Snippets of News
Little bits of news from around our school...
Getting hot in aid of the NSPCC.
7 February 2018
On Wednesday 7th of February the whole school took part in ‘Buddy’s Big Workout’, for the NSPCC.
Activities included, skipping, throwing beanbags into hoops, star jumps and running between two cones. Everyone was very hot afterwards.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored the children.
Author Grant Koper reading to the children.
1 February 2018
On Thursday February the 1st we had a visit from the author and actor Grant Koper.
He joined the children in the Sports Hall to read his book, ’The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away.’
His visit inspired Class 4 to write a children’s story of their own. Class 3 wrote letters to Grant, telling him how much they enjoyed his visit and Class 2 retold the story changing the title to ’The Granny’s Knickers blew to Redmile.’
Kathryn advising the children about staying safe.
22 January 2018
On Monday 22nd January, Kathryn, from the NSPCC visited our school. She came to speak to Classes 2 to 4 about the, ’Speak out. Stay safe’ programme.
With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, the children found out what to do if they had a worry.
We also will be taking part in ‘Buddy’s big workout’ to help raise money for the charity.
Miss Geeson and baby son.
24 November 2017
Miss Geeson presents her beautiful son born earlier this term. We are all delighted and thrilled for them both.
Our girls' football team.
22 September 2017
On Friday September 22nd some of our Year 5 and 6 girls took part in the Vale and Melton football competition at Asfordby Amateurs ground in Hoby.
They did really well coming 4th in the competition and going through to the semi-finals. Well done girls!
Miss Geeson on her final day.
22 September 2017
On Friday September 22nd Miss Geeson left us to go on maternity leave.
During a special assembly, surrounded by lots of lovely blue balloons, the children presented her with gifts for the baby a beautiful bunch of flowers.
We send her lots of love and best wishes.
Our Year 6 Leavers.
13 July 2017
On Thursday 13th July we said, ’Goodbye’, to our Year 6 children.
Looking back at their time at Redmile brought a few tears and lots of laughter.
We wish them all the very best for the future.
Winter fun at the Snowdome.
3 July 2017
On Monday 3rd July our Year 6 children went to the Tamworth Snowdome.
Miss Geeson and Mrs Longden accompanied the group. Activities included snowboarding, skiing and tobogganing lessons.
A well earned stop at McDonalds ended an amazing day!
17 and 23 May 2017
Some of our Year 4 and 5 children travelled to Loughborough to take part in this years Young Innovators Challenge.
The children were asked to design and make a healthy snack for the ‘Super Food Challenge’ or design and build a bridge for the ‘Canyon Crossing Challenge’. We had ‘Funky Fruits’ and Fruit’n’Mix. The bridges included ‘GFJ’ ,’The Chinese Bridge’ and ‘Trampoline Bridge.’
Every child received a certificate and lots of praise for their great ideas. We are so proud of them for taking part in this exciting challenge.
Our basketball players.
2 April 2017
On 2nd April some of our Year 5 and 6 children travelled to Leicester Arena to take part in the county basketball competition.
The children really enjoyed the experience and the refreshments!
Out of eight teams from all over Leicestershire our team came fourth.
Well done to everyone!
Enjoying the Easter story.
30 March 2017
On Thursday 30th of March, Steve from Footprints Theatre visited us.
He performed ’That’s mine!’ a story about Sam the prison guard. Sam guarded Jesus and Barabas, a thief whose life changed when Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and he was saved.
The children enjoyed the performance and joined in enthusiastically.
Our Basketball players.
28 and 29 November 2016
On Monday and Tuesday 28th and 29th of November our Basketball Team took part in a Vale Tournament.
10 teams from across the Vale participated. Redmile played some great basketball winning 6-2 against Waltham in the final. They will now play the winners of the Melton tournament to decide which team will progress to the county finals.
Well done to all our brilliant players we are very proud of you.
Some of our pupils at St Peter's Church.
4 November 2016
On Friday 4th November some of our children were invited by the Hose and Harby branch of the Royal British Legion to take part in an Act of Remembrance in St. Peters Church Redmile.
The children read the biographies of two soldiers from Redmile who were killed in the First World War. The readings were followed by the laying of a cross for each soldier and a minutes silence and some prayers.
The children enjoyed talking to the gentlemen from the Royal British Legion and also the drinks and biscuits provided by Canon Wells. Thank you.
