Youth Travel Ambassador (YTA) programme

The Youth Travel Ambassador (YTA) programme empowers secondary school students with the skills and confidence to address transport issues affecting their school community. The programme focuses on increasing the number of students who travel actively, to and from school.

A  team of 5 ambassadors were appointed from  school to participate in the project. They attended a series of sessions delivered by a Youth Tavel Ambassador coordinator from Transport for Greater Manchester. The sessions aim to increase their knowledge of the benefits of active travel, the barriers and issues people may face in travelling this way, as well as understanding what a behaviour change campaign is.

The ambassadors were given the opportunity to gather data on transport issues and barriers affecting their school.  They then used this data to devise and implement their own behaviour change campaigns, targeting their peers. They won the funding to deliver their campaigns  secured at an interschool “Dragon’s Den” style pitching event, where a panel of judges awarded a grant of £500.

At the end of the programme, after the campaigns have been delivered, all participating schools will come together again to celebrate their success and share their achievements.

Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Would you like your child to learn a musical instrument?

Music Lessons are delivered in school by the Tameside Instrumental Music Service.

You can sign up on the link below and the lessons will be arranged to happen here in school.

 

Tameside Music Service

 

Payment goes directly to the Music Service.

 

 

Mr Lewis, our Head of Drama, along with his wife Lisa, will be dancing the night away on March 11th as they aim to raise money for Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne. The event, ‘Strictly Dance’, sees a number of volunteers go way outside their comfort zones as they team up with a partner and learn a full dance routine in just 6 lessons!

The couples then perform their routine in front of an audience of 300 people and a panel of special guest judges, to see who will take home the Glitterball trophy. 

Having never had any form of dance training before, Mr. Lewis is certainly having to put some hard work in but it’s all for such a fantastic cause so it’s definitely worth it! And, of course, he’s always secretly wanted to be a dancer anyway!

To find out more about this wonderful charity, or the event itself, and to keep up-to-date on Team Lewis’ “progress”, please click on the link below. If you are also able to make a donation, no matter how small, it would be hugely appreciated, as Willow Wood really is a very special place that does some incredible work for the people of Tameside.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lisa-Lewis55

Covid-19 Update – Testing on Return to College in January

Since March, students whose parents/carers have given consent for them to take lateral flow tests have been doing so twice a week at home to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 with parents/carers reporting the results and logging them on the NHS Website and College’s Logging Site. We have had a very high uptake and we thank you for your response.

As part of the next stage of the response to the pandemic, schools have been asked to offer COVID-19 tests to students on return after the Christmas break.  There are three options for you to consider:

Option 1: testing at home before the new term starts

If your child has been taking part in home testing with no issues and you have had no issues logging the results, we ask you to ensure your child takes a test on the evening of Tuesday, 04.01.22 prior to returning to College on Wednesday, 05.01.22. To do this you will either need to save a test from a pack your child has already been issued, collect additional tests over the Christmas break from a pharmacy or alternatively order them online. In your child’s second week back in College we will then issue them a further home test kit and ask that you follow Government guidance by continuing home testing for the month of January. We continue to recommend students take their tests, either on a Sunday evening or a Monday morning and either on a Wednesday evening or a Thursday morning.

Option 2: support with testing in school as the new term starts

If your child has been taking part in home testing but you have experienced issues, either with them taking the tests or with logging the test results, we would like to offer the option for them to test once on-site in college on their return in January.

If you would like your child to have their first test in January done on-site in college, let us know by completing this Google Form by 3pm on Thursday, 16.12.21 Students will be asked to self-swab and process the test in a designated area. A trained staff member will then monitor the test result as it develops, allowing the student to return to class. The staff member will read and report the result on the students’ behalf.  After this test is done your child will be issued with a home test kit so they can be involved in home testing throughout January as described above.

Option 3: new to testing

If your child has not previously taken part in home testing but you would now like them to participate, the option for them to take a test on-site in college on their return in January is also open to them.  After the test they will be issued a test kit for involvement in home testing throughout January.

If you would like for your child to have a test in January done on-site in college, please read the attached COVID-19 testing privacy statement detailing the data we will need to collect from you and how it will be treated. If after reading this document you wish to give your consent for your child to take part in the testing programme then please complete the Consent form for Student COVID-19 testing at Denton Community College by 3pm on Thursday, 16.01.21.

The initial testing in school is an important strategy to stop the virus spreading again in January.

Denton Community College COVID-19 Testing Privacy Statement (2)

Letter to Parents Carers 13th December

Year10 French cuisine trip to Manchester

Y10 French GCSE students took the bus into Manchester to widen their horizons and try some traditional French cuisine.

Students sampled poulet, avec pommes de terre au gratin, bifteck-frites, poisson-frites and either a particularly good mousse au chocolat, or a great pavlova or a tarte au citron or some sorbet/glace.

It was a super experience and all students who came loved it! Merci!

 

 

Year10 Spanish trip to El Rincon

Our Y10 Spanish GCSE students took the bus into Manchester to put their Spanish-speaking skills to the test at El Rincón de Rafa and try some traditional Spanish tapas.

Students sampled everything from patatas bravas, chorizo, croquetas de jamón, pinchos, tortilla española, champiñones campesinos and too many more to mention! A huge gracias to the team at El Rincón and ¡hasta la próxima!

Armistice Day Honour Guard

Our Air Cadets, Army Cadets and Explorers formed our Armistice Day Honour Guard this morning whilst Miss Watson performed the last post as we remembered.

Remembrance Day

We have worked hard in the Product Design department to make a soldier for The Stamford Unit at Tameside Hospital, a range of fabric poppies, plastic poppies that adorn the school main entrance pathway and two new soldiers to be displayed at the main reception for Remembrance Day.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Updated – December 2021

Denton Community College has a duty of care to all its students, staff and our wider community.  We are following the advice given out by the Department of Education, the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health.  We are monitoring all advice and guidance and will keep this page updated on a regular basis.

