Year 8

Welcome to the Year 8 page. Read our blog below for all the latest Year 8 news. You will find key documents at the bottom of this page.

Mr C Fulwell
Head Of Year 8

Monday 20th November- Update from 8 SXM

As Form Captains, we take on responsibilities that develop our leadership, commitment and organisation. During tutor time in the mornings we are sometimes given some extra tasks and responsibilities. We need to make sure that girls in our tutor group are happy and that everything is good. We lead activities within our tutor like ethos and games.                                            

The school year is fantastic at the moment. Girls in our tutor group have been participating in the school's amazing activities such as science club, drama club, gymnastics, Burnet news club, basketball club, fencing, school productions and much more. We have asked the students in our tutor what they were proud of achieving this term and last term. We were really pleased in hearing that they have been advancing on the leadership ladder and earning many merits. Girls have said that they were proud of the homework that they are giving in and the amazing marks that they received for it. We have had many reports on the fact that they were doing their work both in and outside of school to the best of their ability. Girls have told us that they had thoroughly revised for assessments and were thrilled with their results. We were also told that the drama lessons that they have been attending have improved their confidence and they can perform with more assurance.

During tutor in the mornings we have the opportunity to read, work and develop confidence in ethos. Reading really contributes to our vocabulary and some of us have already read over 20 books!

Being Form Captains is an amazing opportunity that we thoroughly enjoy and love being part of.


By Auriane. A and Jazmin. O


Friday 17th November- More Year 8 Success

One of the best parts of my job as Head of Year is hearing about all the great things that Year 8 get up to outside of school; I'm really pleased that more and more girls are making the time to let me know about their interests and achievements.

Jeni Heard is one example of this: Jeni recently became the first junior female to earn a black belt in taekwondo from Phoenix Taekwondo Club. The determination and discipline which are required to earn this are not to be underestimated- well done Jeni!Jeni H


Tuesday 14th November- A blog from 8 CRS

Welcome to the Year 8 Blog contribution from 8CRS.

This term we have come up with a class motto that represents the tutor of CRS: We are Creative, Resilient Students, we are CRS! Our attendance this term has been great and we have achieved 98% so far, putting us in 1st position on the Year 8 leader board. Our target as a year group is 97% so we are doing pretty well so far in ensuring that we are in school as much as possible.

The tutor group have been enjoying the new tutor time layout and have found the silent study time particularly useful for catching up on homework. We have created a homework chart which keeps track of the homework we have due, ensuring we meet all the deadlines.

On Monday mornings in reading time, CRS have collectively been reading, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon. As well as reading as a group, we are also recording the books that we have been reading at home too, on our reading chart. CRS are hoping to have read a total number of 150 books by Easter. Currently our total stands at 49.

The tutor group have been involved in a wide range of many different clubs including: Young Voices, Dance, Public Speaking, Gymnastics, Orchestra, Badminton and several members are on the School Council.

8 CRS Board

Monday 13th November

Sporting Success- Amber Luker 8 NSG

I was very proud to bump into Amber Luker this morning as she showed me her Silver Medal from the Uk Open Taekwondo Competition. I am always delighted to hear about students' efforts outside of school, sporting or otherwise. Well done, Amber!

A.L. Medal


Wednesday 1st November

Sporting Success- Celena Appleby-Prince 8 LXM

I am really pleased to report that Celena Appleby-Prince has had great success in fencing in recent weeks. Celena took part in the GB U17 Competition and placed in the top 16 out of 47 competitors; I was even more impressed when I learned that Celena was one of only three U13 gilrs in the competition. Well done Celena!

Tuesday 31st October

Student Success- Carys Sharp 8 FLM

I am delighted to report that Carys Sharp came first in the British Schools' Orienteering Championships Year 8 Girls Competition; I am very proud to say that we have a national champion in Year 8: well done Carys!


Tuesday 10th October

Year 8 Continue To Impress

I have been delighted with the Year 8 lessons I have had the privilege of visiting this week; the girls show a great attitude to learning and were working on some sophisticated mathematical concepts and, in music, some energetic performance work.

