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Sixth Form Students Present Money to Charity and Cook Up Culinary Delights

On Thursday 18th May, De Aston’s student Heads of School presented a cheque worth £1,100 to Epilepsy Action on behalf of the entire Sixth Form student body.  The students have raised a massive amount for the charity (£1,100) and Kerry Rivett, Head of Sixth Form, is enormously proud of them - this is over triple any figure that has been raised previously by the Sixth Form for a chosen charity.  

On behalf of Epilepsy Action, fundraiser James Wainwright said:

“We would like to thank the students for their fantastic fundraising efforts this year. They have gone beyond all expectations and we want congratulate them for their determination and dedication. Thanks to their hard work, they are helping more people to get the knowledge and confidence they need to live better with epilepsy. They are also helping more people isolated by epilepsy to find support locally, and to look forward to a future where more people understand the challenges of life with the condition.”

Students Present Money to Charity

In addition, our Sixth Form MasterChef competition final was also held on the 18th and showcased some unbelievable talent.  The winning dish (a chocolate fondant with raspberry coulis) was expertly made by Emma Crawford, Rebecca Clarke and Charlotte Dales, and was selected out of the six dishes in the final by John Matthews (Governor), Grahame Killey (Governor) and Michelle Oates (a representative from Epilepsy Action).  


Rod Temperton Day

De Aston School held ‘Rod Temperton Day’ on Friday 24th March.  This coincided with Comic Relief and Year 11 being 6th formers for the day and was therefore a very memorable day in the school’s history. 

De Aston School’s music department was dedicated to Rod Temperton to commemorate his association with the school.  Former students Stuart Brown, who now runs a successful branding and marketing agency and James Dring, an acclaimed music producer and songwriter revealed a plaque in his memory.  After a tour of the school we had a house music competition, our winners Felicity Turner and Michelle Ognianova.  American record producer, Quincy Jones even tweeted a photograph of the plaque. 

Meanwhile various events such as a bake off, sporting activities, non-uniform day were taking place in order to raise £1900.00 for Comic Relief. 

Rod Temperton Plaque 2017


English Speaking Union Award

De Aston School has won the runner’s up award from the prestigious English Speaking Union (their patron is Queen Elizabeth II). They are the oldest and largest national debating organisation in England.

School MaceEnglish Speaking Union

Thank you to all those that have taken part, Mr Porter praised those young people who stood up and spoke.


World Book Day 2017

A huge thank you to all staff who got involved in World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March 2017. It was an absolute delight walking around school and seeing figures of Literature all around. The students absolutely loved your efforts!

World Book Day Staff 2017


World Book Day Staff 2017

The atmosphere in the library was electric at lunch time. We had 120 students in there all participating in the book quiz, the crafts, the bake sale and just talking about books and the costumes.

World Book Day Staff 2017

World Book Day Staff 2017

The English Department


Photography Trip to London

The photography trip was a great success with Year 12 and 13 going along with 2 Year 11’s who have selected to do A Level photography and have been coming to photography club.  We walked 13.5 miles around various places capturing images that they can use for their forthcoming exam. 

Dominic Frost captured some great images in the style of his chosen photographer and Joshua Parker captured some very dynamic images at the South Bank skate/graffiti park for his exam of ‘The Environment’.

Here’s a photo of them all in the British Museum.

Photo Trip to London Feb 2017


Maths Feast

On Wednesday 22nd February, four Year 10 students, Olivia Vessey, Joshua Richards, Sarah Gadalla and Ezekiel Richardson competed in the regional final of the further maths support programme's ‘Maths Feast’ team challenge.

The day consisted of five different rounds named appropriately as ‘Hor d'ourves’, ‘Amuse-Bouche’, ‘Main’, ‘Dessert’ and ‘Petit Fours’. The students worked really well as part of their team on various aspects of mathematical problem solving, racing against the clock and competing against fourteen other teams. 

Although we were not placed in the top three teams by the end of the day, afterwards, they all agreed that the most important things they had learned were communication and social skills. Oh, and they are all keen to further their studies in mathematics too! Mr Whalley and Miss Cann were very proud of the way the students conducted themselves and threw themselves into the competition. Well done!

Maths Feast Feb 2017


ESU Public Speaking Competition

On Tuesday 7th February, De Aston School took our Debate Club to support our two teams of Year 10-11 students to Lincoln University where they were competing in the national ESU Public Speaking competition. We were the most represented school there and the only comprehensive school in attendance.

Unfortunately, we didn't make it through to the final but Sarah Gadalla did win 'Best Personality' for her passionate talk on the state intervening when parents fail to provide medical care for children. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Callis, Inka Hampe, Rachael Lovelock, Chloe Chuck, Joshua Richards and Sarah Gadalla for their tenacity and bravery. We will go back again next year!


Coca-Cola  - The REAL business challenge.

A group of Year 10 students from De Aston School successfully managed to qualify for the Regional Finals held at the IPro Stadium in Derby on 7th February.

To qualify they had to design a new soft drink to promote the upcoming Special Olympics in Sheffield in August. They chose the business name ‘Fizzique’ and had to work out the costs to manufacture the drink as well as a marketing campaign.

Out of over 1000 entries, they were chosen as one of only 10 schools to get through to the finals.
At the finals, the students were given a new task to complete. Each team was given a business mentor from Coca-Cola to help and support them. The tasks involved: writing, recording and mixing a 60 second radio commercial, designing a Bus Stop Poster, costing a fundraising activity to raise money for a Special Olympian and then writing a 4 minute presentation and presenting their work to a business panel. The panel was made up of Directors from Rolls Royce and Coca-Cola, as well as a special Olympian.

Although the students weren’t chosen as the overall winner, they represented the school in professional and business like manner. Working closely with executives from the business world proved both informative and exciting as well as a great experience. A great day was had by all.

Business Challenge Feb 17


Sports Round-up

Cross Country qualifiers for the County Competition on Friday 20th January (came in the top 16): Charles Fox, Jasper Humphries, Eleanor Clarkson and Lea Meinecke. Lea has qualified for the Nationals competition and Jasper has qualified for the English Schools competition

Girls Football playing William Farr in the County Cup this week to see where they will position overall

Girls Hockey U14 has been competing in the Coastal Hockey League, they have their final match on Wednesday to see where they will position overall

Girls Badminton U14 tournament took place at Caistor Yarborough 10th January, the girls came 2nd

Girls Badminton U16 tournament took place at Caistor Yarborough 19th January, we had two teams, the girls came 2nd and 3rd

Boys Badminton U16 tournament took place at Caistor Yarborough 19th January, the boys came 2nd

Girls Cricket currently have a Lincolnshire coach working with them at lunch times and in lessons. They have a regional indoor competition for Year 8 and Year 10 in March

Girls Netball U14 tournament took place in October, the girls came 4th

Girls Netball Tour was in Holland during October half term

6th form v staff Basketball took place before the Christmas break, the staff beat the 6th form students

6th form v staff Volleyball will take place before February half term

Boys Basketball U14 - 3rd in Lincolnshire

Boys Basketball U16 - 2nd in Lincolnshire


County Basket Ball Tournament Match Reports

U14 County Tournament

U16 County Tournament

Duke of Edinburgh Accreditation

De Aston School have just been accredited as a Duke of Edinburgh licensed centre. Our governor John Matthews was recently invited across to Woodhall Spa to formally receive the framed license and engraved plaque ready to be displayed in school.  

