We asked our Red House Housemistress about her favourite part of life in Year I. Here’s what she had to say…
I love interacting with the girls! We have a very full and varied roster of weekend activities to keep them active and engaged, and I love seeing the girls experience so many new things alongside their new friends. Throughout the year, we really get to watch them grow in front of our eyes – both physically and in developing confidence. This confidence leads to the subsequent formation of their different characters and personalities, which are always fun to see blossom. I also love watching the diversity of the girls and how this plays out in their social interactions. They all have fun stories to share and Red House is the perfect first stop in their journey at QM.
What should parents know about Red House?
We recognise that Year I is a big transition for girls and parents and we work diligently to make the transition smooth. We want the girls to feel as much at home as possible, and this means firstly creating a safe environment. All of our Red House staff have a holistic approach to the welfare of each girl, and we work closely across the School with various departments and of course with parents to ensure every girl is happy and healthy. We all have close working relationships with all staff – tutors, teachers, medical centre – to ensure we have a full understanding of each girl’s needs. We all have substantial experience in pastoral care roles and we encourage the girls in life skills, good manners, healthy eating and general wellbeing.
What makes Red House unique from others on campus?
Red House is a very special place for girls in Year I; housed in an old farmstead, the home faces out over rural grounds which supply home grown flowers and vegetables for the girls. The farm-style kitchen has its own Aga, the focal point of the house where the girls meet, chat and share news in a homely atmosphere. While it has a rural feel, the house is actually in the middle of the School grounds, providing easy and quick access to all of the main School buildings. During the year prior to girls’ arrival at Red House, all potential new girls are encouraged to visit QM in order to establish a comfortable transition into School life. This usually involves a ‘Taster Day,’ where visiting girls are paired with existing Year I girls to attend classes and enrichment activities during the day before attending a sleep over in Red House.