Parent Bulletin 23/07/21

Parent Bulletin 23/07/21

Last week of term

This week has given us a taste of a more normal life at school and therefore hope for the future. We hope Year 7 enjoyed their trip to Leeds Castle. They certainly seemed to have had a great time. We were also able to present awards to those with the most positive house points and some Head Teacher’s Awards. Live music (without singing) was played in the Hall for the first time since March 2020. Whilst news of rising cases and still much uncertainty in the air means we cannot necessarily start to think everything will return to normal and we have planned the new term very much with this in mind, it was great to end this term in such a positive way including Own Clothes Day today. If you have not yet made the contribution towards St Christopher’s Hospice then please do so using the link in ParentPay.

Yesterday (21st July) we celebrated International Day. This day has often been mostly for Year 7 and involved lots of visitors to the School including guests from China. Obviously this was not possible this year but Mrs Hobson (Head of MFL) arranged that we flew the United Nations flag to mark the occasion and encouraged lots of activities in school in different subject areas. You can read about what happened on the news blog here. The flag was looking a bit limp as there was no wind on a very hot day, but everything went very well and was a great way to emphasise the value of learning about different countries and cultures.

This week we presented runners-up and winner awards to students in KS3 who took part in the World Book Day virtual author visit story writing competition. Some of the runners-up and the winner were presented author signed books by the Head Teacher in his office (see below). Others were read out in the Year 7 assembly. Congratulations to everybody for doing so well with this. We clearly have some very talented young writers including Kate in Year 9, Zoe (overall winner), Joseph and Heidi in Year 8 and Abigail, Jasmine and Ochuko in Year 7.

PSFA uniform sale

Don’t forget the PSFA second hand uniform sale takes place at the School (Dining Hall) 10-11.30am. Come and pick up a bargain for the new term.

Funding success

Every year, academy trusts have the opportunity to bid to the Department for Education for funding to support condition improvement of each school. Over the years we have had considerable success with our bids. The new MPA building was funded through this channel and more recently improvements to our flat roofs. Last year we found out we would be funded to replace the lift in the Turner Building and work on this is due to start imminently. We have also recently been informed that we have secured a significant sum to replace the boilers and heating. Some of this work will also begin soon.

World Class Schools success

We have been re-accredited for the second time with the World Class Schools Quality Mark. This is an award that recognises for its students, the vast majority of which display world class attributes and values. Well done everyone.

GCSE/A level exams information

This can viewed on the exams area of our website here including information on appeals here.

COVID-19 symptoms / results

Parents/carers no longer need to inform the School about positive COVID-19 results. The process of contact tracing has been taken over by NHS Test and Trace.

Subject matters

Please see the latest Subject Matters article here.

E-scooter information from Met. Police

We have been asked by the police to share the following information on e-scooters.

LFD testing at the start of term

Further to the Head Teacher’s update earlier this week, we plan to write to parents in the week beginning 16th August to confirm timings for your child to attend for their test.

Summer holiday online learning resources

Hopefully, the summer break will be an opportunity for our students to spend time with family and friends and relaxing with some leisure activities.  Because of the disruptive year that we have had, you may wish to support your child to complete subject review and revision.  Students in Years 10 and 12 have been provided with subject specific summer tasks and information has been shared previously about how students should access these – please contact the School for instructions if required.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 can access subject specific resources on Oak National Academy which is an online classroom made by teachers with free video lessons and resources.  They have created a Summer Classroom with resources for core subjects that are available by year group.  Use the link below to select your child’s year group:

All subjects by year group – Oak National Academy (thenational.academy)

You may also find it helpful to use themes and phrases from from our KS3 STEPS grid to search for related lessons on Oak National Academy. The STEPS grid can be downloaded on our website here.

PE Kit in September

The PE Department would like to remind parents that the official school tracksuit bottoms or leggings are the only alternatives to Darrick Wood shorts in colder weather. Any items that are not official Darrick Wood School PE kit will not be allowed.

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