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Our School, Our Week - 26 June 2020

DRHS Reading Marathon, LRC News, Year 7 & 8 Group Chat, Textiles & Artwork

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Our School, Our Week


Student News


DRHS Reading Marathon

Congratulations to the following students who have exceeded the 26 books for the DRHS Reading Marathon.  Some of them have written about their reviews.  The number of books they have read are in brackets.

Naomi Dickins, 8BE (36):  I have very much enjoyed partaking in the Reading marathon.  I have discovered many new books which are now my new favourites.  It has also allowed me to cut into my long list of books I hope to read!

Malindi Maughan, 8BE (35): I love reading and was so excited when I found out that we were to read a marathon of books! I have read, and re-read, some of my favourites, and many more new books, over lockdown.  I have explored many genres and have especially enjoyed The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, which is the prequel to The Hunger Games; Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, which is the fourth book in the Inheritance Cycle; and Emma, by Jane Austin. I also listen to books on audible when I take my dog out for a walk or am baking a cake. I love reading in the morning or at night. My favourite genres of book are dystopian and sci-fi, as you are on edge the whole time, waiting, with bated breath, to discover what will happen next. 

Verity Greenald, 8K (31): One of the positive impacts of lockdown is that I've had lots of extra time to read.  I’ve reviewed more than 20 books for the Reading Marathon, and also enjoyed seeing what others in my tutor group have been reading.  My favourite book that I’ve reviewed so far is probably’ The Fellowship of the Ring’, by J. R. R. Tolkien, as I really enjoy fantasy.  One new author I've discovered in lockdown in Tonke Dragt; I've read 'The Letter for the King’ and its sequel and am hoping to read more by her.  I’ve also reviewed lots of my favourites like the Harry Potter series, as well as some other books which are new to me, like the ‘Inkheart’ trilogy or ‘Animal Farm’.  I feel like this has really encouraged me to read more widely and with different genres, especially those that I've been putting off, and I have very much enjoyed exploring new things to read.

Sophia Dumbelton, 8BE (30): Over lockdown, I have been able to read a lot more than usual, which is great. I have discovered many different books and genres of books that I didn't know that I liked before. For example, I read the Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell, which I absolutely loved and definitely recommend if you want to be transported into a magical yet eccentric paradise. Another good series is the The Chronicles of St Mary’s Omnibus trilogy which is about time travel, and is so thrilling. Overall books are a great way to escape from lockdown.

Chloë Shephard, 9H (30): The reading marathon has been great fun; I have enjoyed having lots of extra time to read. I've taken the opportunity to read some books recommended by my mum and dad which I have thoroughly enjoyed. One of the books I have especially enjoyed is wonder by R.J Palacio. It is about a boy who was born with severe facial difference that up until now has prevented him from going to school. He started school and wants to be treated like a normal kid, but his classmates can't get past his face. The story soon switches into other people's perspectives like his classmates.

Emma Burrell, 7H (28): During lockdown, I have been really enjoying having more time to read. I have been writing book reviews for all the books I read when I have finished them during this time. I have currently read and reviewed 27 books. Some of my favourites are 'Lies we tell ourselves' by Robin Talley, 'My name is Mina' (and 'Skellig') by David Almond, and the Lorien legacies series by Pittacus Lore - I am reading book 4/7 at the moment. This series follows the story of nine human-looking aliens brought to Earth when they were six years old. Their purpose is to grow into their powers and return to their planet, Lorien, and claim it back from the evil Mogadorians. The teenagers have been protected by a charm, which only allows them to be killed in a set order, and all the teenagers have non-gifted guardians called Cêpan to help protect them and explain who they really are.



Year Group Chat Highlights


Year 7

Year 7 have been very creative this week, they've helped each other with their art and been looking after their dads on Father's Day.

Annabel Read 7H made a bag, Freya Espley 7M produced a Frida Kalo painting, Clover Dickinson 7M made some scones for Father’s Day and Millie Wrathmell 7M made a Paddington portrait from buttons.





Salut les filles!

Just to say congratulations to the following Year 7 students who have already completed 100% or nearly on their ActiveLearn Module 5 work. This shows real application and motivation - well done.  

Alisa, Naila, Ellie, Pari, Aarthi, Esme and Arya



Mrs Pines



Year 7 Spanish

Two Year 7 students have made excellent video presentations in Spanish.  You can watch the videos produced by Isabella and Kira here.

Mr Groom



Year 8

Year 8 have been baking and sharing their work.

Bismah Bhaiyat 8H made a horseshoe cake for sister's birthday.


Science Wider Learning

This is Sarah Doughty's (8BA) work for Science Wider Learning.  This wonderful model of a swan took her 24 hours and 900 pieces of paper.

Ms Cundy



Year 10 Textiles work

Here is some wonderful textiles work from Year 10 who have created some excellent pieces during assessment week, despite having limited resources. 






Evie Perfect, Year 11 performed live on Facebook

The Choirs of Pembroke College, Cambridge performed Bach for Zambia on Monday.

Here is the link to her performance which starts at 18.17  #BachForZambia: Part 1




Volunteering in Lockdown

Bethany Loader and Joshua Meredith, current Year 13 students and two previous students Joel Loader and Alex White have been volunteering since the start of lockdown. They are helping Roots Coffee and Community CIC in Kingsholm to provide hampers of food each week to families in the local community. They have been helping since lockdown started and as part of the team have produced well over 600 hampers. They have made such a difference, giving up their time to provide for others, helping to make it possible!

Ms Wickson






LRC News

Students and staff have now contributed 1205 reviews to our DRHS Book Marathon Challenge.  A number of our students are using reading as their Duke of Edinburgh Award skill. 

