It was a shorter than usual week for students, due to the Professional Development Day on Monday, but no less busy. On the PD Day, all students were invited to continue with their creative work related to the Festival of School and College Arts.
Nine education organisations came together to plan this national festival which aimed to celebrate the vital role of the arts in schools and colleges, and the fantastic work done by children and young people. This was considered to be a badly needed antidote to the challenges posed to children due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year and to showcase learning and creativity.
All schools and colleges were invited to take part and post the artistic achievements of students on their Twitter account using the hashtag #EduArtsFest. Darrick Wood students did incredibly well with this and it was hard to select from the many pieces we received. We will continue to share these on our Twitter account even though the official day has passed. Please go to @DarrickWoodSch on Twitter to see some of our students’ work or search Twitter #EduArtsFest to see all the posts.
This week also saw Year 11 students returning for Orientation and taster Sixth Form lessons. This has gone really well and it was great to see them beginning their transition to post-16 study. Year 11 have also received information on activities they can do daily over the coming weeks to help them prepare further.
As mentioned in a previous email we were delighted to hear that a script by a Darrick Wood student was selected for third place in the 2021 UK International Audio Drama Festival Micro Drama Awards. This was recorded and showcased at the Festival in March along with 11 other 20-second plays written by our students. If you still have not listened to dwsaudio you can find the play here and all of DWSAUDIO here.
Our Senior Prefects for the next year have been selected from the new Year 12 prefects. After completing virtual speeches, elections were held and those with the highest votes were then interviewed by the Head Teacher, Dr Burroughs (Assistant Head Teacher Sixth Form), Ms Wilson-Hooper (Deputy Head Teacher) and Mrs Keaney (Achievement Coordinator). From this year the terms Head Boy and Head Girl have been replaced with the terms Head Prefects. Our Senior Prefects are:
Head Prefects: Owen Brown and Imogen Edmundson
Deputy Head Prefects: Eva Cleveland, Oliver Hale, Raphaella Lancaster and Kevin Zhang
Congratulations to all of them. We look forward to working with them over the next year on particular projects they will select to support the School.
We were very pleased to receive notification from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award stating that despite the past year’s difficulties participants in the Award from Darrick Wood still managed to undertake 247 hours of volunteering, demonstrating on that our students are living by our school values, especially Responsibility. Well done to those involved.
As mentioned previously, it has been great to see after school clubs start up again. We will collate everything that is now running and send out the information to parents/carers soon.
Book Return Day – Years 11 and 13
Parents of these year groups have been sent information regarding what we traditionally call Book Return Day for Years 11 and 13. Emails were sent earlier this week.
With Years 11 and 13 having now completed their assessments that will inform their Teacher Assessed Grades for the GCSEs, A levels and vocational qualifications, we now begin a period of assessment for other year groups. Years 10 and 12 will experience some assessments in the Hall so that they can experience what public examinations will be like when these return and they get used to what is expected. The disruption of the previous year has meant that they have not had this opportunity yet. Teachers and Heads of Department will inform students with more detail but set out below are the plans for each year group:
Years 7 and 8 – tests will take place in classrooms in normal lessons as planned by Heads of Department and teachers through the next few weeks. These tests will cover specific units or those learnt across the whole year, whatever is deemed most appropriate for each subject.
Year 9 – end of year assessments will take place in classrooms in normal lessons week beginning 21st June 2021
Year 10 – end of year assessments in normal lessons week beginning 14th June with core subjects in the Hall week beginning 21st June.
Year 12 – End of year assessments in the Hall week beginning 28th June. Year 12 will have study leave this week and will only need to attend school for their assessments.
Notes and reminders
We have previously written to parents stating that we now require all the correct PE kit to be worn. However, in recognition that budgets are tight and parents may want to not purchase new kit until shortly before the autumn term starts, as with any missing item of uniform/PE kit, please make a note in your child’s planner stating when they will have the correct item.
This week we were grateful that a parking enforcement officer visited Lovibonds Avenue to remind those parking there of the restrictions that are in place, particularly close to the schools. We would hope that all parents/carers of our school understood how vital it is that this road is kept as safe as possible, especially around school start and finish times. We continue to be concerned that a small minority of parents/carers ignore these restrictions including the zigag markings directly outside school.
End of term is Friday, 23rd July.
Start of next term is Wednesday, 1st September which is a professional development day when only staff attend.
Thursday, 2nd September will be Year 12 and Year 7.
Friday, 3rd September will see all students return.
For other term time dates please see our website.