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Cross Country Colwick Country Park 2019

Ten of our students took part in the annual Cross Country Relay Event at Colwick Park this week.  A fantastic effort was made by all, with each student completing at least one lap of the mile long course.

The students showed great determination and worked together as a team, competing against several other schools in the county. It was a great morning and many thanks to Nick Robb for organising and leading the event.

Well done everyone!!

Town House – work experience

 

A great opportunity for some of our year 10/11 students who currently access the home cooking option within school.

A taste of work experience at “The Townhouse” in Arnold under the guidance of head chef Louise and her staff. Our pupils sharpening up their skills in the kitchen prepping food from the mouth-watering menu to serve to the unsuspecting general public of Arnold!!

Jack added “It’s good, I enjoy working in the kitchen” whilst Daniel said “I really like working here, it’s not stressful”. “Very good not stressful what so ever” said Reeve and of course Lydia, “I like working in the kitchen however it drains my energy. The people are friendly”

Watch this space for further updates when they return to the Townhouse on 2nd October. A big thankyou to Alison the manager, Louise, Keegan, Esther & Linda. A mention to Mr Rowland for setting up this amazing opportunity.

R.Ashford/L.Holder

M4 visit Cromford Mills

Children in M4 recently visited Cromford Mills in Derbyshire to understand the role of Sir Richard Arkwright during the Industrial Revolution.

They enjoyed having a go at ‘carding’ and spinning thread from raw cotton.  They also listened to a worker, describing her life in Cromford.

By the end of the experience, they were all grateful that they didn’t live around 250 years ago as they would have completed five years work by now at the age of twelve!  School seems a far better option!

New Kit Sponsorship

New Kit Sponsorship

It was a pleasure to meet Lee and Gemma Carrington today who have kindly sponsored our new sports kit. Their very generous donation, coupled with that from Tim Page of Innovative Foods has enabled the school to purchase the shirts, shorts and socks (chosen by our students) as modelled above.

We are very grateful for this support and look forward to putting the new kit to good use at various sporting events throughout the years to come.

Many thanks

Derrymount School

M4 Master Chefs

After a year of honing their skills on a Monday morning in the kitchen, students in M4 have today waited on their parents and carers, preparing a two course lunch from scratch.

Parents and carers left satisfied, having enjoyed a variety of meals, including Southern Fried chicken, BBQ pulled pork pizza, chocolate fudge cake and Oreo cheesecake.

Thank goodness we have a dishwasher!!

Horse Riding

Recently pupils at Derrymount School went horse riding

A trip to the House of Commons

Heath did his best Ed Miliband impression today in Parliament when he attended a Greenpeace event in the Members’ Dining Room. At the event, Greenpeace launched their latest scientific research findings about the state of the UK rivers. Not only did Heath enjoy the experience of visiting the House of Commons, but he got to meet TV presenter (and all-round nice guy) Steve Backshall.

Giddy up, horsey!

Pupils from our lower school had an afternoon out at a local riding stable.

Most pupils on the visit had never been on a horse before so this was a new experience for them. They were very nervous at first but once they were sat on the horses their whole demeanour changed and they became relaxed, calm and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They were shown how to sit properly and hold the reins we then went out into the local wooded area and had a lovely slow ride.

By the end of the lesson pupils were talking to the horses and were smiling. They were able to tell us about their experience and how much they liked their horse. They all said it was the best time ever and were looking forward to returning next week.

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Can the Gryff-dog learn new tricks?

In Dog Care today, Gryff began his agility training in the school quad.

We started with the tunnel using the command ‘tunnel’ – which Gryff took to quite quickly.

Then we introduced him to the jump using the command ‘over’. The students learned how rushing to push the bar up too quickly resulted in him taking the easier ‘limbo’ route, but they worked hard to correct him.

Finally, we started the learning progression for the tricky ‘weave’ obstacle but we didn’t push Gryff too much as he had worked hard this morning and we didn’t want to overload him. It’s really important to make learning and training fun forGryff.

Well done everyone, especially Gryff.