The annual Keswick to Barrow awards ceremony took place last week and we were delighted that one of the Dowdales teams was awarded the MSF Trophy for being the youth team who raised the most money. A selection of team members from Dowdales Allsorts were presented with their trophy from Captain Donald Doull and K2B committee member Gary Jones. Dowdales Ladies A team also met with Captain Doull and was awarded the Vanguard trophy for the best performance by a youth organisation. In May over 70 students, staff and friends of the school took part in the annual K2B and C2B, all representing team Dowdales. This half-term we will be launching the 2018 event which will take place on Saturday 12th May and participants will be pleased to note that the distance for the K2B will be shortened slightly to 39.4 miles.
We welcomed 41 students from our Dutch partner school Nehalennia in the Netherlands. The Dutch students were with us for three days taking part in lessons across the curriculum. They took part in English and Drama lessons with Year 10 and a collaborative Heritage workshop with Year 9. They also worked with their Dowdalian pen friends. It was lovely to have the students from Nehalennia working with our students in school – each learning about the other’s school, culture and country.
Thank you to the many parents and carers who attended the Year 7 parents’ evening. Our Year 7 cohort have settled in extremely well with us and I look forward to working collaboratively with you in the future.
We were delighted to be involved in Dalton’s first Literature Festival hosting a number of activities for our students and the Dalton community. Students have taken part in many different activities in the build-up to Dalton Lit Fest including a writing workshop with Education Director for The Theatre by the Lake, Dave Cryer. The students worked on The Secret Garden and used scripts and different versions of the story to develop their understanding of the novel and turning this to script. Dave also worked with a small group of our Year 10 writers to look at how to create believable characters for short stories. 11 GCSE Citizenship students were involved in an intergenerational project working with Staveley House care home in Dalton. The students worked collaboratively with residents to produce creative writing pieces and poems looking at generational similarities and differences. Students shared their pieces with the residents and are looking forward to seeing their final pieces published by the LitFest group.
Our Greenpower Car Club welcomed ambassadors from BAE and Siemens to school to take part in a special brainstorming and ideas session. Simon Newby from BAE Systems and Dan Walton from Siemens met with the students and helped the group, discussing their designs so far and how they can be improved whilst working within the rules and regulations of the brief. May I take this opportunity to thank all external ambassadors and work colleagues for your help and on-going assistance in this very exciting project.
Year 7 students have taken part in the Boxes of Hope charity project, filling shoe boxes for Romanian children. This simple but enjoyable project gives such pleasure to children in Romania whose lives are pretty bleak. Well done to all students who took part in this project.
The first ski session took place at Kendal dry ski slope last week for our beginner ski and snowboarders. Students are taking to the slopes in preparation for their ski trip to Italy in March.
Our Year 11 students took part in an assembly with Ulverston Victoria Sixth Form where they heard about the many and varied opportunities available at UVHS. Students also heard from former Head Girl Emma Newsham and former Deputy Head Girl Beth Rigg about their positive experiences at Ulverston Victoria Sixth Form since leaving Dowdales last summer.
The Friends of Dowdales are looking forward to holding their Christmas Hamper Bingo on Tuesday 21st November at 7pm in the school hall and I would like to invite the school and wider Dalton community to come and support us. Family and friends are welcome to join us and I look forward to seeing you all there.
I am pleased to tell you that our European Christmas Market, taking place on Wednesday 29th November at 4.30pm-7pm in the school hall, is completely full. We have had a record number of stall bookings this year and I look forward to bringing you more information in the coming weeks.
Today tickets will be on sale for our annual music celebration ‘Christmas at Dowdales’ which takes place on Wednesday 13th December at 6.30pm in the school hall. Our choirs, band and soloists are already rehearsing lots of festive songs. Tickets for Christmas at Dowdales are limited so I do urge you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are available via ParentPay or via Ashburner reception.