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DofE Bronze Expedition Update

DofE Bronze Expedition 10th – 11th July

Kit List

It’s going to be a hot couple of days, so here’s a bit of guidance for those taking part.

Please bring with you:

  • Two bottles of water – refillable types are best as they can be refilled throughout the day
  • A packed lunch for Tuesday lunch
  • A packed lunch for Wednesday lunch
  • Sauce to add to a pasta meal – school will provide the pasta, but students should bring a packet of stir-in sauce, tin of tuna or tomatoes, cheese sauce etc to flavour the pasta to their taste. NB we can work around any concerns around food and cooking, so please don’t let this be a worry.
  • Trainers or trail shoes to walk in
  • shorts or light trousers to walk in
  • t-shirt or long-sleeved top to walk in
  • sun hat, sunglasses
  • sun cream
  • jumper / hoodie for the evening
  • clothing to sleep in
  • spare clothes (if participants don’t fancy walking in worn clothes on day 2)
  • spare trainers / footwear for in the evening
  • wash bag and towel
  • waterproof jacket / trousers (just in case)
  • sleeping bag (if you have one – no problem if you don’t, we can loan you one)
  • pillow

NB school will provide camping mats and tents, and rucksacks where needed.

Participants will only have to carry the things they need during the time they are walking e.g. water, sun cream,  snacks, waterproof jacket/leggings.  Everything else will be left in the minibus and transported to the campsite. With this in mind, participants should bring a small day bag to carry with them on the walk and a larger holdall for the items they want to leave on the bus.

We will have a cool box, so items of food / drink can be left in that during the day / evening.

DMS DofE group complete their Bronze award

Well done, lads!

Campsite Day 2

It’s really exciting to be able to share the news that Derrymount’s first ever DofE group has completed the DofE Bronze Award. We are all so proud of the group of four lads who were part of this amazing achievement.

Just waiting for official sign off from Nottinghamshire.

More details coming soon!

Leavers’ / P16 Summer Residential

Residential to York and Dalby

Note: please pay the balance for the trip as soon as possible.

Dates:

  • Leave DMS on Monday 18th June, 12.30
    • Arrive at school as normal. We will be going to the supermarket to buy provisions for the meals the trip will be providing.
      NB. a packed lunch is needed for Monday
  • Return DMS on Thursday 21st June, approx 3pm

Kit list:

Bring a single bag / small suitcase and a small bag/day sack for trips etc
The below is just a guide – please adjust according your own needs.

  • Pants (3 days)
  • Socks (3 days)
  • Trousers & Shorts (weather dependant) (3 days)
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sturdy Shoes / trainers
  • Casual Shoes (for around town)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Cream
  • Fleece
  • Jumper / Hoody (couple)
  • Pyjamas
  • Dressing gown / onesie
  • Slippers / indoor shoes
  • 2 towels
  • Wash Kit
  • Torch (spare batteries)
  • Watch
  • Tshirts (3 days)
  • Money for extra activities
  • Swimwear
  • Camera
  • Snack
  • Refreshment and snacks

Spending money:

Some spending money for shopping / gifts / souvenirs can be taken (£25 – £35) but please also bring money to cover elements of the trip not covered by the core costs – please see below:

  • Monday
    • evening meal (pub meal)
    • York Dungeon (£11) and/ or Cinema (£6-7)
  • Wednesday
    • Segway – optional (£5)
    • Change for amusements
    • Fish and Chip supper
    • Dracula walk – optional (£5)Phones and valuables

Students will be encouraged to look after their own valuables (including spending money), but if any students are worried about this, they should let the DMS staff on the trip know.

Phones and chargers can be brought along so as to make a call home in the evenings (if required) but students will be encouraged to use phones just for music and photographs at other times.

A handheld game device can be brought for journeys, but students will be encouraged to not use them at other times.

Any more questions / queries, please get in touch with the school office.

Adventure School gets a make over

All hands to the pump (or to the nettles in reality)

Ever since a neighbour backing onto the school expressed a lack of enthusiasm towards our outdoor endeavours  – I think the sound of happy and enthusiastic students got a bit too much for him – we started considering our options and eventually we decided to move our Adventure School HQ a number metres along our boundary fence.

Now, this wouldn’t have been such a big deal if it hadn’t been for the fact that the 100m we had to move was home to: nettles, brambles and years of uncontrolled natural growth (no, I’m not talking about Andrew’s beard here).

