This week and this term so far
Well done to all our students, their parents and all our staff for reaching the half-term break during this latest lockdown period. Last week I singled out our staff for their efforts, in particular with getting to grips with completely new ways of teaching and learning in such a short period of time. This week though I want to congratulate our students and thank you, their parents and carers. Our records indicate that the vast majority of our students are logging into Teams every day and completing their work to the best of their ability – even with the added distraction of snow this week! I want to thank their parents and carers who I know are having such a positive influence on the home learning environment. I know from personal experience it is not easy and just ask that you keep doing what you are doing and together we will get to that ever wished for light at the end of the tunnel hopefully very soon.
We were pleased to be able to arrange another virtual parents’ evening, this week for Year 12. After half term (Thursday, 25th February) it is the turn of Year 8. The appointments system went live at 4pm today and, after just an hour, 38% of Year 8 students’ parents had made appointments. No doubt the slots will fill up quickly over the next few days.
We were really pleased with the positive response to our Wellbeing Wednesday. Not only were students and parents really excited about this opportunity to switch off, if only briefly, from the usual home learning experience but from what we have heard about so far, everyone had such a fantastic time. We will be putting together a blog with lots of examples of what went on but here is a taster of what some used the time for:
Made an origami dove and went for a walk with my family. I have learnt that the world isn’t just about the internet and social media. As well as that I made a snowman with my sisters.
Went on a virtual tour of a space museum. I learned that rockets are a lot bigger than I thought. My second activity was mindfulness colouring. It was a really relaxing activity with my sister and we listened to music.
Others baked bread, practised drumming, did a collage, used a breathing app, went for a long walk whilst listening to an audio book, did a family walk and played in the snow.
Another student told us they took a buggy tour of Canada on Google Maps. They went to the natural history museum and saw many interesting artefacts including one that was 2 million years old.
Someone else made snow people, played Dobble and baked.
Anther baked key lime pie, reminded her of her favourite family holiday.
Students in school did not miss out:
Year 7 – have been produced plate designs with Mr Radford and will be decorating their plates after half term. The plate designs are connected with what the students have been producing in the cooking sessions with Mr Sobieszynski and Mrs Thomas.
Year 8 – Monoprinting with Mrs Miles
Year 9 – Building Airfix model aeroplanes.
So, please take a look at the blog after half term to find out more about how everyone was able to switch off and do something different on Wednesday afternoon. Depending on how long the lockdown continues for, we may plan for further initatives along these lines.
Dr Burroughs, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form, has launched a new initiative which I am sure will build on the wellbeing theme and at the same time celebrate and promote diversity. To find out more take a look at a new blogpost here
The concluding episode of our current ROUGH DIAMONDS serial is now available to listen to. You can catch ‘AMBUSH’ on DWS Audio DWS Audio (darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk) and on YouTube ROUGH DIAMONDS Episode Thirty-two | Audio drama serial – YouTube
Our audio blog also contains a wide variety of other content including features, short stories and music. Please feel free to dip in and have a listen.
You can also catch the latest news by following us on our very own DWS Audio Twitter page DWS AUDIO (@dwsaudio) / Twitter
Track and Trace over half term
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 over the next few days and they have been at school, please let us know via the link on our website so that we can contact trace.
The School website has an explanation about STEPS, our system for measuring progress in Key Stage 3. You can view this here.
We have also created a new FAQ document for parents of Year 7:
We hope this will address queries about the data sent to parents, but if you have any further questions please contact us.
PSFA / KS3 Art competition
As mentioned in a previous Bulletin, there is going to be an art competition to help design a new logo for the PSFA. The Art Department will be launching this with all KS3 groups in the first week back after half term.
Year 9 options
Unfortunately, we will be unable to arrange our usual Year 9 options evening this year. However, Mr Addien has sent an assembly to all Year 9 students on Wednesday this week. This officially launches the Year 9 options process. In the assembly he helped students know about the process and made it very clear that students should pick options they like and not because their friends are doing them.
We are preparing presentations from all subjects to explain what is expected of students at GCSE. There will also be a booklet explaining more. We are aiming to make everything available by 4th March, the date when we would have had Options Evening.
Do you know someone who would make a great teacher?
Bromley Schools’ Collegiate is currently recruiting for their September 2021 cohort for their Primary, Middle Years and Secondary programmes.
Candidates must have a good degree with a minimum of a 2:2 classification plus English, Maths & Science at a GCSE grade C or 4.
We are looking for candidates who want to make a difference to the lives of children and have a genuine passion for teaching.
Middle years programme
This Initial Teacher Training programme enables trainees to gain experience in teaching lower Secondary age and upper Primary age pupils.
It is designed to bring subject specialists into the Primary teaching workforce and also to enable those working in Secondary schools a good grounding in how to support those children who may be coming up into Secondary who are working below age expectations.
The tuition fee programme will include a placement in the Autumn term in year 5 or 6, followed by a placement for the Spring term in a Secondary School teaching your specialist subject to Key Stage 3.
After Easter you return to your Primary placement to teach in year 3 or 4.
This programme is suitable for graduates that wish to gain QTS for employment in Secondary Schools.
The Tuition fee programme will include 2 placements with the first one from September to December and then January to July in a contrasting Secondary school.
For this programme you would be eligible for the Secondary tax-free bursary rates for your specialist subject.
Candidates must have a good Degree with a minimum of 2:2 classification (or equivalent)
Maths and English at GCSE C /L4
We require 50 % of your undergraduate degree to be in the subject that you wish to teach in the Secondary phase or a good A level pass at grade B or better and evidence of continued subject knowledge development.
We are looking for candidates who want to make a difference to the lives of children. We want you to have a genuine passion for teaching.
All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about opportunities near you.