Our School Our Week - 30 April 2021
Music Exams, Art Textiles, Greener Planet, Crisp packet recycling, Introducing: Linda, Rio, Sumaiyah and Varsha, LRC News, Latest School News and Finally, Follow me @DenmarkRoad365.
Denmark Road High School
Our School, Our Week
- Exam congratulations go to Shreya Sridhar, 10M who has obtained a Distinction in her Grade 5 music theory exam.
- Sasha Fernandes, 9M has also obtained a Distinction for her Grade 8 ABRSM Piano exam.
- Huge Congratulations go to Niamh Rainbow in Year 11 who has obtained a Merit in her Grade 8 Flute exam. This is a fantastic achievement, and she now goes on to start working on her performance diploma.
- Well done to Amelia Thomas who obtained a Distinction in her grade 5 singing exam.
KS3 Street Art
A Level Art Textiles
Lilly Robinson, in Year 7, is part of a group called Greener Planet. They aim to spread the message about helping the planet. Lilly has been involved in a number of strikes and is in the process of becoming an ambassador to save the planet jewellery firm.
During the Easter holidays Lilly helped to organise a cake sale to raise money. She raised £107.00 which will go towards Greenpeace. Lilly is also hoping to complete a sponsored walk in the near future.
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Introducing: Linda, Rio, Sumaiyah and Varsha
DRHS is thrilled to announce our new partnership with ‘The Honey Collective’, former students on a mission to improve the experiences of our students and to celebrate the diversity of the student body of Denmark Road High School.
It was March 2020 when our former students first contacted the school to offer to share their experiences of being a person of colour at Denmark Road High School. It has long been the ambition of the school to be an inclusive and supportive environment for all its students but Linda, Rio, Sumaiyah and Varsha’s voices offered a first-hand perspective of DRHS school life that could not be ignored.
Their collective voice, experiences and advice has been invaluable and began a conversation that needed to take place. As American political activist, philosopher, academic and author, Angela Davis said ‘it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” and, with the help of our former students, Denmark Road High School is committed to reflecting, learning and growing to become an anti-racist environment.
In our efforts to become an anti-racist institutional, DRHS has reviewed curriculum content to ensure that it is representative of our student body, in consultation with the students adapted the school calendar to ensure that the diversity of the school body is represented in our celebrations and observance and delivered staff training focussed on unearthing unconscious biases and addressing these. This is, however, only just the beginning of a whole school culture change.
With the help of The Honey Collective we will be introducing a new student zine: a student lead online magazine that will become a platform for students to write about their own experiences and current issues; establishing a mentoring scheme for our students to engage with The Honey Collective to receive help and guidance as they navigate their way through secondary education, and bringing in guest speakers who will continue to educate both students and staff as we progress on our journey towards being an anti-racist school.
We are an educational organisation; learning is at the heart of all that we do as staff and students. We pledge to continue to learn as we continue on this journey.
Local sports fans can celebrate this week: Cheltenham Town Football Club are guaranteed promotion to the next division after their draw with Carlisle, although another local team, Forest Green Rovers, who were doing so well, will probably not make the promotional play offs this year, with their loss to Barrow. Here’s a selection of books about football which your son or daughter can find in the LRC. We also take PE Review, an A Level magazine, which is full of essential information for those taking PE as an exam subject. Current issues are in the LRC, and it’s available online from the LRC’s Google Site – your son or daughter will have been sent a link to this, but I am always happy to re-send it if they cannot find it.
These can all be borrowed via Click and Collect and of course count towards the DRHS Reading Marathon Challenge. There are currently 320 books registered for this school year on the Marathon spreadsheet, so do remind your son or daughter to add what they’ve been reading! The next Gloucestershire Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) takes place this Friday, but you can watch the online events at any time and log your reading to benefit children in hospital and those whose families use food banks here: https://readforgood.org/read-glos-events/.
