On Monday 23rd February, Tyreece Wright (S1) and Ethan Roberts (S3) competed in the second round of the ESU Junior Debating Competition at Braes High School. The boys were opposing the motion “This House Would Abolish Juries in Criminal Courts”. After a tough debate against Dollar Academy and Dunblane High School, the Denny High team were successful in winning a place in the quarter-final. Well done boys!
Public Speaking News
Following this, on Tuesday 24th February, Ethan Roberts then competed in the Procurator Fiscal Forth Valley Public Speaking Competition along with partner Georgina McKenzie (S2). The event took place at Denny High School and speakers were given the topic “Society Thinks Everyone Should be Thin and Beautiful” to persuade, inform and entertain the audience with. After exceptional competition from McLaren High School, the Denny High team were once again successful! They have now won a place in the final of this competition which will be held on the 24th March at the Sherriff Court in Stirling. Congratulations to all our speakers for their dedication and positive attitudes!
University Debating News
On Monday 3rd November, S6 pupils Hayley Cassells and Ross Nixon took part in the Glasgow University Schools Debating Competition. The long day included four debates on ‘sin’ taxes, government foreign policy and education, and Hayley and Ross were awarded with two first place positions!
Following this, on Wednesday 5th November, S1 pupils Jack Kellett, Tyreece Wright, Ellie Harris and Euan Hutchison all took part in their first debating competition at the Edinburgh University Schools Tournament. Topics included: UK police being armed, social media age restrictions and single-sex schools. Despite their inexperience, our speakers were given promising feedback and commendations from judges and other school coaches. Jack and Tyreece also managed to take a second place position above more experienced S3 teams from other schools. Well done!
Public Speaking Success
On Tuesday 4th March, Denny High School hosted the first round of the Procurator Fiscal’s Forth Valley Public Speaking Competition for S2-S3 pupils. Our team, comprising Ethan Roberts and Lauren Summers (both S2), competed against pupils from Bannockburn High School, Wallace High School and Stirling High School, orating on the topic “Scottish Independence Referendum – the vote should be extended to secondary school pupils of all ages.”
After eight impressive and interesting speeches from all pupils, the judges put through the teams from Denny High School and Stirling High School. This means Ethan and Lauren will now represent our school in the final on 2nd April at Bannockburn High School. Well done!
David Cunningham and Yusuf Ashraf (both S5) represented the school in the second round of the ESU Mace Debating Competition held at Beaconhurst School on Tuesday 4th February. After opposing the difficult motion “This House Believes the UN Has Failed”, David and Yusuf were successful in winning a place in the quarter finals!
This next round is expected to take place at the end of February. Well done boys!
Scholastic Book Fair
The week beginning 16th September saw the Scholastic Book Fair return to the Denny High School library. Personal reading is a key priority of the English department and pupils from S1 – 2 visited the fair to peruse an array of posters, stationery and various junior and young adult fiction as well as non-fiction books. The event was a huge success with pupils spending over £600 on new books! A big thanks and well done to Mrs. Barr and Mrs. Lynas for organising this.
London Film and Theatre Trip – June 2013
Thirty senior pupils and three staff members have now returned from a fantastic three-day excursion to London. The English department trip covered a Jack the Ripper Tour, visit to the Harry Potter film studios, performance of Matilda the Musical and guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where the pupils were lucky enough to catch technical rehearsals for the forthcoming production of “Macbeth” – the play several of the pupils have just studied.
The students’ behaviour throughout the excursion was exemplary and our coach driver and tour representative specifically commented on this. Well done to all pupils and thank you very much to all of the parents who helped out on the Monday morning after our difficult unforeseen change in travel arrangements!
Hopefully this will become an annual excursion due to the huge success and pupils’ enjoyment!
Photographs can be viewed in the Gallery section.
London Marathon Sunday 21st April
Update from Mrs. Craig
Thank you all for your support and good wishes prior to the marathon.
I had a wonderful day- the whole experience was fabulous and the crowd support amazing. I completed the race in 4hrs 25 mins so delighted with my time.
