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a foundation for life


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

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a foundation for life

Welcome from the Headmaster Dear Reader, Whether you are a pupil, parent, member of staff, friend or visitor to the School, I have no doubt that there will be much within this 2010-2011 Red House Yearbook of interest. Covering the many facets of life in an increasingly busy school, the Yearbook provides a lasting legacy of the many off-site trips, visits, sporting fixtures and events that took place in and out of school over the past year as well as acting as a showcase for pupils’ creative writing and art work. Another set of excellent GCSE results, celebrated individually as well as collectively, is placed in juxtaposition with successes in academic and sporting competitions. Red House pupils have, once again, demonstrated their healthy minds and bodies: mens sana in corpore sano.

I should also like to thank all those who have contributed articles or pieces of work for inclusion; without your input this record would not exist. Dr Allinson and Mr Brown have once again done a magnificent job in collating and editing information from a vast number of sources and produced, for our benefit, a lasting record of life at Red House.

Most of the activities recorded in the Yearbook could only have come about through the commitment of teachers (and, on many occasions, parents) to the wider life of the School. I thank all those involved in arranging and accompanying off-site trips, entering children for competitions and organising events which enhance the experiences of the children who attend Red House.

Contents Headmaster’s Introduction Class of 2010


Senior School Prize-Giving


Events and School Trips TFM School of the Week Duke of Edinburgh Adventure Outward Bound At the Roman Frontier Exploring the Great Outdoors A Visit to the Synagogue Jewish Festival Experience Olympic and Paralympic Medallists visit Red House A Year of Fundraising A Shakespearean Weekend Rudi Oppenheimer Holocaust Survivor Robin Hood’s Bay Field Trip Grand Age of Steam The 'Big Sing' Goes Wild! Life in Medieval Times Durham Light Infantry Museum Year 4 visit Barley Hall Yorkshire Sculpture Park Young Engineers Scoop National Environmental Award World Book Day Autosport International British Grand Prix Team Red House Racing A Day in The Workhouse A Fond Farewell Paris Trip Fairtrade Chefs Ski Trip 2011 Venetian Art Experience Pancake Day Say Cheese! Red House School Production A Royal Wedding Album On The Catwalk Public Speaking Success Nursery Nativity Christmas Production

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Creative Work Mini Sagas Red House Writers Great Fire of London Prep & Senior School Artwork

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Sports Review Girls’ Sport Boys’ Sport Athletics Years 1-3 Sports Day Gallery Years 4-6 Sports Day Gallery Nursery Sports Day Gallery

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Class of 2011 GCSE Results 2011

Another Outstanding Year of Results 100% 5 C+ GRADES INCLUDING ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE 85% of pupils received grades at A*, A & B 59% of pupils received grades at A*-A 97% of all grades were grade C and above Following the high standards attained in 2010, with Red House coming 1st from the entire database of Great Britain’s schools in the Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ league tables*, fantastic GCSE results have again delighted pupils, teachers and parents at Red House School. Hard work by pupils and staff resulted in outstanding 2011 GCSE results with 100% of all pupils gaining 5 C+ grades (including English and Mathematics). Red House continues to lead the way in Science and Maths with 100% of pupils receiving A* and A grades in Physics, Chemistry and Geology, and an incredible 98% of pupils achieving A*-B grades in Mathematics, an exceptional achievement. Of particular note are top performing students, Ali Ijaz, who received 11 A* grades, and brother and sister, Alexander and Harriet Gannon who both achieved 10 A*-A grades. Headmaster, Mr Alex Taylor commented, “I am delighted that the pupils’ enthusiasm, commitment and hard work have been rewarded by a thoroughly outstanding set of results across the board. A thorough well done to all involved.” *independent coeducational secondary school with no/small sixth form




Class of 2011

General Certificate of Secondary Education Benjamin Abbott Robert Andrews Eric Atherton Robert Bulmer Jonathan Bunn Bethany Carroll Joseph Chapman Thomas Clark Alexandra Cummings Alastair Curran Benjamin Daly Lewis Dixon Edward Farrimond Alexander Frank Alexander Gannon Harriet Gannon Emily Gibbon Benjamin Gornall Lauren Handley Matthew Hayes Amber Hill Ali Ijaz Wilhelmina Jackson Lucy Kitching Jonathan Laidler Harry Love Robert McGuinness Oliver McPhail Helen Moule Christopher Oghoetuoma Julian Osei-Bonsu Olivia Potter Thomas Reeves Rachel Schott Jake Scott Jack Sellers Harry Simon James Stevenson Hadeel Tabaqchali Jonathan Temple Charlotte Watson Oliver Whitehouse

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Senior School Prize-Giving 2010 Duncan Bannatyne, OBE Presents Awards at Red House Prize-Giving 2010 Parents and children attending the 2010 annual prize-giving for Preparatory & Senior School pupils were delighted to welcome Mr Duncan Bannatyne, OBE to the proceedings. Mr Bannatyne, star of the BBC series 'Dragons’ Den' and a well known entrepreneur, gave an inspiring speech to pupils following the presentation of awards to pupils both past and present. Awards were presented to pupils for academic, musical and sporting achievements over the last academic year. In particular, former pupils who received their GCSE results this august were present to receive their award certificates from Mr Bannatyne.

A thoroughly entertaining evening, which was held at the Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, saw musical renditions by Gi Dong Park and Wilhelmina Jackson followed by the opening address by Chair of School Council, Mr Vinay Bedi. A full report on the year’s school activities at Red House was presented by Mr Alex Taylor, Headmaster, before the




audience received a sneak preview of the year's school production, 'The Boy Friend'. The evening was closed by a presentation gift to Mr & Mrs Bannatyne by Head Boy and Girl, Sardar Ali Ijaz and Harriet Gannon, before guests enjoyed a buffet dinner.



TFM School of the Week The crew from the ‘Wake up with Wayne Show’ and Antony Collins from TFM radio came to school to entertain Year 5 and 6 pupils in the main school hall. Pupils enjoyed an interactive educational stage show in which several of their favourite teachers had to perform theatrical and musical challenges. To the great delight of the pupils, Mr Jones strutted his stuff to the sound of the Tom Jones classic, ‘It’s Not Unusual’, and Mrs Jones had to recite Mary Poppins’ ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ backwards!




The Duke of Edinburgh Award Adventure

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

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. And as an added bonus...pupils receive awards for their achievements too!

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 2011, 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 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.



Year 9 Go Outward Bound in the Lake District

Year 9 pupils set off for their Outward Bound adventure weekend, based at Ullswater in the Lake District, in the company of Mr Kitching and Mrs Lloyd. The focus of the weekend was to foster teamwork and take pupils out of their comfort zones. Activities included a dip in the freezing lake, problem solving activities in the grounds of the hostel, ghyll scrambling at Glenridding and an overnight expedition. Pupils prepared for the expedition by getting all the necessary kit and equipment ready, packing rucksacks and then travelling to their camp. The final activities were abseiling and trapeze which tested the nerves of a few. The instructors said how impressed they were with our pupils – particularly their willingness to give everything a go even if they were frightened.




Outward Bound



At the Roman Frontier Year 6 pupils travelled to the ruins of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland to investigate and enjoy the remains of a rich Roman heritage as part of their History studies. Alice Tilly (6H) reports on her day out to this fascinating part of the north of England: Wednesday 25th May was the day we went to Hadrian’s Wall. Mrs Jones and Mr Wilkinson first took us to Brunton Turret and we walked up a hill. There wasn’t much left of the tower but I still enjoyed looking at what was left. I am shocked that even some of the wall is still there from 2000 years ago! I realised that life in the Roman times was very different to ours. Whilst we were there, Mrs Jones asked Charlie to run into the vallum and back. Our task was to watch Charlie’s feet disappear into the vallum as he ran. Chesters Fort was my favourite part of the trip. We first made our way to the North Gate; Mrs Jones walked inside and wanted us to spot what we thought objects were. Next on our list was the East gate. We had to work out facts about the gate. We did well (although Mrs Jones helped us a little). Our next stop was the bath house. We were shown the changing rooms and where people put their clothes (in lockers) then Mrs Jones let us walk around by ourselves. After a fun walk around, we were all sweating. Mrs Jones then took us to our final place at Chesters fort. We looked around and spotted the underfloor heating system. Bricks were piled with about a 45cm gap between them. In between the gap was more stone and above were slabs of pavement. Heat was provided inside the small gap and because it’s trapped, it could only go through the under floor system and upwards. That provided warm slabs of pavement. So when you walked on it, it would have been warm. Next on our list we had to go to the Roman Army Museum. After about 40 minutes, we finally arrived there. We had our lunch and then it was straight into the museum. We went into a room and sat down. In front of us was a Roman soldier. He spoke Latin to us. We had to figure out what he was saying. That was hard! So we just spoke to him in English. After a long time, he eventually decided to speak English to us too. He asked us a series of questions then he asked for a volunteer. Poppy was chosen and she wore a Roman helmet. She was going to wear the chainmail but it was so heavy the soldier decided not to let her wear it. He explained it wasn’t stab-proof but it was slash-proof. This was tactical because the Celts did not stab, they slashed at you. After about half an hour our show was finished and we walked out. We walked down a long corridor and into a big block. We walked straight through it and down another long corridor. There was a film called “The Eagle’s Eye” and it was in 3D. I loved it! We handed back our 3D glasses. Then Mrs Jones allowed us to have a look around on our own. Our final stop eventually came after spending at least 10 minutes more than we should have done at the museum, and it was a 10 minute drive to Housesteads Fort. Our late arrival meant that we had to walk up the hill quickly although that failed. Our even later arrival at the milecastle meant that there was only time to have a quick look at the features there. There was only one way through to the other side of the wall here and that was through the milecastle. That was the end of our long, historical day at Hadrian’s Wall.





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Exploring the Great Outdoors On the 17th May 2011, Year 4 went to Saltholme RSPB Reserve. First we went pond- dipping and some pupils caught a Great Diving Beetle. They were very big. We found it fascinating. Our favourite was the Black Swimmer. After that, we went mini-beast hunting; Ben even caught a Ladybird; he was the only one to find one. We had an incredible time. Then we went bird watching and some of us saw a Little Egret. The lady said that you did not normally see them. We really enjoyed it. We found out a lot of new bird names, like Tufted Duck. Finally, after a busy day, we went to have fun at the adventure playground; all of Year 4 started to play a friendly game of tig. We enjoyed our school trip very much and the weather stayed nice and we found out a lot about nature. Philippa Brown and Phoebe Matthews




A Visit to the Synagogue by Emily Tate In May, Year 5 went to the Centre for Life exhibition featuring Wallace and Gromit and other exhibitions, followed by a visit to a synagogue. The first exhibition we went to was the habitat exhibition. There was a heater to represent the desert sun. It was very hot. There was a very cold ice block. I put my hand on it. It was very cold. Then we went to the Wallace and Gromit exhibition. They had decorated it like their house. They had an invention that you sat in and you saw an image in your head. Then we went on the motion ride. The theme was deep sea. Next we went to a science lab. We made a burglar alarm. The treasure was some coins. Then we went to a science show. They showed us about gravity and about energy. Finally, we went to an Orthodox synagogue. We met Mrs Van der Velde outside of the synagogue. Mrs Van der Velde was showing us round. The synagogue was not what I thought it would be. The first room we went in was the hall. On the door it had a mezuzah on it. A mezuzah has the Shema the prayer in it. Shema is the most important prayer. The specially trained Rabbi writes the Shema and the Torah scrolls. Next we went the prayer hall. There we saw some more mezuzahs. There were some child- friendly ones like Shrek and a Spiderman for Jewish children. Mrs Van der Velde gave us a prayer book. Half of the prayer book was in Hebrew and the other half in English. They are written and read right to left. Above the ark there was a circular stain glass window. In the window it had the Star of David and in the middle of the Star of David was a letter H in Hebrew. The H in the middle of the Star of David is the beginning of the word Hashem. Jewish people have lots of ways that they worship God but they don’t call God by name because they think it is disrespectful. They call God, Lord or King. Next the boys got to wear a kippah and Daniel got to wear a tallit and open the ark. This is a job only boys and men can do in the Orthodox synagogue. I learnt a lot about Judaism on my visit to the synagogue and it was interesting to meet a real Jewish person.



