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.

Miss C Davies
Head Of Year 8 

Sofia Dent, Sarah-Jane Abeyesinhe and Kelsey Sym took part in the Beyond Boundaries art competition run by the Museum of Natural History. If you are in Oxford this weekend please do pop in and have a look where you will find the girls work on display.




Year 8 have been learning about the human and physical geography of several countries within the continent of Africa. One of these has been Uganda. One of the largest geographical issues that Ugandan faces if the prevalence of HIV and AIDS.

Over the last few weeks, Year 8 have had the task of asking questions and sharing their views of HIV and AIDS with friends and family. This was followed by a written assessment, which details how their chosen solutions to HIV would work in Uganda.


Year 8 have also been very busy raising money through donations to the NAT (National AIDS Trust), for Worlds AIDS Day. World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st, each and every year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died.


Closer to home, over 101,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK. Globally-speaking, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. There have been staggering developments and scientific advances made in HIV treatment, there are now legislation to protect people living with HIV and we  now understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, many still do not know basic facts about how to protect themselves and others. Indeed, stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds us that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.


Impressively, Year 8 have raised an outstanding £50.94 for the Words AIDS Day charity. This is truly a wonderful testament to their empathy, compassion and support for a wider community who have HIV and for a very worthwhile charity.


Pictured are members of 8YLH, who have contributed towards raising £50.94 for World AIDS Day.

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Ava Corcoran, Antonia Boboc, Elizabeth Rutterford and Elizabeth Brawn represented DGS as a team in the regional heat of the Kids Lit Quiz.
The Kids Lit Quiz was a 10 round competition about all aspects of young fiction.
The girls competed against 30 other teams - most of Oxfordshire's private schools were represented - and did so with maturity and dignity.
There were only two and a half points between our team and the winning team.



Thank you to HEA for helping to attach all the nets to the poppies. Without you they would not have been up in time.


Year 8 Working Hard

As the head of Year 8, I am often told how wonderful the year group are. To see just how wonderful they are, Jackie has been popping into lessons to capture the girls working hard.

Here are just a few from Geography, Food Tech and RM.


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Sofia Dent

Sofia approached me at the end of last term and requested to lead an assembly on feminism. Sofia explained that she felt passionate about equal rights for men and women and wanted to share her findings with the year group.

Over half term Sofia planned and produced an outstanding assembly and requested to deliver it in the next year assembly.

Sofia delivered her assembly with such passion and professionalism. She portrayed not only her views but views of other too. She obtained references for her assembly from a book she has been reading Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates.

Well done Sofia for leading such an inspiring and thought provoking assembly.


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Student Success

Drew Lofthouse was dancing against 75 under 12 girls in a recent Irish Dancing competition. Drew was one of the top fifty percent to recall and placed 37th in Great Britain, one judge actually placed her 14th in one of her rounds. Well done Drew.


Celebration Assembly

I thought it would be nice to share all the lovely comments and subject nominations for Term 1 Celebration Assembly.


Summer Hawkins 8DCH: Summer has started the topic of Rivers and river systems incredibly strong. She is able to confidently share and give her answers in her lessons. This is an amazing attribute, and is worthy of being shared and celebrated. Well done Summer!

School Council

Congratulations Year 8 School Council reps who have made a great start to the year, delivering great assemblies,  working hard and being very creative in shaping our Choices for Change project and End Period Poverty/Red Box project this term.  Mr George says thank you and well done.


Izzy Hurst 8LNA - for always doing the right thing at the right time, every minute of every lesson.
Daisy Tibbetts 8LNA - for her hunger to improve.
Elizabeth Brawn 8KES - for her relentless focus
Sydnie Dougan - for her inspiring enthusiasm and dedication to all aspects of the
Evie Chick - for her dedication and consistency, always doing the right thing in every lesson and club.

Miss Anderson would like to say a big thank you and well done to 8X1. Every lesson has been an absolute joy and you are all making great progress. Thank you and keep it up next term!

Miss Thursfield would like to nominate Martha Haines 8HEE for excellent effort in Art.

Ms Roberts

Please pass on my praises to the whole of 8LNA who have made a brilliant start to the year, discussing ethical issues in our lessons I am most impressed.  In particular, I applaud their interest, enthusiasm, thoughtful questioning and inquisitive approach.  Well done, Y8!  Keep up the fab work!

Miss Nelson-Addy

8CD3! Thank you so much for all of the creative parallel narratives you have written and shared with each other.I am really looking forward to reading your completed versions. 
I hope to share some of them on the DGS Blog!
Fantastic work Year 8; enjoy your break!


Shantal Mbaziira - For always performing brilliantly in Drama, and for coming up with creative ideas.
Louise Blake - For gaining confidence on-stage and bringing comedy to her performance.  

Mrs Cohen

The following girls have impressed me with their work both in class and the quality of their homework.
Chloe Cormack, Emily Winter, Fiona Bull, Lybah Nadeem, Madeline Cattell, Evie Chick
Etholle Wren, Bethany Wright, Abigail Giles, Felicity Smith and Sylvia Wild


Emma Parks for her attainment in Maths, for always trying to really understand all the content and for asking brilliant questions in Maths lessons.
Leah Adams-Strange for her amazing progress and excellent attitude to learning in all lessons!

Computer Science from Mr Byrne:

Ashlee Cruthlee and Rosie Beesley. These two worked very hard in Y7, give excellent answers and have continued this effort into Y8! Well done girls.


Emilia Friend for enthusiasm, effort and engagement in History as well as helping those around her and Molly Rasmussen for her wide general knowledge about History and for sharing it so enthusiastically.

Miss Paintin

Etholle Wren and Lea Gregory in Year 8.  The girls have both demonstrated resilience, independence and have made a fantastic start to Year 8.


Libby-Grace Henderson for her maturity and positivity. Her contributions in class are always welcome :) 

Sophie Green for her growth mind-set and determination to make the most of every task.


Fiona Bull for being consistently outstanding in science - from Mr Low-Hong.

Anna Riggs - she has started this year with a real determination.  She has used initiative and team work during practical lessons and has a new found independence with written tasks.


What a fab term Year 8, Well done!


Tutor Board Competition

Year 8 have been busy designing their tutor board entries for the competition. Here are the entries, who should win?

The results will be announced in the celebration assembly next week.

Well done Year 8 they look great!

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Student Engagement

Some pictures from some lovely Art, Drama and Geography lessons last week.

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Ethos Activities from FER

Fantastic ethos work completed independently and during student guidance time from Maddie Reiszner and Hannah Ackland-Snow's.

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Student Success

Well done to Chloe Cormack (8 HEE) for independently creating this amazing booklet on the Amazon River. Chloe designed, printed and bound the colour booklet over the summer holidays.

The booklet details the Amazon River, animal and plant life within the rainforest and is packed full of really wonderful geography, to a high level too. The booklet is something Chloe completed totally independently over the summer holidays. Well done Chloe!

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Student Engagement

Some pictures of some lovely Year 8's enjoying their ukulele lesson on Monday.

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