Our School Our Week - 7 May 2021
Music Exams, Student Success, U15 National Cricket, Year 12 Art, Year 7 and 8 Food, The Big Ask, LRC News, School Information, School Calendar and Follow me @DenmarkRoad365
Denmark Road High School
Our School, Our Week
- Congratulations to Lois Rodgers in Year 8 who has obtained a Distinction in her Grade 5 Flute exam.
In February Khadija Dilnawaz, Year 10 took part in a three day online programme for 14-18 year olds on Sustainable Future run by Gloucestershire based aviation charity, fly2help. They are one of the outreach partners with the DfT as part of the Reach for the Sky initiative. The programme was for students that may be considering a career within the Aerospace/ Aviation sector focusing particularly on sustainable aviation and aerospace engineering and design. The programme is run with a smaller group of students so that everyone will get an opportunity to meet the speaker and ask questions rather than a large group as they feel there is more interaction between them and the guest speaker.
Khadija wrote a short piece on the future of sustainable aviation and making aviation accessible to improve lives and promote sustainable prosperity and won 3rd prize in the 'Sustainable Futures Award 2021’ for the whole of the UK. Khadija won a gliding voucher for her article which is soon to be published on the Aviation Base website.
U15 National Cricket Competition – Regional Stage
For the first time in 15 months, Denmark Road High School played an actual sports fixture against other schools – it was great to see the girls out on the pitch again representing the school.
We played Cheltenham Ladies College, Clifton College and Wycliffe School in the regional group stage of the School Sports Magazine U15 T20 competition.
First up was CLC, and after a good start with the ball from Flo Hampton and Bea Whitelock, CLC put together a good partnership to make it to 49-1 off 7 overs. However, Gabby Russell and Abbie Kinder bowled very well, taking 3 wickets between them, and CLC finished on 84-5 from their 15 overs.
That proved no challenge at all for captain Katie Jones who smashed an excellent 52 not out to take Denmark Road to victory inside just 10 overs, ably supported by 21 not out from Flo.
Next was Clifton College, and after a bright start from Katie, Flo and Izzy Henderson, we suffered something of a collapse to 47-7 from 9 overs. However, Bea played superbly against a strong bowling attack consisting of county bowlers two years older than her to finish on 12 not out, and put on 30 runs with Edie Blackwell who also batted really well, defending resolutely and was not out at the end of the innings.
We posted 77-7 from our innings, but the tables were turned this time and it proved to be inadequate as Clifton chased it down inside 7 overs to win comfortably by 10 wickets. Clifton were by far the strongest side in the group with several county players and it was a great experience for the Y8 and 9s to play against that level of opponent, and they can be proud of their efforts.
We finished with a game against Wycliffe, and ran up a total of 93-5, with Amelie Cochran top scoring with 14 not out and Amy Rowan finishing on 10. In reply, Wycliffe could only muster 74-8, and there were wickets for all the bowlers who all bowled well – Edie Blackwell, Abbie Kinder, Annette Farrimond, Tilly Hall, Amelia Moore and Amy Rowan.
It was great to be back out on the pitch again, and the girls all did themselves proud – for the younger students it was a good first experience of the competition that they will no doubt play in again in future.
It’s good to be back!
Year 12 Art
Year 12 artists have been busy creating abstract sculptures inspired by the work of Henry Moore.
Year 7 and 8 Food Technology – Spanakopita
The Big Ask survey for school pupils
The Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ask – the largest ever survey of children in England. It asks all children about their priorities and concerns for the future, so the government can put children at the heart of the national recovery post-COVID-19.
If you would like your voice to be heard, please follow the link and complete the survey. Every single pupil’s voice is important. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 May.
Follow @bedenmarkroad365 for photos and updates on all the exciting student and staff activities taking place at Denmark Road High School.
Denmark Road High School has just celebrated another birthday and students may be interested to know that we have a collection of school magazines going back to 1919, which I can retrieve for anyone who is interested in finding out about school life on this site for students in those early days: parties, picnics for the Prefects, a steamer trip to Wainlodes, poetry, story writing, games and library subscriptions! The LRC also holds copies of the School’s history in two volumes: My Brook Became a River, by Marjorie Burden, and, In Honour Preferring One Another, by Kate Davies.
The School History is available on our website here.
Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week takes place next week. This year the theme is Nature, reflecting on how many people found they were more aware of the natural world during the lockdowns, due to the lack of traffic and noise, and the increased opportunity to watch what was happening in our own gardens and parks. See the website here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week. Gloucestershire Libraries stocks a great selection of resources which can provide some self-help strategies: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/library-activities-and-services/health-and-well-being/. The LRC holds a range of non-fiction and fiction resources which touch on mental health, well-being and self-esteem, all of which are available to borrow.
These can all be borrowed via Click and Collect, count towards the DRHS Reading Marathon Challenge, and, of course, can be logged on the Gloucestershire Reads website to benefit children in hospital and those whose families use food banks here: https://readforgood.org/read-glos-events/.
Year 13 Library Prefect Team
The Year 13 Library Prefect Team have continued to be active this year, for example by reading last year’s Carnegie Shortlist and running a book group. I appreciate all the work and effort these busy sixth form students put in to enriching and helping the LRC and would like to thank last year’s team: Aamirah Jeewa, Grace Bullows, Verity Chappell, Abigail Johnstone, Yusraa Bibi Khan, Emily Mainwaring, Eve Moodie, Hanna Mulligan, Sophie Mutlow, Eshaah Shakoor, Aayusha Bhattarai, Teresa Joseph and Jaina Smith. I wish them well for the next stage of their lives.
Please remind your daughter or son that if they need some assistance 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.
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Student Absence or Request for Student Absence
If your daughter/son is absent from school please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or your daughter/son can give them in to the Well-being Centre.
Keeping you up-to-date
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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
Monday 10 May GCSE, AS and A Level Assessments (until 28 May)
Tuesday 11 May Year 10 Study Leave
Wednesday 12 May Year 10 GCSE
Monday 17 May Bronze and Gold D of E Training
Monday 24 May Year 9 HPV 2nd Dose
Wednesday 26 May Full Trustee Board Meeting – 6.00 pm
Thursday 27 May - Year 12 Geography Fieldwork
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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