Student News

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!

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

Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre Visits 2018/2019

Gryff with Martina and some of the Dog Care students.

For the best part of a year, Martina Martin from Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Nottinghamshire, has been kindly visiting our Friday Dog Care option group to share her knowledge and experience of dogs and the working life of a centre manager. Her visits are always interesting and enlightening – today we learned how dog owners’ behaviours can influence their dogs’ behaviours, how to refine a dog’s recall performance and what you can learn from a dog by looking at its poops!

Gryff, our resident school therapy dog – and an ex-Jerry Green rescue dog – is always a topic of conversation, and it was lovely to hear Martina talk about how she has seen Gryff develop over the months since we have had him. Martina also commented on just how knowledgeable the Dog Care students (6 of them in total) have become since studying for their Professional Dog Walker qualification this year. The group are genuinely passionate about dogs and work really hard to develop their understanding dogs and their behaviours.

So, thank you Martina, well done Dog Care students and of course, ‘good boy’ Gryff… you deserve a tasty treat or two for your progress this year.

 

Well-being Walks

M1 and M2 Shakespeare Workshop

Over the last few weeks, students in M1 and M2 have been studying William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and have worked hard to produce an amazing piece of artwork which went on display at Colonel Frank Seely school earlier this week, for other schools to enjoy.

Students worked with Nonsuch Theatre in Nottingham and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to learn how to safely carry out stage combat and acted out key scenes from the play.  Some of the children’s work also appeared on Notts TV.

If you wish to view it, (and see if your child can spot their work), please visit https://nottstv.com/programme/ey-up-notts-monday-26th-march/ (32 minutes and 20 seconds into the clip).

NB click on the pictures to see a larger view.

Panthers put on a performance

Students were given the opportunity to watch the Nottingham Panthers train at the Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday morning. After watching the experts, it was then time for them to get on the ice and have a go. With the help of some of the Panthers, students managed to learn new skills and survive relatively unscathed!

The morning was a great success and enjoyed by all who took part. Behaviour, attitude and effort were exemplary and we look forward to more skating sessions and experiences in the near future. Many thanks to the Panthers, staff at the arena and parents for supporting the school with this opportunity.

Zoolab visits Derrymount!

In January we had some very unusual visitors in school. Our pupils and staff (or to be more accurate  some of the staff!) were very pleased to meet them.

Our visitors included a very friendly rat, a  corn snake and a gecko, a scary looking scorpion and a cockroach which was almost as big  as some pupil’s hands.

The pupils were finding out about Predators and Prey as part of their Science and Animal Care lessons and the visit certainly helped bring their learning to life.

We enjoyed the visit so much that Zoo Lab are coming back again next year. We can’t wait to see what they might bring with them next time.