Principal's Update 30th April 2021
I hope this update finds you and your family in good health. We have had a further week of settling back into routines at Derby Moor this week as the mock examinations have come to an end and we have opened up further outdoor grassed areas to our students, it feels like summer is on its way. With that in mind I have a couple of messages relating to summer events that I will detail below.
Many of our students are currently fasting as part of Ramadan and will be looking forward to Eid Celebrations with their families on the 12th and 13th May. We are planning our own celebration during that week and building up to Friday the 14th. This will include some Ramadan Reflections, an Eid card competition, festive food and henna art. More details will be shared with students closer to the time.
Year 11 lessons will continue up to and including Friday 28th May which will take us into the half term holiday. We will set a time in that week when we will allow students to bring in a spare shirt for signing and farewell books. We expect to do this on Thursday 27th and will confirm the final arrangements with students closer to the time. We know this event means a lot to our Year 11s and that they have been eager to know that it is going ahead. Covid security will be important and we will continue to remind our students about the expectations prior to and during the activity to minimise the risk they expose themselves to.
Following half term, we will be running a Post Year 11 Programme for our students throughout June. This will include work to prepare them for the next stage for their education, be it in sixth form, college or apprenticeships. The first two weeks of this will be remote study with guidance being set on Show My Homework, followed by face to face sessions for those joining our Sixth Form on the week commencing 21st June.
Many students have been asking about Graduation and whether this will be taking place. We are setting a tentative date of the 29th June for this. I must strongly advise all families that this is subject to change and if we have to cancel the event we cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred. I would advise our students to bide their time whilst we await guidance from the DfE around gatherings before paying any deposits on vehicles or clothing for the event. Further details will be released as we have them about the timings and expectations for this event
Year 13 lessons will continue up to and including Friday 28th May, after which lessons will cease. We will be providing remote learning for our Year 13s after the half term break and throughout June. This will be a combination of enrichment, preparation for independent living and employability activities. As with the rest of my update today, further details will follow and will be communicated to students in due course.
Year 8 Derby Moor Award
A number of our Year 8 students have now met the criteria for their Derby Moor Award and many more are working towards achieving this. The award is designed to celebrate the qualities our young people show both in and outside of school that reflect their character and employability skills. If your child is in Year 8 please do ask them about their Derby Moor Award Passport to see how they are progressing. We are planning a celebration event in July for those students who are successful and we are hoping to have as many of Year 8 achieving the award as possible in its inaugural year.
Year 8 Parents Evening
A reminder that the Year 8 Parents Evening takes place online on Wednesday 5th May. Appointments will close on Tuesday the 5th. If you are having difficulty making appointments please contact Mrs Fearn or Miss Williams.
As things feel like they are returning to some sort of normality it is nice to be able to look forward to the typical end of year events. We do still have to be mindful that the advice from the government and scientific advisors is that the pandemic is not over and we need to protect ourselves and others as much as possible. This means continuing to observe the guidance issued, limiting contact and wearing face coverings – something which our students are generally very good at, and continuing with the regular home testing every Sunday and Wednesday. The reality of this also means that we have to tread carefully with these events and there is a possibility that they may not be able to go ahead, even with the best laid plans. We are, as ever, optimistic and you can be assured that we will be doing all we can to celebrate with our community whilst minimising the risk to all.