Welcome to the Year 7 page. Read our blog below for all the latest Year 7 news. You will find key documents at the bottom of this page.
Parent reminder: Please do sign your daughter's planner for the week immediately gone. It is important that you look at what homework has been set and any reminders that your daughter may have written. This is a simple way to keep in touch with the school. Thank you. Mr Parkin-Haig
30 November 2018
7ELE and I have been working together over the last few weeks to assemble our notice board for the tutor room. I am very lucky to have a group of such creative, inventive and ambitious girls to work with; the amount of ideas they can generate after just a five minute discussion never ceases to amaze me. After much debating, we have settled on two key features of the board: their handprints and their achievements.
I found myself reflecting on what apt choices these are, considering how far the members of 7ELE come over the last few months.
When posing her case for handprints, one of the girls explained, “Your hand prints and your finger prints are unique to you, and we’re all unique”. In response, another student added, “You can also give people a helping hand when they need it”. To me, these two comments go a long way to summarising what it feels like to be with these girls during Student Guidance Time. It is a celebration of the individual, as the girls become more confident in expressing their opinions and thinking for themselves. At the same time, it is a place where each individual is supported and celebrated by the group as a whole.
When we began to list the achievements to include on the board, it quickly became apparent that we were going to run out of space! We have girls who have become fluent in English since starting at DGS, girls who now get the bus every morning despite being worried about this at first, girls who go to clubs even though they don’t know others there, and girls setting ambitious goals for themselves (and achieving them!) in all academic areas.
7ELE have got off to an incredible start at DGS, but with all the hustle and bustle of school life it would have been easy for them to go unaware of quite how far they have come, had we not sat down together to think about our tutor board. In thinking about what they would want other students and members of staff to know about them as a group, they have come to reflect on their strengths and achievements. As their tutor, this has been wonderful to watch. I cannot wait to see what they go on to do next term.
Year 7 Tutor
20 November 2018
This week has been an important week for Year 7 and for Didcot Girls’ School more broadly. On Sunday 11th November at 11am the country came together in silence to remember the sacrifices made by the military for the people of Great Britain. In 7GRH we have endeavoured to mark this occasion in meaningful ways. On Thursday the tutor group came together to share our memories and connections with the World War One, World War Two and more recent military conflicts. Many members of our tutor group have family members or friends who have served in the army, the air force and the navy. We all discussed the importance of reflecting on the sacrifices that these service men have made, and continue to make, and remembering the losses suffered by all countries. In Wednesday’s assemble Ellen represented the school council and presented on the impact that World War One had many different areas of our society. On Sunday Isabelle represented the school by taking part in Didcot memorial procession. She also sold lots of poppies in Didcot Tesco.
This week, we are very excited about raising money for Children in Need. We are especially excited about wearing our onesies to school! Although the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, we are all positive about how we can help other people and how we can come together to raise money for charity.
Dr G Hunter
Year 7 Tutor
13 November 2018
I have had a wonderful start to my first term at Didcot Girls’ School. A particular highlight was the darts competition because the Year 7 pupils showed such passion and enthusiasm for Mathematics.
I discussed with my Tutor Group how they thought primary school would be different to secondary and how they now feel about this a term later. These were some of their reservations; there would be no one from their primary school in their new school, there would be lots of walking, and they may get lost walking to class. The pupils found that it was great to meet new people and that you can find many girls with similar interests to you to develop friendships. They also found that they very quickly worked out their way around the school and that many new friends in Year 7 felt the same as them!
Additionally, I discussed with my form class what has been the best thing so far at Didcot Girls’ School and what have they enjoyed the most. There were many positive responses, such as; meeting lots of new friends, the lovely environment, a variety of encouraging teachers, interesting homework, and learning exciting subjects. Pupils also noted the wealth of new opportunities, such as the MEP (Mandarin Excellence Programme) and that they are being encouraged to pursue their dreams, such as wanting to be a Scientist.
This has been a very positive start to the academic year and I look forward to the rest of the year!
Mr D McDaid
Year 7 Tutor
5 November 2018
This first term has been one of discovery and challenge. We have learnt what it means to work together in 10 classes of 30 girls. We have enjoyed the excitement of the House Opening Ceremony; an inspiring visit by Jo Cotterill, our Patron of Reading; the anticipation of the weekly Outstanding Student Award and Tutor Group Attendance Award; and building new friendships through participation in our extensive club provision. The Parents’ Information Evening on 27th September was a valuable time which helped to embed our ethos and vision for the rest of the year.
I have enjoyed visiting many classes during the term, seeing our girls engaged, confident, and keen to learn. There are countless examples of excellence in oracy across all subject areas, and I am always pleased to receive positive comments (of which there have been many) about the politeness and courtesy that our newest cohort exhibits on a daily basis.
Mr J Parkin-Haig
Head of Year 7
12 September 2018
In this morning's assembly we looked at what it means to be an outstanding Year 7 student at Didcot Girls' School. Kindness and risk-taking work together to help define character and this is something that we champion at DGS. I was delighted to present the first Year 7 Outstanding Student certificate to Charlotte in Miss Egan's tutor group.
It has been a really exciting and busy few days, and I am so impressed with the attitude of the girls who have joined the school. It is always a delight to receive positive feedback from teachers and other staff about Year 7 and I have certainly been inundated with lovely stories from many. Thank you so much to all parents and guardians who have helped the girls with their transition.
Well done Year 7!
Mr J Parkin-Haig
Head of Year 7
We are excited to announce that our Patron of Reading, Jo Cotterill, will be visiting DGS on Tuesday 9th October. The award-winning author will be talking to Year 7 about her books 'Jelly' and 'Electrigirl', as well as empathy and the power of reading.
Signed books will be available to buy from the library at lunchtime. To order one of her books (or all of them!) please complete an order form and return it to Mrs Barnes in the library by Friday 21st September.