Welcome to the first newsletter of the Spring term and the New Year!
The festive break seems like it was a long time ago due to the plethora of activity and opportunity taking place each day here at DG.
The new enrichment timetable has started with a bang with gaming, football, basketball and Debate Mate off to a great start. Student Leadership and Voice has been a focus with School Captains presenting in all year group assemblies as outstanding Eco Warriors! There are GREAT leaders in Year 7 carrying out lunch duties and the first round of school council meetings taking place. Watch this space!
Many trips and visits have already taken place with an inspiring visit to Ravensbourne University for Yr 10 textiles students and our Equality Ambassadors attending the New Cross Fire Memorial with Mr Paish earlier this week. Year 8 Brilliant Club students visited Cambridge University where they were able to immerse themselves in the environment!
I am so proud of the success achieved by some of our Sports Teams. The KS4 boys basketball team are the Lewisham champions - this is such amazing news! Welldone boys. Mr Walker's year 11 Football team progress into the next round of the Blackheath Cup after beating Woolwich Polytechnic on penalties after an exciting 3-3 draw. Goalkeeper Finn picked up the game's Man of the Match award for not conceding a single penalty!
The reading challenge in Year 7 & 8 was hugely popular with lots of winners across the two year groups. It has been really lovely to see so many students avidly reading each day in the library.
I am sure you are all keen to know our plans for the upcoming strike action. The Senior Team are working hard on a clear and strategic plan. This is quite a complicated process and as soon as we have this confirmed I will share this with you so that you have the time to make suitable arrangements.
We are really keen to involve more parents in our Parent Engagement group. Later this term we will send you details on how you can become more involved in supporting the school and hope that many of you will be able to find the time to do so.
If you are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of a student during school hours and term time, please contact the safeguarding team using the details below.
Please use the following contact details in term time and school holidays
Not long until the #YoungMayorofLewisham election. We're keeping everything crossed for our DG candidates, it looks like these students know who they're voting for #VoteDG #vote8thFebruary
#ExploreDreamDiscover #Lewisham #Deptford https://t.co/9yBewrTfov
Check out our amazing Y11 GREAT leaders who gave up their Wednesday evening to help us run a very successful #Y10ParentsEvening. Huge thanks for giving back #DGCommunity #ExploreDreamDiscover #Deptford #Lewisham https://t.co/XHjfI1o19N
Mr Walker's Y11 football team progress into the next round of the #BlackheathCup after beating Woolwich Poly on penalties after an exciting 3-3 draw. Goalkeeper Finn picked up the game's #MOTMAward for not conceding a single penalty! #deptford #lewisham #exploredreamdiscover https://t.co/tDBW8LDrIn
The following students were recognised as outstanding by their Head of Year and had Hot Chocolate with Ms Thurston on Friday 13th in recognition of that. They are:
Year 7: Jasmine for helping organise the transition assembly and for being a wonderful GREAT leader - Ms Young
Year 8: Sydney for her incredible artwork which she earned 2nd place in school for the portrait competition - Mr Jones
Year 11: Ruby A for always doing the right thing at school - Mr Conway
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING AT SCHOOL?
TAKE A LOOK HERE
OUR SCHOOL CAPTAINS ARE AMAZING! #WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!
These are an amazing group of young people. They wear their Captains ties with pride. Every day they do our school proud, helping with duties on corridors, offering to help teachers in lessons and in the library. Their manners are exemplary and they lead by example. On Wednesday 18th the majority of them were helping Y10 Parents at the Parents Evening. They are involved in different areas of school life including Mental Health Ambassadors, Eco Warriors and Restorative Peer Mentors to name but a few!
Some of them have also been Reading Mentors with Y7 & 8's and the majority of them have taken part in the Duke Of Edinburgh Awards.
Last week four of them made an excellent presentation to the Senior Leadership Team. High on their agenda is to take action to develop and improve community work, to become an eco-school and to focus on improving mental health. They then gave presentations in all the year group assemblies across the week. Well done to Anouk, Loki, Maria and Misha!
