Red Gates Primary

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Red Gates goes Green

School Council are leading the way in making Red Gates greener and more environmentally friendly. On World Environment Day, they've checked the school grounds for any rubbish, especially plastic. You may not realise it, but we do get occasional visits from wildlife like squirrels and birds here at Red Gates.

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We know that plastic can kill them as it does with the wha​les in the ocean. That's why we are keen to keep the school free of any plastic rubbish. This term, some classes are actually working on the topic Hidden Worlds: Under the Sea and are learning about the beauty of the sea and how our attitude towards waste can harm living creatures and destroy that beauty.

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Science Week 2019

Each year the school joins in with British Science Week.  Its a  celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths across the UK for people of all ages.  It requires our amazing teachers to come up with entertaining and engaging events and activities for our children to watch and participate in.  To celebrate the end of science week we had a bouncy castle.  As you can see from the smiles and laughs it was a great success across the school.

Forest School

One of the extra-curriculum activities the school provides, is Forest School.

"Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees." - Forest Schools Association

Our local Forest School is Courtwood Primary school.  In 2012 Courtwood Primary School was gifted a piece of woodland that backed onto the school.  It was to be developed as a nature trail and woodcraft area.  It has a "Talking Circle" with a fire pit and a trail around the wood.  It is a short walk to Selsdon Woods and fields.

Sessions take place on a Tuesdays and Thursdays. One session is for our year 2 students and the other is an inclusion link with Courtwood pupils joining our session.

As you can see they are able to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers.

Merry Christmas One and All!

This year the theme for the Christmas play was Red Gates Radio.  Each class paired up with another and chose a music genre to perform to.

The play was opened by our amazing Red Gates Rockers, performing Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is Coming to Town and was closed by our fabulous Choir, performing We are the Children of Red Gates School and We Wish You a Merry Christmas

DJ Santa (played by Khalid) introduced each act which started off with Class Rose and Class Teal performing to Rock and Roll music.  We then had Classes Amethyst and Lilac presenting Classical, Classes Magenta and Sky presenting Disco, Classes Cyan and Aqua presenting Rock and Roll, Classes Royal and Violet presenting Soul, Classes Jade and Turquoise presenting Reggae, Classes Mint and Fuchsia presenting Pop, Classes Coral and Lime presenting Country and Classes Emerald and Navy presenting RnB.

We performed on Tuesday to our neighbours, Gilbert Scott School and on Wednesday to our parents, carers and friends.

The children and staff worked so hard to put this performance together and it was a hit with everyone that attended.

Merry Christmas from all the children and staff at Red Gates!

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

We would like to thank Knights Garden Centre, Chelsham and Woldingham for providing us, free of charge, with our school Christmas tree.

The school committee members received the tree from the Garden Centre and had fun putting on the decorations and making it look beautiful. 

Haven't they done a fantastic job! 

 

You can received a 10% off voucher for purchasing your own real Christmas tree.

Its Behind You!

Oh no it isn't!

It is the time of year that everyone loves, Panto season, and the children here at Red Gates are lucky to have their own private performance.

Each year, Friends of Red Gates School raise funds in order that Dazzle and Fizz can bring their show to our school for the children to watch.  This year it was Robin Hood.

As you can see the children had a great time.

Oh no they didn't...oh yes they did!

SEND Strategy & Post 16 SEND Travel Policy consultation

Croydon council is consulting on a draft strategy for improving outcomes and life chances for children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Croydon.

At the same time, the council is also consulting on changes to its transport policy for young people aged 16-18 with special educational needs.  The council arranges travel support for some children and young people with special needs and/or disabilities to attend school or college.

For more information follow this link Croydon Council

Harvest Festival

Welcome to our Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival is a celebration of the annual harvest, held in schools and as a service in Christian churches, to which gifts of food are brought for the poor.

We invited our parents to join us in our celebrations and our talented children made fruit and vegetables and also a fantastic red tractor.  We sang and danced to our harvest songs and finished with our choir performance.

Black History Month

During October the UK celebrates Black History Month.   We celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people throughout the world.  Across the country special classes and celebrations are arranged within schools from educational talks to food festivals.

Here at Red Gates, Maximum Dance Design provided a drumming workshop for all our children.

The African drum was originally made as a form of communication. The drum beat in Africa is heard every day and the Djembe is the most popular and sought after drum in the world.

The children had lots of fun playing the different drums and dancing to the music.

Music Mark School Member 2018/2019!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the music department for becoming a Music Mark member. 

In order to become a member, the school needs to be nominated by their local music education hub/service and they need to meet the relevant criteria.   The criteria includes: -

  • Evidence of willingness to engage in development conversations related to improving music provisions.
  • Recognition of the value of music education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum
  • A strategy for music in place which provides for all children.

Music Mark works to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people.

We have been recognised for all the hard work we do to ensure that pupils at school are able to access and engage with high-quality music education and for our dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balance curriculum.

“Music Mark believes in the fundamental right to experience a high-quality music education for all children and young people, in and out of their schools.” Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive

For the Music Mark Website, please click here

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