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  • Our School, Our News April 2022

    Published 07/04/22, by Chloe Scott

     

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  • Our School, Our Week - 1st April 2022

    Published 24/03/22, by Chloe Scott

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  • Our School, Our Week - 18 March 2022

    Published 14/03/22, by Chloe Scott

     

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  • Our school, our week - 11 March 2022

    Published 07/03/22, by Chloe Scott

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  • Our School, our week - 4 March 2022

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  • Our School, Our Week - 18 February 2022

    Published 18/02/22, by Emily Slepertas

    Our School, Our Week

     

    We started the week with a brilliant and heartfelt demonstration of appreciation for the NHS with a “Thank You” presentation and a charity cake sale orchestrated by Angel Jaggy (Y11).

    Excitement is rising as students gear up for the Ski Trip to Austria which runs over half-term.  A lot of hard work has gone into ensuring this trip can run and we know it will be a fantastic experience for all involved. 

     

    In this issue:

    Sharing the Love

    DRHS Poet Laureates 2022

    Art

    Sporting News

    Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year

    LRC news

    2nd Covid Vaccinations

    Dates for your diary

    New Faces

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  • Our School, Our Week - 11 February 2022

    Published 10/02/22, by Emily Slepertas

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  • Our School, Our Week - 4 February 2022

    Published 03/02/22, by Emily Slepertas

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  • Our School, Our Week - 28 January 2022

    Published 27/01/22, by Emily Slepertas

    In this issue:

    • Student News
    • Engineering
    • Art Textiles
    • Origami Club
    • LRC News
    • Sporting News
    • Quiz Night
    • Back With A Band
    • Useful Information
    • Dates For The Diary
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  • Our School Our Week - 21 January 2022

    Published 19/01/22, by Emily Slepertas

    In this issue:

    • Student News
    • Potsticker Dumplings
    • Cheltenham Festivals' Reading Programme
    • LAMDA 
    • Sixth Form Open Evening
    • Covid Vaccination Update
    • Flu Vaccinations
    • Music News
    • Sporting Achievements
    • Panic Alarm Donation
    • RS News
    • LRC News
    • Quiz Night

     

    Our School, Our Week

     

     

    Student News

     

    Year 7 and 8 Food - Different Tastes

    As we approach the Lunar (Chinese) New Year - we are looking at China. The students are making potsticker dumplings. 

    According to legend, potstickers were invented in China over a thousand years ago when a chef at the Imperial Court accidently burnt the bottom of a batch of steamed dumplings. They are eaten all year round but popular for the New Year because they symbolise prosperity – the dumplings are said to resemble gold ingots. 

    Potsticker dumplings

     

    Cheltenham Festivals' Reading Programme

    Last week 9BE were lucky enough to get their hands on copies of Alex Wheatle's powerful and thought-provoking new novel, Cane Warriors, as part of the Cheltenham Festivals' Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils (RTRP) programme. 

    The novel follows 14-year-old Moa, in a story inspired by the rebellions on British-owned plantations in Jamaica in 1760. The RTRP initiative aims to introduce students to a diverse range of contemporary YA fiction to give young people the opportunity to explore a range of voices, ideas and opinions. The class are reading the book independently this term and will provide feedback to RTRP on their view of the novel and the perspectives it offers.

    Cheltenham Festival Reading Programme

     

    RS (Philosophy, Ethics, Theology)

    Year 12 have been creating models of Platos Cave, The Trolley Problem and The Parable Of The Sheeps And Goats for our Sixth Form open evening to help spark interest in A Level RS (Philosophy Ethics and Theology)

    Platos Cave

    Trolley Problem

    Parable of the sheep and goats

     

     

    Sporting Achievements

    Amelia Clarke in Year 13 has been selected in the England Under 18 Rugby Squad for their 2022 campaign. To be one of just 34 players selected to represent England is an amazing achievement. She has worked incredibly hard and we all want to wish her the best. 

    Amelia Clarke

    Keep an eye out for Amelia in the games being played in February and April. Fantastic news - well done!