DofE Accreditation John Matthews Nov 2016


Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2016

Throughout October and November, the De Aston school community has been beavering away, collecting items such as toys, educational supplies, toiletries and sweets to fill Christmas shoeboxes for children in need across the world.  Staff and students amassed a mammoth 39 boxes to be sent to Liberia, North Africa and Romania, where needy children will celebrate Christmas in very different circumstances to our own here in the UK. For some children, the gifts in the boxes will be the first they have ever received.

If you would like to see the joy on their faces when they open them, go to the Samaritan’s purse website at: and watch the short video entitled “Wow”!

Our staff shoebox appeal co-ordinators Helen Robinson and Vanessa Proctor would like to send out a huge thank you to all involved, across all year groups including those tutor groups and individuals who very kindly gave money instead of filling a box.  The money raised helps to fund the postage needed to send the boxes.

Helen Robinson commented, ‘It’s been a great school effort to be involved with and a new target set to beat next year!’.

Shoebox Appeal 2016

Photograph shows two of De Aston’s students helping to load up the van with donations.    


Shakespeare Schools’ Festival

On Tuesday 8th November, a range of students from De Aston’s Shakespeare Society took to the stage at the Lincoln Drill Hall to present our first ever production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival. De Aston’s Shakespeare Society was established in November 2015 by a group of our wonderful learners who enjoyed studying and immersing themselves in Shakespeare’s timeless work. As a Society, we have learners from Years 7-13 taking part in the performance with some confident performers and others who stepped onto the stage for the very first time! They were commended for their impressive performances as well as for the clear tension between the Montagues and Capulets!

We believe that Shakespeare is accessible to all students; the stories are timeless and the language is beautiful so we were thrilled to present such a lovely production, in the 450th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, to celebrate his wonderful work.

Do join us next year for Shakespeare’s Macbeth...


Year 10's Wonderful Work Skills

Every member of De Aston School’s Year 10 had an opportunity to embrace the world of work for a week during October. The work experience week is scheduled in to the curriculum to aid personal development and improve important life skills.

Students undertook a wide variety of placements throughout the local area including private businesses, retail shops, catering establishments and schools to name but a few. Each student was visited by a member of the school’s staff during their placement to evaluate how they were getting along. Employers gave an outstanding amount of positive feedback regarding the impact that students had had upon their workplace.

Ethan Clark at Market Rasen Sure Start.

Work Experience Ethan Clark 2016

Joe Sellars and Aaron Rudd at ‘The Advocate’ Market Rasen.

Work Experience Joe Sellars and Aaron Rudd 2016

Kathryn Fieldson and Bethany Bird at ‘Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop’.

Work Experience Kathryn Fieldson and Bethany Bird 2016

Luke Dickinson at St Georges Primary School in Gainsborough.

Work Experience Luke Dickinson 2016

Ryan Merritt-Carr at ‘Peter Rhodes’ shop in Market Rasen.

Work Experience Ryan Merritt-Carr 2016

Thomas Cawkwell at ‘Peacock and Binnington’.

Work Experience Thomas Cawkwell 2016

Olivia Vessey at ‘Bransby Home of Rest for Horses’, Saxilby.

Work Experience Olviia Vessey 2 2016

Work Experience Olivia Vessey 1 2016


Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening

De Aston’s first Duke of Edinburgh presentation evening took place on Wednesday 19th October.  40 students from the Bronze and Silver award presented their experiences to their peers, parents and guests.  It was a fantastic evening celebrating the non-academic achievements of students within the school.

Students all passed on that they feel that they had developed a number of holistic skills; communication, confidence, independence, resilience, leadership and problem solvers to name but a few.

D of E Presentation Evening 2016


Quiz Winners

Mrs Taylor held a quiz in the library on Tuesday 27th September.  The quiz was based on the Olympic and Paralympic games and students entered in teams.  The winning team consisted of Bobbi Chew, Leah Finch and Luke Bland all in Year 8.  They won by 1 point and there was also 1 point between 2nd and 3rd place.  The students were delighted with their prizes! 

Quiz Winners Sept 2016


Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

Year 12 students successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh Silver expedition on a three day journey around Buxton from Sunday 10th to Tuesday 12th July. 

DofE 2016 Biggin

The students were a credit to the school, receiving a number of compliments from various members of the public who praised our courteous, friendly and dedicated young people.

DofE 2016 post

Still, it wasn’t completely plain sailing as they had torrential weather through the first two days and drizzle for most of the third day, however through blood, sweat and some tears they managed to walk from Buxton down to Carsington Water covering over 18KM per day (average), including their heavy backpacks.

DofE 2016 Wall

Mr Miller commends all of the students on their fantastic efforts and thanks the staff involved for their hard work.


Year 11 Prom

Year 11 students enjoyed their end of year prom on Friday 8th July. The event had a colour theme of the school colours with a splash of sparkle (black, white and silver) and was held at The White Heather, Caenby Corner. 

Year 11 Prom 2016 1 Year 11 Prom 2016 2

After an arrival drink of fruit punch the students sat down to a two course meal and then had an evening’s entertainment lined up for them.  There was a close up magician, photo booth, disco, awards including Miss De Aston and Mr De Aston and fireworks. 

We also crowned the Prom King Brandon Matthews and Prom Queen Charlie Adlam. 

Year 11 Prom 2016 3


Sports Day 2016

Students enjoyed our annual sports day on Tuesday 5th July.  Special mentions go to the record breaking students below:

Year 8 Girls Javelin, Jessica-Jane Mason 8R2, 21.19. Previous record 20.74, E Glover 2002

Year 7 Boys  800m, Charlie Ross 7R2, 2.42.0. Previous record 2.46.7, W Caton 1999 (A).

Year 8 Boys 100m, Callum Dean 8W1, 12.35 Previous record 12.4, K Johnson 1984(W) N Wakefield 1991 (R).

Year 7 Girls 4 x 100m Relay, 7R2 (Libby-Jo Shipham, Tabitha Baron, Malgorzata Zalewska) 1.04.00. Previous record 1.10.00, Ancholme 2011.

Sports Day 2016


Fantastic Flowers

Over the last term, 13 Year 7s have been working on their flowerbed as part of the Market Rasen Racecourse community project in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The students designed their flowerbed design and then have also been up at the racecourse planting. The group worked fantastically together and we hope you agree that their final display is pretty spectacular!

Y7 Racecourse 2016

The racecourse are revealing the flowerbeds to the public at their open day on Sunday 10th July. 


Sixth Form Ball

This year’s Sixth Form Ball was a fabulous occasion and a celebration of all that is outstanding about De Aston School Sixth Form.  This annual event was held at The White Heather at Caenby Corner on Friday 1st July 2016. 

Sixth Form Ball 1 Sixth Form Ball 2

The students enjoyed a formal two course dinner, speeches and a chocolate fountain followed by a disco and dancing.  There were fireworks at 10:00pm.  This event celebrates the end of examinations and is a way to say farewell to Year 13.