Jewish Festival Experience As part of their work on Judaism, Year 2 pupils tasted a selection of symbolic foods associated with the Jewish festival of Passover. The experience was made even more authentic by sampling the foods from a genuine Seder plate, traditionally used by Jewish families during this significant occasion. The children dipped the parsley into salt water, ate matzos, maror and charoses, eaten in remembrance of the Israelites being freed from slavery, as told in the book of Exodus. The Seder plate and other artefacts were kindly loaned by the family of Georgie GlynnDavis. It was privilege to be able to use such treasured and authentic Passover artefacts.




Olympic and Paralympic Medallists visit Red House Olympic and Paralympic athletes arrived at Red House to take part in a two day event involving Year 6 pupils undertaking a crosscurricular study of everything Olympian. Shelley Rudman (Luge), Georgy Callingham (Air Rifle) and Liam O'Reilly (Tennis) gave pupils a first hand account of their individual sports and what it takes to become an athlete on the international stage.

In house groups, pupils took part in several projects with an Olympic theme and were responsible for time and resource management of their individual projects. Each group had 350 Red House pounds to spend on materials and could earn extra funds for demonstrating good team work and leadership. Projects included: building models of a Velodrome, an Olympic stadium and Aquatic Centre; designing a commemorative T-shirt; identifying Olympic countries on a world map and translating them into French; investigating how countries have overcome social barriers such as racism and discrimination. The Olympics were therefore an excellent theme to incorporate curriculum subjects such as Geography, Modern Languages, Religious Studies, History and Design & Technology. Thank you to Shelley, Georgy and Liam, and Guy Taylor (TASS) for spending their valuable time with pupils. Everyone had a fantastic time.



An Amazing Year of Fundraising Charitable Projects at Red House School At Red House School we are dedicated to involving pupils, staff and parents in a wide-ranging and meaningful programme of charitable ventures throughout the academic year. A full charitable itinerary supporting national, international and local charity projects is well established at the school. From national projects such as Children in Need to the international development of 'Hands of Love' based in Ghana, children, staff and parents enjoy taking part in fun, and sometimes challenging activities designed not only to raise funds, but also increase general awareness of the hardship endured by many in the underdeveloped and developing world. The following are some of fundraising events which took place over the past academic year at Red House School: TFM Cash for Kids - Nursery & Infant School pupils generously donated over 100 presents to the TFM Cash for Kids Appeal. DEC Pakistan Flood Appeal - Preparatory & Senior School pupils raised over £1000 for the Pakistan flood appeal (non-uniform day, selling Pakistan snacks in the school hall and a raffle). Christian Aid Burkina Faso Appeal - The Harvest Festival collection was in aid of the Christian Aid Burkina Faso appeal in conjunction with St Mary's Church. Macmillan Cancer Care - A coffee afternoon hosted by Year 9 in the Nursery & Infant School raised £180. Movember 2010 - Bristling with enthusiasm, male members of staff at Red House spent the entire month of November growing a fine assortment of gentlemanly moustaches in aid of prostate cancer. ‘Redtache’, a registered ‘Movember’ team, suffered a month of itchy top lips and cancelled social arrangements in the quest to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer in the UK. The total raised, with the help of pupils, staff, parents and friends was a fabulous £2567. Children in Need - Congratulations to all pupils, staff and parents at Red House School for a typically first class effort in raising funds for Children in Need. A busy day of activities including ‘spotty’ fancy dress at the Nursery & Infant School, a penny trail and a host of cake and fancy stalls across the whole school helped raise well in excess of £1000. Comic Relief - Red Nose Day – all red noses were sold out in a flash and pupils should be commended for their efforts in selling red nose biscuits across the school to raise funds. Also, a Preparatory & Senior School pupil/staff sports day was held in the sports hall. In total over £400 was raised for charity. Help for Heroes - Nursery & Infant School Pupil Council chose to support ‘Help for Heroes’. Pupils raised over £600 by filling empty tubes of Smarties with coins and holding a cookie and bun sale. ‘Hands of Love’ - Jogathons took place at both the Nursery & Infant and Preparatory & Senior School in support of the ‘Hands of Love’ Orphanage in Uganda. Both events were extremely well supported by parents who cheered on the joggers. At the Nursery & Infant School, teaching staff supported the pupils around the circuit and at the Preparatory & Senior School, Mrs Roberts even completed a lap of the school field in her high heels! Everyone had great fun and over £1600 was raised for the charity. Also, in aid of the ‘Hands of Love’ Ugandan Orphanage, pupils took part in a quiz with a comical twist. Exploring some of the bizarre and unusual jobs undertaken by Red House staff in the long distant past, pupils had to match job title with teacher. Who was plucking turkeys prior to teaching? Who filled your car with petrol before teaching for a career? Well, all was revealed in a morning assembly to the delight of Preparatory & Senior School pupils. The fun competition, organised by Mrs Fryer, raised £40 for charity






A Shakespearean Weekend English Department visit to Stratford upon Avon

In October 2010, a group of Year 7 and 8 pupils went to Stratford over a weekend to look at Shakespeare’s life and a play produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. We left during school time to get to Stratford and arrived at the youth hostel with time to unpack and get settled into our rooms. We had a large meal provided by the youth hostel and set off to see the production. In recent years we would have seen an actual Shakespeare play, but this year the teachers decided to do something different and see a play based on a wonderful book by Roald Dahl, which has also been made into a film: Matilda! We had a short bus ride and a five minute walk to the Royal Shakespeare building. We were all excited as we walked into the building, which was decorated with large posters of Quentin Blake illustrations. There was a really good atmosphere as my friends and I took a seat right at the highest point at the top of the theatre. There was a low buzz coming from the crowd below as we waited on the edge of our seats for the opening. Everyone really enjoyed the humour of the play. I loved it, and my friends and I talked about the characters on the way back to the bus. We went to bed as soon as we got back to the hostel, ready for the next morning. After a big breakfast, we set off to look around Stratford where we visited Shakespeare’s birthplace, and later, his wife, Anne Hathaway’s, cottage. The trip was fun, educational and inspiring. Phoebe White




Rudi Oppenheimer Holocaust Survivor Year 9 pupils sat in respectful silence as they listened to the harrowing words of a Holocaust survivor. Rudi Oppenheimer, who was born in Germany to a Jewish family in 1931, recounted the terrible events which saw him and his family deported to the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Rudi and his brother and sister survived the atrocious concentration camp conditions, but tragically both their mother and father died in the camp. Rudi and his brother Paul left on the last ever train to leave Bergen-Belsen and, after travelling for 14 days and nights, awoke to find they were finally free and heading to London to join their uncle, aunt and sister who had escaped to England earlier. Like many of the stories of experiencing the Holocaust at first hand, it was both unique and absorbing in its own chilling way. 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-be-forgotten period of history alive. Kaisey Elder (Yr 9) sent Mr Oppenheimer a letter thanking him for sharing his experience with her and the rest of the pupils: Thank You Mr Oppenheimer. Firstly, we would like to thank you so much for coming to our school to share your remarkable story with us. It was an honour to have you in our presence. Thank you so much. Your story really affected me. It opened my eyes to the horror many thousands just like you had to face. It made me realise just how lucky I am to live in this society. After listening to your speech, I went home and told my parents every single detail I could remember. They were envious that they couldn’t have been there to listen to you. I also bought your brother Paul’s book and both my dad and I couldn’t wait to get down to reading it. He even told me ‘Once I pick this up I won’t put it down.’ And he was right. Because he didn’t put the book down and I still haven’t got around to reading it yet, as my dad has stolen it away from me. I have Jewish relatives who are married into the family. They are Polish Jews. My aunt lives with my uncle here in England as they are happily married with a little boy, Oliver Ludvic. The rest of her family are in Krakow, Poland. Whilst visiting Poland a few years ago for a wedding, we went to see the death camp of Auschwitz. My Great Aunt Ursula started crying so my uncle decided it was best for me and my younger sister not to go in and wait outside with him. My parents and other relatives (minus Aunt Ursula) went inside. At the time I was only 8. I didn’t understand what the

importance of Auschwitz was. I didn’t understand what it was or why my parents didn’t want me to go in. When they came back out I distinctly remember one of them saying that they could ‘smell the evil’ inside the building. Innocently, I asked what they meant. My uncle replied ‘Kaisey it’s a horrible place.’ I just accepted that and quickly shut myself up. I now know exactly what horror occurred in those places. What hurts the most is the fact that you are such a lovely person yet you were put through all of that torture. I can’t help but think how many others who are just as lovely as you were sent into those awful places because of the small fact that they were Jewish. I learnt that what saved your life was the fact you were an ‘exchange Jew’. I didn’t even know they existed. It’s remarkable how that very tiny detail of your sister’s birth place was the thin line between life and death for you. I cried a lot when I went back home. I was hurt that human beings could be so monstrous towards other human beings. I think it’s appalling what happened to Jews. And I’m so glad that you are taking every route possible to make sure no-one ever suffers like that again. You are an amazing person. I wish you all the best. Lots of Love, Kaisey



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Robin Hood’s Bay Field Trip Year 8 pupils spent a study day at Robin Hood’s Bay developing their field skills along this scenic stretch of the Yorkshire coast. Madeleine Lees recalls an exciting day by the sea: Our joint Biology/Geography trip to Robin Hood’s Bay gave us the chance to learn more about coastal defences and living creatures. We used clinometers and ranging poles to calculate the profile of the beach, and also had a guided tour to investigate some of the old and new coastal defences. During the Biology half of the trip, we used quadrats to look at living creatures in rock pools and we were lucky (or maybe not so lucky!) to find some small crabs. Finally, we ended the trip by enjoying some fish and chips and ice cream before taking the steep walk back up to the coach and heading for home.



The Grand Age of Steam Year 1 pupils visited the Locomotion Museum at Shildon as part of their ‘Journeys’ topic. They enjoyed a guided tour of the trains and learnt a lot about their history, placing trains in ordered timelines according to their age. Pupils also investigated the earliest steam engines, involving the work of George Stephenson, and the fastest engines including the ‘Mallard’. However, the best part of the visit was travelling around the museum pretending to be steam trains!

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The ‘Big Sing’ Goes Wild! Year 3 and 4 pupils were truly inspired during their visit to the SAGE Gateshead for the 2011 ‘Big Sing’ event where they met over one thousand children and teachers united for a very special musical event. Inside the grand auditorium, our pupils performed their repertoire of sixteen songs based on the theme ‘Going Wild’. It was a terrific day and very much enjoyed by all who took part.



Life in Medieval Times




Emily Stewart reports on a day of marching and medieval banquets during the class trip to Bolton Castle! In Year 7, we went on a History trip to Bolton Castle. When we first got there, we were taken to a small kitchen upstairs and given some medieval clothes to dress up in. The girls had to cover their hair and the boys had to wear tunics! It was quite amusing! The first activity for our group was calligraphy. I was not very good at it because I kept leaving blots, but I was much better at marching, which was our second activity. We were all issued with a long spear and marched in ranks, as they would have done when Bolton Castle was a fully functioning fort. We all got into the spirit of marching – even though we did seem a bit timid at first. I am sure we would have scared away any onlookers! Just before lunch, we watched a bird of prey display; it was very good, and I am certain we all enjoyed it. We then had lunch – a medieval banquet! It was all set out in bowls in the kitchen, and we all ‘tucked in’. After dinner, we made permandas (medieval air fresheners made from oranges) and got lost in the maze outside. Overall, it was a very enjoyable trip and I think we all came home much more knowledgeable about medieval castles!



Durham Light Infantry Museum Lydia Dunn (9R) reports on an interesting day with her Year 9 colleagues, visiting a local military museum as part of their History studies. On the 1st November, year 9 went to the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) museum in Durham. Firstly, we were split into two groups. Our group went into a room upstairs to look at the artefacts. On our first table, there was an officer’s uniform. He would have worn a heavy belt that had many pockets and different compartments, a jacket, a hat and would have carried a gun. Next we went to table two which had many other different artefacts. There was some armour which was very heavy, different types of bombs and weapons and a trumpet. The third table we visited was all to do with the private. He also wore a belt like the officer, but his was bigger and in this particular case had been made for someone with only one arm! It had many different compartments. There was a pocket for a compass, and a map holder and a pocket for his gun. He also had a jacket, but it was different to the officer’s. The private also carried a small gun. The fourth table was all to do with the different medals. There was a death penny that every family received when a relative died in the war. There was also a Queen Mary tin which was sent out to every soldier on their first Christmas in the trenches, each with different gifts inside that the soldier would like the most – tobacco or chocolate. The last table we visited displayed the different types of guns and bayonets. After we’d looked at the artefacts, we went downstairs to learn more about the Great War. We saw gas masks, guns, bombs and the sorts of personal things the soldiers would carry such as ID, photos of their families and other such things. It was surprising how much the soldiers carried with them. We also learned that if you were caught running away from battle, you were shot by your officer. Seven soldiers from Durham were caught and shot. We learnt that if there was a gas attack and you did not have your gas mask with you, you had to wee on a handkerchief and tie it around your nose and mouth which stopped you inhaling the gas which would burn your lungs and blind you. There was also a dark tunnel you could crawl into which helped you experience what it would have been like in a trench. I really enjoyed our trip to the museum, especially looking at the artefacts, and I also got to blow the trumpet which was great fun.




