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27th January 2021

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Whole School News

Health Declaration Form

To be completed if your child/ren are attending school because they are in Nursery and/or Transition or you are Key Workers, please complete the Health Declaration Form here and submit this by Sunday 31 January.

Sport at RH7 during Lockdown

Please be reminded of the contents of Mr Butt’s letter regarding attending the online Games and PE Lessons.

If your child is not to participate in these lessons, please email sport@radnor-sevenoaks.org to advise what sporting activity they will be participating in instead.

Many thanks.

The RH7 Sports Dept

Children’s Mental Health Week - Monday 1 February to Friday 5 February

In the Senior School, we are calling it Positive Mental Health Week and will be following the theme of Express Yourself.  In PSHEE lessons, pupils will be able to choose a task to express themselves – this could be a song, dance, artwork, film, photography, or writing.  In assemblies and form groups pupils will be able to explore and discuss positive mental health, and how expressing ourselves leads to healthy minds.

NHS Fund Raiser

Following on from our news last week of the phenomenal amount of money raised for our local NHS hospitals, we are pleased to report the following:

We received a wish list from the staff at the local hospitals and at the top of the list was a request for easy to use coffee machines to be left in their staff rooms.  They really needed a simple coffee machine and one which turned off after one cup full and which didn’t need fresh milk and could also make hot chocolate and other hot drinks.  After much research, it was decided that Dulce Gusto machines were the best option.

We purchased 9 machines from Currys in Maidstone and Aaron Shepheard Business their Customer Manager donated the 10th machine and 4 boxes of capsules from their store budget.

The machines will go to 9 COVID and A&E Wards and 1 will go to the Hedgehog children’s ward which is now being used as a COVID red zone.

Paul Ebbatson of vrprint Sevenoaks, kindly printed and donated ‘Thank you from all at RH7 to the NHS’ labels to be attached to the machines

We have donated so far approx:

150 bottles energy drinks

54 lip balms (this was separate to all Nicole Beesley’s donation from Hygiene Bank)

3360 Tea bags

250 Bags of crisps

110 cup-a-soup

600 energy/chocolate bars

We have spent c. £1130 to date.

A huge thanks to all of these people.

A MASSIVE thank you must also go to Julie and Stephen Humphreys for organising for the RH7 Community to donate and support our local NHS workers. For collecting boxes of products from the Hygiene Bank, picking up the coffee machines and dropping them off for NHS collection.  You have worked tirelessly and we all really appreciate everything you have done.

Here are some of the wonderful words from the staff at the various hospitals we have supported so far:

‘Clare I wanted to say a massive Thank You for all the goodies and supplies you have sent to us at MTW. I work in ICU and I just wanted to say we really appreciate it. Thank you so much from the Nurses, Doctors, Admin team and Clinical Support Workers of ICU’.

‘Hi Clare, we work on ward 22 at Pembury Hospital. I just wanted to drop you a message to tell you how grateful we are for all of the donations we have been receiving. Today we received face wipes, lipstick and no 7 night cream, we are all now looking forward to having a little pamper evening. Again, thank you so much it really is appreciated xx Becky xx’

‘Clare thank you so so much for our care packages for Edenbridge Hospital... they were very much appreciated by us, we are all so grateful for your love, kindness and support in these difficult times. Thank you again everyone who kindly donated, we really appreciated it. Stay safe. Lots of love Dawn and all my colleagues at Edenbridge hospital xx’

(I sent a package to Edenbridge on Monday because a lot of Edenbridge residents have donated and they have Covid on their wards)

I have received a phone call from ICU, ward 20, and Sevenoaks hospital saying a big thank you and how much of a difference our donations have made to their days

More updates will follow in the Bulletin over the forthcoming weeks.  Please click here to see some of the efforts that went into this fundraiser along with a small insight into what we were able to purchase.

Year 7 News

Free Access to First News during Lockdown:

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested you can sign up here.

Year 8 News

Free Access to First News during Lockdown:

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested you can sign up here.

Year 9 News

Options Information for iMedia and Business Studies

There will be taster iMedia and Business studies sessions for all Year 9 pupils taking place on the following dates.  You will receive a Teams invitation to take you to the correct channel. These lessons will take the place of your usual lessons for that period, so you should all attend.  If we are able to resume normal lessons in school, after half term, then an additional session will be offered, with Mr Malik and Mr Leddington, before you hand in your options form on Monday 15 March. 

Business Studies with Mr Leddington and Mr Puxty: Monday 1 February, period 3 (instead of MFL) 

iMedia with Mr Malik on Wednesday 10 February period 3 (instead of CS/IT/English) 

Free Access to First News during Lockdown:

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested you can sign up here.

