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Our School Our Week - 27/11/19

Picture of the Week, Follow me @DenmarkRoad365, Christmas Lunch, Christmas Shopping Fair and Raffle, Year 7 and 8 News, Year 9 and 10 News, Year 11 News, Sixth Form News and Forward Look

Denmark Road High School




Our School, Our Week



In the edition this week:

  • Picture of the Week
  • Follow me @DenmarkRoad365 
  • Christmas Lunch
  • Christmas Shopping Fair and Raffle
  • Year 7 and 8 News
  • Year 9 and 10 News
  • Year 11 News
  • Sixth Form News
  • Forward Look


Picture of the week:



Flag for Antarctica entry, Niamh Beard, Year 8



Welcome to the latest edition of Our School, Our Week.  As I mentioned last Friday this has been an exciting week with the announcement of Denmark Road being names “Sunday Times Southwest State School of the Year”.  A wonderful recognition of what an amazing place our school is.  

It was also brilliant to see so many parents at our Securing Excellence Evening on Thursday.  These are key events in our calendar with supporting our students to achieve positive progress in their examinations.  

Claire Giblin



Follow me @DenmarkRoad365

We are always looking at ways to improve communications, so here I am joining the realm of Twitter! I will be posting regularly to give parents a snapshot into DenmarkRoad365 and the life of a Headteacher at one of the most amazing schools in the country.  Also follow me on Instagram by searching for drhshead 



Christmas Dinner

Our highly anticipated Christmas Dinner will be served on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December.   Tuesday’s sitting will be for Year 7, 8 and 9.  Wednesday will sit Year 10, 11 and the Sixth Form. The meal starts at 1:10pm and costs £3.   There will also be a vegetarian option.   Tickets are available to buy in the School Restaurant from today in the last half-hour of the lunch break.  Please make sure that there are enough funds on Parentpay accounts to cover the ticket cost.


Christmas Shopping Fair and Raffle

The PTA Christmas Shopping Fair is in the school hall on Friday 6th December from 6.00pm-8.00pm.  Raffle tickets will be available to buy in school from Friday 29th November.  They can be purchased at break and lunchtimes for £1 a ticket from Reception and the Well-being Centre.


Year 7 and 8 News

Congratulations to the Denmark Road Chess Team.  They competed in the U19 Regional National Chess Tournament last week at Bristol Grammar School. They finished a very respectable 8th out of 19 teams – the top ranked state school in the south-west.  Even better, the top eight teams qualified for the National Finals later this year.  A fantastic result for their first tournament as a school team.  


The students who comprised the team were:

Naila Hidouci           Year 7

Zoha Ashraf            Year 7

Parinidi Krupal        Year 7

Jaime Ashworth      Year 8

Imogen Winters      Year 8

Bethany Mawby      Year 8


Year 7 and 8 Christmas Disco


The Christmas Disco for Years 7 and 8 is at STRS on Friday 6th December.  Tickets are £4 and on sale from Miss Hodnett.  Students will need a disco letter slip signed by their parent to buy a ticket.


Year 8 Geography

We are pleased to share the six winning entries from our Year 8 Antarctica Flag competition.  The winning submissions have been sent to the Polar Network who will share them with Antarctic explorers.  We are looking foward to receiving photos of our flags when they reach their final destination.



Year 9 and 10 News

Year 9

Well done to Abigail Rossi.  She raised £130 for Children-in-Need by selling iron-on patches and pin badges. 

Year 9 Trip to Disneyland Paris

Please ensure that passport numbers have been entered on ParentPay and they have sufficient validity left.  

Year 10

Well done to Francesca Sherborne who was recently graded and achieved her Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do. This is the result of eight years hard work and dedication. The examination lasted five hours and she has trained three times a week for the last year in preparation.


Year 11 News

Congratulations to Betsy Mangan and Olivia Brock who have been selected to represent the U17 County Cricket Team.  We look forward to hearing their progress.

Here are a selection of our hard working Year 11 students attending afterschool Art last week.




The Year 11 Revision Evening, held last week, welcomed over 100 parents.  The evening focussed on approaches parents can take to help prepare their children for their GCSE examinations.  Please find here the PowerPoint used during the evening. On the final two slides, you will find useful links for both you and your daughter to use to aid revision, as well as a recommended book written for students.


Year 11 – netball training doesn’t stop because it is cold



Sixth Form News 

Year 12 and 13

Congratulations to Phoebe Hatch who won the YPO competition.

Two former Denmark Road students took time out from their busy careers as radiographers to meet with Sixth Form and Y11 students about what life is like in that profession.  Thank you to Kate Harvey and Alex Arbourne for your time.  If students are interested in attending a taster day as a Radiographer please contact Mrs Dunnett. 

Year 13

Speakers from water-valve control company Kohler Mira visited school last week. They gave a talk to Year 13 students about apprenticeships.  

Mock exam timetables for week beginning 13th January 2020 have been emailed to each student.



Forward Look – dates for your diaries:


Year 11 Mocks from 25 November


Friday 29 November       

School closed for Staff Training


Thursday 5 December         

Sports Tour Launch – 5.30-6.30 pm


Friday 6 December             

PTA Christmas Fair – 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Year 7 and Year 8 Christmas Disco at Sir Thomas Rich’s – 7.00-9.00 pm


Wednesday 11 December    

Early finish for students at 2.20 pm

Year 8 Parents’ Afternoon and Evening – 2.30-7.30 pm


Thursday 12 December       

INVEST Day 2 – House Music Competition


Friday 13 December           

Christmas Jumper Day for ‘Save the Children’


Tuesday 17 December        

Christmas lunch for Years 7-9


Wednesday 18 December    

Christmas lunch for Years 10-13 and Staff     

Carol Service rehearsals in the Cathedral


Friday 20 December           

Carol Service in Gloucester Cathedral – 9:30am (TBC)

End of Term at 12.30 pm (TBC)



Need to look further forward? The school calendar is available on our website calendar and academic calendar.