- A Letter from Dr Heery
- A Message from the Dean
- Appointment of Our New Headteacher
- Easter Resources and Activities
- Free School Meals
- Keeping Mind and Body Active
- Photography Competition
- BBC Bitesize Home Learning
- Quizlet- Become Your Most Unstoppable Self!
- A Crafty Way to Keep Engineers Entertained
- Action for Children Feel Good Booklet
- Your Positive Community Newsroom
- Improve Your Reading
Firstly, I would like to extend my very best wishes to all the students of Derby Cathedral School and their families as you navigate these very unusual times. I hope you are all well, although I realise that by now, this crisis has touched the lives of many families. Please be assured that we keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers.
I would like to give a word of thanks for the whole staff team for the work that they have done to establish a whole new set of systems and procedures so that learning can continue and our students remain safe and well, but also so that we can provide childcare for the families of key workers. It has been a mammoth task. I hope that you have found the distance learning arrangements to be helpful, and that the balance is right between giving enough work to keep your children learning and making sure that you are not overwhelmed. We will continue to learn and develop this as we go through the period of closure and appreciate your feedback. Please use the email@example.com email for any queries.
You are probably aware that immediately following the closure, we kept the site open to provide childcare for the children of critical key workers. Numbers attending have been very small, certainly not enough to justify keeping the school open, and so we have taken the decision to close the Midland House site for the foreseeable future, and accommodate our pupils and supervisory staff at Arboretum Primary, a partner school in the Derby Diocesan Trust. I am very grateful to the Headteacher and his staff for making this possible – it is a sensible move in the current climate but does not change the offer we have made to parents who are working in critical occupations.
Although it may not feel the same as usual, today is the official end of the spring term, which means that we say goodbye to a number of staff. First of all, I would like to say thank you and best wishes to Mr Bentley, who is leaving to take up a Maths teacher post at another school – I know he will be missed, in particular by his Tutor group. I would also like to say thank you to three people who have been with us for a short period to give us some capacity as we managed the transition over the last term – Mr Mellor, Mr Dickinson and Mr Pendenque. Although their time here was relatively short, we have been very grateful for their experience, dedication and calmness. They have all been instrumental in the huge improvements that have been made in improving behaviour in school in the last term. I wish them all the best in their new roles.
Although we have been preoccupied by the immediate arrangements we have been making, preparations for the new school year have been continuing. In particular, building work continues as much as possible, but we expect to be able to accommodate our new year group in September as anticipated. We are also continuing with the recruitment of new staff, although this will happen remotely where possible and we are discussing how we can manage the transition arrangements for our new Year 7s. Please bear with us as we continue to make plans.
I've often said Happy Easter before. I'm writing this message while I'm in the middle of putting together a virtual Palm Sunday procession and I've never done that before.
If you look at the Palm Sunday page on the school's Easter resources you'll see that Palm Sunday is about Jesus arriving in Jerusalem and being hailed by an excited crowd as a king. There's shouting and singing and people pushing to see who this new king is. Thinking of it in the middle of a socially-distanced world it seems even stranger than usual - and it was a strange event at the time, something that challenged the people in power.
A virtual Palm Sunday procession means that I have lots and lots of photographs of churches and places and people from all over the Diocese of Derby, and I'm at home on my own with a computer dropping the photos into a template, which will turn into a slideshow, so that people at home on their own all over Derbyshire can see themselves and everyone else connected in a virtual procession. (If you want to see it, there'll be a link on the Cathedral website.) We're adapting, as we're all adapting in so many different ways, to a very different Easter.
Easter says that love wins and love hurts. Jesus is raised from the dead. Jesus dies. For us, for humanity, for all God's creation, God takes on our hurt and wrongness and finally our death. That's love. And love wins. It's a totally different kind of power, as Jesus is a totally different kind of king. That's why it challenges our ideas of power, our ideas of strength. The authorities who are challenged by Jesus can condemn him to death, and execute him, and they crucify him. They have that power. But they can't lay a finger on him, because he's not fighting with that kind of power. God's power is love, and love is stronger than death.
Around us at present there are thousands of examples of love overcoming isolation and fear, of people doing the shopping and turning up to work and looking after each other. There are people learning new skills and connecting in new ways. There are medics and researchers and engineers doing amazing things to help. And there are people dying. Does that mean that death is stronger than love, after all?
It's a matter of faith, in the end. If we thought of death as stronger than love, we'd give up now. We know death is there. But we believe in love. We believe in the love of God that can hold on to us even through death - that's what Easter tells us. We believe in a different kind of power and we follow a different kind of king, a king who knows that love hurts, but a king whose victory is love. Hold on to that. Happy Easter.
Announcement from Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT):
Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) are delighted to announce Jenny Brown has been appointed as the new Headteacher of Derby Cathedral School.
Mrs Brown is joining us from the highly successful Nottingham Free School (part of Nova Education Trust) which opened in September 2014 to serve the communities within the Sherwood district. Mrs Brown has led Nottingham Free School from inception and through the school’s first Ofsted inspection in 2017 where the overall judgement was ‘Good’ with leadership and management as well as pupil outcomes being judged as ‘Outstanding’.
Mrs Brown endured a rigorous interview and selection process which spanned two full days of assessment whereby the interview panel scrutinised her suitability for the role at Derby Cathedral School. In a very strong field of candidates, Mrs Brown excelled in her knowledge of the Derby Cathedral School context, her ability to quickly build relationships with students, articulation of incredibly high aspirations for students and the school as well as her knowledge of the Free School process, experience, and involvement in the development of a new site.
