Rough Notes – June 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 our students and staff are doing both in and out of school.
At the start of the last edition, I began by wishing all students involved in GCSE, A-Level, and BTEC examinations the very best for what was ahead. I would now like to congratulate all of them for their focus, effort, and the resilience shown throughout the process, you were amazing. We know how hard you worked to prepare for the examinations and hope that you get what you rightfully deserve come August.

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 the examination season, you have done a fantastic job across the 134 exams that have been taken. Thank you all.

A reminder that 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 success.

Later this half-term, we look forward to the Year 11 and Year 13 Prom, a chance for students to celebrate the end of the examinations process in style. We also look forward to hosting our Junior Awards evening and the annual activity days and Sports Day at the end of term. Despite us heading towards the end of the year, there is still much to look forward to.

Woodroffe took to the seas in June entering the Dorset School’s Sailing Competition. All qualifiers finished and in the two-handed races Isla Bowie and Harry Chuter came 1st in their heat, Jack Bennett and Woody Weldin came 2nd and Cassian Omrani and Ed Dean also came 2nd. In the single handers, Ed Stubbs came in 1st, Tom Rawlings 2nd, Ollie Rawlings 5th, and Noah Kenny 7th. Congratulations to all our sailors.

The Silver DofE students completed their final expedition in Purbeck this month, demonstrating impressive resilience and problem-solving skills across the weekend whilst walking in the fine summer weather. The cooking skills improved from their first outing with a good variety of energy packed healthy foods on offer. Congratulations to all those involved.

Our student Prefects, as well as the Head and Deputy Head Prefects, have been appointed following the application and interview process. I am delighted to introduce them here and wish them the very best for their term in office. Looking forward to working with you all.

Our Student Council have been very proactive this year with members supporting their year groups, delivering assemblies, collecting, and sharing student voice, supporting the new staff interview process, and writing their constitution. The Council recently met for afternoon tea to celebrate their achievements and wish their members taking exams this summer the very best. We are very proud of them all and thank them for their contributions. Our thanks also to Mr Greenhough who has been on hand as a source of support when required throughout the year.

Year 12 students studying Environmental Science paid a visit to the surrounding area this month as they completed a field study on freshwater invertebrates on the River Lim.

Mia and Sophie represented the Cotley Pony Club in the North Cornwall Tetrathlon this month with Sophie finishing 7th and Mia finishing 8th. Congratulations to both riders.

Thanks to the work of Ms Forrester and her willing 6th Form helpers, Woodroffe archaeology has now been granted official Young Archaeologists Club status with the Council for British Archaeology. Congratulations to all those involved in the project, we look forward to you sharing your finds with us in the future.

Our 6th Form were fully engaged when Andrew Amery presented to them in a Core session recently. Andrew was Head of Security at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as being a former Royal Close Protection Officer. His talk was excellent and featured the world of security and the importance of reliability, integrity, and honesty.

It was lovely to be able to welcome our new September intake. Year 6 students from across the region enjoyed a day in school, preparing for the move to secondary school. Whilst there were a few nerves, the students had an enjoyable day and got to take part in a wide range of activities. To coincide with this, on 27th June we welcomed parents, carers and Year 6 students in to school when they had the opportunity to meet with the Year 7 transition team as part of the process. We look forward to them starting in September.

Year 7 took to the road this month and visited Lulworth Cove and Maiden Castle as part of their humanities course. The weather was fantastic, and they gained such a lot from the experience. Our thanks to all the staff involved in making this happen.

Our annual staff training event at Eype took place between Monday the 19th of June and Friday the 23rd of June. During the week, teaching and support staff attended a day each and looked at our priorities for the year ahead whilst collaborating with colleagues from across the school. Ongoing staff training is an important part of our annual cycle and helps to support the professional development of all our staff.

On the 26th of June, we were supported by the local Contextual Safeguarding Team and the police in the delivery of a parents and carers ‘Safeguarding Information Evening’ with a particular focus on substance misuse. Thank you for your support on the evening, more events to come.

Year 11 had their traditional send off with the Leaver’s Assembly. It was great to see our Year 11 students in a costume, an eagerly anticipated tradition within school, before enjoying their final assembly as a year group together. Whatever they go on to do next, we wish them the very best and know they will be a huge success.

A little piece from Miss Moses:

“An Ironman has been a lifelong goal of mine. An Ironman is an ultra-triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and 26.2-mile swim. Last year I put training on hold when my partner fell ill with cancer. On the 1st of May, I signed up to one of Cancer Research’s fundraising initiatives ‘IronMay’. The challenge was to swim, cycle, and run the above distances across the month of May. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick start my training and raise money for a cause that has provided my family and I with a positive outcome. I promise I did most of it outside, the weather was glorious. Enormous thanks to the friends, family and colleagues who sponsored me, your donations and messages were inspiring!”

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Dan Watts