    Rugby U18'S

     

    Sport News

    Year 7 District Football Tournament - Champions

    Student write up by Chloe Gillard and Evie Waller:

    On Tuesday 11th January, we [the year 7 football team] competed in a football tournament at Severn Vale School. We played three matches in total, winning all of them. The last game against Crypt School was quite tense because we knew we had to win, but in the second half we scored some wonderful goals and won (3-0). Overall we scored nine goals in total and only conceded 1. This meant we won the whole tournament and were crowned District Champions. 

    It was a really fun and exciting experience which I would love to do again. We each supported each other and celebrated together. The best thing though was that it was a team effort and everybody played as well as each other. We all did a great job and I’m proud of all of us! It was amazing.

    Year 7 district football

     

    DRHS v Crypt                         Won 3-0

    DRHS v Severn Vale              Won 3-0

    DRHS v Churchdown             Won 2-1

     

    Thank you to Miss Skelding for all of her hard work in developing DRHS football.

     

    Netball

    On Wednesday 19th January we hosted a fantastic afternoon of netball against Farmors School. Our girls represented the school wonderfully and put on some amazing netball.

     

    Below are the results:

     

    U14                 Won 23-10                  POTM went to Gabby Russell

    U15                 Won 26-21                  POTM went to Emily Brown

    U16                 Won 24-16                  POTM went to Maya Patel

    U18                 Lost 22-20                   POTM went to Millie Slessor

     

    Netball

     

    Music News 

    This week our groups have been busy rehearsing for the upcoming concert on Tuesday 8th February which is to be held in the school hall.  All of the main groups will be performing - orchestra, jazz band, junior choir, senior choir, glee choir, brass group and the flute choir which you can see in the pictures here.  

     

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    Music

    Music

    Music

     

    LAMDA Examination Results for DRHS

     

    Orla Parker-Wells- Grade 4 Solo Acting - Distinction

    Charlotte Hudson - Grade 6 Solo Acting - Distinction

    Sophia Dumbelton - Grade 5 Verse and Prose Speaking - Distinction

    Ranjana Muckherjee - Grade 3 Solo Acting - Distinction

    Danica Filipovic-Carter- Grade 4 Solo Acting - Distinction

    Arya Acharya - Grade 4 Verse and Prose Speaking - Distinction

    Annette Farrimond - Grade 5 Solo Acting - Distinction

    Soumiya Arulselvan - Grade 4 Verse and Prose Speaking - Distinction

    Evie Cadwallader - Grade 2 Solo Acting - Distinction

    Olivia Ormiston - Grade 3 Speaking Verse and Prose - Distinction

     

    If your child is interested in LAMDA please contact helen.speechanddrama@gmail.com for any current vacancies. 

     

     

    Sixth Form Open Evening

    We held our Sixth Form open evening last night where current and prospective students had an opportunity to explore their future options.  It was one of our busiest nights of the year, and it was lovely to see so many of you attend. For those who could not make it, talks will be available on our website

    You can apply to our Sixth Form here.

    Art Open Evening

     

    Panic Alarm Donation

    Personal alarm PCSO

    Our Sixth Formers were very grateful to receive a donation of 200 personal alarms from PCSOs Becki Kent and Steven Harris. These small devices will emit a very loud siren when activated, also feature a torch and can be easily attached to a set of keys or lanyard. The alarms will be given out in the coming weeks, with priority given to our students who travel to school via train, public bus or through the city centre. 

     

    Quiz Night

    In order to raise some money for the students at DRHS, the Parent and Staff Association are organising a SPRING QUIZ.

    Friday 4th March 2022 from 7.30 pm - doors open at 7pm.

    Tickets, available from Main Reception, are £5 per person - Teams of 4 to 6 people.

    Please bring cash for the raffle, the £1 game and to buy refreshments - wine, beer and soft drinks. We want to have a fun night and raise as much money as possible for the school.

    Quiz night

     

    Alumni News

    Former Art Textiles Student Poppy Birkby, gained a place at Central Saint Martins, UAL to study Textiles. She has produced some fantastic pieces of work in a variety of print, stitch and weaved applications to name a few. She has recently completed an internship with Celia B.  

    CeliaB is a fashion brand designing fun, passionate, and timeless clothing that make women shine. With a love for textiles, craftsmanship and sustainability. Poppy has designed prints for the AW22 collection, during her time with Celia B in Spain. Below are just a few pieces of Poppy's work completed at Central Saint Martins.

