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Our School, Our Week - 18 February 2022

Our School, Our Week


We started the week with a brilliant and heartfelt demonstration of appreciation for the NHS with a “Thank You” presentation and a charity cake sale orchestrated by Angel Jaggy (Y11).

Excitement is rising as students gear up for the Ski Trip to Austria which runs over half-term.  A lot of hard work has gone into ensuring this trip can run and we know it will be a fantastic experience for all involved. 


In this issue:

Sharing the Love

DRHS Poet Laureates 2022


Sporting News

Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year

LRC news

2nd Covid Vaccinations

Dates for your diary

New Faces

Sharing the Love

On Valentine's Day, DRHS students showed their love and appreciation for the NHS by delivering a giant card signed by over 600 students. The creation of the card was led by Angel Jaggy in Year 11 who set up a number of Valentine's activities to support the local community. Staff at the hospital said...

I wanted to extend a huge thank you on behalf of our team and staff at our hospitals. The efforts of Angel and your students put huge smiles on our staff's faces, some saying that in their entire career they had not seen anything like this card and it had really warmed their hearts. We will be taking the big card to Cheltenham General Hospital next week to share the love there too.

In addition to the card for the hospital, Angel raised over £100 for GDAS by selling roses and Valentine's day gifts that students could send to each other.


DRHS Poet Laureates 2022

Denmark Road has four new Poet Laureates following our annual poetry competition last term. Over 200 entries were received on the evocative theme of 'Through the Looking Glass.' The standard was incredibly high, but after much deliberation, Jiya Arun and Jessie Gerhardi in Year 10 and Danica Filipovic-Carter and Olalla Richards in Year 9 have been awarded the roles for this year. Their work will feature in a poetry collection with a number of the other entries which is due to be published next term.



Year 9 have been studying the work of British Sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Their work in charcoal has been exceptional. 

Esme Crompton in 9K has been producing beautiful paintings for the skills section of her Duke of Edinburgh award. She has been learning about the different techniques and types of paint.


Sporting News

House Dance

On Friday 11th February, the PE Department held our annual House Dance event. We were also fortunate to have Rachel Ainslie from 'Leap of Faith' join us as the judge.

A huge well done to Hartland who were crowned overall winning house, but of course, it was about much more than that. It was a huge success with over 60 students taking to the stage to represent their houses. Our students put on an amazing show and we were treated to a diverse range of performances from Classical Indian, to tap, street dance and ballet.  Just wonderful.

There were so many fantastic performances forcing difficult decisions for Rachel Ainslie to make.  A special well done to the students named below who were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd for best solo performance, best duet performance and best group performance.


Well done to all of the students who competed in House Dance 2022:

Diya Aijesh, Cheryl Anil, Amaris Anto Jeromes, Nana Arko-Tharkor, Georgia Ashton, Lily Beardshaw, Abinaya Bhanugoban, Elizabeth Davey, Betsie Dixon-Gough, Freya Epsley, Fran Fraser-Hook, Olivia Garcia-Rodriquez, Rajneet Gill, Jemma Glynn, Leandra Gorgula, Kira Gorodetskaia, Janish Gowda, Poppy Green, Olivia Hopwood, Charlotte Hughes, Lily Jackson, Aarthi Jeyaram, Erin Kemmett, Abigail Kinder, Julia Koczorowska, Julia Kriznic, Aabha Kurtkoti, Lucy Morgan, Ranjana Mukherjee, Ellie Murphy, Janine Ngotho, Leah Paul
Harriet Perfect, Frankie Phillips, Esha Rajan, Molly Richardson, Elsa Rodgers, Lois Rodgers, Nia Rodway, Rishita Roy, Sahana Sakthi, Bhuvana Senthil Kumar, Bhumi Senthil Kumar, Sharon Shaji, Sami Sharma, Lola Sheppard, Aanya Shetty, Jessica Smart, Bailey Sones, Dona Thomas, Poppy Thorogood, Elspeth Threadgold, Alisa Vinod, Caitlin Walls, Emily Walls, Isla Webb, Jasmie Went, Mia Wilson, Rosie Wood and Sisi Yu.