It is important to remember that the virus remains as contagious as ever and still has serious consequences for some people that catch it. The Delta variant can be caught by people who are vaccinated so we do encourage you to reinforce the key messages and steps that can be taken to keep your community safe.

Students have been given information about the Coronavirus and about the importance of good hygiene. Students should not worry as it appears that the young are the least vulnerable age group.  It is important though for them to take precautions so that they do not pass the infection to people who may be more affected. On this page, you will find a short explanation and a link to Government guidance.

Where can I find more information about Coronavirus?

The best way to find out about the Coronavirus and the government’s response is to click here

For specific government advice for parents and carers about schools click here

What are the Symptoms?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are still:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, contagious cough. This means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. This means they cannot smell or taste anything or that things smell or taste differently to normal.

What if my child feels ill?  

If your child has the symptoms of the virus please arrange a PCR test for them. https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Please ring school by 8.30 am to inform us that your child will be off if your child has been allocated a place as the child of a Key Worker.  It would be helpful if you gave full details rather than just saying that they are ill.  If they are self-isolating please tell us that and the start date of their self-isolation.  There is then no need to ring each day unless they need to stay off longer than expected to recover.

Will my child be regularly tested for Coronavirus?

We are continuing to offer Lateral Flow Testing and details of this can be found here:[LINK] Testing plays a vital role in the response to COVID-19 and helps to break chains of transmission by identifying asymptomatic positive cases quickly. This means those who test positive can self isolate keeping other staff and students in face to face education. Reporting all test results, positive or negative, helps the health experts have a clearer picture of any potential outbreaks in different parts of the country.

Currently those students whose parents/carers have given consent take lateral flow device tests twice a week at home to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 and parents/carers report the results, logging them on the NHS Website and College’s Logging Site.

My child hasn’t been involved in home testing but I would like them to be

If you would like your child to participate in the LTF home testing please contact Mr Nixon, Assistant Headteacher to arrange this. We would encourage all families to participate in this. If you have any questions about the testing that he can answer for you, email s.nixon@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk

Do students still have to wear face coverings?

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in schools. However, we do encourage students to use them if they would like to as they do remain an effective method of reducing transmission of the virus. The Director of Public Health may require schools to bring face coverings back if infection rates are of sufficient concern. Face coverings should still be used on public transport.

When should my child or family members self-isolate

The changes in guidance that began on 16th August 2021 have meant a significant change to how the risks around COVID-19 are managed. Perhaps the biggest impact is on contact tracing and self isolation. It means that:

  • Anyone under 18 no longer has to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case.
  • Anyone who is double vaccinated no longer has to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

What will happen with Examinations next summer?

We are currently waiting for the full details of the plans for next summer and will communicate them as soon a we hear. Year 11 students should speak to their individual teaches and revise for the mock examinations taking place in November 2021.

Where can I find additional help during the pandemic?

The information on this page includes Safeguarding Concerns, Foodbanks,  Tameside Support Services, Domestic Violence, Mental Health and other useful links.

Additional Support during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Please also follow the school twitter account for regular updates: @DCC_News

 

Where can I find support with Parenting?

 

Are school trips taking place?

Following guidance from the DfE and Tameside, appropriate school trips will begin to occur again.

What about parents and other visitors coming to school?

We are keen to continue to engage with parents, we will have these discussions on the telephone, Google Meet or through email.  Telephone meetings can be arranged in a normal way.  Visitors should only enter reception if absolutely needed, visitors to the school must make a prior appointment.  The safety of our school community is our main priority.

How will work be provided if the school has to close again or if my child has to self isolate?

We will provide work via Google Classroom and the school VLE. It would be useful for you to check with your child that they can access Google Classroom and their email account.  If there are any problems please let us know.

Please direct any Username and Password issues to:

googlereset@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk

information about how to access Google Classroom and Home learning can be found at by clicking on the word Home Learning below:

Additional information about issues with google classroom can be found on the FAQ links below:

How to log into Google Classroom for the first time

Help with Google Classroom – FAQ

Additional guidance and activities for you and your child on maintaining Internet Safety can be found here:

E-Safety Advice for Parents

How do I help my child during this time? What can I do to explain the situation?

The following document provides specific advice on speaking to your child at this time. It has useful help and tips on how to respond to worries and concerns in relation to COVID -19 and Coronavirus.

Click on this link: Responding to worries about Covid-19, advice for Parents and Carers

Where can I find support for my Mental Health and Isolation?

The NHS is offering Tips and guidance on Mental Health and Wellbeing here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

I require extra support during this period, or I have a Safeguarding Concern?
For Safeguarding concerns, please email: dsl@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk
Other useful numbers include:
Tameside Children’s Social Care – 0161 342 4101 Out of hours: 0342 4444
Childline – 0800 1111
Tameside Housing Advice – 0161 330 2032
Domestic Violence National Helpline – 08082000247
Police (Non urgent) – 101
Samaritans (Emotional Support/Distress) – 116 123
St Mary’s Food Bank (Haughton Green) opening times: 
Tuesday – 4pm-5pm
Wednesday – 3pm-4pm
Friday – 11.30am-12.15pm
This link has the information about local vaccination centres in Tameside https://www.tameside.gov.uk/covidvaccine

If you are concerned that any members of your family have symptoms linked to the Coronavirus, follow Public Health guidance.

Keep the school informed if there is anything that you think we should know about.

Reassure your child and encourage them to keep working hard and do what they can to support others, especially those in vulnerable groups.

What can I do?

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes. Good ventilation is another key protective measure.