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Our School, Our Week - 18 March 2022


Our School, Our Week




In this issue:

Sixth Form Students Volunteering to help the people of Ukraine

Chemistry Olympiad

Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year

10X Challenge



Neurodiversity Peer Support

Sporting News

LRC News

Dates for your diary


Volunteering to help the people of Ukraine

We are incredibly proud of our Sixth Form students who have been very active in organising support for the people of Ukraine.  A number of Sixth Formers were key in helping the massively successful jumble sale. Daniel Stewart (Y12) accompanied his father over the weekend driving supplies to Poland.  Kayley Brownbill (Y13) has also been volunteering at a local collection and distribution centre for supplies she has been sorting and counting everything for customs, creating spreadsheets, packing boxed, taking deliveries and dropping items off in our warehouse.



Chemistry Olympiad

Congratulations to our A level chemists for their results in the Chemistry Olympiad.

This is a gruelling two-hour exam which tests all parts of the A level,  as well as material far beyond the specification. Students had to calculate virus loads for LFTs, calculate minimum storage conditions for vaccines and propose molecules in the shape of Chinese knots.

The results were:

  • Gold: Amelia Clarke 
  • Silver: Becky Greenough and Leigh Philips
  • Bronze: Joey Shepley, Amelia Robertson and Phong Yan Guan



Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year

There have been some absolutely incredible entries for this year's Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year competition. We have had 30 fantastic submissions.

Winners will be notified in April.



10X Challenge

Year 8 students are taking part in an entrepreneurial competition called the 10X Challenge.  Each group has been pledged £10 to help them start a business during this challenge. So far they have been researching, costing and making their products. From Friday 18th - Thursday 24th March these products will be on sale in the hall during lunchtimes. Please come and have a look at their creations.




Year 12 have been taking some stunning photographs this week:








10B Sociology have been busy conducting their own sociological research on teachers, family and friends and will be presenting their findings next week.  



Neurodiversity Peer Support



Sporting News

Term 4 has been very busy so far with a large number of fixtures. Our students have worked incredibly hard and we have celebrated a lot of success across a variety of sports. Please see our recent results below.



U15 cricketers qualify for County Finals (7/3/22)

The U15 cricket team travelled to Cheltenham Ladies College on Monday to play the District playoff match for the right to go through to the County Finals in April.

We batted first in game 1 and posted an excellent 96-2 from our 7 overs, with Gabby Russell, Abbie Kinder, Bea Whitelock and Flo Hampton all retiring after passing 15, while Amy Rowan also made 13. However, the CLC opener put the cat amongst the pigeons by smashing a 6 off the first ball of the reply, and retiring on 20 not out in quick order. After 3 overs, CLC were 42-1 and right up with the rate. Amelia Moore then bowled a superb over taking 1 wicket and conceding just 2 runs, which changed the balance of the run chase. Flo then stole the show with an incredible four wickets in four balls, and CLC eventually finished on 75-7, 21 runs short

Game 2 saw us bowl first, and there were early wickets for Abbie and Sim Dubb, including the dangerous opener. Although they had two batters retire after good innings, their final total was 62-3 after a tight bowling performance by all the bowlers. The run chase was a relative formality, with Gabby scoring 13, and Flo retiring again on 18 not out, as we won in 6 overs.

Having qualified for the finals, we played a third friendly match, which gave other people a chance to bat, and Amelie Cochran (14, and who kept extremely well all day), Amelia (17 not out) and Bea (16 not out) all made good contributions, taking us to 77-4. After a tight start by Sim, Alice Upton and Abbie, CLC batted very well in this final match, and won with two balls to spare.

A job well done by the girls, who will look forward to a challenging competition at the County Finals in April.

Monday’s team in full: Abbie Kinder, Alice Upton, Amelia Moore, Amelie Cochran, Amy Rowan, Bea Whitelock, Flo Hampton, Gabby Russell, Sim Dubb.



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LRC News

There is one big event happening this week in the world of school libraries and that is the announcement of the Carnegie Medal Award Shortlist for 2022. The Carnegie award is the oldest award given to children’s books in the UK – beginning way back in the 1930s.  Many eminent authors have been recognised over the years and it is the one all authors hope to win.

I have read When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle and Everyone Dies Famous In A Small Town by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock – two excellent and contrasting stories.  Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle is already in use by the English Department.  I am also very happy to see recognition for Manga in Tsunami Girl written by Julian Sedgwick and illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada.  You can find more information here:

The PSA has very kindly funded enough copies of these books to allow the LRC to run a shadowing group to read, discuss and promote these titles, to vote for the student award and expand their reading range.  If your daughter or son is in Year 9 or above, please have them register their interest by emailing me.  Each member of the English Department, Mrs Shaw and I will each be championing a particular title and sharing our thoughts on them throughout the shadowing period until June when the winner is announced.

Our Readathon comes to a close on March 18, although I’m sure we won’t mind some last minute reading if it raises extra funding for the Read for Good organisation.

We have postponed the Scholastic Book Fair to a later date, still to be announced.  If your child still has a World Book Day voucher, they should use it in bookshops, WH Smiths or supermarkets – they expire on March 27.  Students can ask at the LRC desk for further vouchers. 

Please contact me if you have any questions about libraries, books, reading and research – I am always happy to help.

Ms Carol Cordall,  School Librarian

Follow the LRC on Twitter   @DRHS_LRC and Instagram   drhs_lrc




Dates for the Diary

22nd March - Year 11 GCSE Science Live trip

23rd March - Year 12 Excellence Evening

25th March - INSET Day

25th to 27th March - Bronze and Silver DofE Training Expedition

28th & 29th March - Year 10 Geography Field Trip

31st March - INVEST Day 4

1st April - Year 8 HPV vaccinations

5th April - Year 13 Leavers' Concert



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