Our School, Our Week - 28 January 2022
In this issue:
- Student News
- Art Textiles
- Origami Club
- LRC News
- Sporting News
- Quiz Night
- Back With A Band
- Useful Information
- Dates For The Diary
Our School, Our Week
Year 10 held a cake sale in aid of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Dulcie Davidson, Kitty Hicks-Beach and Charlotte Hudson used the subject content of their Learning for Life lessons to be active citizens. On Friday, they used their organisational skills to host a cake sale for the whole school. £130 was raised, and the students are really proud of themselves.
Five of our Y12 students have been working hard for the past three months on an engineering project run by the Engineering Development Trust. They are working in conjunction with Mira Showers on one of their projects, where the brief is to develop a solution to help provide effective prompts for shower users to encourage them to reduce the amount of water they use during their shower. So far, they have carried out some primary research by collecting views of shower users, and then used that to identify the main issues relating to shower usage. They then came up with several initial ideas for different approaches that they could take, which have been whittled down and refined further. Last week, they visited Mira Showers for a site tour in which they saw some of the prototype designs that Mira are working on, before presenting their project to employees of the company. The girls were all fab, and the employees were very complimentary about the progress they had made and the clarity of their presentation of ideas. The next stage is a workshop at Bath University next week, where they will have the chance to spend some time working on some physical outputs for their project, which they will eventually present to industry experts sometime around Easter. They have been excellent so far, and we really look forward to seeing their final thoughts and design. Well done.
The girls involved in this project are: Phong Yan Guan, Sadiyah Kala, Elizabeth Sahada, Amelia Salazar and Eleanor Steele.
There's now an Origami Club happening at 2pm on Wednesdays in the LRC.
Here's a message from the organisers of the Wednesday group:
Hiya! We are doing Origami Club on Wednesdays in the LRC. Feel free to come at any time after 2pm.
For Lunar New Year we are making DIY paper fortune cookies. Inside the fortune cookies are book recommendations such as manga, love stories, animal stories and fantasy. After the Lunar New Year, you will be able to make whatever you choose!
Organised by Dona Thomas, Ranjana Mukherjee and Katie Midwinter, 8BE If you have any questions, please contact the organisers or Mrs Cordall.
Indoor cricket is back. After two years without cricket due to Covid, it has been great to have the indoor Chance to Shine competitions running again:
Monday 17th January saw our U13 B team travel to Dene Magna for a triangular with Dene Magna and Ribston Hall.
In our first match against Dene Magna, we got off to a good start with the bat, with Bella Goodlock and Tori Gore both scoring 10, and with contributions from Erin Wallace and Tanushka Satheesh, we made 48-3 from our 7 overs. Dene Magna had a couple of strong batters and made a total of 68-3 in their innings, winning by 20 runs.
In match 2 we bowled first against Ribston Hall, and with wickets from Bhumi Senthil-Kumar and Octavia D’Orazi in a good team bowling performance, restricting Ribston to 50-4, aided by two run-outs.
In a very close match, we came up just short by 3 runs, as we finished on 48-6, with all the batters contributing.
For many of the girls it was their first opportunity to represent the school in cricket, and some of them were Y7 playing in a Y8 competition, so the experience will stand them in good stead for the future.
U13B team in full: Tori Gore, Bella Goodlock, Maddie Marsh, Octavia D’Orazi, Jess Howard, Erin Wallace, Tanushka Satheesh, Bhumi Senthil-Kumar, Elspeth Threadgold.
The next competition saw our U15 B team travel to Barnwood Park to play them and King’s in their District group.
Game 1 pitted us against Barnwood Park, where we batted first. Annabel Reed and Amelia Holloway got us off to a great start, with Amelia retiring on 16 not out. Some excellent ball striking from Niamh Beard (18 retired not out, including a six) and Aanya Shetty (15 retired not out) meant we reached an excellent total of 82-3 from our 7 overs.
Aanya then bowled an excellent first over, taking two wickets (aided by an excellent catch by wicket keeper Amelie Cochran), while there was also a run out. There were also wickets for Annabel, Amelia and Niamh, with Barnwood Park finishing on 58-6, meaning that we won by 24 runs.
Game 2 was against King’s, where the winner would progress to the District play-off. We bowled first this time, and although there was only 1 wicket to fall, they bowled and fielded really tightly to keep a strong King’s side to 71-2.
