End of Year Letter to Parents July 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

 As the end of the academic year approaches I am writing to thank you all for your continued support in the education of your child.

 

The end of the academic year always brings a number of opportunities for students to get involved in events both in and outside of College and this year has been no exception. Our student leaders have been heavily involved with the organisation and running of a number of sports days in local primary schools. Our annual music and dance showcase ‘Dentonbury’ again demonstrated the depth of talent we have within the student body. The care and compassion of our students was clearly evident with the help and support they offered to the Year 6 students on their recent induction days. I would also like to take this opportunity to praise the impeccable behaviour of our students on the recent trip to Normandy. Learning is not restricted to the classroom and the opportunity for students to be involved in such events provides valuable enrichment to their education.

 

The vast majority of students at Denton Community College wear their uniform with pride and as always you have been very supportive of our high expectations regarding their appearance and behaviour. The suppliers of our uniform are TopForm by Monkhouse, 217 Chestergate, Stockport SK3 OAN, Tel 0161 476 7210. Monkhouse will be in College selling uniform during the Summer Holidays on the following dates and times:

 

  • 31stJuly 2018                       from       10.00am – 3.00pm
  • 28thAugust 2018               from       10.00am – 3.00pm

 

Denton Community College Uniform

 

  • Purple blazer (including College logo)
  • Charcoal grey sweatshirt with green trim (optional item)
  • College Tie
  • White shirt or blouse, which buttons up to allow a tie to be clipped to the collar
  • Charcoal grey (not BLACK) trousers fitted to the waist
  • Charcoal grey (not BLACK) A-lined non-pleated skirt to the knee (tight, stretchy,jersey or lycra material will not be accepted)
  • Black leather shoes with low heels which can be polished ( trainers, canvas pumps, mules, boots, sling backs will not be accepted)
  • Plain black or charcoal socks or tights

 

Denton Community College Sports Kit:

 

  • A unisex t- shirt with the College Logo
  • Sweatshirt with College Logo (dance/drama)
  • Black tracksuit (logo optional)
  • Black shorts (logo optional)
  • Black socks

 

Please note that extreme hair styles by colour or cut will not be permitted.  Similarly, jewellery must not exceed a watch and one pair of stud earrings.Facial or other visible piercings are not allowed. The Local Authority and the College can accept no responsibility for the above items of jewellery if they are brought onto the premises.

 

Unfortunately a small minority of students may choose to not comply with the College uniform policy. I would like to reassure you that we will isolate or send these students home to modify their appearance.

At Denton Community College we recognise that mobile phones are part of everyday life for many children and that they can play an important role in helping pupils to feel safe and secure. We also recognise that mobile phones can be a fantastic tool for learning when students are properly educated and directed in their use. Mobile phones can however be a distraction in school and can provide a means of bullying or intimidating others. Therefore:

 

  • Mobile phones must not be visible in classrooms or on corridors outside of break and dinner time unless directed by the teacher.
  • Headphones must not be visible in classrooms or on corridors outside of break and dinner times and will not be directed in their use by teachers.
  • If mobile phones and headphones are seen being used without permission students will be warned and asked to place these items in their bags.
  • If a mobile phone or headphones remain visible then the item will be confiscated by the member of staff.
  • Failure to hand over a confiscated mobile phone or headphones will be viewed as defiance and will be sanctioned in accordance with the College’s behaviour policy.

 

There is no reason for any student to have their mobile phone or headphones confiscated if compliant with the College’s systems and procedures. To ensure this is the case I advise mobile phones remain in school bags between 8.40am and 2.50pm.Confiscated phones and headphones will only be returned to parents or carers from our main reception after 3.30pm. External communications via mobile phone from home can be a distraction for students, I therefore ask that any messages be sent through our main reception on 0161 336 2219.

 

You may be aware that we have been trialling a few changes with regards to our lunch time arrangements. The rationale behind this has been to:

 

  • Remove split lunches from the timetable.
  • Remove disruptions to learning during period 4 caused by students during their unstructured time.
  • Provide greater staff supervision of students during lunch time.
  • Ensure a prompter start to period 5.
  • Increase the choice of menu options for students.

 

We will review these changes once our new Year 7 students arrive to ensure all students are fed in a timely manner and can return to learning promptly at 1.50pm.

 

The end of an academic year always brings a number of goodbyes to several members of staff at the College. This year we wish the following staff well and thank them for their hard work with the education of the students of Denton:

Miss K Barratt

Mr J Bower

Mrs S Frith

Mr S Goldich

Miss C McConville

Mrs M Miller

Miss L Morgan

Miss R Patel

Miss S Reid

Mr D Smith

Mrs S Ward

This summer we say goodbye to our former Headteacher Mr Condliffe who is retiring after 35 years in the classroom. Mr Condliffe has spent the last 15 years striving for a better education for the young people of Denton and will always be remembered as the first Headteacher of Denton Community College. I would like to take this opportunity to pass on our thanks from the students, parents, teachers and governors at the school and wish him well for the future.

 

Finally arrangements for the end of this academic year are as follows. The last day of term is Friday 20thJuly and College will be finishing at the earlier time of 12.30pm for all students. Unfortunately buses will not be in operation therefore it is essential that alternative travel arrangements are made for your child. Students on free school meals will be able to use their lunch allowance to purchase food at break time.

 

The College will re-open for all students on Wednesday 5th September 2018. New Year 7 students will start at the usual time of 8.40am.  All other students (Years, 8, 9, 10 and 11) should arrive at College at 10.00amand go straight to their form rooms.

 

Once again I would like to offer my thanks for your continued support of the College. I would also like to extend my best wishes to everyone for a well-deserved summer holiday and I look forward to welcoming back all of our students in September.

