we reached our destination, we were greeted by a medieval man who was called Master David. Master David took us into a room called the buttery where we put on clothes that a medieval peasant would have worn. He told us all about life in the castle and then took us on a tour of the different rooms. Next, we sat down in the buttery ready to have a medieval banquet; we were served some chicken and Master David said that would have been a great treat for a medieval peasant. He then split us up into three groups. The first group did calligraphy where we were given a writing booklet to fill in; this was very difficult because we had to write the letters in another style! The second group made medieval airfresheners which were oranges with cloves pierced into them. These were very different to the air- fresheners we have now. The third group did pike drilling which was marching in the courtyard with tall spears. Master David taught us all the different commands they would have used and we marched through the courtyard like a medieval army! These three activities gave us good insight into aspects of medieval life. After the three main activities, Master David showed us how the king or queen would have lived. He took us to their living areas and explained their lifestyle to us. Lastly, we were told about medieval dancing and were taught a simple dance that the queen may have done. Overall it was a wonderful medieval experience! By Aditi Rangan 7P


Bavarian Experience On Friday 26th March 2010, Chloe Wainwright and her fellow pupils from Red House travelled to Germany for an educational trip. The following account written by Chloe gives a taste of some of the fascinating places visited during their visit to Germany.

The journey took us around fifteen hours before we arrived in Munich, Germany. The flight was good but most of us slept the whole way because of having to set off at three in the morning. At the airport we were allowed to do a bit of shopping but most of us, particularly the girls, found that we didn't have enough time. The flight was nerveracking for those who didn't enjoy being on aeroplanes including me ( I had to get Ali Ijaz to hold my hand during the take-off and the landing). When we arrived we were sent straight up to our rooms where most of us got a shower and put on a change of clothes. After that, we were just sent to relax and have a look around the hostel. The accommodation was very nice. We had lovely spacious rooms although the only slight problem was the absence of air conditioning. We also had a room in which we could relax and play table tennis, go on the PlayStation 2 or watch television. The next day we got up early and headed to Munich Zoo which was most pupils' favourite daytime activity. We had a long time to look around at the animals and there were a lot of them. Some of the favourites were the baby orang-utans, the baby gorilla and the baby elephant which we were very lucky to see. My personal favourites were either the orang-utans or the bats, even though I only got a chance to see them for a very short amount of time because of my friends running off screaming...Ali, James! At lunchtime we went to the park area at the centre of the zoo where we had our packed lunches and relaxed for a bit with some of us making some new friends. When we got back to the hostel, we were sent to get changed into some nice clothes to go bowling for my birthday but that unfortunately was held back a night. Instead, we had a singing competition which was very good fun. In the end, it was down to me and Hannah Noble in the final and I eventually ended up winning and as I have kept on reassuring people since, this was nothing to do with it being my birthday!


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On the Sunday, we were given a walking tour of the city centre by a lady whom we had already met once before when giving us a mini- tour on our bus journey from the airport to the hostel. This was very interesting as we got to see some of Munich's top attractions such as the very old cathedral which had a show which we were luckily able to see. After the tour we went to the Science and Technology Museum where we firstly had our lunch and then arranged ourselves into groups and went off to look around the many sections, some of which were very interesting such as the space section. Then, when we got back to the hostel, we all got changed into some evening clothes and went bowling as a late birthday party. Personally, and I know this is true for most of my friends as well, this was the best part of the trip by miles. We had a load of great laughs and got to know the teachers in a different light compared to how they normally are in the classroom (especially

Mr Palmer who really let his hair down). The next day we had a tour of the Olympic Stadium where we were shown around by a lovely Canadian lady who told us a lot of facts. We were able to sit in the seats where you would sit if you were

watching the events but at that time there was a circus setting up. We were also able to go into one of the rooms where we played on the world’s biggest football table which could be played on by more than sixty people. That was great fun. During the night, most of us watched the Man United v Bayern Munich match where I made the mistake of shouting

“Go Man U!” in a room full of Germans. As you can guess, that didn't go down well. On our last full day in Munich, we were taken to Munich's most beautiful attraction: Neuschwanstein Castle which is what the Disney Castle is based on. On the way there we saw the Alps which was a breath-taking sight and I took a lot of pictures. When we got there, there was an amazing view of the mountains behind the castle and the castle just topped it off. It was beautiful. We were taken on a tour inside the castle which was fascinating and then we were able to buy presents for our family and friends. When we got back it was already late so we just relaxed and went to bed early so we weren't tired when we got up in the morning to start travelling back. On Wednesday we travelled back which was a very funny journey. We had a great deal of laughs and most of us went to sleep eventually. We got back to school in the evening. Overall, personally I think the trip was fantastic and definitely the best trip I've been on, so thank you Mrs Lloyd for organising it for us. Chloe Wainwright 9M


Shakespeare at Stratford

Early in the autumn term, scholars of English from Year 7 and 8 travelled to Stratford upon Avon to see a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Principally based upon conspiracy, the play performed at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford was highly entertaining and enjoyed by all. A highlight of the weekend included a trip around Stratford upon Avon, taking in a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Shakespeare’s birthplace. For many of the pupils this was their first encounter with Shakespeare’s work.


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Genevieve Brown writes: We travelled down to Stratford and had a guided tour of buildings and places which have a particular connection to Shakespeare himself. After having our guide recite a sonnet to us (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”), we visited the RSC Courtyard Theatre to see Julius Caesar performed. The play was superbly acted and very bloody so it was good to have a change of mood on Sunday with a visit to the tranquil cottage where Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, grew up. There was time for a little souvenir hunting before making our way back to Norton.

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They Came, They Saw, They Conquered ! Year 6 pupils travelled to the ruins of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland to spend the day exploring many of the world class heritage sites dotted across the north of England. William Todd gives his account of a fascinating day studying life at northern frontier of the Roman Empire. On the 24th May 2010, Year 6 went on a trip to Hadrian’s Wall. First we went to Brunton Turret, which is well preserved. The walls are not as big as they were because the turret has survived for nearly 2000 years. If you come out of the turret and go 20 yards to the right, you will find that the wall has become thinner. I think this is because the Romans tried to use less stone when making the wall. Next, we went to Chesters Fort. Mrs Jones said that it was a cavalry fort and that the stables had not been dug up yet. My favourite part of the visit was when we visited the Bath House. I was amazed at how the Romans heated up the baths by putting tunnels underneath and had a fire going through the tunnels. When we had finished at the Fort, we went to the Roman Army Museum. We had a talk by a lady and were allowed to hold a soldier’s equipment and weapons. After that we explored the museum and then watched a film called the Eagle’s Eye. Finally, we went to a Milecastle on the wall, just past Housesteads Fort. You could see where the gateway was and where the barracks were. Amazing! Overall it was a brilliant trip and I would like to do it again. William Todd 6J


Year 1 visit to

Ormesby Hall Learning about life in past times was an exciting challenge for Year 1 pupils as they spent a day visiting Ormesby Hall. With the help of the resident butler, the children explored this beautiful house, and experienced many of the arduous tasks involved in cooking and cleaning in times gone by. Dressed in traditional Victorian clothes, the children experienced life as a Victorian domestic, scrubbing the washing in the laundry and learning how to use the dolly tub and mangle. Having become familiar with ringing the servants’ bells, the children set the table for dinner, a task requiring patience and precision. They particularly enjoyed learning about how chamber pots were used!


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Year 5 visit to a Centre for Life and a Jewish Synagogue

A trip to Newcastle to visit both a leading interactive exhibition centre and an Orthodox synagogue inspired Faryal Ijaz (5R) to write this report of her experience: During late April 2010, Year 5 set off on a class trip to the Centre for Life and the Orthodox synagogue in Newcastle to learn more about the Jewish place of worship which would help us in our religious studies lessons. At the Centre for Life we went to the Arctic life exhibition where we were able to try on clothes which people who lived in the Arctic would have had to use every day. We also went to see what it would be like to discover dinosaur fossils buried under the sand which was very interesting because we got to see how careful you had to be with them because they are very fragile. Next we went to the planetarium where we tried to learn as much about space and the stars as possible. This was followed by an interactive motion ride which was great fun. In the afternoon we travelled to the Orthodox synagogue where Mrs Vander Velde showed us around all of the different areas inside the place of worship; she also showed us the mezzuzah on the synagogue door. This contains a piece of parchment with a prayer called the Shema. This was an Orthodox synagogue, so the men and women sit separately. There are no statues or pictures of God although the synagogue did have stained glass windows showing the star of David. Under this was the Ner Tamid which reminds Jews that God is always there with them. This was above the Ark which is important because it always points to Jerusalem. Inside the Ark there were Torahs – which were interesting because they are the Jewish holy books. We also looked at a Hebrew book which was used for teaching; it was very different to other religious books because it was written from right to left. In the synagogue we also looked at the Jewish way of life, which even included their food so the synagogue kitchen was split into two parts: one where the meat was prepared and a second area where all the dairy products were prepared. This is called kosher. I really enjoyed this school trip and I learnt a lot about Jewish beliefs. Faryal Ijaz 5R


Nursery & Infant School

Festival of Achievement At the end of the school year, pupils and staff celebrate with a Festival of Achievement. Held in the Preparatory & Senior School hall, each class perform musical items and give an account of the highlights of their school year. We also recognise achievements in all aspects of school life including drama, art, and the co-curricular programme. The Year 3’s run the event and at the end of the ceremony they are presented with leavers’ certificates by Mr Taylor, the Headmaster.


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Whizz Kids!

Junior Maths Challenge Early in 2010, Year 8 pupils entered the Junior Maths Challenge along with almost four thousand schools from all over the country. The UK competition encourages and stimulates mathematical thinking and in 2009 over a quarter of a million UK pupils took part. The pupils did very well in the face of some tough questions, with sixteen out of the forty-two children gaining certificates.

Joseph Clarke details his experience of taking part in this quickthinking numerical challenge: The Junior Maths Challenge paper lasted an hour and consisted of twenty-five questions, some of which were really hard, others easy! Some questions required logic whereas others relied upon a detailed understanding of mathematical theory and practical applications. The paper got harder as it went on with the last five questions being the hardest. The paper also required good tactics, with guess work likely to lose you points! Many of the year got silver and bronze certificates and a few got very close to gold. I really enjoyed this year’s Maths Challenge as it did what it said on the tin…it challenged you to do your best! Joseph Clarke, Year 8

Intermediate Maths Challenge Silver certificates were awarded to Robert Morgan, Theron Darlow, Jacob Darlow, Aryan Rohatgi, Elliott Gibbons and Joseph Clarke. Robert also won the ‘Best in School’ award, narrowly missing a gold certificate by a single point! Bronze certificates went to: Nick Frank, Isaac Allen, Grace Hughes, Jasmin Abbott, Sam Dixon, Ben Hunter, Erin Fleming, Katrina Wright and Holly Spence. Congratulations to all who took part.


