Our School Our Week - 12 March 2021
Denmark Road High School
Our School, Our Week
International Women’s Day
What will you choose to challenge?
On Monday we began our return to site. In itself this is a beautiful thing. How apt that our school, whose purpose is to create empowered individuals ready to move forward with confidence, curiosity, integrity and commitment, returns on International Women’s Day. The theme for 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’. A mission commensurate with our own. The campaign calls for us to choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. To choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements.
Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
What will Denmark Road choose to challenge to ensure, in line with our vision, each one of us becomes empowered?
What will Denmark Road choose to challenge to ensure we are able to use this to empower others locally, nationally, globally?
We do not shy away from challenge at our school. We embrace it. From challenge comes change. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer we committed to revising our curriculum and practice. We continue to do so. This spring our student leaders conducted a survey on bullying. A brave question for any organisation to reflect upon. An essential one. Whilst some would dismiss the thoughts that bullying exists within their organisation we do not shy away from asking ‘Does it?’ and ‘In what forms?’. And responding with our students to make changes. We are committed to further developing our provision. To create true inclusivity where all are free to be who they are, feel able to express themselves and are valued for doing so.
As part of our inclusivity and diversity mission, Student Voice will continue to consider why DRHS #choosetochallenge, not only on International Women’s Day, but every day.
Together we will choose to challenge.
Headteacher - Denmark Road High School
Staff across the school #ChooseToChallenge
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.
As part of DRHS’s ongoing commitment to challenge all forms of bias, this week staff across the school have been showing their support on facebook and instagram for International Women’s Day and this year’s theme #choosetochallenge.
Dressing up with 7BA
7Ba took the opportunity of last Friday at home to dress up as characters. Meet the Powerpuff Girls and Cosplay.
Denmark Road’s Got Talent
Please see the video of winning entries here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qGXPA-QZJ4&t=50s and results for the First Round of Denmark Road’s Got Talent below.
Art and Textiles
Rakshave Arunachalum narrowly edged out Joanna Ingleby and Julia Koczorowska to claim top prize.
Emmy Benger just edged out Charlotte Von Oven for top place.
Jasmine Went topped the podium with Emma Burrell and Eleanor Von Oven making up second and third.
Ciarra Horrocks beat Orla Parker Wells by a single vote.
Cressida Farr beat Laura Blair into second place.
Five House Points have been given to each entrant with the Houses finishing in this order:
1st place: Mynd
2nd Place: Barwell
3rd Place: Kyneburga
4th Place Bearland
5th Place: Hartland
Winners of each section will compete in the final in the summer.
PE – Treasure Hunt!
This week we set our students on a Treasure Hunt task. They embraced this and provided us with some lovely photos. Well done everyone!
House Photography Competition
Red Nose Day
News from the LRC
It’s International Women’s Day this week and I’m highlighting some of the LRC’s books which look at the roles of women in the world.
All of these books can be reserved on our Click and Collect service, if your son or daughter is interested in reading them, and of course, count towards the DRHS Reading Marathon and our county-wide Drop Everything And Read with Read for Good: https://readforgood.org/readgloucestershire/.
During Book Week I held a number of lunchtime Book Chats and on World Book Day itself we were lucky enough to have a virtual author visit from Mr Mace in the Science Department, who talked about his writing method, the importance of getting down on paper (or screen) that first draft, however imperfect, and then working on it over time. He read from his book, Becoming a Bear, and answered questions from students and staff. It’s a while since we have hosted an author visit at DRHS and this was a real treat.
During the week, a number of students sent in pictures of their cardboard tube book characters, which were adorable:
Thanks to Edie and Kate Blewitt-Jenkins, Simran Dubb, Chloe Shephard, Louise Bassett, Jasmin Dosku and Ella Everett-Morris, who clearly had fun with this!
I also ran a poll of the favourite DRHS Lockdown Read of 2020 to 2021. There were 117 votes and lots of titles with a couple of votes each. Our top two were The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and, just edging it out for the winning position, His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman!
Due to COVID restrictions, the LRC has had to cancel the usual Scholastic Book Fair again this year. The Scholastic Book Club is open and available for you to order from. All purchases benefit the students, because the LRC receives 20% of the value of each order in Scholastic Book Vouchers to spend on new resources. The link is here: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/denmark-road. I believe that books can be delivered to your home address (postage will be payable) or can be delivered to school where students can collect them from the LRC. Thank you for your support.
Remember that if your daughter or son needs some help with finding a new book to read or doesn’t know where to find information on anything, please have them contact me.
Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian
Follow the LRC on Twitter @DRHS_LRC and Instagram drhs_lrc
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Early Finish – Wednesday 17 March
The Year 7 Excellence Afternoon & Evening will run from 2:30pm -7:30pm on 17 March. This means that school will finish at 2:30pm on Wednesday. Students will be able to be picked up from 2:30pm. School buses will run at the normal time and students will have supervised rooms to wait in.
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