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Our School Our Week - 29 January 2021

Year 10 Textiles, Year 7 and Year 9-10 Geography, LAMDA, Read Gloucestershire, DRHS PE Challenges, Sporting Honours, DRHS Online PE Padlet App and News from the LRC.

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Student News

Year 10 Textiles

Year 10 have produced some Artist Studies, using a medium of choice. They have studied this artist to inspire their designs for a garment. An excellent use of colour has been applied, displaying an exciting vibrant possibility for their dressmaking. 



Year 7

With all the snow falling over the weekend, 7M had a virtual snow day on Monday morning in Geography. We would normally be out and experiencing Geography in action but instead we had to bring the outside in.

Mr Balfour

Year 9 and 10 Geography

Year 9 and 10 Geographers have been getting creative in their Geography lessons and spending time away from the screen.

Year 9 have been creating tectonic plate maps out of orange peel and other food items and tectonic plate boundaries using any household items. See Niamh’s destructive subduction plate boundary, impressive.

Year 10 have been creating annotated river erosional and depositional landform models out of any house hold objects. The standard is fantastic.

Follow us on Instagram: drhs.geography for updates on student’s work and Geography in the news articles.


Miss Hodnett



The latest LAMDA results have arrived, as follows:

Orla Parker-Wells – 7M - Grade 2 Acting - Distinction

Juliet Fisher – 7BE - Grade 3 Verse and Prose Speaking – Distinction

Well done both!

Mrs Di-Tomaso


Read Gloucestershire

READ Gloucestershire launches on Friday 29 January with a day of events to increase engagement with reading. Year 7 and 8 will be taking part in a DEAR tutorial on Friday. 

We have attached some flyers to share how pupils of all ages can also participate at home. 

Why is reading important during school closures? 

Reading is great for pupils' mental health and educational outcomes. Reading is better at reducing stress than listening to music or playing video games.


From 10-11am on Friday

The hilarious Sam Copeland’s new book Uma and the Answer to Absolutely Everything is perfect for 7-11 year olds. 


Registration is aimed at schools but suitable for families and home learners, just fill in your school as the organisation and ‘Parent' or 'Student' as Job Title.

From 10am on Friday

Watch Julia Donaldson read Hospital Dog and draw along with Hospital Dog’s Illustrator Sara Ogilvie! 


Suitable for all pupils. 

WATCH here

When you take part in READ Gloucestershire! Read for Good will donate books to children at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

From 1pm on Friday

Join Tweedy as he brings Nell Gifford's, Nell and the Circus of Dreams to life with the help of Keef, Barrie, Pantscase and more! 

Suitable for all pupils.

WATCH here


From 2pm - or whenever you can!

DROP EVERYTHING AND READ! Or listen to a story!

Go to

Tell us you’ve read using the link above we’ll donate a new book or comic to a child in need for every pupil that’s participated. 

Share your photos using #DearGlos


DRHS PE Challenges

We have set our students a weekly PE challenge to increase their activity levels, but also to have some fun at the same time. We are pleased that so many students have engaged in this.

Below are the results from the first two challenges.


Sporting Honours

In the last newsletter I announced that a number of our students had been selected to represent Gloucestershire in hockey and netball.

Embarrassingly, I missed one of our fantastic students, Millie Wrathmell, from the U14 Gloucestershire Development Centre Hockey Squads 2020-2021.

Here is a photo of our hockey super star – well done Millie!

DRHS Online PE Padlet App

Below is the link for our PE Padlet. 


Mrs Davidson


News from the LRC


You may have seen that we are now running a weekly Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time during Monday registration time.  Reading is great for pupils' mental health and educational outcomes and is better at reducing stress than listening to music or playing video games. This week we are participating in the county-wide DEAR organised by Read For Good (formerly Readathon) on Friday morning.  For each child who registers that he/she has read that day, Read For Good will donate a book to a child in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.  They can register what they have read here:  There is a whole day of activities surrounding this first Gloucestershire DEAR (details above in Miss Hodnett’s article).

World Book Day

World Book Day takes place as usual in March and I’m pleased to have Ms Harding work with me towards planning and delivering a library led day of reading celebration for the whole school. World Book Day £1 vouchers are likely to be virtual, rather than paper based this year.  Book Week, surrounding World Book Day, will also take place and I shall need to be extra inventive this year to come up with activities for us all to enjoy.  School Librarians around the country are generously sharing their ideas with each other in light of the current situation and I have a whole list of possibilities! 

Our Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize group has decided which book they wish to nominate on behalf of DRHS:  They felt it was very factual and the author put the facts across very well.  The book was well organised and quite intense, but could have benefited from some more illustration, perhaps. 

This book has been adapted from a book for adults (Astrophysics for People in a Hurry)

which probably explains its density – here’s a link to an interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson:  It’s been quite a challenge to share the books and meet, but I hope it’s not the last time we are selected to participate. 

Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian

Follow the LRC on Twitter   @DRHS_LRC and Instagram   drhs_lrc



The DRHS term calendar 2020/21 is available here.


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