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Red House pupils are also gaining an enviable reputation for their achievements in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. In 2010, competitors maintained their outstanding form in a battle of numerical wits fought on a national stage. All Year 11 and four Year 9 pupils (including two from last year’s Team Challenge) performed very well with three gold medals awarded to Joe Devlin (Best in School), Lewis Blakey and Martin Blake. Ten silver and fourteen bronze medals were also awarded to Year 11 pupils. From Year 9, two gold (Cameron Grove and Matthew Wales), one silver and one bronze medal were also awarded.

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Official London 2012

Olympic Torch Arrives at Red House Pupils at the Nursery & Infant School were delighted to welcome a very special guest to school, in advance of the much anticipated 2012 London Olympics. Mr Guy Taylor, National Manager of The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), a Government funded programme to support and fast-track young potential medal winners of the future, was invited to talk to pupils during a special morning assembly. Mr Taylor, who brought into school the actual torch to be used in the London 2012 Olympics, gave a very entertaining and informative account of the use of Olympic torches throughout the history of the games. Having been a major ceremonial player in the Olympic games ever since, it was wonderful to see it arrive at the Nursery & Infant School during assembly. In addition to the torch, Mr Taylor also unveiled a selection of colourful Fuwa mascots from the Beijing Summer 2008 Olympic games. Pupils had the opportunity to hold it and pose for photographs with the torch and mascots.


Recounting the Holocaust Year 9 and 10 pupils were given the rare opportunity to meet one of the very few surviving members of the Nazi Holocaust. Rudi Oppenheimer, a German Jew and now in his seventies, made a special visit to Red House to give pupils an account of his life during the Second World War at the hands of the Nazis. Pupils were given a fascinating, though harrowing, account of his early life up to his incarceration in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. The only reason that he and his immediate family were not sent to one of the more infamous 'Death Camps' was that his sister was born in England and therefore had a British birth certificate. The Germans used foreign nationals, including those of Jewish origin, to trade for German prisoners of war. Rudi, his older brother, Paul, and younger sister Eve survived the war, but unfortunately both their mother and father died of disease in Bergen Belsen. Rudi and his brother and sister survived the atrocious concentration camp conditions to be taken hostage by the SS near the end of the war. They were smuggled onto a train but the SS fled following a 200 mile train journey after which Rudi and his siblings escaped.

We are indebted to Rudi and members of the Holocaust Educational Trust for taking the time to visit our school and keep this never-to-beforgotten period of history alive. At the end of Rudi's talk, pupils had the opportunity to chat and get a signed copy of his brother's book recounting their story, 'From Belsen to Buckingham Palace'.

As with many of the stories of experiencing the Holocaust at first hand, it was both unique and gripping in its own macabre way.

We would like to thank Rudi and the Holocaust Educational Trust for giving up their time to talk to pupils at Red House.


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On Tuesday 22nd June 2010, a Holocaust teacher and a Holocaust survivor visited our school to tell us in detail what happened not too long ago. The first part of the morning consisted of a Holocaust teacher who told us about the people who were sent to camps for labour or death. He told us the people who were sent to the camps were exactly like us: normal people. These people had hopes and plans ahead of them, just like us. In the afternoon session a very special person came to see us and share his memories, memoirs and souvenirs. His name was Rudi Oppenheimer. This man survived the Holocaust as a little boy by the skin of his teeth. Rudi’s dreadful experience lasted from when he was eight to the age eleven. He told us how he travelled from country to country, trying to escape the Nazis because he was Jewish; how his sister, Eve, a British born baby might just have saved his life; and worst of all, how he watched his mother and father die without saying goodbye. I think the most interesting experience that came out of Rudi’s adventures would have been the different countries Rudi lived in. The worst part would have been when his mum and dad were ill and were in hospital. One day Rudi and his brother Paul arrived to find a stranger in their parents’ bed. This stranger informed them that their parents were dead. Finally, the most shocking part of his talk was the fact that when it came to moving bodies after the camp was liberated they used tractors to push the bodies into great pits. Frances Coulthard 9M


Public Speaking


Congratulations to Year 10/11 pupils for winning the Northern region finals of the ESU Public Speaking Competition, which was held at Gateshead. Speaker, Ali Ijaz (Yr 10), chairperson, Eloise Richer (Yr 11), questioner, Amelia Osborne (Yr 11) and team mentor, Jessica Blakey, competed against five other schools in the prestigious contest. The winning speech, performed by Ali Ijaz, was entitled “American Influence Upon British Society Is Regrettable”. It was performed with a perfect blend of humour, coupled with a serious message. It was well received and Ali received more questions from the audience than any other speaker! The prize winning pupils then went on to the next round at Leeds Grammar School, where they were awarded the runners-up prize for delivering a speech entitled, “Prenuptial agreements should be made compulsory”: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the sight of God at Leeds Grammar School. I, Ali Ijaz, would like to warmly welcome you to this joyous occasion and share with you my reasons as to why prenuptial marriage contracts should be made lawful. Matrimony, which is commended to be honourable among all men, is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly – but reverently, discreetly, advisedly and solemnly. Marriage is a covenant of faith and trust between a man and a woman, requiring openness of life and thought, free


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from doubt and suspicion, and commitment to speak the truth in love to one another. These are commendable words, words that emphasise the need for openness and a life free from doubt and a commitment to speak the truth. What, therefore, could be more important to a couple than a prenuptial agreement that allows them to express all three sentiments? Many of you sitting here today will vehemently disagree with me. I can empathise with you. However, I encourage you to listen with an open mind and an open heart and you will discover that I speak a truth that should be universally accepted. Prenuptial agreements are certainly not a 21st century ‘celebrity’ construct. In fact, people have been making prenuptial agreements for thousands of years. The practice dates back to the ancient Egyptians and they have existed for many centuries in the AngloAmerican tradition. Dowries can be considered as early prenuptial agreements and research tells us that dowries were mentioned in 7th century writings as a ‘necessity’. The Hebrew marriage contract, known as the Ketubah, dates back 2000 years and is one of the first legal documents to give financial and legal rights to women. Moving forward in time, King Edward IV reportedly had a prenuptial agreement with Eleanor Butler sometime between 1461 and 1464. A wise move considering the marital wranglings of our current House of Windsor!

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Have you ever considered where the tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring came from? Nowadays it appears to be the ultimate act of romance. However, if you delve back deep into the murky mists of time, you will discover that the engagement ring was an early form of prenuptial dowry - a way of ‘securing’ a bride and ‘proving’ her worth. If the engagement fell apart, then the bride already had her compensation in the form of a little lump of carbon on her left hand. We mustn’t forget that marrying for love and being able to freely choose a partner is a modern construct. Let’s look at Jane Austen in 1813. A heroine of ‘romantic’ fiction? I think not. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. I bet! Mrs Bennet was beside herself with worry about who would take on her daughters! Why else would anyone consider marrying the delectable Mr Collins? Let’s move forward to Charles Dickens in 1861 and poor Mrs Joe in “Great Expectations”. She ‘had’ to marry a blacksmith and spent the rest of her embittered life venting her spleen upon poor Pip. Look at any fairy tale and you’ll see a trail of ‘wicked stepmothers’ – all women forced to accept their marital lot and dare I say “sloppy seconds”! Currently, English law does not always recognise prenuptial agreements. A survey by Scottish Widows found that 1 in 7 people would marry for money, 1 in 3 first marriages fail and 50% of 2nd & 3rd marriages. Many of us now live longer and marry later in life. By then we have amassed money, property and sometimes children and I’m talking about men and women. A prenup not only acts as a legal will, it can ensure that children from first marriages, friends and charities can receive assets, instead of the ‘automatic’ right of the spouse. As a 21st century man a prenup would help you secure joint custody of children - a legal issue that still favours the mother in courts of family law. Conversely, a prenup would protect a mother who may have sacrificed a job or pension in order to bring up children. The process of writing a prenup enables couples to have that ‘difficult conversation’ about money, property and children. If more couples were brave enough to do that, then perhaps the divorce rate would drop. I conclude by saying that if any person here present can show just cause why my speech is unacceptable – let them speak now, or forever hold their peace. Or at least wait a few minutes to question me! Ali Ijaz



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2010 saw the retirement of several members of the Red House teaching staff. Mr Preston, Mrs Brougham, Mrs Douglas and Mr Sherris spent many years inspiring children to great success and will be sadly missed by both staff and pupils at Red House.

At the end of the autumn term 2009, Mrs Christine Douglas, Reception teacher, retired after spending 12 years inspiring children at the Nursery & Infant School. Many will remember with nostalgic affection their first experience of school in Mrs Douglas’ class.

Mr Geoffrey Preston taught at Red House for over 37 years and retired from teaching at the end of the summer term 2010. Geoff spent 5 years at Stockton Grammar School before being appointed at Red House in 1973. Following a period teaching art and sport, Geoff set up the design & technology course (formerly woodwork). He was a keen sportsman, having played competitive rugby earlier in his career. A man of many talents, Geoff is looking forward to spending time enjoying some of his many hobbies including gardening, cabinet making and fly fishing (in his very own lake!). Always courteous and a real gentleman, Geoff will be very much missed at Red House.

Mr Andrew Sherris also retired from the Nursery & Infant School in 2010 after a career at Red House spanning 33 years. Having taught children in 3S, Andrew was also a very active figure in local government, having been a local authority councillor for many years.

Mrs Susan Brougham spent 18 happy years at Red House. Sue taught chemistry, physics and biology up to year 7 and was always busy organising Duke of Edinburgh activities. For the last 10 years at Red House, Sue kept the library in tip top condition while providing academic support. She is now looking forward to pursuing her interests in genealogy and digital photography.

We wish them all the very best for a long and healthy retirement.



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The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. From the first day of participation, pupils have the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, discover new talents, learn new skills and take part in group activities in the great outdoors. Part of the enjoyment is the achievement of objectives and development of new skills, which at the start of the project, seemed daunting. The confidence boost and sheer spirit of adventure undertaken by pupils, sets the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme apart from others. Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is not only positive in terms of personal development, but of great interest to future employers, colleges and universities.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Adventure This year’s participants underwent a series of training courses based in the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. In the run up to the Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in the summer of 2010, Year 10 pupils took part in two training day walks in Swaledale, the primary objective being to help develop basic navigation and team working skills. The second phase of training took place in the North York Moors National Park, as part of the build up towards the final summer expedition. Pupils’ theoretical knowledge, gained during earlier training sessions, was put to the test in the great outdoors! This practice expedition involved navigation in organised in groups, setting off from their base and camping overnight at Commondale Scout camp. Pupils then had to prepare all their own meals and carry all equipment while navigating their way across the moors. The final expedition involved a gruelling test of all the skills pupils had learnt over the training period and took place on the hilly, remote terrain of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.


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The Participants Ben Abbott, Erik Atherton, Jonathan Bunn, Thomas Clark, Alexandra Cummings, Ben Daly, Lewis Dixon, Edward Farrimond, Alex Frank, Ben Gornall, Matthew Hayes, Amber Hill, Ali Ijaz, Lucy Kitching, Robert McGuinness, Oliver McPhail, Jack Sellers, Harry Simon, James Stevenson, Charlotte Watson, Oliver Whitehouse.

