Our School, Our Week - 14 January 2022
In this issue:
- Student News
- A poem about Climate Change
- Food and Nutrition
- Young Writers Club
- LRC News
- Sixth Form Open Evening
- Dee Cox Leaving
- Useful Information
- Dates For Diary
Our School, Our Week
Happy New Year and welcome back after the Christmas Holidays. We hope you had a fantastic break. We look forward to sharing our news and achievements with you from our first couple of weeks back.
Natalie Pullan, Marianne Baker and Madeleine Watine won Silver medals in the National Artistic Swimming Combo Cup. They competed for Cheltenham in the 13/15 age group.
Poem on Climate Change:
We have got one world
And we have wasted it away
We don’t give it a thought,
Before we go out to play
What might happen
If we leave on the light
Because if we all make a change
We can maybe win the fight
By Matilda Pitt, 7BA
Year 7 and 8 Food and Nutrition
We are 'visiting' Germany now and the students have been making pretzels during their lessons in FT1. We have seen all variety of shapes, sizes and finishes.
'Empowered' Young Writers experience success
A number of our brilliant Year 7 and Year 8 students from the DRHS Young Writers' Club have had their fantastic poetry accepted for publication.
Their work will feature in an exciting anthology, titled 'Empowered', which contains work by secondary school students from across the South West.
Congratulations to Inaya Zahid, Carina Enright, Freya Pickard-Smith, Janisha Gowda, Lottie Cross, Sadhana Kuppan, Sophie Goddard and Sreelakshmi Payyana, who each received a certificate marking their achievement and will see their work in print in February.
Year 9 Geography
9K kick-starting this year's Campaign for Change competition. Congratulations to team Education, Water and Deforestation, fantastic use of case study examples, audience engagement and social media to create a contemporary campaign for a global change.
#globalissues #globalearners #makeadifference
From Food waste to Deforestation to Education... what a fun and thought provoking lesson 9BA had with their first set of #CampaignforChange this week.
"Stand up for a seat in class, act now or the moment will pass"
Follow us on instagram: drhs.geography to keep up to date with what we're doing!
The Art department has been extremely impressed by the high standard final pieces Year 8 created last term. They were challenged to create an A3 sized jellyfish study using oil pastels, exploring colour theory, blending techniques and working on a large scale.
Year 11 have been busy creating large scale composition studies for their individual portfolios. Although we cannot show you the finished outcomes, we hope you enjoy a sneak peak.
I hope you had a good break and were able to do some reading during our time away from School and work. I’ve heard some very positive comments from our students about the Mystery Loans which the Year 12 and 13 Library Prefects worked so hard to complete before the end of term. It’s great to see the Prefects being able to share their reading knowledge with their younger colleagues.
I’ve seen several New Years Reading Resolution ideas pop up in the LRC social media accounts recently, so if you and your family are looking to start the year with increased bookish activity, take a look at these suggestions:
You might also subscribe to updates from Read for Good, with lots of resources to enhance reading at home: https://readforgood.org/readgloucestershire/.
Perhaps also resolve to make more use of your public library system, which is a free service to its users:
They stock books, e-books and e-audiobooks, as well as online resources for study and research.
This past week I’ve been encouraging students to deal with all their overdue books, textbooks and anything that has been lost or damaged whilst in their possession. Any tutor group which manages to clear their list will receive a chocolate reward. There has been a really good response to this, with several items returning to the LRC which haven’t been seen since before Lockdown 1. Please encourage your child to search their rooms for any school resources which they are no longer using and return them to the book box or my desk in the LRC.
We have a winner for the LRC December Quiz – Mrs Dunnett’s 10BE submitted all their answers and scored the most points, with 10BA a little way behind. In third place was 9BE, followed by 7M, 10K, 8BA, 9K and 7BA. Well done to all for taking part.
Library Clubs have restarted and there are some new ones this term, run by library prefects as well as younger students: Harry Potter, Marvel and Illustrations Groups. Our Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize group has just submitted its write up of the 6 books they’ve read. This has been ably led by Lois Rodgers in 9BE. Mrs Shaw and I are very impressed with her organisational skills and we thank all the group for participating in this STEM reading activity.
Please contact me if you have any questions about books/reading/information for school work and I shall be pleased to help.
Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian
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Sixth Form Open Evening - 20/1/22
Please join us on Thursday 20 January for our Sixth Form Open Evening - Masks are required.
Dee Cox - Leaving
After 15 years at DRHS, Dee Cox (right) will work her last shift on Monday. Much has changed since Dee started, from in-house catering to our new provider Aspens, the new Sixth Form block and of course the students. She will be joining Gloucester Rugby within their hospitality department, so if you are ever at a match make sure you look out for her.
Her favourite memories at DRHS include multiple celebrations, cakes and events. She will thoroughly miss the staff and students especially as she has watched some of them start in Year 7 all the way through to finishing Sixth Form in Year 13.
We will all miss Dee but wish her the very best for her new start at Kingsholm.
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Dates for the Diary
20th January - Sixth Form Open Evening (Early closure 2:30pm)
26th January - 28th January - Flu Inoculation for years 7-11
2nd February - Year 13 Mock Results Day
8th February - Charity Concert (Gloucester Cathedral)
16th February - Year 7 Excellence Afternoon and Evening (Early closure 2:30pm)
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