Our Year 9 and 10 squads have had lots of action and success on the netball court over the past two weeks.

    DRHS v Stroud High School  Player of the Match
9A WON 22-9 Amy Rowan
9B WON 26-8 Njideka Ofoegbu
10A WON 49-5 Niamh Gillies


    DRHS v Crypt  Player of the Match
9A WON 15-14 Isabella Henderson
9B WON 22-2 Ellie Murphy

Well done everyone.


U13 indoor cricket team through to the County finals after a nail-biter

On the 17th February the U13 A team played their District qualifying round in the National Schools Indoor cricket competition against Stroud High School in a best-of-three clash, that was won by the smallest of margins, with, remarkably, all three games going to the final ball.

Game 1 saw us field first and restrict Stroud to 66-3 from their 7 overs. There were wickets for Minty Shrimpton and Rosey Townsend, while Olivia Ormiston also bowled an excellent over. With the bat, we got off to a bad start, losing two wickets in the first over, before Laura Blair got to work, reaching 15 and retiring, while Minty also scored 14 with the bat. However, a flurry of wickets saw us need nine to win off the last over, and despite an unbeaten nine from Phoebe Green (who also kept excellently), and Laura coming back in to finish on 25, we came up just short by 2 runs.

Game 2 followed the same order of events, with Stroud putting in a similar performance, this time scoring 69-7, with five wickets going to down run-outs as our fielding went up a level from the first game. Rosey took another wicket, while Clodagh Trendle also picked up one. With the bat, we made a better start, with Olivia making 13 before getting run out, while Minty scored another 20 unbeaten runs in the second game. Yet again, it came down to the final ball, with Elsa Rodgers hitting the winning runs as we finished on 71-6.

So it all came down to the decider in game 3, in which we batted first for the first time in the day. Our batting was not quite as savvy this time around, and we were all out for 52 in just six overs, with nobody making double figures. We would have to bowl and field well if we were to win, and all the bowlers conceded less than 10 runs, to go with five run outs. However, unbelievably, it again came down to the final ball, with Stroud needing three to win. In the chaos that ensued, Stroud completed the required run before setting off for another one, not realising that it wasn’t needed. With the ball still live, Laura ran out their batter, to leave us winners by just 2 runs.

After a tense and nerve-shredding day, that meant that we qualified for the County Finals, which will take place on 28th March - well done all!

The squad in full - Laura Blair, Olivia Ormiston, Rosey Townsend, Elsa Rodgers, Clodagh Trendle, Phoebe Green, Minty Shrimpton, Bethanie Boyde-Jangan, Mihika Pandey and Maddie Marsh.


Celebration – Fencing Success

Rosie Caton (9BA) has been fencing with Cotswold Fencing Club from a young age. She recently competed in the South West Regional Fencing Competition at Millfield School. She fenced really well and came up against girls in the Under 16 and Under 18 categories. Overall Rosie achieved 6th place meaning she progresses to the National round in Sheffield. This is a super achievement and we wish her lots of luck in the next round this coming April.


Celebration – Cotswold Marathon

Alys Horton-Bussey (7H) competed in the Cotswold Marathon last weekend. She is pictured (furthest on the left) with her bronze medal for completing the 10-mile route in time and hitting the allotted markers along the way. In fact, her team won the trophy for the fastest female team. It wasn’t the best weather for it and Alys certainly returned home with plenty of Cotswold mud. Well done Alys.


Please find below the Extra-curricular PE Programme for Term 4. All students are welcome so please encourage your child to attend.

We have a busy first week of fixtures in Term 4, so please ensure you have these dates in your diaries. Team selections have already been sent out, so students should be aware if they are involved.

Mrs Davidson


Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year 2022 Competition

DRHS has had many successful entries for this annual competition and it is always wonderful to see how many talented photographers we have. If you would like to enter your image, please see the poster details below. 

All entries will need to include the name of the pupiltutor group and title of the image; they must be emailed to Mrs Williams by Friday 11th March 2022.