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Leading the Way in

3D Education

While Avatar rocketed past cinema box office records to become the highest grossing film of all time, teaching staff from Red House have been working with leading 3D software company, Amazing Interactives, to generate the latest state of the art teaching tools. A close working relationship between Amazing Interactives software engineers and teaching staff at Red House has resulted in the development of an incredible suite of teaching software products which will revolutionise the ability of staff to immerse pupils in a world of 3D. Picture this – being able to illustrate complex geometrical concepts in mathematics, explore 3D images of organs and cells in biology or take a 3D tour of the solar system in physics. Imagine being able to see how chemical elements react with one another as they float right before your eyes in 3D! This fantastic software will enrich learning in other subjects too, such as history, geography and earth sciences. By donning 3D glasses, lessons come alive in front of pupils’ eyes. Staff and pupils are very excited about the way this technology will enhance learning for all children. This exciting educational development will further enhance Red House School’s reputation as one of the leading co-educational independent schools in the Tees Valley. Headmaster, Alex Taylor, commented, "The 3D visualisation has totally engaged our students and greatly enhanced their ability to understand and retain their knowledge of the workings of complex subject areas. We are very excited about the possibilities that this technology holds for education as a whole."


Nursery Pupils

Visit Blue Watch Nursery pupils enjoyed an exciting visit to Norton Fire Station where they learnt all about life as a fire fighter. Two groups of Nursery pupils visited ‘Blue Watch’ during a typical working day and were welcomed to the station by fire fighters Nigel Yawson and Donna Thomas. The children were given a demonstration of all the different types of fire fighting equipment including a step by step guide to donning all the different elements of safety wear in the event of a real fire. Children also enjoyed climbing inside a fire engine and taking to the steering wheel and having the opportunity to operate high powered hoses under the supervision of the Blue Watch crew. Afterwards, in the fire fighters’ staffroom, the children enjoyed listening to the story of ‘Frances the firefly’ and singing along to a few traditional songs.


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Year 3 Roman


Year 3 had a fascinating trip back in time when they visited Murton Park, home of several popular attractions including the Brigantium Roman fort. Brigantium, which is a large outdoor classroom cunningly disguised as a Roman Auxiliary Fort of the 1st Century AD, was the base for an exciting exploration into Roman life. Year 3 pupils had the fantastic opportunity to become trainee soldiers in the Roman army! Equipped with their uniform, helmet, spear and shield, pupils were put through their paces by the resident centurion. Ditch digging, weapons practice (with blunt, dummy weapons), guard duty, craft work and parade ground drill were just some of the tasks children had to complete to earn their diploma.


Sporting Visit to the Lakes

In the spring term Miss Sweeney and Mrs Bessey took 16 girls to the Lake District on a mini- hockey and netball tour. Whilst there, we were hosted by Casterton Girls’ School, a boarding school located just near Kirby Lonsdale. The teams played netball and hockey matches against the hosts with a mixture of results.

After the matches the girls had a trip to Lake Windermere, went rock climbing in Kendal and had a video night with the hosts. It was a great experience for all the girls involved and the girls and staff at Casterton made us all feel very welcome.


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Art Residential 2009

Year 11 pupils spent a weekend developing their artistic skills in the beautiful surroundings of the Northumberland coastline. Taking inspiration from the stunning seascapes and rich cultural heritage, pupils were able to gather lots of creative ideas to input into their artwork. The weather over the weekend was ideal for exploring some of the many wonderful beaches. The beach adjacent to Bamburgh castle was an ideal spot for pupils to create their works of art and let the creative juices flow during a series of team building activities. In addition to conventional 2D drawings and sketches, some pupils were even made into 3D sand sculptures! Mrs Fraser, Mr McReddie and Mr Jones were on hand to provide support and advice during their art sessions. This weekend is always a great hit with the pupils, particularly the traditional hearty meal of fish and chips at Seahouses.

Louisa West (Year 11) recounts a fantastic weekend: On Friday 11th of September 2009, we departed school early in a haze of excitement, all anticipating the long awaited visit to a seaside town in Northumberland. Upon arrival we were treated to a hearty meal of fish ‘n’ chips (a Seahouse special). We then familiarized ourselves with the charming town. We dragged ourselves back to the lodgings, happy hearted and with stuffed stomachs, falling into bed to dream of sun, sand and art. The next morning we awoke bright and early, ready to face the day. We were driven to bustling Bamburgh and allocated a group team building activity: to create a masterpiece, inspired by all things seaside. Lewis was, indeed, to become part of one of the pieces, transformed into a stunning mermaid. On completion, we paid a visit to the nearby town for lunch out, a surprisingly kind gesture to boost morale. Returning to Seahouses, we spent the afternoon creating themed sculptures based on the seashore, whilst Mr Jones impressed us with his skills in tea making. As the evening drew to a close we donned our glad rags and headed to Little Italy for our scrumptious evening Italian. Our last day was hectic, commencing with a painted acrylic study of Bamburgh castle. As the final day drew to a close, we waved goodbye to the hostel home, and the many happy memories; a fantastic trip had by all. Louisa West, Year 11


Cook to Change The Fairtrade cooking competition takes place each year and is organised by our religious studies teacher, Mrs Roberts. It is a competition for the pupils of Red House School to show their cookery skills but also they must think carefully about the recipe and ingredients they enter into the competition. Fairtrade is about better prices and decent working conditions for farmers and workers in the developing world. By paying a fair price for products and the work involved in producing these products, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which sometimes discriminates against the poorest and weakest producers in the world today. It enables the farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives. In the first stage of our competition each contestant must provide a recipe containing at least three Fairtrade ingredients. The recipes are then judged by Mrs Roberts and only a small number are chosen to go through to the next stage of the competition. The next stage is where the competition becomes fierce. The chosen few must cook their recipes within two hours. All pupils work very hard with a good variety of ingredients and types of food ranging from salads, smoothies, main courses and desserts. At the end our finished dishes are judged by Roberto from Cafe Lilli. He tastes each dish and asks questions about the ingredients and how they were cooked. This part is really nerve- racking. At the end he names the winner of the competition and they are given a certificate along with all of the other contestants to thank them for their hard work. Having won the competition before serving savoury dishes, I opted for a sweeter option this time. Everything went to plan and my gluten- free hazelnut and chocolate torte was a success. Roberto from CafĂŠ Lilli even asked if he could take a sample to the restaurant so that the chefs there could taste it! I have been lucky enough to win the competition three years running (coming first, second and then first again this year). It was a great experience and I enjoyed every moment and look forward to the next competition. James Caswell Year 7


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An Amazing Year of

Fundraising At Red House School we are committed to engaging pupils, staff and parents in a diverse and worthwhile programme of charitable projects throughout the academic year. It is safe to say that a full charitable itinerary supporting national, international and local charity projects is well established at the school. From national fundraising projects such as Children in Need, to the international project 'Hands of Love' based in Ghana, children, staff and parents enjoy taking part in fun, and sometimes challenging activities designed not only to raise valuable funds, but also to raise general awareness of the plight endured by many communities in the underdeveloped and developing world. The following are a flavour of fundraising events which took place at Red House School.

Children in Need 2009 In traditional Red House spirit, children, parents and staff were very busy raising money for this worthwhile cause. At the Nursery & Infant School, staff and pupils were dressed in their best pyjamas in aid of charity. In the entrance foyer of the Nursery & Infant School, a big yellow Pudsey was almost obscured with coins and notes, kindly donated by pupils and parents. Cake stalls at break also helped raise precious funds. In the Preparatory & Senior School, Year 5 ran a ‘tuck shop’ selling Pudsey biscuits, for 50p each, at morning break. Year 4 held a ‘Guess the Pudsey’ competition. Year 7 raised funds through a ‘lucky straw’ competition. Year 8 held a joke competition and Year 10 organised a highly anticipated staff versus pupils netball match (the staff won!). Year 9 organised a ‘Guess the teacher’ quiz for both staff and pupils. Perhaps the most bizarre fundraiser at Red House involved several teachers dressed in school uniform. As part of a fundraising dress down day, teachers dressed up... in school uniform! Mr Frank, Mrs Jones, Mrs Fraser and Mr Jones all joined in the good spirit of the occasion to don the traditional blue uniforms.


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Haiti Earthquake Following the tragic events in Haiti and the extensive news coverage on TV, staff and pupils at Red House were determined to help in whatever way they could. Consequently, a number of fundraising events were held throughout the school in aid of the DEC Haiti Appeal. In the Nursery & Infant School, pupils put their artistic skills to the test by taking part in a 'best decorated water bottle' competition, which ultimately formed part of a colourful wall display. Pupils also took part in a non-uniform day and donated money which adorned a colourful map of Haiti. In the Preparatory & Senior School, pupils also donated money to dress in casual clothes and delighted in taking part in a 'hot chocolate and Hob Nobs' fundraiser. Year 9 and 11 pupils also held a raffle and sold refreshments in aid of the appeal. Such was the generosity of support from parents, pupils and staff, that over £1600 was raised for the DEC Appeal

Congratulations to teachers, Mrs Rachel Jones and Mrs Heather Lloyd, for completing the ‘Race for Life’ 5k run at Middlesbrough. A total of £210 was raised for Cancer Research UK.

Christian Aid Project Thank you to all who contributed to the Christian Aid Fund to support Burkina Faso at our Harvest Thanksgiving. The school and St Mary’s between them have raised £5073.34, exceeding the target of £5000. The school, through its two Harvest collections, raised £1323.34 to which a further £333.10 will be added through gift aid.

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Hands of Love Project - Uganda Pastor Elijah Sebuchu and his wife Ruth from the Hands of Love Orphanage in Uganda made a special visit to meet members of the Student Council (Yr4-10) to talk to them about their excellent charity work in Africa. The Hands of Love charity supports an orphanage and school in Uganda, caring for over 300 children aged 3-19, most of whom have lost their parents through HIV/AIDS and suffer from malnutrition and malaria. Student Council members have become involved in setting up a number of fundraising projects to help this worthwhile cause. Fund raising projects already started include a Jogathon, organised by Mr Jones, and completed by Years 5-7 pupils. This involved completing as many laps of the school field as possible. Through the generous support of pupils and parents, school events raised over £400.

Guide Dogs Charity In order to raise funds for the Guide Dogs charity, pupils at the Nursery & Infant School were as resourceful as ever. By individually collecting as many silver coins as they could fit into a 'Smarties' tube, pupils raised in excess of £558. Val Hydes, secretary of the regional Guide Dogs charity, took part in a morning assembly in which children learned all about the help the charity gives to blind people. Mrs Hydes was delighted to be presented with a large cheque by several Nursery & Infant pupils. Well done to all pupils, parents and staff who took part in this fundraising initiative.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Nursery & Infant School pupils enjoyed a very special presentation in the Barn, as Chef, Max Moore, returned to Red House. Max, who was involved in a horrific traffic accident early in 2010, was rescued by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and taken to hospital. Part of the way through a long and slow recovery, Max came back to Red House in the summer to take part in a sponsored ‘jogathon’, which involved children being sponsored to jog around the school field. Parents and pupils responded very generously, and as a consequence, a huge sum of money has been raised for the flying medics. The grand total came to several thousand pounds, which included several previous donations and a cheque for £3621, which was gratefully received by Tony Doveston, Development Officer with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The cheque was presented at a special assembly in the Nursery & Infant School, attended by Max.


