Rough Notes – May 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of Rough Notes and thank you for reading our monthly publication, it really is a fantastic way to share the amazing things that our students and staff are doing both in and out of school.

I would like to start this edition by wishing all students involved in GCSE, A Level, and BTEC examinations the very best for what lies ahead. We know how hard you have worked to prepare for the examinations and hope that you all get what you rightfully deserve. Remember, our staff remain on hand to support you through the process, you have only to ask.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues, both teaching and support staff for the work they have done with our students during their time in our care, you have done a fantastic job, often with the backdrop of challenging circumstances beyond our control. Thank you all.

Examination results days this year are:

  • 17th of August 2023 – A Level and Level 3 qualifications
  • 24th of August 2023 – GCSE and Level 2 qualifications

We look forward to seeing all our students on these dates so we can share in their successes.

The Woodroffe Ten Tors team put in a fantastic performance in this year’s event. Both teams finished early into the afternoon and well before the deadline. This performance continues the trend of every team at Woodroffe having successfully completed the event. My thanks to Mr Loveland and his team for all their efforts in preparing the students and supporting them at the event.

I enjoyed the chance to work with the Bronze DofE students this month during their practice expedition in the local area. The students camped on Top Field after preparing and cooking their evening meal, they even managed to do the washing up! In the morning, they were up bright and early and ready for the off. Despite a few navigational issues, the students demonstrated impressive resilience and problem-solving skills across the day and were able to complete their minimum of six hours of walking.

Later this summer, students will be heading out on their expeditions for both Silver and Gold DofE Awards, we wish them all the best.

Our year 10 Employability Day was a success again this year. My favourite quote: “I really enjoyed the day and picked up some new skills along the way, the best bit for me was learning how to do CPR, it might save a life one day”. The mixture of skills sessions catered for many interests and yet again called upon the talents of both our staff and the support of external agencies and employers. My thanks to Mr Holding and his team for organising such a thorough day.

On Saturday the 13th of May, Mr Parsons completed The Jurassic Coast Challenge, covering 100km in 17 hours and 11 minutes, what a great achievement. Doing the event in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Mr Parsons has raised £970 to date. If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, use the link on our social media.

Year 12 students had a visit from The Oddballs Foundation as part of their core sessions. The session was aimed at raising awareness of testicular cancer and tackling the stigma of talking openly. The session was fun and informative and got all present talking about important health-related issues.

Talk About Alcohol, which delivers life skills sessions that ensure young people learn to stay safe around alcohol, joined the 6th Form team to deliver an informative session. We want to ensure that our young people can have fun with friends safely and responsibly.

The inspirational George Parker, Political Editor of the Financial Times, host of The Week in Westminster and Political Fix podcast, came to talk to year 12 students about the crazy and interesting world of politics and journalism.

The PE department has launched a new walking club. Students joined staff and took off into the local countryside during lunchtime to enjoy the beauty of the locality whilst getting a good blast of fresh air to help clear the head and reinvigorate the body. Students from all years are welcome to join and enjoy time out in the fresh air.

Our LGBTQ+ club ran a lunchtime disco with great success. Large numbers of students attended and enjoyed the opportunity to socialise together with their friends whilst enjoying some classic tunes and a chance to sing along.

The Woodroffe PTFA made the most of the good weather, hosting a plant sale on the school site on Sunday the 21st of May. The event was well attended by local green-fingered enthusiasts and money was raised for the benefit of the school and our students.

I hope you enjoy this edition of ‘Rough Notes’. Should you wish to find out more about our school, news, or events, please visit the school website which I am sure you will find useful. In addition, for regular updates, why not look at our social media outlets?

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Best wishes,

Dan Watts