Our School Our Week - 26 February 2021
Year 8 Geography, German Exchange Review, Huw on the News, House Photography Competition, Ten-Minute Book Club' from The University of Oxford, News from the LRC, Keeping up-to-date, School Calendar and Term Dates and Finally, Follow me @Denmarkroad365
Denmark Road High School
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Denmark Road High School recognised by cyber experts for first-rate teaching
22 February 2021
Denmark Road High School has been recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - a part of GCHQ - for excellent cyber security teaching. The school was one of fourteen recognised nationally with a CyberFirst Schools Initiative award.
The programme recognises schools and colleges that can show their dedication to inspiring the next generation of cyber security experts and addressing the UK’s cyber skills gap. Denmark Road High School demonstrated a range of work aimed at engaging students, including offering lunchtime coding clubs, and taking students off timetable on Ada Lovelace Day to develop IT and computing skills.
Headteacher, Claire Giblin, said “At Denmark Road High School we are fully committed to developing cyber security, computing and the use of technology to engage and inspire students. We are proud to be able to work collaboratively with an even wider range of colleagues in education, as well as in industry, through the CyberFirst Award. We are constantly developing this aspect of our school to enable our students to become part of the UK's next generation of cyber professionals.”
Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure said “The country needs a new generation of talented tech experts to protect our online spaces. So, I'm delighted to see fourteen schools being recognised by the NCSC for their sterling work training young people for an exciting career in cyber security.”
CyberFirst is a vital part of the National Cyber Security Programme, helping to develop the next generation of cyber security professionals. The youth element is led by the NCSC and has helped more than 48,000 youngsters pursue their interests in computing and cyber security through a range of free opportunities and initiatives. The NCSC is the UK’s lead technical authority on cyber security and offers unrivalled real-time threat analysis, defence against cyber-attacks and tailored advice to victims when incidents do happen.
Year 8 Geography
Usually in Year 8 students enjoy an Italian food lesson during their study of the Italy topic. However, as this year is a little different, we virtually celebrated the Italian cuisine, sharing both homemade and shop bought food items.
From homemade biscotti to pizza making for the family, 8BE had a great time whilst also considering the concepts of seasonality, supporting local suppliers and food sustainability.
German Exchange Review
Because of the current situation, this year’s German Exchange was run virtually. We were matched up with partners and had to complete a series of tasks. These tasks were sending 10 facts about yourself, baking, watching a movie, a geo-guessing game and listening to a song. These tasks allowed us to learn about each other, as well as the similarities and differences between our cultures. We had a lot of fun doing them as they were exciting and gave us something to look forward to each week. As well as these tasks, we also texted and called our exchange partners and were able to get to know them, hopefully making life-long friends who we can maybe even visit one day.
The exchange finished with a quiz that everyone joined and competed in with their partners or in small groups with other pairs. The quiz required communication of knowledge as we had to guess which things were British and which were German. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, and was definitely quite competitive!
If it comes to it, we would really recommend this virtual exchange to other students in the future because even though you don’t get to go to Germany there are still plenty of things you can do together and there are still plenty of opportunities to learn.
Sophie and Carmen :)
Other voices from our year 10 students about their exchange experience:
This poll result from our celebration evening shows how successful the exchange was in building relationships:
Huw on the News
Huw Davies (Year 12) was heard on Radio Gloucestershire on 5 February at 08.39 (listen again via BBC Sounds) talking about Free ports and Gloucestershire. He writes it was only 20 seconds despite an 8-minute interview! The interview was about a twitter account he created called ‘Campaign for a Gloucestershire Free Port’. The objective is for Gloucester to be one of ten areas in the UK designated a Free Port. A Free port is an area inside a nation's borders but outside its customs territory making it attractive for business to assemble imported goods, so they only have to pay a tariff on the final good rather than all the imported parts. Despite its name it doesn't need to be coastal; a few other areas proposed have been inland as well. Well done Huw.
House Photography Competition
Ten-Minute Book Club' from The University of Oxford
Last term, Year 12 English Literature students formed the first Denmark Road 'Ten-Minute Book Club', an initiative by The English Faculty of Oxford University, designed to 'spark rich conversations about reading'.
Using resources and extracts carefully selected by Oxford academics, students are introduced to a range of important and challenging literature through excerpts and short stories, which only take ten minutes to read. This way, the club sits perfectly alongside our students' busy A-level programme whilst also widening their exposure to literature and encouraging personal insight and interpretation.
Meeting weekly online after school, the group have explored an extract from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, have read Katherine Mansfield's ambiguous short story, 'The Fly', and this week have been introduced to the quintessential modernist novel, Ulysses, by James Joyce.
It has been a pleasure to listen to the lively opinions and ideas of our Year 12 English students, who have a real passion for reading and a flair for critical interpretation.
News from the LRC
The Shortlist for this year’s Carnegie Awards will soon be announced and now that we will be back on the school site soon, I’m hoping that we can shadow the Carnegie Award as we would normally do again this year. The shortlist from last year has proved very popular, and despite lockdowns, the books have been read pretty steadily by a range of year groups. Highlighted below are some of the 2021 longlisted books which are available as e-books or e-audiobooks from Gloucestershire Libraries: https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME
Several are also available as physical books via the Click and Collect service.
The rest of the list – and the Kate Greenaway longlist, for the prize awarded to the best illustrated book - can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/18/outstanding-carnegie-medal-longlist-includes-three-previous-winners.
World Book Day
Our virtual Book Week and World Book Day celebration of reading takes place next week, March 1 to 5 2021. Thanks are due to Miss Harding and Mrs Shaw, who have collaborated on activity ideas and information on our DRHS Reading Marathon. This year we are really concentrating on reading itself, rather than the dressing up aspects. Amongst the activities are opportunities to Drop Everything And Read for the Read for Good initiative and logging what has been read on the website to provide books for children in hospital or whose families access foodbanks: https://readforgood.org/readgloucestershire/. There will be virtual drop in sessions at lunchtimes to talk about various genres: murder/mystery, manga and fantasy/sci fi. I’m hoping teachers will take a couple of minutes at the beginning of lessons to share and read aloud from a book that’s influenced them. There will be various competitions, eg escape rooms, guess the staff shelfie/book face, creating cardboard tube book characters. Awards will be given to those who are progressing towards their target reading for the DRHS Reading Marathon this year (the total currently stands at 217 books read, so do remind your son or daughter to add their contribution). We will be compiling our student Just A Minute Book Reviews for all to enjoy, signing up students for Battle of the Books, Denner Book Award and recruiting for Carnegie Shadowing. And we will be voting for the best book we read over the last year of lockdowns! If students really want to dress up, they can keep it to a mask or a hat, or decorate a t-shirt, and take a picture of themselves reading and wearing them, but there is absolutely no expectation that students will be doing so. This year, it’s ALL about the reading!
As ever, keep reading, and if your daughter or son needs advice on what to read next or where to find information for school work or for interests, please have them contact me.
Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian
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