School Captains... we are making the most of the time we have left with you! (and of course the rest of year 11, you too!)
DG LEWISHAM YOUNG MAYOR CANDIDATES #OUTSTANDING!
Check out the videos for our 10 candidates up for this prestigious position! Click on their names. Excellent Student Engagement...
Well done to all our DG candidates for being so brave and putting yourselves forward. We wish you all the best in your campaign!
Some of your supporters are shown below! It's not long until the Young Mayor elections now (February). We’re keeping everything crossed for our 10 DG candidates. It looks like these students know who they’re voting for!
EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS
GAMING CLUB WITH MS CALVERT
Gaming club was attended by over 30 of our students this week who enjoyed competing against each other and showing their gaming skills! Gaming club is every Thursday during the 7/9/11 lunchtime in 304.
D&D CLUB WITH MS CALVERT
This week, Thomas in Y8 kicked off our first DG Dungeons and Dragons club's quest! D&D club is every Monday after school in 304. All adventurers welcome!
YEAR 9 BOYS & GIRLS FOOTBALL
After the holiday, the teams were back out practising hard!
Y8 GIRLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
Millwall Schools' Tournament
We are so proud of our Y8 girls football team who beat every school in Lewisham to get to the final last week at the Millwall schools’ tournament.
The ladies lost 1-O in the final to a team they’d already beaten in the first round! Very frustrating for them, but they were outstanding in terms of togetherness, communication, teamwork and leadership.
Well done girls!
Y10 BOYS FOOTBALL - EXCELLENT WIN FOR THE BLACKHEATH CUP. WELL DONE BOYS!
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
Our Basketball Team have taken part in 2 rounds and have won all their matches and are now crowned Lewisham Youth Games KS4 Champions!
They now progress to the London Youth Games against the winners of Greenwich Borough so all being well, there will be even more good results coming our way! Yumaani y11 who is the captain was sadly injured and is not in the photograph but will be with them for the next game all being well.
Pictured left to right at the match on Thursday 19th January are:
Top Row: Sami (Y11), David (Y11), Abdi (Y11), Omar (Y11), Mustapha (Y10) Mari (Y10)
Bottom Row: Federico (Y11) Ka (Y11) Kruz (Y10) Kimario (Y10)
Congratulations boys… you have done us and Mr Conway proud!
Y11 FOOTBALL SUCCESS
Mr Walker's Y11 football team progress into the next round of the Blackheath Cup after beating Woolwich Polytechnic on penalties after an exciting 3-3 draw. Goalkeeper Finn picked up the game's Man of the Match award for not conceding a single penalty!
Students hard at work being creative and working with ceramics in Art Club. All very Grayson Perry! Well done to all of you!
YEAR 9 WORKING HARD TOWARDS THEIR GRADUATION
Year 9 have been going around to various staff completing tasks in order to get their graduation cards signed off ready for their Graduation Event. There have been some really great contributions! Well done Y9!
Well done particularly to Khadija and Haajar for the beautiful Growth Mindset Poster!
42nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW CROSS FIRE
On the 18th January our Equality Ambassadors attended an event led by The Phoenix Academy in Fordham Park at the site of the memorial stone.
It is the 42nd anniversary of the New Cross Fire in which 13 young black people aged between 14 and 22 lost their lives, and one survivor took his own life two years later.
DG Equality Ambassadors attended an event led by Grinling Gibbons & Lucas Vale Primary Schools in Fordham Park, in memory of this tragic event. Click HERE to read more
STAFF AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE!
In preparation for the launch of Dream Days in the summer term, staff took part in a visual scavenger hunt to get to know our local area better and test our team working skills. Click HERE to find out more
AUTUMN TERM READING CHALLENGE COMES TO AN END WITH SOME AMAZING RESULTS!
Lots of our Y7 & 8 readers were reading away in the last 4 weeks of the Autumn Term and on Monday 16th, Year 7's were awarded with their promised LORICs and certificates. Our overall winner Zac read 25 books in the month and got himself 250 LORICs! Congratulations Zac. You truly are outstanding...
