Where has this year gone? I cannot believe the GCSE exams are already upon us. We are so proud of the year 11’s, their hard work and commitment will pay off soon once they are through the next few weeks. We wish them all the best and look forward to their prom.
The memorial for Mr Couzins was a very emotional event. The performances from our young people were outstanding and many staff spoke about their own memories of working with him. His family attended and were incredibly touched by the outpouring of love and respect from the school community.
We are still recovering from the absolute smash that was our big Music Mayhem event last week. The support from the local community and from you all was astounding! The NHS choir started off the night with a set which was sung beautifully and received warm applause. The Sundries, a band comprising of four DG teachers played their jangly indie pop and the dancing began. The big reveal of the Brand New Heavies who headlined the night received huge cheers. I was so proud of our school community with over 12 parents volunteering and running the bar and raffle. A huge thanks to them!
We still have raffle tickets on sale with the big drawer due to take place on Friday. Still time to support our fundraiser so please do dig deep. Once the raffle is completed I will announce the amount we raised.
With only two weeks until the half term, the Year 10’s have been busily preparing for Work Experience. I am very much looking forward to getting out and seeing some of them in this environment looking very mature and grown up I am sure!
Thank you as always for your continued support, have a GREAT week ahead.
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Firstly a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out and supported us in our first major fundraiser. We couldn't have done it without you!
BEFORE THE SHOW...
SOME OF OUR WONDERFUL PARENT VOLUNTEERS...
Parent volunteers covered the entrance, the bar and the raffle sales and did a lot of the set-up and the clean-up afterwards. We are so grateful for all your help and support! What a wonderful group of parents to have as part of our school community!
The crowd were mingling in between sets...
STARTING OFF THE NIGHT SO BEAUTIFULLY - THE LEWISHAM & GREENWICH NHS CHOIR
A HUGE thank you to Caroline (right) who is a parent at our school who made the choir's participation happen for us. Thank you so much Caroline for your amazing support and organisation on our behalf.
NEXT CAME THE SUNDRIES...
The Sundries are (left to right) Tim Allen (Assistant Headteacher) Alice Player (Assistant Headteacher) Andy Knight (Science Teacher) Adam Stewart (Music Teacher )
AND FINALLY CAME THE MAIN ACT...
BRAND NEW HEAVIES!
Simon is one of our parents here at DG and without him this wouldn't have happened. Simon thank you so much for all you did for us and to all of the band and your support people who made this happen. We salute you for an AMAZING night of fun & great music...
With the exception of one, all these photos were taken by Sean Ryan who you can find on Twitter: @Love_SE4
Thank you SO much Sean - they are brilliant!
GCSE TIMETABLE: Y11 IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU DON'T MISS ANY OF THESE EXAMS OR BE LATE. THANK YOU...
REMEMBERING JOE COUZINS by Mr Paish
On Thursday 27th April we hosted a memorial evening for Joe Couzins. We were honoured to welcome several members of Joe’s family to the evening and many of his friends too. There were lots of staff and students there, both past and present. We raised about £400 for Cancer Research on the night.
Joe started working at Deptford Green in 2009 and this was originally as a Teaching Assistant. Our school was a very different place then in the old school buildings and with many different generations of students and staff passing through the doors over the years. Joe was employed by our SENCo at that time Ann Manning, who shared her reflections on working with Joe. These early days in Joe’s career saw him supporting some of our most vulnerable students and making a huge difference to their school experience.
Joe eventually became a PE teacher and was at the heart and soul of the PE department. Joe was always thoroughly motivated by anything to do with sport and was a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan.
No one loved Deptford Green more than Joe who was over the moon to be a part of the school’s transition into the brand-new building. The only complaint he had was about the size of our Sports Arena but he still found a way to have close to a 100 students on it at one time when he started the famous Deptford Dragons. Joe started this club from the ground up and would spend his Sundays managing matches, tying laces, and inspiring his students. He would regularly find himself paying for things for the Dragons out of his own pocket but that did not matter to him as every child that was involved with the club will look back with the fondest of memories.
Butlins trips must be spoken about! This was his baby that he lived and breathed. The hours spent completing risk assessments, booking minibuses and planning routes have led to a legacy that will last forever. So many memories that will never be forgotten have been made at Bognor and Skegness thanks to Mr Couzins.
A few years ago now, the school made the decision to reintroduce the role of Heads of Year, something we hadn’t had for a few years at that time. I remember Joe applying for this post and thinking how great he would be for it. Joe asked if we could meet so that he could talk through the role, I had been a Head of Year in the distant past, and he remembered this. We sat and talked through what it might involve and the kinds of attributes a Head of Year would have. Not only was Joe an excellent teacher who inspired his students and gave them a love of PE and sports, but he also had the compassion, dedication and that particular kind of strength required to be a Head of Year; he was the perfect fit.
