Heads Blog

Welcome to the Head's Blog 

Please visit the Head's Blog regularly for news, information and communications from Darite Academy.
We will use this blog to share the learning, fun and enjoyment that happens at Darite.

Mr Whipps, Head of School.

 


Wild Tribe 

Posted: 17/05/2019
Thomas Whipps

Wild Tribe Day

What an amazing day the whole school had on the 17th. To celebrate the end of SATs and to make the most of our wonderful grounds, the whole school enjoyed a day of Wild Tribe. There were fires, dens and cooking galore as well as scavenger hunts and tree identification. A fantastic day was had by everyone. 

 


Busy Week! 

Posted: 17/05/2019
Thomas Whipps

What a busy week!

Well, it's been another fantastic and busy week at Darite Academy. We've had picnics by historical monuments, Jackanory style story-telling a whole school day of Wild Tribe! Alongside that, Year 6 have done a few tests. We are always so proud of all the children at school in all areas of their learning.  What an amazing place Darite is!

 


Trethevy 

Posted: 16/05/2019
Thomas Whipps

Trethevy Quoit

On the 15th May, Class One took advantage of the amazing weather and walked up to Trethevy Quoit as part of their topic. They have been learning about the local area and what better way to embed their learning than by visiting a famous monument on our doorstep!

They enjoyed a picnic, countryside work and an opportunity to learn about the monument. A huge thank-you to all the parents and helpers for your support and accompaniment.

 


May Fayre 

Posted: 14/05/2019
Thomas Whipps

May Fayre Fun

Thank-you to everyone who made the May Fayre on Saturday such an amazing success. There were tombolas, children running stalls, food, drink and games galore!

A highlight has to be the Maypole dancing which is always wonderful to see. The live musical accompaniment from Common Morris was an added bonus. 

We are still counting up the last of the money but it looks like we raised about £500 to support the children in school! What a superb total! 

Thanks to the PTA for their planning and running of the day. 

 


Bikeability 

Posted: 09/05/2019
Thomas Whipps

Bikeability

Some of the Year 4 children had the opportunity to take part in the Bikeability scheme. This involved learning about how to keep their bike safe and roadworthy as well as the essential skills of how to stay safe whilst out and about on their bikes. Well done to all those who took part. We are all very proud of your success!

 


Stomp 

Posted: 24/04/2019
Thomas Whipps

STOMPing Fun!

Class 2 got off to an amazing start to the half term when they got creative in Wild Tribe. They watched some clips of the group STOMP and then used natural materials and equipment in the Wild Tribe area to compose, rehearse and perform their own pieces. 

It was noisy, creative but fantastic fun. 

 


Welcome Back! 

Posted: 24/04/2019
Thomas Whipps

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Darite. We all hope you've had a fantastic Easter break and were able to take advantage to the glorious weather. This is a short half term but packed full of learning and fun! Thanks for all your help and support in making Darite the amazing school it is!

 


Easter Fun 

Posted: 05/04/2019
Thomas Whipps

Easter Bonnets

Friday saw the 2019 Darite Easter Bonnet Parade. What a high standard of entries there were! An independent adjudicator made the final decision to keep things fair and worthy winners were chosen. 

Well done to all those who entered.

 


Graduates! 

Posted: 04/04/2019
Thomas Whipps

University Graduates!

They start early at Darite! We were all immensely proud of two of our students in Year 3 who attended the Children's University graduation on the 3rd April. Both boys have attended the university for 100 hours! 

They wore their graduation gowns and even got a chance to throw their mortar boards in the air! What great role models and and experience of what the future could hold.

Congratulations to them both!

 


Sporting Success 

Posted: 02/04/2019
Thomas Whipps



Sporting Fun 

The whole school came together on the 2nd April to take part in an Easter sporting event. The children from Class 3 who were not on the London trip, spent time on a Monday designing, planning and organising 7 different sporting events. The other children from the school then spent a fantastic afternoon taking part. The Class 3 children ran and scored the events and a great time was had by all. 

 


Marvelous Miro 

Posted: 29/03/2019
Thomas Whipps

Art Extravaganza!

Class 3 have been continuing to work with artist Sean Hewitt on their project about Miro. They began the half term looking at a Miro "Alphabet" and using these to design their own small scale pictures. Some children have also worked with staff outside of lessons to create their own artwork which is being displayed in school. 

Following this inspirational work, they decided to up-scale and have been working with Sean to create a large piece of work on plywood to display outside the school for everyone to enjoy. Watch this space for the date for the grand unveiling.

Thanks to Sean for his time and Richard's Builders in Dobwall for donating the wood. 

 


Class 2 on the Moor 

Posted: 22/03/2019
Thomas Whipps

Class 2 Love Nature

Class 2 have been taking advantage of the beautiful scenery that surrounds Darite by spending time up on the moor. They have been fording streams and discovering nature. They found a pool full of tadpoles and the children want to revisit to see how they develop. Watch this space!

 


University Trip 

Posted: 22/03/2019
Thomas Whipps

Class 3 Trip

Class 3 got a glimpse of the future on the 21st March when they went on a trip to Plymouth University. They joined children from other schools to find out about university life and what it's like to study there. They also had the chance to take part in a workshop. They all had a fantastic time and represented the school brilliantly. 

 


Red Nose Day 

Posted: 21/03/2019
Thomas Whipps

Red Nose Day Fun

The 15th of March found staff and pupils at Darite sporting red and some very wacky hair! We had bunches, pig-tails, unicorn horns and a lot of gel and hair-spray! The cake sale at break was very popular and that, coupled with the money raised for the hair and non-uniform raised a stunning amount of money for a very worthwhile cause. Well done Darite!

 


Cross Country Stars 

Posted: 21/03/2019
Thomas Whipps

Cross Country

The amazing success of the school Cross Country team continues as over 20 of our runners have been awarded medals at the Cross Country League Presentation Evening. This is a fantastic success for a small school and our congratulations go out to all the runners who regularly take part. Our thanks to all the adults who make it possible (and wash the muddy kits afterwards!)

 


Outdoor Learning 

Posted: 13/03/2019
Thomas Whipps

Visit to the donkeys.

Class One had a fantastic afternoon walking on the moor to go and see the donkeys. They were able to feed them carrots as well as enjoying a walk on the moor! Thank you to the helpers, parents and staff who made the trip possible.

 


World Book Day 

Posted: 07/03/2019
Thomas Whipps

World Book Day

Thursday the 7th March was world book day and what a day it was! We had witches and wizards, princes and princesses, fairies and monsters and two terrifying Miss Trunchbull's! It was a fantastic day full of reading to friends and reading based learning. Thank you to all the children for dressing up and the parents and carers who helped with the costumes.

 


Welcome back 

Posted: 26/02/2019
Thomas Whipps

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Darite Academy. All the staff hope that you had a relaxing break and managed to enjoy some of the amazing weather. 

It is only the first day back and already there has been some amazing learning going on: The artist Sean Hewitt has been working with Class 3 on an art project inspired by Miro. The children have been designing patterns after they developed their own artistic language! Class 1 have loved their Countryfile day and have been thinking hard about what they would like to learn. Class 2 have been finding out about Mr Whipps and some of the things he likes!

What a busy day!

 


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