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School Happenings


November 2020

Act now! Rescue a hedgehog!

By Mark French of 5S


Hedgehogs are endangered species. It is illegal to hunt them, but they are still being hunted and their population rapidly decreases.

To try and save a hedgehog you could make a sheltered feeding station for it in your garden.

Below are the instructions how to build a simple one:

Try to find an old crate and cut 200mm by 200mm hole in one side, tip the crate upside down, put weights on top to prevent the box from tipping (something heavy enough from cats getting in).

You can also build a more solid version of the feeding station if you have the following equipment: a screwdriver, a saw, plywood sheet and two hinges. It only takes a bit longer (1 or 2 hours) but it is safer for the hedgehog. Make four feet for the house, each 8cm high, fix them to a wooden box made of plywood that has enough space for 2 plates: one for water, one for food, fix the roof on hinges, so you can open the box to put in plates with food.

It is HIGHLY recommended that you should not use plates you eat from to feed hedgehogs as they carry diseases that can strongly affect humans. DO NOT feed them chicken, fish, poultry or milk. Hedgehogs like wet meats, mostly dog beef or biscuits. You can find a video online about what to feed them with.


Would you be nice to hedgehogs, save their lives and help them thrive? Be like me and help at least one hedgehog or try to deal with two or more like on the picture below from my garden. By helping a hedgehog, you are helping to save these endangered species from extinction.

WARNING: hedgehogs are messy creatures, they can poo where they eat or even on your lawn, so when going into into your garden, please wear shoes or another type of footwear to avoid stepping on it. Keep their feeding station clean. If you step on a quill that hedgehog dropped, apply anesthetic or it can itch or cause other nasty unpleasantness.  


Red Hill Staff Spotlight

November 2020

Welcoming Miss Moss to Red Hill

Lydia Harris interviews a newly recruited teacher, Miss Moss, who joined in September.


We warmly welcome newly qualified teacher, Miss Moss to Red Hill Primary School. She is very lucky to be teaching obviously one of the BEST classes in the school (my class). To get to know her better, we asked her a couple of questions.

Here are the exciting results:

Have you always wanted to be a teacher?

“Yes, since secondary school. Before that, I was interested in airlines and travel as this is what my dad does.”

What is the BEST thing about your job as a teacher?

“All of 6AM make me laugh so much which I look forward to every day”

How long did you train to be a teacher?

“Trained for three years”

What is your favourite subject? Why?

“Favourite subject is maths. I like the fact that there is always a correct answer to get to”

What time do you start and end your school day?

“I get to school at 7am and leave at about 4pm, sometimes later if there is a meeting or lots of marking!”

What do you usually have for lunch?

“ I either have a sandwich or pasta”

Have the other teachers been friendly and welcoming to you?

“The other teachers have been amazing which makes the job even better!”

Thank you so much for your time answering these questions for the school newspaper, we are very grateful! We would like to wish you success in your teaching career here at Red Hill!

July 2021

Sports day

Written by Helana Bashelei, Year 6.


What was different about this year’s sports day than the previous one?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, sports day at Red Hill was very different this year. The thing that made it very different was the parents not coming to watch their children do the sports activities like normal. This year it was videoed and then uploaded online so the parents could watch. It was also socially distanced so every year group would go on one thing at a time, and they would not mix with any other year groups except their year group. 


What activities did Key Stage 1 do?

Key Stage 1 did a wide range of sport activities such as: 40m race, sack race, bean bag throw, nerf throw, long jump, golf tries and the obstacle course.


Why is sports day a good thing to do?

Sports day is good for many different reasons. The children have lots of fun whilst taking part in the activities but also work as a team to win the trophy. It is also very good exercise for the children and introduces them to new sports that they have never done before as well as this it gets them out of the classroom so they can have a break and enjoy the fun activities.

Which team won?

The team that one is green. Asher-Smith won in both KS1 and KS2. Well done to all the children who took part in sports day this year!

July 2021

Celebrating 70 years of Red Hill

Written by Lydia Harris, Year 6.

For the celebration all the children met on on the school field and were allowed to bring a snack, drink and some old fashioned games to play, such as cards, snakes and ladders,  hopscotch. 

Music was played, the sun was shining and everyone had lots of fun! 

Throughout the coming year the children will learn about different decades since the school was opened in 1951 and experience how school life has changed. 

July 2021

Interview with Mrs Crockatt

Written by Helana Bashelei, Year 6.


Hello, I’m Helana and I have iYterviewed Miss Crocket about Red Hill and also a bit about her life other than Red Hill.

How long have you been a teacher for?

This is my nineteenth year in teaching but before I became a teacher I worked as a teaching assistant for a year, and I did a degree in psychology. As part of my degree I also did some work with play therapy with children in school so I have been working in schools for over 20 years.

What is your favourite thing about being a teacher?

It’s definitely about relationships with everyone particularly with the children I love coming into classrooms and looking at the difference that education makes to children every day. l particularly I love coming into classes and seeing children who are really excited and engaged with their learning.

How long have you been a headteacher?

This is my ninth year of being a headteacher.

What other schools have you worked in?

