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 Tuesday evening we held our annual Carol Service. The students sang beautifully, played their instruments to a very high standard and provided a wonderful mix of traditional carols and other festive songs. Our readers were highly accomplished and we are very grateful to all students involved led by a very hard working Music Department. Thank you also to members of the PSFA for providing the mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. The collection helped raised money for the Saxon Day Care Centre and we are very grateful for your generosity towards this worthy cause.
You may recall that we asked students to consider which charity they would like to raise money for through the non-uniform day today. The overwhelming majority voted for raising funds for Cancer Research. It looks very likely that a substantial sum will have been raised and we will find out the final sum in the New Year.
The PE Department would like to say a huge well done to all students in Year 7-9 who raised sponsorship and took part in the annual PE Christmas Fun Run. At an early stage it appears we have beaten last year’s totals but we are still waiting to confirm the final amount raised. Students who have won vouchers will be announced and awarded these when returning to school in January. Thank you for your kind contributions and support and Merry Christmas.
Thank you to those parents who have contacted the School after receiving the email from the Head Teacher regarding school coats. There were those who expressed their support and those who raised some questions. To be clear, there has not been a change in policy. The requirement for a plain dark brown coat has been in our policy for many years. Reinforcing this along with other policies is essential at the start of a new term in order to keep standards as high as possible. We have no intention of holding on to any coat that does not meet our requirements beyond 3.30pm on the day it is confiscated. Students will not have to be without a coat on their way home. Thank you to the vast majority of our parents/carers who have either purchased a plain dark brown coat from the uniform shops, or from our PSFA second hand sales or found an appropriate and good value coat on the internet. I was struck today, despite all the rain, by the large numbers of students who, on a non-uniform day, still did not bring a coat of any colour to school.
Dates for the diary
Monday, 6th January – Spring term starts at usual time of 8.35am.
Monday, 6th January – Year 13 mock examinations and Year 12 assessments start (two weeks )
Thursday, 16th January, 5-8pm – Year 11 parents’ evening. Appointments will be made using Bromcom. Please see separate email.
Thursday, 30th January, 5-8pm – Year 12 parents’ evening. Appointments will be made using Bromcom. An email will be sent regarding this in the New Year.