Our School Our Week
Year 8 Winners, Year 9 Art, Sports Day, Sporting Achievements, Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral, Year 8 Music Performance, Mini Concert, Year 9 Invest Day, Year 12 Invest Day, LRC News, School News, School Calendar & Term Dates and Finally, Follow me @DenmarkRoad365
Denmark Road High School
Our School, Our Week
Year 8 Regional Winners of the South West, for the Step into the NHS competition
Hello! We are the group that won the ‘Step into the NHS’ competition this month for the whole of the South-West region!
We decided to create a job advert for an anaesthetist because we learnt that anaesthetists work as a group, which was similar to how we were working for this project. In the advert, we included humour and wanted to tell a story so that it appealed to younger audiences and made it easier to understand the job role.
We could not believe it when we heard from Miss Hodnett that we had been placed as the winners of the South-West region, we were so elated and shocked. We were told that we would be meeting an experienced panel of judges the next Thursday, which would be the next round of the competition.
This day was very exciting for all four of us as we had to prepare a presentation that would hopefully make us National winners but we had to beat 10 other regions! We talked about how amazing this experience was and how accomplished we felt to have made it that far into the competition. The judges were so lovely and they had some amazing comments for our video but unfortunately, we did not win the Nationals but we did win for the South-West region out of over 1500 applicants! Some of the judges' comments are below:
‘Engaging video that would appeal to students. Good acknowledgement of multi-disciplinary teams.”
”Rachel Dunn, genetic technologist and international England netball player"
“Very appealing video, and I can imagine your peers would enjoy watching this too. I loved how you have brought humour into the video, and presented in a creative way. It is evident lots of work has gone into this video and you have done a fantastic amount of research. I loved how you brought in personal inspiring stories. Huge well done on taking it one step further and creating a community fundraising project.” - Stacey Drake, careers leader of the year, 2020.
On Friday, we had an NHS photographer come in to take photos of us on the winners day - it was so much fun! The call with Carrie (educational leader for South West) was really interesting as she explained to us about her role in the NHS and how it impacted others. She also called us NHS ambassadors which made us feel so proud and special!
This has been a great experience for us and we learnt that no matter what job a person does, loads of people help for the well-being of our country, especially during this tough pandemic.
Some advice we would like to give for next year’s entrants: have lots of fun and laughter; enjoy this experience to the fullest; and we hope that next year’s applicants of DRHS can bring us all the way to winning Nationals.
Alisa, Nia, Khushi, Esha (8BA)
Year 9 Art
Year 9 students have been busy creating Barbara Hepworth inspired sculptures carved from soap.
Year 8 students have been exploring the work of Lynn Chadwick, creating their own sculpture collages.
Sports Day 2021
The sun came out for us, and it was a fabulous day! It was amazing to see so many students representing their house and competing for the title. All year groups were so enthusiastic and cheered each other on, creating a very special atmosphere. Thank you to the staff and Y12 students who helped to make the day a success.
Please find below the results:
Well done to every single student who competed, but of course, a huge well done to Mynd who were victorious this year! It has been several years since Mynd has won the cup so it was particularly special for the House Captains (photo below, left to right) – Leigh Phillips (Mynd Creative Captain), Liv Brock (Mynd House Captain), Amelia Clarke (Mynd Sports Captain).
Below is a selection of photos from Sports Day 2021.
Please follow us on Instagram @DRHS_PE to see all of the wonderful videos and more photos from the day.
Flo Hampton – South West Schools Combined Events Championship
The South West Schools Combined Events Championships saw three Harriers representing Gloucestershire, one of which was Year 9 student, Flo Hampton. She competed in the Junior Girls Pentathlon.
