On Friday 17th January 2020 Denton Community College replaced our usual day with a range of specialist lessons as part of our annual Life Long Learning PSHE Drop Down Day! The day utilises a range of specialist lessons delivered through a mix of external agencies and internal staff in order to cover a range of important PSHE and wider community issues.
Topics were chosen to compliment the age of each student, topics for this year’s event included but were not limited to:
- First aid training,
- Knife crime awareness,
- The dangers of online gambling,
- Hate crime awareness
- Sex and relationships education.
The Drop Down Day allows the college to draw on the experiences of trained professionals and those with lived experience to educate and inform our young people about the wider community and the world they live in.
This day also gives students the opportunity to learn in new and exciting ways, challenging themselves to communicate with new people and learn life essential life skills, becoming well-rounded individuals.
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!
DCC Armistice Day 2019
To commemorate Armistice Day, we once again invite any of our students who are members of Military Cadets, Uniformed Services or Scout organisations to wear their associated uniforms as the college falls silent in remembrance.
Mr Ridgley performs The Last Post
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.
To celebrate 20 years of supporting school breakfast clubs, Kellogg’s has awarded the college £1,000 to enhance the club and help feed our young people in the morning.
The college was selected to receive this boost as Kellogg’s announce they are to double their investment in breakfast clubs in 2019 as more and more schools struggle to find the budget to fund this service for their pupils.
Breakfast clubs help with everything from attendance and attainment to alleviating hunger and providing pre-school care. 68 per cent of teachers believe pupils would struggle to concentrate in class without their breakfast club, according to Kellogg’s research.
Mrs Duffy ( Head of Community) said: “We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. We have since been able to purchase equipment, cereal, milk for our club.
These resources will help us to provide our breakfast club services for our young people and help their families thanks to the support from Kellogg’s.”
Kate Prince, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, at Kellogg’s, said “We’re proud to have spent 20 years supporting so many schools across the UK. We believe all children should have the opportunity to start the day with breakfast, and we know that equipment and resources are just as important to clubs as the food itself.”
Kellogg’s has supported 3,000 school breakfast clubs with funds, food and training over the last 20 years – that’s 70 million bowls of cereal to children all over the UK since 1998.
Denton Students have been taking part in a community Garden Project to make the local area more appealing and improve well being.
The Community Garden project was set up to create a network of partners across Droylsden, Audenshaw and Denton. Partners consist of GP practices, community groups, St Martins Church, Integrated Neighbourhood Manager Jeanette Leach, local volunteers and Action Together Community Wellbeing officer. The project will run between October 2019 and March 2020.
Greenscape run monthly sessions to upskill volunteers and to put together a bespoke project brief for each location. Each partner takes ownership of insuring volunteers and engaging in sessions. The GP practice manager will work with the health champions and GP’s will refer patients into the project. Action Together social prescriber will also refer clients into the project as this has been identified as a gap and people have been identified already as to who would be perfect for the project.
- To improve the greenspace areas across the community.
- To improve wellbeing.
- Reduce social isolation and loneliness.
- Create mutually beneficial networks of support and resilience.
- To improve partnerships & collaboration across localities.
- Support people with low mood, low self-esteem/loss of confidence.
- Support place-based working that improves lives in local communities.
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.