I hope this update finds you in good health. I have a brief update for you today after a somewhat shortened school week.
Year 8 Parents Evening
Next week sees our first face to face Parents Evening for students in Year 8. This will be taking place across the school from 4.30 with parents making appointments online via SchoolCloud. Each consultation will last 5 minutes and staff will be located throughout the Hall, Dining Hall and the Learning Hub. If you have any problems making appointments, please contact Mrs Hiscock or Mr Dhillon as soon as possible.
Year 11 Exams and Graduation
As I write this update, our Year 11 students have 5 school days left until the first whole year exam. Many have been taking exams over the last few weeks and adding the final touches to coursework submissions, but you can feel there is an intensity and almost steely focus from them as we move into the final week of preparation. They are in good shape for the run in and their attendance at intervention sessions continues to remain excellent.
The Graduation celebration is scheduled for June 30th. The school calendar is particularly busy at that time of year, hence its placement after the final exams and before a number of other events that would limit the attendance of students at the event. We are aware that Littleover Community School have a sixth form event running on the 29th and the 30th and have had conversations with a small number of students about this. Having liaised with Littleover they are unable to move their event but have kindly offered to run the session for students new to Littleover that would normally take place on the 30th a day earlier and after the main session on the 29th. My thanks go to Mr Wilding and Mr Archer for their support with this.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Bronze Practice Expedition takes place this weekend for the Year 9 & 10 Bronzes in the Peak District. The weather is looking like it will be kind to them so they should enjoy a fantastic weekend in the countryside.
The Year 11 Silvers are asked to attend a DofE meeting Thursday 12th May in HO2 where key paperwork and details of the expedition season will be given out. Themeeting will be no longer than 30 minutes so they will still be able to attend intervention sessions afterwards.
For students in Year 8 – Mrs Burrows will be delivering an assembly on DofE and how to sign up on Thursday 12th May.
Derby Moor’s Got Talent
A reminder that our talent show takes place on the evening of Thursday 12th May at 6pm in the school hall with tickets available from the Honour hub prior to the event. There are a small number of tickets available on parent pay too. The standard of performers this year is incredibly high and the evening will serve as an excellent prelude to our Superstar Day on Friday.
Friday the 13th is the date of our Trust-wide Superstar Day. Families are invited to see our students showcase their talents, enjoy some ice cream, buy a samosa (or two) and share the positivity with our staff and students.
Entrance is free with an optional voluntary donation; the food and activities will be on sale so please bring some change! Most activities are £1. We look forward to seeing you there- Friday 13th May- 4.00-5.30pm. During the school day students will be showcasing a range of talents and taking part in a variety of activities at breaktime and lunch. Our newly formed PTFA have been the driving force behind the organisation of the event and we are grateful for the time and energy they have put in to make this event a reality. Please do come along to support the evening event if you are able.
A number of our Year 10s will be spending next week in Aberdovey, Wales as part of an outward bound trip in conjunction with the DHL Foundation. Those attending had to go through a gruelling selection process designed to improve their employability skills and to help prepare them for the kind of tasks they may face during an interview for a large organisation like DHL. They will be competing a range of outdoor pursuits as well as developing their skill-set and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh coast.
Our Year 11 students continue to meet with one of our Careers advisers Kat Garland or Jessica Townsend from Luminate Careers and they are really keen to support any student who is still unsure about their plan for September. If your child would like some support, please encourage them to ask their tutor, Mrs. Hrncic or Mr. Kilgour to arrange them an appointment. Luminate also have an excellent website with a wealth of useful information. Please have a look at the link: https://luminatecareersandcoaching.co.uk/
Congratulations to the twelve Derby Moor Sixth Form students who have been accepted to the Aspiring Professionals Programme through the Social Mobility Foundation. The Aspiring Professionals Programme organises events and opportunities during the coming months and into the summer, including more career insight days, a Making a Statement Workshop, a CV & Mock Interview Workshop, and visits to leading universities. Top employers around the country will also host internships during the summer holidays and October half term. Congratulations also to another Year 12 student who has been accepted onto the Sutton Trust Cambridge University summer school which involves staying at a college for an entire week, studying geography as an undergraduate and getting a taster for what the subject is like at university.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,