News Archive Sep 2007-Aug 2012


Biometric Cashless System
Click for full details on the biometric system which enables students to pay for dinners, collect their free school dinners and register their arrival at lessons all with the touch of their thumb
DG Achieves Arts Mark Award
Art, Drama, Textiles, Design, Dance and Music were recently awarded with the prestigious Arts Mark Award! The Award from Arts Council England recognises the high quality arts provision in schools. Ian Paish, Leader of Teaching said, “I am thrilled that the hard work and dedication of the teachers in our Arts subjects has been recognised."
Events- Leavers Boat Party
Photos from the annual boat party which takes place at the end of Year 11 before students join DGI.
National Olympic Poster Competition Shortlist
Congratulations to Oscar Cartwright Yr7 G&T who has been shortlisted in a national Olympic poster competition.
Ski Trip Jan 2013
If you would like to go on the ski trip next year collect a letter from Ms Edwards or Ms Foreman. Total cost will be 525 pounds or 325 if you receive free school meals. Deposits due by end of summer term.
Y7&8 Core Subject Exam Week
Year 7 & 8 pupils will be sitting end of year exams in the core subjects, English, Maths and Science during the week beginning 25th June 2012. These exams will be held in the sports hall in a formal assessment environment.
Y10 student wins trip to Bosnia
Congratulations to Frano Vainio-Doseul in Year 10 on winning the Islamic Human Rights Commission's Genocide Memorial Day’s Poetry Competition 2012!
First prize is a trip to Bosnia for Frano and a member of his family for 5 days in July.
Butlins Football Tour – Skegness 2012
A fantastic time was had by all on the second successive year of the Y7 and Y8 boys football tour. Impressive performances from a spirited Y8 squad saw them clinch their first win ever. It was the youngest squad in the school who made the biggest impact though, as the Year 7s cruised all the way to the semi-finals!
All the news on Sports Day
Sports Day is Friday June 1st and we are off to Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium! See the PE blog here for all the details for all Years 7-10
Year 7 Band Play at Assemblies
The Year 7 Band performed this morning and also are available to view on the music blog site. Click here for more.
Sports relief update
For Sports relief this year we raised a total of £750 with Natharsin Alagoran in Yr 7 raising the figure of £92.31 single handed! If any pupil has not yet submitted their money, Mr O’ Halloran is they person they should see. Once again, thank you for your support and enthusiasm.
Work Experience
Year 10 will go off on their work experience placements (June 11th) in a huge variety of organisations, including schools, caterers, shops and offices. Most children sought their own places according to interest, so well done to them. If your company could offer a place next year, let us know.
11-18 Film festival in Fordham Park
The New Cross and Deptford Film Festival runs from 27.04 -06.05 and Sherlock Holmes will be shown in Fordham Park right in front of the new school on Sat 28.04. Still to be confirmed but the organisers hope we may even get to run the movie by cycle power. On your bike to Fordham Park!
Ski Trip in the Sun
Ms Foreman and Ms Edwards have called from Switzerland to let us know that all is going fabulously with the ski trip. 35 students attended this year and the snow is perfect, despite the glorious sunshine in the Alps too!
DG Sports Relief Activities
The latest programme of fun things on at DG for Sports Relief on Friday 23.03.12 looks great. Please sponsor your child and give generously - this is a fabulous cause. We have the usual mile run (after school in Fordham Park) but also a speakers corner, a bake off, dancefest and sweatbands can be bought. There is even a penalty shoot-out against PC Arterton! All children who donate 1 pound can also attend school in tracksuits that day!
Ten Week Parenting Programme
Lewisham community parenting have informed us that they are running a ten week programme starting on 19.03.12 for interested parents. Click for more details.
BBC 80th Anniversary Event
Since our broadcast on the BBC World Service with Bill Gates some Yr11 Deptford Green students were invited to take part in the BBC World Service celebration of 80 years of broadcasting in February. Students debated live on air about current issues in Syria on the BBCs 'World Have Your Say' programme.
DG Youth Conference
The annual Youth conference was held on the evening of 22nd February.
The topic was Gender-based Violence and the Year 11 Citizenship students who lead the evening rose to the seriousness of the occasion.
Panel members included national campaigning groups, local sexual health orgs, police & Goldsmiths sociologists.