To date I have received nearly £1500 for Strathcarron Hospice which would not have been possible without donation from staff at Denny High so many, many thanks. If you have not yet donated to this worthwhile charity, and wish to do so, please visit my webpage: http://www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Craig21
ESU Junior Debating Competition
On Tuesday 23rd April, Denny High School hosted two heats of the second round of the ESU Junior Debating Competition. The motion for the evening was “This House would ban advertising aimed at children”. Competing for Denny were S1 team Sam Edgars and Ethan Roberts and S2 team Jack Carey and Morgan Robertson. Although the boys delivered confident, articulate speeches and got fully engaged in the debate, they were unlucky in progressing to the next round this time. Instead, teams from Dunblane High School and Linlithgow Academy will move forward. However, the boys were given praise from the judges and we are sure they will compete in more competitions for the school next session. Well done boys!
ESU Junior Debating Competition – March 2013
The first round of this year’s ESU Junior Debating Competition took place on Tuesday 5th March at Linlithgow Academy. Denny High School had three teams competing on the night – Kirsten White and Lauren Summers (S1), Ethan Roberts and Sam Edgar (S1) and finally Jack Carey and Morgan Robertson (S2).
The motion for the debate was “This House would place age restrictions and certifications on books” and our teams faced stiff competition from Linlithgow Academy and Falkirk High School teams. After two engaging heats of debating and much deliberation from the panel of judges, Ethan, Sam, Jack and Morgan all made it through to the next round. Unfortunately, Kirsten and Lauren won’t be progressing this time but put in fantastic performances for their first competition and were given praise from the judges.
Well done to all and we look forward to the next round!
Law Society Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Competition
On Tuesday 5th February, Denny High School hosted the second round of the Law Society’s annual senior debating competition. After an impressive performance in the first round, S4 pupils David Cunningham and Yusuf Ashraf were now facing a team from Dunblane High School and two teams from Dollar Academy. During the second round of the competition, though, only one team would then progress to the semi-final. The rather topical motion for the evening was “This House Would Ban Companies from Lending at Exorbitant Interest Rates”.
The audience of teachers and pupils from S1 – S4 enjoyed passionate, persuasive speeches from both the proposing and opposing teams and after a lengthy adjudication, the judges decided Dollar Academy Team B would progress to the next round. However David and Yusuf delivered confident, convincing arguments and were given positive feedback from the presiding judge, Bruce Ritchie, who specifically noted the growth in performances of the boys since the first round and who encouraged them both to take part in the competition next session.
One of our other pupils also achieved success on the night – Hayley Cassells, S4, was awarded a £10 book token from the judges for the best audience contribution during the floor debate.
Well done to all those pupils who were involved in the evening and we look forward to next year’s competition.
On April 21st 2013, Mrs. Craig will be taking on the huge challenge of running the London Marathon! All of the money raised will go towards Dumyat House’s charity – Strathcarron Hospice.
Let’s give Mrs. Craig as much support as possible for this wonderful cause. You can visit http://www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Craig21 to sponsor her with anything you can manage – any amount is appreciated and worthwhile!
Denny High School gets pupils reading, raising £959.50 for charity and earning free books for the school too!
Getting young people engaged in reading for pleasure is not always easy, especially with all the other distractions available to them in today’s world. That’s why the English Department decided to run Readathon, the UK’s sponsored reading event, and has got pupils actively engaged in reading for pleasure.
As well as rising to the challenge to read more books, pupils raised a fantastic £959.50 for CLIC Sargent and the Roald Dahl Foundation who do so much to support seriously ill children and their families. The school will also receive a Scholastic book voucher worth 20% of the total amount raised.
A massive thank you and well done to all pupils involved.
Two heats of the first round of the Law Society’s Donald Dewar Memorial debating competition were held on Thursday 22nd November in the school. The motion for the night was “This house would introduce a 100% inheritance tax”.
Four S4 pupils competed: Sophie Elliott, Hayley Cassells, David Cunningham and Yusuf Ashraf. They faced opposition from McLaren High and Dunblane High. All speaker performed excellently, displaying strong style, research and improvisational skills. After a long deliberation from the judges, David and Yusuf will continue onto the next round, which will be held in January, along with the team from Dunblane High.
Lauren Summers (S1) also acted as timekeeper for the debates and ended up winning a £10 book token as prize for the best contribution during the floor debate.
Well done to all!