One of Joe’s students was so inspired by him that after university he went on to train to be a PE teacher himself. He then got a job in the school, eventually becoming a Head of Year and is now a senior leader with us... Fraser Walker. We truly do walk on the shoulders of giants.
We want to make sure that we remember Joe and his inspiring ways over the coming years and so we are going to rename our MUGA The Joe Couzins Arena. The signage for this is being made and we will reveal it at Sports Day later in the year. Also, at Sports Day we will have a special award: The Joe Couzins Best Supporters Award, which will go to the House with the best and loudest supporters; this was something that Joe always encouraged at our Sports Days. And at our Year 11 Celebration of Achievement Evening each year, for our recently graduated students we will have The Joe Couzins Award for Great Achievement in PE.
Joe has meant so much to his colleagues in school. He had that special gift of always making everyone feel included and part of the fold. He joined in with everything that happened in school, coming along to all the school shows, fundraising events and competitions that we had.
After Joe died a significant number of his old year group and his former students contacted us and asked if they could come to school and pay their respects. So on the Friday we held a vigil for Joe next to the Sports Arena. The amount of people who turned up was quite overwhelming and spoke volumes for the strength of feeling for Joe. We tied blue ribbons (for Spurs) onto the fence, we lit candles, people brought gifts and flowers in their hundreds. But most importantly we were together. We sat, huddled against the cold and we talked about Joe. We shared our memories of him and how much we all loved the open and honest nature of this wonderful man.
At the vigil, one of Joe’s students Ejiro, wrote this lovely message:
'I think it is undeniable that your life was short-lived. Your positive impact on people was of such a great magnitude that the world clearly couldn’t take it. You mean everything to your friends, family, colleagues and students because that is the type of person you were and always will be. I look forward to playing football with you again. Rest in peace'.
You have taught us all so much about how we should be living our lives and the value in every drop. Thank you Joe.
In closing, Masaiya Thomas, who was also at the vigil and who had been in Joe’s year group, wrote a beautiful poem and I will share this with you here:
A boy sits in a corner
A thread pulled from his heart
A thread that was sewn in
A golden thread
A stand out
The same thread in thousands of hearts
Pumping it’s rich gold into them
The strongest and most
NEVER failing to shine
He owes this thread a lot
I hope he knows
Thank you Masaiya...
Mr Hewson also wrote this poem for Joe in memory of some amazing and happy times shared with Joe...
Let’s, Play, Darts!
If ever there was contest
Couzins was all in,
We’d have a laugh and mess around,
But he was there to win.
We’d groan about the day at work
Embittered by it all,
But we were in a happy place,
Throwing arras at the wall.
In many ways and many times,
Joe stepped up to the oche,
Some might call him confident,
And maybe slightly cocky.
When he had his ‘Chizzy’s’ in hand,
He was hard to beat,
Singles, trebles, doubles
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Part of the Barney army,
Raymond was a hero,
He was full of admiration
For the way he got down to zero.
We established a darts club together,
To which the students would flock,
A chance to play against Joe,
At countdown or round the clock.
So, thank you for the games my friend,
For being so assured,
I hope you’re up there, armed with flights and stems,
And the big fella has a board.
A flight too short
By Ms Player
To lose you is like
A dart to the heart.
You left your mark.
You were a bullseye,
a treble twenty
a cherished score
on a flight too short
Student, Teacher, Colleague, Friend
The end goal
The life lived
The lives touched
The love given
The love received
A GREAT Teacher
A great teacher
Is a brilliant light
Illuminating the prism of life
A great teacher
Is a memory deep
Brimming with knowledge
Bursting with passion
A message to keep.
Joe Couzins - we miss you!
INTERVIEW WITH MR STAMP BY YUSSUF, KHYRN & DANTE (Y10)
Our amazing budding journalists are interviewing Mr Stamp as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award and I want to say a big thank you to them because they have been really proactive; arranged the interview themselves, independently thought up their own questions, recorded it and wrote it up. Well done boys. You are outstanding!
Dante: This is an interview with Mr. Stamp conducted by Khyrn, Dante and Yussuf
Yussuf: Where are you from?
Mr Stamp: I am from Cardiff
Khyrn: How was it for you growing up in Cardiff?
Mr Stamp: Well, it is not as busy as London, not as many problems. It was quite nice whilst I was at school as there was a Sixth Form there as well. You got to know the place and the teachers quite well since you were there for so long. Cardiff is quite nice because it is calmer, and no one pushes you out of the way when you walk too slow!
Dante: Since we are talking about education, what did you study at university?
Mr Stamp: When I went to university, I studied geography simply because it is the subject I enjoy the most and I thought I could apply it to the rest of the world. I found it interesting to learn more about how the world works and why it works the way it does. I studied a few different degrees, so I got a master’s in education.
