Zeb Soanes is a BBC Radio 4 newsreader and regularly puts the nation to bed with the Shipping Forecast; he was invited to read the forecast at the Olympics to a worldwide audience of over a billion.
On television his voice launched BBC Four, he made a film about famous voices for The Culture Show and is a regular presenter of the BBC Proms.
“A few months ago, I was in the newsroom at work, covering the death of Baroness Thatcher and was transported back to a classroom at The Denes, just off the entrance hall balcony. It was the afternoon of 22nd November 1990. Suddenly, my History teacher Mr Brown burst through the door brandishing a radio; he banged it down on his desk, turned red-faced to the class and declared with maniacal fervour, ‘Now THIS is history!’ We sat, somewhat bewildered, some rather terrified, listening to the announcement of Margaret Thatcher’s resignation. She had been the Prime Minister since I was three years old and, rather like the Queen, it was hard to imagine how things might be without her. She had been a powerful, formidable character throughout my childhood; the Falklands War, the miners’ strike and the Poll Tax riots are all images I can call readily to mind. It was inspired of Mr Brown to turn over what would probably have been another lesson in the American West to a current event that would become a pivotal moment in our history I would still remember 23 years later.
“I remember, with fondness, many of my teachers at the school and am grateful that they allowed me to be the rather eccentric pupil I must have appeared. When my drama teacher, Mrs Halley, heard she was to have a Zebedee in her class she later told me her heart sank. ‘Poor child’, she thought to herself, having taught a Zeus a few years earlier who lived very much in the shadow of his unusual name. I’d always been imaginative and creative and at The Denes I was given freedom and encouragement; I wrote and produced plays and would spend my weekends at the school painting sets or hanging lights, trusted and unsupervised except for a mid-afternoon appearance from the Caretaker to make sure I hadn’t electrocuted myself or fallen from the top of the tower scaffolding. I was always busy and it wasn’t just the teachers who encouraged me; the support-staff became more like friends: Jill Adams, the librarian, would order obscure drama books knowing I was probably the only one for years who would ask to borrow them; Will Goodman, the IT technician, taught me the essentials of Desktop Publishing to the extent that by my final year I was being paid by the Bursar to design the school’s publications; tips and skills I still use to this day.
“It isn’t only former Prime Ministers that remind me of my time at The Denes. My form teacher, Mrs Reynard (who has recently retired) had a secret love of Hollywood dance movies. When I eventually joined the BBC in London as a Television Announcer I would always think of her whenever I introduced a film starring Fred Astaire!”
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. […]