June is Pride Month, and I had planned displays of books which feature LGBTQ+ characters in collaboration with the DRHS LGBTQ+ Club.  Instead, I’m posting reviews on the LRC Google Classroom each day this week.  


Several books are available as e-books from Gloucestershire Libraries.  Please ask if you would like a particular recommendation or have any questions.       

The LRC Google Classrooms are still being added to: LRC, Carnegie Writers, Carnegie Shadowers, Denner Blue Coat Best Book Award Group and Library Prefects and Monitors.  

I’ve been looking for free online book festivals which you might enjoy and the next one is the Felixstowe Book Festival this weekend, 26 to 28 June:  The Ledbury Poetry Festival follows on 4 and 5 July (with a preview on BBC Radio 3 The Verb on Friday 3 July).  You will have to book the free tickets and all events take place on Zoom.  Take a look here:  For a comprehensive list of literature festivals to look out for, the Penguin website has compiled this:

Windrush Day was held on 22 June.   If you don’t know much about this, Floella Benjamin has recommended watching her programmes, produced in 2014,   which contains commentary of people of the Windrush generation – their impressions of life in Britain:

The School Library Association has recommended Snortblog as a good site for discovering new funny books for children of all ages.  This site was created by two authors, Rachel Delahaye and Martin Howard, and a librarian, Tris Irvine, because they believe that “funny books are special… that laughter is monumentally important to human beings and that humour sprinkles magic through our lives.”  The SLA suggests that this could be a useful site for finding books to engage your reluctant reader child, for tackling serious issues with a light touch, or for making your child (and perhaps yourselves!) feel better in these challenging times.  Here is the link:

If your child enjoys historical fiction, they might like to help composing this year’s Young Quills Award “annual awards that recognize the best in historical fiction for young people” – all nominations must be in by 31 July 2020:


Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian

Follow the LRC on Twitter   @DRHS_LRC and Instagram   drhs_lrc





News beyond Sixth Form …

It is great to hear how our students achieve after they leave Denmark Road, and our congratulations go this week to Holly Haines, who left us last summer to go to Oxford University. She has just heard that she has been awarded a scholarship by the governing body of Christ Church College. This makes her an official Scholar and the only experimental psychology scholar across the whole of Christ Church College. She received this scholarship based on tutor recommendations for working so hard in her first year, and the fact that in her first year exams she scored a distinction in every single one of them. Well done Holly! 

Mrs Dunnett


Competition for Over 14s …

What’s your vision for the world after coronavirus?

The COVID-19 pandemic raises many questions about how our societies are organised, and how public health challenges can be tackled. As governments struggle to protect lives and keep our economies afloat, ambitious ideas that once seemed improbable have suddenly become surprisingly plausible.

Now that everyone is thinking about what our post-lockdown future might look like, openDemocracy and UCL are teaming up to invite young people to have a say. We want to find and shout about the best ideas from the next generation for what should come next.

What might democracy look like as countries emerge from lockdown? How will public health change as a result of this global pandemic? What lessons from history have we forgotten that might guide how the world recovers? How will our societies and cultures respond to this global crisis and its aftermath?

How to Enter

Whatever your interest or background, we want to hear your thoughts on these and many more questions. In particular, we're looking for ambitious ideas about how governments, citizens, scientists, artists – or anyone else you think has a role to play – can shape a different and better future.

The competition is open to school, university and higher-education students over the age of 14.

Submit your entry as either a written articleshort video or image/photograph that describes your vision for the world after coronavirus.  Only one entry per person. If you submit more than one entry, only the first entry submitted will be accepted.

Winners and Prizes

Two winners will be selected from the entries in all three categories; a grand prize winner selected by the judges and a People’s Choice winner selected by public vote.

There will be prizes for three runners-up chosen as outstanding entries by the judges.

The grand prize includes £200 in book vouchers and a bespoke training opportunity with either open Democracy or UCL that may take the form of a mini-fellowship, work experience, or placement in line with the winner’s area of interest. The People’s Choice winner will receive £100 in book vouchers and runners-up will receive £50 in book vouchers.



Another competition …

Enter our Covid-19 Poster Design Competition!



What do we have to do?

Create a fantastic design for a COVID-19 poster promoting the themes of staying safe or keeping your distance.
 The winning designs and the runners-up will also be featured in a gallery on the e4education website.


What is the prize?
 50 copies of the winning poster in A4 portrait on 360gsm paper professionally reproduced printed and delivered to your school free of charge and a social media shout-out from e4education’s official accounts.


How do we enter? 

  1. Download the entry form on our website
     If you/your parents & carers don't have access to a printer or don't want to use that much ink, then entries on a plain piece of A4 paper is absolutely fine!
  2. Get creative!
     Designing the poster can be a fun, educational art & design activity whilst also raising awareness of the current global issues and advice. All you need is paper and pencils/pens.


Email us your submission!
 Submit a photo or a scanned copy of the artwork, along with the your full name, age and school details (name, address and website address) to

 Good luck! We can't wait to see your designs! All terms and conditions for the competition can be found on our website. The closing date for the competition is Friday 10th July at 4.30pm and the winners will be announced by Wednesday 15th July.
 If you are looking for inspiration or would like to purchase additional COVID-19 signage, we have recently introduced an exciting new range of products including stickers, banners and posters - designed to keep you and your students safe and aware. You can find out more here



Physical Education – Ideas for PE and Exercise


Here are some good links for those cycling enthusiasts of you!


Wimbledon may be cancelled this year but the BBC will make sure you can still watch plenty of classic action and hear from the top players.

BBC Sport will have over 50 hours of programming for two weeks from 29 June, including weekday rewinds of memorable matches, an Andy Murray Greatest Hits weekend and a countdown of best finals.

Tennis matches to watch:

Here are some fun tennis challenges for you to try at home:




Finally, Follow me @DenmarkRoad365

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.