de Ferrers Specialist Technology College (PSFA) News 2003

Winter 2003

de Ferrers Calendar

Mon 1st } Schism Theatre, Year 9
Tue 2nd } 
Wed 3rd - Celebrating Music (Brewhouse)
Fri 5th - Evening for Celebrating Student Achievement
Tue 9th - Year 12 Parents’ Evening
Thu 11th - Senior Citizens’ Party
Mon 15th - Carol Service in St Mary’s, Rolleston
Tue 16th - Carol Service in St Johns, Horninglow
Fri 19th - College closes for Christmas 

Mon 5th - Term begins
Wed 7th - Students’ Consultation Day
Thu 8th - AS/A2 Modular Exams start
Fri 23rd - PSFA Quiz Night
Wed 28th} Year 11 Trial Interviews
Thu 29th}
Fri 30th - AS/A2 Exams finish

14th – 22nd Half Term Ski Quebec
27th - Song & Dance Evening (Dove)

Autumn 2003


As a new college year begins, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their support during the previous one. Sometimes this support has been in the form of helping to run events, manning a stall at the Christmas Fair or selling drinks at a concert bar, but just as necessary are all the people who come along and take part, by forming quiz and murder mystery teams, or spending money at the Christmas Fair and Duck Race (which this year raised over £900 – thank you!). This is, after all, what we’re here for - raising money for the college but also having an enjoyable time.

The next big event for your diary is the Nostalgia Evening, on Trent Campus on October 18th. Tickets are available from the college offices, priced £5 each, so get out your winkle-pickers and knitted ties and dance the night away to the sounds of the 60s with the Four Aces!

After that we’ll be hoping for another successful Christmas Fair, to be held on Dove Campus on the evening of November 21st. Come along and grab a bargain on a stall, bid at the auction or have a go at a silly game – and there are always terrific prizes to be won in the Raffle!

This is my last contribution as Secretary to the PSFA. I will be officially retiring from the committee at the AGM, having served on it for ten years. Cheryll Tunnicliffe is also retiring, after serving for even longer. We have both decided, as our younger children move on to university, to leave the college in the safe and capable hands of the new committee. I wish them all the best for the future.

And speaking of the AGM……

If you’ve ever considered joining the PSFA but were too afraid to ask, come along to the AGM at 7pm on September 30th on Trent Campus, where you can find out what we get up to, with no obligation to join!

Sue Fraser
Secretary to de Ferrers PSFA 

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Mon 1st - Staff Conference Day
Tues 2nd - College opens – 6th Form interviews
Mon 22 – Fri 26th - Yr 8 Geography Field Trips, Yrs 7,9,11,13 Photographs
Mon 29th - Harvest week
Tues 30th - PSFA AGM, Governors’ report to Parents

Sat 11 – Thurs 16th - 6th Form Limoges Work Experience
Sat 11th - Jazz workshop
Mon 13th - Reading Week
Tues 14th - Ski Quebec Parents’ Evening
Thurs 16th - Prospective Parents’ Evening
Sat 18th - “Autumn Bop”
Mon 20th - One World Week
Fri 24th - College closes for Half Term week

Tues 4th - Yr 12 Prospective Parents’ Evening
Wed 5th 4.0pm – 6.0pm - “Battle of the Bands”
Fri 7th - Autumn Concert
Tues 11th - Year 13 Parents’ Evening
Mon 17th - Year 11 Mocks Week
Fri 21st - PSFA Christmas Fayre
Mon 24th - Year 9 Schism Theatre
Fri 28th - College closed

Summer 2003


Another college year is nearly at an end, another successful year of fundraising through social events by the Parents, Staff and Friends Association (PSFA). We had an enjoyable Quiz Night on October, a very well attended Christmas Fair in November, a memorable Murder Mystery Evening in January and our annual Duck Race on the Brook in May. On several occasions in between the members of the committee have provided a useful service to the college at concerts by providing refreshments, often in the form of a licensed bar, sometimes with food included. These have been good nights out for everyone.

Events are already being planned for the Autumn, including a ‘Nostalgia Evening’ in October featuring music from the 1960s performed by a local band, and the Christmas Fair on November 21st.

The PSFA committee work hard, but enjoy themselves at the same time. If you have children who are students at the college, or who will be joining in September, why not consider joining the committee? Come and see us at the New Intake Meeting on July 15th or telephone our Chairman, Pat Thorpe, on 548801.

Sue Fraser
Secretary to de Ferrers PSFA

de Ferrers Calendar

Mon 2 - College re-opens
Thu/Fri 5-6 - Year 10 Geography Field Visit
Mon/Fri 16–20 - Reading Week
Mon/Fri 23-27 - Technology Show
Mon/Fri 30-4th - Year 12 Biology visit to Rheidol

Wed/Sat 2-5 - Year 8 Normandy visit
Wed/Sat 9-12 - College Production “Oliver”
Fri/Mon 11-14 - Year 7 Discovery Days
Tue 15 - Year 6 Visit to Dove Campus, New Intake Parents’ Evening
Fri 18 - End of Term

Mon 1 - Staff Training Day
Tue 2 - College Term begins

Spring 2003


The Christmas Fair, held in November, was again hugely successful, raising over £2000. Many thanks to everyone who helped, either running a stall or supporting the event by coming along and spending money! We would also like to thank all the local businesses which supported us by advertising in the programme and donating so many wonderful prizes for us to raffle or auction.

Our other main fundraiser of the college year will be happening shortly. It’s the annual Duck Race, which takes place on the Brook on May 17th by kind permission of the Parish Council. Between heats of exciting races of (plastic) ducks, which begin at 1pm, there will be many stalls and games to keep you occupied. Hopefully the weather will be kind – we had a glorious day last year (between the downpours!).

Before that, on March 20th, the Dove Campus hall will be transformed by the addition of a catwalk when we host a fashion show featuring designer clothing from ‘Fatale’ of Tutbury. Tickets will be on sale soon from both College offices or from committee members.

Sue Fraser
Secretary to de Ferrers PSFA

de Ferrers Calendar

Mon 3rd–Fri 7th - Year 7 Geog field trips
Wed 5th - Year 10 Modular Science Exam
Mon 17th–Thu 20th - Year 10 Exams
Fri 21st - Staff Training Day
Mon 24th-Fri 28th - Year 10 Work Experience

Wed 2nd - Spring Concert, Dove Campus
Fri 11th - End of Term
Mon 28th - Start of Summer Term
Tue 29th - Prospective Year 12 Parents’ Evening

Mon 5th - May Day Holiday
Tue 6th - Key stage 3 SATS & Exams start
Sat 17th - PSFA Duck Race at Rolleston
Fri 23rd - College closes for Half Term

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