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The latest edition of the Denbigh Today Newsletter is now available to view online.

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A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Red Nose Charity Day on Friday 13th raising money for comic relief. A red themed non-uniform day, cake sale, charity basketball match and a 'make your face funny for money' photo-booth helped raise a total of £1588! Well done and thank you to all the staff and students involved in the event.

You are invited to attend "An Introduction to the Key Stage 4 Curriculum" evening which will take place in the Sports Hall on Thursday 26th March.



The main presentation will start at 7.00pm and last for approximately 30 minutes. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss various options with key teachers at stalls, in the street area of the school, from 6.00pm.



There will also be a short time after the presentation to speak to relevant subject teachers. This is an important evening that every parent of a son/daughter currently in Year 9 should attend.

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To celebrate 'World Book Day' students at Denbigh School were welcomed to their lessons by a range of popular book characters. The staff at the School were led by Headteacher, Mr Squires, aka Hagrid the half-giant wizard from Harry Potter. Teachers shared information with students about their favourite characters during each of their classes which prompted discussion and interest in many stories. This was just one of the events that took place at the School – a week-long schedule of activities was undertaken to support English in raising literacy levels and to encourage students in being enthusiastic readers.



The other activities included an exciting visit from Author, Sarah Pinborough, who inspired students with her success at writing fantasy novels. A 'book-swap' took place enabling students to donate their books and then choose something new to read. Tutors shared their much loved childhood stories by reading a chapter during Tutorial and discussing what makes a good story. On World Book Day two short stories were read throughout the day with each of the stories split into 5 parts (1 part for each lesson). Students from Year Groups 7 and 8 enjoyed 'The New World' by Patrick Ness and Year Groups 9 and 10 enjoyed 'Harrison Bergeron' by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The students were full of wonder and anticipation as they talked about the characters and plots during their break times with each of them very eager to get back to their lessons to hear more of the story.

On Monday 9 March, 8 students from Denbigh School were among nearly 1,000 young people from all corners of the UK in attendance at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Observance, Britain's largest annual inter-faith gathering.

The celebration was attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge. This year's Observance celebrated the 2015 Commonwealth theme 'A Young Commonwealth'.

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Cranfield University would like to invite students from Bedfordshire and surrounding areas to spend a weekend with NASA record breaking astronaut, Michael Foale, at Cranfield University, with the chance to have their ideas for an experiment launched to the International Space Station (ISS).

Michael will lead a team of prize winning scientists, engineers and NASA leaders to run 'Mission Discovery' for students aged 13–18 years, on the 7th and 8th March 2015.


Students can sign up to the event as individuals. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

To apply for this amazing experience please follow the instructions on the following link here: http://www.stemcollege.co.uk/missiondiscovery or speak to Mr Russell for further information.

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Students at Denbigh School voice their opinions to gain support at Youth Parliament elections



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Denbigh students awarded 'best product' and 'best overall company' for their enterprising skills



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Winners of "Pods of the Future" competition impress judges with their innovation

During the autumn term 6 Year 12 students attended the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) Innovation Centre based in Milton Keynes to hear all about the development of transport. Their visit entailed an open day introducing the students to the work carried out by TSC. Here they took a look into the future identifying potential solutions to transport problems with one idea being the use of driverless pods. The students also attended a presentation on human interaction with design construction. It was here that they were set the "Pods of the Future" challenge. The competition was open to all Year 12 students in Milton Keynes and they were asked to come up with designs of how self-driving vehicles might look in the year 2025. Students were given the option of working alone or within pairs. They were tasked with submitting their entry as one A3 sheet showing their single design idea, accompanied by one A4 sheet containing a written explanation of the concept.