 Sixth Form Ball 4

Sixth Form Ball 3

As always a great night was had by all, thanks to the hard work of those involved in organising the event.  The Sixth Form Committee (headed by the outgoing Head Boy/Girl: James Mayer and Emily Higgins and the outgoing Deputy Head Boy/Girl: Gabriel Clarkson and Ciara Dodd) did a brilliant job!

Sixth Form Ball Heads of School

Sixth Form Ball, Heads of School and Mrs Beighton


Romeo and Juliet

On Thursday 30th June, a range of students from De Aston’s Shakespeare Society took to the stage to present our first ever production of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ De Aston’s Shakespeare Society was established in November 2015 by a group of our wonderful learners who enjoyed studying and immersing themselves in Shakespeare’s timeless work. As a Society, we have learners from Years 7-12 taking part in the performance with some confident performers and others who stepped onto the stage for the very first time!

We believe that Shakespeare is accessible to all students; the stories are timeless and the language is beautiful so we were thrilled to present such a lovely production, in the 450th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, to celebrate his wonderful work.

Do join us next year for Shakespeare’s Macbeth...

Romeo and Juliet 2016


Slam Jam Regional Competition

De Aston School was fortunate enough to host a heat for the Lincolnshire regional competition ‘Slam Jam’ on Thursday 5th May.

The event took place from 4-6pm, judges and staff alike were entertained with a range of performances, from poetry to monologues to group pieces. The competition required students to perform their own writing, with no script for a maximum of three minutes.

Slam Jam 2016

Representing De Aston School in the heat against Caistor Yarborough Academy, Banovallum School and King Edwards VI Grammar School were Ellen Firth (Yr7), Rosy Smith, Chloe Chuck and Poppy Chapman (Yr9), and finally Bobbie Brader (Yr12).

Judges praised our contestants for their engaging use of language, powerful performances and marvellous memorisation! We find out who progresses to the Lincolnshire final on Friday 13th May with the final taking place in June at Bishop Grosseteste University. Well done to our marvellous students!


Rotary Club Young Musician Awards

 Rotary Musician 2016 Pic1Rotary Musician 2016 Pic2

Three De Aston students, Bobbie Brader (Year 12), Isobella Dickson (Year 8) and Felicity Turner (Year 9), competed as part of the Rotary Club Young Musician Award at the Terry O’Toole theatre in Lincoln on Saturday 30th April.

Isobella Dickson won the intermediate class with stunning performances of Orientale by Cesar Cui and Allemanda from Sonata in D Minor by Willem De Fesch on the cello. 


Sports Relief

De Aston School held three ‘staff versus sixth formers’ sports fixtures during the last week of term before Easter.  Both staff and students were enthusiastic about these events which kicked off with dodgeball on Monday 21st March resulting in a victory for the staff 4:2. 

Dodgeball 2016

On Tuesday 22nd March Mr Brolly was the star striker in the netball match with another staff win 4:2.

Netball 2016

To conclude on Wednesday 23rd March the hockey was a draw 1:1 with Mr Hillsmith, Mr Wood and Mr Higgins the staff star players. 

Hockey 2016

The purpose of these sporting events was to raise awareness for ‘Sports Relief’.


Marvellous Musical Masterclass

Former De Aston student Michael Jackson returned to deliver a ukulele lesson masterclass with three of our Year 8 classes on Wednesday 9th March.

Michael attended De Aston 53 years ago at the same time as student Rod Temperton, who by a strange quirk of coincidence, wrote the lyrics for ‘Thriller’ for Michael Jackson. 

Michael has had a very productive forty years in the music industry and has recorded thirty six albums with one platinum and three gold selling records.  Michael immigrated to Australia and in 2015 was presented with an OAM - ‘Order of Australia’ Medal.  He is currently touring the UK promoting his hugely successful ‘Uke’n Play’ ukulele books.

Michael was keen to return to De Aston to deliver the masterclass; he said it had been “a real delight and a big eye-opener”.  He has spent his life as a musician and said looking back that De Aston had taught him to “take joy in sharing knowledge”. 

Ukulele March 2016


Remarkable Rugby at County Tournament

Following on from the success of last year, De Aston hosted the county Rugby 7s tournament on Tuesday 8th March.  This was one of the largest tournaments of its kind in the country and involved 30 schools with 51 U13 and U14 teams taking part. 

The incredibly popular event was organised by Jon Miller, PE teacher and Head of Year 10 at De Aston School.  De Aston Sixth Formers and Duke of Edinburgh students were able to put their excellent skills to use as pitch managers, results coordinators and referees on the day. 

Rugby Tournament March 2016

The winners of each competition were as follows:

U13’s Shield – Skegness Grammar
U13’s Plate – North Kesteven & Bourne Academy (shared trophy)
U13’s Cup – Kings Grantham

U14’s Shield – Deepings School
U14’s Plate – St George’s Academy
U 14’s Cup – Spalding Grammar

John Widdowson from the Rugby Union Council commended the event: “I would like to applaud you and all the students involved with the Festival for producing a great event and also demonstrating the great potential that young people can provide to deliver events of this nature.”


Wonderful World Book Day

Staff and students at De Aston School got well and truly into the spirit of World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March with a plethora of activities going on in school to celebrate the day.

World Book Day Students 2016

At lunch time, the library was full of action with a World Book Day quiz and prizes to be won. Members of staff also conducted readings. Miss Peacock, Head of English, read an extract from The Wizard of Oz and Mr Porter, Deputy Head, read a selection of short poems by John Hegley.

Book-related food items were also on sale (think along the lines of the Mad Hatter’s tea party), with proceeds going to the National Literacy Trust – a charity which supports disadvantaged children’s literacy skills.

There was a display in the library of staff and student recommendations for a good read and during tutor time, students ‘dropped everything’ to read for a while.

Staff also rose to the occasion by dressing up as their favourite character from a novel for the day.

World Book Day Staff 2016


Bake Sale Contributes to BEATing Eating Disorders

Written by Rebecca Garbutt, Year 13

Friday 26th February marked the final day of eating disorders awareness week. De Aston Sixth Form students Eleanor Nicholls, Emily Higgins and Rebecca Garbutt organised a school bake sale in aid of BEAT, the leading charity in supporting those suffering from eating disorders. BEAT provides both online and one-to-one support to their patients. Made up of their recovered patients, their team of young ambassadors join the charity in their visits to schools to raise awareness of the issues and the stigmas surrounding eating disorders. With all of the ingredients being kindly donated by Tesco in Market Rasen, all of the proceeds from the £88 profit will be donated to the charity. Whilst some have questioned the appropriateness of a bake sale to fundraise for this specific charity, organiser Eleanor (pictured) stated that its purpose was ultimately to “break the stigma surrounding eating disorders and to remind people that people with eating disorders do eat!”

Bake Day Feb 2016


Careers Fair 2016

Following on from last year’s successful event, De Aston School held its second annual careers fair on Thursday 25th February. A wide range of employers and further education providers attended the event, including Siemens, the Army, the Royal Navy, BAE Systems, Bishop Grosseteste University, HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) and Novartis to name but a few.

Students from all year groups had the opportunity to visit the fair and speak to representatives from each organisation present. Headteacher Ellenor Beighton commented that for students to have access to such a range of employers and training providers in one place was “tremendous”.