Ski Trip

Tignes With over 300km of first class piste, and easily identified by its ‘chalet’ architecture, Year 7-11 pupils travelled to Tignes and Val D’Isere, a ski destination with an unrivalled reputation as one of the most beautiful locations in which to ski. Located in a ski-in, ski-out base, pupils enjoyed ski tuition in organised classes catering for all levels of ability complemented by good snow conditions. This exciting resort, situated in the Rhone-Alpes region of south east France, enjoyed perfect blue-sky weather all week. Off-piste, pupils visited a local restaurant and enjoyed some retail therapy, gift shopping in the resort. Swimming, ten pin bowling and the traditional ski trip favourite of a game of bingo hosted by maestro, Mr Frank, were just a few of the entertaining activities enjoyed by the pupils.


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Lucy Kitching, Emily Gibbon and Charlotte Watson recount some of the highlights of the trip: After an early awakening, we arrived at school looking forward to the week ahead. Following a draining bus journey, and having arrived in France, we began the trip with a quick snowball fight on the walk to the hotel. Brrrrrr! On the slopes, we were separated into ability groups. For the beginners, after a few cases of steamed up glasses and Year 11 boys complaining about cold toes, the first few gentle slopes were conquered. No-one was at all intimidated by the top group speeding past spraying the novices with snow ! Apres-ski wouldn’t be the same without a game of Bingo, hosted by legendary bingo king, Mr Frank. Everybody was keen to take first prize in this game of high tension. Charlotte Watson and Amelia Osbourne were both happy with their wins. We were also fortunate enough to experience an evening walk in the picturesque resort of Tignes, with snowflakes falling and the scent of fresh pizza cooking in the local takeaway (somehow reminding us of home!)

On day 3, disaster struck and Elliot Husband took a nasty fall and managed to dislocate his thumb. However, this didn’t cool his enthusiasm to continue skiing for the rest of the week. The following evening we were treated to a trip to the local crêperie, with distracting photos being taken whilst attractively covered in chocolate. On day 4, with our ski group caption being “Aller Aller Aller !” (for those of you who didn’t take GCSE French,Go Go Go!) , we were raring to conquer the slopes and show our new skills. The next night, we enjoyed some time at the local swimming pool. Some of the locals, however, were enjoying watching our Olympic Gold acrobatic ways of descending the slide. We retired to bed early to conserve our energies for the morning ahead which would include our challenge of the week. The final day of skiing came, along with the thick fog, enabling us to see only one metre ahead of us! After a strenuous morning of being tested on our skiing ability, we were all

pleasantly surprised with our successful results. We enjoyed our leisurely ski in the afternoon with a heavy snowfall. The end of the day came and whilst we packed our skis away, we thought about the eventful and amazing week we had experienced. However the enjoyment quickly came to an end when we were informed at the airport, that there was going to be a long, stressful delay of six whole hours! We were all relieved to land in England, met with two foot of snow to welcome us back, somehow reminding us of Tignes! Finally we’d like to say, on behalf of the pupils of Red House, a big thank you to all the teachers who looked after us and organised the trip so well and made it so memorable. This was particularly so for the Year 11 pupils, for whom this was a last Red House trip.


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Rocks !

The cream of Red House talent was on display during the annual 'Red House Has Talent' competition. Winning acts included a year 11 air guitar band (overall winner); Year 8’s Kaisey Elder (second prize) won the chance to record her song/performance professionally. Charles Simpson’s trombone solo won 3rd prize. Other runners- up prizes included an excellent performance of Monty Python’s The Four Yorkshiremen by year 9 boys; Nathania Eruwje and Poppy Thompson also won prizes and we even had a guest appearance from the Teletubbies dancing to the ‘Bird is the Word’. The event raised money for the Hands of Love charity, an orphanage in Uganda that helps 500 children aged from 3-18.


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An inspirational visit to School by Adam Bushnell, a professional storyteller, left pupils highly motivated to take part in a creative writing competition designed to capture originality and captivating storytelling. Adam led an entertaining and interactive story workshop bringing to life classic, modern and original stories for children in a range of year groups across the school. His unique style of interweaving storytelling sessions with creative writing, drama and art activities was the perfect motivator for pupils to harness their creative writing talents. One such pupil, inspired by the creative writing challenge, was Jamal Shamim, Year 7.



‘A Portrait of the Damned Old Lady’ Dring-dring, dring-dring, dring-dring. The bell rang incessantly for the last time on the very last day of school. I looked forward to the summer holidays. It was our very last assembly in the late afternoon before we broke up. Eagerly, the whole school made their way towards the hall where the headmaster addressed all the children. He droned on about how good the school year had been, and wished us all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday. Finally, he made a big announcement to us all, saying that he’d purchased some land behind the school to build a brand new I.C.T suite. This was excellent news, because the school didn’t have one. Our headmaster told us that work would begin in September, when the school would start back up and it would be completed the following year at Easter. We were over the moon with the news! My best friends, Matty, Liam, Josh and I walked the long way home to see what was behind the school. We’d never taken any notice of what was there before and we wanted to see how big the I.C.T suite was going to be. We approached the end of the school field and peered eagerly over the tall, wooden fence. Laid before us we saw a huge plot of land with overgrown grass and, in the centre of the land, there lay an archaic looking house. It looked extremely creepy, just like something you’d read about in a book. Feeling frightened, we cautiously made our way home and began to look forward to beginning our summer holidays.

Jamal’s story, ‘A Portrait of the Damned Old Lady’, was judged the winner by Adam and posted on his website. Jamal commented, “I wrote a ghost story and the initial inspiration came from Halloween decorations and scary paintings with which my father had decorated my bedroom! One picture was of an old lady and she became the main character in the story. Other ideas followed from my imagination. I enjoyed writing the story and was proud to have won the competition. It helped my confidence enormously.” Here is Jamal’s winning piece of work:


The summer holiday wasn’t as exciting as we’d all anticipated. No sooner had it begun, we were counting the days off to when we would start back at school again. Most days were pretty repetitive: sleeping in late, having lunch, playing football on the school field with my best friends, watching TV and then going to bed. However, in the last week before school started, my friends and I decided to investigate the new piece of land our headmaster had bought. It started off as just a normal afternoon. We played football, as usual, on the school field, taking turns to see who could kick my new ball highest in the air. When it came to Matty’s turn, he kicked it the highest, but it ended up flying over the fence on to the new plot of land which the school had just purchased. No one would go to get the ball so I had to find it myself. Apprehensively, I climbed over the dilapidated old fence and saw how derelict and abandoned the land really was. I spent a long time searching for the ball, but I had no luck. My friends shouted “Let’s go home, it’s dark and it’s started to rain!" They also promised to help me find the ball the following day. At that point I was too tired and too scared to carry on searching.

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The next afternoon we met together back at school. We were going to find my football. Together we climbed over the worn out, old fence. My friends couldn’t believe how overgrown the grass was; it seemed to have grown several inches since the day before. They didn’t want to do it, but they had to. We started to search for the ball. The grass was so high it was nearly impossible to see each other. It was a scorching hot day and we couldn’t really be bothered. We looked for a stick to help us prod our way through the grass. Eventually, we found a couple of sticks near the house, and then prodded our way through the grass. We went through nearly the whole plot of land to find the ball. After what seemed to be a long search, Liam found it and we had a quick breather. Josh was looking up at the neglected house; it had cracked windows, ripped curtains and the bricks were crumbling away from each other. The house was gigantic and looked really menacing. Stupidly, he wanted to go inside to investigate. The rest of us wanted to go and play more football, but Josh decided that he wanted to go into the house, whether we wanted to or not! We tried to persuade him to come away, but he persuaded us to follow him instead. Tentatively, we opened the door. It made a loud creaking sound like old bones on a skeleton cracking. We first saw cobwebs; beyond the cobwebs we saw some dark brown antique furniture. There was a side table against the wall, a grand piano and a grandfather clock. At the other end of the room there was a massive fireplace which dominated the room and above it hung a huge painting of an old lady that seemed to stare down at us. We all knew that the best thing to do was to leave the house and go home, but we were curiously drawn to the painting. We still had the sticks in our hands, which gave us confidence and we brushed our way through the cobwebs to get closer to the painting. We shivered with fear. It was quickly becoming darker as we went further into the room. Next to the fire place there was a rocking chair that we presumed the old lady in the picture would have sat on once upon a time. The old lady in the picture had a coal black dress on with a lace shawl covering her; her eyes looked as if they were staring down at us, they were pure evil .Her mouth had a wickedness about it and her face was lined with deep wrinkles. She looked deviant. The picture frame was also black and carved out of wood. It had skulls carved out on each corner and carved writing which looked to be like some ancient script. It also had what appeared to be red specks of dried blood upon it. At this point we all froze with fear. We wanted to run out of the house, but we couldn’t, so we crept out. We ran home once we felt that we weren’t being watched by the wicked lady in the portrait.

As we did so, we didn’t realize that two of our class mates, Robbie and Clarky, were listening. They started laughing and said “You’re lying." "We’re not lying, we will show you if you want." Jeering, they replied “Fine, let’s meet at six o’clock on the school field and you can show us – if you dare. " We all met at exactly 6 o’ clock on the school field. One by one we climbed cautiously over the fence. We approached the front door of the old house apprehensively. Matty, Liam, Josh and I didn't want to open the door, so Clarky opened it. The room was still full of cobwebs, just like the grass. We couldn't believe how fast the cobwebs had reappeared. We used our hands to brush our way through them. We noticed that the furniture had disappeared and the room was strangely empty, except for the painting of the old lady that still looked down at us. Clarky and Robbie kept accusing us of lying about everything. To prove ourselves we went to have a closer look at the old lady because she seemed to have changed. The frame had changed into what appeared to be a normal wooden frame; it had no colour to it, it looked, well, normal. The old lady now had a loving smile upon her face, caring eyes and her wrinkles had disappeared. She wore a pure white dress with a delicate cotton shawl covering her. We were shocked and amazed about how this could have happened. Had we imagined what had happened the previous night? "We’re going home now liars, there’s nothing scary about this place,” said Clarky and they both left the house and ran home. We all looked at each other in disbelief. “How did this happen?”whispered Liam, looking more than a little puzzled. We then heard the echoing sound of loud, laughter. We looked back at the old lady and she’d changed back into the wicked, frightening, old hag of the day before. The frame of the portrait was black again and this time it dripped blood. Her face was one of pure evil. Her smile had changed back into a laughing grin, her wrinkles reappeared, her eyes were sinister pools of black and she seemed to be focused just upon on us. We screamed in utter terror. Her blood curdling laughter grew louder. We then heard footsteps in the room as though someone was dancing. We were frozen with fear. We tried to make our way to the front door but it slammed shut in our faces. To our horror we looked back up at the picture of the old lady. However, she no longer looked down upon us. We just saw mirror reflections. We were inside the framed portrait.