Any pupil may enter one digital image in colour or monochrome. Cash prizes of £70, £40 and £20 will be awarded to the 1st 2nd & 3rd placed photographs respectively, in each of the Primary and Secondary categories; other photographs may receive Highly Commended and Commended certificates. Trophies will be awarded to the Primary and Secondary schools with the best entries.

GYP hopes to hold an Exhibition in May with prints made of all the selected images. This will be at Chapel Arts, Knapp Lane, Cheltenham, GL50 3QQ from 4th – 14th May, Wednesdays to Saturdays, with an Awards Ceremony at 6.30pm, Thursday 5th May.

Happy snapping 📸
Mrs Williams


LRC News

The LRC is preparing for Book Week, which takes place the first week back at school and includes, of course, World Book Day.  During the week, students can take part in a whodunit called The Curious Case of the Clockwork Cleaner, write a creative piece for a writing competition organised by the Library Prefects and the Sixth Form Book Club, collect book characters from staff wearing stickers, attend the DRHS Big Book Club or Drop Everything and Read – a mindfulness lunchtime in the LRC.  They will need to sign up for some of these events, so please encourage your son or daughter to do so!  The English department is exploring Banned Books and setting a tutor time quiz.  There is also the opportunity to sign up for the annual Battle of the Books House Quiz (Years 7 and 8), The Denner Best Book Award (Year 9) and the Carnegie Medal Shadowers (Years 9 and above).   On World Book Day, staff and students may come to school dressed as a book character and if they wish, participate in the lunchtime parade which starts from the LRC.  I have stressed to students not to buy anything expensive, but to create a costume from whatever they have from home, or perhaps reuse a previous costume.  Ingenuity and imagination will be recognised!  There is news still to come about a Readathon next month – watch out for details. 

The announcement of the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Long List has just happened and the Shortlist will be announced on March 16 2022.  We are hoping to shadow it again this year, and if you are looking for well written and interesting book suggestions, look no further!  I feel very excited that the book I nominated is still in the running for the Medal: When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten, which I can thoroughly recommend.

These will be available via your local public library system too. 

The Scholastic Book Fair starts on March 16 and will be with us for a week.  Students may use their World Book Day Vouchers to take money off their book purchases, or of course, exchange them for one of the World Book Day Books available from bookshops and some supermarkets.   Further details of the Book Fair will follow after half-term. 

Please contact me on any book, information or reading related questions and encourage your son or daughter to do the same.

Ms Carol Cordall,  School Librarian

Follow the LRC on Twitter   @DRHS_LRC and Instagram   drhs_lrc




Second Covid Vaccinations

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust School Aged Immunisation Team will be visiting us on Friday 4th March to offer Covid vaccinations to children aged 12-15.

The COVID-19 vaccination will be offered to those children aged 12-15 years old on the day of your school visit, this includes children who had their first COVID-19 vaccination more than 84 days (12 weeks) ago and any child who has not yet had a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Please use this link to complete the online consent form and health screen for your young person. Consents must be received by 09:00am on Thursday 3rd March. Please note they cannot accept late consents as they require time to prepare the vaccinations required for sessions.

It is important that you consent or decline the Covid-19 vaccination. A failure to do this will result in further contact from the Immunisation Team to ensure that you have received the offer of vaccination.

If you, your child or any member of your household become unwell with COVID symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) after you complete the consent form, please contact the Immunisation Team on the email:

Please note that if your child(ren) are attending for their 2nd vaccination there must be a minimum gap of 84 days (12 weeks) since their first vaccination, should you attend before this date then we will be unable to offer your child a vaccination.

Please note, Covid vaccinations cannot be given to those within 12 weeks of testing positive for Covid-19 but can be given at any time interval with any other childhood vaccinations.



Dates for the Diary

28th February – INSET Day

1st March – Return to School

4th March - PS&A Quiz Night

4th March - Years 7-9 and 11 2nd Covid Vaccinations - please ensure you have consented via email

23rd March - Year 12 Excellence Evening



New Faces

This term we welcomed Miss Virgo (L) to our Progress and Wellbeing team as Student Wellbeing Leader and Mrs Scott (R) to our admin team as Executive Support. We are thrilled to have both on board. 

If you or someone you know would like to work with us please have a look at our current vacancies:




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