The countdown to Christmas has now begun! The Year 10 Photography class felt festive listening to Christmas songs as they designed the school Christmas card. Watch this space for the winning designs!
As usual it has been a busy few weeks. Congratulations to our Year 10 & 11 basketball team who are through to the finals of the Lewisham school games. Come on boys! Our year 11 volleyball team are looking forward to thrashing the staff team next Friday, and the KS3 girls football teams are looking forward to future successes after a strong training session this week.
Many staff have been busy practising for the staff pantomime. Mr Heelbeck has been cracking the whip ensuring our students will get a great show at the end of term. (See poster later in the newsletter).
Green Careers Week was thought-provoking and provided students in KS3 with detailed information and guidance on Green skills and Green careers. Do look through all the Careers activities going on below including information for ex-students and our alumni.
I could not be prouder of our Year 11's. They have smashed the first round of their PPE's and showed real commitment, tenacity and DG spirit during the past two weeks. We look forward to rewarding their efforts at a year group breakfast later this term.
A huge thank you to all of our families who contributed to the school voluntary fund. The fund raised this year will be put towards the school covering a free Christmas dinner for every student later this term. Due to budget constraints, this was a reward we would have been unable to offer this year without your support so this is thanks to you! If you would still like to contribute, please do visit parent pay and make a small donation.
As we all know, the cost of living has risen significantly this year. There are many in our local community who will be struggling this Christmas. We will be hosting a number of charity fundraising activities as a school community to help others in need as part of our school's GREAT values. I will write to you with further details later next week. It would be fantastic if many of our students get on board with these activities. You will see in the Parent Information section, lots of advice and links to charities if you are in need of support.
Strengthening relationships with our families is important to us here at Deptford Green. There are many ways in which you can support the school including attending our first Crafternoon tea of the year on Thursday 1st December 4-5pm. I hope to see many of you there. Please see the poster later in the newsletter for more details on how you can become more involved in school life.
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
Deptford Green Adopts the Halo Code
The Halo Code is a campaign pledge, signed by schools and businesses, that promises members of the Black community that they have the ‘freedom and security to wear all afro-hairstyles without restriction or judgement’. This includes any child...
This festive season staff @DeptfordGreen School will be supporting the @metpoliceuk Christmas Tree Appeal 2022, to buy toys for local children in need. Please click below #MetPoliceChristmasTreeAppeal if you are also able to help. #lewisham #deptford #exploredreamdiscover https://t.co/r01scahndy
A spooky time was had by students and staff who enjoyed @Womaninblack_UK last night at @FortuneTheatre1. A scary show, which has haunted the West End for over three decades is closing in March so get your tickes! #westendtheatre #ExploreDreamDiscover #GCSEDrama https://t.co/PvAnwhk7gS
A treasure hunt in year 7 maths today. There were such high energy levels, we wonder who will win! The lesson was on orders of operations #exploredreamdiscover #lewisham #deptford https://t.co/b4tqi6eiyy
Every Tuesday we offer FREE dance classes provided by @StepintoDance to our students, all are welcome. Students should see Mrs Pritchard if they are interested. #dancelikenobodyswatching #lewisham #deptford #exploredreamdiscover https://t.co/8iUxlorX81
Well done to the Y10 & Y11 basketball team who are through to the final of the @LewishamSG School Games basketball tournament after winning both of their matches on Monday night #Lewisham #Deptford #ExploreDreamDiscover #Basketball https://t.co/ORU03Xp0jB
DG Students working on #parklife project were discussing how to address the climate emergency in Lewisham with Victoria Willis @LewishamCouncil Tackling #litter was high on the agenda! #Lewisham #Deptford #ExploreDreamDiscover https://t.co/kEdTsslSGB
Year 7 - Sidney has made some real improvements since starting at Deptford Green. He is really passionate about certain subjects and I am pleased to see such progress and enthusiasm - Ms Young
Year 8 - Talha has made a great start to this half term and is constantly exhibiting positive learner behaviours - Mr Jones
Year 10 – Naomi for taking her role as RPM (Restorative Peer Mentor) seriously and having a positive impact on the year 7 tutor group she is attached to - Ms Williams
Year 11 -Maya for always doing the right thing and working really hard - Mr Conway
Deptford Green Adopts the Halo Code
The Halo Code is a campaign pledge, signed by schools and businesses, that promises members of the Black community that they have the ‘freedom and security to wear all afro-hairstyles without restriction or judgement’. This includes any child who wishes to wear their hair however they choose to in school.