Daniel Willars, Head of Vocational and Careers Education at De Aston School, who organised the event, said: “I am very grateful to those employers who have given their valuable time to support our students. We are constantly trying to widen the scope of the exhibitors so that students gain an awareness of the different roles and occupations that they may not have initially thought of in terms of employment.  We will certainly continue to provide the opportunity for students to meet local and national employers.”

Daniel also thanked the Sixth Formers who did a fantastic job assisting the exhibitors over the course of the day.


List of Exhibitors:


Terrific Taste of Journalism for Budding De Aston Journalists

Budding young journalists at De Aston School have recently experienced what it is like to produce a newspaper within a day. 27 students from Years 7 to 13 worked together as a team to compile the sixteen-page annual school newspaper, ‘The De Aston Voice’, with a helping hand from lecturers and students from Lincoln University’s School of Journalism, as well as De Aston staff. Mrs Hulme, former Intervention Support Officer at De Aston, who retired in April, gave up her time to come in and help for the day.

Meetings were held before the day, during which the students discussed their story ideas and started conducting interviews to gather their information. On the day itself the library was set out like a news room and a press conference was held with Deputy Headteacher, Mr Simon Porter. Sixth Form editor Rebecca Garbutt worked alongside Tim Greenfield, Senior Journalism Lecturer at Lincoln University, to recap all the stories, come up with some new ideas and ensure that the team met their deadlines. Students also nominated which stories they thought were worthy of being front page news before voting on the matter. Year 7 journalist Amber Gill commented: “Newspaper day is really fun and gives you an insight into what it would be like to be a journalist. We all loved the experience of making the newspaper for the school as it was really exciting.”

Caroline Hobson, PR, Marketing & Communications Officer for De Aston School, who organised the event, commented “It was a very hectic but rewarding day for everyone involved. The team really pulled together and should be very proud of the finished product.”



Year 9 Shakespeare Success

De Aston School hosted the Lincolnshire Regional Final of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Performing Shakespeare Competition this evening. This competition required students from Years 7-9 to memorise and perform monologues or duologues from a Shakespeare play of their choice.

Eight Year 9 students submitted videos of their performances via YouTube and De Aston was the only school selected to represent Lincolnshire in the Regional Final. The evening involved a short workshop with students and then their performances.

Three of the students were selected to perform in the national final. This will take place on the 8th March where Anya Gibson, Emily-Jade Taylor and Poppy Chapman will represent Lincolnshire and perform their Shakespeare performances at the Gielgud Theatre in London (currently hosting Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) in front of 400 people along with students from around the country. Poppy performed a monologue and Anya and Emily performed a duologue.

Head of English, Miss Sarah Peacock, commented ‘We are absolutely thrilled with the students’ dedication and enthusiasm for performing their Shakespeare speeches! To perform such complex language with such confidence truly demonstrates their ability to understand how Shakespeare’s writing can still teach us much today – from discrimination, tragedy to love. We couldn’t be prouder of our students.’



Non-Uniform Day Benefits Charities

Students and staff at De Aston today held a non-uniform day in support of the Market Rasen Mayoral charities – Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance & MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association). The School Council voted for the proceeds to support the Mayor’s charities. We have raised approximately £800 to split between the 2 charities.



National Storytelling Week

De Aston School has been celebrating National Storytelling week this week by inviting students to listen to staff and fellow students reading extracts from either their favourite book or a piece they’ve written themselves. Numerous members of staff gave readings from a variety of novels and poetry. Year 7 students Bobbi Chew and Leah Finch read their own mystery story about a girl who suddenly disappeared.

Head of English, Miss Sarah Peacock, commented that the event had helped to “capture the imagination of and inspire students.”



Magnificent Multi-Sports

Year 4 and 5 pupils from four local primary schools enjoyed an afternoon at De Aston School on Wednesday 27th January, taking part in an indoor multi-sports tournament. Two teams from Caistor Primary, two teams from Middle Rasen Primary, a team from Nettleton Primary and a team from Osgodby Primary competed and Middle Rasen A team were crowned the champions with a total of eight points.

A number of De Aston Sixth Formers ran the tournament, including refereeing the games and keeping a track of all the scores, as part of their Community Sports Leadership Award.



Debate Society Success!

On Thursday 21st January, De Aston’s Debate Club, which is run by Head of English Miss Sarah Peacock, attended the Winston Churchill Public Speaking competition organised by the national English Speaking Union (ESU). This took place at Lincoln University and our speaker, Rory Miller (Year 11), debated the topic of ‘Britain should introduce a fat tax’. We also had Rachael Lovelock (Year 10) in the role of Chairperson and Melda Nur Boynuuzun (Year 10) in the role of Questioner.

We were against Lincoln Minister School and Carres Grammar School and against these speakers; Rory Miller won ‘Best Speaker’ of the evening. This is a huge achievement for Rory and he was commended for his oracy. Staff from the schools, parents attending and the ESU organisers all came to congratulate him on his confident style and rhetoric.



County Basketball Champions

On Thursday 14th January, De Aston’s Under 16s Basketball team, ‘The Globetrotters’, were crowned County Basketball Champions at the County Finals which took place at Carres Grammar School, Sleaford. The team secured victories against William Farr (23-13), Carres Grammar School (16-7) and Haven High School (15-4) to gain their title. They will take on the Nottinghamshire winners next month. Matthew Xu was named Man of the Tournament, having contributing 8 points and making 2 assists in the final game against Haven High School.



Shoebox Appeal 2015

A number of shoe boxes filled with Christmas cheer were collected from De Aston School on Friday as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal - ‘Operation Christmas Child’. De Aston staff and students put together boxes filled with a range of items such as toys, educational supplies, toiletries and sweets. A number of students helped with the running of the project and loaded the van up when it arrived. The boxes were collected by Mr Watson and Mr Mosey who thanked the school for their donation and said that the boxes would be heading on a long journey to Liberia.



Children In Need 2015

De Aston School held a “wear something yellow for Pudsey” day on Friday 13th November and raised £1,060.23. The Reception staff were particularly happy! Well done everyone!



Year 10’s Wonderful Work Skills

Every member of De Aston School’s Year 10 had an opportunity to embrace the world of work for a week during October. The work experience week is scheduled in to the curriculum to aid personal development and improve important life skills.

Students undertook a wide variety of placements throughout the local area including private businesses, retail shops, catering establishments and schools to name but a few. Each student was visited by a member of the school’s staff during their placement to evaluate how they were getting along. Employers gave an outstanding amount of positive feedback regarding the impact that students had had upon their workplace.

Bradley Swaby enjoyed working at Fox Plant Hire in Market Rasen, where staff reported that he was a good worker who showed interest in what he was doing.


Gina Pears was enthusiastic about her placement at Frontier Agriculture. As well as learning a lot, she also walked 24 miles over fields.


Sandy Jackson fitted in brilliantly at Playing Aloud in North Hykeham. He recorded a music track and is hoping to continue to help out at weekends.


Dominic Brown, who spent the week working at Marshall BMW, even managed to sell a car!


Remembrance at De Aston School

De Aston School came to a standstill at 11 o clock on November 11th when all staff and students observed a minute’s silence in memory of past and present soldiers who have fought and died for the country. The Last Post was played by ICT teacher Ms Dawn Olsen after a few words from the Headteacher, Mrs Ellenor Beighton.