Year 5/6 footballers.
4 October 2016
Well done to our Year 5/6 footballers who came second at the tournament in Bottesford on Tuesday 4th October.
They have now qualified to represent Melton and Belvoir in the small schools Danone competition in November.
Our hockey tournament participants.
30 September 2016
On Friday 30th September some of our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children travelled to Melton to take part in a hockey tournament
One of our teams came first winning 4.1 against Great Dalby. Our younger children came second playing Stathern in the final.
The event was organised by the Melton and Belvoir School Sport and Physical Activity Network.
All the children really enjoyed the day.
Our drumming assembly.
13 July 2016
On Wednesday 13th of July we were treated to a special ‘Drumming Assembly.’
Our drummers performed in front of parents and the rest of the school. It was amazing!
Well done to everyone and a huge 'thank you’ to Kyle, their teacher.
Learning about Islam.
19 May 2016
On Thursday May 19th we had some visitors from St. Philips Centre in Leicester. The centre is committed to strengthening community integration with dialogue and understanding.
Viv and Sumaiya came to talk to us about Islam.
We learned about the five pillars of Islam. The month of Ramadan followed by the festival of Eid brought lots of interesting questions from the children.
Our basketball 'player of the year'.
30 April 2016
Earlier this year one of our Year 5 boys was selected to represent Nottinghamshire at the East Midlands Regional U11 Basketball Tournament.
He has now won the coaches ‘Player of the Year’ for his performance throughout the season with his team Melton Kings.
Congratulations and well done from everyone!
Our Rugby player.
22 April 2016
One of our Year 4 boys plays rugby for Melton Mowbray.
On Friday 22nd April he travelled to Minehead to take part in a tournament organised by Leicester Tigers. He scored a try against Shipston and came home with a medal for his performance.
Our hockey stars.
16 March 2016
On Wednesday the 16th March some of our Year 4, 5 and 6 children took part in a hockey tournament at the Melton Sports Village, formerly King Edward V11 School.
There were 13 schools taking part from Melton and The Vale of Belvoir. Our Year 5/6 team came second on goal difference and our Year 4 team came first beating the record for most goals.
All the children had a really great time. They were treated to Mrs. Hopkins special cookies the next day.
Our chess champion.
4 March 2016
One of our Year 6 boys has won a pre-tournament chess competition in Thurmaston.
We are very proud of him and wish him well for the main event later on in the year.
Our cross country runners.
9 February 2016
On Tuesday 9th of February Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 joined all the schools in the Vale at Hose to take part in a cross country event.
It was a cold and very muddy afternoon but all the children gave their best. As usual they made us proud.
Well done to everyone!
Our gymnastic stars.
8 February 2016
On Monday some our Year 3, 4 and 6 girls travelled to Longfield School in Melton Mowbray to take part in the Little Springers Keysteps Gymnastics Competition.
The girls made us proud with their enthusiasm and determination. A massive 'well done' to all of you.
We all said a fond farewell to Mrs Laywood.
18 December 2015
We have said ’Goodbye’ to Mrs.Laywood, who has worked at our school for many years as our Premises officer and Midday Supervisor.
She left us before Christmas when we presented her with some lovely gifts. She then returned to help us for several weeks before moving on.
We will miss her but wish her 'All the best!’
Sewing Club members.
6 November 2015
Our Sewing Club has been very busy knitting tiny hats! The hats have been made for the charity, Age UK, as part of,’ the innocent big knit’.
The hats had to fit over a bottle of an ‘Innocent Smoothie’, so great dexterity was needed.
Every time a little bottle wearing a hat was sold the company donated 25p to Age UK. The Charity help to keep older people warm over winter.
Well done to everyone in the Sewing (and now knitting) Club. We are all very proud of you. Also a special, ’Thank you! ’ to the ladies who give up their time every week to help the children.
Our cross country runners.
31 October 2015
Some of our children took part in a Cross Country event at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough.
It was cold but dry and the children who went really enjoyed their day,
28 September 2015
On Monday 28th September some of our Year 6, 5and 4 girls took part in the Vale and Melton Football Tournament. They travelled to Brooksby Melton College to join other schools from the Vale.
Redmile came second in the tournament. The girls came back to school very excited about their day.
12 June 2015
On Friday 12th June our cricketers took part in a the Melton and Vale Tournament.
The children travelled to Melton Cricket Club and had a really good day.
