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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.