While most of the school observed their minute’s silence in classrooms, a number of staff, along with representatives from each year group, gathered in front of the school’s memorial plaque. Sixth Form Heads of School, Emily Higgins and James Mayer, laid a wreath.

In the lead up to Armistice Day, members of staff have been busy raising awareness and Mrs Procter has created a display in Reception.



Dazzling De Aston Debate!

Lunchtime at De Aston School was particularly interesting on Monday 9th November, as a panel of three Year 11 students had a formal debate with a panel of three senior members of staff in order to prepare themselves for taking part in the English Speaking Union Mace Debate later this year. The debate motion was “This House believes that Socialism is superior to Capitalism.”

The event was organised by Miss Sarah Peacock, Head of English, and was supported by Year 11 student Nicholas Keast, who ensured that all of the speakers kept to their allocated time and adhered to the rules of the debate.

The students represented a Government in accordance with the debate motion, whereas the staff represented the opposition.

Rory Miller, as Prime Minister, opened the debate with a speech detailing the theories of four philosophers to support his argument that Capitalism is based on luck and is therefore fundamentally unfair. This was followed by Mr Simon Porter (Deputy Head) making a case that socialism ignores human nature, and asking the student audience whether they would be happy if all students received the same grade for a piece of coursework, regardless of the level of work which had gone into it.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Callum Fisher, then contended that the rich cannot exist without the poor and that everybody deserves an equal chance of achieving life goals.

Mr Stephen Bunney, Head of Boarding, used the example of Richard Branson to portray the importance of entrepreneurship, and to demonstrate that people would not be inclined to take such risk without being able to foresee a reward.

The Government Whip, Georgina Rogers, concluded the Government argument by asking how society can feel safe when such risks are taken.

Mrs Victoria Davies (Assistant Head), as Opposition Whip, drew the debate to a close by drawing upon the words of Winston Churchill – “Socialism is an attack on our right to breathe.”

The teams were judged by Mrs Ellenor Beighton (Headteacher) and Mrs Kerry Rivett (Sociology teacher and Head of Sixth Form) on their content, style of delivery, rapport with the audience, use of time and working together as a team. The judges were highly impressed by the standard of the debate and the amount of research which both teams had completed. However, the staff panel, representing the opposition, just clinched the winning position thanks to their clever use of rhetorical questions and analogies.



Pretty In Pink for Charity

Sixth form students and members of staff at De Aston School were a vision in pink on Thursday 22nd October. Sixth Form students Rebecca Garbutt, Emily Higgins and Ciara Dodd organised the ‘Wear it Pink’ day and a bake sale in aid of breast cancer and were helped out on the day by fellow students Billy MacRae, Charlotte Toyne and Eleanor Nicholls.

The ‘Wear It Pink’ donations came to £167.30, and the bake sale raised £122.47, making a total of £289.77 to be donated to Breast Cancer Now.



Tremendous Tournament

Year 5 and 6 pupils from three local primary schools enjoyed an afternoon at De Aston School on Wednesday 21st October, playing a Year 5 and 6 ‘High Five’ Indoor Netball Tournament. Four teams from Caistor Primary, two teams from Market Rasen Primary and one team from Osgodby primary competed and the results were as follows:

Overall Winners – Market Rasen A Team
Runners Up – Osgodby A Team
Best Sporting Team – Caistor A Team

A number of De Aston Sixth Formers ran the tournament, including refereeing the games and keeping a track of all the scores, as part of their Community Sports Leadership Award.

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Surprise for Georgia

Year 8 De Aston Pupil Georgia Stevenson received a wonderful surprise at the end of the school day on Friday 16th October when her Father, Andy, returned home after three weeks working in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The family can now enjoy a fortnight together before Andy returns to working away in the forces.



Halloween Happenings at De Aston

There were some spectacular and spooky activities happening at De Aston School on Wednesday 14th October., when around 40 Year 6 pupils from 15 different local primary schools enjoyed a Technology and Computing Day. The students completed a variety of Halloween-themed activities, including making Halloween decorations as well as their own delicious pumpkin soup to take home.
Six students who went the ‘extra mile’ during the sessions were given a special merit award at the end of the day.

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Astounding Adventure - World Challenge 2015

Account of De Aston World Challenge Trip (July 2015) written by Megan Bird (Year 12)

If someone had told me in Year 7 that I would be flying out to Botswana and Zambia in Year 11 I wouldn’t have believed them. But back in February 2014 when I joined forces with a previous world challenger, who had visited Rwanda and Uganda in 2013, to write an article for the school newspaper about her experience and my expectations for my experience to come, it made it all seem real. I think it is safe to say that the time from February 2014 to July 2015 went extremely fast. As a group we continued with our fundraising, pushing up until the last weekend in June…2 weeks before our departure date.

Our expedition began on 16th July where we spent the night at the High Ropes Adventure Centre. We all arrived carrying our rucksacks filled to the brim, and there were a lot of tears and I love you’s exchanged but eventually our parents left. As a group we met our new leader who we would be spending the next month with. He spent the whole evening briefing us on what to expect and what he expected of us. In the morning we drove down to Heathrow and at 7pm we boarded our first flight to South Africa.

When we finally arrived in Botswana after a total of 13 hours flying we were met by the in-country agent and taken to our accommodation. Whist we were in Mokolodi Backpackers we cooked a traditional meal with the owner who was South African, we visited a game reserve and went to the local shopping mall.

The second planned trip on our itinerary was to visit the Kalahari desert, we all crammed into a tiny combi van ready for the five hour drive ahead. After a long and tiring drive we finally arrived at the designated place to meet our guides for the next three days, but we were informed that there was a change of plan. Martin (our leader) ushered us into the minibus and said we had to leave. So we had another five hour drive back to Gaborone. By the time we got back we were all shattered as we had travelled for ten hours in total.

The next activity on our itinerary was the project phase, so we bundled all of our things together and headed for Kharma Rhino Sanctuary. When we arrived we were greeted by the head warden who escorted us down to our campsite on 4X4 safari trucks. Whilst we were there we completed tasks such as litter picking and clearing trees. Towards the end of the project we constructed benches for the sanctuary’s education centre; we painted them green and brown so that it would not frighten the animals as they are free to roam the sanctuary. After spending a week on project we then went on to the Limpopo River trek.

 As we drove to the first campsite the minivan kept getting stuck in the rocky terrain, so we arrived late that night so had to put up our tents in the dark. The next morning we packed up our tents and walked to our next designated camp. This camp had a shower where you had to start a fire in order to heat the water, but the shower was surrounded by thin material walls. The toilets were holes in the ground with wooden seats. They were surrounded by green hessian so you could be seen from the outside. The girls were worried about using them but the boys weren’t bothered. The next day we walked around 20km to the village where we first started, and we spent the night camping behind the village shop. The community surrounding us had children running around and goats on the road.
The next day we took a long trip to Francistown to get supplies for our next couple of days at Kuminda Farm. We then spent the next two days at this lovely farm and the staff cooked us a banquet of traditional African food when we arrived which was delicious. The second day we were there we visited the local village called Marobella. We went to the primary school there and it was wonderful! The children were all smartly dressed in their school uniform and were all wearing a huge smile. We did a massive ‘hokey cokey’ with Reception-Year 3 pupils, which filled the school yard. We also sang songs including ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’. As we came to leave the school the children sang and danced for us, then we went to get back into the minibus and they were all waving and screaming goodbye. For most members of the team this was one of the highlights of the trip because we knew that we had made their day. Then we moved on to the ‘heart of the community’ where a new library was in the process of being built. We met the builders who were working on this project and we decided that as a World Challenge group we would help support them by doing a book collection in school and sending them out to Africa for other children to enjoy.