    Poppy Birkby art work

    Poppy Birkby art work

    Poppy Birkby art work

     

    Current Vacancies

    Executive support - exciting opportunity for someone who is pro-active, forward thinking and confident with a range of IT software to help deliver support to the Admin and Senior Leadership Teams.  More information can be found here:  Denmark Road High School - Vacancies

     

     

    LRC NEWS

    Martin Luther King Day took place in the USA on Monday of this week, so I am highlighting some of our relevant books about his life, as well as civil rights and Black History. All these books are available to borrow via Click and Collect.  The LRC also holds journal articles and online resources which cover these subjects, and I am more than happy to show any of our students how to access them effectively – your child has only to ask.

    LRC books

    Mrs Shaw and I received some very exciting news today.  One of Mrs Shaw’s former tutees and avid LRC user, Evie Handley, now in her first year at University in London, has just published her first book.  We had the privilege of reading some of her first drafts of this story and enjoyed it immensely.  The book is entitled Divine Ends and is the first in a series (From Divine Ends to Demonic Beginnings).  It’s a fantasy adventure, set in a dystopian world in which our heroine, Nya, has to hide her true powers, and joins forces with Ilana, the demon who would destroy her.  It is available from Amazon ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1399912208/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_PAPGPV7KX0TV68801TRF), but you could also order it from https://uk.bookshop.org/ or your local bookshop (try Yellow Lighted Bookshop, for example) and benefit an independent bookseller. 

    Divine ends

    The overdue/lost books amnesty has proved successful.  Whilst there are still many books on the overdues list, a number of tutor groups, 7M, 9K and 10BA, have successfully dealt with all their late loans, by returning, renewing or replacing them, so have enjoyed some chocolate rewards for their action – I thank the students for sorting them out and the tutors who have supported the LRC in this regard.  The value of just Year 10’s returns to date is £496 – a considerable amount if those books had to be re-bought.  However, the administration of these overdue and lost items also takes up a lot of time.  Please check at home for any school resources which your child should have returned.  If they bring the books/textbooks to the LRC, I will ensure they are taken off their LRC accounts and return them to the correct departments where necessary.  Thank you for your support with this.

     

    The next Scholastic Book Club deadline is Friday 21 January and it will then reopen with a deadline of Friday 11 February.  Here’s the link: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/denmark-road

    Please remember NOT to tick the box which asks if you work at the school, as it means it’s more difficult for DRHS to receive the Scholastic Credit.  Many thanks.

    logo scholastic

    I am hoping that we will again be able to host a Scholastic Book Fair this year.  However, that has still to be confirmed.  The date is usually a couple of weeks after World Book Day (Thursday 3 March), for which plans are already being formulated.  It’s a big year for the World Book Day organisation, because it is the 25th anniversary of the first time it was celebrated.

    Please contact me if you or your child has any questions about books/reading/information for school work and I shall be pleased to help.

     

    Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian

    Follow the LRC on Twitter twitter logo  @DRHS_LRC and Instagram instagram logo  drhs_lrc

    E-mail: library@denmarkroad.org

     

     

     

    Flu Vaccination Year 7-11

    Flu vaccinations will take place on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of January. 

     

     

    Covid vaccination update:

    We are currently waiting on our 2nd vaccine day for 12-15 year olds in the meantime here is a link to covid drop in clinics.

    https://covid19.glos.nhs.uk/vaccinations/#link-dropin

     

     

    Useful Information

    If your child is absent from school please email absence@denmarkroad.org

    If your child requires a medical/non-medical form please fill in via our website: Denmark Road High School - Forms  These forms can be emailed to absence@denmarkroad.org or your child can give them in to the Well-being Centre.

    When you come to pick up your child from reception please do not park outside the school gates or on any road markings which state you must not, on road junctions, or in front of private driveways.  Please park sensibly opposite the school.  If your child is ill and is unable to walk far, or you have problems with mobility, you may ring the bell on the gate and bring your car into the front car park.  Thank you for your consideration. 

