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March 25th

This week's BSL Newsround led by Hayley.

Derby Theatre came to tell us about the BSL integrated play of The Jungle Book. Normally, plays have an interpreter to the side of the stage....this one is fully integrated with voice and sign. They gave us a taster of how it works...

Some of Secondary Department wanted to show BSL Newsround their Electronics Project work.

Residence had a really exciting time at Clip and Climb.

We had a super heritage Coffee Morning where the older pupils and the current pupils worked together on crafts and looked at some of the Heritage items that we have.

last week it was Sign Language Week. We asked 'Why do you sign?'


March 18th

This week's BSL Newsround led by John

Last week, a special visitor came to talk to some of the children as they are working on a project linked to the Arctic. They talked about how global warming was reducing the number of animals, in particular, penguins and polar bears.

A group from Primary Department went to Twycross Zoo. It was cold and windy so many animals were inside, but they had a great time.

We had some workshops with RAD on money management.

Year 10 organised some activities for Red Nose Day. They sold cakes, arranged games and persuaded four staff to take part in a Pie Face challenge. HelenWe all wore red too.

Two pupils - Callum and Robert were chosen to take part in a Construction Skills Competition at Derby College.

Callum - painting and decorating and Robert - construction. Callum won second prize - Well Done!

March 11th

This week’s BSL Newsround led by Marie.
Denis and Adarsha from Post 16 went with staff to Auschwitz as part of a project with other young people to remember those Jews who suffered and died in WW2. 
Zoe passed her driving test. It’s great having support for theory and also Vicky our instructor who can sign. 
Joey and Oliver explain about their work experience at Derbyshire Cricket Ground. They have helped to decorate the toilets and changing rooms. 
We celebrated World Book Day 
📚and Fairtrade on the same day. For Fairtrade, many pupils learned to roller skate. They also made Fairtrade chocolate cakes and designed wrapped for chocolate. For some children, it was difficult to learn to balance but they all improved greatly. We did dress up too, they are not normal grannies.....! 🤹‍♂️
The chocolate wrappers were judged by Willy Wonker. And time was taken to read. Post 16 explain how great it is to read to enjoy stories and improve your English. And some books can make you cry. 
Sinfonia Viva Orchestra visited us as part of their Sky Tour. 
A group went to Doncaster to take part in a boccia competition and won! 
Friday 15 March we are raising money for Comic Relief. Please come in home clothes (preferably red...! 
🔴) please can the children bring some money. £1 for home clothes and som small change to play games and buy cakes 
We have some vacancies. Please check our web site.

March 4th

This week's BSL Newsround led by Deborah.
Some of the Primary Department went to Dukes Barn and had an amazing time - canoeing 
🚣‍♀️, abseiling, climbing 🧗‍♀️ 🧗🏻‍♂️and having a fantastic week.
Post 16 went to Harry Potter World. 
On Thursday, March 7th we have two events happening - Fair Trade Day 
🍌(learning about fair trade for food production) and World Book Day (We'd like children and staff to come to school dressed as a book character.)
There is a Fair Trade competition of designing a chocolate wrapper. 
🍬The deadline for this is Thursday and the winner will be announced next Monday.
We have been given a beautiful sundial to commemorate 125 years of RSDD.
The MUGA has been being built and we will be able to use it for all sports including netball, football and basketball.

18th February 2019

This week’s BSL Newsround led by Grace.
A group from Primary went to National Forest Adventure Farm. They planted some cress so will wait for it to grow. 🌱They learned how to milk a cow 🐄, the fed lambs 🐑, made dolls and learned about how cows calve. 
Residence children had a Valentines Disco. Kacie shows us the food, friends and the disco. ❤️
Some of Secondary pupils took part in a table cricket competition against other schools. 🏏
Work has started on our MUGA, our multi use games area. It means that sports can be played in any weather without getting muddy! We are taking pictures as it is built. Thomas explains that it is being dug out. 🥅 

We have some job vacancies - a Behaviour and Attendance Lead, two Education Assistants and an Administration Assistant 
Details on our website 
Have a great half term 


 11th February 2019

This week’s BSL Newsround led by Cathie.
A group from the Primary Department went to Pickford’s Museum.
Mrs Selby’s class have been working on a science project with ice in gloves.
They also looked at the solar system.
Natasha and Rhianna explain about their adventure to film the new British Airways advert. They went to Heathrow Airport to do this. They had to wear ID cards to prove who they were. There was a lot of waiting but there was a lot to see. The lunch was excellent. They had to go through hair and makeup and had to wear special clothes.
On Tuesday, 5th February, it was the National Deaf Childrens Five a Side Football Competition.
The Girls team won and the boys came third. Fantastic.
Primary Department celebrated the start of the Chinese New Year with an Inspire afternoon. They made decorations, took part in dancing and learned about the Chinese culture.  



