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ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL AW S N E W S W E E K LY —

09.02.18

Dear Parents and Carers, Students, Governors and Members of Staff Welcome to this week’s edition of our school’s newsletter


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL T H E M AY O R ’ S V I S I T

We were delighted to welcome The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor John Whitby to the school on Tuesday 6th February 2018. Mr Brady took him on a tour of the ‘whole school in action’. The Mayor visited every classroom and answered student’s questions. At break he enjoyed discussing politics over a cup of coffee with some of our Sixth Form students. We celebrate the fact that Councillor Whitby is an ex-student of Woodlands and a parent of one of our Year 11 students and is now the chief citizen of Derby.

W O R L D B O O K D AY


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL YEAR 11 MOCK FOOD EXAM

On Tuesday the Year 11 Mock Food exams were carried out. Miss Elson our Director of Design and Technology commented “The students excelled themselves carrying out complex skills and high presentation�.

SICK NOTES

Could parent/carers please ensure that should a student need to be excused from physical education they bring a sick note into school from yourselves. We are having an increasing numbers of students, who are asking us to ring parents so they can be excused. Unfortunately this is something we cannot do at the time, as we need to be teaching our classes.


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL CITY FOOTBALL FINALS

The U16 and U14 A and B teams, represented Woodlands in the City Football Finals on Wednesday 31st January at Leesbrook School. The U14 A team won their semi final on penalties and went through to play West Park in the final, where they won by 2-0 and became City Champions. The U14 B team won their 3rd/4th play off. The U16 teams both won their semi finals and as a result played each other in the final, with the A team narrowly winning 1-0. Well done to all of the girls!! LOOK OUT for the U16 County Cup results next week - the girls play Tupton Hall on Friday 9th.

CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

“Congratulations, to the pupils who represented Derby West in the Derbyshire County Finals on a very wet and cold Saturday morning at Tupton Hall School. They qualified after competing in the Derby City Schools Cross Country Championship. The results were as follows: Lola Wania

33rd place in the Year 7 girls race

Jack Dickens-

67th place in the Year 7 boys race

Imogen Moorland

33rd place in the junior girls race

Stanley Clarke

14th place in the junior boys race

Jake Fisher

28th place in the intermediate boys race

A very well done to you all!�


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL M E N TA L H E A LT H

AWARENESS

On Thursday 1st February it was Mental Awareness day. The school promoted this day by displaying several posters around the school. The LRC area also displayed these posters, along with books to read on the subject and word searchers to prompt how they may be feeling.

W O R L D B O O K D AY


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL A LEVEL SCIENCE LIVE EVENT

On the 26th of January, 11 A-level chemists attended an A-level Science Live event at the University of Birmingham. This event represented the chance to hear scientists working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. It also gave students a flavour of university style teaching and lectures. All of the scientists are carefully chosen for their ability to communicate with sixth formers in a direct and exciting way. The prestigious speakers at this year’s event included: Professor Andrea Sella, who gave an exciting and inspirational talk on Mercury; Dr Philip Ball who described and explained how he wrote a book about the most beautiful experiments in chemistry; Dr Peter Wothers, who gave a talk about atomic orbitals; Dr Jamie Gallagher, who spoke about his work and the nano invasion and Professor Lucy Carpenter who spoke about her experiments in atmospheric chemistry. An examiner, Michelle Oldfield was also present, and gave two talks on how to improve examination technique in order to achieve the best possible results. The day was enjoyed by all and will be run again next year.

Dr Naughton Head of Chemistry


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL E N T E R P R I S E D AY

Last Friday we were pleased to run the Learn By Design Enterprise Challenge Event. This was intended to raise students' awareness of marketing and entrepreneurial skills through a practical workshop. Year 11 students were challenged through practical activities to consider how companies promote their products and to have a go at doing this themselves. The whole day was a motivational experience which allowed students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as well as considering how they can promote and market themselves to future employers.

SICKNESS

There have been a number of cases of diarrhoea and sickness at school this week. Could we please remind parents/carers to only return their children to school once 48 hours have passed from their last bought of illness.


