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Parent Bulletin 14.02.20

Parent Bulletin 14.02.20

This week Year 11 have this week completed Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) in many of their subjects. These final mock examinations will be used to track their progress and diagnose specific gaps in their knowledge and understanding so that the work they do in school and at home over the next few months can make a real difference to their performance in their GCSEs this summer. They have worked very hard this week and we hope they get some well deserved…

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Parent Bulletin 07.02.20

Parent Bulletin 07.02.20

Assemblies this week Assemblies focused on how it is important, if we want to feel happy, to be ourselves. This is harder than it may seem as we are part of a wider community and society. In school we need to conform to the rules, uniform policy etc but at the same time we have opportunities to develop and grow as individuals in terms of character, knowledge, experience and skills. Working out what is expected of us in different environments…

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Parent Bulletin 24.01.20

Parent Bulletin 24.01.20

This week Assemblies this week have returned to the theme of new beginnings and asked students to consider what drives people to want to take on new challenges and ways to become healthier and live better. Year 10 and Year 12 had presentations from the Daniel Spargo Mabbs Foundation which we hope they found helpful. We are delighted to announce that our Christmas Jumper Day in December raised £650 for Save the Children. Also, on the last day of term…

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Parent Bulletin 17.01.20

Parent Bulletin 17.01.20

This week Assemblies this week have focused on how we can be good neighbours, not just to those who live closest to us, but also wider afield. We reflected on why some people decide to work as volunteers on community projects and considered in particular the volunteer firefighters in Australia who have risked their lives trying to save lives, property and wildlife over the last few weeks. As mentioned last week, we have changed how lessons start and how the…

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Parent Bulletin 10.01.20

Parent Bulletin 10.01.20

This week Our Mission Statement as a school was established many years ago. It is to provide the best teaching and learning that we can. We have more recently referred to this as ‘world class’ or ‘exceptional’. It is an aspiration, a journey that raises standards and expectations. It is meant to be aspirational and ambitious and rightly so. It means continually evaluating what is working well and what could be changed or improved. One such change was introduced this…

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Parent Bulletin 20.12.19

Parent Bulletin 20.12.19

This week All week we have been recognising the outstanding efforts of our students in Achievement Assemblies. Whilst there will only be one lucky winner in each subject in each year group, I know from having visited thousands of lessons this term and from tracking House Points in Class Charts, how hard the vast majority of Darrick Wood students have worked over the last term. We wish them and all our staff a very enjoyable and restful Christmas break. On…

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Parent Bulletin 13.12.19

Parent Bulletin 13.12.19

This week The highlight this week must have been our Year 7 folk singing festival. Pupils from across all the Forms sang their hearts out and entertained us with traditional folk songs. Their singing was accompanied by professional melodeon and fiddle player, Will Allen. After the interval, Will spoke about his love of the folk tradition in the UK and provided us with some amazing examples of his own music. There were many memorable moments, but in particular the whole…

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Parent Bulletin 06.12.19

Parent Bulletin 06.12.19

This week In assemblies this week we considered why we should seize every opportunity in life. The amazing story of 80 year old Julia Albu and her 9000 mile journey from South Africa to London in her 20 year old Toyota was used to illustrate this point perfectly. Her one year journey made the news at the time and those wanting to know more can find lots of information about it by searching for Julia Albu on the internet (e.g….

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Parent Bulletin 29.11.19

Parent Bulletin 29.11.19

This week Year 11 are half way through their mocks and are no doubt feeling tired after a tough week in school. They have approached these important examinations with maturity and we are very proud of them. Their results will be distributed in a mock result ceremony on the afternoon of Monday, 6th January. We wish them a restful weekend and look forward to supporting them through next week and indeed the rest of the year. Planners/homework The new planners…

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Parent Bulletin 22.11.19

Parent Bulletin 22.11.19

This week Our production of Beauty and the Beast took place over three nights this week. There were high hopes it would match last year’s Les Miserables and despite having just nine weeks to prepare, the show more than lived up to expectations. A large cast of students from Years 7 to Year 13 gave brilliant performances on stage, accompanied by a very strong orchestra. It was a real team effort with everyone working together to give their best. All…

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