Public speaking success, Home/school communication, School improvement partner, Thank you PTA, Neighbours, Swiss Exchange and Charity fundraising
Denmark Road High School
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Public speaking success
The following students took part in and won the recent round of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition:
These words of congratulations from Mr Fitch say it all:
“I just want to say how proud we all are of you for your performances last night at Public Speaking. I know it’s easy to compare yourselves with the exceptional quality we have here, and not realise what you’re doing is outstanding in the truest sense of the word.
I want you to reflect and to appreciate how extraordinary a skill it is to be able to devise and produce the performance you all gave last night. This is far from normal for a 15 -16 year old and you should be really satisfied with the intelligence, dedication, bravery and calmness you showed.”
Our thanks go to Mrs Southwell who has been working with the girls. Bring on the next round!
Setting a new standard in Home/School Communication
We have been investing significantly in improving the communication channels between school and home as we respond to feedback from our parental forums, students and staff. Thank you to those of you that have already registered your School Gateway account and downloaded the free app. Not only does this allow the school to keep you up to date with important messages but will also allow you to quickly see salient information about your child including attendance, achievement and progress reports as well as their timetable.
As part of upgrading our communication processes we are asking that all parental communication via email to the school is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. By sending your request or query to this address you will receive a timely acknowledgement of receipt that will explain who your query has been sent to and providing you with timescales for when you should expect your reply. Using the email@example.com email address will ensure that your communication is sent to the appropriate person or team, whether that be your child’s tutor, teacher, progress and well-being coordinator, student support, finance or a relevant subject leader, curriculum leader or senior leader. If you prefer not to email you can of course still call us at 01452 543335. You are now also able to text us at 01452 260176 (please save this number in your phones!) or if have downloaded the School Gateway app you will be able to message us directly from within the app for free. Thank you for your support in using these communication methods rather than messaging members of staff directly.
If you have not yet signed up for your School Gateway account please do so now by following the links below.
Access School Gateway using the website:
or by downloading the FREE app:
School Improvement Partner
Our school is dedicated to maintaining the title of best school in Gloucestershire, this requires us to reflect on current practice and be outward facing in our pursuit of continued excellence. To this end we have started working with a School Improvement Partner. Our recent visit focused on the Progress & Wellbeing functions of the school and also on Safeguarding. The review process has praised our recent developments and coached us in ways to make further improvements that will positively impact on student and staff progress and wellbeing.
Since the beginning of this term we have trialled a system of behaviour and progress points. Those of you who have signed up to School Gateway will be able to see these (should they be awarded). It is clear from student, staff, parental and review feedback that we have not quite got the behaviour part right. We are therefore embarking on further consultation with students and staff before forming a new Behaviour Policy. We will still be collecting this data internally to help as part of our research.
What we have listened to is that students do not feel they are praised enough. We agree! So this week we are taking a proposal to students that will encourage us to do this more frequently, rewarding the values we hold in high esteem at our school.
Thank you PTA
The School Christmas Fayre organised by the PTA was held on Friday 16th November. Huge thanks to all involved and to those who attended. Students entertained us with carols as we browsed the stalls and started our Christmas shopping. The Fayre raised a total of £776.
Children in Need
Well done to all the students and staff at school who raised the wonderful amount of £832.10 for this great cause.
Everybody needs good neighbours!
Our school sits within the heart of Gloucester and as we continue to grow in size and popularity this does put pressure on the local roads at pick up and drop off time. It is really important to us that we maintain good relations with our neighbours, I would therefore remind all parents that they should park legally and safely on roads around the school. Please take care not to block driveways, or park in hatched or yellow lined areas (even for the few moments for your daughter/son to get in the car). The DVLA are monitoring the area and recently have been clamping cars, so please ensure you abide by the legal regulations.
The Year 9 exchange group have had a truly wonderful week in Switzerland! We have visited lots of very interesting places, from Charlie Chaplin’s house in Vevey to the Olympic museum in Lausanne (see below). We have also made our own Swiss chocolate - hopefully there will be some left to bring home! The girls have been an absolute delight and it has been a pleasure to spend the week with them. Indeed, many of the Swiss parents have commented on how polite and well-behaved “les Anglaises” have been! We have enjoyed being immersed in the Swiss culture and French language and will be sorry to say “Au revoir”, but we really look forward to welcoming our Swiss partners in March!
England Netball success a step closer
Harriet Sanderson has been selected by England Netball to register on the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sporting Excellence. This is a great achievement and only those athletes that England Netball deem as having the potential to progress to a higher level of elite performance are selected. Congratulations Harriet! (Pictured front centre).
Dates for your Diary...
Monday, 10th December
RS A Level Masterclass
Tuesday, 11th December
Year 10-13 Targeted Parents’ Evening – 4.30-7.30 pm
Wednesday, 12th December
Christmas Lunch in Dining Room
Christmas Jumper Day 2018
Monday, 17th December
Wednesday, 19th December
INVEST Day 2 – House Drama
House Drama Evening Performance - 7.00 pm
Friday, 21st December
Christmas Carol Service in Gloucester Cathedral - 10.00 am
Term 2 ends at 1.30 pm
Monday, 24th December 2018 – Friday, 4th January 2018 - Christmas Break