At Deptford Green we fully adopt the code. Our principle is ‘My Hair, My Rules’. By adopting this code, we are demonstrating our commitment to a world free from discrimination, where all Black members of our community have their identities fully recognised and celebrated.
We want out young people to move into the next stages of their lives, in college and employment, feeling confident in the people that they are, celebrating their identities and their place in the world. Able to challenge discrimination and prejudice in all it forms. We will continue to maintain our rules around a smart school uniform as we think this is also an important aspect of having a professional approach to work, but we will protect our students’ racial, ethnic, cultural and religious identities.
What our students say:
“I like the rule of my hair my rules because as a girl I like having my hair short, and this rule allows me to be who I want to be’ Inalen
“This rule to me means freedom and equality for all as well as letting people express themselves and their identity” Raya
“I think the school is doing a good thing by letting people embrace what they do with their own hair because other schools don’t let that happen” Robyn
“I have never been oppressed because of what I have done to my hair, but I know that other people have been. I am glad I will be supported no matter what I do to my hair and so will everyone else” Kate
“I think my hair my rules is a good idea because people can’t control what you look like” Henry
“The Halo code shows equality for everyone in the school” Alex
“Halo means that I am allowed to be proud of my natural hair no matter how big or curly it is” Ella
“To me it means to be able to express yourself in any way you like” Ihsan
Some people change the world and they do it in big ways. Other people change the world for their families, for their local communities and this is just as significant. Some people change the world through protest, think of the brave souls who after years of campaigning in Bristol to remove the statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader, and not being listened to, took matters into their own hands and through collective action removed the statue themselves. Was the statue about history or about celebration? Was their action vandalism or democracy in action?
Some people change the world through activism. The years of relentless campaigning by Doreen Lawrence to get justice for her son Stephen has meant a better, safer and more equal society for all of us. But there is still work to be done.
Some people change the world through their artistic expression and their special talents.
Harriet Tubman an Abolitionist said: “You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world”.
In October we had our Cultural Evening, a celebration of Black History Month. We were lucky to welcome our guest speaker and co-founder of Knights Of Publishing, Aimée Felone. Knights of is an independent publisher of children’s literature whose mission is to be more inclusive and diverse. It is important growing up that we see representations of ourselves in the books that we read and that stories reflect our own cultures and backgrounds.
The work of People like Aimée means that our own school library can be stocked full of inclusive and diverse stories. Thank you Mr Paish...
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN: SYBIL PHOENIX
As part of Black History Month we were able to host the exhibition: Making Things Happen, a retrospective on the life of Sybil Phoenix. Thank you to We Are Lewisham, Geraldine Walsh, Lucia Tambini and Woodrow Phoenix for allowing us to have the exhibition at Deptford Green. Mrs Phoenix represents something special for us at Deptford Green because much of her work supporting young people in our community has happened in the area around our school. In 1971 Mrs Phoenix founded a youth club for black teenagers on Pagnell Street and named it Moonshot. The club was in an old mission hall and became a community hub for local black people where there were academic classes, a lending library, dances, a football team, support for young mothers and social evenings for the elderly.
The centre was destroyed one night in an arson attack by members of the right-wing extremist National Front. Mrs Phoenix vowed to rebuild it, she said: ‘My name is Phoenix, and I will build a new centre from the ashes of this club, so god help me’. In 1981 the new Moonshot opened and it was the first purpose build centre for the black community in the UK. It is still open to this day, playing host to Playhouse Nursey and IRIE Dance amongst other things.
Mrs Phoenix has also fostered hundreds of children from our local community and has been a voice and an advocate for hundreds of people over the years. She is a true icon in our community and has made such a big difference over many years. Thank you Mrs Phoenix.
by Alex Y10
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BLACK?