World Book Day Dress Up
Students and staff had loads of fun on Thurs dressing up as book characters. There was an abundance of Horrid Henrys and Where's Wallys but also some more cryptic ones. The many Miss Haversham's and the mysterious Invisible Man stole the day! Mr O'Halloran worked the entire day with his head covered in bandages! Students also had to match and could win book token prizes.
Bill Gates says we're great!
Two lovely letters have arrived from Bill Gates following his BBC radio broadcast with the students. He says "I was inspired by your students and their ideas on how to tackle global poverty, discrimination and disease...Through your partnership with St Kizito School in Kampala and the diversity of your student body, Deptford Green is a great model of a global school with socially-conscious students."
DRU students' art work on display
Go and see some of the DRU students art work over the half term holiday! Stella Harding has been working with our students and will be showing some of their work alongside her own: 3.00pm - 6.00pm, Sunday 19th February Art Hub Gallery, Deptford, London
Genocide Memorial Day trip
On Sunday 22nd January a group of highly motivated and enthusiastic students, as well as an ex-student currently studying at the University of Leeds, attended the Annual Genocide Memorial Day (GMD) Conference held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London in Russel Square. This educational trip was organised in view of raising awareness of genocides and genocidal acts that have taken place and are still taking place the world over. In previous years, GMD has remembered the Nazi Holocaust, the transatlantic slave trade, Srebrenica, the Rwandan genocide, the plight of the Palestinians, and many other genocides and genocidal acts. If you would like to get involved in next year's event, please contact Miss Chery.
Links to news and radio shows on Bill Gates'
In case you missed the many times that Deptford Green students and Bill Gates were shown on TV Wed, links to many of the programmes can be accessed clicking here. The full radio show is also available here. If you found us in a paper, please bring in copy! There were so many we may have missed some.
Bill Gates at DG!
We had an exciting visit from Bill Gates today. He spoke to an assembly on his continuing fight against malaria, polio and poverty followed by a Q&A. A smaller group of students were then selected to do a live BBC World Service radio show with Mr Gates broadcast from the school jointly with other schools linking together worldwide via skype. The Gates Foundation was interested in Deptford Green because of our reputation as an international school with DGI our new international sixth school and long standing partnership with Uganda.
Welcome Back
Happy new year to all. The school has started back with a very studious and smooth atmosphere - despite a power cut in the local area on the first day! Well done to our kitchen staff who got our lunches cooked in the dark!
Come to our Christmas Concert
Come along to our evening Christmas Concert at 7pm on 14.12.11. A long list of talented musicians and singers, staff and students alike will be on show! Tickets are on sale now at the office and music block.
History and Fractured Narratives at Goldsmiths
Students attended Goldsmiths College for two events recently to perform at an academic conference entitle Fractured Narratives and to promote learning in History
Operation Christmas Child
Deptford Green is taking part in Operation Christmas Child's 2011 Campaign with the aim of sending 200 shoe boxes filled with items for a child who has little chance of recieving any other gift this Christmas. The deadline is Friday 18th
November so please do all you can to help us with this very worthy cause!
Non uniform day success
A total of 548 pounds was raised on our end of half term non-uniform day so thank you to all the parents, staff and students who donated. The money will go to both Jeans for Genes and the Uganda fund.
Black Health Event
All welcome to our event for Black History Month on 19.10.11 at 6:30pm
Intercultural Event
Over 8000 pounds was raised to send students to France, in less than six weeks!
Goldsmiths Celebration of Achievement
Celebration of Achievement at Goldsmiths.
All students will go to Goldsmiths College on Wed 20.6.11 for an afternoon of prize winning for achievement and attainment in each subject. Congratulations in advance to those. All students will be dismissed from Goldsmiths at 3pm
Girls Football Success

Girls Football Reaches Semi-Finals
Y7 and Y8 Girls get to the Semi Finals of the Inner London Cup.

Fun Day 16.07.11
All welcome to our Community Fun Day on 16.07.11! There will be sports activities, a bouncy castle, face painting, stalls selling crafts and cultural foods and goods and loads more for all ages. This is open to everyone in the community so even if you are not linked to the school, please do come along!
Y8 Football Success
The year 8 boys football team triumphed after school again with a dramatic 4-2 victory. Peter Ogundipe scored a brilliant hat-trick and Tariq Mawjor fired in a goal from 45 yards out no less!
French Trip Underway
Forty students from Year 9 and Year 10 are currently in Paris for a three day trip.
Welcome Event for Year 7 Sep 2011.