Year 4 visit to Barley Hall in York Jessica Coapes (4W) gives her report of an exciting day at Barley Hall: First we walked through York and went into the alley and there was Barley Hall in front of us. Then we were in the courtyard and went into lines, smallest at the front, biggest at the back. The lady (Miss Molly) said “Children are seen but not heard”. Then we went into the Great Hall and got changed into Tudor outfits. The girls wore an underwear nightgown with an overdress with laces at the front and a pinny. On our heads we wore a bonnet. The boys wore shorts, a waistcoat, a top and a woolly cap. Then we went different ways. Mrs Robinson’s class went to see what it was like when you were a servant. Mrs White’s class went to get educated in a school. We spoke a hymn in Latin and we wrote our name with a quill bird feather. We also learnt our Tudor alphabet. It was very hard to write with the quill. When we finished the hymn we looked at some tablets and then we had our lunch. Afterwards Year 4R went to get educated while we went to be servants.

Firstly, we went into the Buttery where they kept the wine. The Butler looked after this and served the wine. Then we used pigeon wings to dust the floor — children did this job. Next we used brooms to collect the dust. They used water to help clean the floor. This was put in a pot with small holes at the bottom and a bigger hole at the top. You held your thumb on the top hole and then took it off to let water out of the bottom in small amounts. The next stop was the servant hall. We followed a recipe to make polish to clean the gold. We also made candles with wet beeswax. Next we went into the Great Hall and set up the Grand table and servants’ table. Before we left we were sitting in the servants’ hall when the barber came in and pretended to cut off the legs of myself and Emma! He had given us pretend leeches which were used for all sorts of illnesses. Finally, we said goodbye and thank-you and went back to school.



A Visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park Year 8 enjoyed a day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a stunning landscape and a pioneering location that aims to challenge, inspire and inform art lovers and pupils alike. We visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on a wet day in July. Our visit started with a look at The Family, a sculptural piece created by Henry Moore. We were able to walk around, feel the bronze cast figures and think about the contrast of textures. We were then divided into two groups to visit some exhibits around the park. Some groups visited the gallery to see recent work by renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Encouraging tactile and sensory exploration, this vibrant exhibition includes a 50-metre curtain of poetry made of suspended steel letters, large illuminated sculptures in the landscape, and engraved gongs that Mrs Fraser and Mr Hutton struck to fill the gallery with sound. The other group visited outdoor exhibits by renowned artists such as Goldsworthy and Hepworth with Miss Ince and Mr Porter. The afternoon was a practical workshop where we all split into small groups and had to create a sculpture using junk and natural materials. The staff helped as we created large scale masterpieces which were all photographed by Mrs Fraser for a wonderful wall display of our visit. A great day had by all. By Year 8 pupils




Young Engineers Scoop National Environmental Award Four Year 5 girls from the ‘Red House Young Engineers Club’ won the national ‘My Green School’ competition to design an environmentally friendly sustainable school for the future. Beating over 100 schools, the girls used the latest technology to design a school using natural resources to power, heat and run the building. Lucy Pearce, Olivia Small, Kate Stohrer and Aimee Sinclair’s winning model used rain water collection systems, wind turbines, solar technology and novel gas heating to power and heat their futuristic school, which would be built partly underground, using natural light for classrooms! Kate Stohrer and Lucy Pearce give their account of the project: Last year I took part in building an eco friendly school. Lucy Pearce, Olivia Small and Aimee Sinclair and I spent many lunch breaks in the technology room designing, building and painting our model. Each one of us concentrated on a different part of the building. I mainly worked on the science room and the cloakroom. Aimee was responsible for the language rooms and Lucy for the technology room. After many hours of hard work, we completed our model and entered it in to the competition. We were all delighted when we found out of our success. We had won the prize for best model. I really enjoyed taking part in this activity with my friends. I think we were a great team and would love to continue on new projects. Perhaps if some new members joined the club, it would bring in some new ideas for future projects. Kate Stohrer During our design technology lesson Mr.Wilkinson told us he would like to create a project involving Aimee Sinclair, Olivia Small, Kate Stohrer and myself, Lucy Pearce, in an eco friendly school competition. I concentrated on an oriental garden, windmill and the solar panels. Aimee, Olivia and Kate worked extremely hard on the construction of the actual school. We did not win overall but we did win a fantastic best model award. After the prize of best model was given Mr Wilkinson thought about entering another competition. This time it was a kit given to us and we had to build a car and race at Croft Racing Circuit. It went about 15-20mph. This time there was a wider pupil involvement including pupils from many different years. The car got cut up, we did not win and it rained; however, we did get a best body work trophy and we were competing against experienced drivers. We are hoping to be racing again soon. As Mr Wilkinson was impressed with our performances at both Croft and the eco- school, we will be working on a third project to create an island hotel that is not meant to be touching the floor. This will be against adults as there is no age limit, but I don’t want to reveal any more than that! Lucy Pearce

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World Book Day - Ahoy there Shipmates ! With a distinctly 'seaside' theme, pupils at the Nursery & Infant School celebrated World Book Day with a fun day of activities. Starting with a traditional 'Punch and Judy' show, children took part in puppet making workshops throughout the school. Pupils attended school in fancy dress costumes with a nautical theme and enjoyed activities dressed as sailors and pirates. World Book Day activities were a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by the children. A big thank you to parents and pupils for all the effort put in to making this a fun and enjoyable day.

Today is My World Book Day We came into School in Fancy Dress. I came as a person dressed for the seaside. We got a very big surprise in assembly because it was a Punch and Judy show. I really, really liked the show. We watched a DVD about the seaside a very long time ago. It was really good! We did a workshop with Brian. We made a puppet theatre with stick puppets. Then we did a little bit of seaside work in the afternoon. Rose Korsen (Yr 1)




All Revved Up for Autosport International 2011 Covering over one million square feet, Autosport International is one of the world’s greatest motorsport shows. Featuring every level of motor racing - from karting up to Formula 1- and with exhibitors ranging from specialist engineering companies to major manufacturers and everything in between, the show brings together the world of motorsport under one roof. Gi Dong Park (Year 8) sends his report on the Red House School group visit to the NEC in Birmingham to experience the 2011 Autosport International event: A group of 30 Red House pupils went to the NEC in Birmingham. We all had to come in early during the holidays but that was well worth the sacrifice of some holiday time. We boarded the coach and then set off for what was to be an amazing trip. We stopped off at a service station en route so that we could stretch our legs from the long ride so far. We had to wait another patient hour for the coach to arrive at the NEC... When we all saw the place, however, we couldn’t believe how gigantic it was. Nobody expected it to be so huge. Eagerly, we all got off the coach and practically ran to the entrance. We assembled into our groups and went off to explore the five massive halls. We all had a look round all the attractions and some people even got to ride go karts there. This was also an opportunity to buy souvenirs from the mini stalls. After all of our purchases, we all went to the live action arena. Everyone enjoyed the sounds of cars revving and racing and I think that this was the highlight of the day. After all that excitement, it was time to go back to school. Even though it was a two hour drive back everybody enjoyed it as we had so much to remember from the day. On behalf of everybody, I would like to thank Mr Wilkinson for putting on this trip and quite a few people are already looking forward to the next similar venture.



British Grand Prix 2011 Silverstone For a weekend of Formula 1 thrills and spills, and the very best of ‘petrolhead’ entertainment, Red House pupils set off for an exciting visit to Silverstone. Danny Taylor and Ben Gargett report on their excursion to the British Grand Prix.

Years 6 and older pupils were allowed to go. We had a very early start on the Saturday morning. When we finally got to the circuit we were able to go anywhere we wanted as long as we were in groups with our friends. On Saturday night we stayed in a luxury hotel, the Holiday Inn. In each room there were two pupils. Before we all went to bed we played a game of cards with Mr. Middleton and Mr. Wilkinson but it wasn’t for money! It was a lot of fun. The next day we had breakfast in the hotel. It was very scrumptious. We left to get on the bus at 6am and it was about an hour’s trip to get to Silverstone.

At Silverstone itself we were allowed to go round the shops for three hours before the race began. Then we had to go to the meeting point in order to go to the grandstand. Once we were there and settled in, we were allowed to leave and go round again, but we had to be back in our grandstand in time for the start of the race. The cars were extremely fast and incredibly loud. The race was very exciting, and one of the cars had a puncture and its tyre fell off. The event was finally won by Alonso. At around 3:00pm when the Grand Prix had finished, we got back on the bus and travelled back home. We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we would do anything to go again in 2012.







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Team Red House Racing The Rise of Phoenix Following the great success of the visit to Autosport International, Mr Wilkinson decided to explore the possibility of entering a young team into the ‘Greenpower – Electric Racing Cars for Schools’ project, which allows pupils to design and build their own electric racing car. Following a plea for sponsorship in the newsletter for several thousand pounds, engineering information management company, Pearson-Harper, very kindly came to the rescue and donated the funds necessary to bring the project to life and the team then set about building the car. With a deadline of early July to meet in order to complete the car for the Greenpower electric car racing event at Croft Circuit, our Year 5 young engineers put their heart and soul into the project, designing and building a ‘Goblin’ electric car powered by a 24V battery system. The car, named Phoenix, took weeks to build and was then put through a rigorous series of tests prior to the big day. Donned in Red House Racing coveralls, and armed with socket sets and safety equipment, the team set off for Croft Circuit on a blustery grey day. Glowing with pride, several of our engineers were interviewed and filmed by Tyne Tees Television presenter, Claire Montgomery, before giving the TV cameras a fine display of slalom and drag racing in ‘Phoenix’ itself. With the kind of teamwork normally seen in Formula 1 pit-stops, Red House Racing certainly cut a dash on the track. So much so, the team were awarded first prize for overall car design, a fabulous achievement for their first attempt! We would like to thank our sponsors once again for their kind and generous help, in particular Alex & Steve Pearson for their support. The team are already drafting plans for a faster, leaner and meaner version for next year’s Greenpower event.




Mason McLeod (Yr5), gives an account of the rise of Phoenix, along with fellow chassis engineers, and brother, Ethan (Yr5). I participated in the Design & Technology club in the DT room. Our project was to build a green powered racing car. This involved pupils from Year 5 and was supervised by pupils from Year 10. My brother Ethan and I built the chassis. Other members of the club built the steering, brakes, bodywork, seat and other safety aspects. When we had finished constructing the car we did practice sessions on the school tennis courts. Then we entered the Greenpower racing car competition at Croft racing circuit. We won a trophy for the best bodywork. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

A big thank you to Mr Wilkinson for his help and guidance in running this club. I would like to see the club running for years to come, and the cars getting better and better..



A Day in the

Workhouse Ripon Workhouse Museum was the destination for Year 5 pupils as they spent the day experiencing what life was like in Victorian times. Lucy Todd (5M) gives her account of the tough living conditions people had to endure in times gone by: 5J and 5M went to Ripon in February. First we went to the Workhouse Museum. We were split into three groups and we started our tour around the house. First we went to make some rag rugs. We were given a piece of hessian and a sharp peg. We made a hole in the hessian then looped old bits of clothing through the material to make a rag rug. The Victorians would have used rag rugs to step on in the morning when they got up because the floor was really cold. Next we went to the laundry house. There was a big bucket called the dolly tub with water in and a piece of clothing. The woman cut a piece of carbolic soap into tiny pieces. She then poured it into the dolly tub. Then we twisted a wooden stick called the dolly stick. It would then be dried by hanging it out on the washing line. Following this we went to the school. The teacher had a board up that had the alphabet on. We did a sheet using an ink pen. The last thing we did in the school was make some peg dolls. We sewed and stuck pieces together to make a peg doll out of wooden peg. Next we went to the court house. We learned a lot, then we performed a play about a boy who stole a loaf of bread. We all had a part to play. Lastly, after lunch we went to the Prison and Police Museum. First the man told us some facts on the police force, then we were split into two groups and we went to the prison area. We were shown the cells and the punishments they were given. One of the punishments was to turn a wheel 10,000 times a day! Then we saw the police area and we tried on police clothes and uniforms. I had a great time.