The next day was our first day back at school. Matty, Liam, Josh and I were discussing the chilling events of the previous night

We were trapped.


Mini-Sagas 2009

Congratulations to all pupils who had their literary entries published in the 2009 edition of ‘Mini-Sagas’. This collection of colourful tales is published by Young Writers and aims to promote and encourage written creativity amongst children and young adults. In this edition, secondary school children nationwide were given the tricky challenge of writing a story with a beginning, middle and end in just fifty words! Red House pupils rose to the challenge and let their imagination run riot to produce a truly diverse and entertaining collection of tales, deemed by the judges to be well-worthy of publication in ‘Mini Sagas 2009’. Charles Simpson, Year 8, whose entry was entitled, ‘Fire’, gives us his account of the competition.

Last year all of Year 8 got the opportunity to enter a story competition. The short stories (mini sagas) had to be 50 words long, dramatic and basically good enough to be published in a book. Although you could submit more than one story it was more about quality rather than quantity and we had to condense our ideas into just a paragraph to grip the reader. Everybody in the class submitted a poem and a few months later we were happy to find that several of the sagas sent in had been published in a mini saga booklet! We can now say we’re published writers!

Fire! The smoke was the first thing I saw, creeping under the door, lurking through the corridor. Frantically I ran into the kitchen and was met by a wall of flames! As the room was engulfed, I stood shellshocked at the power of the almighty beast. I ran for safety. Charles Simpson (13)

The following are a sample of some of the other excellent stories that were published.


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Delicate streams of sunlight danced quite unnoticed in the long shadows of each weathered stone.

His presence made my backbone shiver and my love for him increase, as the moments with him intensified. The words I wanted to say were becoming riddles in my head, riddles that were unsolvable. I stood there, frozen to the spot, unable to conduct any movement. Was I a coward?

Light, unobtrusive winds lifted exotic butterflies, as close-by scented flowers caressed uneven bumps arching above soft earth. Calm had layered all senses, enveloping those who slept within this place; a yard filled with graves.

Charlotte Emma Craggs (13)

Jessica Blakey (15)


I’m Your Every Move

All he could see was white, as he struggled through the raging snowstorm. The sound of the roaring gale threatened to burst his eardrums and his whole body was numb. All senses were obliterated, including any feeling of progression, as he continued in the hope of finding civilisation.

I’m at your window. I’m at the tip of your tongue. You don’t know me. I’m the person calling your name. I’m the person underneath your bed, but you still don’t know me. Tonight I will look through your window and call your name. Look out for me - I’m here. Elizabeth Pearson (13)

Martin Blake (15)


Christmas Production 2009


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Nursery Nativity


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Easter Eggstravaganza! Easter is the perfect time to unleash those creative talents and create your individually designed Easter egg. Yet again, in 2010, talent was in no short supply in the Preparatory & Senior School as pupils used every artistic material at their disposal to produce a colourful display of eggs. This annual competition is one of the most difficult contests to judge, and this year was no exception as Mr Taylor was faced with the difficult challenge of picking a winning entrant. A fabulous assortment of eggs were produced on a vast array of themes, from an eggy version of the pop idols ‘Eggward’ and ‘Lady Egga’ to a pair of ‘Egglephants’ and a penguin in ‘Eggtarctica’! Judging was tough, but the winner on the day with a fantastic eggy creation was Hannah Ferkol (6J) with her amazing ‘Eggsotic Fish’. Thank you to all entrants for putting in such a lot of effort in designing a dazzling display of eggs.


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Is Science Horrible? Thought-provoking, squishy, scary science, viewed in 3D! Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils were in for a real treat as they visited Darlington Civic Theatre to see a Birmingham Stage production of “Horrible Science.” Using zany actors and fantastic 3D Boggle-vision, the show is described as ‘science with the squishy bits left in!’ Contrary to the popular belief that science shows can be a little dreary, this show was guaranteed to be ‘Horrible’! Lots of jaw-dropping facts were presented and answers given to weird and wonderful questions, such as: Why don’t penguins get spots? Why doesn’t the moon wander off? What are millions of creatures doing in your kettle? And how long are your intestines? Sam Korsen and William Dexter give their gruesome accounts of a fascinating day. I thought Horrible Science was great and I found it very educational. It was a fun way to learn about facts such as the scientific word for guts is intestines and that they are seven metres long. Because it was acted out on the stage it made it more realistic and much more interesting than reading it in a book. It also helped to remember things because it was fun. The costumes and the special effects were great. The 3D parts made it even better. My favourite part was at the end when they saved the Horrible Science Museum. At the show there was a very large screen on stage. There were pictures on the screen and characters on the stage. The funny part was when people dressed up as bacteria and sang at the beginning of the show.

I also learnt that some germs are harmless and some germs can cause diseases and can multiply by sixteen million in eight hours! I think Horrible Science is great for children, especially aged between eight and ten, but adults could also enjoy it too if they liked science. William Dexter 4W

There was an ugly person called ‘Monster Boy’ and he had a trolley loaded with horrible things. I didn’t really like him. After the interval we wore 3D goggles which made the show come to life. The character I liked the most was a schoolboy who had to complete challenges or else the evil computer ‘Tim’ would release bacteria and other terrible things into the real world! The ending of the show was brilliant. The schoolboy had completed all the challenges and shut down the evil computer ‘Tim’. I would recommend this show to my Dad as he likes science. Sam Korsen 4W


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A Trip to the Royal Armouries On Thursday 8th July 2010, Year 4 set off on a trip to the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Abbie Hignett (Year 4) gives her account of a day full of fascinating facts and scary swords. We arrived at the museum at 10am. Firstly, we went to put our packed lunches and blazers in a box and we were in the Hall Of Steel. We looked up and saw lots of guns, spears and swords. It was amazing! Secondly, we went to the tournament gallery where there was everything to do with Henry VIII. When you walked in you saw a German tent with jousting armour inside and a sword fighting ring. There was a big television on the wall and you could watch all about village fairs and fighting. All of Henry VIII’s armour was in the gallery and it was all measured to fit him. After that we went to the oriental gallery. We learnt all about Samurai armour and weapons, and there was a giant elephant in there! It was amazing! There were swords and maces in glass cases which we learnt all about. Then we went into the self-defence gallery. There were police guns with some information about all different dangerous jobs like the police and fire fighters. There was a murder scene and we saw long guns and swords. Then we went to the cafe for a little break and got some food and drink to cool us down after all the walking we had done. After we had had a nice, refreshing food and drink break, we went to the hunting gallery which had a big Victorian house with wooden models of forts. There was a big dome where you could watch all about war. After we had spent 10 to 15 minutes in the hunting gallery we went out to watch the falcons. The big eagle owl was called Bungle, the kestrel was called Bomb and the hawk was called Squeak. They were amazing, I loved them because they were very talented. After we watched the talented falcons, we went in to watch the two- handed sword fighting back in the tournament gallery. Two men, Jim and Andrew, taught us how to fight and we got to hold the sword; it was brilliant! Then we went to the education centre. A girl called Laura made us draw all kinds of helmets (with covers over them!). It was quite hard! After we had drawn them, we got to try on lots of outfits and helmets! I tried on a full baseball outfit. It was so heavy. I also tried on a frog helmet which you can barely see out of; there is only a little hole right at the top! Afterwards, we went outside to watch some jousting! There were horses named Copper, Wellington and Artorious. Copper won the tournament. He was a brown horse, Wellington was white with little black patches and Artorious was black and white. Next we went inside to the gift shop and bought lots of things like swords, pens and jewellery. I bought a black skull bangle, a wristband and a red feather pen. Finally, we went out to look at the horses and falcons. We didn’t get to touch them but we saw them close up and they were gorgeous! I really enjoyed my trip to the Royal Armouries and I really would like to go again! By Abbie Hignett 4R


A Victorian Day Out At Beamish As part of their history studies, Year 5 pupils travelled to the Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham to spend a day experiencing what life was like as a child in Victorian times. Lots of interesting activities were on offer during the day including the opportunity to take part in a Victorian lesson, venture into a dusty, old coal mine and enjoy a visit to a selection of typical Victorian shops. Will Thomson give us an account of their insight into Victorian life: On 27th January 2010, Year 5 went to Beamish Open Air Museum. When we got there, we had to get on a tram to the school. As we had to wait for our lesson to start, we went to the miner’s cottage where we met a lady who was baking scones in front of a range. A range does lots of things – it keeps the whole house warm, it was also on in the summer so they got very hot. The range heated the irons so Victorians could do their ironing. It also heated water and the kettle and it cooked the family meals. Then we went to the Victorian chapel where we were shown a projection of Victorian life. It was a Wesleyan Chapel, named after John Wesley. Following this we went to our school lesson where we did the 3Rs, which were reading, writing and arithmetic. There was a recitation of a poem called “Little Things”. We also had to do handwriting practice and the seven times table for arithmetic. We learned how many pennies are in a shilling. Then we did an object lesson about a mallard duck before we had to go. Next we walked into the town and there we went to the sweet shop where we could buy some old fashioned sweets. After the sweet shop, we went to the bank and saw where all the old money was kept. We also had a look in the Masonic Hall. Lastly, we went to the dentists where a dentist showed us some false teeth. We saw that the dentist’s chair was red to hide all the blood. We were also shown some old toothbrushes and what the Victorians used as toothpaste. He showed us other things which you would put in the patients’ mouths to keep them open! After all of this, we had to get a bus back to the entrance so we could get back on the coach and go back to school. We had a fantastic time! Will Thomson 5R


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We are Writers! We Are Writers provides the opportunity for every child in schools across the country to become a published author in their own school’s book of creative writing. Pupils at Red House Nursery & Infant School were successful in having a collection of their own literary works published by Scholastic . Mrs Gillian Summers, Literacy Coordinator at the Nursery & Infant School captures the importance of literacy at an early age in her foreword to this fantastic collection of poems and short stories. Learning to write is such a fundamental skill and is closely related to reading. The two activities mutually reinforce each other. Writing is always developing and maturing throughout the children’s education at Red House School. We take great pride in our children’s achievements in writing; first they master pencil control, then letter and word recognition that they consolidate in sentence making and finally the creation of whole texts that you will see superbly exemplified in this book. Pupils understand from an early stage that much of their writing will be read by other people and therefore it needs to be accurate, legible and set out in an appropriate way. They see the writing process modelled by their teachers so that their skills of grammar, spelling and handwriting, and above all creativity can be showcased effectively. All of these skills are acquired in such a relatively short time and this book has been compiled to reflect the early work of tomorrow’s budding authors.