The game was in the balance for the whole innings as our girls ran hard between the wicket, and struck the ball well, with Amelie Cochran (11) and Aanya (17 retired not out) both hitting sixes. With one over to go, we needed 16 runs to win, but sadly we could only manage 12, meaning that King’s won by just 3 runs.
It was a superb game of cricket and a huge testament to how well our B team played to push them so close. The girls were excellent all day, with a great team spirit and were very friendly and sporting with girls from our opponents - well done!
U15B team in full
(Back, L-R): Amelie Cochran, Annabel Reed, Amelia Holloway, Alice Upton, Verity Greenald,
Niamh Beard, Edie Blackwell, Izzy Macaraeg.
(Front, L-R): Aanya Shetty, Annette Farrimond, Molly Buckley.
Thank you to Mr Schofield for all of his hard work and expertise in developing cricket at DRHS.
National School’s Equestrian Association
Write up by Isobelle Searle (Y10):
On Sunday 17th January, Cressida Farr (Y8) and I went to Kings Equestrian, Bromyard to compete in Show Jumping for the school. Neither of us went clear in the 70cm. However, in the 80cm (after a quick pony change for Cressie) we both went clear and I placed 5th. We both had a great day, and I’m looking forward to representing the school again.
Interested in Skiing?
There is a National Schools Ski Race League. You are able to enter this at any point during the year. We already have one student representing Denmark Road and wanted to highlight this opportunity to you all. This is not organised or entered by the school directly, so you will have to speak to your parents/carers should you wish to enter.
Details about the league can be found at:
An email contact address should you want more information is: email@example.com
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place this week. This year’s theme is One Day – asking us to put aside just one day of our year to remember and to learn about the Holocaust, and indeed both previous and subsequent acts of genocide throughout the world.
“We learn more about the past, we empathise with others today, and we take action for a better future.” www.hmd.org.uk
All these books – and more – are available for your child to borrow, either by using our Click and Collect reservation system, or by calling in at the LRC. There is a wealth of further information and research which your daughter or son can access via the LRC’s Google Site (Online Resources page). I send out the link to this site regularly and of course I’m happy to email it again to any student on request.
Tom Palmer, author of After The War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside, has created an amazing range of free resources on his website (https://tompalmer.co.uk/) which your child (and you) may find helpful too. In 2020 the BBC aired The Windermere Children, an incredibly moving dramatisation of these children’s experiences. It is very much worth watching if you get the opportunity - here’s an article from The Guardian about it: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/05/windermere-children-arek-hersh-survivor-bbc-drama
Very overdue books and textbooks are continuing to arrive back in the LRC and I thank you for encouraging your child to check at home for them. Please rest assured that if a book appears on your child’s LRC account it is because they have borrowed it at some point, although it may be something they used in tutor time and then forgot they had it. I do check the shelves and book club boxes when this is queried, and, if the item has found its way back to the LRC, it is taken off the student’s account. May I also make a plea that students look after their borrowed books, please? I am seeing an increase in books which have been damaged (eg covers and pages torn, water damage, food stains). If books return in such poor condition that they cannot be re-lent, I do ask students to replace them, so that their colleagues are not disadvantaged. Thank you for your understanding with these difficult matters.
The next Scholastic Book Club deadline is Friday 11 February. Here’s the link: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/denmark-road.
Please remember NOT to tick the box which asks if you work at the school, as it means it’s more difficult for DRHS to receive the Scholastic Credit. Many thanks for your support.
Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian
Follow the LRC on Twitter @DRHS_LRC and Instagram drhs_lrc
There is still time to purchase tickets for our spring quiz.
Friday 4th March 2022 from 7.30 pm - doors open at 7pm.
Tickets, available from Main Reception, are £5 per person - Teams of 4 to 6 people. We hope you can come along.
Please bring cash for the raffle, the £1 game and to buy refreshments - wine, beer and soft drinks.
We want to have a fun night and raise as much money as possible for the school.
Back with a Band!
Our school concert this term "Back with a Band!" is on Tuesday 8th February, at 7pm in the school hall.
Tickets cost £3 each and are available on the school online shop.
Refreshments will be available.
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Dates for the Diary
1st February – INVEST Day
3rd February – Year 13 Mock Results Day
8th February – School Concert 7-9pm
16th February – Year 7 Excellence Evening and Early Closure 2:30pm
18th February - Year 8 First Dose HPV Vaccine
18th February – End of Term
28th February – INSET Day
1st March – Return to School
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