What does it mean to be black?
It means that you carry your culture in your skin, your hair, your words
What does it mean to be black?
It means that people think you can be too dark or too light
Are you even black?
How hard is it to be black?
To live in a world where you have to try to fit in because of your skin
How hard is it to be proud of your hair, even if you don’t like it
Some want to blow dry it to make it straighter, more manageable, less black
Does that make it easier for me or for them?
It makes you question your identity.
Am I black?
Am I black enough?
What does it mean to be black and female?
It’s hard to be tough in this unforgiving world and not be seen as violent
The stereotype of the angry black woman getting in the way
Am I black?
Am I a woman?
Am I enough?
What do you think?
by Zena Y10
The year 8-9 basketball team competed in a knockout tournament at Bonus Pastor school on the 15th of November. The team got off to an amazing start beating Conisborough school narrowly 9-8 with Roshan Muhiden scoring the winning basket with seconds on the clock. The team then got knocked out to the eventual winners St Matthews in the semi-final after a good display. All involved represented the school excellently!
DRYDEN GOODWIN BREATHE 2022
Year 10 & 11 students have participated in Breathe 2022, where they drew frames for a stop motion animation highlighting the effects of air pollution in Lewisham. The animation will be projected onto Catford Townhall from November 30th. Please do come along and see their beautiful work! Click HERE to learn more about the project
GEOGRAPHY VISIT TO THE THAMES BARRIER
On Wednesday 8th November, a group of year 8 pupils visited The Thames Barrier in Greenwich. The aim of the trip was to learn about how the barrier works and how it protects London from flooding.
Year 8 are studying the topic of Rivers this half-term and this visit would have given them an in-depth insight into how tidal rivers work and why the management of the Thames is important to London.
Pupils looked at flood maps and the potential disaster of a flood in central London. They had to decide what items they would take with them if a flood did happen and they were able to run a practice drill of operating the barrier in the even of a high tidal surge.
INTERVIEW WITH MS NEMBHARD WITH KHYRN & YUSSUF Y10
Khyrn & Yussuf are doing this interview as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
Yussuf: Where are you originally from?
Ms. N: Originally, I am from the south of France, I grew up in a town called Montpellier, it is a beautiful place near the seaside. It also a university town so thousands and thousands of students live there.
Fun fact, the medical school in Montpellier is the oldest continuously working medical school in Europe and as a sixth former in Montpellier, visiting their medical museum was a very entertaining, if gruesome, way to spend an afternoon!
Yussuf: Did you attend the university?
Ms N: Yes, I did attend the university.
Khyrn: What brought you to England?
Ms N: In France, like a lot of European countries, if you don’t speak other languages, your access to the job market is quite restricted. I came to England because I wanted to improve my English before I started applying for jobs. I came to London and I really loved it so I started working here. I met my husband, had children and I stayed (but I’m still trying to improve my English).
Khyrn: What made you want to work in a school?
Ms N: I really enjoy working with young people, however, I didn’t know that to begin with. When I was younger a few people had told me I would probably enjoy working with young people. However, maybe because my mum was a teacher, I partly resisted the idea. Overall I really enjoy working with young people and try to give them access to things I might not have had access to when I was a student.
Yussuf: Why did you choose Deptford green?
Ms. N: Partly, it’s because I live in the borough of Lewisham, so it is a very convenient commute to work! Also, I think because I work in the area I live in, it adds another dimension to my role. My role is to provide you (students) with as many opportunities as possible. I also believe Deptford Green is a very special school with very special young people in it.
Yussuf: If you could just expand on that last point, what is your role at DG?
Ms N: My job title is Careers Coordinator so that includes organising things like Work Experience (mainly Y10) , ensuring that you as young people are aware of opportunities in the job market and in further education but also making sure you are prepared to access those opportunities. A typical day might include meeting with universities to seewhat I can organise for different year groups for example so you can visit them either to try out a subject or to have mentoring. I might also take students to visit an employer. This is the result of me linking and making connections with employers, outside organisations, colleges and universities etc so young people at Deptford Green can develop an awareness of different pathways and have avenues to explore and develop their interests and transferable skills. I really love my job because I get to work with you (young people) for part of the day and to also link with the outside world so there is a variety that I really enjoy.
