Rough Notes – July 2023

Dear Parents, Carers, and friends of The Woodroffe School,

Thank you for taking the time to read through our last edition of ‘Rough Notes’ for this academic year, where has the time gone?

Across the year, our students and staff have continued to do amazing things. We have done our very best to celebrate these achievements and share the good news stories with you, we hope they have been welcomed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our parents, and carers, for the support you have given the school during this year, it has been much appreciated. I would also like to thank our staff, without them, we would not have been able to do all the amazing things you have read about, thank you for what you have done and continue to do.

This latest edition of ‘Rough Notes’ contains some of the best articles from across the school year and, with so many to choose from, it was tough to whittle it down to those included, we hope you enjoy our selection. In addition, you will find some new pieces from the final few weeks of the year.

So, what have we been doing this month?

Some students in years 7, 8 and 9 participated in their Junior Awards Celebration Evening with Award Winners also having the chance to join their peers and enjoy a slice of pizza the following week. Congratulations to all our award winners.

Sports Day made a return and whilst it was not as sunny as the previous year, we all had a great time across the day. It was brilliant to see so many students participating in and supporting a huge number of events across the day. Congratulations to all the participants and to the PE department who ran a very tight ship. And to those who joined us on the day, thank you for supporting our students and adding to the atmosphere.

This year was the first using our new inter-tutor system where students gained points for their tutor group in the Year Competition whilst also collecting points for their tutor group letter in the whole school competition. I am delighted to report, that after an intense year of competition ‘Y’ were the overall inter-tutor school winners.

Years 11 and 13 were able to celebrate the end of their examination year with the Prom and it was great to be able to join our students at the traditional end-of-year event. They had a fantastic time at their respective events and looked amazing.

Year 9 students enjoyed Health Day where they spent time looking at several key issues surrounding mental, physical, and sexual health including consent. I would like to thank the external groups that provided sessions on the day for our young people, the feedback was fantastic.

In addition, year 9 also participated in Enterprise Day as part of the school’s extensive careers programme.

What a lot of fun we had during the activity days. Students enjoyed time together as year groups and then had the opportunity to participate in a range of activities all on inflatable equipment.

Tom recently competed in the OK Dinghy World Championships held in Lyme. Tom was the youngest and lightest competitor and finished the under 23s World Championship in an astonishing 2nd place.

A small number of Woodroffe students recently completed a project with the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis. The fully funded project involved designing and making a bench for a public park in Lyme to celebrate the coronation.

Woodroffe students recently completed their ‘Gold DofE’ expedition in Wales, we are very proud of their achievements and hope that the blisters are improving!

Will ran a very mature, almost perfect heat in the 1500m, finishing comfortably, in the top three. After a long day of cheering on teammates, Will finished 10th in England in the U15 final. He had a fantastic experience with the Dorset team over the three days at the English Schools Track and Field Championships in Birmingham.

What about the staff?

July gave us a great opportunity to be able to focus on learning and teaching across the school. Staff, in mixed department teams, had the opportunity to attend a whole day training event where we focussed on our priorities for the forthcoming year under the heading, ‘Adapting to Need’.

This year we say goodbye to several long-standing staff members as well as those who have only been with us for a shorter time, that’s most when you consider one staff member has done an amazing 27 years at Woodroffe. I would like to thank you all for your service to the school and the community but, most of all, I would like to thank you for your unwavering support of our students. You have all done an amazing job and we wish you the very best for the future. Thank you.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very enjoyable summer, whatever you have planned. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on the 5th and 6th of September, please check the return to school arrangements.

Я хотів би скористатися цією можливістю, щоб побажати всім вам дуже приємного літа, що б ви не запланували. Ми з нетерпінням чекаємо можливості привітати наших учнів знову до школи 5 та 6 вересня, будь ласка, перевірте порядок повернення до школи.

I hope you enjoy our latest 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:

Woodroffe can be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for your continued support, your messages and your kind words which mean a lot to the staff at Woodroffe.

Take care and have a fabulous summer.

Best wishes,

Dan Watts