Speak Out Challenge

Forty Year 10s rose to the  Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, an annual workshop and event that develops their public speaking, writing, and confidence skills. Six of our most inspiring public speakers - Adrian Zeqja, Kayla Matthews, Maria Jarvis, Dominic Jones, Max Bolton, and Amelie Ashton - qualified for the Debden Speak Off - a hotly-contested competition in front of 180 other Year 10s to select the Debden Finalist for the West Essex Region Gala.

They left the judges a little ... speechless!

Polished and poised, their content and delivery were "so powerful", in the words of Madam Copson, "you could hear a pin drop" among the audience.

From Gender and Geography to Transsexuals in Toilets, every speech galvanised the audience with a moving message. Such was the calibre of our semi-finalists this year that the judges were compelled to tweak the shortlist: they selected three, not two, finalists for the ultimate Speak Off!

Going head to head, Kayla Matthews, Amelie Ashton, and Max Bolton seized the stage, the audience hushing and shuffling on the edges of seats.

But only one Year 10 student could be the Debden Speak OutChampion: delivering a satirically-witty speech on Royal Benefits, Max Bolton clinched the Debden deal, with Amelie and Kayla as our Reserve and third-place winners respectively.

Max will Speak Out for DPHS at the West Essex Regional Final on Thursday 10 May, 6pm, at Epping St. John's School.

A huge congratulations to all our speakers on their outstanding achievement, and please be invited to join DPHS staff and students in supporting Max next Thursday on what promises to be a highly entertaining evening!

British School’s Karting Championship

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British School’s Karting Championship

Debden Park High School took part in the British School’s Karting Championship for 2018. We entered two teams with Hayden Merritt, Robbie Davidson and Ryan Massey; and Connor King, Jake Hinton and Paul Noquet.

We were fortunate to receive sponsorship from two local Building firms, Federick Sage and Perrian Builders. This was a fantastic support for the students who took part.

In the initial heat based in Brentwood, the boys performed superbly with students taking part for the first time having outstanding lap times of below 47 seconds. Thanks to the students hard work, one team made it to the next heat in Kent; the other team narrowingly missing out on a place.

At Buckmore Park in Kent, the students were outstanding with results ranging from 2nd to 7th in the 6 races. Sadly we missed out on qualifying to the final in June by 1 point. We achieved 81 points and 7th position out of 17 teams.

It has been a fantastic year for the students and we would like to recognise the hours of practice that has taken place on a Friday evening come rain or shine. They really did DPHS proud

I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition

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Anne Cassidy Visit

Anne Cassidy's Visit to DPHS

It may have been a belated World Book Day celebration, but no snow was left unturned in inspiring our Year 7s with Anne Cassidy's special visit to DPHS!

Sole author of over forty children's titles, she delivered an entertaining assembly that even got teachers giggling, as well as two writing workshops that sparked imaginations on plot twists and describing "a waiting process". For boys and girls alike, Anne's passion for reading and writing was infectious!

But the day did not end there. Anne was then interviewed for the Debden News Network by her avid Year 8 fans, and informally met students in the foyer at lunchtime whilst signing (and, of course, selling!) her books!

The award-winning author departed Debden's doors with nothing but praise for our "smiling students" and "happy school". Well done to all Year 7s for their exemplary participation!

Year 11 - Rev It Up

Dear Parent/carer,

I am writing to inform you that on Tuesday 27th March we are running our annual revision afternoon/evening for Year 11 ‘Rev It Up’

‘Rev It Up’ was introduced a number of years ago and is an event which we believe has a significant impact on Year 11 exam results, motivation and purposeful revision.

The event runs from 2.00pm-7.00pm and all students are expected to attend. They will go to different revision based sessions for a variety of subjects, which will be fun, challenging and exciting and we will ensure they are well fed and watered throughout the evening.

This year, we are making an addition to the evening. We would like to invite parents to attend an informative and valuable presentation that will be led by external professionals about how to support your child with revision through the exam period. Alongside this, subject teachers will provide you with practical ideas and resources which will complement the presentation. The presentation to parents will be from 6pm-7pm, therefore you will be able to meet up with your child at the end of the evening.

Please can I ask you to complete and return the reply slip regarding your attendance to the evening? Please note, this is NOT a permission slip for your child to attend as this will be compulsory.

If you are unable to attend the evening and your child usually gets the school bus and requires transport please contact me on the email address below. In addition, please contact myself or Mr Kalogirou if you have any queries.

I look forward to seeing you

Yours sincerely

Gemma Haycock

ghaycock@dphs-tkat.org / dkalogirou@dphs-tkat.org