Dedworth Middle School

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Headteachers Blog

SATs, sporting success and PGL pleasure

We have arrived at the end of a short but incredibly busy term. Sporting success has once again been a strong feature along with the inevitable pressure that comes with the annual SATs tests for our Year 6 pupils. They all coped fantastically well with the pressures and performed to a very high standard. The relief of finishing these assessments was then made complete with 60 pupils experiencing a fun-packed and challenging PGL Activity Weekend. A big thank you goes to Mr Lavine, Mr Moult, Miss Gedney, Miss Johnson and Miss Bender for making the experience so worthwhile and enjoyable for all.

Year 5 are champing at the bit to experience their own residential adventure next term as they set off to Hooke Court.

Our Year 8 pupils will all be aware that their exams are still to be taken during the week beginning the 12th June. I know they will prepare thoroughly for these transfer tests and all have been armed with an extensive range of revision advice and materials to keep them busy during the coming weeks.

Mrs Cairns departs to Borneo

Underpinning any successful school are the positive and strong relationships that exist between, pupils and staff. Mrs Cairns, as Assistant Head Teacher, certainly has passionately believed in that mantra throughout her 11 years at DMS.

She has expertly nurtured and developed our children providing them with the skills and values that have enabled them to succeed and attain their full potential.

Sadly, Mrs Cairns has left us to experience a new life with her family in Borneo working as a teacher for Shell in an International school. Her departure was rather sudden due to her contract arrangements and the enormity of the move. As a result she barely had time to say her goodbyes. I know many of you would have wanted to express your thanks for her commitment and manner in which she outstandingly and expertly taught all the children in her charge.

Mrs Cairns was in fact my first appointment when I arrived here and certainly proved to be one of the very best. She has been at the centre of the school’s growth, success and positive ethos during her time at DMS. As a school we will remain in regular contact with Mrs Cairns and will obviously pass on all your best wishes to both her and her family. A Pen Pal arrangement to Borneo beckons next term!

Looking ahead

Term 6 is amongst the busiest in the school calendar. In addition to the Hooke Court experience and the Year 8 transfer assessments we also need to signpost several other key events;

  • Our Annual DMS Sports Days are scheduled for 20 and 21 June – weather permitting (21st Postponed).
  • The school Choirs performance of “Joseph” on 29 June Tickets for this event at the Hexagon theatre in Reading will go on sale immediately after half term.
  • Transition days 6 and 7 July This year there will be 2 days assigned for transition. Our leaving Year 8 will spend the 2 days at their new Uppers Schools whilst we receive and induct our New Year 5 cohort. The other year groups will also move to their new tutor group and complete a variety of team building activities.

Baby matters

And finally I know you will want to join me in sending Mrs Mitchell our very best wishes as she awaits the arrival of her first baby and all that goes with becoming a parent. Many years of fun await! As Mrs Mitchell departs for her maternity leave we are delighted to have Ms Lènè returns to work following her maternity leave.

Thank you for your continued support in all we do and I wish you all a restful and enjoyable half term break.

Stuart Muir and Graeme Aldous

Snap Map warning for Parents

Dear Parents

With the school holidays rapidly approaching the pupils will no doubt be using a lot of their free time glued to their devices.

One of the most common Apps at the moment is Snapchat. You may have heard reports about a new feature called “Snap Map”. This is causing a fair amount of fuss in the news.

It is the ability to be able to view a map showing the exact location of where they are and also their 'friends'.

This is concerning as it could make their whereabouts known to strangers as not every user is careful about who they add to their friends list.

An immediate suggestion for everybody, is to set their settings to be “Ghost Mode”. That way nobody is able to see their location. You do this by:

  • When they are in photo-taking mode, you pinch the screen and that will open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog which is located in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap "Ghost Mode" and that will switch off location sharing.
  • Also need to remember that photos and videos which are posted to Snapchat's public 'Our Story' will still be discoverable on the map
  • There are a couple of links which describe the Snapchat App and how to control settings.

    Snap Chat Site Link
    ThinkUNow Internet Safety Guide
    NSPCC Net-Aware Site

    Parent/Carer Workshops - CSE, Online Safety and Substance Misuse

    The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in conjunction with the local police are running a series of free to attend workshops for parents and carers. Click here for more details.

    Initial Expansion Proposal for Consultation

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