Nursery Poetry We looked at the sky... By Alexander, Alex, Macey, Ava, George, Max, Harry, Oliver, Thomas, Abigail, James, Charles, Lily, John, Aimee, Rose, James, Brooke, Joshua, Callum, Beau, Katie, Sasha, Myles & Lily.

We looked at the sky and it made us think about.... Swimming pools Birds



The moon

My bedroom

Another aeroplane!

The sea where you can dive

A blue trampoline

Playing outside Mummy

The night

The Sun! By Brooke, Alexan der, Lily B, Harry, Charles, Oliver & Beau The sun is

hot and it sh ines in the

sky. It is very big like a giant elep hant. The sun is ri ght up in spac e far in the dark. The sun lights everything up. It makes us happy and hot. The sun gives us energy! We like to go swimming in th e pool Or at the sea side when the sun is hot.

We like to hav e barbeques o r go on a picnic In the sun!



My blue top

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Blue paint

Leaves Spiderman blue

A big aeroplane

THE BLUE SKY! Magic blue

The sea Frogs


Our Sun By James W, Rose, Max, Lily H, John, Thomas, Katie & Scarlett

Our sun is far away. It is orange, yellow and red. It is made of fire. It is a circle like a football. It makes us happy. We can play outside on our bikes Or go to the park or the seaside or the zoo. It makes us so hot we have to wear t-shirts and shorts. We like ice cream to keep us cool in the sun.

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Reception Poetry Billy Goat By Betsy Armitage

Big billy goat, Sharp pointy horns, Little baby kid, Soft brown coat.

Big Crow

Plahe By Sebastian

lying, Big crow f y wings. Black, shin jumping, Baby bird . gs flapping Small win


-Whitfield y Duncan rt e ib L y B tterfly,

bu mummy . Pretty unshine s e h t Flying in lar, caterpil n e e r g Small . n a leaf o g in l Craw

Mummy Pig

The Crow

Daddy Ow l

By Charle s

By Ayush Singh

, Big, black crow ers. Hard, oily feath aiting, Baby fledgling w come. For his mum to


Daddy o wl flyin g, In the night. Baby ow let sitt ing, Waiting for foo d.

The Brown C row By

Mummy Sheep

Poppy Thom pson

By Evan Smith

Large, bro wn crow, Eating the hay. Small, bab y calf, Sucking w arm milk.

On the hill. Baby lamb running, On little, black feet.

Harry Horse

Mummy Owl

By Char

Mummy sheep walking,

By Mia Flem ing

les Row ell


y owl flying, white feathe Baby o rs. wlet s i t t i ng, Soft, fluffy down. Bright,

Big horse H a r r y, Galloping round the field. B a by fo a l Flinn, Rolling in the mud!

By Emma Grey

Mummy pig Poppy, Pink and large. Baby piglet Peppa, Tiny and new!

abbit Mummy R itchie llazzi-R By Ellie Ga

ie, bit Ros b a r y m Mum se. itchy no w t l l a Sm , ten Katie Baby kit y. and furr y e r g , y Fluff


Year 1 Poetry

We are Writers!

Year 3 Poetry

What a time I had!

I ran

By Eleanor Baker

By Kate Parkinson

At one o’ clock, I met Rosie who was helpful

I ran as Fast as a Zebra galloping In dry, hot Africa. I Swam like A deadly eel Slowly swimming In the sea, stinging Anything in its way I Jumped like A kangaroo Protecting its young In the scorching hot bush.

and cold. She was as good as gold. Next at two o’ clock I met her friend whose hair was soft. Then, at three o’ clock I met her sister who was big and coughed. After that, at half past six, I met Rosie’s brother. He was as big as a chair and didn’t share. Finally, at half past ten I met a magic mist fairy. She was as quiet as a mouse and very hairy.

My Spell By Lily Cordwell-Smith

stripy tie, Mix in Mr Haywood’s old th sun from the sky, Plop in the bright, smoo o, ngry monkey from the zo Drop in the tail of a hu ite, yucky glue, Throw in some sticky, wh , strawberry jam, Pour in some gooey, red tasty ham. Mix in some pink yummy,

Year 2 Poetry What Am I?

What am I?

By Atticus


I am ele ctric. By Michael Chilvers You can switch me on. I am us I am as noisy as a church bell, ed by ma in s electr I can be icity. And as powerful as a rhino. any shap e and size People u . se me to I am stronger than the strongest man, I read by. can som etimes b And as fast as a spotty cheetah. e found ceiling. on the I a m I am as hairy as a monkey, in all bu ildings. You put me on w And as spikey as a porcupine. hen it’s What am dark. I? I AM A DRAGON!! A light


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I ran By Alice Butterfield

I Ran as Fast as a Cheetah hunting For a juicy deer. I swam like A shy blue Dolphin trying To catch codfish! I Ate like A blackbird Pecking at an Earthworm in the Dark, spooky forest.


Rivals Poetry Rivals 2009 was one of the biggest and most prestigious poetry competitions held in the UK, and a talent contest like no other. Poets of all ages and from all corners of the globe were invited to write a poem that stood out from the rest - a poem that showed true creative talent. The diversity and richness of the poetry included in the published volume is unique - and a reflection of the inspiration to be found in modern day poetry. As well as providing an exciting opportunity for poets to showcase their creativity, Poetry Rivals has given today’s poetry a public platform to be showcased and rewarded, as it deserves. A fine collection of poems were submitted to the competition by Red House pupils. However, one piece of work, entitled ‘What is a Rose’, by Francesca Blyth (Year 6) was selected by the judging panel to be of such a high standard as to merit an invitation to the final in Peterborough. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, Francesca was unable to take part in the final stage of the competition. The fact that Francesca’s poem made it to this stage given the huge number of entries from across the globe, is an achievement in itself. Well done Francesca.

Study Support Club Study Support Club is an after school club that is aimed to help pupils see our strengths and weaknesses inside and outside of our classrooms and to help us to feel more comfortable with our subjects. It helps us to learn more about ourselves so that we can improve and do better at school, with our friends and also with our families. The club takes place for an hour after school on a Monday and is held in the school in Miss Smith’s classroom. In Study Support Club, I enjoy finding out how my brain prefers to learn and then complete fun challenges that let me step out of my comfort zone and try new ways of learning. This improves my skills in the classroom and when revising.

What is a Rose ? A rose is a drop of blood Spilled on a white marshmallow, A rose is a piece of red cotton wool On a prickly emerald stem. A rose is a ruby-red heart That stores all your memories. A rose is a splash of scarlet paint On a pure white canvas, A rose is a beautiful, red, velvet cloak That wraps around you and holds you tight. A rose is a rose: A beautiful, little flower. Francesca Blyth (9)

I get a lot of benefits out of Study Support Club and one of them is the ability to cope better with peer pressure and not to listen to gossip because it usually ends up with someone’s feelings getting hurt. The day after I learnt this I said no to someone who was trying to gossip with me and found that people actually respect you when you say no to something you don’t want to do. I will be taking part in this club again because it made me find out more about myself and what I can do to help my grades and improve my skills in life . I now feel that I know more about myself. Nathania Ewruje Year 7


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Essay Competition

Red House Boys Sweep the Board in National 2010 Essay Competition

Congratulations to participating pupils in this year’s National ISA 2010 Essay competition. Alexander Gannon (Yr 10) was awarded 1st Prize in the Boys' category of the Favonius Senior, with his entry 'Alone in a Crowd'. Alexander Moriarty (Yr 7) was awarded 1st Prize in the Max Gate Intermediate competition, with his work entitled 'A Face in the Crowd' and Isaac Brace (Yr 6), came 1st in the Horsey Junior Essay competition. As was commented by the judging panel, Red House has an illustrious history in this literary contest, having taken several major honours over recent years. Alex Moriarty This essay won first place in the ISA Max-Gate Essay Competition 2010

A Face in the Crowd Click clack, Click clack, clickerty clack. The tube train glides through the early morning mist. If you have ever seen a tube train above ground it looks like a huge silver slug. It pushes itself across the open expanse moving like that black gastropod you find under the bin lid. In this light the rails look like the slimy, glistening trail it leaves behind as it winds overland. I sit here looking out at the green embankments on either side with their bramble covering, their twisting thorny arms embracing the sides absorbing the litter thrown and blown into it. My father would hate the disregard and disrespect people make of their world. With a swooooosh, my ears pop and we are thrown into the dark, dark underground system.

The tube rocks and rolls so quickly as it hurtles through the darkness. It flashes through a station, so rapidly you cannot see the station sign. The boy sighs and says, “I hate Mondays, Reggie they are no fun.” Reggie lifts his disconsolate head, his golden brown eyes gaze deeply at the boy; he then turns and looks at me appealingly. His regal head gently rests for just a second on my toe. “You may stroke him, if you would like, you’re not supposed to but I’m sure he will be OK,” says the boy to me. I loosen my grip with one hand and reach down to touch Reggie’s silky head. It’s so soft just like velvet. It reminds me of home, of my Grandpa’s cushions, so long ago and so far away. “He likes that,” the boy continues to chat. I am still stroking the dog’s head as the tube stops and starts on its journey across London. The boy and I chat away. It doesn’t matter that we are from two different cultures with two different pasts and two different futures. I forget about what the backpack holds and what it means just for a few minutes. I haven’t been able to do this for a long time....

All signs of daylight lost in the dark gaping hole. A little girl further into the carriage squeals with fright and shock. It should take more than this to frighten her. She is soft! So fragile. Breakable.

Too soon the boy and Reggie leave the tube. I feel cold and alone without the creature snuggled into my leg and the boy chatting away. One more stop.

The lights flicker send out their own Morse code message. I sit here alone with my thoughts and gaze at the reflections of the fellow passengers. I grip the rucksack until my fingers gradually turn ice cold and my knuckles are as white as the sand near my mother’s house. Clickerty clack, clickerty clack-whoosh, the tinny voice invades my thoughts...The next stop is Hammersmith, please ensure you take all your belongings with you before leaving the train. The tube rushes to a halt with neck-breaking jolt. It feels like my brain is travelling at 40mph as it suddenly hits the inside of my forehead with an abrupt STOP. The Rabbi sitting across the way bangs his head off the side pole with the force of the jolt. The driver must be sleepy or new........... The Commuters push and rush to get on or get off. They have no time...not even to smile.... not even to smile? If they only knew the reason I sit here today. Would they then smile or would they sigh or even try to make me change my mind? I move my fingers just slightly. They feel so deathly cold; they have gripped so hard and for so long. Soon the burden will be gone. The tube fills up and people push and push to force their way into the tiny space. A young boy with a blue anorak comes and sits next to me; he has a dog with him. It has a special kind of harness with a handle which he holds as tight as I hold my rucksack. “Sit, Reggie,” the smiling boy commands. The dog sits close to the boy’s legs as he can; I can feel the warmth radiating out from the soft fur coat.

