Our School Our Week - 19 March 2021
Competition winner, Introducing DRHS instagram, Bishop of Gloucester's Youth Forum, LRC News, Latest School News and Follow me @Denmarkroad365
Denmark Road High School
Our School, Our Week
Well done Aashi
Aashi Khaitan in Year 7 entered a Rotary artist competition in the intermediate section and achieved a runner up position. She won a £20 Amazon gift voucher! Here is her beautiful picture.
DRHS is delighted to announce the NEW whole school instagram page.
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DRHS student leads local change
Zafeera Karim reflects on her involvement in the G15 Bishop of Gloucester’s Youth Forum Meeting.
The G15, Bishop of Gloucester Youth Forum meeting was held on 15th March and I was invited to open the meeting and welcome the guests. The meeting was attended by lots of adults and young people inclusive of health executives, NHS staff, Members of Parliament, the media, education professionals, youth workers, members of Child-Friendly Gloucestershire as well as leaders from a variety of sectors and organisations. The meeting was really a great success and lots of people contributed and asked questions from the relevant professionals to help resolve youth problems and issues inclusive of a prevalent Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Bishop of Gloucester, Right Revd Rachel Treweek assured everyone that utmost efforts and initiatives will be taken in tandem and liaison with relevant authorities to remedy the issues facing the youth of Gloucester.
I was lucky enough not only to have been honoured to welcome and open the Youth Forum meeting but also afforded an opportunity to ask my question which related to the absence of an appropriate youth forum and a portal. I also elaborated whilst posing the question to the participants and respondents that youths make a significant percentage of the total population of Gloucestershire which currently stands at approximately 900,000 yet there is no Forum that is visibly representing and working for the benefit, wellbeing and prosperity of this segment of the population. I also stated that the creation of such a portal that links to all government organizations locally and nationally is imperative to identify and combat issues like Covid-19 Pandemic, social inequities and disadvantages faced by our Youths. The question managed to attract a lot of attention from relevant participants, stakeholders and providers. I was assured that all-out efforts would be taken to rectify the situation.
Reflection on the Bishop of Gloucester’s Youth Forum
On Monday this week we attended the Bishop of Gloucester’s Youth Forum, which focused on both how the lives of young people in Gloucestershire can be improved, and facilitating the conversation between young people and those with the power and resources to make meaningful change. The forum included young people from a range of backgrounds and organisations, and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to speak directly to adults; the presence of MPs, councillors, mental health experts, the PCC and economic specialists allowed us to have meaningful conversations about how the pandemic will affect our future.
The topics discussed included young people’s mental health, support for the most disadvantaged pupils during the pandemic and youth unemployment, with an emphasis on supporting the industries that heavily employ young people, such as hospitality.
After an introductory video and some key questions being asked to the call, we were split off into breakout rooms. This was really effective and immersive as there was a balanced ratio of adults to young people, allowing us to effectively air our concerns as part of a group who so often feels ignored; hopefully these kinds of meetings can continue, giving us the voice we need in our society. It is important not only that we raise the serious concerns and issues that young people have, but that we seek effective solutions.
Izzy and Luke, Student Senior Team
As it’s St Patrick’s Day as well as Cheltenham Gold Cup Week, let’s look at some of our books which feature Ireland, Irish people or horses!
Click & Collect
These books can be reserved on our Click and Collect service, if your son or daughter is interested in reading them, and they count towards the DRHS Reading Marathon and our county-wide Drop Everything And Read with Read for Good: https://readforgood.org/readgloucestershire/. There are currently 313 book reviews logged onto our DRHS 2020-2021 Reading Marathon – well done!
Book Week Selfie
Tutor groups are still sending in their entries for the Book Week Staff Shelfie competition – a sample of the wonderful posters created by Mrs Bailey appears below – can you guess who it belongs to?
There are still hundreds of books out on loan to students from before the Winter holidays (some even from Lockdown 1!) Please encourage your child to return or renew all outstanding LRC books and textbooks to the blue bags in the LRC. I will be issuing overdue notices from the start of next term.
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
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School Calendar & Term Dates
Thursday 25 March Year 10 Excellence Evening – 4.30-7.30 pm
Trustee Board – 6.00 pm
Thursday 1 April Year 8 HPV 1st Dose
End of Term 4 at 3.30 pm
Friday 2 April – Friday 16 April - Easter Holidays
Monday 19 April Start of Term 5
The DRHS term dates 2020/21 and 2021/22 are available here.
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