28th January 2019

This week’s BSL Newsround led by John.

On Monday we had a Wild West Lunch and the children were very excited about the cowboys.

Last Wednesday some pupils for Primary and Secondary went to Sudbury Hall.

They looked at the old toys that children used to play with and went into the Hall. They also looked at everyday items like baths and how people used to wash their clothes. The children also looked at the old dolls houses and found them fascinating. Michael would like a house the same as the one in the display! They also went to school in the museum school room to see how classes used to occur. Archie explains that some of the games from long ago still exist but have been adjusted.

Last Wednesday evening, the pupils in year 9 were able to talk to teachers with their parents and carers about options for KS4.

On Friday we had a heritage Coffee morning. People from the deaf community who used to attend RSDD came and we were joined by some of the children. It was so interesting comparing school life and games. Please come along to the next one. It is really great.

Post 16 had a visit from VoluntEars. They explained how our pupils could volunteer to help abroad in schools for the deaf who are worse off.

Last Friday, a group of Secondary and Post 16 students went to Atkins Global for an ‘I did You Can’ day. They met four deaf people who are in employment -  worker from Rolls Royce, a car mechanic, a computer expert and a chartered surveyor. They spoke to our pupils about how they got jobs, their training and experiences. It has made our pupils more aspirational for the future. ‘Choose something and aim high’. They said that it made them think more widely, that they can aspire to get good jobs and think about the future in a positive way – ‘You Can’

Derby City has been voting for a Youth mayor and we have joined in the voting.

21st January 2019

This week’s BSL Newsround led by Michelle.
Remember about school rules. Uniforms should be smart remember tie and blazer. Some children need an inhaler so please ensure they have theirs at school, especially for PE. 👔 Remember to respect each other and work hard. 
Some of the children in Primary Department had a visit from our police. They learnt about the role of the police, went into the police van with sirens on and tried on uniforms. 🚓
We held the annual football draw for the National Deaf Children’s Football Competition. 
We have been making New Year Resolutions. These include being positive, working hard, talking less in class, waking up on time and argue less! 👌 


Dec  19th 2018

Welcome to the BSL Newsround Christmas Special!
The BSL News team have been out and about reporting all week on the activities
Primary Christmas Play - They had practiced their play - The Nativity for weeks before and held two performances which were fantastic. We all enjoyed taking part and performing and had some lovely feedback. 
Christmas lunch - Luke says it was amazing. Lily said that it was so exciting. Mrs Shepherd led us all in saying a big thank you to the Housekeeping Team. 
Panto - Secondary and Primary went to the pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk. There was an interpreter and it was fantastic. 
BSL Flash mob - We linked with Aldercar School to campaign for BSL to be a GCSE qualification. 
Primary Christmas party was on Monday. They had dancing, games including Pass the Parcel and Santa came. He also knew all the children's name and could sign. 
Christmas Choir - went to the Intu Centre in Derby. They were raising money for the school library to have some new furniture. 
Chatsworth House - the whole school went to visit the house. Despite the bad weather, we had a great day. 
Christingle Service. We held this today. 
Hope you have enjoyed our BSL Newsround.
Have a great Christmas and a happy new year. 



