Parent Bulletin 05/03/21

Parent Bulletin 05/03/21

World Book Day – Thursday, 4th March We are grateful to Mrs Millar who arranged some brilliant ways to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday, even though most students are not in school. Students had the opportunity to take part in a game where they viewed piles of books or books on a shelf (‘shelfies’) and tried to work out which teachers they belonged to. It was a fascinating insight into teachers’ reading habits. Here’s one for parents to guess….

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Wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday

Thank you for your lovely feedback about Wellbeing Wednesday. It was so lovely to hear about the enjoyment both students and their families had when taking part in Wellbeing Wednesday. We recognise the importance of our students having hobbies and interests outside of the School curriculum and we are so proud of the well-rounded individuals so many of our students are becoming.   So, here are just a few examples of what our students got up to for Wellbeing Wednesday……

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Parent Bulletin 12/02/21

Parent Bulletin 12/02/21

This week and this term so far Well done to all our students, their parents and all our staff for reaching the half-term break during this latest lockdown period. Last week I singled out our staff for their efforts, in particular with getting to grips with completely new ways of teaching and learning in such a short period of time. This week though I want to congratulate our students and thank you, their parents and carers. Our records indicate that…

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World Kitchen 12/02/21

World Kitchen 12/02/21

We’re very excited to announce a new feature called World Kitchen. In celebration of cultural diversity, we will be publishing recipes for iconic international dishes, which have been recommended by staff, parents and students. Our ambition is for as many members of the Darrick Wood community to recreate these dishes at home and enjoy them with their family. We would love for you to take part and send in photos of your dishes. We would also love more suggestions of…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

In PSHE during Mental Health Awareness Week, Years 7 and 8 were asked to think about ‘What makes you, you?’  With this in mind pupils drew silhouettes of themselves and then filled these with pictures, images and words of things that make them ‘them.’ We looked at what they like, family, friends, hobbies, skills and all the things that make them unique and special so they can celebrate being themselves.  You can see a few of the pictures here and…

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Parent Bulletin 05/02/21

Parent Bulletin 05/02/21

This week This week’s main assembly Ms Wilson-Hooper raised awareness of Children’s Mental Health Week. We hope your children watched this and are excited about our follow-up – Wellbeing Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, next week, activities are being arranged in place of normal lessons. Whilst we have not completely gone screen-free with this, there are lots of activities we have suggested which will give students time away from their computers and phones should they wish for this. Please talk to…

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Parent Bulletin 29/01/21

Parent Bulletin 29/01/21

This week We have continued to enhance our online provision. We are keen to go beyond the curriculum however and are now also arranging Form Time and Assemblies across our year groups. This week’s whole school assembly was arranged by Mr Smith, Assistant Head Teacher, who is coordinating nominations for the Jack Petchey Award. Please encourage your child to watch the assemblies and to engage in the Jack Petchey Award nominations process. One of the best parts of my week…

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DWS Audio – 30th Episode!

DWS Audio – 30th Episode!

This month marks the first anniversary of our school-based serial drama ROUGH DIAMONDS. The lockdown period has greatly interfered with our recording schedule and our plans to release a new episode every week. However, many of our students have continued to participate and we’ve even been able to record some episodes remotely.  This week DWS Audio posted the 30th episode of ROUGH DIAMONDS, which you can listen to on the audio blog or on our YouTube Channel AMPLIFiED. There are many more episodes…

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Radio Success for Former DWS Student

Radio Success for Former DWS Student

Congratulations to former Darrick Wood School student Nelson Hylton, who has been chosen as a guest presenter on BBC Radio 1 over the Christmas period. To read more about Nelson’s success, please see the article here from the BBC Nelson has previously volunteered at the University of Portsmouth’s Pure FM and at community station Transmission Roundhouse. He will become the first black presenter to host Radio 1’s Rock Show. Nelson’s show on Sunday, 27th December 2020 is at 9pm and…

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Parent Bulletin 11.12.20

Parent Bulletin 11.12.20

This week It was a week where we tried to inject a bit of festive spirit by encouraging engagement in Christmas Jumper Day, so we were very disappointed that on the day itself, Years 7 and 8 had to join Years 9 and 10 and remain at home due to staffing issues on site. Those that remained did wear their jumpers, ties etc very well and I am sure we will still have raised a good amount of money for…

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