I was the headteacher of Stewart Fleming Primary School which is part of the Pioneer Academy. Before that I was a teacher at Stewart Fleming. I also worked at another school called Burnt Ash Primary School which is in Downham and that’s where I started my teaching career in year three there.

Is it very different being a headteacher than a normal teacher?

It’s really different. Before, my main focus was the thirty to thirty two children in my class and sometimes the children in other classes in my year group. 

When you are a headteacher you are thinking about all the children in the school all of the time. You're also thinking about the people that work here. You're thinking about keeping everyone safe. You're thinking about keeping everyone really engaged with their learning. You're thinking about making sure that everyone is having the best time they can. Are they getting a good range of clubs after school? Are they getting a good range of activities at lunch time? I have lots of things that I think about in my role as a headteacher whereas when I was a teacher I was just focused on the learning in my classroom.

What is the biggest challenge of being a headteacher?

Well at the moment it's all about Covid-19. My job is always to keep everyone safe but now we are in the pandemic  we have got to take extra precautions to try and keep everyone safe. So it’s making sure that I follow all the guidance I get from the government as well as the guidance that the trust is telling me. So putting all of that together and thinking about how I can try my best to make that work at Red Hill.


November 2020

The Fast, The Furious, The Hamilton!

By Harry Jones

Lewis Hamilton, the most popular Formula 1 driver in the world, won his 7th championship on the 15th November 2020 in Turkey. Never before has there been such an achievement in Formula 1! In this article I’m going to take a look back on Lewis Hamilton’s life and career. Highlighting all of his best achievements in his long successful Formula 1 career.

"USGP 2007 - Lewis Hamilton Waves" by ChrisMRichards is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Lewis Carl Hamilton was born on 7th January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire which means he is currently 35 years old. He went to the John Henry Catholic School. When he was six years old his father, Anthony, bought him a remote controlled race car - from there is where his love for racing began! He was runner-up in a national RC racing championship and his career kicked off when he was only eight years old. Two years later, he won ‘The British Kart Championship’ at an impressive age of 10. At an award ceremony in 1995, young Lewis Hamilton was introduced to McLaren’s boss Ron Dennis. Lewis walked up to Dennis and asked for an autograph and said: “Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British championship and one day I want to be racing your cars.” Three years later, he signed a contract with McLaren and Mercedes-Benz Young Driver Support Programme.

He began professional car racing in 2001, and came 3rd on Formula Renault 2002 and the following year he came 1st in 2003. In 2007, Hamilton took part in his first ever season in Formula 1 where he achieved the most poll positions as a new comer. His success continued in 2008 where he became the first British driver to win the world championship since Damon Hill in 1996. In total he has competed in 7 championships: 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Hamilton had a personal meeting in 2013 with Nicki Lauda where he convinced him to sign to Mercedes. As a result, he reunited with childhood karting team mate Nico Rosberg. In 2017, Lewis Hamilton took the record for most poll positions with 97 in the shortest amount of time and this still stands. Overall, his record for the fastest amount of laps is 53! What an achievement!



November 2020

J.K Rowling and Harry Potter

By Helana Bashelei


Who is J.K Rowling?

Joanne Kathleen Rowling (born 31 July 1965) is a British writer and philanthropist. She was appointed OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2000 for her work in children’s literature.

She is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which has won multiple awards and has sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. The books have also been turned into films and J.K. Rowling produced the last two.

Fun Fact:

J.K Rowling did not put her full name in the books because she thought if boys knew that it was written by a woman, they would not buy it.

      The Harry Potter series

      The Harry Potter series is about a boy named Harry who is famous because as a baby he survived an attack from            an immensely powerful wizard. This wizard killed his parents, and he did not know about his history and powers              until he started at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry when he was 11.   


      The books tell stories about what happens at Hogwarts and each school year another bad thing happens with                Harry and his friends saving the day.

      Review of the Harry Potter series

      It is a thrilling fantasy book series which makes you not want to put it down. J.K Rowling has described the                        characters really well which puts an image of them in your head.

As well as the exciting adventures the characters go on, the books also have some sad moments and touches on ideas about friendship and death. 


November 2020

Friday favourites keep the kids happy!

Red Hill Primary School Lunch – a review by Lydia Harris


      School lunch on Friday has always been one of my favourites and today’s lunch didn’t disappoint.  Fish  fingers served with chips and a side of beans, peas, or nothing.

      Everything was hot and tasty, but the caterers seem to have stopped providing ketchup.  I also take my own salt because the chips have no flavour without it – who would eat chips with no salt?!

      The seats are creaky but there is nice natural light from the big window, and nice rainbow wallpaper,  interestingly provided by the previous catering company!

      Fresh water is always available from the jugs and cool water machine. The pasta option is nice but I think it is a bit too regularly served.

      At the salad bar there is always cucumber, sweetcorn, coleslaw, tomatoes and more, which I find makes  a good compliment to the main course.


Finally, for pudding I had the Mr Nourish cookie -today it was ginger flavoured and tasted like heaven! It is a good size today, however sometimes it can be too small. This time I left the lunch hall happy.

The bill comes to £2.28 which is good value for my parent’s money. All in all, Red Hill Canteen serves scrumptious food in a cheerful atmosphere.

Will I come again?



What is your favourite school lunch at Red Hill?

What meal would you like me to review next?

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