Parent Bulletin 21/1/22

Parent Bulletin 21/1/22

This week Assemblies this week have covered the theme of choices, freedom and equality. The civil rights movement in the USA, in particular the pivotal roles played by people such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., were used to illustrate how individual choices and decisions can lead to positive change. Students were encouraged to consider how they can contribute to helping society become more equal and reminded that how they speak to each other, to friends and family…

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Parent Bulletin 14/01/22

Parent Bulletin 14/01/22

New term reflections Parents/carers, students and staff will not need to be reminded that a year ago we were in the unfortunate position of having to experience another COVID-19 lockdown and most students were having to learn at home. Public examinations had been cancelled and we were very unsure about what would replace them. A year on and COVID-19 continues to affect life at school, but we are much more optimistic as we are able to do much of what…

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Parent Bulletin 13/12/21

Parent Bulletin 13/12/21

Latest news On Friday there was widespread support for Christmas Jumper Day. Lots of students and staff wore a jumper or other item with a Christmas theme to raise money for Save the Children. Today students were able to wear the shoes of their choice to raise money for the LATCH homeless charity. The latter led to quite a few students initially being asked by staff (including the Head Teacher) why they were wearing trainers and not their school shoes….

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Subject Matters – The Monthly Molecule

Subject Matters – The Monthly Molecule

In celebration of the festive season, the December Monthly molecule edition is dedicated to Christmas. We’re pleased to report that this edition has been written and collated by our Year 12 Scientists. Here we publish a taster of the new Monthly Molecule with the feature article titled, A Christmas Made of Food Waste. As we approach the festive season, everyone will be rushing around trying to buy the best gifts for their loved ones. However, now more than ever, we…

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Parent Bulletin 03/12/21

Parent Bulletin 03/12/21

This week With just two weeks left to the end of term we can start to reflect on the autumn term and consider all that we have accomplished. Cases of COVID-19 in school and in the community continue to increase, but we do not want to let this be the overriding memory of this term. Despite the difficulties and current COVID cases, attendance at Darrick Wood has been above the national average. We have been able to deliver a full…

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Parent Bulletin 26/11/21

Parent Bulletin 26/11/21

This week Year 11 have begun their mock exams/internal assessments. We have been really impressed by how they have conducted themselves going into the Hall and other exam venues. This is a difficult time for them and they have another week of assessments to come. We encourage them to continue preparing well for each one. Whatever the result, what we do know is that by preparing well through rigorous revision, thinking hard during an assessment, learning is enhanced and they…

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Subject Matters – The Monthly Molecule

Subject Matters – The Monthly Molecule

I am pleased to announce that the new edition of our in-school science magazine has now been published, and printed copies will be available from the Sixth Form Centre Foyer next week. The theme for the magazine this month is water. Thank you to our Sixth Form students for producing such an insightful and interesting edition. We include here a sample article from the November Monthly Molecule. Blue-Green Algae and DogsBlue-green alga is not actually algae, it’s the term used…

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Parent Bulletin 19/11/21

Parent Bulletin 19/11/21

This week Monday saw our first Odd Socks Day and the launch of this year’s anti-bullying week. Quite a few students, especially lower down the School, along with staff wore odd socks to promote the idea that everyone is unique. Our anti-bullying assemblies were very thought provoking and encouraged everyone to use kind words so that this starts a domino effect with more and more kind words used around us. Music at the start of assemblies this term has been…

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Parent Bulletin 05/11/21

Parent Bulletin 05/11/21

This week It was great to welcome back all of our students and staff after the half-term break. This week’s assemblies had a theme of Good and Evil, exploring how situations or people can rarely be defined as either one of these exclusively, with life being rather a mix of the better and worse things and the balance between them. Many examples were given including the 1980s film, “The Dark Crystal”- perhaps some parents will recall this. A more recent…

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Parent Bulletin 15/10/21

Parent Bulletin 15/10/21

Half term reflections With the half term break now upon us it is worth reflecting on what we have achieved so far this term. A year ago life in school was very different with many restrictions in place. A year (and another lockdown) later and we can state that something nearer to normality is in place at Darrick Wood. Teachers are teaching a full curriculum and are less restricted in how they teach, although we remain mindful of the rising…

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