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Our School, Our Week 22 May

DRHS Challenge, Year Chat, Year 9 Science

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Our School, Our Week



Student News

DRHS Race Around the World Challenge 

9K have been contributing to the DRHS Race Around the World Challenge.   Olivia Hopwood has been regularly completing long distance cycle rides.






Lauren Sherrington has completed a 10k run.

Amy Marshall has been doing a mixture of 5k and 10k runs to raise money for the NHS.

Bhuvana Senthil-Kumar has been regularly training and completed a 10k run to raise money.

Jean Pym 10H has completed 17 tasks in the DRHS Challenge, earning a total of 150 points.



Congratulations to Emma Burrell 7H who received a Highly Commended for her entry to the National Poetry By Heart Competition.

Also well done to Anina George 8BA and Adaora Oguikea 7M who got through to the first round of 110,000 entries for the BBC 500 Words Competition. 





Year Group Chat Highlights

Year 7

Year 7 have been very creative with cooking and art work this week.

Alice Upton made a lovely cushion, Jasmine Ravishankar drew this bunny.

Matilda Bradley embroidered dungarees and Matilda Sharman sheared her alpacas.




Lydia Wang 7BA is half way through her 'The Climb' Challenge. She is climbing the equivalent of 4000m in 14 days by climbing 5 flights of stairs in her house 28 times every afternoon. So far she has raised over £300 for TearFund who are an international charity for poor communities. In case you wish to donate, she is using her father's JustGiving page which can be found at


Year 8

Adele Sawyer and Lila Coster made rainbow cakes for their Tutor Group Challenge.



Annabel Blackwell found a duckling on her drive which won't be parted from her family and so they are now raising it.


Agnas Antojeromes completed this puzzle.







Year 9 Science

Eva Reynold 9H produced a video to show the process of Eutrophication.

View here.


Year 9 have learnt about Eutrophication in the last few weeks. They were asked to present the information in an imaginative way. Amelia Hayman 9H re-wrote the lyrics to Brittany Spears song "Toxic".



Annette Thekkemuiriyil in Year 8 has completed a technology wider learning task to an exemplar standard.  Take a look here.

Mrs Hoare

Isobel Davies in Year 12 recently entered an essay competition run by Minds Underground. The title was 'Should referendums be used more frequently in the UK?’  She has just heard that she achieved a highly commended for it and has won a 1:1 masterclass in the subject of her choice. Well done Isobel.

Mrs Dunnett


Unifrog Update

Throughout the period of school closure students have been directed to complete tasks on Unifrog during their tutorial time.  Unifrog is the online careers platform used by the school which supports their journey from Year 7 through to A Levels and beyond.  It has been fantastic to see students engaging so positively with Unifrog.  During these difficult times looking to the future is really important.  It was lovely to hear from Unifrog this week that we are the most engaged school in the South West!                                                                                                                                                  Miss Leathart



DRHS Book Marathon

The DRHS Book Marathon Challenge now stands at 889 reviews from both students and staff.

Thank you for keeping reading and, whilst there are some obvious favourites, it is encouraging to see such a wide range of authors and genres being reviewed. Thank you once again to Mrs Shaw for collating the Google Forms into a weekly spreadsheet for us all. Remember that Years 7, 8 and 9 have daily timetabled reading from 1:30 to 2:30, so do remind your daughters to submit their reviews on the Google Forms.


Just a reminder that I’m running a number of Google Classrooms: LRC, Carnegie Writers, Carnegie Shadowers, Denner Blue Coat Best Book Award Group and Library Prefects and Monitors. I post links to reading or writing related content every weekday, so if your son or daughter would like to comment on these at all, please ask them to do so.

The Cheltenham Science Festival runs from 2 – 7 June and is all online and free of charge this year, so you can watch as many scientist authors as you want talk about a vast array of subject areas: black holes, supercomputers, renewable energy, wildlife under lockdown and much more. You still need to book, so take a look here for more details: What an amazing opportunity to explore whatever interests you.

The YA Book Prize, in association with the Hay on Wye Literature Festival, is showcasing the shortlisted books throughout next week:, with videos and chapter downloads. Please be aware that some of these books are for older teen readers, due to mature content.

National Book Tokens are running a short story competition on the theme of Big Dreams – time for your daughter or son to let their imagination soar! Anyone 18 or under may enter. The word limit is just 300 words and the closing date is May 28 with the winner announced on June 14. Here is the link:



There are a couple of ways you can support the LRC from home. One is by nominating us for the National Book Tokens’ competition to win £5000 of book tokens for your school library: 

Every nomination counts! Thank you. The other is by considering a purchase with Scholastic Book Clubs:

The LRC benefits in that we receive credit to the value of 25% of orders which we can spend with Scholastic on resources for our students.

Finally, do remember that joining your local library is free and is open to everybody.   All counties provide access to 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. Our own online resources are still available via the LRC’s Google Site (Online Resources page) for all students to use.

Have a wonderful half term, filled with reading.

Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian

Follow the LRC on Twitter @DRHS_LRC and Instagram drhs_lrc



Cheltenham Science Festival @Home - 2-7 June 2020

Experience six mind-blowing days of science, all from the comfort of your couch with Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home this June.




Mental Health Week – Mental Health ‘One song at a time’



Red Cross Half-term Activities




Your Museum needs you.  From next week, the Museum of Gloucester is inviting everyone in the county to capture their memories of #Gloucestershire during the period of #lockdown, for an exhibition titled ‘A Life in Lockdown’. 

They write:  “We want to capture and create both a printed record and a digital collection of these memories. ???? We’re hoping to display as many as possible in the exhibition ?? at the museum in Autumn 2020, as well as a producing a permanent record of this period in our digital collection. There will also be a small competition for children and young adults and an overall ‘People Choice’ award. ????

Full details and terms and conditions on how to enter will be released next week, but in the meantime, to contribute your memories of the Covid-19 pandemic in Gloucestershire, we will be asking you to submit up to five image(s) or a video that you’ve taken during the lockdown period from 20 March 2020.

You will have until Friday 31 July 2020 to submit your entry/ies. So keep calm and start collating! #ALifeInLockdown ??”




A message from Gloucestershire County Council:






Virtual Sports Day – Tuesday 26 May 2020

Please take part in our Virtual Sports Day during Half-term

We aim to raise £5000 for NHS charities

It takes place on Tuesday 26 May 2020 – and it is an event planned for ALL children and young people.

We would like all children to participate in an activity that encourages them to have fun, participate and keep active. They will also be able to encourage their friends and families to donate to the Just Giving page we have set up for our Gloucestershire Virtual Sports Day at:

Every child and young person will have different abilities so we would like all to set a challenge which is suitable for them, whether it is 10 minutes or two hours. It is the taking part that counts.

  • Do an activity in your garden or home!
  • It can be as silly or as sporty as you like!

Please take some time to discuss this with the child or young person before the event.

Take a look at the short video:

We are sure there will be some great examples of sports and other activities to raise funds. We would be grateful if schools and our partners can advertise and promote this as widely as possible. We hope to raise £5000 for the NHS.

We would really like to see some of the wonderful activities that Gloucestershire's children and young people get involved with to fund raise. With the child’s agreement please share pictures and videos with us on social media using the hashtag #VirtualSportsDay

We hope this will be an enjoyable event for all Gloucestershire young people and their friends and families – so please join in and / or give if you can.




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