After the couple of days at Kuminda Farm we made our way to Audi Camp where we would be spending a night before our Mokoro trip in the Okovango Delta. Audi camp was quite touristy, well, more touristy than we had been used to. The showers there were actually hot and we even had a meal in their à la carte restaurant, which was delicious.  The next morning we set off very early in a huge over lander truck into the marshy delta. After two hours of feeling very cold on the truck we then arrived at the Mokoro station and then got into the Mokoros. After around two hours we arrived at our wild camp, we set up our tents and had lunch, then we took a short walk out to collect fire wood so that we could cook our dinner later. In the evening we all sat around the campfire and the polers from the Mokoros all sang traditional African songs to us and we played games. I know at this point it was very real to everyone that we were in Africa! During the night you could hear lions roaring and hippo’s grunting –that was very surreal. The next morning we all woke up very early in order to go on a sunrise bush walk. We saw a herd of zebras, elephants, buffalos, hippos, giraffes and honey badger prints. We walked through a village and bought local pies, which were delicious! Because our whole team had split into two we thought that the other team would go the same route as us, but when we got back to the campsite, we told them about the pies and they were very annoyed as everyone was hungry and tired. The next morning we left very early to get to Chobe, it was a six hour drive and we had planned to go on safari there in the evening. After hours of travelling it got to 3:30 pm and we had to be at Chobe for 3pm so that we could go on the boat safari so we decided to do the boat safari the next day. We went to ‘Choppies’ and bought food for the evening and next night. When we finally arrived at Chobe we set up camp, then realised there was a swimming pool. So some of us decided it would be a good idea to go in. IT WAS FREEZING! We were all grateful for the hot showers that followed! We cooked dinner and relaxed in the bar watching the South African visitors cheering on their team in the rugby.

At 4am the next morning we were climbing on to a safari truck to go on an early morning game drive. When we were driving from the campsite into the safari park it was very chilly! The game drive was amazing; we got to see the perfect sunrise with the baby hippos running around playing. (Yes! Hippos running!) At sundown we went on a boat trip and saw elephants drinking and eating. There were crocodiles swimming and sunbathing catching the last of the African sun. The next morning we packed all of our things ready to cross the border into Zambia, where we would spend the last few days of our trip.

The first full day in Zambia we went white water rafting in the Zambezi River, we had two rafts of seven and each raft had one guide. I must admit I was very nervous about it, but it was very amusing. When George fell out of our raft it was hilarious, I could not stop laughing! When we got to the last rapid we were allowed to jump out and swim it, I was very apprehensive to as there were crocodiles in the water.
The next day we had booked an elephant encounter, we got to hand feed elephants; there were big ones, small ones, old ones and young ones! They were all well trained and it was an amazing experience! Then we went to Victoria Falls, it was beautiful. Everywhere you walked you were sprayed from the powerful flow of water in front of you. Outside the entrance to the falls there were baboons stealing food and jumping on cars. Then we spent an hour looking around the famous markets. We then returned to ‘Jolly Boys Backpackers’ where we all had showers and went out for dinner at Café Zambezi! Our team ordered many weird and wonderful things ranging from crocodile pizza to fried caterpillars.

When we got back to the hostel we had a presentation and ate ice cream and cake then the majority of the team stayed up all night talking and laughing at Luke sleep talking. The next morning we packed up everything and headed for the airport! We had a long 24 hours ahead of us travelling back to the UK!

We waited at Zambia airport for a couple of hours where the Year 12s found out their AS results, everyone seemed pretty happy with them. We then flew back to South Africa where we had a six hour overlay time. At 7:30pm we then boarded the plane which would take us back to Heathrow. When we eventually landed it seemed strange to be surrounded by high rise buildings and commercial shops. We even got to use clean toilets and sinks in the airport! When we arrived back to school there were lots of tears and hugs, everyone was relived to be back on home turf but we all missed Africa immediately. It was very strange to wake up the next morning in a bed and without being surrounded with people that you had spent the last month with, as we all became very close.
All in all I would recommend for anyone to go on World Challenge, as it was 100% worth it. I enjoyed every moment of it, and even though it very emotional it was one of the best things I have ever done.



Brilliant baking for Macmillan

Students and staff at De Aston School raised over £300 as part of the ‘World’s biggest coffee morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Year 11 students Grace Lucas, Eve Stannard and Laura Fussey and Charleigh Welsh baked a huge range of sweet treats including brownies, fairy cakes, flapjacks, cupcakes, cookies and more! They publicised the event and set up a stall at break and lunch time to sell them all to staff and students.

Staff also brought in their own baked creations and enjoyed coffee and cake in the staff room at break time and lunch time.

The total raised was £308.95.


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New Netball Attire

The Year 9 and Year 11 Netball teams have stepped out in style this September with smart new kits. Ben Slack & Co. of North Kelsey generously sponsored the Year 9’s black and pink attire, and Green Stripe Garden Machinery of Bishop Bridge generously sponsored hoodies. The Year 11s opted for bold blue attire. The teams will be competing in the Wolds Superzone competitions this year.

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Upper School Awards Ceremony

On Thursday 10th September the Upper School Awards Ceremony took place for the pupils who completed Years 11, 12 and 13 in 2015. Students and staff came together to celebrate achievement. Local Parliamentary Labour Candidate David Prescott was the guest speaker. There was an array of talent from the students during the musical interludes.Headteacher Ellenor Beighton’s welcoming address can be found below:

As I welcome you this evening I want say a few words about tolerance in our increasingly intolerant world.

Lloyd Shearer, the American gossip columnist, offered his readers a suggested New Year’s resolution in 1973: ‘Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.’ Wise words.

Learn early, and much earlier than I did, that it hardly ever matters who is right and wrong in personal and professional disagreements, it is the relationship that underpins the discussion that matters and what you are trying to achieve through that relationship.

For as Paulo Coelho said in the book of philosophical teachings, Warrior of the Light, ‘In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else's path is wrong.’

But of course there are things we should never tolerate, such cruelty, racism, homophobia or blind prejudice of any sort. We must not tolerate these evils precisely because they are the enemies of tolerance. We must be particularly careful not to tolerate the casual language, sometimes masquerading as humour, which locks our society into such prejudices. Such language betrays those who we ought to care about and include. It also stunts the potential of diversity, in a world that truly includes all.

Ours is a world where extremism is becoming more and more prevalent; it is vital that you young people respond with thought and moderation to the provocations which surround us, injustices, real or perceived. There are no easy answers in life, be very wary of anyone who tells you differently. Violent extremists often pretend that there are.

You have already indicated your extraordinary potential to us, in and out of the classroom. Not the least of which is your sense of social responsibility.

Whatever life asks of you, we know you will rise to the occasion.

A man who I have great admiration for was the Soviet dissenter and writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn who, according to the Acton Institute, "took a sledgehammer to the crumbling foundations of the Soviet system and, more than any other single person, was responsible for its collapse."

