Denbigh School News
Carrie King, international author of the Joni-Pip series of books visited Denbigh School on Wednesday 22 July to sign copies of her book for a line of excited students, all interested to read about the main character's journey through time.
Living locally in Shenley Church End, successful author Carrie, chatted with students about how she became an author and where her inspiration for writing comes from. She also met with up again with Year 8 Denbigh student and budding writer Joshua Nicholson, who has written a piece in the book on the characters catchphrases and analysed the fun use of the author's language throughout 'The Life in the Wood – with Joni-Pip'.
Delighted that the widely acclaimed author could attend the book signing, Headteacher Andy Squires said:
"I am so pleased Carrie agreed to meet with students and discuss what being an author entails. Denbigh School is committed to promoting high standards of literacy and we encourage all of our students in their love of learning. Carrie is the perfect example of the perseverance and hard work it takes to become an author. Her passion for literature and creative arts are very apparent."
Carrie generously left some signed copies of her books in the School library for all of Denbigh students to enjoy.
This summer holiday, a significant number of children will be picking up their tablets and consoles to embark on a six week marathon of online gaming. According to a survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 5 – 18, nine in ten (91%) parents say their kids play games online. While the majority of parents say they limit the amount of time their children spend online gaming, a third (34%) admit that their child plays at least once a day.
Students in Modern Foreign Languages chose and then cooked the following Italian recipes: bruschetta, crostini, tiramisu. The Phote can be found on the school portal using the link below.
The Enigma Maths Hub hosted a conference over 2 days called 'Welcome to your A-Level Maths'. This was held at Denbigh School where Year 11 students from across the local area began preparation for A-Level Maths ahead of their Year 12 studies. The students participated in various Maths sessions and they challenged themselves with a competition to test their knowledge gained throughout the conference. Guest speakers from The Open University and FMSP (Further Mathematics Support Programme) spoke to the students about A-Level Maths and the opportunities open to them for later career choices.
Mr Anthony Brown, Science Faculty Head at Denbigh School, embraced the challenge of trialling one of Trajan Scientific and Medical's latest product innovations, the Grale HDS MiPlatform.
Mr Brown experimented with many applications and found the perfect use for the unique microscope platform with the help of his smartphone. He used the MiPlatform to transform his phone into an essential astronomy tool. Using the MiPlatform as a stabilising device on the microscope, Mr Brown found he was able to take an iconic picture of a Solar Eclipse. Since working with the School on this product, Trajan, located in Crownhill, have successfully launched the MiPlatform to industry for a range of applications such as pathology diagnostics and medical research.
Astronomy Now magazine has also featured an advert on the product and Trajan is extremely pleased with the partnership developed with Denbigh. Trajan is an international company delivering breakthrough solutions in the fields of scientific and medical analysis. Trajan's Grale HDS brand encompasses pathology and microscopy products such as the MiPlatform, for use by the education, scientific and medical communities.
Mr Squires, Headteacher of Denbigh School, said: "Following the successful product trial, Trajan has awarded the School with £500 per year for the next 3 years to spend on equipment for the Science Faculty. We aim to strengthen our links with Trajan and look forward to working on further product developments at the cutting edge of Science. Denbigh students will benefit from the support provided by Trajan with effective programmes of study in the teaching and learning of Science in the classroom."
Mr Hall, EMEA Operations and Distribution Manager of Trajan Scientific and Medical, commented: "We are delighted with the initiative taken with our MiPlatform product and look forward to working with Denbigh School further to strengthen links with our local education community."
This is an exciting opportunity for students to take part in a labcast run by Dr Simon Sheridan from the Open University and Mrs Jenny Hallam from Denbigh School.
Friday 26th June 2015 at Denbigh School, 9:30am - 10:30am.
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This morning there was a small fire in one of our DT rooms which was unoccupied by students at the time. No-one was hurt and students returned to lessons as normal once the School was deemed to be safe by the Fire Brigade. Students who were completing public examinations during that time also had to be evacuated and the examination board procedures for this type of eventuality have been followed.
The Fire Officer who attended the scene commended us on the effective evacuation of the School, the prompt response by the students and their exemplary behaviour.
