It is with great sadness that I must inform you that we have lost a member of our school family.
Ben Leonard died following a tragic accident on the Great Orme near Llandudno on Sunday 26th August 2018.
Ben attended Denton Community College between 2013 and 2018. He was an active member of our community as a prefect, librarian and regular performer in our school productions.
Ben was a very popular student at the school and will be remembered fondly by all those that knew him.
At this time our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and the community he has left behind.
Mr G Rule
Any student or member of staff affected by the loss of Ben will be given access to trained councillors and support services if required.
All students have been invited to join the Summer Reading Challenge. This will help to support the progress they have already made and give them a boost over the Summer! Students have been sent an invitation to their school email addresses. There will be prizes for those who get involved!
Summer Reading Challenge
After completing two regional rounds, Denton Community College ranked fourth in the entire country and were invited to the Debate Mate grand final in London where they debated against the top 8 teams nationally. The day consisted of three rounds of debates and all students performed exceptionally well with Autumn in year 10 winning best floor speech of the day.
I’m running the London Marathon on April 22nd to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. For me this is going to be a huge challenge as I was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2011 where my heart can and did just stop beating. This has led to 15 surgeries and a total of 372 days in spent hospital. Without the British Heart Foundations research I would quite simply not be alive as their funding and research have led to procedures I have directly benefitted from. When I was diagnosed with my condition in 2011 I was told that I would never finish my degree, I would never work full time and that I would never be able to run again.
Thankfully for me treatment has improved, research continues daily to allow people to live longer and I’ve never been one for using the word never. As a full time teacher at DCC I have already proven two of their initial statements wrong and the marathon will be me proving the third and final one wrong also, its just taken a while longer. For me though its also proof that nothing is impossible and that sometimes if we work hard and commit ourselves to our goals we can achieve them. This is something I love to instil in the students I teach but is something I hope the whole school body will catch a part of as they hear about my achievements.
I am continually blown away by the support I receive both from staff and students at DCC. My classes in particular have been unbelievably supportive as they have been hearing about this marathon, and the training for it, for over of 4 months now. They will probably be as relieved when its over as I am! They are however excited about the potential of seeing me on the TV – I promise to give DCC a shout out should I get myself interviewed!
If you would like to read more about my story and more specifically why I’m running for the BHF please do visit my just giving page at www.justgiving.com/hopewins18
I am shaving my hair off for Mind – the mental health charity – to raise awareness of mental health issues and run a campaign to support these issues for the students in school. I have created an honesty box where students can put anonymous messages about what they fear the most and their inner struggles.
I will be putting on breakfast clubs to address the common themes that arise each week from the honesty box.
This is also setting an example for students to not define themselves by appearance or experience, and to focus on inner beauty.
The support so far has been phenomenal and I am extremely grateful that both students and staff are completely on board here at Denton Community College
Mental health is still a taboo. Childhood trauma is still a taboo. Sexual abuse is still a taboo. I think it is imperative that we break this silence. Nobody should feel defined by negative or difficult experiences, and nobody should feel defined by their appearance. Being open and being able to speak out can help to clear some of that fog. A charity like mind can give people this chance.
Therefore I am shaving allll my hair off to raise money for mind, as it supports survivors of all sorts, as well as those struggling with mental health in general.
I want to increase awareness around these issues. The social constructs of ‘normality’ can cause people to feel outcasted; they can cause people to remain silenced; I dream of a world where this is no longer a barrier to freedom and I wish everyone to be who they want to be without the fear of judgement or rejection.
I will also be running a mini campaign in the secondary school I work at about ‘image’, the importance of fighting stereotypes and the importance of focusing on inner beauty rather than appearance and experience.
I encourage you to share your story with others, starting with those close to you, whether it be one of celebration or one of suffering, to keep discussions about mental health forever open and forever flowing…
I will also be donating the hair towards a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients.
On Friday 14th July DCC Catering Students went on a trip to Claremont Farm and Wood park farm on The Wirral.
They started the day at Claremont Farm where owner, Andrew Pimley, talked to the pupils about the produce grown on the farm and the produce sold in the farm shop. They learnt all about food miles, sustainability and seasonal produce.
They had a chance to walk through the fields picking their own fruit which they LOVED!
We then headed to Wood Park farm which is a dairy farm connected to Liverpool University. The Pupils learnt all about a day in the life of a cow and even got to milk a cow! The highlight was definitely seeing the calves who were just days old.
The trip will be very useful for the pupils who start their year 11 task when they come back in September.
A huge thanks to both farms for being so welcoming and informative.
Denton Community College achieved the Gold Standard NHS Food 4 Life award this year and we encourage all our young people to lead healthy, active lifestyles.