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15th October 2018

Work continues on our new Teaching Block!

Everyone has been astounded with how quickly our new teaching block is taking shape; it is fascinating to be able to watch the way in which the building is being constructed.

We are lucky enough to be able to enjoy an excellent working relationship with our builders TJ Evers who have done their utmost to ensure there is minimal disruption to the school and that health and safety remain the number one priority.  Our students have equally been commended for their politeness and sensible behaviour throughout the school day.

To ensure the safety of the site at all times, Evers has a large number of CCTV cameras including some fitted with motion sensors.  If these cameras are activated, the feed is sent simultaneously to TJ Evers and the police.  TJ Evers will share any footage they feel necessary to share under safeguarding law with the school.

Please remember that no parent, student or visitor of any sort is permitted onto the building site without the express permission and accompaniment of a member of the construction team.

Harvest Festival donations!

As part of our harvest festival celebrations for this year, we will be collecting non-perishable food for two organisations – the 60 Plus Club and the Trussell Trust food bank.

The 60 Plus Club was brought to our attention by one of the school governors, Peter Knell, who is a trustee of this club and is a centre providing lunch and social interaction for people over sixty in the Hertfordshire area.

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK,

Students should leave any donations in the boxes in the main foyer area opposite the hall ready for collection by the charity on 23rd October.

Author, Susin Neilsen, visits DAOS!

Many thanks to our School Librarian, Mrs Compton, for this report:

“Year 8 students having English on Thursday 11th October 2018 were delighted to have a visit from award winning Canadian author Susin Nielsen, who came to talk about her latest book “No Fixed Address”.  Susin spoke about her background, her career as a writer and her books. She enthralled Year 8 by reading the opening chapter of her new book, “No Fixed Address”, which is a really gripping and funny story about a boy who is having a very difficult time as he and his mother are actually living in a van, hence the intriguing title. Susin has a special talent for bringing humour into difficult situations which makes her books really appealing to so many readers.

We were thrilled that the representative of Andersen Press, who accompanied Susin, was so impressed with Mrs Dorling’s special handmade display poster that they tweeted about it, and included a photograph with the tweet.

Thanks to local independent bookseller Brenda Parkhouse for enabling the visit.”