Student News

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.

Preparing for Adulthood event, Saturday 23rd March 2019

Preparing for Adulthood Family Information Event

Saturday 23 rd March 2019 10:00-14:00

Harvey Hadden Stadium, Wigman Rd, Nottingham NG8 4PB

(Refreshments will be provided throughout the day)

This event is an opportunity for young people and their families to meet with services and  organisations who are available to support with the move into adulthood with particular focus on Education, Employment & Training pathways for Post 16. The event is being supported by a range of services and organisations. There will also be the opportunity to get involved and take part in both sporting and art workshops on the day.

If you are interested in attending this event please email them by no later than Friday 1st March

Services at the event:

Futures Career Advice & Apprenticeships
Information regarding Supported Employment
Skills For Employment
NCC Transitions Team
Specialist Colleges
Mainstream Colleges
Adult Overnight Short Breaks Services
Independent Travel Training
Information, Advice & Guidance Services
Sports, Leisure & Community Opportunities
Community Short Break Providers
Nottinghamshire Participation Hub

Email your Name, D.O.B, and people who will be accompanying you to ICDS.EOTAS@nottscc.gov.uk

Derrymount Industry Day, 2018

What a success!

It may have been the first time we’d organised and hosted a careers / industry event as such, but boy was it successful!

The aim of the event was to provide a friendly and non-threatening SEN-specific experience during which the students attending could:

  • Find out about local colleges and the courses they offer
  • Learn what apprenticeships are and what opportunities might be available for them locally
  • Learn more about different ‘career pathways’ there might be in the public sector
  • Meet with local companies, such as Sainsbury’s, to find out about work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Learn from parents/others connected with DMS about their jobs and professions e.g. midwifery, nursing
  • Mix and interact with other young people from other Nottinghamshire SEN schools

Not only did the Derrymount students enjoy the event, we were delighted to have groups visit from three other SEN schools.

The feedback we got from everyone (exhibitors and attendees) was very positive – it was just the right kind of event (and environment) for students to receive expert career guidance and advice as part of their broader ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ work that takes place in school.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the success of the event – especially the students that came round with scrummy school-baked buns 🙂

Now, enjoy some photos taken on the day!

Harvest Festival at St Mary’s Church Arnold

On 10th October Derrymount School went along to St Mary’s Church in Arnold to celebrate our Harvest Festival.

We collected an amazing amount of food which will be taken to the local food bank. The fresh fruit and vegetables will go to Emmanuel House and a refugee centre in Nottingham.

Some of our pupils performed on guitars as part of the service and others had brought their paintings of vegetables, salt dough, Harvest Sheaves, and Harvest poems to decorate the church.

Parents and carers also came along, and some came back to school for coffee and biscuits afterwards.

Margaret, the Vicar was really impressed with Derrymount and said we had given more than 20 big bags of food! A big thank you to everyone who helped and contributed something towards those who are in need.

We will be visiting Margaret again at St Mary’s in December for our Christingle.

Well done everyone!
Cathy Clay

Adventure School update

Thanks to our new tent stove (bought with funds from DofE Central), we have a warm and less smokey environment  – with an extended covered area – that will help us keep working outdoors during the colder months.

Already enjoying the benefits

A lunchtime visit from students from our junior site resulted in smiles all round: archery, some moving of bark chippings, relaxing in the hammocks and bellies full of hot dogs all helped create a very enjoyable lunchtime for all. Speaking of dogs, Gryff played his part too.

 

 

Flu Vaccinations 2018

Flu vaccinations are on Tuesday 9th October  

Children included in the programme are Reception through to year 13.

Consent Forms

Consent forms will be bought in to school early September 2018 and should be returned to school by parents 21st September 2018  for the team to collect week commencing 24th September 2018.

Further information about the flu vaccination programme:

www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/immunisation-team and

www.nhs.uk/child-flu

Children will not be able to receive this vaccination at the GP unless they have an identified health problem. We will be holding clinics throughout the season for those children who have consented and were absent on the day.

Each child vaccinated will  receive a record card on the day of the vaccination to take home.

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.

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.

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!