The Red Maids Society exists to keep former pupils and staff of the Red Maids' School, Bristol, in touch with each other and the School.
The school recently announced a merger of Red Maids' and Redland High, to be known as Redmaids' High School.
A letter from the Headmistress, Isabel Tobias, together with the full story can be found at Redmaids' High School.
Answers to all your questions are here: Redmaids' High School - Key Questions.
Whilst everyone involved with the two schools has been assimilating the news, we received this message from an former pupil, which we hope sums up how we all feel:
"I think this is absolutely wonderful news - exciting, positive and necessary. It is a opportunity to bring people together and a very sensible business decision. At a time when the world seems torn apart with ridiculousness (Brexit, refugees streaming in from the Middle East, madness in the USA election process .... ), what a refreshing and uplifting story – Red Maids and Redland working together to make exciting changes for girls.
I feel sure that the competent businessman, John Whitson, would be excited about this; he would be bringing his revolutionary vision to it with gusto (remember, he set up a girls' school at a time when girls were considered to be significantly ‘less than’ boys – which by the way is still the case the world over).
I wish the schools all the best and encourage the leadership teams to be creative together to create something that is much, much better than two separate schools compromising. Be visionary and be revolutionary.
Congratulations to the team that has been burning the midnight oil for a very sensible and forward thinking decision."
The Summer 2016 magazine went out by post on 1st August. Back copies of both the magazine and reviews of each year are available to members by post or on by logging on to the newsletter page.
As mentioned in the latest magazine, two new pages - Remarkable Red Maids and Once a Red Maid - will shortly be available. Watch this space!
Our 110th Anniversary year started in May, when a lot of curious visitors toured the whole school after our AGM. There is still time to join us later in September for an indulgent country house hotel tea. Full details of this year's Dedication Day Tea and a special Whitson's Lunch are on the booking form opposite.
We are looking for some new Committee members to take over some key jobs in 2016. We need a Vice Chair to take over as Chair in 2018, as well as two others: a Gifts Officer to sell our gifts at events and to source new ideas, and an Events Organiser, to organise the AGM, Tea and Lunch - both very part time roles of a few hours a month and not nearly as demanding as the titles sound!
The Events Organiser role could be shared among several people.
Please take a look at our Committee page, and view the 'job descriptions' link, or contact us for more information.
Gift catalogue coming soon.
Check out our gallery opposite for the new-look Burfield House (formerly the Main Building).
The Chairman's "Find Fiver" Appeal
WE DID IT! Thanks to some very generous donations, this appeal has passed the £6000 mark! Our target was to raise the equivalent of £5 from every member by May 2016 for a scholarship to help an external candidate join Red Maids' for the Sixth Form. The appeal is still open, so
see above right for the total so far and ways to donate, together with a link to the Gift Aid Form.
Lost or bounced
We have 70 'lost' members who have moved house, as well as over 70 out-of-date email addresses.
Please log in on the newsletter page to see whether you or a friend are on the list - then please update us.