2011 saw the retirement and departure of several members of the Red House teaching staff after spending many successful years inspiring children in their chosen subjects. Mrs Jane Dearlove (Assistant Head, N&I School & Year 3), Mrs Heather Lloyd (German) and Mrs Julie Rayment (Year 1 & 2) left Red House at the end of the summer term. Mrs Julie Rayment was appointed as Year 2 teacher in September 1999. During her time at the Nursery and Infant school, Mrs Rayment was both a Year 1 and 2 teacher, and was instrumental in improving the standards of both staff and children in their ICT skills. Pupils over the past 12 years have enjoyed Mrs Rayment’s ICT and Science clubs. More recently, Mrs. Rayment’s love of the outdoors has helped to improve the environment around school with her gardening club. An enthusiastic and dedicated professional, Julie Rayment will be greatly missed by both staff and pupils alike (she makes a fantastic cup of tea!) We all wish her well as she embarks on a new chapter in her life, knowing she will always remain a friend of Red House School.

Mrs Heather Lloyd is moving on to the North West of England, after spending 8 years at Red House, where she hopes to pursue her teaching career in Modern Languages. Heather soon established herself as a keen member of staff who was always willing to help out on outdoor activity sessions such as the various Outward Bound trips and being an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions. Never one to shy away from an active life, Heather was a keen runner, taking part in the ‘Race for Life’ on several occasions. As a linguist, Heather was an inspiration to lots of the younger children with the Junior Language Challenge, having great success in this national competition over recent years, including an overall winner of UK Challenge.




Mrs Dearlove started teaching at Red House in 1977 and will now enjoy pursuing her hobbies of skiing, travelling and spending time in her Alpine home. Here are Jane’s own words regarding her time at Red House: When I applied for a teaching job at Red House in 1977, I didn’t imagine that it was going to be a job for life! Steve (my husband) and I had recently returned from living in Australia and New Zealand; we thought it possible that we would take off again, but our wanderlust turned back to the area we had grown up in and we were very content to stay. Red House, at that time, was contained in the building on the main school site. My magnificent first classroom is now the library, its French doors opened up onto the grass outside, and with no sports hall, it was a large green area for outdoor learning. The Junior School, as the Nursery and Infant School was then known, was housed in the area around the entrance hall. I have witnessed many changes to school; the raising of the leaving age to 16, the move to the Vicarage site, the new build for early years and several Headmasters! Red House is a very special place. I have loved teaching here, the children are a delight and no two days are the same. I always wanted to be a teacher, even when I was a little girl. Having started my teaching career in Grangetown, near Middlesbrough in quite a challenging school, I moved to the south coast and then to Australia where I taught in a large urban primary school and started producing musicals! Encouraging children to perform has played an important part in my career; I have helped to stage many performances here, with children from 4 years old to 16 year olds in Year 11. It is quite unique to be able to see children develop from their early school life to their GCSE year, and I have felt privileged to work with older children as well as young. My own daughter, Lucy, was a Red House girl, and having also seen school as a parent, I know what a fantastic start in life our children are given. When Lucy went to university in London, she was snapped by a photographer for a student magazine, wearing her Red House beret at 19! So what do teachers do when they retire? Well, contrary to popular belief, they don’t disappear into a stock cupboard! I hope to do some things I haven’t had time to do and as I am very keen on skiing and walking, I will be sliding down or walking up mountains for a long time to come. There will always be a special place in my heart for Red House and all those who learn therein and I will always remain a friend of the school. Exciting times are ahead for you and I wish you all a very happy and successful time in the Red House family. Jane Dearlove



Paris, sous la pluie! Juillet 2011 Day 1 06.15: The sun had not yet risen as the coach pulled up behind the duck pond welcoming aboard the excited group of 43 pupils. It was a cold, rainy morning and everyone was eagerly anticipating the heat of the French sun, which unfortunately was not there to greet us when we landed at our destination: Paris Charles de Gaulle. After a slight mix up with the coach, we finally embarked on our journey to Montmartre. We were all keen to stretch our legs until we started the neverending climb of the stairs up to the beautiful white church on the hill – le Sacré Cœur. After a look around and a photo opportunity, we had free time to explore the artists’ square (la place du tertre) before dinner. Too hungry to wait, we decided to pay a quick visit to the local crêperie and impressed the seller with “je voudrais une crêpe au chocolat, s’il vous plait!” After a spectacular meal at ‘Chez Eugene’ we travelled back to our hotel, organised our rooms and tucked ourselves up for the night. Day 2: Although we awoke to a drizzly day, it did not dampen the spirits of Red House! After a good night’s sleep and a filling breakfast, we set off on our second adventure of the week. Following some free time, we visited the Conciergerie, where prisoners were sent to await the guillotine during the French Revolution. We were shown the cell of Marie-Antoinette, former queen of France, and the blade from the famous guillotine! We then took a boat trip down the river Seine where we got to see some of Paris’s major landmarks; the rain unable to dull Paris’s shining beauty. We then ventured into the alleyways of the Latin Quarter, where we sampled some of Paris’s fine cuisine. Day 3: Today was a very special day, a very special day indeed for one of our fine tourists, Katie Frances Monk who turned fourteen on the out of the ordinary sunny morning. Our first stop was the Pompidou centre where we viewed the many beautiful & unique pieces the museum had to offer. We then took a rather lengthy stroll in order to take in some of Paris’s top attractions. La Tour Eiffel was, of course, top of our list and we climbed to the second floor for a spectacular panoramic view of the capital city. Fortunately pizza was on the menu for dinner as we ate in an authentic Italian restaurant where we all stuffed our faces full of pizza and celebrated Katie’s birthday ‘avec un beau gâteau.’ Day 4: This was the day that we had all been waiting for! An early start was welcomed today, as we were all really excited at the thought of heading off to Disneyland for a day of rides and fun. Once in Disney, much to the students’ approval, the teachers allowed us to explore the park in groups of our own choice. The atmosphere was magical and everybody had an incredible day! Having sampled every ride possible and downed a classic American meal from ‘Casey’s Corner’, we headed off for our evening meal at Annette’s Diner. After eating, we got into the American spirit, by dancing on the tables 1960’s style. Then, after a long and thoroughly enjoyable day, we headed home to pack and settle down for the final night in Paris, the city of love.




Day 5: After a tasty last breakfast, our group exited the hotel taking our bags and cases with us and leaving some fond hotel memories behind us. We had plenty of time to just relax and take in our final views of Paris, as we headed off to Giverny to visit Monet’s Garden where we viewed the spectacularly preserved gardens surrounding the interesting house which was once home to the artist Claude Monet. We enjoyed the sunshine and took photos of the famous water lilies and the beautiful Japanese bridge. The Palace of Versailles was our next stop on an extremely sunny Friday afternoon. We were given a tour of the magnificent palace, with its luxurious and grand furnishings and famous Hall of Mirrors. Then, bidding au revoir to the lavish trappings of Versailles, our penultimate stop in Paris was for a picnic by the idyllic riverside, taking in the last few breaths of French air. Regrettably it was then back onto the coach and off to Charles De Gaulle Terminal 1. Alas, having unloaded our cases we realised that our coach had abandoned us at the wrong terminal! Eventually, we safely reached Terminal 2B and were back on track for our return flight home. After a smooth check in, we said our goodbyes to our delightful guide, Ted: an emotional farewell for some! Once we boarded the plane, sadness kicked in, as we didn’t want to leave behind our newly adopted Parisian lifestyle! However, as we realised that all our euros were spent, we resigned ourselves to heading home – but, for us, it was au revoir and not adieu! Back in England, a familiar grey sky greeted us once again. After many hugs goodbye, we were ready to share our souvenirs with our families...

We thoroughly enjoyed our experiences of Parisian life and would highly recommend this trip. It was one of the best experiences of our lives; we formed lasting friendships and have many unforgettable memories to cherish! A big thank you to all the staff for making it so memorable: Mr Kitching, Mrs Dearlove, Miss Ince, Mr Jones and Mr Crewe – merci beaucoup! By Erin Fleming, Emily Brown, Katie Monk – Year 10.



Young Fairtrade Chefs Impress Top Restaurateur Year 4, 6 & 8 pupils’ culinary skills were put to the test under the watchful and experienced eye of recent award winning restaurateur and ‘food judge for the day’, Roberto Pittalis. The challenge to all pupils was to cook up a delicious, imaginative meal using only ingredients provided by the Fairtrade organisation. With years of experience in the restaurant business, Roberto Pittalis, co-owner of Café Lilli in Norton, was present with a critical eye and observed the proceedings before awarding the title, ‘Top Fairtrade Chef’!

Harry Sturrock (Yr 8) recalls the afternoon: The annual Fairtrade cookery competition is always competitive; it gives all pupils from years 4 to year 11 the chance to develop their culinary skills. I decided to make white fish in lemon tahini sauce, a challenging recipe and I needed to make sure the fish was cooked perfectly. The competition was fierce and there could only be one winner. The finalists’ recipes ranged from chocolate cake to Caribbean pancakes. We all had a lovely time cooking and we shared recipes and sampled them too; they were all very tasty. I won a vintage bottle of wine from the cellars of Cafe Lilli and I was told that it would be perfect by the time I’m able to drink it. I also won a Fairtrade cooking apron which I will wear for next year’s competition. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and I am already looking forward to next year’s competition.




First prize was awarded to Harry Sturrock (8C), who impressed Judge Roberto with his white fish in lemon tahini sauce and was presented with a special bottle of cellar wine, signed by Roberto, to be kept for 10 Years before drinking. Second prize went to Lucy Corlett (4R), for her walnut and chocolate cake, and third prize was awarded to Matthew Hibbert (8P), for his golden sunrise pancakes. Commenting upon the work of pupils Roberto noted, “The effort, hard work and dedication by all the children made judging the competition very difficult. Harry’s recipe included Fairtrade olive oil, white wine, lemon, tahini and zaytoun.

Ischgl - Ski Trip 2011 With over 238 kilometres of perfectly groomed pistes and some of the best skiing in Austria, there were lots of reasons for Red House skiers to choose Ischgl as their 2011 skiing destination. Based in Pfunds, Year 7-11 pupils and staff hit the slopes with gusto, enjoying good snow. Offpiste, this beautiful Tyrolean area provided lots of activities for pupils, who took part in ice-skating, bowling and ice hockey. Emily Bannatyne, Libbi Spencer and Kate Lowcock give their account of the trip: It was 4:00 am when we got to school, we put our equipment on the bus and our exciting journey began there.

Mr Frank had set up a bingo night where we could all win prizes like Smarties and fluffy ears for your helmet. Our winners were: Emily Bannatyne, Alexander Ersoz, Imogen Burnip and Kate Lowcock !

When we eventually arrived, it was late because we had got lost our way to the lodge. The lodge was very pleasant; it was warm and cosy. We had our dinner which was quite appetising although some of us went out for pizza later as we were still getting used to Austrian cuisine!

The next day we had a surprise for all the staff...we had bought a kettle, coffee, teabags and milk and made them all either a cup of coffee or tea so it felt like they were right at home!

The next day we were put into groups depending on our skiing ability. All three groups got an instructor between us.

The final few days of skiing were really exciting and challenging as the slopes became steeper and harder as our ability to ski improved.

Soon enough we returned to the lodge and did an evening activity; we did an activity every night which was often a very satisfying surprise and added variety after skiing all day. For example, we all went ice-skating one night...outside in the snow! Most of the boys fell over but all the girls seemed to stay on their feet.

By the end of the week even the beginners had become fairly accomplished skiers !

And no-one wanted to go home !



Venetian Art Experience Often described as the most beautiful city built by man, and a fine example of a ‘living museum’, Venice is crammed with fine art masterpieces and classic Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Over a three day visit, Years 9-11 pupils had the opportunity to explore this unique city and its artistic treasures.