Fifteen schools took part and our team came fifth! Well done everyone and a massive ‘Thank you’ to the parents who helped transport the team.
Year 5/6 Girls' Football team.
21 May 2015
On Thursday 21st May some of our Year 5 and 6 girls took part in the Melton and Vale Girls Football Tournament. Seven schools took part at Asfordby Amateurs sports ground.
Some great defending and goalkeeping skills led our girls to third place in the tournament.
The weather stayed fine which was lucky.
A huge ‘Thank you’ to the parents who transported them to and from the venue. The girls enjoyed their day very much
Our Tag Rugby team.
17 March 2015
On Tuesday afternoon our Tag Rugby team took part in a tournament at Belvoir High School.
They played really well considering the dreadful weather conditions. They came 3rd in the league.
Well done everyone!
Our Christingle service.
5 December 2014
Our annual Christingle Service was held in St. Peter’s Church on Friday 5th of December.
Parents joined us for prayers and Christmas songs. A collection was made for the Children’s Society, who work with disadvantaged Children. We lit the candles on our Christingles and sang ‘Away in a Manger’.
It was a lovely service. Thank you to Mrs Wells.
Visiting the Christmas trees.
5 December 2014
On Friday 5th of December some of us went to Melton To be part of the ’Switch On’ celebrations.
When we arrived we visited St. Marys Church to see the amazing Christmas Trees. We sang some Christmas songs in the Marketplace including ‘Love Shone Down’ and ‘Boogey Woogey Santa’.
Before heading back to school we had a great time in the ‘Snow Dome’.
Fundraising on Pink and Blue Day.
31 October 2014
On Friday October 31st our School Council organised a Pink and Blue Day in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign and Prostate Cancer Research.
Everyone came dressed in either pink or blue, some in both, and brought some money for the charities.
Parents were asked for a small donation at our special assembly for coffee and biscuits. They managed to raise a marvellous £120.00!
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone!
At the Pungar War Memorial.
26 September 2014
Some of our children have been writing Harvest prayers and drawing some Harvest pictures.
Our R.E.M.P.’s went with Mrs Hopkins on Friday morning, 26th September, to display them at Plungar War memorial.
Year 6 in their special t-shirts.
10 July 2014
On Thursday morning July 10th the Year 6 children gave us a special assembly followed by tea for parents and helpers.
They had box of memories and stories about their time at Redmile.
Afterwards they were presented with special t-shirts and their Records of Achievement folders complete with photos from their time in Reception. Awww!
We wish them all the best of luck for the future.
Saying goodbye to Mr Curtis.
10 July 2014
We said a sad 'goodbye' to Mr Curtis on Thursday 10th July.
Mr Curtis leaves us to take up a Deputy Headship in Nottingham. We wish him every success in the future.
The Year 6 gang.
7 July 2014
On Monday 7th July the Year 6 children went on a trip with Mr Curtis and Mrs Staveley to Nottingham.
We started the morning with two games at Laser Quest, which was very hot but good fun.
We then had a lovely lunch at Frankie and Benny’s followed by Ten Pin bowling after which we made just made it home in time for the school bus.
We had a really good time.
Redmile at the Vale Sports Day.
4 July 2014
On Friday our Year 4, 5 and 6 children took part in the Vale Sports Day at Belvoir High School.
It stayed dry for us and all the children made us proud as always with their excellent sportsmanship.
Well done to everyone!
27 June 2014
On Friday June 27th some of our Year 4, 5 and 6 children went to Uppingham School to take part in the Leicestershire and Rutland Summer Championships.
They took part in Basketball and Hockey tournaments.
A big ‘Well done’ to our Year 5 and 6, for qualifying for the basketball. An even bigger ‘Well done!’ to our Year 4 and 5 who came joint 3rd, out of 217 schools, in the Quick Sticks Hockey tournament. Quite an achievement!
It was a long day which the children enjoyed even though play was suspended at one point due to a thunderstorm!
Our super fundraising duo.
5 June 2014
On Thursday 5th June two of our Year 4 girls lead some sessions to raise awareness of National Blood Cancer Week.
After a very informative whole school assembly the girls led sessions in all three classes. In Class 1 the children made get well cards for children in hospital. Class 2 created their own Billy Blood drops. Class 3 learned about blood cancer and made bone marrow.