Flo started off well winning the 75m hurdles with a new PB of 12.2 seconds. She then went on to gain another PB of 9.52m in shot put, 38cm further than her previous best. Flo jumped 1.41m in the high jump and a huge 4.65m in the long jump, which was also a big PB. With just the 800m remaining Flo placed 2nd, just 38 points ahead of the athlete in 3rd place. Running a determined race Hampton took 7 seconds off her previous best time running achieving 2:42.59 to secure the Silver medal. What was particularly impressive was that she achieved four PBs out of five events. Flo’s overall score of 2683 saw her break the U15 girls club record.
Flo has qualified to compete for Gloucestershire in the English Schools Combined Events Championships in September. A brilliant achievement. We wish her lots of luck!
Amelia Moore – MCC National Semi Finals
Amelia and her team competed in the MCC National Semi Finals over the weekend in Harrow. They did exceptionally well and won! They will now be playing the MCC National Finals in September at Lords. What a fantastic achievement!
Gloucestershire Music – County Music Group Auditions
We are delighted that our ensembles will be fully back up and running from September. As a result, we will have online audition slots available for any new students (age 7 - 21) to our County Music Groups on 12th, 13th, 15th July – 5.30 - 7.30pm.
All the details can be found here along with a sign-up form:
If you have any instrumentalists that are grade 4 standard or above (no need to have taken any formal exams) we would love to hear them play, all they need is to perform one piece for us. The same goes for any singers that would like to join our Youth Choir though we can also accept students on teacher nomination.
Also, a reminder that our music centres are open to all musicians of any standard without the need to audition. Further details can be found here: https://www.gloucestershiremusic.co.uk/youth-groups/music-centres/
Any questions at all, or if you or any students would just like a chat to find out what we do, please pass on my email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number: 01452 427242. Gloucestershire Music is part of the Education Hub at Gloucestershire County Council.
Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral
On Sunday 4th July I had the pleasure of attending LIVE, in person! (Very exciting!!) the final evensong and service of the academic year at Gloucester Cathedral.
We have a number of students at DRHS who sing in many of the different choirs
Girl Choristers: Tilly Bradley (Year 8), Harriet Perfect (Year 7), Lena Villacis (Year 8), Amelia Villacis (Year 9).
Middle Choir: a new addition to the choirs, and no current student is in this, but one of our new Year 7 students from September is a member!
Youth Choir: Tilly Berry, Evie Perfect, Harriet Saxton, (all Yr 12) Georgie Stott and Sam Tilley (Year 13).
Harriet P was awarded the prize for the girl chorister who has made the most progress, while Amelia received a gift as she finishes her time as a girl chorister and will progress into the Youth Choir from September.
Georgie and Sam were also awarded with leaving gifts for their commitment to Youth Choir for the past four years. In fact, Georgie started in the Junior Choir aged 9, then became the joint first head girl chorister and has spent the last nine years singing at the Cathedral!
Alongside the long-standing commitment all these students show to music and singing, they all sing in the school choirs too, as well as being part of our instrumental ensembles. What amazing achievement and dedication.
If you would like any information about your child singing the Middle Choir or Youth Choir, then please look at the Cathedral choir webpage below. It really is a fantastic vocal education, and unlike most things, it is absolutely free!
Year 8 Music Performance
Last term Year 8 musicians were given the opportunity to perform and record in the school hall. The students had a wonderful couple of hours listening to and supporting each other. Mrs Warner and I loved hearing them. I think a tear was shed after the Glee choir's rendition of Hallelujah!
Many thanks to Mr Fitch for videoing.
The link is here: https://youtu.be/6wTgcPxIK1Y
Year 12 had a wonderful treat last Friday, when Quentin Jeandupeux gave a mini concert during tutorial. Quentin is one of the Swiss students who have been at DRHS this year, and leaves for Switzerland this week. He is a fantastic pianist, and this is his performance of Beethoven's Tempest Sonata.
Please see the link here: https://youtu.be/nJUOwzrECBs
Year 9 Invest Day students (who didn’t go on the trip)
They did so well with the knitting! I was very impressed! They were a fab group and I thoroughly enjoyed this session!