Parent Bulletin 27/05/22

Parent Bulletin 27/05/22

This week

With public examinations taking place in school for the first time since 2019, we are really proud of how our examinations year groups have conducted themselves so far. They now need to get the right balance between further revision and rest over the half term break. Thank you to the rest of our students for their cooperation in remaining quiet near our examination venues.

This week’s assemblies have been based around the theme of life being a journey and included plenty of inspirational stories and quotes from a huge variety of famous figures throughout history.

After much planning and sorting we are pleased to announce the opening of the Reading Realm. This has initially been opened to Year 7 only, but will soon be available to all year groups. The name was chosen by our students and encapsulates its main aim – to instil a love of books and reading in all our students. In a world of digital technology, the humble book remains something which can open up new worlds for children and adults alike.

Coping with examination stress

Bromley Y have produced a video for parents on how to support their children during the examination period. This can be viewed here:

The following document may also be very helpful:

Early close

On Monday, 20th June students will finish school at 2pm. This is to support staff in their work to plan for curriculum developments for September in an extended CPD session.

Sport

We have been delighted to share news of recent sporting successes including our U13 girls’ football team becoming Bromley District Champions and excellent performances by our teams in the English Schools Athletics Association Cup Round 1. We have heard this week that the athletics teams have both made it through to the next round. These competitions are based on performances being converted into points using a scoring table and final positions settled by total points scored across all events. To make selection a little complicated, each athlete must compete in two events, although they must be one field event and one track event. Due to this they have spent a lot of time in extra-curricular Athletics Club focussing on the athletes’ ‘second’ events!

Round 1 was one of three Kent competitions taking place across the county, with the top eight in the South East Region (Kent, Surrey & Sussex) qualifying for the Regional A final, and the next 8 qualifying for the B Final.

The event was hugely successful for all our athletes and resulted in our Junior Boys team (Years 7 and 8) finishing second in the event with a fantastic total of 431 points, behind Dartford Grammar School (who scored the highest points total throughout the country with 535!)

Of the other Kent competitions, two other schools scored slightly higher than Darrick Wood, so we finished Round 1 ranked 4th in  Kent. No schools from Surrey or Sussex scored higher than us so the Boys team has qualified in fourth  place for the Regional A Final, the first time we have achieved this feat! To put the score in perspective, we out-scored schools such as Langley Park, Ravens Wood, Whitgift, Trinity, Colfes, Dulwich College and Millfield School, a school particularly renowned for its sporting prowess – and nationally, this score ranks us 13th!

In terms of highlights, Charlie Platt was our highest scorer by a huge margin scoring 73 points with a 3.45m Pole Vault (42pts) and a new school record of 11.9s (31pts) in the 100m. This may well be the highest ever points total for an individual in the history of the competition. Our second highest scorers were Max Jeffrey (300m/High Jump) and Micah Assim (200m/Discus) with 38 points across their two events.

The Regional Final will take place on Tuesday 7th June at Medway Park, Gillingham. The boys are eager to exceed their previous total and we look forward to hearing how they get on.

The Junior Girls team also performed brilliantly and actually won the competition with a total of 302 points, finishing ahead of prestigious schools such as Walthamstow Hall and Benenden School. The competition concluded in the best possible way with a win in the final event, the 4x100m relay, with a team comprised fully of Year 7 athletes, narrowly missing the school record! The highest individual scorer was Asia Reynolds with 37 points, coming from 28.4s 200m (23pts) and 16.15 javelin (14pts). Isabella Weatherley (Year 7) also scored 23 points in the 800m event with a time of 2 min 44 secs – the joint highest points for a single event alongside Asia.

The girls team has subsequently qualified for the Regional B final, such is the standard across the South East region. This will be held on Thursday 16th June at the K2 Stadium, Crawley.

Both teams not only exceeded our expectations in terms of performance, but conducted themselves professionally throughout the day, upholding our school values. Well done to both teams. We are so proud of you.

Music news

Fresh from their success playing a set at Petts Wood May Fayre, “The Last Minutes” will be performing in the final of Bromley’s Got Talent, Market Square, Bromley, 5 June.  The band play covers and original compositions by Owen Walters. The band are all Darrick Wood students: Owen Walters (vocals/keys/guitar) – Year 12; Tommy Phipps (drums) – also Year 12 and Daniel Adjepong (bass guitar and electric guitar) – Year 8.

Abigail Walters (9YC) will also be performing at the same event in the final as a solo vocalist. As a result of her performance at Petts Wood May Fayre  Abigail was invited to speak and sing on Maritime Radio on Thursday, 26 May with Clive Richardson on his radio programme “ A Shot of Rhythm ‘n’  Blues”.

We wish them the best of luck. We know how dedicated to music the four students are and, from our school concerts and assembly programmes, we know how amazing they sound.  

If you do not manage to catch them at Bromley’s Got Talent you will be able to hear them perform at our Summer Recital, Wednesday 13th July, 7pm.

Reminders

Please ensure your child has all the correct uniform and equipment to school. Remind them that our uniform policy is to be followed not just in school, but to and from school also.

Dates for the diary

Monday, 30th May to Friday, 3rd June – Half term

Monday, 13th June to Friday, 17th June – Years 7-9 assessments

Monday, 20th June – early close (2pm)

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

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