Thursday 23rd June is our Welcome Event for all the new parents and students who will be joining the school for Year 7 2011. It will start at 6pm and there will be a lot of information on term dates, procedures, uniform so please do arrive on time.
New School Meals Menu
Chartwells will be launching their new "Trinity" menu at Deptford Green in July. The menu has already been very popular at other trial schools and we are very excited to welcome it here. Click here for sample menus.
Rugby Sessions for Y7 and Y8
Deptford Green will be having free rugby sessions by a member of the RFU community coaching team.
Y10 Go to Uganda
A group of Year 10 students will leave for Uganda on Friday as part of the global partnership youth exchange. They and the accompanying teachers return on June 12th and thank you to everyone who has supported the exchange by sponsoring them. It will be again be an incredible experience for all involved.
Year of the Tiger
On Saturday 27th February the local Chinese and Vietnamese community held their New Year celebration here. Local press took interest too.
Official Notice to have a Sixth Form
On Wed 25.05.11 local papers will publish our official notice to have a sixth form, which you can see here too, and which is posted in public places around the local area. There is then a four week period for comments and queries after which the Local Authority will make their final decision.
Poetry Live 2010
Year 11 students attended the Poetry Live! Event at the Palladium Theatre, London. Poets from the AQA Anthology, including John Agard and Gillian Clarke performed.
Y7 and Y8 Lewisham Athletics Cup Winners
This week Year 7 and Year 8 were victorious in the Regional Lewisham Athletics Cup, well done to the team.
Ski Trip Success
Mr Cue led a very lucky group of students (and staff!) on the annual ski trip which was attended by Year 7-11 and included all abilities.
Amazing Achievements in Haiti Appeal
Thanks to our supportive families, around 2000 pounds has now been raised! See details on our very inventive fundraising ideas.
Parent Governor Vacancies
All details of our current vacancies for governors. The deadline for applying is 10.02.10
New Parent Governors
We have now had two parents come forward in recent weeks and during the time allocated for nomination (until 28.04.11) for role of parent governors. Thank you to Ms Bedward and Ms Dowling. As there were two vacancies, these can now both become govenors with no ballot. We look forward to working with them.
Year 10 Football Victory
Our Year 10 football team played Catford High recently in the Blackheath Cup, winning 5-3.
2nd Community Conference
The second annual community conference took place this week, organised by Ms Bygrave and with guest speakers from the Pepys Community Forum. Year 9 students in the Community Action Team presented on their recent work and Mr Murphy took the group to see the construction of the new site which will be accessible by many community groups.
Sing Out Deptford
100 students from local primary schools choirs will join together at Deptford Green on Thurs in an Lewisham Music Services singing event. We are delighted to host them, and for many primary students it will be the first time that they will visit the school that they will later attend!
Girls and Boys Football Success
Football fixtures results
Our Teachers Teach in Uganda
During half term Mr. Woodier and Ms. Miller spent a fascinating week at our partner school, St Kizito SS, in Uganda to develop the global partnership and laying the groundwork for the student group who are visiting later this year.
Y11 Captains U16 England Football Squad
Y11 Jordan Cousins captains U16 England football squad
Week of Voices Success
There were outstanding lessons and debates around the school in the week of voices this year. This year the theme was "justice". A book of poetry written by students is available from the English team. See here for pictures of the evening event held on Wed 16th Feb.
Young Historians Trip
Mr O'Leary and Y9 students participating in the Young Historians workshop recently visited the London Metropolitan Archives to do some research on black history in Britain with particular emphasis on the New Cross fire of 1981.
Cross Country Achievement
Congratulations to Neema Nyaulingo 9c for being selected to represent Lewisham schools cross country team in the London finals. Neema qualified for the team, as one of the fasted runners in this years Lewisham competition (years 9,10 and 11 combined).
Well done Neema and good luck!
Parents and Carers Library Service
Details of the new provision for parents and carers to access our library, as requested in the parents survey July 2009.
Debate Team Get Ahead
Deptford Greens fantastic Year 10 debate team stormed into the regional Debate Mate league recently. The tournament was held at Sydenham School. Although it was the team's first competition, we won against other schools two hotly contested debates.
Vietnamese and Chinese New Year Event 12.02.11
Vietnamese and Chinese New Year will be again celebrated in style at Deptford Green with an event held by the Vietnamese Women and Families Association on Sat 12.02.11 from 11am.
