Daniella attended The Denes from 2010-13 and has many fond memories of her time here. She is currently in her second year at Queen Mary, University of London, studying English and Drama.
“I witnessed a lot of change such as a new head teacher, welcoming younger students after the abolition of middle schools, and new uniforms.”
Whilst at The Denes, Daniella was an active member of the drama department, not only studying BTEC Performing Arts but being involved in school productions.
“Being in the chorus of We Will Rock You in my first year is one of my favourite performances I’ve been in, to date. The whole cast got on really well and I had such a great time dancing and singing the songs of Queen.”
Daniella was also in Bugsy Malone in year 11. “I remember having so much fun with the splurge guns and custard pies and at the last show all us students and teachers helping with the production had a massive splurge fight on stage which was so funny!”
“The school gave us lots of opportunities to explore potential career pathways. I remember going to Cambridge University for a Physics workshop, attending a UEA summer school, a law workshop where I got to wear a judge’s wig (not my best hairstyle), and of course attending a summer school at Denes when we got to make music videos. I remember my group chose Ghostbusters and my friend ran around in a sheet chasing after us!”
After Denes, Daniella attended Lowestoft Sixth Form College and studied A-Level English Literature, Psychology, and Drama. During her time at the sixth form she also got involved in performances such as open-air Shakespeare, as well as attending two summer schools – one at Cambridge for Psychology, and another at Ivy League university, Yale, in the US, which was “crazy! I had the best time at both but decided I definitely wanted to stay in the UK and attend university in the capital.”
I’m currently in my second year at Queen Mary, University of London, studying English and Drama. I love living in London (though my bank account doesn’t) as there’s so much going on in comparison to Lowestoft – though I do miss having a beach so close by.”
Daniella has been busy whilst living in London and is very active within her university community. She has naturally been a part of her university’s theatre company, performing in Shakespeare and student-written shows, and is also an editor for the university’s arts and culture magazine, CUB. Outside of her studies, though, Daniella has recently started a blog all about theatre, where she reviews shows and interviews cast members.
“I’ve been to press nights for West End shows like Half a Sixpence and An American in Paris, which is so weird to me. I bumped into Christopher Biggins and Barbara Windsor (quite literally!) and I had such a ‘pinch me’ moment!”
In the summer 2017, Daniella will be starting work at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where she will be a steward. In December 2016 she was invited to speak at Lowestoft Sixth Form’s Awards Evening about her experiences, and her advice was just to do what makes you happy and stop trying to please others.
“So that’s my advice to students: don’t worry about what others think, as long as you are content and pleased with yourself, then that’s the main thing.”
With the current world situation, and not being able to offer our normal transition, we would like to share some resources to support current Year 6 students, who will be moving to Ormiston Denes Academy in the next academic year. There are a number of online sites available, these include: Be Awesome, Go Big has […]
Mrs Buckenham has created this cookbook for all skill levels. Take a look and make something tasty!
Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy had a fantastic trip to Tonale in Italy again this year for the 2020 ski trip! All students had a fantastic time and demonstrated courage, resilience and determination. Our surroundings were beautiful – breathtaking with glorious weather! As well as skiing, students also participated in: • Bumboarding • Night Ski […]
We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]
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. […]