I hope this update finds you all in the best of health. We have had a really positive start to the half term at Derby Moor with a number of events taking place at the academy including the mock examinations, Sixth Form Open Evening and the Diwali celebrations. As three events, they capture our values of Achievement, Aspiration, High Expectations and Community in a single week and have been a joy to bear witness to. More details below:
Mock Examinations and Parents Evening
Our Year 11 students have made a great start to their mock examination period this week. Whilst we acknowledge that it is a stressful period for them, the experience of preparing and performing in the exam room will set them up for success in the summer. The additional revision and intervention sessions we have run throughout the week have been incredibly well attended and the conduct of our students has been to their usual high standards. We have another week of exams next week and aim to report the results to families at the Year 11 parents evening on the 1st December.
Sixth Form Open Evening
Our Sixth Form Open Evening took place on Wednesday with potential sixth formers from our year 11 and local secondary schools sampling what our post 16 provision has to offer. Thank you to all who attended and our staff and students for their energy and enthusiasm throughout the evening. We had a number of current and former students presenting to families in the hall about their experience at the school and detailing how the enrichment and academic support has set them up for their journey into Higher Education and the world of work. They spoke with such wisdom to the families and students of our Year 11 and it was rewarding to hear them talk about the help and support they received whilst being part of our school.
You can find our application form online here.
Our student leadership team have organised the celebrations today for Diwali with greetings for all students upon entry to school accompanied by Bollywood style music to usher them into registration time. We had a raffle in form and a Diwali fair throughout lunchtime where students created Rangoli designs, made traditional Indian bracelets and designed lanterns for a Diwali display. A number of our student leaders also wore traditional Diwali dress over lunch that brought a splash of colour to the event. All in all we have enjoyed another celebration of the diversity of our community and sent students on to their afternoon lessons with a smile on their faces.
If you are interested in joining out team, we have the following roles advertised at present: Teacher of English, Exam Invigilator, 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.
Weather and Warm Coats
The weather has definitely turned a little colder this week. As such we are advising students to bring a warm coat with them for their journeys to and from school and to keep them warm at break and lunch when outside. If you require support from school with this, please contact your child’s Year Manager who may be able to assist.
We have had a quiet week on the sporting front with no new fixtures this week – The Football season has taken a break now until February.
Basketball clubs and fixtures will commence as soon as the mock examinations have finished and there will be an update to the extra-curricular clubs schedule soon.
Wishing you and your family a safe a relaxing weekend.