Pupils retrace their steps over a fascinating weekend. On the 21st October 2010 36 pupils and 4 staff visited Venice on an amazing Art experience. On arrival in Venice we had our own boat waiting to take us to our hotel in Venice Lido. Our first day started early after a hearty breakfast and a short boat trip over to Venice. Our first port of call was a flooded St Mark’s Square, taking a slow route on the flood tables to the Campanile Tower allowing us the opportunity to see the whole of Venice from a bird’s eye view. We then experienced the gold gilt ceilings of St Mark’s Cathedral before heading onto the Rialto Bridge to take in the tourist views, grab some lunch on the go and enjoy our first taste of Italian ice cream. The afternoon saw a visit to the Scuola di San Rocco to view Tintoretto’s masterpieces and the beautiful facade of the building. Later, we wearily travelled back to a traditional Italian evening supper before enjoying some free time. Day two saw a visit to The Doge’s Palace taking in the elegant rooms and Italian ambience. We had some free time for lunch and shopping before going to the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery for the afternoon. This gave us the opportunity to see works of art by famous artists such as Ernst, Moore, Schwitters and many more. We particularly enjoyed the Yoko Ono tree and writing down our wishes for the future. Another tiring day and a water trip back for our evening supper before a welcomed rest. Day 3 was a split day between the two islands of Murano and Burano. We witnessed a glass blowing demonstration in the workshop area before having the opportunity to purchase the glass sculptures in the studio shop. Burano was another amazing experience with its brightly coloured houses much like those seen in the children’s programme Balamory; a unique traditional fishing island filled with brightly coloured boats, houses, nets, cobbled streets, shops and restaurants. We enjoyed taking in the whole scene. We then met the boat which took us to the airport ready to fly home after what was a much enjoyed trip.... thank you again, Mrs Fraser, Mrs Smart, Mr Frank and Mr Crewe for making the experience such a memorable one. Years 9-11




Hold on to your Hats……. It’s Flippin’ Pancake Day! Children at the Nursery & Infant School celebrated Shrove Tuesday in the traditional way with a series of pancake races in the school playground. Dressed in chef's hats and aprons, pupils raced from one side of the playground to the other, with a quick pancake flip in between. After a little practice, the children soon became experts at tossing their pancakes in the air!



Say Cheese! The alluring aroma of a tasty selection of cheeses filled the air in the Old Vicarage. In the company of Max Moore, Year 2 pupils, Mrs Summers and Miss Thompson enjoyed a fascinating workshop exploring the world of cheese. From blue cheese to Brie, there were a large number of cheeses from around the world for the children to sample. Max explained how different cheeses are made using different milks sourced from a range of animals including cows, buffalos, sheep and goats and how they are matured to create different flavours.




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Red House School Production 2011 The Boy Friend As the overture began, the sound of the audience died down. Now muffled by our orchestra’s performance, the excitement began to grow as we waited nervously to take to the stage. After months of hard work and intense rehearsals, it was show time. In a matter of moments, our stage was about to be transformed into the 1920’s French Riviera. ‘The Boy Friend’ ran for two nights. Everyone who participated had an amazing experience putting the show together and excelled on stage to show that Red House really does have talent.

The story concerns Polly, a pupil at Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school, and her blossoming relationship with Tony. Alongside them is the complicated romance of Maisie and Bobby. Towards the end of the show further true love is rekindled as the ex-lovers Madame Dubonnet and Percival Browne (Polly’s rich father) meet again and eventually decide to live the rest of their lives together as husband and wife. Toe-tapping hit songs from the musical include: ‘Perfect Young Ladies’, ‘Won’t You Charleston With Me’, ‘I Could Be Happy With You’ and ‘The Riviera’. We had a particularly young cast this year ranging from Years 4 to 9. Dedicated Year 11 pupil Erik Atherton played the comedic character Lord Brockhurst, an older man with an eye for the young ladies. Erik played the role convincingly, leaving the audience in fits of giggles and generating tremendous applause. Year 9 pupils, Jasmin Abbott and Kaisey Elder teamed up well to play best friends Polly Browne and Maisie Merryweather. Jasmin portrayed Polly’s shy character very well, generating sympathy and smiles from the audience. Maisie (played by Kaisey) is a more extrovert character and holds the audience’s attention and entertains them. Estelle Denison-French and Hannah Noble played the French maids Hortense and Marie with perfect and convincing accents. Matthew Hibbert and Alexander Dunne shared the leading male role of Tony Brockhurst and pulled it off with ease, while Joshua Spencer acted the wealthy American Bobby Van Husen in style. Nathania Ewruje and Isaac Allen won over the audience with their performances as the Headmistress (Madame Dubonnet) and Percival Brown respectively. Soon it was all over. Red House had pulled off yet another fantastic show, and now we are looking forward to entertaining you in the near future with ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” See you soon! Kaisey Elder






A Royal Wedding Album

Invitations were sent, the flowers were in place and the nerves were jangling as the bride and groom prepared for the most important social event of the year. Heads of state and former Prime Ministers were seated and the congregation waited patiently for proceedings to commence. Of course this was not Westminster Abbey, but St. Mary's Church in Norton, the picturesque setting for Red House Nursery & Infant School's Royal Wedding Day re-enactment. Following a royal pre-wedding luncheon, the congregation, consisting of smartly dressed pupils, looked on as Amelia Large (Yr3) and William Baker (Yr3) took their vows during a service led by the Reverend Jan Nobel. Following a delightful ceremony, the now unofficial Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed for official royal wedding photographs outside the church. An excited, Union Jack waving crowd, awaited the royal couple at the Lychgate, armed with lots of red, white and blue confetti. Regrettably, no royal helicopter was available to fly the couple off to Balmoral in Scotland. Instead, it was back to the classroom for more lessons!






On the Catwalk Modelling a fabulous array of clothing designs, pupils from all year groups strutted their stuff on a professional catwalk in front of a delighted audience consisting of parents, family members and friends. The lavish fashion show, organised by members of the Red House PTA (with the invaluable help of Mrs Fraser and Mrs Auty) featured two events separated by a short interval. The first fashion show saw Nursery & Infant School children modelling their own clothing designs under the bright catwalk spotlights. This was followed by a Preparatory & Senior School show which dazzled parents with novel and original clothing designs.




Public Speaking Success Yet again Red House performed to an incredibly high standard at the annual Public Speaking competition held at the Gateshead Civic Centre. Their oratory skills were put to the test, the topic of discussion being: ‘Men and women will never be equal’. Congratulations to the team and especially to Ali Ijaz for winning the “Best Overall Speaker and Personality” award. Good morning. My name is Ali Ijaz, and today I am going to explain to you why men and women will never be equal. I can hear your deep intakes of breath. However, rest assured, you will delight in what I have to say. Once upon a time, there was a man called Adam; his maker brought forth a woman called Eve, and gave her to Adam. He put greater strength and aggression into Adam, and more softness and gentility into Eve. Eve was taken out of Adam; not out of his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot; but out of his side to be beside him. Neither was deemed to be better than the other – they were complementary opposites. The search for ‘equality’ between men and women is fuelling a never- ending war of the sexes, and it must stop right here. The late, great Virginia Woolf summed it up when she said: “It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities? For we have much likeness as it is, and if an explorer should come back and bring word of other sexes, looking through the branches of other trees at other skies...we should have the immense pleasure into the bargain of watching Professor X rush for his measuring-rods to prove himself superior.” As we all know – a man’s measuring rod is always larger than a woman’s! On a similar note, let’s examine some biological inequalities between the sexes. Men and women differ in every cell of their bodies, as we carry a very different chromosome pattern. Women, on average, outlive men by three or four years – so, they win round one of the war of the sexes! Men have a higher rate of basal metabolism than women – so they can have their cake and eat it - thus leaving us with an equal score at the end of the first round!

Women have softer facial features and don’t have to shave, but men’s teeth typically last longer than that of women! Women have a larger stomach, kidneys, liver and appendix – but smaller lungs – which gives us men lots of stamina! Women can give birth and are more responsive emotionally. However, women’s blood contains more water and 20% fewer red blood cells, so they tire more easily than men. Men are 50% stronger than women in brute strength, yet women have fewer tendencies to high blood pressure and can withstand higher temperatures due to lower blood pressure. As you can see, we are not equal, but no sex is superior. In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin and yang is used to describe how polar, or seemingly contrary forces, are interconnected and interdependent, and they give rise to each other in turn. Like men and women, yin and yang are complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. They are equals, but will never be equal. Both sexes are equally disadvantaged, yet in very unequal ways. Women still suffer from appalling disadvantages under the Taliban regime; for example, being publically stoned to death for adultery. An aberration in anyone’s eyes. Women still suffer more from domestic abuse. According to the charity Refuge, two women every week are killed by a current or former partner. Conversely, we also need to consider that men make up 80% of our homeless. They are far more likely to be wrongly arrested, imprisoned, assaulted or murdered. They are 5 times more likely to lose their children, 4 times more likely to lose their home and 4 times more likely to commit suicide. Sobering facts you’ll agree. Physically, men are superior. Emotionally, women are superior. That’s simple biology. Behind every great man stands a great woman and (as was the case with one of our most ‘powerful’ Prime Ministers) behind every great woman stands a great man. Life is about team work. As Henry Kissinger said:

“Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s just too much fraternising with the enemy.” Remember: history is her-story too. Remember and celebrate our heroes and she-roes. Do not seek to have power over men or women, but over yourself. Let’s declare a truce in the gender wars. We don’t all have to be perfect at everything. The essence of a good society is that everyone contributes something different, so that everyone benefits. Human life today is the contribution of millions of men and women throughout the ages DIFFERENT contributions – but so what? Celebrate your uniqueness and learn to compromise when male and female individuality collide. As the saying goes: men are from Mars and women are from Venus and this is what makes the world go round!

The Red House Public Speaking Team: Ali Ijaz Abigail Hearmon Charles Simpson Christy Masterson

Speaker Chairperson Questioner Team Mentor

Topic of Discussion: ‘Men and women will never be equal’



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Mini-Sagas Young Writers’ Creative Writing Competition Congratulations to all pupils who had their literary entries published in the 2011 edition of ‘Mini-Sagas’. This collection of colourful tales is published by Young Writers and aims to nurture and encourage written creativity amongst children and young adults and gives them the opportunity to see their work in print. In this edition, secondary school children from ‘County Durham and the North’ were given the tricky challenge of writing a short story with no more than 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. The following short stories are a sample selection of the Red House entries, published in the 2011 edition.


Can They Survive?

Bang! Smoke engulfed the corridor. I crawled quickly away from the flames, searching for the exit. Suddenly, a tall, red flame flashed in front of me. I was trapped. Stuck between two walls of fire! I prayed. What was going to happen to me? Would I die? Would I survive? Emily Rodgers (12)

‘Run!’ Dad screamed. I couldn’t. Fans were stampeding. ‘Jump over!’ I was screaming through tears. My dad hoisted my limp body over the fence. I fell down ten feet. Dad fell on me! Pain surged through my leg as it throbbed in time with my heartbeat! We’d survived. Had Grandpa? Matthew Hibbert (13)

Toxic Tipple The Changeling ‘Sweetie, what’s wrong?’ I asked, concerned. My son spun round to face me. His eyes were vivid emerald and his mouth was set in a deadly curve. Something about him had changed, something was different. He stood, frozen in time. I stepped back terrified, and whispered: ‘You’re not my child ...‘

My glass arrived; the rosy coloured bubbles filled the sharp, tall glass. I drank; the taste was vile. Miss Christie looked at me in anguish. Then my vision went blurred. Suddenly my world plunged into darkness. I heard her run over to me; she would solve it, she already knew. Estelle Denison-French (I2)

The Ascent I was now hanging from the rope halfway down the cliff. The mountain’s summit was no longer visible because of the raging blizzard. The snow painfully hit my face, my breath froze the second it touched the penetrating air. I then realised the rope strands were slowly peeling away. ‘Help!’

Aditi Rangan (12)

Thomas Copeland (12)




They Live!

The Sink!

It was on, a sensation of excitement; invigorating energy. Clammy bloodlust surged through me. I was a creature so despicable, even the devil despised me! Dodging and weaving through the trees, I hoped they couldn’t go on forever; I can! Cloaked in darkness by night, light by morn. Werewolves live!

The boat swished and swayed, my stomach swirled and spun. This way and that, steadily down. I gasped for air. I was under the murky sea. I heard a piercing, pealing scream. I paddled frantically to the surface. I reached it but all I saw was the plain, blue sea! Joanne Worsley (11)

Olivia Brightling (12)

Good Night Bang! My heart skipped a beat. I heard footsteps racing up the stairs, which ruined my peaceful night. I was almost asleep, but now I wasn’t going to blink an eye. Creak, the door opened cautiously until the shadowy figure strolled in. ‘I have been waiting for you.’ Darkness came.

