There is so much to write about this week I am struggling to think where to start. On Tuesday, I watched a group of our students go over the presentation about Dora Love which they originally performed at the University of Essex. I was completely bowled over, not only by the quality of their presentation – excellent intonation, superb knowledge and confidence – but also the amount of time that had gone into their research. Each one of them had a genuine interest in the Holocaust and broadened the presentation into other world-wide events which showed the depth of their understanding. I was so proud. They are now looking at how it can be developed going forward which is exciting.
Wednesday night was brilliant, the first OAT East dance competition. It was a fantastic event held in the hall here at Ormiston Denes. The place was packed with proud parents along with students and staff from almost all of the schools. The quality of dance was very high and contained a great deal of variety all (loudly) cheered on by the enthusiastic audience. They were all different with each academy performing a range of dances. As you’d expect I was particularly proud of our students whose dance was based on the theme of ‘mental health’. Nothing could be more topical in this day and age.
Although I tend to write about the major things during my week, it has to be said that the job is varied and I am often dealing with issues that quickly arise. When I first started headship (January 2005 at Great Yarmouth High) a colleague head said to me “just think of your job as problem solving; if you do that then you’ll be fine”. He was quite right as it makes up a large part of my day. Sometimes it is individual problems and other times it is working out a strategy for the whole school so that we can continue to raise standards. There is little if any time for strategy during the day so that is done weekends and evenings.
This half term I am travelling up to Scotland with both my boys. We will be sharing the driving and spending a few days on the Isle of Mull. The forecast is very stormy so there is a chance that the sailing won’t take place so we have put together plan B if that is the case. The north west of Scotland is nothing short of stunning; rugged scenery that is perfect for photography. We will do lots of walking – anything for a good photo – then enjoy the local night life in the evening. I am really looking forward to it. As is always the case, I will be doing some work as well so that we hit the ground running first day back.
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The OAT East Dance Competition is taking place at Ormiston Denes Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.00pm! This is a competition for students from eight Ormiston academies based in East Anglia, and we are hosting! Family and friends are welcome to this free event, doors will open at 6.45pm.
The Ormiston Denes Academy annual Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 6th March! This gives our students a chance to investigate possible careers and opportunities available to them. Over 45 organisations are attending this fantastic event!
Congratulations to all students involved, for their months of hard work and effort, in preparing and delivering various workshops and events for the Dora Love competition. All of the students were so professional in their presentation in the final, competing against 17 other secondary schools for the prize, and speaking in front of hundreds of […]
A very proud moment for Ormiston Denes Academy when some of our Year 9 students performed Suitcase 1938, at Lowestoft Train Stationn, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. This marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The train station is important as it was one of the places that received hundreds of Jewish refugees […]
The results are now in and we are proud to say that we have won 4 of the 6 categories that we entered, with all of our students being highly commended! Dance – JessicaArt – OliviaFood Technology – AlfiePublic Speaking – Daisy Congratulations to all students from the Lowestoft schools that participated in the awards. […]
Congratulations to former students of Ormiston Denes Academy Abbie and Emily who have received an offer to study English Literature at the University of Cambridge! Read the article here http://bit.ly/OrmistonDenesAlumniCambridge
Year 10 student Josh is a member of Southwold U15s Rugby Club squad. With some players out due to injury Josh has played up for the U16s and they have been competing in the Suffolk Plate Competition. The final was held on the 26th January 2020 which they won 40-7! As they had won all […]
Ormiston Denes Academy supported BBC Children in Need as one of the student council’s chosen charities.We had a fantastic day and it was great to see so many staff and students supporting this charity! Year 11 Charity Ambassador, Katy, brought a wonderful Pudsey Bear chocolate cake in, which was very kindly made and donated by […]
Following on from the student performance and attendance for the Holocaust Memorial service, we have received a letter from The Mayor of Lowestoft, Alice Taylor, which can be viewed below.
Mia, in Year 8 at Ormiston Denes Academy has recently had her second article published in the Association for PE’s journal. In the article Mia reflects on her transition from Year 6 into 7 and also during her first year at the academy. Read the full article here.
A 16-year-old who set up his own theatre company has taken a leap towards chasing his dream on GCSE results day. Casey Divall opened his results at Ormiston Denes Academy this morning to find a 9, three 8s, two 7s, one 6 and two distinctions. The teenager will now go on to study at Lowestoft […]
We are delighted to be a movie location for the forthcoming Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis movie Yesterday. Over 60 members of staff and students were featured in the filming, with our classroom locations and students already spotted in the trailer! We look forward to the movie’s worldwide release on Friday June 28th 2019. Watch the trailer […]