Solzhenitsyn once said. ‘It's a universal law - intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.’

We hope we have started you well on a life-long road of profound education which will enable you to face the challenges ahead with measured and thoughtful responses and will help you know when it is right to speak up and be heard.

Welcome to all our wonderful staff, our committed governors, our proud parents, and special guests this evening, particularly to David Prescott, our guest of honour. But most of all welcome to our prize-winners. Welcome and congratulations class of 2015!



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De Aston Mock Election

De Aston students have had ‘election fever’ along with the rest of the UK as the school held its very own mock election on the same day as the general election. In the run up to the event, student representatives campaigned to their fellow students during tutor time, and the school received visits from some of the local candidates, including Sir Edward Leigh and David Prescott. Sixth Formers in particular enjoyed interrogating the prospective Members of Parliament with some particularly challenging questions. Headteacher Ellenor Beighton commented “The mock election held in school was a great success and made a wonderful contribution to the democratic education of the students.”



The Bard's Birthday

All things Shakespeare took place in school on Thursday 23rd April to celebrate what would have been the Bard’s 451st birthday. Students particularly enjoyed experimenting writing with a quill.



Year 9 Project Day

Year 9 students followed an alternative timetable for the day on Wednesday 15th April, as outside agencies pulled together to deliver workshops about internet safety, crime and anti-social behaviour, alcohol awareness, road safety and arson to the students. Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board, Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire Co-op, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue all came together to deliver the “It’s That Easy” project day, which provided engaging and interactive sessions for the pupils to help them realise the consequences of their life choices on themselves, their families, the victims and the community.

Mrs Kerry Rivett, Head of Year 9 at De Aston School, commented: “The ‘It’s That Easy’ day was a fabulous success.  The students enjoyed a day which touched on a range of social issues and included a variety of sessions.  All of the students were actively engaged in activities which should support them in making the right choices as they make the transition to studying for their GCSE and BTEC qualifications. 



Sixth Form Chefs

Year 13 students at De Aston School have recently been practising their culinary skills in preparation for heading off to university as part of an inter-tutor set ‘Masterchef’ competition. The event was organised by Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Curtis, as an enjoyable and team-building exercise for the students as well as something to help them to start thinking about cooking for themselves once they go to university.

Each tutor set divided up into groups to set about their culinary creations. The dishes were then judged by members of staff who selected a group from each tutor set to make it through to the final of the competition. A guest judge, school governor Mr Matthews, joined the panel for the ‘Masterchef Final’ where the judges’ taste buds were tantalised with Thai chicken and noodles, nut roast with stuffed pepper and pesto breadsticks, chocolate soufflé, elderflower and raspberry sponge and a chocolate brownie and salted caramel dessert.

Mr Matthews commended everyone’s efforts and said that a lot of skill had been involved but it was the chocolate soufflé baked by Fred Fenwick, Thomas Crawford and Ruari Williams which clinched the prize. The winning students were presented with a ‘Student Nosh’ cookbook to take to university with them.



Basketball Triumph

The De Aston Under 14s Boys’ Basketball Team won the National Championships which were held in Nottingham on Monday 24th March. The boys are now in the final 20 nationally. Their next game will take place shortly after the Easter holidays so watch this space!



Rising Star Rosy

Rosy Smith (Year 8) has made it into the 2015 Company of the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT).
There were 11 national auditions in January and February, followed by two days of recall auditions in London for those who were selected from the national auditions. It was a rigorous process, testing skills in singing, acting and dance.

As a member of the 2015 Company, Rosy will be in the cast of Pendragon (the story of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, Morgan Le Fey and Guinevere)  this summer, which is going to be directed by Jeremy James Taylor OBE. Rosy will also perform in the Christmas Concert at St. John's Church and participate in other national events.

Since 1976 NYMT has successfully trained pre-professional talented young people in the performance arts - acting, singing and dancing - enabling them to develop their creative potential.
Alumni of the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) include Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne (of recent Oscar Award fame), Matt Lucas, Sheridan Smith and Jessie J amongst numerous other stars.
The current West End (and overseas) musicals have NYMT alumni in their companies as performers, choreographers, musical technicians, stage crew, designers, and even musicians.

Andrew Lloyd Webber dubbed NYMT "the finest youth music theatre in the world" and supports it with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation by awarding scholarships and grants to talented young people in need of financial assistance.



Excellent English & Drama for Year 5 Pupils

Over 50 Year 5s from 19 different primary schools from the local area enjoyed an action-packed day of English and Drama activities at De Aston on Thursday 19th March.

In English the pupils interpreted poetry using a sequence of unusual clues, and in Drama they used stage make-up to create bullet wounds, cuts and bruises!



Super Spring Planters

Gifted and Talented students, plus guests, have been displaying their creative flair by using decoupage to decorate spring planters. The abstract art technique took a range of guises, including food themes, colour themes and floral themes. Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, Barbara Hulme, commented: “The spring planters have been a great success. A great deal of originality, creativity and thoughtfulness is evident in the students’ finished products.”

Mr Porter and Mrs Davies judged the finished planters and awarded £5 vouchers to Georgia Stevenson and Jessica Harding-Hubbard (both Year 7).



Lincolnshire Police Quiz Winner

Lincolnshire Police held a quiz for De Aston students during the school’s Careers Fair in February. The main prize was a Police Interceptors t-shirt and this was presented to winning student Dominic Batey (Year 11) yesterday by PCSOs Neil Harrison and Neil Evans.

Dominic answered all 14 questions correctly and scored two bonus marks for additional information, securing him the t-shirt. Joe Sellars, Max Larder, Harry Foster (all Year 8) and Samuel Earl (Year 7) were the runners up.



Chloe's Table Tennis Success Continues

Year 8 table tennis star Chloe Lingard came runner up in the Stiga Blackpool Junior 4 Star Open Table Tennis Championships which took place on the 14th and 15th of March.

Chloe’s trophy was presented to her by Andrew Baggaley, England’s Commonwealth Games leading table tennis medallist of all time.



District Success for De Aston Young Musicians

Four De Aston students competed in the District Finals of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year Award on at the Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham on Sunday 15th March. This included competitors from Lincoln, Doncaster and Skegness, amongst other places.

Felicity Turner, Year 8, won the intermediate vocal class with her performance of ‘I dreamed a dream’ from Les Miserables. Market Rasen Rotarian and former Headteacher of De Aston School described her performance as “absolutely compelling”.


Adam Muxworthy (Year 9) played the French Horn within the Intermediate Instrumental category and Eleanor Perry (Year 11) sang a soulful version of “You’re the one that I want” within the Senior Vocal category.

Pianist Hannah Chan (Year 13) took the runner-up spot in the Senior Instrumental class, playing Debussy’s ‘La plus que lente’. This achievement qualifies Hannah for the Regional Finals which take place in York later this month.


Comic Relief 2015

It was an action-packed red nose day at De Aston School with an abundance of interesting outfits and cakes galore.

£2,050 was raised and over 900 red noses worn. The government will be doubling the money and therefore £4,100 will be donated to Comic Relief.

As well as the non-uniform dress code and the tremendous amount of cake baking, buying and eating which took place, students also ran a guess the name of the teddy competition and a tombola stall.
Buskers played their music around the school and some brave members of staff took on the students for a netball match beating the Year 7, 8 and Sixth Form teams and drawing with the Year 10s.