Sophie from the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity joined us on Friday morning for our special assembly. Afterwards the girls sold cakes, badges, cookies and wristbands. They managed to raise a massive £127 for the charity.
Lots and lots of hard work was put in to make the morning really special and informative. Thank you and well done girls!
11 April 2014
Two members of staff have left us this term - Mrs Davies our Premises Officer and Mrs Hodder our Year 4,5,6 Teacher.
Both of them will be missed and we wish them all the very best.
Fun at the disco.
10 April 2014
On Thursday 10th April after school one of our Year 6 Children had organised a Charity Disco. With the help of some friends the school hall was turned into a disco den with snacks and drinks and games from 3.15 until 5.00pm.
'Fabulous', 'Cool' and 'Amazing' were some of the comments from children.
Thank you to the organisers and a huge 'thank you' to all the parents and children who raised over £271 which was matched by Boots to make an amazing £540 to Macmillan Cancer Support. Well done!
Cross Country runners.
1 March 2014
On Saturday March 1st some of our children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in the Primary Cross Country Event at Long Field Academy in Melton.
After a foggy and muddy start conditions improved to make it an enjoyable day.
Introducing baby Ruby Rose.
11 February 2014
Introducing Ruby Rose Copeland. Born on 11th February weighing 8lb 8oz.
Well done Mrs Copeland and all best wishes to you and Mr Copeland and your beautiful new daughter
Our Cross Country competitors.
5 October 2013
On Saturday 5th October some of our children took part in a Cross Country event at Prestwold Hall.
It was a sunny day and the route wasn't too muddy!
Our very own Master Chef.
22 June 2013
From thousands of entries one of our Year 5 boys has been shortlisted for the BBC show 'Junior Bakeoff'.
He has always loved cooking and his signature 'bake' is a Victoria Sponge and he also makes a mean Cornish pasty. Yum!
We are all really proud of him and wish him all the best for his final audition in Manchester on June 22nd.
21 June 2013
On Friday 21st June 2013 two Year 5 children from Redmile joined with other Year 5's from across the Vale to take part in a 'Need for Speed 'themed day at Belvoir High School.
To celebrate the Bloodhound SSC team's project to become the first car to travel at over 1000 mph the children designed, built and tested their own rocket powered car.
Children and staff of Redmile Primary School.
The Grantham Journal, 17 May 2013
Redmile Primary School is a small village school in the heart of the Vale of Belvoir, with big reasons to celebrate.
The children make considerable progress during their time at the school, due to the excellent teaching and learning, and high levels of care, guidance and support which address their individual needs.
The most recent SATs results showed that 100 per cent of pupils made at least two levels' progress between Key Stage 1 and 2; 100 per cent achieved levels 5 or 6 in reading and writing, putting the school in the top 20 per cent of schools nationally; and 92 per cent achieved levels 4, 5 or 6 in maths, putting it in the top 20 per cent of similar schools nationally. Meanwhile, Key Stage 1 pupils also achieved higher than the national averages in their Year 2 SATs.
Redmile has recently been accredited with the Beyond Bullying Award in recognition of the hard work the whole school community engages in to maintain high standards of behaviour, and also The Enhanced Model for Healthy Schools, of which the staff are also very proud.
A high emphasis on the importance of sport and fitness is reaping many rewards. Pupils have won numerous tournaments in recent seasons in hockey, basketball, football and cricket, and have gone on to represent the area at county level. A number of pupils are achieving individual acclaim in County Cricket Clubs in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, the Nottinghamshire Football Association, and in ice hockey and figure skating.
Children are happy and thriving, and are very proud of their school.
Our Headteacher, Mrs Hopkins.
The Melton Times, 25 April 2013
A letter from our Headteacher, Mrs Hopkins, was published in the Melton Times:
The recent announcement by the Government to award primary schools £300m of funding towards sport provision, in an effort to capitalise on the legacy of last summer's Olympic Games, is great news for our local schools. However, it should come with a health warning!
The money allocated is to be spread over a two year period only and is aimed at targeting specialist sport coaches to work in schools, preferably alongside teachers to help train them.
Having had sports funding drastically cut in 2010, headteachers are attuned to the false sense of security that short-term funding presents and recognise that sustainability in the long-term is quite a financial challenge for some schools, especially small schools like those in the Vale of Belvoir and around Melton.