Khyrn: What do you like most about your job?
Ms N: There’s a variety of things I love. For example, because I live in the area, I sometimes see ex-students and talk about what they have gone on to do after their GCSEs and to know that I was a little part of yours and their journey to becoming successful people is immensely rewarding. It’s joyful.
Maybe I also have a short attention span, so I enjoy doing a variety of different tasks and use different skills and learn new things every day and this job allows me to do that.
Khyrn: How long have you been working at DG and what made you stay?
Ms N: Soon I will have been working here for longer than some students here have been alive! I was trying to work out how long I have been working here earlier today; I think 13 years and what made me stay? I think it is because the young people are amazing, so I really love working here.
Yussuf: What are your passions?
Ms N: On a professional level , my passion is to make sure that young people have access to opportunities. I believe passionately in fairness, social mobility and social justice and I think my role is hopefully a part of that. Although I grew up in a beautiful place in France, there was not that many opportunities available to us and there were barriers to accessing opportunities so I think that part of my role, to make sure you have those opportunities, is my passion. In my personal life, I love my family, I love spending time with them, I love reading and art, theatre and cooking.
Yussuf: What is your favourite food?
Ms N: I love fresh food, food from the market. I love French food, food from home like my family’s cooking. I also love Jamaican food (part of my family is Jamaican) such as rice and peas, jerk chicken and ackee and salt fish .
Yussuf: Are there any books you would like to recommend to the students?
Ms N: One book that I loved was Small Island by Angela Levy. I also watched the play and the TV adaptation, which I loved equally.
Khyrn: What is the book about?
Ms N: It is about the Windrush generation. About coming to a new country and expectation vs the reality of that journey. It is about family, love and race and I feel it is a very beautiful and moving and important story.
Yussuf: One final question from me. What is your favourite holiday destination?
Ms N: Because I live away from my family, I like to visit France as for me holiday is all about family.
Khyrn: When is the last time you visited France?
Ms N: Last summer. I spent the whole holiday there. It was really nice, hot and relaxing, going to the sea, to the river and just being with family. I rarely travel to far away destinations.
Yussuf & Khyrn: Thank you very much for letting us interview you.
Ms N: No problem, my pleasure.
National Green Careers Week with the Construction Youth Trust
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 met with a variety of employers to discuss how their career could and should help reduce carbon emissions and make environmental improvements.
Thanks to The Construction Youth Trust, we met with employers who told us about how their work in the Built Environment is changing to help tackle climate change. Sustainability and Project Managers, Thermal Heating Installers, Engineers, Plumbers were some examples of jobs included in a game of Careers Top Trump cards which provided an opportunity for Y7 and Y8 students to explore the technical and green skills required for each job, the pathways into those jobs and salary expectations.
London Schools Climate Kickstart 22 Campaign -Green Careers
In a green job, you might also develop products, design new services and places or influence and facilitate the way people and businesses do things so they are more sustainable and friendlier to the environment.
Did you know you could study Anthropology and work with communities to redesign their environment?
Did you know that you could study History and work to design policies for local government to achieve Carbon Zero?
Y9 students met with Sam and Jake from the Collaborative Design Team at Sustrans to discover new roles and learn how designers, urban planners and engineers work with communities to design healthier cities. Students were then tasked with reimagining Sanford Street, in front of our school, to encourage cycling and repurpose it into a cleaner and more pleasant multipurpose space.
Sustrans is a national organisation working to create places with clean air and green spaces and where people can walk and cycle. Thank you for visiting Deptford Green and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
What are Green skills and Green Careers? Why should our students be interested?
Start LMI says: "Green Skills refer to the technical skills, knowledge, behaviours, and capabilities required to tackle the environmental challenges we face. Some jobs and roles might not be directly linked to delivering sustainable or environmental outcomes, but they can still make a significant contribution.
