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Big Sleep Out Postponed

Due to staffing issues, the Big Sleep Out for Framework (due to take place on 20th Nov) has been postponed. Hopefully, we will reschedule it to take place in December.

Just another day in Adventure School

The power of the outdoors

One cannot under estimate the power of the outdoors.

Picture this: a sunny Autumnal day, a bunch of students who prefer being outdoors doing practical things to being indoors sat still, a school therapy dog who also prefers being outdoors, staff who again also prefer being outside, and an outdoor space that is an exciting and stimulating natural learning space. Add to the mix an opportunity for students to get ‘hands on’ to further develop this learning space to make it even better (as part of their DofE work), plus the opportunity to show responsibility, trust and the chance to demonstrate their abilities to work with others to prepare for, light and manage a small fire; and you have the perfect educational scenario:

 

  • students intrinsically motivated to work collaboratively
  • a stimulating learning space
  • enthusiastic learning facilitators
  • and … well, a therapy dog that quite simply just needs a trim.

You could call it the ‘perfect storm’ for a successful timetabled option where students who need outdoor time get their fix and soak in the therapeutic benefits as much as the vitamin D they get from being outdoors.

Maybe not bums on seats (in the traditional sense), but certainly smiles on faces 🙂

DMS Industry Day

Derrymount’s Industry Day is being held on Wednesday 28th November between 1.30 – 4.30.

We will have a host of visiting colleges, professionals and experts on hand to give up-to-date information and advice. It’s the ideal time for parents, carers and students to find out about the options available at Post 16 and beyond.

Please come along for some or all of this event.

For more information please ring the school on 0115 9675020.

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.

 

 

Bronze DofE (final expedition)

With the rescheduled second group of Duke of Edinburgh final less that a week away we would like to wish all the students good luck in completing this monumental task and that we hope the weather stays great for you, and as a reminder that this will take place on 18th & 19th September.

For the parents and carers of the young people please find below copies of all the letters that have been sent home with the young people. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mr Tuckwood or Mr Meek.

DofE Bronze Final Itinerary

All timings are subject to change throughout the day dependant on how well group are doing and other external factors.

Tuesday 18th September 2018

09:00 Arrive at school

09:15 Leave School in Minibus

10:15 Arrive at Carpark at Mining Low (Derbyshire)

10:30 Begin Expedition

AT & SB to walk with Group, TM to meet at checkpoint throughout the day

17:00 Arrive at campsite                  (Rivendale Campsite)

  • Set up tents
  • Cook food
  • Debrief on Day
  • Relax & Sleep (Pupils may contact parents if they wish too)

Wednesday 19th September 2018

07:30 Wakeup call

  • Cook Breakfast
  • Pack rucksacks
  • Drop and pack away tents
  • Brief for the day

09:00 Leave Campsite

AT & SB to walk with Group, (If the group have performed well on the Tuesday then AT & SB will drop back and supervision will become close rather than Direct.) TM to meet at checkpoint throughout the day (If the group performs well whilst in close supervision they will complete the last section of the Tissington trail with remote supervision.

16:00 Arrive at finish point (Tissington Trail Carpark)

16:15 Set off for school – Pupils to contact parents once on way home to let them know ETA

17:15 Arrive back at school (Time subject to change)

EXPEDITION KIT LIST

Clothing

  • 1 pair of walking boots (broken in)
  • 2 pairs of walking socks
  • 1 to wear 1 as a spare
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 to wear 1 as spare
  • Thermal t-shirt (optional)
  • 1 fleece tops or jumper
  • 2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans)
  • 1 to wear 1 as spare
  • Underwear
  • 1 change of
  • Nightwear
  • Flipflops/trainers/sandals etc (optional for camp site use)
  • Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate)
  • 1 pair gloves (if appropriate)
  • 1 pair shorts (if appropriate)
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Jacket/coat (waterproof & windproof)

Personal kit

  • Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)
  • Sleeping bag (School can provide)
  • Torch (handheld or head torch and spare batteries)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Expedition food
    • Lunch time meals for both days and and any snacks wanted for the day time and evening
  • Water bottle
    • At least 2 litres of water (several small bottles okay)
  • Knife, fork, spoon
  • Plate/bowl
  • Mug
  • Wash kit/personal hygiene items (some items could be shared as a group)
  • Sunblock (if appropriate)
  • Towel

 

 

 

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