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Wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday

Thank you for your lovely feedback about Wellbeing Wednesday. It was so lovely to hear about the enjoyment both students and their families had when taking part in Wellbeing Wednesday. We recognise the importance of our students having hobbies and interests outside of the School curriculum and we are so proud of the well-rounded individuals so many of our students are becoming.   So, here are just a few examples of what our students got up to for Wellbeing Wednesday……

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

In PSHE during Mental Health Awareness Week, Years 7 and 8 were asked to think about ‘What makes you, you?’  With this in mind pupils drew silhouettes of themselves and then filled these with pictures, images and words of things that make them ‘them.’ We looked at what they like, family, friends, hobbies, skills and all the things that make them unique and special so they can celebrate being themselves.  You can see a few of the pictures here and…

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DWS Audio – 30th Episode!

DWS Audio – 30th Episode!

This month marks the first anniversary of our school-based serial drama ROUGH DIAMONDS. The lockdown period has greatly interfered with our recording schedule and our plans to release a new episode every week. However, many of our students have continued to participate and we’ve even been able to record some episodes remotely.  This week DWS Audio posted the 30th episode of ROUGH DIAMONDS, which you can listen to on the audio blog or on our YouTube Channel AMPLIFiED. There are many more episodes…

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Radio Success for Former DWS Student

Radio Success for Former DWS Student

Congratulations to former Darrick Wood School student Nelson Hylton, who has been chosen as a guest presenter on BBC Radio 1 over the Christmas period. To read more about Nelson’s success, please see the article here from the BBC Nelson has previously volunteered at the University of Portsmouth’s Pure FM and at community station Transmission Roundhouse. He will become the first black presenter to host Radio 1’s Rock Show. Nelson’s show on Sunday, 27th December 2020 is at 9pm and…

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Arts Award Success

Arts Award Success

Congratulations to all 73 Bronze Arts Award students (now Year 10) and the 7 Silver Award (now Year 11) who all passed their Arts Award! This is the first time we have entered the silver award so we are so pleased for all students, as it was a lot of work on top of their normal studies! The examiner stated how sophisticated and well put together our students work was in both levels, and how impressed they were with the…

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Celebrating former Darrick Wood student success

Celebrating former Darrick Wood student success

Great news from former Darrick Wood student Hannah Holland whose Talent Management business, started in 2019, HLD Management goes from strength to strength. Representing female talent from social media influencers Demi Rose and Yvonne Victoria, reality tv sisters Eve and Jessica Gale Siân Carys Owen who is a DJ, HLD is founded on the principle of strong women supporting strong women. From her office near St Paul’s cathedral, Hannah’s client list grows despite this year’s unusual challenges and she was,…

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Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of World Town Planning Day with a new competition

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of World Town Planning Day with a new competition

Competition close date: Monday 16th November Celebrate World Town Planning Day and take part in the Plan The World We Need competition. The Plan The World We Need competition is an incredibly flexible challenge for students and asks you to consider curriculum areas such as design and technology, history, citizenship, STEM, climate change and ICT. The competition is open to all students at secondary schools (ages 11-18). The competition asks you to compile your best ideas about helping local communities…

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World Mental Health Day – Beyond Words

World Mental Health Day – Beyond Words

Did you know that it’s World Mental Health Day on 10th October, so this Saturday? What’s your 2020 been like? Put your feelings into words, in a project led by Bupa and it’s project partners. Writing has so many benefits for our wellbeing and mental health. And in these extraordinary times, the creative process can help us make sense of how we feel.   In the run up to World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October), Bupa are inviting all young…

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Parent Bulletin 18.09.20

Parent Bulletin 18.09.20

This week With all year groups now back it has been delightful to walk around school and see lessons in progress, learning happening and our new procedures making a difference in minimising risk to students and staff. I have been very impressed to see our students quickly settling into the new routines, following instructions and understanding that whilst many things have necessarily changed in school, that we are here to help them prepare for the future. They look smart in…

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