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OUR SCHOOL, OUR WEEK - 20 April 2020

In the edition this week:

  • Student News
  • Our amazing DRHS staff and their lockdown activities
  • Wellbeing
  • Follow me @DenmarkRoad365 

Denmark Road High School


Our School, Our Week

In the edition this week:

  • Student News
  • Our amazing DRHS staff and their lockdown activities
  • Wellbeing
  • Follow me @DenmarkRoad365 



Student News

Year 7 SHAPE

Here is an amazing Eco House created by Clover Dickinson.  Year 7 had to investigate different ways to ensure houses were eco-friendly and sustainable as a part of their SHAPE course.  Excellent independent work.  Well done to all the DRHS girls who are showing great independent skills during these times!

Mrs King

Religious Studies Year 7 and Year 8 voluntary activity - Spirited Arts competition

Here is Hannah Drew's (8K) wonderful submission.

Mrs Dunnett

Reading Marathon Review

Students and staff continue to submit reviews for the DRHS Book Marathon Challenge on Google Forms which are then shared by Mrs Shaw. There are currently over 500 reviews.  We would love to see more from the Year 10s and above to further encourage the younger students. 

All students have been invited to join the LRC’s Google Classroom where they will find book recommendations, author readalouds, theatre performances and links to the daily #NationalShelfService in which librarians review children’s and young adults’ books (   Please encourage your child to sign up and comment.

The LRC’s new Instagram account is up and running – so far I’ve “liked” and commented on other posts, but this week I’m definitely going to try posting something myself.  If you’re on Instagram, the account name is drhs_lrc.

World Book Night takes place on Thursday April 23 – I’ve created a new Google Classroom for students and staff to post what they are currently reading and to encourage you all to take part in the #ReadingHour between 7pm and 8pm that evening.  Take a look here:

School Librarians around the world are mostly working from home at present and, of course, we are missing the in person contact with our students.  Claire Warren, a school librarian in Nottingham, put out a request on Twitter and here is the result… You may recognise someone on this Librarians on Lockdown video, which is dedicated to all our students:

If your child is running out of books to read, please join your local library service, which can be done online.  Whether you live in Gloucestershire, Bristol, Herefordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire or elsewhere, all libraries are offering e-books, e-magazines and other online resources to their readers.  If you’re not sure where to start, e-mail me, and I’ll take a look at what’s available in your area.  I also sent an email to all students with details of free – and legal – book access about 4 weeks ago.  I’m happy to re-send it to anyone who has mislaid the email – just let me know.  Our own online resources are still available via the LRC’s Google Site (Online Resources page). 

Take care – and keep reading!

Follow the LRC on Twitter   @DRHS_LRC                                                                                     Ms Cordall


Lockdown Artwork

Mrs Williams has received some wonderful artwork over the school closure – well done, some very talented artists!

Easter Baking – Mary Stone in Year 13 has been busy perfecting her chocolate eclairs – I think she’s succeeded!

Kate Blewitt-Jenkins in 7BA made a skeleton as part of her Science and Physical Education wider learning. 

Mrs Simpson


Duke of Edinburgh Awards

It gives me great pleasure to see that Denmark Road High School students will not be put off by the current situation as they continue to work towards achieving their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. The students are demonstrating high levels of initiative and resilience as they adapt their activities, where possible, to ensure they complete the various sections of the Award. Students are still submitting evidence to their eDofE accounts and assessors reports continue to be approved. Please congratulate the following students, past and present, who have recently achieved their Awards.


  • Stefan Hossle
  • Josh  Meredith
  • Hannah McLaughlin
  • Amy Fitzgibbon
  • Emma Fletcher
  • Grace Fowles


  • Amy Charley
  • Emma Forbes
  • Freya Stone
  • Beth Candish
  • Charlotte Patient
  • Phoebe Darlow
  • Grace Towle
  • Eve Handley
  • Charlotte Wilkinson


  • Verity Chappell
  • Ophelia Heather
  • Kirushika Inparajan
  • Grace Towle
  • Grace Bullows
  • Ellie Howell
  • Rebecca Greenough
  • Rebecca James
  • Ammaarah Tola
  • Verity Burrows
  • Ella Davies
  • Ellen Pearson
  • Georgina Stott
  • Charlotte Ross
  • Jasmine Summerhayes
  • Felicity Harrison
  • Sarah Smith
  • Misbah Ussenbai
  • Emma Byatt
  • Hanna Mulligan
  • Betsy Mangan
  • Molly Welch
  • Kassie Whereat-Hill
  • Amelia Griffin
  • Samantha Lugto

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has also made some temporary changes in order to support participants in completing their awards. These are:

  • Participants can now volunteer for family members, for example by mentoring or coaching younger siblings.
  • Participants can now change section activities more than once. Time spent on previous activities will still count towards completion.
  • DofE staff members may be able to act as Volunteering, Physical and Skills section Assessors, if required.

Should you have any questions regarding your DofE Award please contact myself on                                                                  

Mr Edwards

Art Textiles Work

Niamh Year 8; 8G1 Art Textiles

A fantastic outcome of an Indian inspired Quilt. Niamh has worked at home during lockdown on her quilt, and has been able to finish off her Year 8 Textiles project work. An outstanding combination of applications and embellishments. Well done Niamh!

Miss Bennett

Our amazing DRHS staff and their lockdown activities


Making Masks for the NHS

Mrs Bailey and her merry team of fellow Denmark Road staff (Miss Cook, Mr Brown, Mrs Day, Mrs Bowman, Mr Hart and Mr Freeman) have all been very busy…

At the start of the Easter “break”, the team have been utilising our laser cutter and CAD software to produce PPE face masks for front line health care staff.

This was led by Mrs Bailey who found some drawings on line and adapted them so we could begin producing the masks from our existing stock of materials. This produced a few hundred masks in the first week before the stock ran out. However, requests for more supplies were answered by a number of companies and individuals generously donating. The production line was back up and running with a workforce of six staff volunteers.

At the time of writing, the overall number now produced and distributed stands at almost 1600.

Therefore, I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has been involved with this endeavour – you have shown the true spirit of Denmark Road and our focus on our community.  Well done and thanks to you all. I’d also like to extend an especial thank you to the Technology department at Pates who gave invaluable assistance during the time our laser was undergoing urgent repairs.

So far, masks have been distributed to GRH, Cheltenham, Hereford, Ross-On-Wye Hospitals and Newham University Hospital in London. They have also been sent to many nursing and care homes in and around Gloucester and Cheltenham, including Guild House Residential Home on Denmark Road. Various individuals have been supplied such as maternity units’ midwives and district nurses.

Lastly, if the demand is still there, we are willing to make more.

Some of the messages left on the DRHS Facebook page …

Broomfield Care Home Care Services is feeling grateful at Denmark Road High School.

We just wanted to do a huge 'shout out' to Denmark Road High School for the facemasks that they have made for us - we cannot thank you guys enough  


Sally Russell Abbeyview Ward at Tewkesbury Hospital would like to say a huge thank you to DRHS for making us visors to help protect our staff. You can’t imagine how much this means to us, thank you xxxxx

Thank you to HSFG Denmark Road for their immensely kind donation of visors


Winchcombe Medical Centre - Thank you and the school for your kind support supplying us much needed personal protection equipment of six visors during this COVID-19 emergency period.  We thank you on behalf of all our staff, patients and the community we continue to support.


Making headbands for the NHS

Mrs Door, Art Technician has been making headbands for her NHS friends and colleagues. 


Finally, Follow me @DenmarkRoad365

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