Welcome to the Year 10 page. Read our blog below for all the latest Year 10 news. You will find key documents at the bottom of this page.
Miss R Still - Acting Head of Year 10
Term 1 of Year 10 and what a fantastic start!
It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of term 1, but the leaves are changing colour and Autumn is definitely here. It has been an absolute joy to work with such a charismatic, caring and focused year group. I really do feel lucky to have guardianship of Year 10 in my Acting Head of Year role.
I’ve had the chance to head into a range of lessons and student guidance time sessions over the last few weeks. It has been amazing to see the hard work in lessons shown in some of the photo’s below. Science with experiments, Maths with algebra and fractions and also getting a sneak peek of the year 10 dancers preparing for November and the annual Cornerstone Dance show.
One of the new initiatives in the school has been our Thursday Face to Face discussions. It has been amazing and a privilege to get to drop into the different tutor groups and see how the girls have engaged. From 10PJC discussing whether we should only have white women namesakes to 10EBT discussing Is it wrong to eat animals? And should the use of the word ‘chav’ be classified as a hate crime?
Not only do I get to see great things by dropping into lessons, but my email is full of comments for the celebration assembly at the end of this term. These emails highlight the focus, engagement, hard work and resilience of Year 10 and how they have started this year.
Below are just a few:
“My whole Y10 class are a delight to teach - enthusiastic, curious, hard-working, determined to succeed, supportive of each other, organised, polite and, most important of all, they have a lovely sense of humour!” Mrs Street (History)
"I am lucky enough to teach three Year 10 classes for Science this year and I thoroughly enjoy each and every lesson!” Miss Painting (Science)
“These girls have made such a great start to Year 10 Maths and I've been impressed with how hard they work and how much they put up with me” Mr Fulwell (Maths)
“Everybody in the year group has started the GCSE course with maturity, motivation and a real sense of responsibility for their own learning. The atmosphere in Austen during the recent test essay was electric: every group was determined and focused, and have done really well as a result.” Mr Cross (English).
The dedictation and hardwork also happens outside of the classroom with two of our Year 10's Emily Smith and Saffron Simpson being nominated for the Young Volunteer and Charity Fundraiser award from Didcot Town Council on Friday 18th November. As well as two of our Year 10 dancers, Neve Lofthouse who is competing at the Great British Irish dance championships and Ellie May who has been selected for team GB and will be going to Germany to compete in The World Tap Dancing Championships.
I look forward to hearing more feedback about what the girls are doing in lessons, outside of school and getting the chance to head into lessons to see more of what year 10 are doing in the coming terms. For now I am ending Term 1 full of pride and excited for what is to come.
Parent Information Evening September 19th 2018
Thank you to everyone who attended the Parent Information Evening last Wednesday it was fantastic to see such a packed hall of both students and parents/guardians. Year 10 is a really exciting time in your Daughters time at DGS and I look forward to working with you to support your daughter during this.
November 8th I will be running an evening looking at Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour.
Please go through Mr George's slides looking at the key dates for work experience and how to support finding these placements.