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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Parent Bulletin 04.12.20

Parent Bulletin 04.12.20

This week As you are aware, on Thursday I informed parents/carers of the decision to ask two year groups to stay at home today and into next week as a result of staff numbers having become too low to have all year groups on site safely. This was a difficult decision and definitely not one we would make if we could avoid it. It is far from our ideal situation. Ideally, we want all students in school, but I would…

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Parent Bulletin 20.11.20

Parent Bulletin 20.11.20

This week In a week where a small number of our students have unfortunately received positive COVID-19 results, we have done our best in the circumstances to keep parents/carers informed. We have worked closely with public health and followed the guidelines set out for secondary schools in this situation and made decisions about who needs to isolate as a result of being considered a close contact. Even as a I write this I am conscious that none of us would…

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Arts Award Success

Arts Award Success

Congratulations to all 73 Bronze Arts Award students (now Year 10) and the 7 Silver Award (now Year 11) who all passed their Arts Award! This is the first time we have entered the silver award so we are so pleased for all students, as it was a lot of work on top of their normal studies! The examiner stated how sophisticated and well put together our students work was in both levels, and how impressed they were with the…

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Parent Bulletin 06.11.20

Parent Bulletin 06.11.20

This week Having welcomed our students back from the half-term break, we continue to do all we can to provide the best education in these challenging circumstances and adapt our arrangements as necessary. I draw your attention to various emails through this week, one of which mentions a change to the end of the school day from Monday, 9th November. The following times will apply: Years 7&8 – leave 3pm Years 9&10 – leave 3.05pm Years 11, 12&13 – leave…

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Celebrating former Darrick Wood student success

Celebrating former Darrick Wood student success

Great news from former Darrick Wood student Hannah Holland whose Talent Management business, started in 2019, HLD Management goes from strength to strength. Representing female talent from social media influencers Demi Rose and Yvonne Victoria, reality tv sisters Eve and Jessica Gale Siân Carys Owen who is a DJ, HLD is founded on the principle of strong women supporting strong women. From her office near St Paul’s cathedral, Hannah’s client list grows despite this year’s unusual challenges and she was,…

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