A young girl comes and sits beside me. I move as far away from her and her space as I can. Her perfume wafts and clings to the air and gives an aroma of sunshine, strawberries and lime. She is listening to music. It is SO LOUD. I can feel the beat deep within my chest.... boom, boom, boom it goes on and on and on. The tube feels like it sways in time to the rhythm of the beat. I feel so alone with my thoughts… the driver must have remembered to switch the heating on. I feel the warm air drifting over my face. It reminds me of the warmth of the sun of my homeland on my face. I close my eyes; I am all alone with my thoughts.... I drift away remembering yesterday, the day before that and the many distant days before that. A time before they came and “chose me” for the job of carrying the rucksack I hold so tightly in my hands. I stare down at my hands; I see a long fleck of golden hair left by Reggie. I rub that place where he rested his head. I remember seeing myself reflected in his trusting, clever eyes. I know I cannot do what they me want to do. I leave the tube and become just another face in the crowd.

Alex Moriarty


This essay won the ISA Favonius Essay Prize 2010.

Alexander Gannon

Alone in a Crowd In today’s society of celebs, soaps and scandals, I feel oddly separated from the masses that crave for superstar news. Why do I want to know that Katie Price is getting married to a crossdressing cage fighter or who happened to win the most absurd of all shows, Big Brother?

The tyrant that invades our TV screens, formerly known as Simon Cowell, often surfaces wearing his high-waist jeans a few months before the year is out to bag another Christmas no.1 by using his talentless crew of desperate wanna-be’s to win over the nation. However, some people obviously shared my view last year.

I don’t. In the world today, there seems to be an impenetrable wall of garbage coming from all around us and its source is celebrities. There are a select few of these individuals that, rightly or wrongly, I despise for the nothingness that they bring to this country; people like Jade Goody. Whilst she did raise cervical cancer awareness, it could be considered her only useful contribution towards society that she performed. Her rise to fame was one that I feel is particularly contemptible, for it is the route that so many “wanna-be’s” take; the route of a scandalous action on a TV show that is watched by the nation. One racist comment on film was enough to make her a star in the eyes of the public. Is that all it takes nowadays? One mindless comment and you are instantly elevated to stardom? No graft, no hard work to get where you are today? It seems not. And what were the immortal words uttered by Ms. Goody as she stepped from the plane that had transported her to India to say sorry to Shilpa Shetty, the target of her vile, verbal crusade? “Oh I’d love an Indian.” It says it all really. Much of this mind-numbing drivel has actually come from across ‘the pond’, as it were, with the Americanisation of this country and its inhabitants from fast food chains to brain dead celebrities and their little Chihuahuas. We now have it all, including their entertainment. Fanny Craddock and Delia Smith have long since fled from our televisions, leaving our minds to be ravaged by the Saturday night rubbish that is the X Factor.


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In 2009 Joe McElderry failed to reach no.1 at Christmas due to a group of people who wanted to see someone other than Simon Cowell with money in his pocket and successfully managed to move another band in to take the crown, i.e. Rage Against the Machine. I have the utmost respect for these people. Why should we have to suffer yet another victory for team X Factor when we can have better music that we actually want, rather than what we are given? People should make themselves great and work for status, like James Caan or Peter James, rather than have somebody there to surgically create a persona, fake and artificial, for them, like Paris Hilton. I feel quite happy with myself in this era of the 21st century; I don’t wear skinny jeans. I don’t watch a soap or ‘I’m a Celebrity...’, I’m not into techno-rave dance. Give me Elvis, ABBA or Fleetwood Mac and I’ll happily sing along to them. And I don’t have the urge to walk into Topman and buy a hat that makes me look like a Smurf. Why should I? Because it’s cool? Because it’s modern? We live in an age where people think its good to look like an OompaLoompa, and God forbid if you aren’t doing what everyone else is doing, otherwise you’re a freak. I am literally alone in a crowd, and that crowd is today’s society. Alexander Gannon

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The following essay won first prize in the ISA Horsey Essay Competition

They all hurried to the forbidding castle gates where they encountered three sleeping guards. His sword flashed three times, the guards fell, “Get their weapons quickly!” Jonathan yelled. Two men agreed to open the gates while the rest of the men escaped. “We will die with honour,” exclaimed one of the men raising his hand in a salute “For Britannia,” he bellowed, his eyes starting to well up with tears. The man and his companion swivelled round on the balls of their feet and then marched towards the gate tower.

Isaac Brace

The Ancient Castle The year was 1797. The castle dungeons were dark and damp with patches of dark green moss on the solid limestone walls. Jonathan moaned; he just wanted to see his wife and son again. He guessed they would be at work weaving different coloured materials into shawls, scarves and dresses. It was a simple life, in their thatched cottage in the sunny Norfolk countryside; his dream was cut short when a guard shouted, “Shut it, English scum!” The whole horrible ordeal had started when he had tried to land on the north coast of France, when his ship was attacked by pirates. The remains of his ship and his crew had been washed up onto a stormy beach, but Napoleon’s men had been waiting for them. That was when they had dragged the fifteen half-dead remaining crew members to the dark, gloomy, crumbling old castle that he was dwelling in now. Jonathan sat up “Crew?” he whispered into the darkness.

As the grand oaken gates swung open a shot was fired. A musket ball whizzed overhead; the crew retaliated by firing back. Musket balls zipped through the air, but Jonathan just stood there mesmerised. Looking at a window he saw a glowing ghostly, green aura around a skeletal figure bound in chains and holding a sword. He nodded and so did the skeleton. He blinked and it was gone. Suddenly, he was back to reality. He leapt into action, drawing his shiny sword which glinted in the hot morning sun. A French soldier rushed forward to finish off a crew member but he was greeted with the cold steel of Jonathan’s blade. With his arm held high, sword in hand, Jonathan let out an allconsuming cry “FOR BRITANNIA!” and that was when it happened. Skeletons of all shapes and sizes clad in chains and bearing swords arose from the ground all around his feet. With vengeance in his eyes he leapt upon his foe. The dead prisoners of long forgotten times were wreaking havoc among the French garrison. “Bang” – a shot buried itself deep into his shoulder; he battled on as another and another exploded into his flesh. He turned and hurled his bloodied sword straight into the Frenchman. The last thing captain Jonathan George Freerman saw in his life was the flash of a rusty, battle worn cannon. He died a man; a proud man; an Englishman.

“Yes”, replied fifteen voices. “I’m getting out of here if it’s the last thing I ever do!” he announced through gritted teeth.

Isaac Brace

“I agree,” said the tallest. “All in favour say Aye,” Jonathan whispered. Fifteen voices rose out of the dark... “Let us begin!” exclaimed Jonathan excitedly and so they planned for hours and hours. The next day when the guard came in to give the prisoners their breakfast of gruel he was met with Jonathan’s strong fist right to the neck. The guard fell over dead. He picked up the dead man’s sword and handed his musket to another sailor. “Foolish French idiot,”he muttered under his breath.


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Academic year: 2009/10


I have been delighted that pupils have continued to respond positively and enthusiastically this season and they should all be very proud of how they have approached these challenges throughout the year. This year we welcomed a new full-time female member of staff, Mrs Bessey. Mrs Hutchison was always going to be a tough act to follow but I am pleased to say that Mrs Bessey has been an excellent addition to the department and pupils have responded well to her professional approach in both lessons and during fixtures. They are also adjusting to her unique style of humour too! There are many successes to report on in this section and I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the PE staff (Mr Jones included!) for their dedication in helping to prepare pupils for the challenges they face as the season progresses. A special mention of thanks also goes to Mr Still for all his efforts during staff absence throughout the year. Miss Sweeney (Head of Physical Education)

The year 11A & 9A netball teams started their season off on a positive note by winning their respective Stockton District Tournaments in the autumn term. Both teams were undefeated in the competition, with victories against Egglescliffe, Yarm, Teesside High, Northfield and Conyers. Unfortunately, the Year 11 team folded shortly after winning the Stockton District Tournament due to several players being unable to commit to fixtures. However, both the Year 9 (A & B) & the Year 10 netball teams remained unbeaten in the league all season. They also enjoyed success against schools such as Polam Hall, Yarm, Durham School and Durham High. I was very impressed with their attitude and teamwork all season. Thank you to Miss Reah who helped out with matches and for her performance in the staff v pupils match. Red House always seem to dominate in the Stockton District Netball Leagues and this season was no different. The Year 9 A & B and the Year 10 teams all won their respective leagues by not dropping points all season. The Year 8 netball team had a mixture of successes this season. They were runners- up in the Stockton District League losing to Teesside High in the final after beating All Saints, Conyers, Blakeston, Grangefield and Northfield. The team did go on to beat Teesside High in the semi- final of the District Tournament only to lose to Yarm School in the final. The Year 7 netball team had a very successful season winning both the league and the district tournament. In the district tournament we beat Northfield in the semi- final 21-0. The final was a much closer affair against St Michael’s but it was Red House who came out on top to win 7-8. The Year 7 team were undefeated in the league beating All Saints, Conyers, Blakeston, Grangefield, Northfield and Teesside High. The team played some very good netball and I look forward to following their progress into Year 8. The Year 7 B team made huge progress throughout the season and went on to win the B team tournament, only conceding 2 goals all tournament. They beat teams from Teesside High, Northfield, Egglescliffe, Conyers, St Patricks and Ian Ramsey. The Year 5 and 6 netball teams played friendly matches throughout the season with a mixture of results. As the season went on the standard of their game improved dramatically and in the final matches of the season both teams beat St Olave’s and Queen Mary’s.


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Hockey The Year 5 & 6 girls have been involved in various fixtures throughout the season. They have struggled with confidence but I am hoping we can develop some depth to the squads next season. Although success has not come easy, the girls have made excellent progress as the season has progressed. The squad made up of Year 7 & 8 girls had the best U13 season for many years, winning every 7’s tournament entered within the county and beyond. Their progress has been outstanding and they have been a real pleasure to watch. Well done to all squad members: Jessica Bedi (Captain), Erin Fleming, Olivia Crewe, Holly Featherstone, Scarlett Reeves, Jasmin Abbott, Samantha Mason, Laura Hill & Millie Allen. Among their achievements:

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The Year 10 hockey team had a good run in the indoor league. They reached the indoor league finals where they played against Teesside High. It was a close game and the team were drawing at half time. Teesside High went on to take the victory leaving Red House to be crowned as league runners- up. Due to the commitment the team have shown they will be entered into the Year 11 Hockey League next year where hopefully they can reach their full potential. Good luck.

Stockton District 7’s Tournament Winners Cleveland County 7’s Tournament Winners Durham School 7’s Tournament Winners Durham & Cleveland County Winners & Representatives

U-14 Hockey team

Not to be outdone, the U12’s also won their county 7’s tournament at Thornaby Community School, narrowly clinching victory over Yarm School in the final. The Year 9 hockey team had a very successful season. In the National Cup they beat off teams from Cleveland, Redcar and Sunderland to qualify for the North East Regional Finals. The competition was really strong. However, the team did manage a win against Dame Allan’s and a draw against Wakefield Girls’ High School, which secured a semi final spot against Barnard Castle. Unfortunately, this was as far as we went in the National Cup but the girls did themselves and the school proud. The same team went on to be undefeated in the league both at indoor and outdoor hockey. It has been a pleasure to coach such a dedicated and committed team. Well done to all the squad: Rachel Bradley (Captain), Charlotte Emma Craggs, Lizzie Pearson, Abigail Hearmon, Hannah Brown, Kate Hobbs, Charlotte Crowe Harland, Jessica Bedi, Olivia Crewe, Erin Fleming, Scarlett Reeves, Frances Coulthard and Yasmin Tanfield.

