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.”
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).
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, a non-uniform day were taking place in order to raise £1900.00 for Comic Relief.
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.
Thank you to all those that have taken part, Mr Porter praised those young people who stood up and spoke.
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!
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.
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’.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Mr Miller commends all of the students on their fantastic efforts and thanks the staff involved for their hard work.
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.
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.
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:www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/occ-videos/ 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!.
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...
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.