DCC celebrate World Book Day!

This year, to celebrate ‘World Book Day’, the staff at Denton Community College have dressed up as their favourite literary characters.

As well as this students will be celebrating the day by being tasked with a ‘World Book Day treasure hunt’, designed to encourage conversations about beloved books between staff and students and, of course, book tokens are on offer!

During the build-up to World Book Day, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have entered two national writing competitions: The Young Writers ‘Mission Contamination’ 100-word saga competition and the BBC 500 word short story challenge.

Staff at Denton Community College are committed to encouraging reading for pleasure with all students, the school library is currently under development and is being re-stocked in stages throughout the year in order to facilitate this. The benefits of reading for young people are vast, both academically and personally and the hope is that more students will be picking up a book because they want to, not because they are being asked to!

On the 27th February, Year 10 students visited the Blackpool Grand Theatre to see the  Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Romeo and Juliet – a text that they have recently studied as part of their English Literature GCSE.
The play was a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s original text, it provided a stimulus for the students to consider their own perspectives and challenge the choices made by the production team.
A great afternoon was had in stunning surroundings and gave all the students food for thought after watching this interesting adaptation.
The students conducted themselves in an exemplary manner and represented the school wonderfully.

Barcelona Trip – February 2019

Students have returned from 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.

Thanks to Miss Donnachie, Miss Dixon and Mr Day for all of their efforts to make the trip a success.

 

Denton Community College students from Year 9 graduated from Manchester University on Thursday 7th February 2019 after completing University style dissertations based on a wide range of topics in a range of disciplines. These included English, Maths, Science and Humanities.

The students have taken part in the Brilliant Club through the Scholars Programme.

The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips. It aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools. DCC has worked with the programme for three years.

This year DCC entered it’s the largest cohort of students and they worked to complete University style dissertations over an extended period of time. The students were highly successful and produced the best results the school has seen from the programme.

Their work was marked with a University style grading system, and over 60% of the Cohort received the highest grades of either a 1st or a 2:1, this demonstrates that these students are working at A level standard, and 38% got the next two grades of 2:2 or 3rd which is a good GCSE level. This is an amazing achievement considering that they have not yet begun GCSE courses.

Congratulations to all involved, and special thanks to Ms Driver, Ms Lamb, Ms McCartney and Ms Dixon for organising arranging and supporting this opportunity.

 

 

Your Entrepreneurs raising funds for Francis House

An enterprising team from Year 8 have taken part in this years Dragon’s Den competition which is run by the Manchester Airport Community Group.  Competing against 20 other schools and students from Yr9 and Yr10 the team raised over £500 for their chosen charity which was Francis House.  The team came in 11th place and received special praise from the ‘Dragons’ for their professional pitch to secure their initial funding.  The team named themselves the ‘Candy Crew’.  They created a hot chocolate kit and festive sweet cones, which they sold in a variety of locations including Manchester Airport, local Primary school fairs and to their friends and family. A big thank you to everyone who supported the team and to Eden, Caitlin, Isobel and Jenna for all of their hard work

Manchester Bee Raffle

Congratulations to Michelle Delia, pictured here with Mr Rule our Headteacher, who recently won the school raffle prize of a framed Manchester Bee.
The proceeds of this raffle went to our Christmas charity for Brain Tumour Research, which the school has currently raised £533. Our overall aim is to raise £2,740, which will provide one full day of research at a centre of excellence.

Dance Success

Congratulations to Chantelle in Year 9 who has won the  ProAm competition and solo league.

The category’s of her wins were:-
Under 14 ballroom
Under 14 latin
Under 16 ballroom

Under 16 latin

She has also met the mayor of Brentwood who is still following her success and was taught by some of the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.Dance Success