    Please let us know when you change your home address, mobile number or email address.  We cannot keep in touch with you if we do not have your correct details.  Please email changes to office@denmarkroad.org

     

     

     

    Dates for the Diary

     

    26th January - 28th January - Flu Inoculation for years 7-11

    1st February - Invest Day

    16th February - Year 7 Excellence Evening and Early Closure 2:30pm

    18th February - End Of Term 3 

    28th February - INSET Day

     

     

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    Please follow me on Instagram at drhshead and Twitter @denmarkroad365.  You will see a snapshot into DenmarkRoad365 and the life of a Headteacher at one of the most amazing schools in the country.  - Claire Giblin

     

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  • Our School, Our Week - 14 January 2022

    Published 11/01/22, by Emily Slepertas

    In this issue:

    • Student News
    • A poem about Climate Change
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Geography
    • Art
    • Young Writers Club
    • LRC News
    • Sixth Form Open Evening 
    • Dee Cox Leaving
    • Useful Information
    • Dates For Diary 

    DRHS tree

     

    Our School, Our Week

    Happy New Year and welcome back after the Christmas Holidays.  We hope you had a fantastic break. We look forward to sharing our news and achievements with you from our first couple of weeks back.

     

    Student News

    Natalie Pullan, Marianne Baker and Madeleine Watine won Silver medals in the National Artistic Swimming Combo Cup. They competed for Cheltenham in the 13/15 age group. 

     

     

     

    Poem on Climate Change:

    We have got one world 

    And we have wasted it away

    We don’t give it a thought,

    Before we go out to play

    What might happen 

    If we leave on the light 

    Because if we all make a change 

    We can maybe win the fight 

     

    By Matilda Pitt, 7BA

     

     

     

    Year 7 and 8 Food and Nutrition

    We are 'visiting' Germany now and the students have been making pretzels during their lessons in FT1. We have seen all variety of shapes, sizes and finishes.

    pretzel making

    pretzel making

    pretzel making

    pretzel making

     

    'Empowered' Young Writers experience success

    A number of our brilliant Year 7 and Year 8 students from the DRHS Young Writers' Club have had their fantastic poetry accepted for publication.

    Their work will feature in an exciting anthology, titled 'Empowered', which contains work by secondary school students from across the South West.

    Congratulations to Inaya Zahid, Carina Enright, Freya Pickard-Smith, Janisha Gowda, Lottie Cross, Sadhana Kuppan, Sophie Goddard and Sreelakshmi Payyana, who each received a certificate marking their achievement and will see their work in print in February.

    young writers club

     

    Year 9 Geography

    9K kick-starting this year's Campaign for Change competition. Congratulations to team Education, Water and Deforestation, fantastic use of case study examples, audience engagement and social media to create a contemporary campaign for a global change. 

     

    #globalissues #globalearners #makeadifference

    Year 9 Geography

    Year 9 Geography

    Year 9 Geography

    Year 9 Geography

    From Food waste to Deforestation to Education... what a fun and thought provoking lesson 9BA had with their first set of #CampaignforChange this week.

     "Stand up for a seat in class, act now or the moment will pass" 

    Follow us on instagram: drhs.geography to keep up to date with what we're doing!

    Year 9 Geography

    Year 9 Geography

    Year 9 Geography

     

    Art

    Year 8

    The Art department has been extremely impressed by the high standard final pieces Year 8 created last term. They were challenged to create an A3 sized jellyfish study using oil pastels, exploring colour theory, blending techniques and working on a large scale.

     

    Year 11

    Year 11 have been busy creating large scale composition studies for their individual portfolios. Although we cannot show you the finished outcomes, we hope you enjoy a sneak peak.

    Art

    Art

     

    LRC News

    I hope you had a good break and were able to do some reading during our time away from School and work.  I’ve heard some very positive comments from our students about the Mystery Loans which the Year 12 and 13 Library Prefects worked so hard to complete before the end of term.  It’s great to see the Prefects being able to share their reading knowledge with their younger colleagues.

    New Year Resolution

     

    I’ve seen several New Years Reading Resolution ideas pop up in the LRC social media accounts recently, so if you and your family are looking to start the year with increased bookish activity, take a look at these suggestions:

    https://bookriot.com/bookish-new-years-resolutions-2/

    https://www.readbrightly.com/reading-resolutions-for-the-new-year/

    https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/new-years-resolution-books

    You might also subscribe to updates from Read for Good, with lots of resources to enhance reading at home: https://readforgood.org/readgloucestershire/.