The Dragons Wind battered at my face and I grasped firmly to the dragon’s chest. The dragon’s scarlet red scales were warm though everything around me was cold. Suddenly a resounding roar rang in my ears. Another mighty dragon with icy eyes and blazing indigo fire followed us. I felt us dropping. Hannah Ferkol (12)

Laurie EIder (12)

The Darkness The deep darkness made nothing visible. Was I alone or not? Then suddenly the green, glowing light lit up the room. The door opened showing a bare corridor. Then suddenly I saw a figure appear but was it friend or foe? It came towards me and then there was darkness. Oliver WaIls (11))

One Bitter Winter’s Night It was a bitter winter’s night. As Edward strode away he paused. He could just about visualise a figure swaying in the distance. He was intrigued. The figure abruptly stopped swaying and seemed to be creeping closer. Edward strained his eyes, he could just about outline an almost transparent figure. Laura Hill (13)



Mini-Sagas Young Writers’ Creative Writing Competition The Cobwebs I open my eyes but I might as well have left them shut. I can’t see in this lightless abyss. I’m paralysed, unable to move. I’m cocooned in thick cobwebs. A noise makes my breathing quicken. A deafening scream. Then light.

After the Moon Rises Bobby watched in horror at the hair sprouting from his body. He watched as his fingernails turned to claws, as his mouth lengthened into a muzzle full of long, terrifying fangs. His sad, brown eyes became red and bloodshot. When he looked at the sky the moon had risen.

I can see again! But then it grabs me. Adam Rasool (11) Octavia Guss (13)

Even the Hunter is Hunted The fierce eagle soared upwards, its eyes darting across the barren mountains searching for vulnerable prey; they focused on a helpless rabbit below. She swooped down, homing in on the oblivious creature, the beast’s streamlined body hurtling earthwards ... a shot rang out. Bang! The great beast was felled. Zoë Johnson (12)




The Dark One I can’t hide from it. Whatever it is; when I turn it’s there. Wherever I go or look it’s there. Now I’m sprinting with blood scrambling around my body, my heart is pumping out of my chest ... It’s in front of me. I turn to sprint away ... Darkness falls. Michael Andrews (11)

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Another Successful Year for Red House Writers Congratulations to participating pupils in this year’s National ISA 2011 Essay competition. Judges specifically commented upon the exceptionally high quality of the essay entries in this year’s competition and the adjudicator for the Max Gate Prize praised the high standard of teaching within the English Department at Red House School. Red House has traditionally done very well in this prestigious national competition and this year was no exception. Alexander Dunne (Year 8) was awarded 1st prize in the Max Gate Intermediate category, with Olivia Brightling being presented with the runner-up prize in the same category. Alexander Plahe was also a runner up in the Favonius Senior category. This is of particular note as Alexander was entered in an age category in which he was one of the youngest entrants. We hope you enjoy their essays as much as the competition judges did.

Panic by Alexander Dunne Felipe Avaro-Juarez was a retired CIA and DEA Chief who lived an over-exuberant lifestyle which many liken to that of Silvio Berlusconi, minus the Botox. He speaks with a slow Texan drawl, though his latter years have been spent in Miami and Johannesburg, so there are hints of South American and Afrikaans in his mellifluous stretched-out notes of speech. Mind you, that could be due to the years of late nights and hard living…

significantly, he has major ties to Semion Mogilevic, a notorious Russian Mafia boss who has been associated with dangerous radioactive chemicals. You can imagine the panic that has been caused by this chain of events as Juarez had Mogilevic over to his immense mansion and, from what sources tell us, a briefcase of money was exchanged for a sealed metal case of nuclear material. That was two weeks before Juarez went rogue.

He was soon forced to take refuge, however, as, one day, shocking revelations were eventually leaked to the media. Just so you know, his real name is Curtis Richardson. He changed his name and fled south to the Colombian cartels that he had let use Miami as a springboard to the world.

10:15 pm – 1,000 feet above the Columbian rainforest My satellite phone bleeped and I could just about hear it over the whirring blades of the chopper. I picked it up and heard Juarez’s instantly recognisable Dallas accent. He said one word: “Duck.”

Now he’s got a price on this head.

Crack! Whoosh!

And that’s where I come in.

A bullet from a sniper rifle missed my head by an inch. If I hadn’t ducked, I would be expecting a funeral sometime soon. I yelled to the cockpit, “Turn round, turn round, this is suicide!” So he did as I said, then I heard the all too familiar crack as the pilot’s lifeless cadaver slumped over the dashboard.

My name is Moloraia Haratu; Molo for short. I am an assassin, trained in the rough jungles of my homeland, Papua New Guinea. I was brought up by a pitiless jungle tribe, but they gave me strong values. Values that got me where I am today. Now I work in connection with Interpol as a wilderness assassin. Juarez is wanted by my agency for alleged Triad and Yakuza connections but, more




The vehicle had stalled and was falling at an alarming rate. I grabbed my satellite phone, silenced my sniper rifle and leapt out like a stealthy jaguar, about to pounce upon its unwitting prey.

I yanked my parachute cord and soared through the air like a proud eagle. There was a gentle rustling of branches as I landed softly and stealthily in the canopy of trees. The moon lurked malevolently behind the dark grey ominous rain clouds and drops of light illuminated the barrel of my Barrett 50 calibre rifle. I crept with little sound and unbelievable precision through the trees. I murmured through my earpiece to my tech geek, Neville. “Neville, can you give me the last known location of Juarez?”

“Where did he go?” I asked with an imposing voice. “I think he went to Langley. He took this big metal box with him,” answered the guard in a quivering tone. I left the tent, with the guard whimpering and sobbing in the corner. Langley, Virginia. CIA HQ. I should have known. I called for extraction and when I was in the chopper, I asked an innocuous question: “What are the wind conditions today in Langley?”

He spoke with a very strong Cockney accent, barely comprehensible to the human ear. “Alright, Guv; I’ll send it to your satellite phone.”

“Strong, easterly,” the pilot replied.

“Ok, I’m going after him,” I responded.

And then it dawned on me.

“Are you completely bonkers?” he exclaimed, in his distinct colloquial tone.

If Juarez detonated the radiation bomb, it would not only destroy CIA headquarters, the easterly wind would blow the radiation 8 miles east to Washington, DC.

And with that, I cut the conversation short. After hours of careful trekking, I reached Juarez’s camp. There was one guard with a machine gun, staggering around in a drunken state. I picked him off and dragged his body into the cover of the forest.

He’d been waiting for a day like this...and, for the first time in my life, a searing sense of panic ran through my veins. I’d capitulated control.

I peered into the tent. One guard, asleep. The smell of chemicals was nauseating, the thick smoke eye-watering. I burst in, bellowing “Where’s Juarez? Where’s Juarez?” The guard woke up with a jolt and cried, “He’s gone. Please don’t hurt me.”



Another Successful Year for Red House Writers The Cruel Sea

lashed and swirled like it would never stop. My tears didn’t yield either.

By Olivia Brightling It was coming, dark days were encroaching; dawn was no longer fresh and rosy. Tension and dread enclosed and compressed morning until night like a suffocating blanket, snuffing out the last traces of hope. I could feel it in the ground; catastrophe was imminent. I could see it in the sky, a pressing force was looming, snarling and leering in my direction. This was Doomsday’s Eve. Today was meant to be a good day. My father had arranged a marriage; today was meant to be the day I gazed into someone’s eyes, the day I became immersed in happiness, in fervent love and intense pleasure. But this is not what I imagined. Standing on the hard, dark earth, listening and regurgitating what a priest says, in a monotone voice so unlike my own. The eyes of who I am looking into are nothing more than the shallow eyes of a stranger. Around me, the still air was thick, not one bird, not one carrier of light in the sky, the desolate land, cracked like the pitiless floor of hell and all around there were cries of children, the wails of mourning women. Drunken men stumbled and fell with childish and grotesque looks of confusion on their faces. This isn’t right! How could it be ? This was my wedding day and sin, greed and sorrow crept like waves upon a beach. The world was spinning, round and round the mud huts, around the square, rotating up and down disorientated. “I do.” The man in front was coming forward, closer, closer, too close; every detail I could see: a weathered tanned face with tiny creases like worn leather. He looked kind enough, but tears of innocence were falling. God was crying with me. This was the first rain in days; it was heavy and it flowed like the heavens had opened. The teeming rain




The man who was my husband was still standing in front of me. Everywhere was mud. The rain, I knew, would not cease; it thundered down getting harder and more vicious, the claws of the mighty monster were ripping and slashing; it was roaring now- its eyes flashed menacing, blinding bright, against the grey backdrop that was merged with the rain; life, as I knew it, was falling away forever. But my husband was saying “Quick”. His force pulling my arm was harder, his face graver and more desperate than before “To my fathers” he shouted urgently, “To your father-inlaws”… more urgently. I had heard of this man, the crazy man who had built a boat, thousands of miles away from any oceans. Suddenly I thought I am married to this madman’s son! I was herded into the boat like a captive or animal. The colossal structure towered above me, its fresh pine sodden. Inside its massive shell there were many creatures screaming in fury of being locked in cages. The stench of the many beasts was overpowering, the colours, red, grey, yellow, green were splashed around the boat in the form of birds. The rain, as ever, was persistent, as though all the water the world could hold was being deposited on top of me. The heavens had opened, the world was upside down. Suddenly the ship gave up a great heave. What was happening? Scrambling at all the speed I could muster up onto deck, I saw an ocean swirled. Such a massive quantity of water I have never seen, its deep unforgiving depths were squaring me up, measuring me as a worthy victim. The black of the sky and sea were mingled together. An ocean as dark and rich as wine was rising up … swallowing up the contents of the feeble and powerless world that had once been mine. Tears of anger were still falling, though mine were no longer with them.

Turning away from the new waters an old man approached. I did not recognise him but he had an air of insanity about him. “My daughter, may I escort you below deck,” he shouted in a hoarse, rough voice. The plain robes he wore were heavy with water, his white shoulder length hair was plastered to his face which was covered in the cracks of hardship, of intense labour and burdens. A piercing scream shook my already chilled bones and the boat lurched. I was at the side of the boat. Jumping up onto the slippery wood, I saw what I knew must have become of my world. A face shrunken and contorted with effort, its pale skin waxy with a blue tinge. The woman to whom it belonged now no longer looked like a woman. She had deep black eyes, bulging and spinning from side to side. Her hands- pale and clawed, struggling to hang on to the sides. “Help me in the name of the Lord! Help me!” she moaned and struggled. Each time she repeated, “Help me!” she became fainter and fainter. Finally, a hoarse whisper, barely audible, emitted from her blue puckered lips “In the name of my Lord….”

The old man’s face split into a wide grin as though the news was the greatest in the world, but I was sickened. The holy one had wiped out many causing great chaos and this was good? What about the thousands of animals that did not survive? Rejoicing is not what should be happening! If God sees it is not fit to punish me, so be it, but I am not better than a child in a shallow mother’s arms. One day I shall see the many who were lost, who were no better than me. The old man had gone. No one was in sight; peace was restored through the chaos. The sea of light blue was now calm. This picture was a dramatic contrast to the black depths that were conjured by God, the father? He sees not fit to punish me, therefore I will punish myself. Into the cruel sea.

“Come quickly, my daughter, ” said the old mad man, “There is nothing you can do for her now, come quickly!”. My legs, bound by shock, gave way- collapsing. 40 days and 40 nights must have passed before I awoke to colour. Where was I? Not in the square of marriage, not on the mighty boat’s deck. A slow rhythmic swaying was rocking back and forth, the comfort of being in mother’s arms? A man was coming forward; he was familiar and looked wise but a lingering aura of mania hung around him. Memories came flooding back like a wall of water. “God saved you from the punishment, my son, Japesh, saw in you no sin and consulted myself on his choice! You will start the new race, one which our Lord has selected. The many people who have committed sins the Lord has punished. The sins have perished with them.”