Extra funding for two years sounds great, but what happens after that? Most schools will get rid of the sports coach because their budget is needed for the next new initiative thrown at them; the teachers, who the coaches have worked alongside for two years, may decide to leave presenting the possibility of recruiting someone new who hasn't received the training. Not to get too excited here, but maybe the Government will recognise that sport continues to be important and the funding carries on?
At Redmile, we have been totally committed to the improvement of health and fitness, as well as competitive sports in our school, so since the last funding was cut we have utilised the money raised at our annual Viking Challenge event and maintained the high quality sports teaching provided by our excellent sports coach Andy Wing coupled with the commitment from staff and parents, plus the partnership work with other Vale primaries and Belvoir High School, Belvoir Cricket Trust and Long Field Academy so that our pupils get the best opportunities possible. This has led us to an incredible amount of success in recent years.
Our teams have won numerous tournaments including hockey, basketball, football and cricket and have gone on to represent the area at county level. A number of our pupils, including Hugh Herring, Aaron and Ryan Charlesworth (cricket), Joshy Beeston and Isobel Evans (football), Will Bray (figure skating and ice hockey) are achieving individual acclaim.
Strength in partnership is the key to success. Investing in partnership is the key to our children's future so here's my health warning: to all heads out there, make sure you plan now for sustainability of sports provision after the funding is taken away from you in 2015 to avoid trouncing all the hard work you're about to do; and for all parents out there, make sure you help the school to raise funds to help your headteacher fulfil their plan, because without it dreams will be quashed.
Three of our Year 6 boys have been starring on the football field.
The boys, who play for Bottesford U11's Div 2, won The New Newark League Cup beating Winthorpe and Coddington a whopping 5-0!
One of our Year 5 boys has recently been selected to play for the English Ice Hockey Association.
He will take part in tournament in Holland during the Easter holidays and at the National Inter-conference Tournament in May. He also is a member of the National Ice Centre's Figure Skating Academy in Nottingham.
He has been invited to attend the international Skate School in Belgium for a week in July. We are all very proud of him and wish him every success.
Watch this space for a future Team GB member!
28 April 2010
On Wednesday afternoon Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in the Vale Cross Country event which took place at Hose Village Hall.
We brought 2nd and 3rd medals back to school from the Year 4 and Year 6 boy's events. Well done to everyone who took part.
Some of our Year 6 boys play for Bottesford Under 11's Football Club.
They beat the Grove Ranger Terriers 2-0 to win the New Newark Youth Football League and Cup. Well done boys!
Operation Christmas Child
There were 53 boxes donated for Operation Christmas Child this year - many of them beautifully decorated as you can see in the photograph on the right.
On Wednesday 4 November 2009 we had a special assembly.
Charlotte, Nancy and Riona told us all about Remembrance Day.
The girls read out a letter from the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. He would like us to join in two minutes silence on Wednesday 11th of November at 11 o'clock. To remember all the brave men and women of the armed forces who died fighting for our country.
Baby Adam Kingston arrived safe and sound in mid-September.
Mum is doing well.
Baby is very hungry!
Halloween and Bonfire Night
A campaign to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period is being launched by Leicestershire Constabulary in conjunction with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Melton Mowbray Crime and Disorder Partnership.
Halloween celebrations often involve young people taking part in 'Trick or Treat' activities. Unfortunately, in previous years this has involved a minority of youngsters throwing eggs and flour at people and houses after the occupants decline to give them a treat. Officers are working with shops in your area asking them to display posters stating that flour and eggs will not be sold to under-18's who are not accompanied by an adult in the run up to Halloween.
Posters which say 'No Thanks Trick or Treaters' (see below) are also being distributed to residents to display in their window if they do not wish to take part in Halloween. Posters are also being distributed ahead of Bonfire Night which remind residents and young people that the safest way to enjoy the night is to go to an organised event.
Police and Trading Standards will be monitoring shops which sell fireworks and targeting those suspected of selling to under-18s.
Mrs Humphris now has a baby daughter, born on Sunday 2nd August 2009, weighing 6.8lbs.
Both mum and baby are doing really well.
Robbie is very excited!
Operation Christmas Child
Every year, we support the Samaritans Purse charity 'Operation Christmas Child'.
Families make up special boxes containing a variety of gifts for children in under-developed countries.
This year, we sent off 57 colourful boxes, which we hope will bring a smile to 57 little faces somewhere overseas.
In the picture you can see two of our children standing next to the mountain of Christmas boxes.