Mrs Brown will commence in post later next term and is very much looking forward to meeting all our students and the wider Derby Cathedral School family.
Dear Parents, Students and Colleagues
Whilst working through this unprecedented time and working remotely from each other Derby Cathedral School staff and Cathedral colleges still feel it is important to explore and celebrate Easter together. Although this will be different to our normal Collective Worship and celebrations in school, staff have been working together and would like to share some resources, thoughts and prayers with you and your families at this time. Whilst this is central to our school ethos and values we hope this also provides an opportunity for discussion, exploration and celebration as well as a grounding in faith at this difficult time.
Mr Richardson has kindly provided some Easter thoughts and activities on our school website https://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/online_reources.
There is also a Reading Challenge you can take part in so there is plenty to keep you active throughout the Easter period. The Reading Challenge can be accessed here.
May we also extend our warmest thanks to Dr Elizabeth Thompson the Acting Dean of Derby Cathedral for providing the Easter message to us all.
Happy Easter from all at Derby Cathedral School
Parents should now have received a link to an electronic voucher for their child’s first week of free school meal entitlement since the school closure. This is for you to redeem at a supermarket of your choice from the list of participants within the scheme. This initial voucher has a face value of £11.75 and is for one week of meals. The amount and initial duration was set prior to the recent government instruction that moving forward, the entitlement will increase to £15 per week, per child. This rate change will take effect when the next voucher is issued w/c 20 April 2020, which is the week school would normally re-open after the Easter holiday.
Subsequent vouchers (eGift card) will be issued by Edenred, the government approved supplier. It is therefore paramount we are holding your most current email address as without this, your voucher will not be delivered. Please see the following guidance regarding the new voucher system:
- You will need to order your supermarket eGift card at home before going to the store. You will be sent a 16 digit eCode via email from the school administrator. You will need this code to access www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and choose your supermarket eGift card.
Please note: you cannot use the eCode directly with the retailer, it must be exchanged for an eGift card.
To select your supermarket eGift card, follow the steps below:
- Copy eCode from your email
- Go to www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk
- Enter 16 digit eCode (you can enter more than one eCode if you have more than one to redeem)
- Select a supermarket
- Enter the amount and add to basket
- Check out and enter the email address you would like the eGift card sent to
- Your eGift card will be processed and sent (please allow up to 3 hours for it to be delivered to your inbox)
If you are experiencing any difficulties with the voucher system or have any further queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the Easter holidays approach and we find ourselves stuck indoors, here are a few ideas that you might like to do to keep yourselves occupied.
In the meantime have as good a holiday as you can.
Remember to stay safe and healthy, help out at home, but also to try to have a bit of fun.
Plan an indoor or garden Easter Egg hunt.
Watch a film you really enjoy, write a review and send to your friends.
Keep a gratitude jar, add something to it every day.
Help to cook a meal or do some baking.
Find a new type of exercise and enjoy working out.
Take a selfie and write down five things that you like.
Make a rainbow poster and put it in your window.
Tidy up your Social Media and check your privacy settings.
Leave a note of kindness for someone in your house to find.
Parents might like to access Qwell www.qwell.io. Providing support for those with children and young people under 18.
A good resource for parents/ carers to help keep children safe on line www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/support-your-child-at-home.
Mr. Hoy and Mrs. Nethercott
Letter from Mr Saunders: Photo Competition
I hope you're all well. This seems very odd and I miss seeing you all every day. One of my hobbies is photography, I know you are all stuck inside but you do have your phones. I am therefore starting a photography competition. You can enter a photo anytime over the next month or so. The photo must be indoors and must not include anyone's face. One entry per person. Try and be as wacky, weird and creative as you can and feel free to use any filters or editing apps that you want to.
First prize is a £20 INTU voucher, 2nd is a £10 INTU voucher and 3rd a £5 INTU voucher and merits for all who send an entry.
Send your entries to email@example.com and they will be forwarded to me to judge. Making me Laugh is always a good idea.
Good luck, stay healthy and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Best wishes to you and all your family.
Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. Students can join Quizlet for extra tasks and activities, in particular their media unit and Shakespeare studies due to start after Easter. Just sign up at:
Create a login in the usual way and then just search for ‘MrSaltDCS’ and join a Year 7 or Year 8 group. Enjoy!!
Attention future Engineers!!!
Civils and Lintels are running a junk modelling competition with prizes of £300, £150 and £50. Details can be found at the attached link. Good luck and if you get through to the final, don't forget to tell us so we can all vote for you!!
Go team DCS!!!
Do you feel like you are struggling in these uncertain times?
Action For Children have been working to put together a Feeling Good Booklet that can be completed by anybody who may be struggling to cope with the current situation. You can find it by clicking the link here, and you can complete the work work in your Work Books, or feel free to print the document which can be worked on at your pace.
It seems like there a lot of negative reports in the news at the moment, but we want to make sure that we keep our Derby Cathedral School and wider community positive and so this is your chance to share your positive stories, tips and tricks, and general 'feel good' items with our community.
Today we have launched:
Here you can let us know what is happening! We will then share with the DCS community. Simply drop us a line and get in touch!!!
There are lots of reading resources available for students to access free of charge. We have suggested some suitable links below:
Thanks also to David Walliams, who is releasing a new audio story each day at 11am for thirty days. They are taken from his book ‘The World’s Worst Children 3’ and he is reading them himself.