    Perhaps also resolve to make more use of your public library system, which is a free service to its users:

    https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME

    They stock books, e-books and e-audiobooks, as well as online resources for study and research. 

    This past week I’ve been encouraging students to deal with all their overdue books, textbooks and anything that has been lost or damaged whilst in their possession.  Any tutor group which manages to clear their list will receive a chocolate reward.   There has been a really good response to this, with several items returning to the LRC which haven’t been seen since before Lockdown 1.  Please encourage your child to search their rooms for any school resources which they are no longer using and return them to the book box or my desk in the LRC.

    Library

     

    We have a winner for the LRC December Quiz – Mrs Dunnett’s 10BE submitted all their answers and scored the most points, with 10BA a little way behind.  In third place was 9BE, followed by 7M, 10K, 8BA, 9K and 7BA.  Well done to all for taking part.

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    Library Clubs have restarted and there are some new ones this term, run by library prefects as well as younger students: Harry Potter, Marvel and Illustrations Groups.  Our Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize group has just submitted its write up of the 6 books they’ve read.  This has been ably led by Lois Rodgers in 9BE.  Mrs Shaw and I are very impressed with her organisational skills and we thank all the group for participating in this STEM reading activity.

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    Please contact me if you have any questions about books/reading/information for school work and I shall be pleased to help.

    Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian

    Follow the LRC on Twitter Twitter Logo  @DRHS_LRC and Instagram Instagram logo  drhs_lrc

    E-mail: library@denmarkroad.org

     

     

    Sixth Form Open Evening - 20/1/22

    sixth form open evening

    Please join us on Thursday 20 January for our Sixth Form Open Evening - Masks are required.

     

     

    Dee Cox - Leaving

    Dee Cox

    After 15 years at DRHS, Dee Cox (right) will work her last shift on Monday.  Much has changed since Dee started, from in-house catering to our new provider Aspens, the new Sixth Form block and of course the students. She will be joining Gloucester Rugby within their hospitality department, so if you are ever at a match make sure you look out for her. 

    Her favourite memories at DRHS include multiple celebrations, cakes and events. She will thoroughly miss the staff and students especially as she has watched some of them start in Year 7 all the way through to finishing Sixth Form in Year 13.

    We will all miss Dee but wish her the very best for her new start at Kingsholm.

     

     

    Useful Information

    If your child is absent from school please email absence@denmarkroad.org

    If your child requires a medical/non-medical form please fill in via our website: Denmark Road High School - Forms  These forms can be emailed to absence@denmarkroad.org or your child can give them in to the Well-being Centre.

    When you come to pick up your child from reception please do not park outside the school gates or on any road markings which state you must not, on road junctions, or in front of private driveways.  Please park sensibly opposite the school.  If your child is ill and is unable to walk far, or you have problems with mobility, you may ring the bell on the gate and bring your car into the front car park.  Thank you for your consideration. 

    Please let us know when you change your home address, mobile number or email address.  We cannot keep in touch with you if we do not have your correct details.  Please email changes to office@denmarkroad.org

     


     

    Dates for the Diary

    20th January - Sixth Form Open Evening  (Early closure 2:30pm)

    26th January - 28th January  - Flu Inoculation for years 7-11

    2nd February - Year 13 Mock Results Day

    8th February -  Charity Concert (Gloucester Cathedral)

    16th February - Year 7 Excellence Afternoon and Evening (Early closure 2:30pm)


     

     

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    Please follow me on Instagram at drhshead and Twitter @denmarkroad365.  You will see a snapshot into DenmarkRoad365 and the life of a Headteacher at one of the most amazing schools in the country.  - Claire Giblin

     

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  • Our School, Our Week - 17 December 2021

    Published 13/12/21, by Emily Slepertas

    In this issue:

    • A message from Claire Giblin
    • Student news
    • Art
    • Music
    • Design and Technology
    • Textiles
    • Geography
    • Music
    • English
    • Christmas card competition 
    • New science block
    • House dance
    • Foodbank collection
    • Sporting Success
    • Carol Concert Link
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