On Friday 21st December Derby Cathedral School will be holding our first annual Christmas Service actually at Derby Cathedral at the top of Irongate.
Students will attend school as per normal on this day and following registration they will walk, accompanied by staff, to the Cathedral.
Our traditional Nine Lessons Service will commence at 10am and is expected to last until approximately 11:30am. Following this, students will return to school, again on foot. School will end as per normal at 3:15pm on the Friday afternoon.
All students are expected to be at school on this day; absent students will require a doctor’s note. Students will be performing in the school band as well as singing en-masse and as the School Choir. A member of each form group will deliver a reading.
Parents and indeed grandparents are welcome to attend the event. Refreshments will be available on the day.
Practices for all elements of the service will occur during this term.
Boys' Futsal Tournament
On Wednesday 24th October the boys represented Derby Cathedral School at the DCSSP Year 7 Futsal tournament held at Noel Baker School.
This was an event of many firsts: the first time any team had ever represented Derby Cathedral School, the first time the boys had played together, and of course the first time other schools and students in the surrounding area had the pleasure of playing against us.
The boys first played Derby Moor and after a very confident start drew 0-0, going on to play St Benedict's B team winning 2-0, Tyrell scoring Derby Cathedral's first ever goal. The boys then qualified for the next round and played a superb game against St Benedict's A which finished 2-0.
They then faced Noel Baker in the final. After full time and a very evenly matched game the score was 0-0. After some excellent saves from Jake the score remained 0-0 after golden goal time. Lewis, Tyrell and Jozua bravely stepped up and volunteered to take the penalties in a very tense finale but unfortunately we just missed out, losing 3-1 on penalties.
Despite finishing the tournament in second place overall the boys now move on to the County finals in December.
Well done boys we are very proud of your achievements.
Girls' Futsal Tournament
On Tuesday 6th November the girls represented Derby Cathedral School at the DCSSP Year 7 Futsal tournament held at Noel Baker School.
The girls were determined to follow in the boys' footsteps and they most definitely kept their promise.
Eight teams entered the competition and Derby Cathedral School came away as champions, securing a place at the County finals in December.
The girls played 5 games in total and results were as follows:
Derby Cathedral 0 v Silverhill 0
Derby Cathedral 1 v Oakwood B 0
Derby Cathedral 2 v Noel Baker 1
Derby Cathedral 2 v Chellaston 0
Final: Derby Cathedral 3 v Silverhill 2
All the girls played extremely well, the goal scorers were Aleena, Charlotte and Caitlin. Faith saved a penalty during the final to secure the overall win for Derby Cathedral School.
Well done girls we are very proud of your achievements.
Many thanks to everybody who completed a questionnaire at the recent Parents’ Evening, many of the comments were extremely positive and made a nice end to the half term. As is our core aim, we are about progress and this meant we also asked for pointers where we could improve. I have jotted down those that are relevant to everybody below and have attempted to give you answers as well.
Please find detailed below the contact details for staff at Derby Cathedral School, please feel free to use them to arrange a meeting or a phone call.
Please be aware of the following parameters when sending emails to staff;
- Many staff only work part-time at Derby Cathedral School and will not always collect emails on a daily basis.
- Staff are instructed to close emails during the working day to prevent them for being displayed inappropriately on the screens in classrooms. This means they may not be accessed until after the end of the compulsory school day.
- On Monday to Thursdays staff often run after school activities and their emails will remain switched off until students have left at 4:30pm.
- Staff do have after school training sessions in an evening and emails are switched off during this time.
We have decided to run an Enrichment Week next June, commencing on the 17th. This is not an extra week’s holiday for students and indeed no personal holidays will be authorised during this period.
During this week we hope to offer activities and curriculum enrichment that we can’t deliver during the normal timetable. This will include a language based trip to Valencia and an adventure based visit to Austria for some white water rafting and mountain biking. We are always proposing a local trip to a self-catering activity centre in Edale. In addition we will be hosting a range of in-school and locally based sports and practical activities, many of which will be free of charge.
We are facing some time constraints in terms of booking the larger trips and it is important that we have an idea of the levels of interest before we book the more locally based activities.
Detailed below is the information about the three residential options namely Spain, Austria and Edale along with initial prices. The final prices may vary dependent on the number of pupils participating and any additional changes once we don’t belong to the European Union.
Please note that the dates below are not final and are subject to change.
If you wish your child to participate in any of the three trips listed, please complete and return the recently distributed reply form along with a non-refundable deposit of £100 for Spain/Austria or £50 for Edale.
As with all trips, if the minimum number of viable participants isn’t reached, then the trip won’t run. In these circumstances deposits will be refunded.
Valencia (run by Miss Amiss)
17.6.19 to 20.6.19
A residential trip including breakfast, dinner, attraction tickets, return coach transfers in the UK and Spain as well as flights from London Gatwick Aiport: £440
Austria (run by Mrs Dickinson)
16.6.19 to 22.6.19
An active residential trip including all outdoor activities and excursions, full board accommodation and return coach transfers: £570
Edale (run by Mrs Heppleston)
17.6.19 to 21.6.19
A residential self catering trip which includes several outdoor and indoor activities including return train travel: £125
If you have any queries, please direct them to the members of staff running the individual trips in the first instance.
Mrs Kalirai-Peters runs Homework Club Monday to Thursday after school in the LRC. This club finishes at 4:30pm and is a quiet space for students to complete all types of work set by their class teachers whether that is homework, extension activities, revision for an assessment or otherwise. Students can also spend time reading in this club as well. A continually expanding selection of books is available and suggestions are always welcome.
It's important to note that on Friday there is no Homework Club.
If you have any Lego at home that is no longer used or wish to donate some new Lego, it would be very much appreciated.
Any donations can be left at Reception.
We thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Children in Need November 2018:
The recently elected Student Council have voted on which national charity events should be supported by a non-uniform day here at Derby Cathedral School. Discussion with Mr Inglis revealed that he is willing to allow a maximum of two such days in any one academic year. During this school year we have opted to support the Children in Need and Comic Relief events.
As Children in Need is scheduled for Friday 16th November, we will be holding a non-uniform day on this date. If students wish to take part they should make a £1 donation to the charity via their form tutor. All money will be collected in prior to the actual day.
The school rules regarding jewellery will remain in force on this and all future non-uniform days as they are linked to our health and safety policy in school.
Children in Need 2018
There will be a non-uniform day for students (a £1 donation is requested for those wishing to participate) on Friday 16th November. Further details can be found in the section entitled 'Children in Need 2018'.
Last day of Autumn Term
We end a wonderful first term at DCS on Friday 21st December. Full details are in the section entitled 'An early Christmas heads-up'.
School recommences at 8:45am on Monday 7th January 2019.
Inset Day at Derby Cathedral School (February 15th 2019)
As I am sure you are all aware by now, schools are obliged to hold 5 in service training days for teachers annually. As we are a new school and all staff required training before we opened, we used 4 of our 5 days before the students even started with us. This leaves us with just one Inset day left for this academic year and it is on Friday February 15th. The holiday dates that are therefore published on our website (https://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/term-dates) and are written in the student planners have taken the Inset days into account and are correct.