After an initial look at the entries the judges of the competition invited 10 finalists to talk about their designs to a panel of judges on the evening of Tuesday 16th December. The panel included members of the TSC's Automated Transport Systems (ATS) business unit who are currently working on the real-life self-driving pods that are due to be trialled in Milton Keynes. Zoe Canham with her individual entry and Denzel Onyango and Jamie Williams with their joint proposal were delighted to be selected as finalists. The panel of judges was impressed with the variety of designs which included a cylindrical pod with wheels that rotate around a gyroscope-controlled static centre-frame, a vehicle with hydraulic wheel-struts that would allow it to clear small obstacles and a playful "Moo-Kar" with black solar panels shaped to resemble cow hide (very fitting with Milton Keynes' famous concrete cows). Mr Neil Fulton, ATS Programme Director said; "It was clear that a lot of effort went into the designs and that there was a really good understanding of the brief. Hopefully by 2025 we'll have made the technological advances to ensure that some of the features presented tonight can really be implemented in the pods of the future."



At the end of the judging event Denzel Onyango and Jamie Williams were thrilled to be announced the winners of the competition. Jamie said; "It definitely helped working as a pair on this project. It meant we could bounce a lot of ideas off each other, including many that we threw out early on. We really wanted to come up with something that was different and didn't just feel like any other form of public transport that 20 other people have sat in before you." Their winning entry was an aerodynamic, high-tech design concept that would allow passengers to personalise the vehicle's colour, light settings and entertainment systems via their smart phone. The two-person pod would also run on a special track made up of solar panels that could power the vehicles and be used to display informational graphics.

Following their success Denzel and Jamie have been given the opportunity to join the ATS team for a week-long work experience placement to bring some of their future visions to bear on the current versions of driverless technology. Well done to the Denbigh students for their excellent work on the challenge brief which was undertaken alongside their regular study work. Congratulations to Denzel and Jamie for winning the competition and thank you to Transport Systems Catapult for helping the students to effectively explore intelligent mobility.


Football Mash Up starting next Thursday, and every Thursday from 3-4pm on the astroturf. Sessions are run by FA Qualified Coaches. Any football kit OK. All welcome.

It was great to see everyone back after the Christmas break. We discussed the information we had been given by Karen Fleming at the last meeting and made some decisions about the library project we are working on. We are going to train the school council at Glastonbury Thorn school on Wednesday, which we are really looking forward to.


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School Dates for the New Year


Monday 5th Jan - Inset Day, School Closed to Students

Tuesday 6th Jan - All Students return to School

Youth Parliament Elections

3 Denbigh students hope to be elected as Youth MP for Milton Keynes. Congratulations to Gayatri Vijapurkar (Y10), Ellie Flint (Y11) and Jacob Weinbren (Y11) who were selected to run as Youth MPs for Milton Keynes The Youth Parliament is run by young people and provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. Each area in the UK is invited to elect a Youth Parliament member. See http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/ for more about the YP. In February schools across Milton Keynes will be electing the Youth MP for the city. Good luck to our 3 candidates, and we look forward to hearing more from them in the New Year.

The Denbigh Association meeting arranged for January 5th has been cancelled.



On Wednesday 3rd December Denbigh School hosted the Red Bull Formula One Car; the RB6 – Sebastian Vettel's World Championship Winning car from the 2010 campaign.




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Office 365 now available to all Students for use at home. Please click the link below to log into the school portal and apply for access.



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Advance to go! Denbigh School is now on the Milton Keynes Monopoly Board!



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6th Form Open Evening | Thursday 13th November at 6:30pm



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The New Academic Year - 2014/2015 letter to Parents is now available to view online.



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"Asteroids, Comets and Impacts: Should we worry?"
Dr Robin Catchpole, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
STEM Lecture, Thursday 6th November 2014 in the SF Block @3:15pm



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Talent Show Winners

Congratulations to this years Talent Show Winners

KS3 Winner - Wiktoria

KS4/5 Winner Alex and Arwel

Overall Winner – Daisy







Partners

Denbigh Teaching School Alliance offers a wide range of training and professional development programmes for teachers and other educational professionals across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

Please Visit us at www.DenbighTeachingSchoolAlliance.net

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) allows graduates to train as teachers in local schools. Denbigh Teaching School in partnership with St Paul's Catholic School and more than 15 partner schools from Milton Keynes and the surrounding area will be training teachers in 2015/16.

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