It has certainly been an eventful couple of weeks. Last week was of course dominated by the burst water main. The matter was not helped by the fact that the leak was very close to other services into the School, so digging down to the faulty pipe was difficult work. We were fortunate the contractors were able to get things back in order in the time that they did. It is never an easy decision to close the School and something that is always a last resort. However, no water supply meant only limited toilet facilities for a limited time, no drinking water and no ability to prepare food. We again apologise for the impact this had on our students and the families and are very proud of all the students who still managed to complete their work online.
Whilst the assembly last week was truncated because of the closure, the assembly delivered on the days we were open is worthy of mention here. It was themed ‘A Testing Time’ and whilst there is the obvious link to examinations at this time of year the focus was more on overcoming adversity to achieve amazing things. The examples given were certainly inspiring for us all.
In this week’s assembly students have been introduced to our new senior prefect team. We have also expressed our thanks to the outgoing senior prefect team. Our senior prefect teams always want to make a difference and to support students in younger year groups. This new team are no exception and spoke in assembly to explain how they plan to do that. We wish them well with their plans.
Today we said goodbye to our Year 13 students who, from next week, will be on study leave. In their Leavers’ Assembly this morning we were able to express how proud we are of them and how they have coped during the pandemic – this was the year group whose examinations were cancelled when they were in Year 11. Tonight they get the chance to celebrate the end of their school years at their Leavers’ Ball ahead of the main examination season starting next week. We wish them all happiness and success in their future lives.
Following the recent local elections we now have two Darrick Wood alumni in Bromley’s council chamber. Jonathan Andrews won the only seat available for the Darwin ward, whilst Tony McPartlan will represent the Plaistow ward. Although they may have differing political affiliations we know they both remember their time at Darrick Wood fondly.
Parents/carers may be interested in the Schoolwear Association’s petition calling the government to no longer charge VAT on school uniforms. The link to this is here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/614214
Parents/carers will recall that earlier this year the School issued a survey about its uniform. The survey results have now been reviewed by the Governing Body. As a result the Head Teacher and a Parent Governor recently met with our suppliers to discuss how the cost of the uniform can be kept as low as possible without losing quality. Our uniform cost appears comparable with other schools except perhaps our blazer. We will be looking at how to address this for the future.
DWS Audio on the radio again
In recent week’s BBC Radio Kent have again been broadcasting more episodes of our weekly school-based audio drama ‘Rough Diamonds’ on Leo Ulph’s Upload show. You can catch up with all episodes via BBC Sounds. Links to each broadcast are on the DWS Audio blog (with time codes) ROUGH DIAMONDS on BBC Radio Kent – DWS Audio (darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk). Congratulations to all of our fantastic Year 9 students who participated in this production. Listen out for more episodes on the radio very soon!
Year 8 girls football – Bromley District Champions 2022
Last week, despite the school closure and the rain, the Year 8 girls football team reached the Bromley Cup final by beating Coopers 1-0 in the semi-final last Wednesday.
This Wednesday they played in the final against Bullers Wood at Bromley FC’s ground. The School has a rich history in this tournament and they did not disappoint this time, achieving a 2-0 convincing win with goals from Lucy and Issy. They all played brilliantly and deserved the win after all their efforts this year.
On Tuesday Year 7 and Year 8 were represented by talented individuals in the first round of the English Schools Athletics Association Cup. The majority of the athletes exceeded what was expected of them. The final results are not yet available but we very much hope the teams made it through to round 2.
The examination period is very much underway. Well done to all of our Year 11, 12 and 13 students who have continued with their GCSE, BTEC, AS and A level examinations this week. Students have worked incredibly well so far and have been complimented by the invigilators on several occasions. Please remind your child or children that they must arrive to the school at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start time of any examination or assessment. Please also encourage your child to check their examination timetable very carefully to ensure they are not late for any examinations or assessments. We wish all students the very best with all examinations that are still to come.
Dates for the diary
Monday, 30th May to Friday, 3rd June – Half term
Monday, 13th June to Friday, 17th June – Years 7-9 assessments
Friday, 22nd July – End of term
Thursday, 18th August – A level results day
Thursday, 25th August – GCSE results day
Wednesday, 31st August – Start of term (PD Day – staff only)
Thursday, 1st September – Years 7 and 12 start
Friday, 2nd September – All students return