Green skills can be grouped into hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are especially important when considering green jobs and the green industry and include Engineering & Technical skills, Science skills, Operational Management skills and Monitoring. The following soft skills are also deemed as highly important, Design Thinking, Creativity, Adaptability, Resilience, and Empathy.”
Watch these videos to see examples of green jobs, what makes these jobs green and how you can they help tackle climate change.
SPACE LAB- Creative Art Astronomy workshop- Thursday 10th November
Students in Year 7 and 8 met with Creative Computing Artist and UAL Lecturer Jazmin Morris and Dominic Galliano, Physicist and Cosmologist and Head of Public Engagement at UCL. We loved hearing about their work and students had plenty of interesting questions about the universe. Students then explored concepts of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning using software and 3D modelling to create their own Cosmos Artwork.
Artist Nicola Rae joined us and students will take part in another workshop next term to exhibit their work at APT Gallery- Watch this space!
“I really enjoyed using 3D modelling to create my own planet artwork and it also made me want to learn more science”.
Scholarship Opportunity Alert for Ex-Deptford Green Students applying to University
If you are an Ex-Deptford Green student, applying to university and you and your family live in a L&Q property, you could be awarded £6000 for three years to contribute towards your student fees.
Considering the Cost-of-Living Crisis and university costs, this amount could be life-changing. Please share with young people who could apply.
Complete the Expression of Interest form online by clicking HERE
If eligible, you will then receive a call and be invited to complete an application form, leading to interviews before final selection.
*The closing date for Expression of Interest is 3rd January 2023
Students should be applying for university entry in 2023
Students can live out in university accommodation or at home with their family and attend any university but must be included on an L&Q tenancy as a dependant and will need to provide the tenancy number from the head of the household. Good luck!
If you are a Deptford Green alumnus, we would love to hear from you!
Let us know where you are now, share your journey with younger students, feature in posters around school, come back and visit or simply stay connected.
You can either fill in the form on this link: Click HERE or join our Future First Alumni Network: click HERE
ANTI-BULLYING WEEK: WHAT PARENTS/CARERS NEED TO KNOW
The Anti-bullying Alliance says:
As parents and carers we all want our children to be happy and safe, and it is natural to worry about bullying - particularly if we have experienced bullying ourselves or think our child may be more vulnerable to bullying. The good news is you are not alone! The Anti-Bullying Alliance and its members are here to work with children, families, and schools to help keep children safe.
Every November schools throughout the United Kingdom take part in Anti-Bullying Week. This is an opportunity to spotlight bullying and consider the steps we can take together to stop it.
As a parent or carer, you are a vital piece of the puzzle in tackling bullying. You have a unique role to play in guiding and supporting your child through their school years and there are many positive steps you can take to help keep your child safe from bullying and harm. One of the steps is knowing when to ask for support. At the end of this resource, we have included details of organisations like Kidscape that can help.
This tool was written with Kidscape and is designed to give you information about bullying, tips about what to do if you’re worried about bullying, the tools to help you talk to your children about bullying.
There will be an art exhibition on the night so do come along for an evening of talent, creativity and celebration!
Staff at the school are supporting the Metropolitan Police Christmas Tree Appeal 2022 providing toys for local children in need so that they can have something to smile about this Christmas. (see our Twitter above)
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS
If you are interested in helping at school events by running a refreshment stall, helping fundraise or help develop links with the community, email Library@deptfordgreen.co.uk
If you want to get involved with the Arts at school or have some ideas or skills you can offer to the department, email AHeiser@deptfordgreen.co.uk
A Parent/Carer skills audit will be sent out early next week so please look out for that and feed back. Thank you.
Join our Lewisham community event to answer the question - what do you want mental health staff to know about your experiences?
We know that trust, stigma, power dynamics, perception of threat, and racial trauma all affect the experiences of Black families seeking support from mental health services. We have been developing ideas to change these experiences, with a community-led campaign to improve the knowledge and awareness of staff working at Lewisham CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service).
We hope you can join us for this event to explore your views on:
What do staff need to know about your fears and expectations for mental health support?
