Parent Bulletin 28/01/22

Parent Bulletin 28/01/22

This week

Assemblies this week began in lively fashion with the Year 11 Band performing Yardbirds’ “For Your Love” and on one day this week they swapped over to play Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. On all occasions they were brilliant and I think it was fair to say they woke us all up! We have had so many wonderful performances in assemblies this year and we look forward to many more to come.

Live music is hard to beat, but it was actually recorded music that was referred to in the assembly itself. Students were treated to a view of the now rare, but once popular method of recording music – the cassette tape.

Those of us of a certain age will remember that these small and versatile tapes sometimes frustrated when they unravelled, but we had our tricks to get them working again. A pencil could be used to wind any loose tape back in and even Sellotape could sometimes fix a broken tape. Technology like this could then last a lot longer than perhaps it was intended. Other items of technology were presented including an image of Hoover vacuum cleaner from 1936 but said to still work. The excellent work of those in on TV’s Repair Shop illustrated further still that just because something is old, it can still be loved and can be restored. The world of fast fashion, where clothes are worn only once or twice before new ones replace them, reminded us that we need to think carefully about what we buy and how sustainable it is. This continued our focus on environmental issues and how as individuals we can make a positive difference.

At the request of the government, Thursday saw the requirement for masks in communal areas removed. Some of our students have continued to wear them at times and this is fine for now as we know are there personal preferences that need to be respected as we continue as a society to navigate our way through the COVID situation. We continue to have a few cases but numbers are currently below thresholds that would require additional measures to be brought in (e.g. return to masks in corridors or classrooms).

Duke of Edinburgh’s volunteers

Miss Manning coordinates our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme along with a dedicated team of other staff who give up evenings and weekends to support students on the programme. We are always in need of additional support for this and are interested in hearing from adults who could volunteer on occasions. If you or someone you know is interested, please get in touch with Miss Manning via the School.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All our usual safer recruitment checks will therefore be carried out ahead of any appointment.

Year 8 lockers

An email has been sent to parents of Year 8 students offering lockers on payment of a deposit by Friday, 4th February. Keys will then be distributed before the half-term break. We apologise for the delay in these arrangements which was caused by the large scale movement of lockers to different parts of the School over the past two years and a lack of keys being returned by older year groups initially. Over the coming weeks, we aim for lockers to be provided for Years 9-11 should they require them.

PSFA

You are encouraged to join the PSFA lottery – a chance to win but also raise funds for your child’s school. See

https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/darrick-wood-secondary-school for details.

A date for your diaries – The PSFA is planning a second hand uniform sale at the School on Saturday, 19th March 2022. The Committee is looking for any (metal) hangers to help arrange the clothing. Please drop these off at the School if you have any.

Funds raised by the PSFA this year will be used to support the re-launch of our former library including the purchase of new books and furniture. Funds will also be used to develop a sensory garden towards the rear of the School so please do all you can to support PSFA activities so that all children at the School will benefit.

The PSFA is 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 School.

Dates for the diary

3rd February – Year 11 Parents’ Evening

8th to 10th February – School Production of Grease

14th to 18th February – Half-term break

24th February – Year 12 Parents’ Evening

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