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Athletics 2010 An excellent athletics season once again with Red House taking the top spots in the usual local, regional and national competitions.

ISA North Athletics Competition - Wigan Winners • • • • • • •

Tom Small Lucy Kitching Bethany Carroll Theo Brace Charlotte Emma Craggs Yasmin Tanfield Laura Hill

Long Jump (Runner up in High Jump) High Jump Discus (Runner- up in Javelin) Shot (Runner- up in 200m) Shot (Runner- up in Discus & Hurdles) 800m 200m

Runners- up in their events: • • • • • • • • • •

Julian Osei-Bonsu Ali Ijaz Charlotte Watson Jack Cameron Jordan Laverick Kate Hobbs Charlotte Crowe-Harland Millie Allen Matthew Taylor Yr 10 Girls Relay

• Yr 9 Girls Relay

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100m & 200m Hurdles 300m 800m & Triple Jump Javelin Long Jump High Jump 800m Long Jump Lucy Kitching, Charlotte Watson, Bethany Carroll & Emily Gibbon Chloe Wainwright/ Kate Hobbs / Charlotte E Craggs / Yasmin Tanfield Yr 7 Girls (2nd) Yr 8/9 Boys (3rd)

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ISA National Athletics Finals Bedford The following pupils represented the north in the above competition: • Charlotte Emma Craggs ISA National Champion - Shot • Tom Small ISA National Runner- up - Long Jump • Laura Hill ISA National Runner- up - 200m

Red House Invitation Athletics Competition Winners • Olivia Crewe 1st in 300m • Sam Burchett 1st in Hurdles & Triple Jump

Runners- up in their events • Jessica Bedi Hurdles & 1500m • Laura Hill 200m & Long Jump • Scarlett Reeves Discus • Stephen Blease High Jump

Team Event: Girls: 3rd out of 8 Schools Boys: 4th out of 8 Schools

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Lindisfarne Plate Competition Monkton Stadium Winners • • • • • • • • • • •

Sam Burchett Lewis Robinson Olivia Crewe Tim Routh Ella Scaife Laurie Elder Isaac Brace Stephen Ferkol Danielle Young Olivia Small U11 Relay

U13 A Team - 400m U13 B Team – 100m & Hurdles U13 B Team – 400m U11 A Team – Hurdles & 100m U11 A Team – 200m & 800m U11 A Team – High Jump U11 A Team – Shot U11 B Team – Hurdles & 800m U11 B Team – 100m U9 A Team – High Jump ( Tim Routh / Ella Scaife / Danielle Young & Darshan Viswanath)

New School Records Set This Season: Ella Scaife 800m 2.48m (from 1996) Emily Catchpole Throw 35.37m (from 2008) Laura Hill 200m 28.86s (from 1996) Yasmin Tanfield 800m 2.43.38m (from 2007)

Ella Scaife was presented with the “Outstanding Female Athlete” award. Charlotte Emma Craggs Hurdles 12.63s (from 1998)

Team Prizes Red House won the U11 competition & the “B” competition.

Charlotte Emma Craggs Shot 8.85m (from 2002)

County Primary Schools Athletics Championships Out of nearly 40 Schools within the County, many Red House athletes made it to the final in their event: • Cameron Gornall (Yr 3 50m), Sam Douglass (Yr 4 70m), Phoebe White (Yr 5 70m) & Tim Routh (Yr6 80m)

Julian Osei-Bonsu 200m 24.12 (from 2000) Senior Girls Relay (Whorlton) 58.38s (from 2008)

Best Performances • • • • • •

Philippa Brown Ella Scaife Imogen Burnip Danielle Young Faryal Ijaz Yr 6 Girls’ Relay

County Champion in the Yr 3 50m County Runner up in the Yr 6 200m County Runner up in the Yr 6 Throwing event 3rd place in the Yr 6 80m 4th place in the Yr 5 Throwing event County Runners up – Ella Scaife, Danielle Young, Laurie Elder & Clare Wells


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(347pts) (339pts) ( 276pts)

Victor Ludorum George Wall (U13) / Julian Osei-Bonsu & Tom Small (U15)

Victrix Ludorum Olivia Crewe (U13) / Charlotte Emma Craggs (U15)


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Junior Sports Day • Castle • Ragworth • Whorlton

1st 2nd 3rd

(321pts) (297 pts) (289pts)

Victor Ludorum Sam Douglass / Sam Korsen / Daniel Powell (Yr 4) Darshan Viswanath (Yr 5) & Tim Routh (Yr 6)

Victrix Ludorum Olivia Small (Yr 4) / Phoebe White (Yr 5) & Ella Scaife (Yr 6)

Individual success As the list of representative honours demonstrates, many girls have developed their skills and are playing beyond the school fixture programme this season. Pupils have been involved in a variety of sports, playing at clubs and at various development squads within the area. I would encourage any girls with an interest in hockey / netball to venture outside the school set up in order to gain some confidence - not just in relation to their skills but to develop their social skills and self esteem. Girls in all years are always welcome to attend junior training sessions at our local clubs. Red House has developed links with the following clubs and many pupils are now involved on a regular basis: • • • •

Representative Honours England Hockey (JRPC) Regional & (JAC) County Development Squad – Jessica Blakey, Charlotte E Craggs, Rachel Bradley, Jessica Bedi, Erin Fleming & Laura Hill. England Hockey (JAC) County Development Squad Anna Pemberton, Olivia Crewe & Holly Featherstone. Stockton District Hockey (not open to JAC & JRPC players) – Lucy Kitching, Emily Gibbon, Charlotte Watson, Chloe Wainwright & Hannah Brown. Durham & Cleveland County Tennis and Finalist in the “Road to Wimbledon” National Competition Yasmin Tanfield.

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Rugby U11 rugby - Played 9, Won 3, Drew 1, Lost 5. The team recorded 3 impressive victories against Choristers, Hurworth and Sunderland High, and played a thrilling 25-25 draw with Woodleigh. Unfortunately we found Aysgarth and Bow/Durham School too strong. However, there were some good individual performances which augur well for the future. The U13’s found our fixture list to be particularly challenging and suffered some heavy defeats. However their attitude and competitive spirit were commendable. Our lack of strength in depth and fielding a young team meant that we did struggle in the regular season although we did record a good win against Woodleigh. Our performances in the Woodleigh and Terrington 7’s were much better, showing that we had ability and were difficult to beat. I would like to record my thanks to Mr Still who coached the team in my absence. He was hugely impressed by the quality of rugby at U13 level and thoroughly enjoyed working with the boys.

Football The strength of Red House football is well documented and with this comes high expectations. We have a well established circuit of fixtures and we only regard a successful season as an unbeaten season.


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In the U14 age group Tom Small and Theo Brace were both selected to attend the School of Rugby. At U15 level Oliver McPhail was a member of the Durham County team. At U16, Dan Hunter and Elliott Husband were members of the Durham County team. Elliott had a very impressive county season and was selected to represent the North of England U16 in a match against the Midlands. He rounded off a strong performance by scoring the winning try in the final minutes.

The U-11’s played with an authority and maturity far beyond their years and were out played on just one occasion. Durham Choristers produced a very strong team this year and the U-11’s, although obviously disappointed, could have few complaints about this defeat. The U-13’s also suffered just one defeat but this was far more difficult to take. After a series of impressive wins the boys faced Cundall Manor in their last game. It became obvious that we were technically by far the stronger team but a failure to deal with the pace of the opposition’s lone striker undermined our best efforts. On this occasion our disappointment was palpable but a failure to convert possession into goals and ineffectual defending meant that our demise was very much self- inflicted. The U-15’s had a meagre fixture list but the quality of their play was exceptional and their display against Hurworth School was simply outstanding.

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Boys’ hockey has traditionally been given a higher profile in years 9, 10 and 11 when fixtures can be more readily secured and the foundations in football and rugby have been firmly laid. In order to compete with our rivals, however, it has become increasingly obvious that an early investment of time and energy in our younger pupils might enable Red House to overcome opponents with significant numerical advantage in terms of the size of school.

In Orienteering, Red House did very well, coming 2nd in the Lower Secondary League, losing by just one point to Yarm. The pupils we have to thank for this impressive position are: Matthew Hibbert, Alex Ross, Cameron Grove, Sam Hearmon, Adam Vaslet and Christy Masterson.

To this end, indoor hockey has been introduced during P.E. lessons and an early morning practice for Years 5, 6 and 7 has proved highly beneficial and very popular. The rewards of this policy appear to have been significant and immediate and can perhaps be readily measured by the success achieved by the U- 11 and U- 12 hockey teams. The U-11’s were entered into the Yazoo National Mini-Hockey Competition for the first time and their endeavours bore significant fruit. Their progress in the competition was assured with emphatic wins against Durham School and Teesside High in the first round. As the newly crowned Durham champions the U-11’s travelled to Hymers School in Hull to take part in the North East Finals. With two teams to qualify from the eight finalists our progress was assured by finishing in the runners-up position. The North Finals were held at Leeds University and although the boys played with conviction and finished in a creditable third position they had to bow out of the competition. The U-12 hockey team took part in the Durham and Cleveland Mini- Hockey Tournament and won this competition with exceptional skill and commitment. They took this form into their league games and finished unbeaten. Their outstanding 10-1 defeat of Egglescliffe School provided an obvious highlight. The U-14’s started their season with high expectations but failed to match their opponents in terms of precision, athleticism and determination. I am sure that important lessons have been learnt and they will seek to address these issues next season. The U-16’s enjoyed a solid season and put together some pleasing performances but failed to pick up any silverware.

In the Primary League, Red House came 4th out of 12 schools, which was also highly impressive. The pupils who did very well throughout the season were: Ella Scaife and Laurie Elder, who actually won on four occasions, Francesca Blyth, Joanne Worsley, Ben Tomlinson and Charlie Bedi.


In the cross-country, Allan Bird did the best overall, with excellent displays in the Red House Inter-Schools Competition and the Cleveland Championships, where he came 9th and 15th respectively. George Wall had won the Inter-House race earlier in the spring term. Millie Allen was the best placed of the girls in the Red House event. Yasmin Tanfield did extremely well in the Cleveland race, where she qualified to represent the region in the Northern Counties race, being placed about halfway. At the Woodleigh cross-country event, with about a hundred in each age group, Red House did best in the U-11 girls, where all six grouped brilliantly to come in the top 26 with Ella Scaife an excellent 5th and Phoebe White 7th. The team came 2nd. In the Year 4 boys race Sam Douglass came an excellent 6th and in the U11 boys Will Todd came 15th. Well done to all and see you next season!


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