We are very proud to announce that following the East Midlands Regional round of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee, two of our students have made it to the national finals in Cambridge this summer. In fact, we took 1st and 2nd place in the competition in Stamford.
Massive congratulations to all the finalists from the school competition Jennifer, Faith H and Louisa. We are incredibly proud to say that Faith H won the East Midlands Regional Spanish Spelling Bee with Louisa a very close second! Both girls now look forward to Cambridge.
We'd also like to mention Scarlett S, who selflessly gave up her entire afternoon and evening to support and help the students practise.
Many thanks to Miss Amiss, Head of MFL, who runs the Spelling Bee within school and whose dedication and expertise played a huge part in the students' success.
We are holding our Transition Day for all new students, presently Year 6, on Tuesday 2nd July. This will be a whole day event.
If you are the parent/carer of a current Year 6 student in receipt of a place at Derby Cathedral School for September 2019 you will have received an admissions pack with all relevant information. Should you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.
As part of their commitment to raising money for their chosen national charity, the RSPCA, students in Nightingale House decided to bring in sweets to fill two jars, one large and one small. They visited forms during the course of several weeks to record the guesses of both staff and students as to exactly how many sweets were in each jar, charging 50p per guess.
The lucky winners, now sweet-rich, were announced in a recent assembly.
Nightingale and their form tutor Miss Amiss are proud to confirm that they raised £40 for the RSPCA. Well done to all invovled.
Please note that our uniform supplier is Uniform Direct, whose shop is located at 54 Babington Lane, Derby, DE1 1SX.
Should you wish to purchase items online, please follow this linkhttps://www.uniform-direct.com/acatalog/Derby-Cathedral-School.html and should you have any queries, please telephone 01332 342569.
If you have queries about the suitability of uniform items, from shoes to schoolbags, please don't hesitate to make contact with the school on 01332 325710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be aware that we recently made some changes to teaching classes. We constantly review our groupings to ensure that students are correctly placed to maximise their learning and secure their highly aspirational targets moving forward.
As we have students from a very large number of primary schools, often it is necessary to make changes as the year progresses.
If your son or daughter's teaching group changes we will always write to you.
We will shortly be writing to parents and carers asking whether they would be willing to allow their son or daughter to participate in the new Bishop of Derby's installation on Saturday 25th May.
Our students have been specially chosen to welcome the Bishop at Midland Railway Station and to escort her as she walks to Derby Cathedral.
Please look out for a letter from Mr Inglis during the first week of Summer Term.
Particularly following a weekend or school holiday, we are often asked to deal with issues relating to or stemming from social media. Whilst we will always try to assist, we would kindly ask that you consult the below image which clearly shows that for the children at Derby Cathedral School at present, all of whom are 11 or 12 years old, no social media site is legal. All are targeted at young people 13 years and above. This is one of the many reasons why we do not allow mobile phones to be used within school. Whilst we acknowledge the many positives that social media can offer when used legally and responsibly, we would ask that you engage with your son or daughter to assess their social media usage, if any.
On occasion, we believe that arguments on social media are adversely affecting students' behaviour, self-esteem and achievement at school. This is avoidable.
Our students are truly wonderful young people however social media can be an unwelcome and indeed intrusive influence in what is a formative stage of their lives.
We're very proud to announce that we raised £100 through our recent Easter Hamper raffle. The money will be added to the previous amount raised for the African Cyclone Appeal, taking our overall donation to over £250.
The incredibly lucky winner of the hamper was announced in our end of term assembly on Friday 12th April and now possesses perhaps the most valuable of Spring commodities: chocolate.
During the last week of Spring Term, we had an assembly each day jointly led by the School Chaplain Mrs Jones and the school's Worship Group. Each assembly marked a key event in the run-up to Easter, for example understanding the significance of palm crosses and the symbolism of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. The week culiminated in the story of Christ's death and resurrection as expertly told and dramatised by the Worship Group.
The last assembly also saw a performance by the DCS House Band, who performed a wonderful rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.
Many thanks to the staff at Derby Railway Station who allowed us to collect donations this morning for survivors of the recent African cyclone. The students, who arrived bright and early at 7:30am, were terrific and raised over £180 in 1 hour.