This week and next
The first week back from the half term break has seen the continuation of the public examinations and we are immensely proud of how our students have conducted themselves throughout this period. For the wider school, having the examinations take place for the first time in three years is a somewhat welcome and re-assuring step back to ‘normal’ school life, including staying quiet close to examination venues in order to give those taking the examinations the best chance of success. We wish everyone well with the examinations still to come.
Students in Years 10 and 12 (and indeed of course all students) now need to consider how to make the very best the final six weeks of this term. Our lessons are one hour long, but this includes movement to and from the lessons. The most successful learners will be those who move quickly and sensibly to their next lesson and begin what we call the ‘Do Now’ task as soon as they arrive. Staff draw on the latest teaching and learning research to frequently set tasks in this and other sections of lessons where students have the opportunity recall knowledge from previous lessons – a really essential part of the learning process. We encourage all students to quiz themselves regularly to enhance what is completed in class.
Our main assemblies return next week including, on Tuesday, an assembly for Year 12. This will be the first formal assembly with the Head Teacher for the Sixth Form since the pandemic. The rest of the School already benefited however from meeting some of our Year 12 students when they introduced themselves as our new Senior Prefects. Each year group has a link or bridge prefect who is available for them around school and in form time. Formal assemblies are very much part of the tradition of attending Darrick Wood School and we are pleased to have been able to resume these this year.
Congratulations to all involved in raising £870 for the Hearing Dogs. As a result we have sponsored three dogs – Lilly, Cooper and Teddy for their initial two year training. This has cost £200 per dog. We made a further separate donation of £280. We will receive monthly updates, which track the progress of the individual training of each dog. This will be displayed on the Hearing Dogs board outside the Deaf Centre. The Deaf Centre would like to say a huge thank you to all that donated as this will make a huge difference to the three people these dogs will eventually be placed with.
Congratulations also to Kate Smith whose article on Hayes Community Foodbank was published in the May issue of Life in Orpington/Bromley. This can be viewed online here https://issuu.com/lifeinmagazineskent/docs/life-in-orpington-may-2022?fr=sOGY2NjQzODAxNDg
We are proud to report another successful competition for our Junior Boys athletics team in the Regional A Final of the English Schools Athletics Association Cup.
The team exceeded their previous points tally by 5 whole points, scoring 436 in total across 25 events and finishing 4th in the South East region, cementing their position as the number 1 team in Bromley, and 3rd in Kent!
The stand-out performer was once again Charlie Platt who ran 12.2s in the 100m (28pts) and cleared a lifetime best in the Pole Vault with a UK best performance for 2022 of 3.70m (47pts). This gave Charlie a final individual points tally of 75 points, exceeding the 73 he scored in the first round and once again achieving a total that is unprecedented in the history of the competition. It is difficult to put into words how impressive this achievement is, but it was certainly a talking point amongst the other schools present.
Other highlights included:
Max Jeffrey – another outstanding performer scoring 42 points across his two events with a 40.1s 300m sprint (24pts) and a huge PB in the High Jump clearing 1.44m (18pts)
Harry Powell – a huge 1.0s improvement in the 80m Hurdles event, timed at 14.5s.
Anthony Adeoti – an impressive PB in the gruelling 1500m event, crossing the line in 5:04.6.
Vladyslav Starukh – a Long Jump PB by over half a metre with a leap of 4.48m.
Of course it was an amazing team effort and all these pupils deserve many congratulations for their effort and conduct on the day.
Next week, the girls’ take part in their competition and we look forward to hearing of more successes.
RMT Rail Strike action
The following has been sent to the School ahead of the proposed action. It would be reasonable to assume all transport systems on these days could be under strain and we advise anyone who might be affected to plan their journeys to school carefully to ensure they can still arrive at school on time.
Dates for the diary
Monday, 13th June to Friday, 17th June – Years 7-9 assessment window, Year 12 Art/Textile mocks
Friday, 17th June – 7pm to 9pm – Year 8 PSFA Summer Party (details sent separately)
Monday, 20th June – staff training/early close for students (from 2pm)
Tuesday, 21st June – 8X to Le Touquet (see recent communication home)
Wednesday, 22nd and Thursday, 23rd June – Year 10 Geography coastal trips (half the Geography students per day)
Thursday, 30th June – 8Y to Le Touquet (see recent communication home)
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