We welcomed everyone back after the half term break including students and staff from the ski trip who returned home safely after another successful week of skiing. The Year 12 Geography fieldtrip to Dorset also returned on Wednesday having successfully collected their data in all weathers as part of their A level Geography course. Thank you to all the staff who give up so much additional time to help these trips run so well.
Despite the approach of March, the weather has not been on our side through the week. It has been a wet year but Monday saw only our third official ‘wet lunch’ this academic year. Parents may not know that when the bell rings twice to signify wet lunch, students either remain in the Dining Halls or go to their year group zone in the buildings. We are pleased that the vast majority of Darrick Wood students are sensible and responsible during this time. Thank you to parents working in partnership with us to ensure all the children understand the importance of sensible behaviour whatever the situation in school and the importance of our Rule Number 1: Pupils are expected to behave sensibly and with consideration for others at all times, backing up our values of Respect, Responsibility and Honesty.
Assemblies this week have focused on the idea of removing things from our lives that we might think we need but do not and the concept of minimalism. Can we live more fruitful lives by removing clutter and possessions we do not really need, instead spending more quality time with other people and doing activities we enjoy? Students were asked to reflect on this or at the very least consider ways they can depend less on material goods and put the environment higher up the agenda.
The Sixth Form today had an assembly from representatives from the Anthony Nolan charity. The charity raised awareness of the important work they do. This was also arranged in response to demand from the students who wanted to know more about how they can help people like Steven Christian, one of our former students who is currently looking for a donor.
Year 9 are embarking on the Key Stage 4 options process. On Thursday, 5th March we have our annual options evening and all of Year 9 and their parents are welcome to attend. It starts with a presentation in the Main Hall at 7pm with time then given to find out about all the subjects on offer. Information has gone out to parents by email including a link to the Options Booklet. Please take a look at this online before the evening next week.
We remind all parents that when visiting the School they must always report to Main Reception on arrival on site. That includes those visiting the Sixth Form Centre and other venues. Everyone on site must always sign in and out at Main Reception only.
Parents are also reminded that it is only in exceptional/emergency situations that staff be able to meet with parents without appointments and even then teaching and other commitments may mean having to wait. If you need to speak to someone, please contact the Office in the first instance and arrange an appointment.
We are grateful to parents who have recently logged in and made bookings for parents’ evenings using the Bromcom app. You are reminded that usernames are not your email addresses. Email addresses are only used in the system if you forget your usernames or password.
We have been notified by Class Charts that their system has an error and is unfortunately double counting negatives. They are working on a fix for next week.
PSFA events and news
The PSFA is now
established as a registered charity of Amazon Smile. Please support the PSFA
and the School by visiting https://smile.amazon.co.uk/
and nominate Darrick Wood PSFA as your chosen charity. Whenever you make a purchase from Amazon do
it via https://smile.amazon.co.uk/
and the PSFA will receive some additional funding. If all involved with Darrick
Wood School do this we could raise significant money for the
In order to serve refreshments the PSFA need a larder fridge for storage of milk and cold drinks. The current one is on its last legs and produce is having to be thrown away as a result. If anyone has a large larder fridge (no freezer compartment) of at least 142cm tall they would be prepared to donate the PSFA Committee would be incredibly grateful. Contact email@example.com if you can help.
Dates for the diary
Monday, 2nd March – PSFA Meeting – School Library, 7pm – all welcome
Thursday, 5th March – Year 9 options evening, 7pm – Main Hall
Thursday, 12th March – Year 9 parents’ evening, 5-8pm
Wednesday, 18th March – Spring Concert
Thursday, 26th March – Year 10 parents’ evening, 5-8pm
Wednesday, 1st April – Gymnastics Show
Friday, 3rd April – Last day of term
Monday, 20th April – start of summer term