Y10 TRIP TO RAVENSBOURNE
Report kindly written by Xanthe - excellent work Xanthe!
On a textiles trip to Ravensbourne University we got to experience a great workshop which involved creating textiles using our creativity and fashion designing skills.
The first half of the workshop had the objective to create 5 textile samples relating to nature, contrast or freedom/restriction. We were encouraged to be abstract and use mixed media to create samples by sewing, twisting manipulating and wrapping the fabrics. Once we had produced our samples, we had to fashion our pieces to become outfits for models.
We first worked with the natural fabric but later printed photographs of our work to cut up and redesign as fashion. It was an enjoyable workshop that gave us insight into Fashion Design and Textiles work as well as a chance to tour the university.
YEAR 10 C0MMUNITY APPRENTICES
This week our Y10 Community Apprentice Team travelled to AXA in The City where they presented their project to an audience of business volunteers and other students from across Lewisham.
The judges panel highlighted their creativity and passion for the issue they had chosen to focus on. Their deep commitment to mental health was palpable and their business mentors at Glenmont Partners commented that working with the group over the twelve weeks has resulted in interesting conversations about mental health and well-being in the workplace.
We are very proud that Li’Ana in Y10WA was presented with a Jack Petchey achievement award. Well done Li’Ana! Her team’s words when read out to the audience triggered a ripple of emotional response across the audience and everyone was really touched.
“Li'Ana is committed to making a difference. From the very start, Liana has continued to put forward "great ideas" and she "has worked hard and always attempted to share her ideas, helping others and no matter what, she contributes trying to do or make of the situation whatever she can if she is struggling to understand it". This is a clear example of Li'Ana's determination and "her demonstrating resilience and supporting others". She is passionate about the social issue project and her team. Her peers applaud her for her bravery because "she is really open about her experiences and how her struggles have affected her". Li'Ana shows "bravery and always shares ideas with the rest of the group". She has "taken charge and showed great leadership skills". Li'Ana is thoughtful and her peers describe her as someone who "works hard" and "has never failed to explain things to me if I don't understand it". In this way, Li'Ana motivates her team and spreads kindness wherever she goes. She uses initiative, thinks ahead and is always helpful. She welcomes new challenges and opportunities outside of her comfort zone. Li'Ana updated her absent teammates and helped them feel organised and ready to pitch in week 6. She planned ahead and suggested sitting in groups to prepare for the pitch. This is a clear example of how integral Li’Ana is to the team and how she shows compassion towards others. “
If you are in YEAR 10 and want to take part in Community Apprentice, develop your key skills and a project to tackle an issue you care about and be paired with business mentors you will visit in The City, do sign up for our taster session on Monday 30th January from 15:05 till 16:10.
Year 10 Business (& Enterprise!) did REALLY well selling their Candles at the recent Y10 Parents Evening which was really well attended.
They completely SOLD OUT and have made over £100 and their persuasive sales patter went down well with the Parents who bought them! Obviously they have the gift of the gab and Mr Aniagwu has taught them well...
WHAT'S COMING UP?
TRIP - BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Everyone is welcome to take part in the show, even if you feel you can't sing, dance or act! It is an opportunity to be a part of a community doing something incredibly fun.
There are a number of roles:
PERFORMERS (AUDITIONS REQUIRED)
THEATRE TECHNICIANS (WORKING WITH MR ST LUCE
BACKSTAGE CREW (WORKING WITH MR JONES)
FRONT OF 'OUR HOUSE' STAFF & MANY MORE...
If you would like to be part of the chorus (the group of performers who do NOT have main speaking parts), please SIGN UP WITH ONE OF THE DRAMA OR MUSIC TEACHERS.
