I hope this update finds you and those closest to you in good health. This week has not been packed full of events. You could say that we have had an average, normal, or regular week at Derby Moor, but, in reality, none of those adjectives really do justice in capturing what life is like during a week in our school. Aside from the updates below I have the privilege of being able to visit students in lessons each day and I’ve some lovely examples of students debating in lessons, creating really impressive design pieces in textiles and product design, mastering new skills in PE, grappling with independent challenges in a range of subjects and our sixth form students role-modelling independent study skills during their non-contact periods in school. It is easy to find examples of excellence across our academy, whether that is in classrooms, support sessions, offices or the shared spaces throughout the site, our whole community genuinely do embody our motto to make this a place where ‘average’ and ‘normal’ would never reflect what our community is about. Together We Succeed.
Derby County Community Trust (DCCT) have a range of activities on offer for young people within local communities. The opportunities offer a safe space to take part in a range of sport, cultural and creative activities. They also provide some regular sessions for parents and families to access support and guidance. Sessions are delivered by a range of partners including DCCT, Baby People, Bridge the Gap and Safe and Sound. You can find further information on their flyer here.
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week at Derby Moor. Our student leaders have again been hard at work organising and coordinating activities to raise awareness and show solidarity against bullying. A couple of activities to note include the odd socks day on Monday 15th November, biscuit decorating with kind words on Wednesday, a confessions box throughout the week, tree of kindness activity in forms, the flag of unity and a chance to learn about the Bystander Effect from our Psychologists.
Our whole community acknowledged remembrance day yesterday with a 2 minutes silence at 11am marked by the sound of The Last Post. All year groups have taken part in a particularly moving assembly from Mrs Watson over the last week or so, alongside form activities to develop their understanding of why we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and why we must do all we can to prevent the suffering that is caused by war and conflict.
Year 11 Mock Examinations and Parents Evening
Our Year 11 mock examinations have now concluded. Our students have put in a tremendous effort over the last fortnight to show us what they are capable of. The mammoth task of marking papers and feeding back now begins for our teaching staff. This is a key part of the Year 11 cycle and our students know the feedback from the papers will be vital in planning their actions for the remainder of the year. The final grades will be shared with students and families at the Year 11 Parents Evening on the 1st December. This Parents Evening will take place in school with appointments being booked online. You will receive further information in a separate communication over the next week or so detailing how to book appointments.
We have had two sporting events this week, the Cross Country City Championship and the girls football U13 EFL cup.
In the cross country our students gave a good showing with excellent team spirit and many students achieving a personal best on the day. Several members of the team have now earned the opportunity to compete at the County Championships.
The U13 girls football team competed today at Pride Park. We had 2 teams entered into the competition, both of which enjoyed success. Team 1 results: won 3, lost 3. Team 2 results: won 2, drew 1, lost 3. Both teams played really well and gave it their all, with Team 1 just missing out on the semi-finals.
If you are interested in joining out team, we have the following roles advertised at present: Teacher of English, Receptionist, Facilities Manager and Library & Communications Manager. You can find information about each role on the links provided and can arrange a visit to the school or discuss the posts by contacting school reception on 01332 772766 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derby Moor’s Got Talent
Over the last fortnight we have been holding auditions for Derby Moor’s Got Talent. So many students across all years have spent time sharing their hidden talents; from amazing singers, brilliant beat-boxers, wonderful dancers and mystical magicians. The final 12 acts will be announced on Monday and we hope to see families in school supporting our acts on 8th December. Tickets will be on sale soon with more details about timings to follow.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,