Celebrating English at DCC
It’s been a great few weeks for book and poetry lovers at Denton, with our annual World Book Day celebration really getting students and staff talking about their favourite books. Not only were teachers dressed as their favourite book characters, but they were also wearing a label about their favourite books. Students were tasked with speaking to as many teachers as they could during the day, noting down their favourite book and the reason for loving it so much. The students with the most teachers and books on their list at the end of the day won a lovely (though non-literary prize). See if you can work out who was who below:
DCC Students were also celebrating getting their names in print last week, as copies of the National Young Writers Poetry Anthology began to arrive at school. This year we had an unprecedented number of entries for this brilliant competition and as a result, a huge number of year 8 and 9 students have seen their poems published in this wonderful book. This year the theme was Identity, and a lot of our students really seemed to connect with this, producing some emotional, deeply moving, unusual, and downright hilarious poems. It’s such a special occasion to have a piece of writing published and we couldn’t be prouder of our poets!
Year 9 students from Design Technology visited the TeenTech event at Manchester University last week.
Altogether 10 students took the opportunity to be inspired by the contemporary world of Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM).
The TeenTech event gave students the opportunity to try their hand at experiments, to handle leading-edge technology and, most importantly to spend time with Engineers, Technologists and Scientists influencing their 21st-century lives.
Various prizes were handed out and the Denton “Teen Tech” ambassadors won the award for ’Best Design’ with one of their concepts. Well done Teen Tech Team!
Denton Community is proud to announce it’s the latest set of Alumni from the Brilliant Club University Scholars Programme. The students graduated from Manchester University last week after completing University style dissertations based on a wide range of topics in a range of disciplines. These included English, Maths, Science and Humanities.
This is the 4th Year that the college has been involved with the Brilliant Club programme and it is again a year of tremendous success for all the students involved.
This year 34 Denton students completed this challenging academic exercise, all students managed to complete all aspects of the course and submit work in order to obtain a University Style Degree Certificate.
The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, these are then supplemented by two university trips. It aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools. DCC has worked with the programme for four years.
This year DCC entered it’s the largest cohort of students and they worked to complete University style dissertations over an extended period of time. The students were highly successful and produced the best results the school has seen from the programme.
Their work was marked with a University style grading system, and over 30% of the Cohort received the highest grade of either a 1st and 20% achieved a 2:1. These grades demonstrate that these students are working at A level standard. 50% of students achieved the next two grades of 2:2 or 3rd which are as good as GCSE level. All these grades are an amazing achievement considering that the students have not yet begun GCSE courses.
Congratulations to all involved, and special thanks to Ms Driver for organising, arranging and supporting this opportunity.
DCC were last night crowned U13 Champions in the Tameside Girls Football Tournament.
The Tournament has taken place over 2 weeks and demonstrated the spirit, determination and talent of the U13 Girls team.
After cruising through the first week of the tournament with a spectacular win over Hyde (6-0) and Fairfield B (5-0) the girls faced a tough second week with 4 games ahead of them. They started off the first game with a tough start with a 1-1 draw against Alder, the drama was heightened with a late equaliser! They then went onto win against Fairfield A, Droylsden and Rayner Stephens.
The team didn’t know the results of the other schools when they had finished their round of matches and had an agonising wait whilst the other scores came in. However, this wait added to the celebrations and made victory all the sweeter as Denton Community College were declared winners of the Tameside Tournament!
The girls were outstanding throughout all games, they showed fantastic sportsmanship and as always represented DCC in a respectable manner. Miss Redfern would like to that she is “Super proud” of all the girls and wants to say Well done!
Students had the opportunity to take part in an engaging and rewarding trip to Barcelona.
40 students from Year 9 and 10 headed to the Catalan Capital and the surrounding areas and had a fantastic educational experience that enriched their understanding of Geography. The group were wonderful throughout, and the trip broadened their understanding of many key topics in the course.
During their time in Catalunya, the group visited the serene Montserrat mountains, explored the beaches of the Delta del Ebro, investigated the coastline of Salou, and engaged in sightseeing across central Barcelona.
The Year 11 netball team won the final week of netball fixtures. After cruising through the semi-finals where they beat St Damian’s. The team dug deep in a nail-biting final and beat St Thomas More. It was a very tense and close-fought game. Mrs Ward was extremely proud of the effort of all the players in the match and in the competition overall. Well done & Congratulations!
LEP Sports Leaders Training
On Friday 18th October 2019 some of our year 9 Sports Leadership Academy students delivered a Sports Leaders Training afternoon to year 5 students from 5 of our LEP Primary Schools. They delivered activities to help develop their team-building skills and leadership qualities, alongside helping them to plan, set-up and deliver their own activities/games. The year 5 students had a great afternoon getting to know each other and having lots of fun! A special thanks to Ruby, Chloe, Ruby, Ria, Andrew, Olivia and Isabelle for planning and delivering this afternoon! The Year 5 students will now go on to deliver sports clubs to younger students at break time and lunch in their Primary school.
Well done to former student Harriet Atkinson who has been voted Student of the Year 2019. We are so proud of Harriet and her journey into engineering.
Students from DCC performed at The Plaza Stockport as part of Gibsons Dance Academy show this weekend. Miss Moran, Teacher of Dance went to watch and was incredibly proud of each and every one of them. Well done!