Yussuf: Did you have any other jobs prior to teaching and if so, what were they?
Mr Stamp: I had lots of jobs! The first one was as a lifeguard for 6 years because I thought I looked cool sitting up on that chair listening to the radio and judging people all day. I also taught people how to swim as I really enjoyed swimming and for my own Duke Of Edinburgh volunteering, I was a swimming coach. My skill was underwater hockey, so it was all water related. I also worked in a Thai restaurant so I have tried just about every Thai meal there is!
Khryn: What made you come to London?
Mr Stamp: I fancied a change and I felt like exploring a bit; seeing the capital of the UK and a different way of life. There are more opportunities here and more things to do that are not as available in different parts of the country.
Dante: Why did you pick to teach geography specifically?
Mr Stamp: I picked geography because I think it is quite eye-opening and for how it helps you find solutions to problems in the current world.
Yussuf: what is your favourite thing about your job?
Mr Stamp: The favourite thing about my job is teaching and especially when you can see students engaging, enjoying and making progress. You can see the lightbulb moment where a student fully understands what they are learning about and how it relates to them.
Khyrn: What hobbies and interests do you have outside of your job?
Mr Stamp: At present I swim and run a couple of days a week. I like socialisingwith my mates; it is my favourite hobby and helps me relax.
Dante: How did you get into running?
Mr Stamp: I first did a half-marathon just to do something different, then Mr Hill challenged me because I beat him at a half-marathon to do a full marathon. So I did my first marathon in Paris with Mr Hill where I beat him again! Now he has challenged me to an Iron Man so watch this space...
Yussuf: What is it like supervising Duke of Edinburgh at DG?
Mr Stamp: It's nice because you get to see a different side of students, not just in the classroom and it is nice and busy as I get to chase people to make sure they are doing their activities. Also, it's great to see what different opportunities are available to do, so the skills and volunteering are different to what they were 10 years ago. Nice to see how things change over time.
Yussuf: This is for the library...what is your favourite book?
Mr Stamp: I have many, but I like the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein as the book has way more in it that were included in the films.
THANK YOU BOYS AND OF COURSE TO MR STAMP (AND MR HILL...come on you can surely beat Mr Stamp!??)
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING AT SCHOOL?
Last week saw the return of our 'Open Mic' - this was organised in place of last term's postponed Easter Showcase.
It was a great event with lots of talent on display with the main focus being to give pupils a chance to perform songs/pieces they have been working on in an informal performance setting. There were lots of students who had prepared a variety of contemporary songs - both covers and originals - and some students who had prepared instrumental pieces, both of which were a joy to witness.
Our next steps are to get more of our students working together in ensembles - watch this space!
Thank you Mr Hill...
Year 7 and year 8 took part in this year's UK Maths challenge - all the students that took part tried really hard to complete the challenging problem-solving questions.
As a maths department, we are extremely proud of all who participated. The UK maths challenge is open to all secondary schools in the UK. Winners of the UK Maths challenge will be announced in June.
Thank you Ms Forrest
While you are here... on 17th May it is National Numeracy Day. Please encourage your children to take part. Here is the link for the video which tells you all about it. Click HERE
INTERCLASS READING CHALLENGE Y7 & Y8
Last half-term all Y7 & Y8 classes took part in a reading challenge and the winning classes were told the main prize was a pizza lunch for the whole class. 7IB won the challenge in Y7 and they are pictured here with their tutor Mr Ibachirene-Firth - their English teacher is Mr Fernandez.
Our Year 8 winners - Mr Watt's class - definitely enjoyed their reward today!
The top 2 students were Maya in Y7 and Fred in Y8 and Maya was the overall winners. They both got lots of Lorics & Raffle Tickets and will take a book of their choosing to keep.
CARNEGIE SHADOWING SCHEME WELL UNDER WAY!
Xanthe (Y10), Lola and Inalen (Y8) are part of the shadowing scheme this year - well done girls for taking part along with lots of other participants!
The books on the scheme are proving popular so far. They are:
WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THOMAS in Y10!
I am Thomas in Y10 and on the 8th of May I participated in a parade in honour of the King’s Coronation. I marched with the Army Cadet Force around the Old Royal Navel College in Greenwich. Since joining the cadets, it has given me many opportunities to improve myself and grow as a person plus it is a very enjoyable after school activity.
HAVING FUN WITH BUTTERFLIES WHILE LEARNING ABOUT CAREERS!
When we first arrived we were given a talk in a room where we were asked to explore the different artefacts on display. Suleiman was drawn tothe amazing mask he tried on here (see below) and there were many other beautiful and fascinating items to look at. Then we had a talk about the kind of careers and career paths you would need to take in order to get to work in a place such as The Horniman Museum. A lot of our students were surprised as the career paths of some of the staff were not as clear cut as one would expect! Often in life people start off thinking they will go down one career path and then their lives take a different turn because they don't like what they find or an opportunity comes their way they couldn't have foreseen which changes their career direction. This happened to several of the staff at the museum!
