This is a statement from the Denbigh Alliance regarding the sad passing of Andy Squires, CEO of the Trust and before that Headteacher of Denbigh. We all miss him so much. His tribute page is https://andysquires.muchloved.com
Denbigh School has felt very festive today with students and staff wearing their best Christmas jumpers. There is no denying that we have missed the Denbigh School Christmas Bazaar for a second year in a row, however, if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is we must show resilience, keep calm and carry on! Which is exactly what the Denbigh Association did by running the Raffle as usual, just in a slightly different way. We have been blown away by the number of students who have bought tickets, the donations of prizes we have received and the incredibly kind donations we have received via ParentMail. In total the Denbigh Association has raised a staggering £2,500! This is incredible and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support. The Denbigh Association is a vital part of the School and helps provide opportunities for Students which simply would not be possible through the School funds alone. The donation option on ParentMail will close next Friday morning if you are planning to donate but have not done so yet. The raffle tickets have now been drawn and the winners will be contacted Monday morning. Thank you once again to all those who have got involved and kept the spirit of Christmas going in Denbigh School!
As you will be aware next Friday is National Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children. We had our Christmas Jumper day a week early in keeping with what would have been the Bazaar. Save the Children are a fantastic charity that helps thousands of children across the world, 122 countries to be precise. By 2030 their ambition is:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated.
This is a fantastic cause and one that Denbigh School believes in passionately. There are lots of ways you can get involved with the Charity which you can see through the link on ParentMail. We have an option to Donate to Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day via ParentMail which will be available till next Friday 10th December. Please head to Payments>Shop to access this.
On Thursday 2nd December, our A Level Drama and Theatre students watched a live stream performance of ‘I Think We Are Alone’ by Sally Abbott and commissioned by theatre company, Frantic Assembly. Watching live theatre is a compulsory part of the A Level course so these streaming opportunities are important for our students to be able to access professional theatre. Students study the work of Frantic Assembly as part of their A Level and, whilst this performance wasn’t typical of their physical theatre style, there will be lots of elements of the performance that they will analyse and evaluate in subsequent lessons. The themes resonated with the pandemic where characters feel isolated and alone but seek and need community and resolution; ultimately, it was a piece about the human need for love and forgiveness. I look forward to hearing the students’ audience responses and their analysis of the performance.
In keeping with the festive spirit, you will be pleased to know that Cucina, our catering providers, will run the annual Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 14th December. Please see the menu attached on ParentMail. This is always a great celebration so I would urge all students to have a School meal this day.
The Denbigh Association Calendar competition has now come to a close and I am pleased to announce a student in Year 12 is our Winner of the MK is Beautiful competition. This is a fantastic achievement well done! I would like to say a big congratulations to all those who entered, the runners up will be announced shortly and the calendar will be available ready for the next academic year.
The news this week has focused on the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. At present this does not have a big impact on our measures in School, as we had already reverted back to mask wearing in communal areas and year group bubbles, which had been in place since the start of the academic year. The main change across the whole country is anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has tested positive with the Omicron variant, should isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status or whether you are a School child. If you have been contacted as a close contact of this variant, please inform the School as soon as possible and start the isolation period as required. The Government would also like students to take part in Onsite Testing on their return to School in January. We plan for the onsite testing to run slightly differently this time so please bear with us while we finalise these plans. Covid-19 Numbers have remained steady for the past two weeks. We currently have 20 confirmed cases which is a big reduction on our numbers this time last half term. This shows that the measures we have in place are working and we must continue to be vigilant in our approach. Please sure your child is testing twice a week, wearing their mask in social areas and washing their hands regularly. As always I am incredibly grateful for your support in this matter and hope that one day all these measures will be a distant memory.
This weekend I am putting up my Christmas tree as I am sure many of you will be. Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a restful weekend and I look forward to seeing all students on Monday morning.
Dr A Frame
Head of School
Another week done and another step closer to Christmas!
This week we have again seen Covid-19 numbers rise. This is expected with the rise across the whole of country, however, we must still continue to be vigilant. The number of students who are arriving to School without a mask is not acceptable. As I stated last week, mask wearing has been proven to reduce infection rates by up to 50%. We are going to start to call home to those students who are continually asking for a mask on arrival to School. It is also worth making sure you are aware of what procedure you should follow should your child start to display Covid-19 symptoms, or tests positive on a lateral flow. Please see the attached flow chart and the link to our Attendance Policy Covid-19 Addendum on ParentMail. Students should not be coming into School if they are unwell or have symptoms. I would also like to reiterate the importance of following the instructions given in the Lateral Flow Testing Kits; please ensure you wait the 30 minutes at home to get the result, before coming into School. You, and we, need to know the test result before your child comes to school.
Although Denbigh Schools production of FAME the Musical has not been able to go ahead this term, which is a real shame for all cast and crew, I am pleased to announce the Show must go on in the Summer Term. Keep Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of July 2022 free in your diaries to make sure you do not miss out on this phenomenal production. Rehearsals will continue after the Easter Break.
Next Friday the 3rd November, Denbigh School will be raising funds for the annual Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day, a week early. Students should come into School in non-uniform and in their best Christmas Jumper. The option to donate is now available on ParentMail and will stay open until Friday 10th November the official Christmas Jumper Day across the country. Next Friday we will also be running our Denbigh Association Christmas Raffle in place of what would have been the Christmas Bazar. All raffle tickets will need to be handed in to the General Office by Thursday 2nd December. We are still in need of prizes for the Raffle so if you have any small gift that you would like to donate, please bring this into the Denbigh School Reception by Thursday 2nd December. In light of the fact the Denbigh Association has not raised any funds for the past two years, there will also be the option to Donate to the association on ParentMail. We would ask you to consider donating what you would have spent if you had come along on the night.
This year there are several Charitable initiatives running in Milton Keynes that I would like to let you know about:
1. Kids Out - The Fun & Happiness Charity are running the 'Giving Tree' campaign. This campaign aims to give Children in local refuge homes a present this Christmas. From the 12th of November Centre MK invites you to go the Guest Services Area where you can collect a decorative tags with a child’s name, age, and suggested gift on, you can then go and buy a present around the centre for £5-£20. The recipients of these presents will be Children in the local area who have escaped domestic violence, being forced to flee their homes quickly and leave all their possessions behind. Without this fantastic initiative, these children may not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas. Please see more information via the link on ParentMail.
2. Midsummer Place and Age UK have joined together for the return of the 'Thinking of you' campaign. The Thinking of You campaign encourages young students to write a letter to elderly people letting them know they are not alone this Christmas. The letter can be any length, handwritten or emailed. It is the thought that counts and you never know what this letter could mean to someone. Please see more information via the link on ParentMail.
Both of these campaigns are a fantastic example of what a generous city we have and how important it is to help and be kind to everybody in the community. The Denbigh School values are based on this ethos and I am proud to be a part of the Milton Keynes Community. I would encourage you all to get involved in both campaigns, if you can.
There has been some talk of it being a snowy weekend so have fun, stay safe and keep warm!
Dr A Frame
Head of School