But rather than seeing this as a problem, we saw this as an opportunity to get the students practically immersed in a hands-on get-stuck-in project that would benefit them and the school in general (for years to come). We set to work removing branches, sticks, nettles, brambles and much more and using freshly cut (and kindly donated) tree chippings.

The result: a safe and usable area… check out the last photo below.

Great job everyone!

The job isn’t finished though (we have big ideas), but as you can see, things are looking a lot better and we’re back to normal with the bushcraft and outdoor hands-on activities which we all enjoy. There’s even a hammock or two for those that just need to lay back, look at the canopy and chill.

DMS Duke of Edinburgh programme

Andrew and I are really pleased that that a number of students have persevered in a determined way towards achieving the DofE Bronze Award – which is no mean feat! Actually, at the time of writing, our first practice expedition is only a few days away and the first batch of DMS participants students will hopefully graduate in time before they leave.

Our second group will take their practice in July and final expedition in September, with a view of graduating before the end of this year’s DofE season.

We’re really proud of all of the students that have taken part this year and really hope to take more students through their Bronze and a group of 2nd year AS/DofE students through the Silver Award during our next academic year.

With the above in mind, we must say a massive THANK YOU to Jackie Bull at DofE Central for helping us secure some important funds to help us get our DofE (and Adventure School) programme up and running. Not only have we been able to purchase the kit we need to run the DofE programme, we have also been able to develop our Adventure School into a key part of DMS; DofE and AS provide valuable opportunities for our young people to get outside, get active and see and reach the potential that is within them (which is sometimes buried and needs uncovering).

Below are a few images of the students organising our kit, and wrestling with one of our expedition shelters when 8 of them were trying to get inside 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to everyone involved with this term’s Adventure School, particularly Go Outdoors and DofE Central for helping with kit.

The DofE future at DMS is up, but shhhhh… not too much rejoicing – it might upset the neighbour.

Gryff the school dog – Dlog 2

Woof, Gryff here!

Welcome to my Dog Log, or Dlog. This is post 2.

Wowzers, what a first half term I’ve had! Not only have I settled in nicely – and stopped chastising the guinea pigs – I’ve also been attending more lessons (and been off my lead a lot more).

OK – when I signed up to be a school dog, I never actually expected to have to attend lessons and look interested! As you can see, I’ve been working hard and even improved my touch-paw typing skills.

As all of the students know though, my favourite time at school is when I’m ‘busy’ getting fussed and cuddled. I really love it when students see my around school and come over for a chat and hug – I never get sick of hugs and tummy tickles. It makes me happy and it also seems to help the lovely students too (especially when they might be angry or anxious).

Well, I’d better go now – I know it’s not a school night but we all still need to get plenty of sleep to stay healthy and happy. Oh, and if any students are feeling a bit mixed up by the change of routine a ‘forced holiday’ brings, rest assured: dogs are creatures of habit too (so I feel a little disorientated too).

Anyway, not many more sleeps until we’re back at school.

Be good, be happy, and when we’re back at school, if you’re ever not feeling great, come and see me and I’ll cheer you up.

Woof for now!
Gryff!

Gryff’s Paws for Thought – Dlog update 1

Hi, Gryff here!

Welcome to my Dog Log, or Dlog.

I’m new to Derrymount School; I was recently re-homed from Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre in South Lincolnshire. They looked after me really well until they found me a new home to go to.

What’s great about my new life is that I get to go to work everyday! That’s right; I’m training to be a therapy dog – which to me means I get to play with and get stroked by the lovely students that want to spend time with me.

I’ve settled in really well at Derrymount – everyone has been really friendly with me – and apparently I’m a Grade A student so I’ve progressed well from meeting a few students at a time to being taken into all classes every day to see how everyone is – I’ve even been out for a few walks with the students in the Adventure School option. One student (and teacher) even took me into Nottingham on the bus – that was great fun cos I got to meet loads of pigeons.

One thing I have done a lot of though is sleep – it’s great cos I can just fall asleep in class whenever I want to and when someone wants to stroke me or play with me, they just call me over.

Anyway, all this talk of sleep is making me feel sleepy right now, so I’ll sign off.

Be good, be happy, and if you’re ever not feeling great, come and see me and I’ll cheer you up.

Gryff!