Another Successful Year for Red House Writers The Day It All Came To An End By Alexander Plahe 11th March 2011 The day it all came to an end The first thing to change was the weather. All over the world tsunamis devastated coastal villages and cities were laid waste by hurricanes and tornados. Citizens of the world were shaken, but held on to the vain hope that things couldn’t get any worse. But the natural disasters were only just the beginning. Events were about to get much, much worse. 10th March 2011- The City of Sendai, Japan An ominous message was broadcast to the citizens of Sendai; they were urged to stay in their homes with emergency supplies of food and drink and to prepare for the coming tsunami. It must have been horrifying; sitting at home, just waiting, waiting for the raging torrents - torrents that would most certainly lead to their demise. The uncertainty about when the wave was going to arrive was unbearable. The public had been informed of the looming disaster, but it was too late to flee the doomed city. I gazed out the window observing that the streets were bare; the eerie lack of car horns and traffic sounds was equally strange. The silence steadily began to fade, as the sound of angry, rushing water grew louder and louder. This was it. I took in my surroundings. Door barricaded. Food stored. Water bottled. I sat down and began to pray. It took all my willpower to stay so calm. It wasn’t going to be long before the gargantuan wave hit my house. I tensed. The perfect silence of the doomed city was broken as the tsunami collided full of demonic force. The energy of it knocked me off my feet and tossed me into the swirling tower of water that would soon become my




watery grave. I flailed around helplessly; my ears rang loudly; it was like I could hear the knelling bells of my own funeral. The water tore my breath away and I could feel my tentative grip on life slipping away from me. Then, blackness, as everything fell… deathly silent. Not long after, what came to be known as The Great Wave of Sendai computers and technology collapsed. This, in turn, caused worldwide panic and terror, as nobody knew what to do. Society had come to rely upon computer technology and when it was lost chaos ensued. As if that wasn’t enough, the electricity and power was all but lost, gone in an instant and nobody could work out why. It was like someone had turned off the Earth’s power switch, robbing it of all order and a sense of civilisation. Scientists called it “a radical change in the Earth’s molecular structure” that would recover eventually, preachers and religious leaders called it The Apocalypse: they were right. On the 22nd April 2011 the people of Earth woke to the sound of fire, panic and the piercing screams of men, women and children. The Sun was drifting towards the Earth and the consequence was searing heat and fire which engulfed the planet. Citizens could only hide and cry as their homes and possessions were consumed by the raging inferno. In the midst of the chaos many people prayed, side by side. All the world’s religions finally came together… in their final hours. People put aside their differences and all prayed together, for help from their own God. Man’s fingerprint upon Earth was incinerated. With man gone and nothing to stop the raging fires and destruction, Earth returned, once again, to its original state: a lump of carbon, floating through space: cold, dark and dead. The Apocalypse was over and life on Earth was about to start all over again. A fresh beginning, free from terror, free from persecution and free from the original sin of man.

The Great Fire of London My Experience Year 2 pupils studied the Great Fire of London and described their account of what it must have been like to live in London during the huge blaze which destroyed most of the city.

September 2nd 1666 At one o’clock in the morning I was woken up by screaming. I opened my window and I smelt smoke! The sky was totally black and there were flames raging from house to house. I realised that there was a fire in my street! As I looked for longer, the fire became more powerful. So I rushed out of the house. I didn’t bother to save anything. I was too frightened that my body was going to catch fire! I ran as fast as I could to the river and I grabbed a boat and went across and then watched the fire spread across London.

Emily May

It was terrible to see my beloved home nearly all on fire. It was like it was night forever. It was like a huge storm! It was dreadful to see pigeons fall down from the sky. As I looked across, St. Paul’s Cathedral was totally gone. It was like I was in another country. I could not recognise my city at all! Eleanor Baker (Yr 2) Gracie Flynn

September 3rd 1666 First of all in the morning I heard a thundering sound. It woke me up. So I jumped out of bed and went to the window. I saw flames as well as fire. It was one street away! So immediately I rushed into my mum and dad’s bedroom. I shouted at them to wake up. I told them, “Quick, wake up, there is a fire outside!” So we all packed just our precious things because there wasn’t enough time to pack our bags, then we looked out the window again. The flames were like a dragon breathing fire. My dad said we had to all jump out of the window. My dad went first, then my mum, then me. Then we joined the busy street. The smoke was darker than the night. We dashed to the River Thames. Then we arrived at the river. We put our bags in the boat. As we sailed away, we sadly watched London topple down, and saw St. Paul’s Cathedral burn into a black and white skeleton and even the bells burnt down.

Isabel Liversidge

We were sad watching birds’ wings burnt. I wondered if I would see life again. Grace Finnie (Yr 2)

Lily Patrick



Prep & Senior School Artwork Cityscape Abstract Olivia Potter Year 11

Everyday Objects Mina Jackson Year 11

Mood Board on Music Emily Gibbon Year 11




Prep & Senior School Artwork Year 11 - Studies of Bamburgh Castle

Bethany Carroll

Hadeel Tabaqchali

Mina Jackson

Oliver McPhail



Prep & Senior School Artwork Year 6 - Impressionist Studies on Monet

Ishaan Garud

Charles Bedi

Poppy Thomas

Phoebe White

Stephen Ferkol

Samuel Plant

Tamzin Moore




Prep & Senior School Artwork Year 7 - Cubism Studies

Sophie Wall

Jessica Matthews

Elizabeth Frank

Clare Wells

Fiona Cameron

Libbi Spencer



Prep & Senior School Artwork Year 8 - Mechanical Parts


Abigail McManus

Stacey McMaster

Matthew Hibbert

Isabel Grove

Nathania Ewruje

Harry Sturrock



Prep & Senior School Artwork Year 9 Puppets



Sports Review 2010-2011 Review of Girls’ Sport It has been another incredibly busy year for sport at Red House. Pupils have represented the school at all different levels and we are incredibly proud of what they have achieved. This year we welcomed Mrs Hockborn to the department as Miss Sweeney completed her maternity leave. Mrs Hockborn has been a very dedicated addition to the department and we are grateful for all she has achieved in her time with us. There are many successes to report on this year 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.

Girls’ Hockey The Year 5 and 6 girls have had a busy season of friendly 7 a-side hockey matches. The girls have really enjoyed playing in competitive games and made some good progress throughout the season. The team are slowly beginning to grow in confidence and their tactical awareness is improving. Phoebe White and Emily Catchpole have made a fantastic contribution to these teams demonstrating an excellent level of skill and commitment. The U-12 team made it to the final of the county tournament where they could not overcome the strength of a very useful Yarm team and went on to lose 2-0 in the final. The team put in some excellent performances throughout the afternoon. Well done to all the team: Laurie Elder, Imogen Burnip, Kate Lowcock, Francesca Blyth, Sophie Wall, Agrima Rohatgi and Joanne Worsley. The U-13 squad made up of girls from Year 7 and 8 have had another successful season. They have really started to gel and played some very attacking hockey. On occasions this did leave the defence exposed and put us under some unnecessary pressure. Overall the team should be pleased with the progress they have made over the season. The U-13 team won the county tournament and were runners- up in the Durham and Cleveland Yazoo hockey tournament. Well done to all squad members: Laura Hill ( Captain), Genevieve Brown, Ciara Fleming, Zoe Johnson, Madeleine Lees, Millie Allen, Hannah Noble, Laurie Elder, Estelle Denison-French. This season the U-14 and U-16 girls’ hockey teams have both had a very successful season. Early on in the term both teams came through the knockout stages of the National Cup competition to go on to represent Cleveland in the North East finals. The U-14 hockey team went to Leeds for their regional final. After the group stages of the competition with 2 wins and a loss, they finished in runners -up position. They then went on to play Giggleswick in the semi- final. The team put in an excellent performance but just lost out in the last minute of the game. The progress that this U-14 team continue to make is commendable. They won the county tournament and were undefeated in both the indoor and outdoor hockey leagues and they have only lost one game all season. It has been a joy to coach such a dedicated and committed group of girls and I look forward to working with them again next season. The team members are listed here: Erin Fleming (captain), Jessica Bedi (indoor captain), Samantha Mason, Scarlett Reeves, Olivia Crewe, Laura Hill, Jasmin Abbott, Hannah Noble, Millie Allen, Holly Featherstone, Madeleine Lees, Zoe Johnson and Estelle Denison- French.




The U-16 hockey team travelled to Pocklington School for their regional final. Unfortunately they did not progress any further than the pool stages; however, the team should be proud of getting this far in an incredibly tough competition. In the county tournament the team progressed to the final where they played a strong Egglescliffe team. We went on to finish in runners- up position in the league behind Egglescliffe who have dominated this age group this year. It has been great working with such an enthusiastic group of girls and as some of them have moved on to college I hope they fondly remember their school hockey days. The squad members are listed here: Charlotte Watson (captain), Emily Gibbon (indoor captain), Lucy Kitching, Rachel Schott, Amber Hill, Bethany Carroll, Alex Cummings, Charlotte Emma Craggs, Rachel Bradley, Elizabeth Pearson, Abigail Hearmon, Hannah Brown, Charlotte Crowe- Harland, Kate Hobbs, Frances Coulthard.

Girls’ Indoor Hockey Indoor hockey is thriving in Stockton District and I am pleased to report that Red House has had an incredibly successful indoor season. At finals night the school was represented in every age group from Year 7 to 11; this is quite an achievement in itself. The Year 7, 8, 11 teams all finished in runners- up position, unable to secure a victory under the pressure of the final. The Year 9 team were an unstoppable force this season; they were undefeated in the league and won the final in emphatic style beating Teesside High 6-0. The Year 10 team played against Egglescliffe; at the end of full time the score was 2-2, at the end of extra time the score was still 2-2 and it was decided that the teams would share the league title.

Netball The Year 4 team were invited to play in a friendly High Five tournament at Yarm this season. They faced strong opposition and as this was their very first experience of a match it was a nail- biting event for all involved. Our girls dominated in the opening stages with outstanding play from Maddison Hockborn, Phoebe Matthews and Philippa Brown to go through to the semi finals. Here they played Yarm and after the first half it was 2-2. After an exhausting and well fought second half, Yarm managed to score late on in the match to take the victory. Our girls were naturally disappointed to lose, however they must be pleased with their efforts to finish overall in third place beating Durham Choristers, Barnard Castle, Queen Mary’s and RGS. Well done to all the team: Maddison Hockborn, Phoebe Matthews, Philippa Brown, Stella Dooris, Lucy Corlett, Alice Butterfield and Emma Hewitt. The junior netball teams have played friendly matches against Belmont Grosvenor, Durham Choristers and Chapter House. The team have really benefited from this experience and with more confidence they should do well next season. I look forward to watching them develop as a team next year. The Year 7 team have had an incredibly successful season. They have won the district league, the district tournament and the district cup. They have been undefeated all season playing some very good opposition. This team have a lot of natural ability and combined with their enthusiasm, and willingness to learn new tactics they will be tough opposition next season. Laurie Elder (Captain), Emily Stewart, Joanne Worsley, Jessica Matthews, Ella Scaife, Imogen Burnip, Francesca Blyth and Kate Lowcock. The Year 8 team have had a challenging season. They have struggled to play with the consistency that they did in the previous season. They were runners- up in the district tournament and runners -up in the league. Team members are listed below: Ciara Fleming ( Captain), Laura Hill, Millie Allen, Zoe Johnson, Madeleine Lees, Hannah Noble, Nathania Ewruje, Kennedy Hockborn, Genevieve Brown. The Year 9 team were runners- up in their league with a narrow loss to Teesside High in the finals; however, their standard of play has improved this year and hopefully next season their overall confidence in approach towards more challenging matches will begin to grow. The Year 9 netball team did not have the impact that they had hoped in the Stockton District Tournament. They did improve as the tournament went on but lost in the final to take the runners- up position. The team consisted of the following pupils: Olivia Crewe ( Captain), Erin Fleming, Jessica Bedi, Scarlett Reeves, Holly Featherstone, Samantha Mason, Jasmin Abbott, Emily Brown, Kaisey Elder, The Year 10 netball team had a great start to the season. They were crowned as Stockton District Champions within the first few weeks of term. This was a great team performance with the final against Yarm going right to the wire. Red House won by just one goal. The team then went on to dominate the league and the cup finishing the season as undefeated champions. Team members were:

Charlotte Emma Craggs (Captain), Yasmin Tanfield, Rachel Bradley, Hannah McNicholas, Elizabeth Pearson, Charlotte Crowe- Harland, The Year 11 netball team continued to dominate the Stockton District Tournament in fine style with a victory. Since these girls were in Year 7 they have won 4 out of 5 Stockton District Championships. They then went on to to match the performance of the Year 10 team, winning the league and the cup and remained undefeated throughout the season. The team comprised: Lucy Kitching (Captain), Bethany Carroll, Charlotte Watson, Emily Gibbon, Alex Cummings, Harriet Gannon, Hadeel Tabaqchali.

