The DCHS Charitable Trust has launched a your school lottery to support events, resources and activities at the high school. The tickets are £1, 40% of each ticket sales are donated to the trust, every week there is a prize for someone who supports the lottery (the more supporters we have the bigger the prize), every week there is a grand prize of £25,000 for ticket holders across all schools who run their own lottery. Our first ever draw will take place on the 14th December, sign up as soon as you can! The lottery is open to all parents, extended family members and alumni of DCHS.
On Tuesday 26th November DCHS hosted the annual Rotary Young Chef Competition local heat.
Ten students, aged between 11 and 15, took part in the competition, which tasked competitors with producing a healthy three-course meal for two people for under £20.
Food and Nutrition teacher Louise Milburn commented, “the standard of all the food produced in the 2 hour timeframe was outstanding. All ten competitors kept their cool and produced fantastic results.”
The overall 1st place winner was Year 10 student Kayleigh. She will now go on to compete in the regional heat next March. The runner-up was Year 9 student Dan , and Alfie, also in Year 9, received the Head Judge’s prize for his cheesecake.
Congratulations also go to to Adam A, Alfie J, Devon M, Liam D, Claire M, Daniel M and Aiden B for their amazing efforts.
The staff and students at DCHS would like to thank Joy Palmer Cooper and Barbara Reid from Alnwick Rotary Club and Head Judge Jimmy Dodds for judging this year’s competition.
We’ll keep you updated as Kayleigh progresses through the next stages of the competition.
DCHS are delighted to announce our first ever Arkwright scholar Calum (pictured receiving his award). The scholarship will support Calum through his A’levels and into University where he hopes to study Engineering. The awards are awarded following a rigorous selection process, interview and aptitude exam – only a quarter of applicants are successful and the award offers a springboard into engineering careers.
Duchess’s Community High School once again had a good representation at the English Schools Regional finals with six relay teams competing in both the boys and girls competitions from Junior up to Senior Level. Our Yr 9/10 boys team of Josh, Mark, Oliver and Gregor were particularly successful in winning a bronze medal but on the day the best performance went to the Yr7/8 Junior Boys team who swam exceptionally well in the Front Crawl Relay to qualify for the National Finals at the London Aquatic Centre on the Olympic Park. This was a particularly excellent performance as two of the team, Conor and Ruaridh, are only in Yr 7, with the other two members, Edward and Jake, being in Yr 8.
They arrived at the Olympic Pool seeded 20th out of the 30 best teams in England and knew they would have to swim their socks off to get anywhere near the final and the top 10. They were really exceptional and knocked almost 8 seconds off their converted qualification time to achieve the 7th fastest time overall and reach the final. In the final they swam even faster with every swimmer hitting another pb, and even though they were still 7th, they were only 0.04 s off 6th and 0.5s off 4th. To put this into context, the 3 teams who won medals in their event were all specialist swimming colleges and they beat two teams from other specialist swimming schools in the final. Representatives of the English Schools Organisation and other clubs recognised their achievement and congratulated them on their swimming and overall it was a fantastic experience.
To sum up the performance, they were the 4th fastest Junior team from the North East going into the finals and by the end, they were the fastest team in the North. Additionally, Ed swam the fastest 50m of any junior swimmer during the whole event. All 4 swimmers should be very proud of this performance and the hours of hard work they have put in over the last few years to reach this standard. The boys would like to say a big thank you to all their coaches at Alnwick Dolphins ASC who coach them every week.
Today in the Atrium we are displaying an exhibition of A Level Photography work on the theme of “Alnwick old town in a changing climate”. This is the year 12 group working as a photography collective on a live brief in conjunction with Alnwick Civic Society in anticipation of tonight’s Climate change event. Anyone who comes along to the event tonight will have the opportunity to view the exhibition.
Interested to know how climate change will affect our local area? Thinking about what our community can do?
Alnwick Civic Society, Friends of the Earth and DCHS are collaborating to put on an event on Wednesday 20th between 6pm-8pm in school. It’s an ‘Any Questions’ event on the theme of ‘Alnwick in a Changing Climate’. We have a panel of regional experts (including year 10 student Daisy) who will be taking questions from the audience and discussing the issue.
At the event, students can also join Alnwick Civic Society for free, and Friends of the Earth.
It would be great to see you (and your families and friends) there!
As a department we have given our students some incentives for participating in extra curricular clubs. This has been in the form of raffle tickets for attending lunch time and after school clubs, and loyalty cards for our after school clubs/fixtures. At the start of the half term we drew a raffle ticket from 500+ tickets and the winner was Sam (Yr7).
Sam is a keen footballer and so we wanted to ensure his prize was something he would value. We decided to contact our staff PE kit sponsors, Howard Snaith, to see whether they could organise some tickets for Sam to attend the Newcastle match this Saturday at St.James Park.
Not only did they do this, they gave Sam and his Dad box tickets to watch the game, this included a free 7 course meal and open bar. They also kindly offered our department 2 tickets to also attend, and these were given to Mr Bainbridge (our trainee PE teacher).
Sam had a great time (as did Mr Bainbridge), and has sent us some pictures, which you can find below. A huge thank you to Howard Snaith Coaches who were able to provide this opportunity for Sam!
11 male members of staff are raising funds and awareness this Movember for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives. Movember is a charity that raise awareness for mens mental health, suicide, prostate and testicular cancer. It is statistically more likely for males to not seek help compared to our female counterparts therefore many men die far too young. Mr wilkinson organised for the teachers to grow out their beards so that each of staff can have a facial hair style that was voted for by the students.
We have currently raised £239 as of Friday 8th November. We are still collecting donations throughout the month as well as planning to stage the removal of our tashes in the last week. (students could possibly do the removal if the have the right money)
if you would like to support us in raising money you can help in a couple of different ways.
Donate online at https://moteam.co/dchs?mc=1
Give your children some donation money to pass to their form tutor.
Drop off your donation at reception
All funds raised in school will be sent to the Movember charity at the end of the month.
Thank you to everyone for supporting us and joining us for looking silly for a month for a fantastic cause.
Students from 7JAH took part in a national competition to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. The thirty students involved have designed a ‘Memorial Flame’ under the supervision of their textiles teacher, Miss Kidd.
The specifications for the flame in terms of height and weight were very strict, and 7JAH felt that a fabric imagining of the theme – Stand Together – would best suit their vision. The students demonstrated skills in applique, patchwork and quilting, images and colours were selected to represent different nationalities, cultures and beliefs.
The DCHS flame features religious symbols to show unity, and the outline of a flame to represent memory. The students are incredibly proud of their work, and feel it will stand up proudly against other entries from schools, colleges, workplaces, community groups, libraries, hospitals, prisons, galleries and museums.
In total, 75 winning flames will be selected by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, to mark the 75th anniversay or the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Winners of the competition, announced later this year, will have their flame displayed at the UK Ceremony for HMD 2020, which will be held in London on 27th January.
Pay close attention to the website and Twitter feed to find out if 7JAH are successful. If it is not selected among the 75 winners, the flame will still be displayed in school where it can be admired by students and will hopefully inspire reflection and discussion.