6th Form Formal Consultation
Please contact the school on your views on whether you would be supportive of Deptford Green having its own 6th form, which we have had preliminary approval of for opening in 2012. This has moved into a formal consultation of local interested groups which we hope to hear from by 28.02.11.
Around the World in One Night
Bring the whole family along to have a taste of music, dance, language, history from around the world. Thursday 22nd Oct 6:30-9:00, Upper School Gym.
Students Wear Jeans for Genes 02.10.09
On 2nd October the school is again raising money for Genetic therapy and research.
Ski Trip Leaves
The annual ski trip to Switzerland leaves this weekend. Let's hope they get some good snow and have fun! Photos will be posted here when they return.
Parents Coffee Morning 2nd Feb
All welcome to the coffee morning on Wed at 10-11:30am. The topic is bullying and cyber bullying and the talk will be given by our Police Liaison Officer PC Gary Arterton and our Attendance and Welfare officers Lynn Ascott and Amy Coffey There will be a Q&A session afterwards.
Lewisham and Deptford Green Black History Month Events
Links to local events to celebrate Black History Month 2009
Y11 Record Music Performance
On Monday 24th Jan, Year 11 GCSE music students will perform their compositions to a live audience of parents and staff in the theatre and record it. All welcome, although if the audience is large parents of the performers will be given priority.
Guidance on the Symptoms of Swine Flu
Download details of what symptoms to look out for with swine flu. If your child has these symptoms, please do not attend school.
Parents Forum 19.01.11
All welcome to attend the parents' forum this Wednesday 19.01.11 in the Library at 7:00pm.
It is a great way to keep more in touch with developments at the school, and to feedback your ideas and suggestions. The agenda is as below:
Welcome
What do you want the Parent Forum to do for you?
Urgent need for a new Chairperson
Sixth Form proposal for new school build (Peter Campling) including Q&A session
Any Other Business
Federation Consultation begins
A preliminary consultation on a proposal to establish an innovative education partnership involving Deptford Green started on Monday 8th June 2009.
Photos of all students take place Jan 7 -11
On Fri Jan 7th - Tues Jan 11th all of our students will be having their portraits photos taken. Please make sure you are wearing full school uniform and looking your smartest! These will then be available for parents to buy for family and friends. Order packs will be given to each student in the next few weeks.
Year 7 Win Lewisham Athletic Championships
Deptford Green are now the Borough Athletic Champions!
Christmas Concert
The concert for parents and students held on Wed 15th was a great success, and really showcased our talented students and staff alike. Congratulations and thank you to the new music teachers who organised this and as ever to dance teacher Ms Power.
Y11 in Final of the Blackheath Cup
Year 11 boys football play their final match, in the fFinal for the Blackheath Cup.
Year 9 Trip to Belgium
The First World War battlefields were recently visited by Year 9 students.
Sports News
All the main sports fixtures updates, including basketball, football and our victory in table tennis.
Celebrate Uganda Event
Our annual Celebrate Uganda Event included poetry, dance, song, and a year 8 African music ensemble.
Y11 Mock Exams 6-17 Dec
Timetable for the Year 11 Mock Exams which start on Mon 6th Dec. Year 11 do not have to attend school except to attend these exams and for a final assembly on 17th Dec, and are on revision leave otherwise. Please ensure your child studies at home to do as well as possible in this final chance of practicing for the real exams.
Parents Coffee Morning 01.12.10
All welcome to the parents coffee morning Wed 01.12.10 10am, the main topic will be helping children with dyslexia, but if you would simply like to come to meet parents and staff please come along.
PE team create resources and fixtures website
Click on links to the new PE website which the busy PE team hope to keep up to date with their results and fixtures as well as loads of coursework resources for students.
Sign up for the Ski Trip
Letters available from reception if you would like to join the Feb 2011 ski trip. Cost is reduced for students with free school meal grants.
Year 10 Student Travels to Germany for England U16
14 year old Jordan Cousins who featured in our Winter newsletter, will now be going to Germany to play for England U16 football for the second time.
U13 Girls Win Cumberland Champions
Congratulations to the U13 Girls who brought home Deptford Green's first ever football trophy, despite it only being the second time they had played together!
Y11 Careers and Post 16 Event
On Thurs 18th Nov Year 11 and their parents attended school for an evening of stalls and information on post 16 options. This was very well attended and is a vital annual event.
Sports Achievements
Our Y8 Table Tennis team won the Lewisham Championships on Wed 10th Nov. In football, Decker Gordon, Jason Hines have been selected to represent Blackheath district football team.