Dec 8th 2018

This week’s BSL Newsround led by Cathie. (A little earlier due to so many end of term events 😀)
We had our annual ‘Decorate the Christmas Tree 
🎄’ competition. There were four different trees, one for each House. Helen Redford came to judge.... she said it was a very difficult decision as they are all so beautiful. The teams were led really well by the house prefects. The older children helped the younger ones wonderfully. Each prefect was awarded a Headteacher Silver Token. The winning tree was by Green House 💚. Saruman and Bethany are in Green House and said they worked really hard as a team. 
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) came to work with some of the children in the Primary Department. 
We had a Christmas jumper day. We each paid £1.00 to wear a Christmas jumper and the money is donated to charity. 
Please remember that any large amounts of Money e.g. for trips, please let staff know so we can collect safely. Smaller amounts e.g. for the tuck shop can be looked after by pupils. 
There are two weeks left before the end of term and here are some events.
The Roundhouse trip is an invite from St Andrews School and is for some children in year 8 and 9.
The Flash Mob is a signing event raising award for GCSE BSL. There will be a flash mob signing sing outside the Quad in Derby on Sunday 16 December at 11.00. There will be deaf and hearing schools campaigning. Everyone is welcome. We want as many people there as possible. 
Secondary choir will be raising money for our school library. 
🎼 📚
The whole school are going to Chatsworth House on 18 December. The duke of Devonshire, who owns and lives at Chatsworth House and is our Patron, has given us all free tickets. 

Here is the winning tree. 
🎄🎄🎄🎄See you next week.



27th Nov This week’s BSL Newsround led by Hayley.
We collected Christmas boxes and they were taken to be distributed. Archie explains how they will be given to children who won’t get gifts. 
🎁 🎅🤶
Thank you to all parents / carers who supported in making the boxes up.
We held a coffee morning for old pupils of the school. They told us stories about their time at school. It was such good fun. There will be more dates 
Year 11 and Post 16 were presented with their examination certificates. Well done for all your hard work. The work continues for those about to take exams next summer 
See you next week 




12th Nov

This week’s BSL Newsround led by Lucy.
Three pupils from Primary Department and three from Secondary Department went to Derby Rugby Club (not to play rugby but) to learn about being an Ambassador for Well-being. They learned how to help others in different ways, how to be with them to help. 
Michael explains one method about writing down what makes you stressed, possibly painting, and throwing it in a bowl until you can think of a solution.
Bethany enjoyed ideas of how to help through, drama, stories and dance.
Brady learned about healthy minds and Isabel said that she learned lots on the day.
It’s the start of the project. We’ll keep updating! 
The National Trust have linked with us for a project about growing up and childhood memories. Sudbury Museum and some members of our local deaf community came to school to work with some of the children on their memories of toys when they were growing up. The project is ongoing and there will be a display at Sudbury Hall in April. 
We held a Remembrance Service. The whole school met together and everyone made a poppy to place as respect to those who died.
Owen explains how we all made poppies to remember those who died for us . We held a one minute silence to show respect. 



28th Oct

This week’s BSL Newsround led by Hayley.
Operation Christmas Child. Please help your children to make up Christmas boxes for those who won’t get gifts. 
Esther Chair of Parent Staff Association (PSA) has an appeal for new members and a Chair. Can you spare some time? Either on the committee or helping at events? Contact Mrs Shepherd (through the school office) if you can. 
Primary Department parents and carers came to help carve pumpkins for Autumn Inspire. Teegan shows us what the did. 
Residence had a spooky supper 
Have a great half term and keep safe





16 Oct

This week's BSL Newsround led by Marie
Year 6 and some of Year 9 went to Doncaster for a Pantathlon Bowling Challenge.
We held a harvest Assembly and donated the food to the Padley Centre. Thank you to all staff, parents and carers who contributed. We had a lot to donate. We also had a Harvest Special Lunch. 
The choir went to Derby Cathedral to sing and support in raising money for the Padley Centre for the homeless. 
We hosted the National Deaf Children's Cross Country Competition. There was great teamwork as many staff and pupils took on a range of roles. 
A request to parents and carers. In the homework books are notes at the bottom. Could you please fill in how your child has done in attempting the homework please? 



1st Oct

This week's BSL Newsround led by John.
Deaf Explorer Dance came to school to show us some of their work and ask our opinion. The young people thought it was really inspiring and wanted to have a go. Post 16 also had a go too and felt that deaf and hearing could dance equally. Even Mrs S had a go......
Year 11 went on the final Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition. One group cycled and one group walked. It was hot in the day but cold at night. Well done to them all for passing.
Roe and Lydia joined in with Primary Forest School.
Staff spent the weekend sorting an area to make a new library and classroom
See you next week


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