Y9 citizenship students are entering a creative writing competition, for more information on the competition click here
Denbigh School students participated in a case study delivered through the School University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI). This case study outlines a graphic design project from the 'Open Creativity' strand of activity, organised by the Engaging Opportunities team in the second year of their project.Click here to view the full case study
Come along and discover the career opportunities available in design, engineering and manufacturing.
Niftylift Open Day, Saturday 6th June 2015, 10:00-12:30
Discover your potential to shape the world we live in...
Find out if you have the problem-solving, big thinking, team working skills to be a globetrotting engineer of tomorrow and visit the Engineering exhibition at the Science Museum, London.
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Year 12 students, Brian Hornsby, Amir Nayebkosh, Kai Tattingham and Joseph Webster have recently completed a six month enrichment project taking part in the Engineering Education Scheme (EES). This prestigious educational programme allows teams of selected students from schools across the region (Beds, Bucks, Herts & Cambs) the opportunity to work with a local engineering company on a project based working partnership. The four students worked alongside two professional engineers from Niftylift, Sam Thornton and Thomas Cousins (previously a Denbigh Engineering student, now working as a Design Engineer at Niftylift) on a real life engineering project set by the company. The boys were given the brief to design and develop a prototype test rig to evaluate the strain gauges on the machines manufactured at Niftylift. The purpose of the strain gauge is to monitor loads that the machine carries on the platform as a safety feature. This was a challenging brief which required the students to develop strong skills in team work, structured research & design and manufacture. They applied their skills and created solutions suitable for industrial application...
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The familiar captivating atmosphere of the Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships was experienced once again by Denbigh students. The U16 boys Badminton team comprising Sean Chal (Year 11), James Cheshire (Year 10), Max Goldman (Year 10) and Callum Hemming (Year 11) showcased outstanding skills at the National Finals. This was held at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest where the Denbigh team was surrounded by superb talent from schools that had travelled to the event from places up and down the country. The Denbigh team played extremely well gaining the following winning results; 3-2 versus Thurston Community College (Bury St Edmunds), 5-0 against Cramlington Learning Village (Northumberland) and 4-1 with Failsworth School (Manchester). They finished as runners-up after losing 3-2 on the last point of their last game against Trentham High School (Stoke on Trent).
Mr Linbourne, PE Faculty Head of Denbigh School said;
"The Denbigh team has come a long way in this popular competition. This year over 6,400 teams were represented from 1,600 schools. The boys showed strength and resilience throughout their matches and were extremely close to being crowned champions, just losing out in their final game. They should be very proud of what they have achieved."
To view the revision session timetables for year 12 and 13 please click the relevant link below.
Year 12 Revision Sessions
Year 13 Revision Sessions
After winning the High Sheriff's shield at the local heat of the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial competition, Denbigh students are busy preparing to compete at the regional final which will take place at Reading Crown Court on Saturday 9th May. It is here that they will be assessed on their ability to prosecute and defend a case involving criminal damage to a car.
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2015 Art Competition, Theme: Related to Books. Please see the full competition details attached below and return your entry to Mr Davis by 3pm on June 8th.
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Denbigh's award winning Young Enterprise team 'Clip-it' has stepped it up a level after receiving a sweep of awards at the Young Enterprise Area Finals for Milton Keynes. This took place on the evening of Wednesday 25th March when the team successfully showcased its product and business to the judges. The evening was a tremendous success and Denbigh students were delighted to accept the impressive award for 'Best Overall Company and County Finalist'. The team was also presented with 4 other awards for 'Most Innovative Product', 'Best Product', 'Best Trade Stand' and 'Best Company Report'.
The team has been on an incredible journey, developing an innovative product and working closely with a supplier to bring its product to market. The product is a clip to protect mobile phone/lap-top cables from breaking and its sales have now exceeded £1000. Hasnat Tanveer, Year 12 student and Managing Director of Clip-it said;
"The product fills a solution to a real-life problem and we plan to expand the business through many future events. It feels amazing to win the 'Best Overall Company' and we are looking forward to presenting the business at the County Finals."
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.
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.
The Latest edition of Denbigh Today is now available online
Students at Denbigh School voice their opinions to gain support at Youth Parliament elections
Denbigh students awarded 'best product' and 'best overall company' for their enterprising skills
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.
To read more about the School Council please click here
The Latest edition of Denbigh Today is now available online
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.
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.
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