Our School Our Week - 5 February 2021
House Mottos, Duke of Edinburgh, DRHS House Dance, DRHS PE, News from the LRC and Follow me @Denmarkroad365
Denmark Road High School
Our School, Our Week
Last term saw the launch of the house motto competition with students from each house encouraged to create a motto that they wanted their house to stand for. Students then sent their entries to their respective house captains, and then we had the tough decision of picking the best 2 from each house. We then sent these mottos to Miss Giblin who kindly picked the winning motto for each house which are as follows:
Barwell: Raise the bar high, raise the Barwell
Bearland: Be bold, be brave, be Bearland
Hartland: In a world where you can be anything, be Hartland
Kyneburga: Be caring, Be kind, Be Kyneburga
Mynd: Strong in mind, strong in Mynd
These mottos will now become a phrase we chant at house events and draw upon in every activity we undertake as a house. This week the house captains are launching a poster competition, where we would like students to create a poster with their new house motto on, to help us launch them.
Duke of Edinburgh
It's really pleasing to see that students are continuing to work towards their respective DofE Award levels. Congratulations to the following students who have now had their Awards approved:
Bronze: Isabelle Arris, Camille Shelmerdine, Tia Mason, Miranda Gough, Molly Stephens, Emily Watine, Zara Indawala, Rebecca Pinnock, Olivia Brock, Preetha Bhowmik
Silver: Bethan Harrington, Jessica Remfry, Amber Sykes
Badges and certificates will be handed out when we return to school.
If students need any advice with how to continue or complete their Awards please contact myself.
DRHS House Dance
Our students amazed us with their submissions for the ‘Number of steps in a day’ challenge last week. They achieved far more than we were expecting. Well done everyone!
Mrs Moule achieved 18,198 steps … awesome!
We challenged the students to ‘work out with a friend’ and they seemed to enjoy it!
The challenge for this week is based on coordination, so do get involved and have some fun!
News from the LRC
We participated in the Gloucestershire Drop Everything and Read last Friday – I understand that around 100 schools took part across the county. How amazing to be part of this initiative and to be able to benefit other young people just by reading!
So far 450 comic books have been donated to the following foodbanks: Cirencester, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Tewkesbury and North Cotswold. Based on the participating schools Read for Good estimated that 1630 pupils dropped everything to read on Friday 29 January. Therefore, this month Read for Good will be donating a total of 1630 brand new books and comics to the foodbanks and other community groups, delivering books and comics right into homes of children and young people in need in Gloucestershire.
A fantastic 169 pupils from Denmark Road registered their reading with Read for Good. That means Denmark Road pupils contributed more than 10% of the total donation! This is truly something we should be proud of – well done indeed!
Gloucestershire DEAR is going to be a monthly event and what a joy it is to celebrate the importance of reading in all its forms.
(Below: Stroud Food Bank receiving a box of books, picture courtesy of Read for Good and Stroud Food Bank)
National Storytelling Week
This is National Storytelling Week, so I’m highlighting some of the books available in e-audiobook format in Gloucestershire Libraries.
If you enjoy having books read to you, remember that the BBC Sounds website has Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime audio: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qftk and https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qtlx. The Oak Academy Virtual Library features a new book and author interviews every week. Students can choose to read the book itself (there’s one week access to the e-book) or listen to the audiobook (2 week access): https://library.thenational.academy/. E-audiobooks also count towards the DRHS Reading Marathon Challenge!
Hand in hand with reading go writing and illustration! The Gloucester Quays Rotary Club are currently running competitions for young authors, artists and photographers. The competitions are open to anyone aged between 7 and 17 who lives or goes to school in Gloucester and the deadline is 28 February 2021: https://www.gloucesterquaysrotary.co.uk/competitions.
Scholastic Book Club
Finally, our Scholastic Book Club is open again until 28 February – many thanks to those who have ordered books, as each order provides more reading material for our students! Here’s the link: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/denmark-road.
Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian
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The DRHS term calendar 2020/21 is available here.
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