COME AND ENJOY GETTING TO KNOW THE SONGS OF THIS YEAR'S BIG SHOW
MONDAY 23RD JANUARY - SONG TASTER IN 117 (essential for main performance roles)
MONDAY 30TH JANUARY - SONG TASTER IN 117 (essential for main performance roles)
The main roles are:
Emmo & Lewis
Billy & Angie
Joe's Mum Kath
MAIN AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY 6TH FEBRUARY (Practice the song & scene ready to perform at the audition)
PLEASE COLLECT A LYRIC & SCENE SHEET FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TEACHERS: THE MR HEELBECK, MR PAISH, MR JONES, ME HILL, MS GREEN
DO COME ALONG TO OUR NEXT PARENT/CARER AFTERNOON TEA... THURSDAY 9TH MARCH. WE NEED FUNDRAISERS!
CLICK ON THE ARROW\!
The Bank of Things is a new service aimed at 11 to 25 year olds living in Lewisham.
Originally the idea of the Young Mayor of Lewisham team, this project has been designed and developed by young people for young people living in Lewisham in response to the clear need for basic necessities.
We want to ensure that every child and young person in the Borough has access to the everyday essentials that they need to participate fully in their lives, to thrive and reach their full potential. We have a standardised menu of necessary items young people have told us are increasingly harder to come by. These include personal care and hygiene products, school equipment and supplies as well as cold weather clothing.
We are working closely with local community groups to ensure we reach every young person in need.
If you would like to know more, find out how to access the service, how to donate or support our work please visit us at Unit 19 Lewisham Shopping Centre on Monday or Wednesday's 4 -7pm or visit:
We have been funded by Awards for All (The National Lottery) and Lewisham Local Authority to bring you our Winter Warm Hub to provide parents and carers of children with additional needs and disabilities a warm place to come once a week. We are limited to 25 people.
We will provide a hot meal or buffet every Monday from 10.30 to 2.30, together with refreshments, mindful activities (optional) and a chance to meet other parents and the team to have a chat.
Due to any demand, we will run a rota, but all are welcome, please see the flyer for more details and the menu for Monday 23rd January. Don’t forget they will run every week except school holidays and bank holidays.
We also have the LPCF meeting this Thursday 19th from 10.30 and a coffee morning on Tuesday 24th from 10am. Please see the fliers below for further information.
To learn more click HERE for lots of great information!
Lewisham Local Authority and Lewisham College are holding an information session about supported internships in Lewisham on 8 February 2023, at 1.30pm to 3pm at Reception, Lewisham College, Lewisham Way SE4 1UT. Please do arrive on time.
This session will be for 16-25 year olds with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan who are thinking about getting ready for the world of work.
There will be information about
What a supported internship is
Help to prepare for a supported internship
Information about supported internships at Lewisham College, Lewisham Council, Phoenix Community Housing and The Three C's.
Forest Hill Job Centre and benefits advice will also be available.
PARENT/CARER SKILLS AUDIT
A BIG THANK YOU to those parents/carers who have already completed this form but we would like more if possible please...
A Reminder that we are conducting a Skills Audit to find out what skills and professions exist within our school community and what time parents and carers are willing and able to share to support our young people.
There is a wealth and breadth of experience within our community which could be utilised to enhance our students’ experience.
COULD YOU SUPPORT AN ART WORKSHOP OR AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB?
COULD YOU RUN A NETWORKING OR FUNDRAISING EVENT?
COULD YOUR EMPLOYER MATCH FUND?
COULD YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYER HOST OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ON WORK EXPERIENCE?
COULD YOU COME AND TALK ABOUT YOUR CAREER TO OUR STUDENTS?
Sharing our expertise and resources and cooperating for the good of our students will develop positive links and excellence in our enrichment.
Please note: We are particularly looking for creative people to help us achieve our aims of becoming the best Arts school in the borough, but we are NOT asking for people to teach. Parents/carers will be able to work with Art teachers who would co-ordinate this with you.
We appreciate your support and are grateful for your time in filling this form out.
STUDYBUGS – REPORT ABSENCE SECURELY AND HELP IMPROVE CHILDREN'S HEALTH
We’re pleased to announce that Deptford Green is introducing a new, more efficient and secure system for reporting your child’s absence due to illness, called Studybugs.
If you haven’t already, please get the free Studybugs app, or register on the Studybugs website, and use it to tell us whenever your child’s ill and unable to attend school.