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Parent Bulletin 19.07.19

Parent Bulletin 19.07.19

This week Our final week of this academic year saw the welcome return of pupils and staff from Nanya Middle School. After an opening ceremony on Monday morning, they attended lessons with ‘buddies’ from Darrick Wood, Sports Day on Tuesday, further lessons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, along with after school activities including an introduction to cricket. This was a follow-up visit after a group of pupils and staff from Darrick Wood visited China and Nanya at Easter and as…

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Parent Bulletin 12.07.19

Parent Bulletin 12.07.19

Sports Awards Our annual Sports Awards evening enabled us to recognise the achievements of our students across a range of sports through the year. After giving out the awards, our Guest of Honour, England Sevens player Femi Sofolarin, shared his inspiring journey through multiple sports before finally focusing and excelling in rugby. The evening ended with refreshments made by pupils from the Food Technology Department who demonstrated excellent hospitality skills. Training Teachers for 25 years On Monday, the latest graduation…

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Parent Bulletin 05.07.19

Parent Bulletin 05.07.19

World Class Schools Symposium on Creativity in Education The Head Teacher travelled to Sheffield with Mr Chappell, Head of Media Studies and two Year 11 pupils (Thomas Birkett and Sebastian O’Driscoll-Henderson) to showcase the School’s award winning podcast service. Darrick Wood’s  presentation at the annual World Class Schools Symposium was well attended by staff and pupils from other schools with the World Class accolade. There was much interest in our podcasting project and there were plenty of opportunities to share…

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Parent Bulletin 28.06.19

Parent Bulletin 28.06.19

This week Thursday saw the return of the PSFA/Drama Department Murder Mystery evening, this year entitled ‘Who Killed the Head Mistress?’ We obviously cannot tell anyone who did not come to this brilliant event ‘whodunnit?’ but it really was a great evening of entertainment. The hall was packed and lots of money was raised for the PSFA. The children even remained in role throughout the intervals and came round to the audience whilst they enjoyed their fish and chips and…

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Parent Bulletin 21.06.19

Parent Bulletin 21.06.19

Year 11 Prom With the GCSEs finally coming to an end the Year 11 Prom was held on Thursday at Farleigh Court Golf Course. It was excellent to see the students letting off steam and celebrating in style. They were a credit to their AC, Mr Rees, who has worked so hard with Mr Hammond (AAC), Miss Filer (Assistant Head Teacher) and a dedicated team of tutors to support them over the years and to ensure that the Prom was…

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Parent Bulletin 14.06.19

Parent Bulletin 14.06.19

This week Another week of public examinations has come to an end. For many in Year 11, they have now completed their GCSEs and they can finally rest after what will have been the most intense period of examinations they have ever faced. Some still have a few more papers to complete but the countdown to the Prom can then begin. We get to the time of year where we start to feel sad as we say goodbye to some…

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Parent Bulletin 07.06.19

Parent Bulletin 07.06.19

Latest news As we returned from the half-term break the public examinations resumed. You may recall that over the past few weeks, the venue used for most examinations, our Main Hall, had problems with its lighting, which was failing and temporary lights had to be installed. Thankfully, over the break we were able to appoint a team who worked around the clock to replace the ageing system with new LED lights just in time for examinations to resume on Monday….

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Parent Bulletin 24.05.19

Parent Bulletin 24.05.19

Half-term break With examinations continuing and preparations being made for the next academic year, this is always a very busy time of year so the half term break will be welcomed by all. The public examinations continue when we return so we hope that those taking these get the right balance between rest and continuing the work needed for success. Mock European Union elections On Thursday, our Head Boy, Liam Sawyer and friends organised a mock EU election. Students of…

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Parent Bulletin 17.05.19

Parent Bulletin 17.05.19

Public examinations The main public examination session has started this week. Students in Years 11 and 13 will have public examinations from now until the third week of June.  Students are reminded of the importance of checking their examination timetable carefully and ensuring that they are present at the correct time and with the correct equipment.  Year 11 students continuing into Year 12 next year have two days of orientation on Thursday, 27th and Friday, 28th June. Nut awareness I…

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Parent Bulletin 10.05.19

Parent Bulletin 10.05.19

Year 9 examinations Year 9 sat their core examinations this week. This meant they were introduced to sitting examinations in the Main Hall or another assigned room. This is not only an opportunity to see how much they have progressed with their learning, but also helps them become familiar with the routines and structures they will need to know when they sit GCSEs in two years’ time. Mrs Brasier-Bingham and all involved were very impressed with the way they handled…

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