What fantastically fun fundraising!



Terrific Tournament Hosted by De Aston

On Thursday 12th March, De Aston School in Market Rasen had the pleasure of hosting the county Rugby 7s tournament which involved 46 U13 and U14 teams from across the county.

Nine rugby pitches were in constant use from 9.45am to 3.30pm. The atmosphere was fantastic and the results were as follows:

U13’s Cup Winners: The Kings School, Grantham
U13’s Plate Winners: The Priory Academy LSST
U13’s Shield Winners: John Spendluffe Academy

U14’s Cup Winners: The Kings School, Grantham
U14’s Plate Winners: De Aston School
U14’s Shield Winners: The Priory Academy LSST

A number of De Aston’s Sixth Form students refereed the matches, acted as pitch managers and organised the results tables and they did a wonderful job. The event was organised by Jon Miller, PE teacher and Head of Year 11 at De Aston School, who would like to thank everyone involved, in particular: Gareth Short from the RFU who assisted in the organisation of the event, Peter Jullien and Tony Smith for their mentoring of the referees on the day, Market Rasen Rugby Club for continuing to support rugby at grassroots level within the area by lending De Aston their facilities for the day, the many staff who were involved in transporting the teams over and the hundreds of boys who took part and made the day so special.



County Cup Rugby Finals

Two of De Aston School’s rugby teams earned their way through to the finals of the Lincolnshire Schools’ County cup which were played on the evening of Tuesday 3rd March.

The Under 14s and Under 16s both played against respective teams from Spalding Grammar School.

The Under 14s battled bravely against an immensely strong Spalding side but unfortunately lost.

The Under 16s were agonisingly beaten 17 – 12 in the last play of the game. It was a fantastic game of rugby with real passion shown in playing for De Aston School.

Both teams played with great character and served the school with distinction and pride. It was a fantastic achievement for them to make it through to the final stage of the county level competition.



Fruitful First Careers Fair at De Aston

On Thursday 26th February De Aston School held its first ever careers fair. A number of employers and further education providers attended the event, including HMRC, Lincolnshire Police and the University of Lincoln to name but a few. Siemens also had a stand at the event, bringing former De Aston student and current apprentice Greg Fussey along with them to share his experiences.

Dan Willars, Head of Vocational and Careers Education at De Aston School, who organised the event, described the atmosphere as “buzzing”. He added that it was organised as part of an evolving careers strategy, and that De Aston hopes to receive Careers Mark accreditation in the future. Dan also thanked the Sixth Formers who did a fantastic job assisting the exhibitors over the course of the day.



Terrific Taste of Journalism for Budding De Aston Journalists

Budding young journalists at De Aston School have recently experienced what it is like to produce a newspaper within a day. 27 students from Years 7 to 13 worked together as a team to compile the sixteen-page annual school newspaper, ‘The De Aston Voice’, with a helping hand from lecturers and students from Lincoln University’s School of Journalism.

Meetings were held before the day, during which the students discussed their story ideas and started conducting interviews to gather their information. On the day itself the library was set out like a news room and a press conference was held with the Headteacher, Mrs Beighton. Joint Sixth Form editors Rebecca Garbutt and Finola Head worked alongside Tim Greenfield, Senior Journalism Lecturer at Lincoln University, to recap all the stories, come up with some new ideas and ensure that the team met their deadlines. Students also nominated which stories they thought were worthy of being front page news before voting on the matter.

Caroline Hobson, PR, Marketing & Communications Officer for De Aston School, who organised the event, commented “It was a very hectic but rewarding day for everyone involved. The team really pulled together and should be very proud of the finished product.”



Visit from Chairman of West Lindsey District Council

The Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Malcolm Parish, who is a former De Aston student, visited school on Monday 9th February and spoke to a Year 8 Citizenship class about the role of the District Council.

He was very interested to see how the school had changed since his time here, and after giving a talk, the students inundated the Chairman with questions about his role.

Find out more about what the Chairman had to say in this year’s edition of the school newspaper, The De Aston Voice, which will be distributed to students just before the Easter Holidays.



Inter-House Bake Off Competition

Students across the school have been baking their way to house points in this half-term’s house competition. Due to the large number of Year 7 budding bakers, the Year 7 bake off was held on Monday 26th January, with the follow up event for other year groups held a week later.

After Rase dominated the race in the Year 7 event, the tables were turned when the time came for creations to be cooked by the other year groups.

The standard of the entries was very high, and after much deliberation by the cake-devouring judges, who enjoyed a variety of baked delights including marble cake, coffee and walnut cake, mini Victoria sponges with fresh cream and strawberries, red velvet cake, sheep-shaped cupcakes and even a huge rainbow layered Minion-shaped sponge cake with surprise skittles in the middle, it was Ancholme that came out on top overall.

Well done to everyone who took part.



Brilliant Basketball

Our basketball teams are doing exceptionally well at the moment. The under 16 team made it to the county basketball finals on 21st January and came a very close second to Haven High, after beating Carres Grammar School 33-12 in the first game.

This week, the Year 9 team won the county basketball championship for their age group, and will go on to represent the county in Nottingham soon, so watch this space!



Sixth Form Entrepreneurs

De Aston’s second Sixth Form Entrepreneurial Competition, sponsored by ex-student Michael Oglesby CBE, took place on 28th January.

The students were set the challenge of coming up with a product or idea which would provide a solution to a problem or benefit lives.

Teams and individuals submitted proposals and presented pitches in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to judges Michael Oglesby CBE, and school governors Michael Davenport and Robert Wilson in a bid to win a cash prize to help them with their studies or proceed with their business idea.

Proposals included a Spanish restaurant, personalised bags, an e-betting lounge and a pet tracking device. Michael Oglesby commented “Your initial creativity is great” and awarded £250 to Ebony whose idea of the pet tracking collar, linked with a smartphone app for pet owners, was the most developed. The other entrants will each receive £100. Michael congratulated everyone for their efforts.



Inspirational Author Interviewed by Students

Sixth Form Students Rebecca Garbutt and Josh Bland interviewed former De Aston student Richard John today. Richard is now a successful author with three books already published and another couple in the pipeline. Rebecca and Josh found out more about his time at De Aston in the 1970s and how his inspiration came from his English Literature lessons, as well as gaining some pearls of wisdom for any budding writers. Look out for their article in this year’s school newspaper, which will be distributed to pupils just before the Easter holidays.



Raising Money for Lepra

After completing a sponsored zumba workout at the end of last year, Year 7 students have now been rewarded for raising a total of £707 for LEPRA, a UK registered international charity focusing on people who find themselves trapped by disease, poverty and prejudice and helping them to improve their health, lives and livelihoods.

All students received a badge for taking part, and those who had managed to raise £25 and over received a LEPRA alarm clock. Louis Pearce and Lily Merrigan raised the most money, with a total of £40 of sponsorship each.

Alison Berwick, Community fundraiser for LEPRA, commented “The donations received are a real gift for the many people who have leprosy but who will soon be cured thanks to your school. With help like yours we are able to provide medical care to another 28 children, to raise awareness and to reduce the stigma and fear of the terrible disease. Once again, thank you very much for supporting LEPRA.”




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