Every day as Head of Year 8 is a hugely rewarding one; I look forward to visiting more lessons in the coming weeks. Keep going, girls!


Mr Fulwell

Serious musicians at workImpressive concentration in maths


Tuesday 10th October

8 AEK Feature In Mr Dingley's Success


I would like to join in the celebration of Mr Dingley being awarded Oxfordshire County Music Service Music Teacher of the Year Award, not least because the picture in the Didcot Herald features our very own 8 AEK! Both myself and Miss Kyriakides have brought the group's celebrity status to their attention to a wide variety of reactions from the girls. Well done 8 AEK, and well done Mr Dingley!

SXD with AEK
Mr Dingley with the wonderful 8 AEK (as featured in The Didcot Herald)


Friday 29th September

After a whirlwind-like start to the academic year I have been able to grab a few minutes of quiet reflection regarding Year 8, my role as Head of Year and the next few months.

This is my third year at Didcot Girls' School and, as cliched as it sounds, I have enjoyed working here more and more as time has progressed. Before I joined DGS I worked at a school in Reading as a maths teacher and before this I was a private tutor in London. I can honestly say that this is the best school I have ever seen and an enormous proportion of this positivity is due to the students. The girls here are loyal, kind, funny, curious, interesting and honest (sometimes very honest!). I am greeted by warm smiles wherever I go and coming to work is a genuine pleasure despite the early mornings and long days.

Last year I was Deputy Head of Year 9 before my promotion to Head of the current Year 8; whilst I enjoy working and conversing with all students in the school I have to admit I am now biased. People think I am merely being kind when I brag about my year group being the best in the school; I assure them I am serious and firmly believe in the potential of each and every one of the young people in Year 8. I look forward to helping them reach this potential in the coming years.

As Mr Tamplin has already mentioned, I am very grateful to the large number of people who attended the Parents' Information Evening on Tuesday. It was terrific to see so many parents taking such an active interest in their daughters' education and I had several useful, positive conversation both before and after the event.

This year will be very busy but has the potential for growth, excitement, creativity, rewards and the chance to deepen the feeling of community which I think is so strong in this school. I look forward to sharing and celebrating as much as I can with you all; Year 8 have an awful lot to shout about!


Mr Fulwell

Head of Year 8


Friday 29th September

Thank you for your attendance at Tuesday's Parents Information Evening. I hope the evening was informative and useful to you as parents. I have uploaded the PowerPoint from Tuesday onto the bottom of this page. Please get in touch if you have any questions relating to Year 8 at DGS.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr A Tamplin
Assistant Headteacher of the Lower School


Monday 25th September 2017

After a busy first few weeks of the school year I was privileged to be able to watch some of Year 8 play football for DGS in the first round of the national cup. I am delighted to say that the girls achieved a resounding 8-0 victory against The Oxford Academy; I saw strong defence, good teamwork, clear communication, passion, determination and an absolutely glorious half-volley from Talia Sanders. Well done to Mrs Walker, Mrs Gilbert, the rest of the PE Department and, most importantly, to our fantastic football team!

I look forward to celebrating the many successes of Year 8 throughout the year.


Mr C Fulwell
Head Of Year 8

Monday 18th September 2017

A wonderful start to the year by Year 8.

Mr Fulwell and I have visited a number of lessons and have been impressed by the impeccable behaviour for learning that we have seen.

I was particularly inspired by the Art, Drama and History lessons I dropped into. It was interesting, creative and the girls were really engaged.

Although I am writing this as the former Head of Year, I will continue to keep a close eye on this group of kind, considerate and hard working students.

Just a quick FYI from Mr Fulwell - The girls will be bringing home letters inviting you to our Parents Information Evening, which is being held on Tuesday 26th September from 6.30 until 7.30 in Cockcroft Hall. We would love to have you in attendance as we provide details of how to support your daughter this year.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 26th.

Mr A Tamplin
Assistant Headteacher - Lower School (Standards & Culture)

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