What do staff need to know about you and your experience so far?
How can Lewisham CAMHS staff help to further improve the mental health of Lewisham's young people?
We hope by the end of this meeting to have a clear sense of how things are at the moment and what we need to do next. We also want to tell people how they can continue to be involved in the campaign, for example by joining our steering group.
At Deptford Green School we want to do all we can to support our students and their families through the cost-of-living crisis. Please read the following overview of the support we can offer.
Get in touch with us to let us know if you’re struggling with your finances
Deptford Green School will do all we can to support you and your families during this challenging time. We know everyone is feeling the pinch this winter and we want to support those families in our school community who are impacted the most. If you’re struggling with your finances, please do get in touch to let us know, as there may be things, we can suggest which will help. We want to do everything we can to help you and your child through this difficult winter.
Check to see if your child is now entitled to free school meals (FSM)
If your child is eligible for free school meals (FSM) you need to get them registered. This will allow them to get a free meal at school, and we’ll get extra funding to support your child’s learning. Contact our school office on 0208-691-3236 for more information.
Contact your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau or Family Hub
CITIZEN'S ADVICE BUREAU (CAB)
You don’t have to be a UK citizen to get support from your local CAB, you just need to be
a resident of the local area. The CAB can help you with:
Getting benefits of other financial support organised
Accessing support for essential costs (food, bills, rent)
Visit the Citizens Advice website or contact your local branch to book an appointment. Freephone Lewisham Advice Line is open. Call us on 0800 231 5453 to talk to an advisor (Mon to Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:00pm).
Contact your local Family Hub to get help accessing all the support you might need as a family. The closest Family Hub to Deptford Green School is Bessborough Family Hub in Westminster. The lead contact is Catherine Drake Wilkes and the email address is:
You may be able to get benefits paid early if you’re already feeling the squeeze - this is known as ‘a short-term benefit advance’ - you will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office that’s dealing with your claim.
Check you’ve received all the government’s cost of living payments
The government's cost of living payment is available for those receiving certain benefits or tax credits. You don’t need to apply for these – if you’re eligible the money should go straight into your account.
Be aware of scams! If you receive any emails, texts or phone calls asking you to fill in an application form or asking for your bank details to receive a cost-of-living payment, do not talk to them or send a reply. Get more information on cost of living scams on the Money Saving Expert's website.
Find out what help you can get with your energy bills
Use food waste apps and websites like Olio,(for free food and household items from your local community), Too Good To Go, (for low cost food from local restaurants), or Low Price Foods (food that has passed its best before date, but is still safe to consume)
Here is the latest newsletter from the Lewisham Parent & Carer's Forum for parents/carers of children with additional needs and disabilities. Click HERE
To all staff, students and parents in our Deptford Green community:
I encourage everyone to take care on your journeys to and from school now that mornings and evenings are getting darker. This could be as simple as taking out ear-pods when crossing the road and being extra vigilant.
Whilst our brains are amazing in how they automatically do things without us even thinking about it, they do deserve a little support now and then as we adjust to the changes in wintertime.
This year, our school community has witnessed a few unexpected and difficult experiences in and around the school. It is important to remember that such experiences are unusual, but if you feel that you have been affected by them, Place2Talk and Place2Think are services available to all.
COLLECT AN APPLICATION FORM FROM MR McDONALD OR MS JOAUVEL
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES ON OFFER AT DEPTFORD GREEN
Here's an opportunity in your school to make a difference in your world. Everyone can make a difference. All they need is a voice. YOU HAVE THAT VOICE. Come to debate mate with Mr Ramsay and learn how to use your voice effectively.
Mr Watts is holding this film club for all you film buffs and potential film professionals!
MR CONWAY & MR WALKER OFFER FOOTBALL COACHING WITH JF SKILL SCHOOL EVERY SATURDAY MORNING FOR Y7 -Y9
GET INTO DANCE!
'Step Into Dance' going strong. All ages welcome. Tuesday 3.15pm-4.15pm in the Drama Studios
We have an amazing dance instructor and full programme of classes, performances and visits planned. All dance classes are free. Come along and dance away!