Rough Notes – September 2019

Thank you for taking the time to read through our latest edition of Rough Notes. It has been a very positive start to the new school year, and we have enjoyed welcoming students old and new to Woodroffe for the academic year of 2019 – 2020.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally welcome our new intake of Year 7 students and those joining us in other years from other schools for the start of their time as part of the Woodroffe family. To our Year 11 and 13 students, I wish you the very best for the year ahead and remind you that we are here to provide support and to challenge you to ensure that you get the very best outcomes from your time here. Remember there is no substitute for hard work but ensure you get the balance right throughout the year.

We have started how we mean to go on. Students at The Woodroffe School have an incredible range of opportunities presented to them and we like to think that they will take an active part in school life right from the start. Young people who participate in clubs, play in teams, take up musical instruments, perform on the stage or become young engineers, find it much easier to settle into and get the most from their school. As their enthusiasm and interest in the wider world develops, academic work becomes more interesting and absorbing.

In this edition of Rough Notes you will find lots of examples of the opportunities that have been offered to our students recently, provided by our welcoming, supportive and dedicated staff. Articles included cover Sail France, Year 9s visit to Dartmoor, inter-tutor group competitions and, my personal favourite, Carey Camp.

It was a pleasure to join our Year 8 students at Carey Camp. I would like to especially thank those students who encouraged me to tackle all climbing routes on the climbing wall and also those who helped find me a nice quite spot to erect my bivvy for my overnight stay in the woods.

Should you wish to find out more about our school, news or events, you will find the school website useful. In addition, for regular updates why not look at our social media outlets:

Woodroffe can be found on Twitter (@HeadteacherTws) and Facebook.

Best wishes for the year ahead,

Dan Watts