Year 9 Boys First Team Football Result: Bridge Academy 0-6 Deptford Green and Year 9 Boys A team football result: John Roan School 1-2 Deptford Green. Well done to all.
Successful Y11 Exam Week
Year 11 are sitting a week of exams for maths and English, which have managed to run very smoothly and with on time ending. These early entry exams give them a chance to see what their results would be, and resit for a higher grade in the summer.
Uganda Exchange Fundraising News
Mini marathons and staff quizzes raise money for Year 10 Uganda exchange
Y10 Complete Work Experience
Two weeks of work experience have been sucessfully completed by nearly all Y10. Many students sourced their own placements, replicating the actual world of work. Teachers then visit the placements and get feedback from the temporary employer on how well they have done.
Cultural Events a Great Success
Deptford Green hosted an array of stars for their October Black History Month. We had a show from Richard Blackwood; Jazzie from the Jazzie Show and the eminent Dr Lez Henry from Goldsmith University. The school followed this with Levi Roots judging the Family Cook off. The winners were Yr 11 pupils; John Ikudaisi and Shannon Jhanji. The final event is this Thurs 4th Nov.
Home Secretary meets students
Recent visit from Home Office
Year 11 Triple Science Trip
Twenty one Year 11 Triple Sciences students attended the Daniell lecture organised by The Royal Society of Chemistry, Chilterns & Middlesex Section Trust at the University College, London.
Year 8 trip to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.
Y8 Students recently visited the museum to explore the history of play in the UK. They compared old games and toys with their modern equivalents. The purpose of this unit of learning is to explore the value of play to children.
Black History Month Events
We have celebrity guests and loads of family events too at our school to celebrate Black History Month.
Dyslexia Workshop 16.10.10
On Saturday 16th October 2010, the Dyslexia Resource Unit will be hosting a dyslexia afternoon with the Dyslexia Association of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

It will be at the school from 1pm to 4 pm.
Some of our Stars!
Some of our students did fantastically well in their GCSEs this year
Student amongst Top Ten in Country
Besjana Madani achieved one of the highest marks nationally for her Art and Design GCSE
Jeans For Genes Fundraising
Two Year 11 students who have sickle cell anaemia led the way in getting the whole school motivated in raising money for Genetic Therapy
Year 11 miss out on Blackheath title!
In perhaps one if the most closely fought and controversial finals in the cup history, Deptford Green year 11 just missed out on lifting the cup for the first time.
Jeans for Genes 2010
Over 700 pounds was raised in one day for genetic therapy this year when students and staff paid a pound to wear denim to school on Oct 1st. Thank you to parents who supported us.
Parent Governors Needed
As two of our parent governor's terms are completed we are looking for parents who would be keen on this role. This involves a termly evening meeting, and extra commitment at panels and committees as desired. Leave your details here by Monday 4th October.
Attorney General Visit
The Attorney General visited our School Council to learn about our use of restorative justice.
Black Role Model Seminar
Deptford Green School in conjunction with Urban Synergy recently hosted an inspired Role Model event, which brought inspiring black professionals to our school. Their occupations ranged from barristers, Harley Street doctors, representatives from the Prime Ministers Office, music management and many more.
Kayleigh Green becomes Young Mayor Advisor
Our candidate, Kayleigh Green secured fourth place in the Young Mayor for Lewisham election this year, receiving more votes than 16 other candidates.
Ski Trip
A large group of students are went skiing in the Swiss Alps .
Quarter final qualification
Our Year 10 boys football team have qualified for the quarter final of the London cup.
Great Response to Open Events
There was a very high turn out for the first of our five open mornings. Parents commented that the new classrooms for Endeavour (Y7 and Y8) students were impressive, the display of current students works and the learning in classes very focussed.
Visit to our sister school
Last week, over half term, a team of our teachers visited our sister school in Uganda to further embed our global partnership.
History is Awarded
Our History team and students have worked incredibly hard to win the Princes Teaching Institute Award. The great news arrived in the summer to welcome the staff back.
U13 Girls Football are Double Cup Winners!
The Year 7 and 8 girls were twice victorious with Blackheath and Inner London Cups! An amazing achievement and another record broken by a Deptford Green team.
Week of Voices Events
A tremendous showcase of talent in our Week of Voices this year, culminated in an exhibition and evening performance.
Richard Blackwood visit gets huge fan support
Fans from Y10 and Y11 queue for autograph