Next we went around the museum and were allowed to go into areas that the general public are not allowed to go into ordinarily. We went into a workshop where they make display cabinets and plinths and specialist stands for the amazing and sometimes fragile items that are put on display. Then we went into a lab where staff work at keeping some of the more fragile items from corroding and disintegrating. That was fascinating and some of our students were able to experiment with a high-powered magnifying instrument and suddenly we could see bugs and mites not easily visible to the human eye!
Next we went into the aquarium and then through to the staff only area where they work on investigating the correct temperature and acidity etc that the water needs to be kept at for the different fish. They also had a fish 'quarantine' area before introducing new fish into the tanks. This part of the tour went down VERY well with our students!
Some of the students also got to go to the Butterfly House. Check out some of the beautiful butterflies they have on show there...
The photographs of the butterflies are from the Horniman Website. If you would like to go visit the museum, to find out more click HERE
At the end of our visit we got to hear about the career paths of the more senior members of staff at the museum and all in all we had a great day! The Horniman staff made us feel so welcome and lots of us learned things we didn't know about at all before we went and that careers can be flexible and take us in a different direction throughout our lives if we apply transferable skills.
Thank you Ms Nembhard for a fantastic day. ALL our students were extremely well-behaved and did us proud!
Y9 STEM TRIP TO LONDON CITY AIRPORT
On Wednesday 10th May selected Y9 girls went to London City Airport's 'Women in Aviation' programme which is designed to improve female students' understanding of and access to the aviation industry. Run by Inspire, the programme will help students develop key employability skills and encourage professional ambitions in relation to STEM careers.
Following a visit to the airport, students were challenged to create a sustainability strategy to ensure LCY reaches its 2030 net zero goal. Students then presented their ideas and Inspire chose a winning group.
Our students presented their projects to a panel of industry representatives and even though we didn’t win they did an amazing job. We were very proud of all of you! Well done.
Thanks Ms Bartlett-Garrard
Y11 students revising by describing a Spanish GCSE photo only in Spanish to a partner for them to draw, we were pretty pleased with the results, Picasso watch out! #WOW #Spanish #MFL #DG
Thank you Ms Calvert!
FINAL DAY OF WOW! WEEKS
Some more amazing work going on in our lessons at school last week. In EAL Sebastian in Y7 produced a Powerpoint with songs with similes! And Y8 English students selected songs on the theme of gender!
Thank you Ms Tran
AND THE WINNER OF THE SPELLING GREEN IS...
CONGRATULATIONS TO AMON IN Y7!
Amon won a £5 Nando's Voucher and got lots of LORIC and Raffle tickets!
SPORT @ DG
Our students continue to demonstrate their sporting prowess at various fixtures across the borough. Well done to all for your passion and enthusiasm. We are proud of you! To read all about DG sporting achievements, click HERE
The Year 11 team took part in the Inner London Cup and played really well. They had some great chances but sadly lost 3-2. We are still very proud of them! Well done boys... and all the best in your exams.
JK SKILLS SCHOOL EVERY SATURDAY MORNING
Contact Mr Walker or Mr Conway for further information.
WHAT'S COMING UP?
LOVE MUSIC??? Midi Music invites you to get involved...
This month our Summer 2023 Aspiring Young Musicians (AYM) and Cre8tiv® courses began! We have exciting news from our CICAS® members on new releases, performances and upcoming gigs. Our April 2023 CICAS® Podcast is live featuring the lovely Piers, singer, songwriter and frontman of LazyTalk who's long awaited first album is finally here. Click HERE to find out more. Click HERE to find out all about Midi Music - right around the corner!
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES IN PLACE2BE SCHOOLS
If your child attends a school supported by Place2Be, you can access free resources and services as part of our mental health support for the whole school.
Place2Be is an AMAZING service that we are lucky to have in our school.
Check out all these resources that you can access. Click HERE
INDEPENDENT LEARNING UPDATES: REVISION @DEPTFORD GREEN
From Mr Callaghan:
We have been busy making some improvements to the Independent Learning area of the school website.
The revamped page includes 'revision walkthroughs' which are useful strategies which students in all year groups can use to consolidate their learning in class. We have also 'subject guides' which contain all of the key revision advice for each GCSE subject studied at Deptford Green.
Check out the Revision Walkthroughs on the page HERE
COPING WITH ANXIETY: PLACE2 BE
In the assemblies last week Place2Be presented the following slides. Both for us as adults and for your children, there are some excellent reminders of how to cope with anxiety within them. Do go through this with your child/children if they are experiencing anxiety and do contact your child's year team if you have any concerns.