Year 10 News

No Current Content

Year 11 News

Examinations Update

Whilst there is no further guidance as yet as to how exam grades will be awarded this summer, pupils will still need to be entered for their examinations in order for an exam grade to be awarded.  Pupils will therefore receive a “Statement of Entry”  email from the school’s exam office next week.  Please check this statement carefully to ensure that you have been entered for the correct exams.  If the statement is correct,  pupils must sign the statement via Adobe sign.  If you have any queries, please immediately contact aanthony@radnorhouse-sevenoaks.org.  All entries must be submitted before half term so please respond to the email immediately upon its receipt. 

Exam boards will be charging entry fees as normal, with a view to refunding part of the fee once all the costs of the exam season have been calculated.  This is the procedure that was adopted last year.  Therefore, the school will charge the standard exam fees and issue appropriate refunds when the final cost is confirmed by the relevant exam boards. 

The exam consultation closes on Friday 29 January and there will then be a period of discussion before final decisions are taken.  We hope for clarification as to the next steps by mid-February, but, as always will keep you informed as soon as we receive any confirmation.  

Sian Pettitt

Parents' Association - FoRH7

Thank you – from FoRH7 and our Charities

The generosity of the Radnor House school community is incredible.  Thanks to your support we are able to make an early payment to our school charities, as they bear the brunt of lockdown number 3 to their normal fundraising plans.  The trustees of FoRH7 have agreed that we pay £1000 to our six charities, here’s what our house charities had to say. 

NIGHTINGALE – Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre

From Denise Hodge - Commercial Operations Manager

The staff and animals at Foal Farm are delighted that the pupils of Radnor House are continuing to fundraise for us in these very difficult times.  Your innovative ideas to generate funds during lockdown have been inspirational!  Releasing some of the funds to us now will make a big difference to the animals that we care for.  Thank you for your fantastic support.

FoRH7: Please don’t forget Neve B Yr6, has also requested that Prep sends in their animal poems to support Foal Farm, please ask your form teacher about this.

PANKHURST – Leonard Cheshire Disability

From Linda Addo – Service Manager, Chipstead Lakes

Thank you so much for your email.  We are very pleased to hear about the kindness and support of the Radnor House School Community during these challenging times.  We are very grateful for this kind donation.

We have had a very difficult period lately with a Covid outbreak in our service.  It is really reassuring to know that we have your support during this difficult time.  Your donation enables us to undertake projects that improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of our residents and for that, we can’t thank you enough.

We very much appreciate the efforts you make to raise funds for our home.  We hope you and your families are staying safe. 

NEWTON - West Kent Mind

From Emma Crawford – Community Fundraising Officer – West Kent Mind

Radnor House – you are AMAZING, we want to say a huge thank you for this incredible donation!  It means so much to us here at West Kent Mind as we continue trying our very hardest to keep supporting our current clients with their ongoing Mental Health challenges.  As well as being able to welcome new clients facing difficulties with their Mental Health, especially during these unusual times.  We wouldn’t be able to support the members of our local community without the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication you have all shown with your fundraising – keep up the good work! Thank you

CHURCHILL - Bradbourne Riding for the Disabled

From Liz Wrighton – who speaks at school (she is looking forward to seeing you all)

To all our supporters at Radnor House, a MASSIVE thank you for raising so much for us in this difficult time.  We particularly appreciate it right now because the weather is so grotty and the fields are VERY muddy, without much grass.  That means we need lots of hay and your £1000 will go a HUGE way in keeping us fed, and making sure we have warm, waterproof rugs.  

With lots of love, and hoping we’ll see some riders soon . . and maybe some Radnor House students as well!!  From the Bradbourne RDA ponies.

Bradbourne Group board message:

In such challenging times with Covid health worries impacting everyone, and under lockdown not being able to welcome our disabled participants to spend time with their equine friends, it is heart-warming to know there are such generous, kind hearted and creative people busily working away organising alternative engaging and entertaining fundraising activities to generate monies for those community organisations the students have chosen to support.  The payment now is absolutely invaluable to Bradbourne Riding for the Disabled Group, to keep our dear ponies fed properly during these winter months so they are fit and ready when we can invite our riders and carriage drivers back.   Thank you so much from everyone at the Group.

We are continuing to run with pupil lead fundraising initiatives and pupils have heard about a music and singing opportunity and the AGE-ATHON.  If you wish, these activities may be sponsored and a donation to your house can be made here.  Thank you.

Please do let us know what you get up to! friends@radnor-sevenoaks.org

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