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL E - S A F E T Y T H E AT R E

As part of E-safety week, we welcomed the Saltmine Production into school for our Year 8 and Year 10 students. This involved a drama performance followed by a workshop and discussion. The performance was a realistic example of how our students are using social media and the internet, whilst highlighting the dangers of certain activities. The drama focused on the damage of sharing inappropriate images and how easily issues can escalate when they are not dealt with as soon as possible. The workshop then gave the students the opportunity; to reflect on what they had seen, to discuss where they have encountered these issues and to share how these issues can be avoided. All students were encouraged to RAC what they had seen: R - Reflect on what they heard/learnt - what stood out for them? A - Actions - What could we do as a community to change? What actions may students need to take personally to react to the session? C - Conversation - Direct students to who they can talk to in school.

For more information about how to keep children safe online parents could download the free Digital Parenting magazine from vodafone. Go to vodafone.com/digitalparenting


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL E X A M I N V I G I L AT O R S

Required for May 2018 £9.00 - £15.00 per hour Monday to Friday casual hours as required We are currently looking to add to our bank of dedicated Exam Invigilators employed on a casual basis to assist in the smooth running of GCSE and “A” Level examinations throughout the academic year, but predominantly May to the end of June. Duties include supervising students taking examinations, preparing exam rooms, distributing, and collecting exam papers. The ideal applicant will be highly organised, vigilant and reliable, have excellent attention to detail and have the ability to remain calm under pressure. We are particularly interested in flexible applicants who are available any day of the week (Monday – Friday). The hours will be varied but the morning sessions will start at 8.30am and the afternoon sessions will start at 1.00pm. Invigilators are contacted prior to the exam period to discuss their individual availability. Experience not necessary as full training will be provided.

Allestree Woodlands School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and an enhanced DBS check will be requested for the successful candidate. INTERESTED? Please view the Vacancies page of our website http:// www.woodlands.derby.sch.uk/vacancies-journal/ or contact Kate Challands in the School Office on 01332 551921 or by email k.challands@woodlands.derby.sch.uk


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ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL REFECTORY MENU—FROM 12/02/18 TO 16/02/18


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL FREE SCHOOL MEALS Allestree Woodlands School offers excellent nutritious food choices at breakfast, break time and lunch which is available to every student. We encourage all parents that are eligible for free school meals to apply using our new discreet and confidential application process without the need to supply any written evidence to the school office. It is now very easy to check your eligibility or apply for Free School Meals using a web link as follows: www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims Proceed to complete the details by clicking on the start button under New application. The process can be saved and resumed at any time and you will need to have your National Insurance number to complete the application. Once you have applied there is no need to renew your application whilst your child attends this school. The school will be notified if your application is successful within 48 hours of your eligibility and the school will confirm your entitlement for your child to receive a free breakfast to the value of £1.50 and a free lunch to the value of £3.25 every day. If you need any further details or assistance in completing your application please contact Rachael Lawmon in the Administration Office at Woodlands School.

W I S E PAY - S C H O O L ’ S O N L I N E PAY M E N T S Y S T E M We encourage all parents and carers to use our school online payment system called ‘WisePay’ for payments of trips and other school activities, equipment and topping up dinner money. Details of how to do this can be found on the school website on: www.woodlands.derby.sch.uk or by contacting the school on 01332 551921 or by email: the.office@woodlands.derby.sch.uk

D AT E S F O R Y O U R D I A RY Tuesday 13/02/18—Year 9 Parents Evening Wednesday 14/02/18—Alice in Wonderland Thursday 15/02/18—Alice in Wonderland Friday 16/02/18—School closes for half term Monday 26/02/18—School reopens after half term Tuesday 27/2/18—Post 18 Options evening Thursday 01/03/18—Year 8 Parents Evening Tuesday 13/03/18—Year 12 Parents Evening

WEBSITE A reminder to regularly check the school website for news, reminders and copies of letters sent to parents/carers.


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL SCHOOL ROUTINES Headteacher’s Surgery: I am available to meet Parents/Carers each Wednesday from 5:15pm—6pm. If you are able please make an appointment by contacting Kate Challands on 01332 551921. Contact Details: Please keep your contact details up to date by ensuring that the school office has the most current contact details for you, including email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. Parental Consent: A reminder to all Parents/Carers that it will be assumed that you have no objections to your child’s details or participation in any of the following: 

Copyright/photographs and names of student in the Newsletters, Education Extras and on the school website

Internet access at school

Sex education

Data sharing with Connexions and other educational agencies

Fingertip recognition for student meals

If you do object then please put it in writing and send it to me. A copy of the school’s privacy notice can be found on our website www.woodlands.derby.sch.uk

Yours sincerely,

Alan Brady, Headteacher

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