The Hay-on-Wye Book Festival takes place at the end of next month, from 26 May to 6 June, but now is the time to book events. All author talks are free of charge and cover everything from poetry to psychology. Take a look at the programme of events here: https://www.hayfestival.com/home. It is easy to create an account and book what you want to watch. If you wish to take a look at last year’s events, you can subscribe to the Hay Player for £15. They also run a free video of the week, which at the moment features Cressida Cowell, Children’s Laureate, talking about her latest Wizards of Once book.
You may have heard that book sales have gone up during the past year, especially for fiction and audiobooks: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/27/uk-book-sales-soared-in-2020-despite-pandemic. Many of us are finding ways to escape lockdown and difficult circumstances through books. Gloucestershire Libraries are now open for browsing and also have fabulous e-book and e-magazine platforms, which you can even set to a dyslexia friendly format. I would really recommend joining your local library system to increase the amount you are reading at no cost to yourselves. Authors still receive a payment for books borrowed from public libraries, so you are still supporting your favourite writers, even if you’re not buying their latest releases. You can join Gloucestershire Libraries from here: https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN. Contact me if you live in another county and I can send you the link to join wherever you are.
Please remind your daughter or son that if they need some help with finding a new book to read or with researching information, please have them contact me, as I am always happy to help.
Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian
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Please may I remind all parents and carers of the need to park both safely and considerately around the school site. We are located in a busy residential area where a large number of our neighbours walk younger children to and from our surrounding primary schools. Please ensure you do not park where road markings state you must not, on road junctions, or in front of private driveways. Thank you for your consideration.
Registering for 2022 Entry (Current Year 5s)
The on-line registration window opens on Monday 17 May. A link to the Registration will be available on our website under Admissions & Testing
No late registrations can be accepted after 12 noon on 30 June.
The Entrance Test is planned for Saturday 11th September 2021 (when your child has started Year 6), however this will be subject to any government restrictions/guidance at the time.
Student Absence or Request for Student Absence
If your daughter/son is absent from school please email firstname.lastname@example.org If your daughter/son requires a medical/non-medical form please fill in via our website: Denmark Road High School - Forms These forms can be emailed to email@example.com or your daughter/son can give them in to the Well-being Centre.
Keeping you up-to-date
Please let us know when you change your home address, mobile number or email address. We cannot keep in touch with you if we do not have your correct details. Please email changes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Alumni
Are you, or do you know a former student? Please visit our Alumni Association page (Denmark Road High School - HSFG/DRHS Alumni) on our website and fill in our alumni form or send us a profile.
A large number of items are lost each week within school. Please encourage your daughter/son to look after their own property (and seek to locate it rather than just buy a new one!) Whilst staff will make every effort to return named items to students it is the responsibility of all students to care for their possessions and seek to locate lost items. Students’ property is brought into school at their own risk. Please also make sure all PE kit is labelled, including the bag. Trainers should be predominately white with no Velcro and no black trainers please.
A Level and GCSE Certificates
A Level and GCSE certificates from summer 2020 are ready for collection from 8.30 am – 3.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 am - 3.00 pm on Fridays.
School Calendar & Term Dates
Friday 30 April School’s 112th Birthday (Take a look at the school’s history here).
Monday 3 May Early May Bank Holiday
Friday 7 May Year 10 DTP/MenACWY Vaccination
Monday 24 May Year 9 HPV 2nd Dose
Wednesday 26 May Full Trustee Board Meeting – 6.00 pm
Friday 28 May End of Term 5 at 3.30 pm
Monday 31 May (Bank Holiday) – Friday 28 May - Whitsun Holiday
Monday 7 June INSET Day (Staff Training Day)
Tuesday 8 June Start of Term 6
Monday 21 June Year 13 Celebration Day
Year 9 DTP/MenACWY
Tuesday 22 June Year 11 Celebration Day
Wednesday 23- Sixth form Induction Programme
Thursday 24 June
Wednesday 23 June INVEST Day 5
Monday 28 June INSET Day (Postponed from 8 March 2021)
The DRHS term dates 2020/21 and 2021/22 are available here.
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