 

Yours sincerely


Mr G Rule

HEADTEACHER

 

Summer Reading Challenge

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

Debate Mate Success

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. 

Brave Teacher’s Marathon

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

Brave the Shave

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

Story on my page: 

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…

❤Break ❤the ❤Silence❤

I will also be donating the hair towards a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. 

Denton Community College: Operation Encompass

On 26th February 2018 Denton Community College is implementing a new project that will run jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police; this project is called Operation Encompass.  It aims to support children who are affected by domestic violence by ensuring that their school is informed. This allows the school to support the children. If you have any other questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact the college.

GCSE Timelable Letter – Sep 2017

 

6th September 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,

The examination boards have now published the dates for the 2017/2018 G.C.S.E. examinations. These dates have been published as final by the examination boards and apply across the whole country. They cannot be altered in any way except by the examination boards.
Attached is a list of all the examination dates which currently apply to students at Denton Community College.
Please note the dates for some exams, such as Dance and Drama, are to be set by the school later in the year when the Moderator contacts us. Similarly the practical Art examination comprising 10 hours of supervised work will be scheduled prior to the main exam session. French speaking tests must also be scheduled.

In a limited number of instances there are 2 opportunities to sit the same examination; your child will be informed which examination to prepare for by their teacher.
PE exams are online, on demand tests and therefore the students will be entered when their teachers feel they are ready. The students will be informed of dates and times by their PE teacher.

 

All students will receive an individual examination timetable and a personal statement of entry to check well in advance of any examinations that they are entered for.

 

Your son/daughter will not be awarded a grade in any subject where an examination is missed. Indeed, you may be asked to pay for any examination for which your child is entered but does not attend. It is therefore vital that your child attends all examinations scheduled for a subject.

 

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact me as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Gill Rule – Examinations officer

 

 

 

 

Date AM Session PM Session
20/11/2017 Y11 MOCK EXAM WEEK Y11 MOCK EXAM WEEK
21/11/2017
22/11/2017
23/11/2017
24/11/2017
25/11/2017
26/11/2017

 

Date AM Session PM Session
10/01/2018 Music BTec Unit 1
11/01/2018 Travel and Tourism Unit 1

 

Exams still to be confirmed

 

Drama practical moderation in April*

Dance practical moderation in April or May*

Art Exam– 10 hour practical exam (2 sessions)

French speaking tests

 

*These dates will be confirmed when external moderators have been appointed by the examination boards

 

Date AM Session PM Session
14/05/2018 Computing: Paper 1 Computer systems

Travel and Tourism Unit 1

BTec Music Unit 1       ***

RS: Paper 1
15/05/2018 French: Listening

French: Reading

Science: Biology Paper 1
16/05/2018 RS: Paper 1
17/05/2018 Science: Chemistry Paper 1 Computing: Paper 2 Computational thinking
18/05/2018 French: Writing Drama
Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx
21/05/2018
22/05/2018 English Literature Paper 1 Geography: Paper 1 Living in the world today
23/05/2018 Business and Enterprise

Textiles

Science: Physics Paper 1
24/05/2018 Mathematics: Paper 1 Non- calculator
25/05/2018 English Literature Paper 2
HALF TERM HALF TERM HALF TERM
04/06/2018 History Paper 1 Media Studies
05/06/2018 English Language Paper 1 Geography: Paper 2 The world around us
06/06/2018 Music GCSE

Business Studies         ***

07/06/2016 Mathematics: Paper 2 Calculator
08/06/2018 English Language Paper 2 History Paper 2
Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
11/06/2018 Science: Biology Paper 2 Geography: Paper 3 Geographical skills
12/06/2017 Mathematics: Paper 3 Calculator History Paper 3
13/06/2017 Science: Chemistry Paper 2
14/06/2017 Resistant materials
15/06/2017 Science: Physics Paper 2
Date AM Session PM Session
Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
18/06/2018
19/06/2017 Graphics

Hospitality and catering ***

Dance
20/06/2017
21/06/2017
22/06/2017
Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx

 

 

** Arrangements will be made for students who have examination timetable clashes.

 

Please note this timetable is correct at the time of printing but students must consult their individual timetables nearer to the time of the exams to check that no changes or additions have been made.

Mobile Phones – September 2017

 

September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers


The academic progress of your child is the primary focus of Denton Community College. We continue to focus on what helps all children to achieve their maximum potential. It is our belief that Teaching and Learning is more productive when distraction is reduced. Therefore I would like to reinforce the school’s policy on how mobile phones should be used. Our policy clearly explains that phones should not be used in classrooms unless directed by the teacher.

 

We recognise that mobile phones are part of everyday life for many children and that they can play an important role in helping pupils to feel safe and secure. However we also recognise that they can prove a distraction in school and can provide a means of bullying or intimidating others. Therefore during Assembly this week students will be informed of the following:

 

  • Mobile phones and headphones must not be visible in classrooms

  • Students using phones and headphones in classrooms without the permission of staff will have them confiscated

  • Confiscated phones and headphones will only be returned to Parents or Carers after 3.30pm from Main Reception

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Your child will also be challenged if they use phones and headphones outside Break and Dinner times. We are convinced that this will improve social interactions amongst students and create a more purposeful learning environment.
To ensure that the school has the very best climate for learning and that students are fully prepared for lessons we would ask that you discuss this with your child and thank you for your support. We also encourage Parents and Carers to continue to make contact with their child through the school day via the main reception and Heads of Year.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact either myself or a member of the pastoral team.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

J Haslam

Deputy Headteacher – Behaviour