Tennis The Year 8 girls’ team had a mixture of results in the AEGON National Tennis Competition. They lost to a strong Yarm team 5-1. With many of the matches going to deuce, unfortunately the team could not finish off the rallies to take the valuable points. A much improved performance against Conyers School saw the girls come away with a 4-2 win. Team: Ciara Fleming, Anna Dunne, Hannah Noble and Laurie Elder The Year 10 team had an excellent season, winning the Cleveland round of the County Cup. They beat Yarm, 5-1 and Conyers, 4-2. They then went onto play in the final of the North East Counties, playing against teams from Sunderland and Durham. After some incredibly close matches, I am pleased to report that the Year 10 team emerged as winners of the County Cup. They also reached the North East final of the AEGON Tennis Competition. Here they played Durham High and, after all 6 singles and doubles matches, the score was tied at 3-3. The winner would be decided on a tie break game; unfortunately we could not do quite enough to take the win and lost 9-11. Well done to all the team: Yasmin Tanfield, Charlotte Emma Craggs, Frances Coulthard, Charlotte Rebecca Craggs and Hannah Brown.

Representative Honours: Durham County Hockey squads at their respective age groups. Imogen Burnip Francesca Blyth Erin Fleming Holly Featherstone Rachel Bradley

Joanne Worsley Ciara Fleming Jessica Bedi Scarlett Reeves

Charlotte Emma Craggs (Year 10) and Laura Hill (Year 8) both played county U 15 hockey and from this were selected to play at tier 1. This is a team which is made up of the best players in the North East Region. Charlotte Watson was selected to play for the U16 North East Netball Team. Lucy Kitching was selected to play for the U16 North of England Netball Team. Miss Sweeney, Head of Physical Education



Sports Review 2010-2011 Review of Boys’ Sport Boys’ Hockey The boys enjoyed an excellent season of hockey and their success can be measured not only in the trophies and titles won but also in the style and manner of their performances. The younger boys have taken to this sport with great enthusiasm and their commitment to early morning practice has paid rich dividends.

U-11 Yazoo National Mini-Hockey Tournament The U-11’s played with great energy and verve during the Durham and Cleveland section of this prestigious competition. They secured a place in the North East finals and went to St. Olaves, York with great expectations. They were extremely unlucky to miss out on a semi- final place as they didn’t lose a match or concede a goal in the group stages. Tied on points and goal difference, the U-11s lost out in a penalty shoot out.

U-12 Mini-Hockey (7 a-side): County Tournament Winners The team performed well from the outset and qualified as winners of their group. The semi-final was very much a formality against Laurence Jackson School and a comfortable 2-0 victory saw us safely into the final. The final itself proved to be a very tense affair against a skilful and competitive Egglescliffe team. Extra time was required but still the score line remained unchanged. A penalty shoot-out failed to break the deadlock until the sudden death stage forced the issue in our favour. The trophy was earned and fully deserved by a group of boys who played intelligent hockey with great desire and maturity.

U-12 Hockey: Durham and Cleveland League Winners The U- 12s won all their games without conceding a goal; a significant achievement against the likes of Yarm, Egglescliffe and Laurence Jackson.

U-12 Hockey: Durham and Cleveland County Cup Winners The U-12’ s completed a clean sweep by defeating Yarm in the final of the Durham And Cleveland County Cup. They have won all the competitions they entered and have done so without losing a game. A season to be remembered!

Yarm U-13 Mini-Hockey Tournament: ‘A’ and ‘B’ Trophy Winners The ‘A’s won this competition in great style and never seriously looked like conceding a goal, never mind a match. Emphatic wins against Yarm, Egglescliffe and Laurence Jackson enabled the boys to lift the trophy and celebrate an imperious victory. The ‘B’s were also winners of their competition but had a far more difficult route to success. Two early draws meant that the boys needed a win against Yarm in their final game. The team produced their best display of the day with an excellent 2-0 victory.

U-13 Yazoo National Mini-Hockey Tournament: Durham and Cleveland Winners The U-13’s won the Durham and Cleveland round of the tournament with ease and looked forward to the North East finals in York with some confidence. They qualified for the North Finals at Leeds University despite a 2-0 reverse against tournament winners, Malsis.

U-14 Hockey: Mini-Hockey County Tournament Runners-up In a keenly contested final the U- 14s had to settle for 2nd place on this occasion. A failure to convert excellent opportunities in front of goal allowed a powerful Egglescliffe team to take a decisive two goal advantage.

U-16 Hockey: Mini-Hockey County Tournament Winners This tournament hinged on the final game of the evening. Red House and Richmond School were tied on points and competing to decide who would lift the trophy. An authoritative display denied a talented Richmond side any real foothold in the game. The boys celebrated a significant and well earned 1 – 0 victory.




Cricket The U-11’s played some excellent cricket throughout the season. The team showed real potential in batting, bowling and fielding. The highlight of the season was perhaps the performance against Terrington Hall, traditionally one of our strongest opponents. We batted maturely to post a decent total and then bowled and fielded superbly to skittle our opponents out in the space of a few overs. The U-13 team were involved in some thrilling matches where the result was in doubt until the final over. We beat Woodleigh off the last ball of the game and looked destined to lose to Aysgarth but were rescued by Michael Andrews (40) and William Johnson (23) who steered us to an excellent victory with 5 balls to spare. However, our fortunes were reversed against Choristers who somehow managed to overhaul our excellent total of 120-4 (Alex Dunne, 30) in the final over. We also recorded a comprehensive victory against Teesside High School. The U-14’s fell victim to the weather having their match rained off, whilst the U15’s lost to the same opponents after restricting Cundall to 103. Daniel Barton continued his cricketing career by being selected once again for Cleveland County at U-15. Lower down the school Ben Tomlinson and Charlie Bedi were also selected to represent the county.

Football This was a season that promised much but, by and large, failed to live up to expectations. There are some talented footballers across the entire age range at Red House but a lack of cohesion prevented the U-11 and U-13 teams from reaching their potential. An outstanding performance by the 13’s against Cundall Manor only emphasised the fact that in previous games we had fallen well short of our own high standards. The exception to this trend was undoubtedly the U-16 team. They played an exciting brand of football which combined high levels of skill with great commitment. I was delighted to see the boys finish their sporting careers at Red House in such fine style.Mr D Kitching & Mr J Crewe

Cross Country Crooksbarn Primary

Rugby I think it is fair to say that we had a mixed season in general. There were some fine team and individual performances but we lacked consistency. We also lost several fixtures with the heavy snowfall before Christmas. I was delighted to see that Tom Small and Theo Brace were both selected to represent Durham County at U-15 and that Sam Bell was selected in the North Yorkshire squad at the same age group.

Results U11 v v v v v v v

Bow Moorlands at Ampleforth Festival Aysgarth at Ampleforth Festival Cundall Manor at Ampleforth Festival Ampleforth at Ampleforth Festival Newcastle SFB Belmont Grosvenor

lost won drew lost lost lost won

U13 v v v v v v v v v

Woodleigh Newcastle SFB Aysgarth Grindon Hall Fyling Hall Terrington Sunderland High Cundall Manor Yarm

lost won lost won won lost won lost lost

U15 v Fyling Hall


There were three teams from each school (one Year 4, a Year 5 and a Year 6). In each team, there were three boys and three girls with four to count in each year group. The pupils all started off together, so in effect, there were three races incorporated in one. It was windy and cold but our runners grouped together very well as a team and found the 2km, undulating course to their liking. Red House won in all three races and brought home the shield as the overall winners. Best performances came from: Stephen Ferkol, who won the race; Phoebe White, who was best girl and came 2nd; Charles Bedi came 5th; Thomas Hearmon was best in Year 4 in 7th and Samuel Douglass and Samuel Korsen were best in Year 5, in 8th and 9th positions respectively.

Billingham Beck Park This venue featured U-13 teams from six different schools. Red House grouped together very well to come 2nd in the boys’ race, and 3rd in the girls’ race with a very strong St. Martins/Ampleforth team winning both races very easily! Best performers for Red House were: Allan Bird in 12th position and William Todd in 13th out of 40 runners. Ella Scaife finished in 10th and Kate Lowcock in 11th out of 40 runners also. Four girls did remarkably well from such a small school as ours to qualify from the Stockton Secondary Schools’ Cross-Country Championships to represent the area in the Cleveland Championships. Even more remarkable was the fact that Ella Scaife, Abigail Hearmon and Yasmin Tanfield all qualified to represent Cleveland in the Northern Counties, with Joanne Worsley only just missing out. In those championships, Ella Scaife would have qualified for the Nationals, but there was no further stage for her age group. However, Abigail was 4th best in the Cleveland team to qualify for the Nationals and this is an excellent feat as only four pupils have ever done this from Red House in the past twenty years!

Woodleigh The U-9 mixed team were experiencing this level of competition for the first time and they were slightly over-awed by the big occasion. The best two pupils were: Thomas Hearmon in 30th and Thomas Bannatyne in 56th The U-11 girls did well with Lucy Todd (16th) and then Alice Tilly, Jessica Hibbert, Jessica Brown and Christina Peart all very closely grouped to give the team an overall 7th position out of 12 schools. In the U-13 girls’ race, Ella Scaife ran brilliantly to come 5th with Kate Lowcock a creditable 16th and Sophie Wall 22nd The team were a very good 4th out of 11 schools. In the U-13 boys’ race, the best runners were: Allan Bird, who came a pleasing 23rd with William Todd in 25th. The team came 5th out of 12 schools.

Belmont Grosvenor This was an U-11 race only. There was some strong opposition and the course was very hilly. The girls performed the best, coming 2nd out of 8 schools. The boys found the other teams too strong and came 7th Phoebe White ran brilliantly to come 4th out of nearly 50 runners. Lucy Todd was a very pleasing 11th In the boys’ race, the best placed runners were: Charlie Bedi in 20th closely followed by Samuel Douglass and Samuel Korsen.



Sports Review 2010-2011 Athletics

It has been another busy athletics season with many athletes having the opportunity to represent the school at local, regional and national competitions.

Red House Invitational Winners: Laura Hill 1st 200m 2nd Long Jump; Emily Stewart 1st Shot and 2nd 100m Runners- up: Bradley Canwell (100m, 200m and Long Jump); Jaeho Hwang (400m and Triple Jump); Isaac Brace ( Shot Put); Jessica Matthews (Discus)

Senior Sports Day Clairville Stadium CASTLE RAGWORTH WHORLTON


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Team event: Girls: 2nd out of 6 schools; Boys: 3rd out of 6 schools

ISA North Athletics Competition – Wigan Winners: Jessica Bedi - Hurdles; Abigail Hearmon - 1500m; Charlotte Emma Craggs - Hurdles; Yasmin Tanfield - 800m; Tom Small - Long Jump; Sam Bell – Javelin; Theo Brace - Shot Put; Jack Cameron - 800m Year 10 boys relay - Jack Cameron, Tom Small, Theo Brace and Jack Yetman. Runners- up: Emily Brown – Discus; Erin Fleming - High Jump; Kate Hobbs Long Jump; Charlotte Crowe Harland - Javelin; Isaac Brace - Shot put; Laurie Elder - Hurdles and High Jump; Charlotte Emma Craggs - Shot Put; Tom Small – Triple Jump; Jack Cameron – Hurdles; Team Event: Year 10 boys (2nd); Year 10 girls (2nd); Year 8 girls (2nd)

ISA National Athletics Finals - Birmingham Theo Brace runner-up in the 400m; Abigail Hearmon runner- up in the 1500m; Tom Small 3rd Long Jump




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Lindisfarne Plate Competition - Monkton Stadium


Winners – Philippa Brown U- 9 50m; Stephen Ferkol U- 11 Hurdles; Bradley Canwell U-13 200m, Long jump; Isaac Brace U-13 Shot put; Laura Hill U-13 100m, 200m

New School records set this season:

Team Prizes – U-11 team finished in 2nd place overall; U-13 team finished in 2nd place overall

County Primary Schools Athletics Championships

Jack Cameron Hurdles 12.72s (from 2000) 800m 2.18.1s (from 2009)

The Primary schools athletics competition was very well attended with 41 school taking part. With the best athletes in the county at this event the competition is always very strong. We had some fine performances from our sprinters.

Theo Brace 400m 54.35s

William Baker (Year 3) finished in second place in his heat to earn himself a place in the final where he finished in a respectable 5th position.

Abigail Hearmon 800m 2.35.53s (from 2010)

Darshan Viswanath (Year 6) won the 80m sprint final for boys. Philippa Brown (Year 4) won the 70m sprint final for girls. Jessica Brown (Year 5) won the rounders ball throw for girls. The Year 5 girls’ relay team were 3rd in the final – Philippa Brown, Lucy Pearce, Lucy Todd and Olivia Small The Year 6 boys’ relay team won the final – Darshan Viswanath, Stephen Ferkol, William Thomson and Luke Featherstone. Well done to those trophy winners.





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