Our School, Our Week - 3 July 2020
Year 7/8 Chat Highlights, Year 10/12 Futures Week, Anyone for tennis?
Denmark Road High School
Our School, Our Week
Year Group Chat Highlights:
In Year 7, Lauren Harrop has created her own website to promote veganism. Eve Williams has made some wonderful origami. Emily Harvard made a 3D print of a polar bear and a seal. Oluwadunsin Adegboyega has done an amazing lion painting. Alisha Singhal upcycled her brother's jeans into shorts.
Year 8 have been supporting each other in their challenges.
Edie Blackwell has been painting and Evelyn Abraham baking.
Stunning assessment painting by Annabel Goodrum in Year 10.
The horrific George Floyd tragedy and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests across the world motivated Martina Jones in 10BA to embark on a fundraising challenge. She raised funds for a London-based charity in support of black lives called ‘100 black men of London’ by cycling the length of England in a month.
This meant cycling 1000km. The equivalent of 33km a day. Martina managed to do so in 25 days averaging 40km in the rain and scorching sun and, at times, resorting to the indoor bike in windy conditions!
Thanks to the generosity of her friends and family she has raised £291 for this worthy cause. 100 Black Men of London (100bml.org), based on the movement that began in New York in 1963, has been providing a mentoring programme for 10-16 year olds since 2003. They focus on leadership, education, economic empowerment and health and wellness.
Huge congratulations to Olivia Brock, Sophia Wolczuk, Betsie Dixon-Gough and Esme Townsend for getting to the finals for the British luxury fashion house 'Burberry' competition. Students had the opportunity to win a trip, now virtual, to Burberry's London HQ offices, meet Burberry staff and learn about careers in the fashion industry.
Students were required to work to a design brief and will be asked to present their design idea to an audience of Burberry employees. Each student will also win a Burberry prize.
Year 10 and 12 Futures Week
Over the last two weeks, Year 10 and 12 have been using their tutorial time to complete a series of careers related activities during "Futures Week". Students have engaged positively with these tasks, and continue to use Unifrog to explore opportunities and record their intentions. The outline of both "Futures Weeks" is shown below:
Year 10 Futures Week
Year 12 Futures Week
Exploring Apprenticeships Assembly
Exploring Apprenticeships Assembly
The Value of Volunteering
An Introduction to Student Finance
Writing a CV
Writing a Quality Personal Statement
Preparing for Online Applications & Interviews
Foyes Young Poet Competition
Entries are now open for the Foyles Young Poets of the Year award. This is the biggest poetry competition for young people aged 11-17. Why not send in an entry? Your poem can be on any subject and any length. The closing date is the end of July.
Everyone who enters will receive an e-certificate and the opportunity to won some great prizes:
- All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London.
- The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, 25,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online.
- The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology.
- The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent). Read more about the experience.
- All 100 winners receive a year’s Youth Membership of The Poetry Society.
All 100 winners will receive a goody bag full of books and other treats donated by our generous supporters.
- All 100 winners benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and an internship programme.
In the past year, Foyle Young Poets have been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 6, The Times and The Guardian, and have been seen at events at Ledbury Poetry Festival, Library Club, Proms Lates at the Royal Albert Hall and Wenlock Poetry Festival.
To enter the competition this year, you will need to send your poem via email to
If you want to enter but would like someone to look over it first then please send your draft poem to Mr McMahon for feedback firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more at https://foyleyoungpoets.org/
Get writing poetry!
We have now reached 1305 reviews for our DRHS Book Marathon Challenge! Just a reminder to students that we do need a small, Waterstones style review for each item logged and they must be your own impressions of each book, rather than the publisher’s blurb. These will be really useful to add to the LRC catalogue to provide more information for students looking for a new author or genre to try.
Myrtle Wood in 8Ba, who recently got through to the second round of the BBC Radio2 writing competition, has now completed her 26 books for the Reading Marathon and is now challenging herself to read even more – well done.
On July 4, the USA celebrates Independence Day. To acknowledge the protests against racial inequality in that country I have highlighted the following books:
Some of these titles are available in the DRHS LRC and others are available as e-books from Gloucestershire Libraries. Please ask if you would like a particular recommendation or have any questions.
Audible has made a range of children’s e-audiobooks available free of charge whilst schools are, on the whole, closed: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.
The link to the Gloucestershire Libraries online catalogue (just filter results by “Titles available online” to see e-books and e-audiobooks): https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/ WPAC/HOME
This week, I have a number of book related websites to recommend:
- Fans of horror writing will enjoy Gingernuts of Horror, which contains reviews of books and films and thought provoking interviews with authors and is currently running the top 50 chart of YA Horror fiction (if Kevin Wignall’s Mercian Trilogy isn’t included, I can recommend it wholeheartedly for the 14+ crowd!): https://gingernutsofhorror.com/index.html.
- The Times/Sunday Times has launched a radio channel which includes a lot of writing of all kinds, including sports, and literature. It can be heard online, via an app and smartspeaker: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/radio.
- The School Library Association has reviewed Jarrett Lerner’s fascinating website with a STEM theme, which features activities, discussions, posters, art and comics – reading for pleasure doesn’t have to mean fiction only and this is really fun! You can find it here: https://jarrettlerner.com/
The national Summer Reading Challenge 2020 has the theme of funny books and is being run entirely online. Children earn points and unlock badges along the way. Any books read can of course be added to the DRHS Reading Marathon too. If you need help to access e-books from your local library system, please contact me via the LRC e-mail. Everyone is entitled to join their local library system free of charge. You and your daughter can join the Summer Reading Challenge here: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/.
Please also consider buying books from the DRHS’ Scholastic Book Club: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/denmark-road. Books are offered at a discounted price to parents and carers. 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. The current Book Club order deadline is 31 July 2020. Books will be delivered to your home address, although regrettably, there is a delivery charge. Thank you for your support.
Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian
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Anyone for Tennis?
Tennis Membership at DRHS
Tennis is one of a select number of recreational sports that you can play right now. If you fancy playing tennis on our courts during the summer Please follow this link
‘A Life in Lockdown’ exhibition: your memories of Covid-19 in Gloucestershire
The Museum of Gloucester is inviting everyone in Gloucestershire to capture his or her memories for an exhibition titled ‘A Life in Lockdown’.
The Museum of Gloucester wants to capture and create both a printed record and a digital collection of these memories and is hoping to display as many as possible in an exhibition at the museum in Autumn 2020, as well as a producing a permanent record of this period in their digital collection.
As well as a getting the chance to have their submission(s) in the exhibition and as part of the collection, there will also be a small competition for children and young adults and an overall ‘People Choice’ award. Everyone is being asked to submit up to five images and/or a video taken during the lockdown period from 20 March 2020 for consideration.
Submissions are open until 31 July 2020. Full details and terms and conditions on how to enter are on the museum website (www.museumofgloucester.co.uk) and their social media.
Cllr Steve Morgan, cabinet member for Culture and Leisure at Gloucester City Council said: “This exhibition recognises the spirit of resilience and survival that the city is known for. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the diverse strengths and stories of our communities coming together and supporting each other during this time in history.
“Not only that, but it enables us to more permanently acknowledge and thank everyone who saved lives, cared for others, and kept vital services going in such difficult circumstances.”
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