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  • The Jack Petchey Awards at the Beck Theatre

    Published 11/04/19

    On Tuesday April 2nd students and staff from The Douay Martyrs were delighted to attend the Jack Petchey Awards at the Beck Theatre Hayes. As always it was a fantastic evening and the atmosphere was electric. A number of our students did amazing performances and we thank them whole heartedly for giving their time:

    Adrian, Year 9; Adam (also an award winner) Year 9, Nick, Year 7 and Tameka, Year 7. We saw nine of our student winners collect their awards together with our Jack Petchey Leader of the year, Miss Maxine Potgeiter.

    Miss Potgeiter gives so freely of her time on Saturday mornings and during the holidays to run extra classes without pay and runs the daily breakfast club. She always puts the needs of students first and is a true example of The Douay Way and the Common Good in action.

    Each student awarded has gone over and above in our school community. They have £250 to spend on specific areas in the school chosen by the school council and on the back of our Leader award we have applied for a grant for student cookery classes over the holidays.

    https://www.hillingdontimes.co.uk/news/17548022.outstanding-hillingdon-youngsters-honoured-by-charity-foundation/

     

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  • Year 10 RSE DAY

    Published 11/04/19

     

    On Thursday 7th of March, members of Challenge Team UK visited The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School and presented the Year 10 with a comprehensive account of the benefits of delaying sexual relationships.

    The topics that were covered included the issues teenagers may have to deal with, such as sexting, peer pressure and the risks associated withnegative relationships.

    The team also explained the nature and importance of marriage, friendship and commitment.

    The presentation was really interesting and useful and the majority of the year group felt it covered a lot of the issues that people face today.  For us, the most memorable advice was the idea that good things come to those who wait and that love is a gift. 

    Year 10 really enjoyed the presentation. 

     

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  • Year 9 Borough Football Champions!​​​​​​​

    Published 11/04/19

     

    On Wednesday 27th March 2019, Year 9 made it through to the Borough Football Final v Bishop Ramsey. Douay were heading into the game with a few regulars missing but having been unbeaten during the season so far, we were confident we could get a positive result.

    We were slow to start and ended up going into half time losing 2-1. A quick response at the start of the second half turned the game around and Douay were leading 4-2. All involved ensured the ball was kept as far away from our goal as possible and despite conceding a late third goal, Bishop Ramsey were unable to get an equaliser.

    Douay won the game 4-3

    This is now the third consecutive year that this team have won the competition which is

    a fantastic achievement.

    Mr A King - PE Department

     

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  • “Dare to Be Different Trip” Deutsche Bank London

    Published 11/04/19

     

    The “Dare to be Different Trip” was one of the best trips we ever went on. It was inspirational, educational and lots of fun; it provided us with knowledge about careers based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It made us aware that Formula 1 cars McLarens,

    Williams and Ferrari employ about four hundred people per Formula 1 car and the opportunities in this area are amazing. It was a day about empowering females to get involved in these fields. Year 12 students came with us to help and support and they were great fun. 

    The amazing day was packed with many activities and was very active; we learnt how to do CPR by a professional doctor, a tips for being an interviewer or presenter by Rosanna Tennant, the Sky Sports F1

    Presenter, coding, reaction challenges and a Formula 1 pit stop challenge which was one of our favourite activities. 

     

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  • Year 11, Washington DC & New York City Trip

    Published 11/04/19

     

    On a chilly February Thursday, a group of thirty five Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary school students were gathering excitedly at Heathrow Airport, eager to begin our journey to Washington DC.  After a long nine hour flight we arrived and were greeted by our guide and take n to our hotel which  had great views over Washington, really close to the White House.

    The Next day we met our guide again and enjoyed a walking tour of Washington DC.  Over the next few days we visited all of the famous monuments, standing in the footsteps of Martin Luther King on the steps of the Lincoln monument.  One  of the highlights was our amazing visits to the newly opened museum of African American  History.

    Unfortunately, our time in Washington DC came to an end and we travelled to New York City via Philadelphia.  We faced the challenge of eating 12oz of philly cheese steak sandwiches.  We Won!

    We arrived in New York City late afternoon and over the next few days our guide took us to  Harlem and Central Park, the Statue of Liberty. The highlights were our visit to St Patricks Cathedral, Top of the Rock and poignantly the 9/11 Museum.

    On the final morning we had some free time to shop and then made our way to JFK for the journey home.

    Many thanks to Mr O’Reilly, Ms Bart, Ms Curley & Ms Brown for escorting us on our visit and to

    Mr Corish and Mrs McGovern for organising this never to be forgotten trip.

     

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  • ‘Poetry Escape’ Publications

    Published 11/04/19

    Year 9 have had another fantastic term, filled with creativity and independent work. After exploring poetry over the first half term, students were invited to take part in a national poetry competition, ‘Poetry Escape’, launched by ‘Young Writers’. Students wrote poems based on certain themes, including: current affairs, inner feelings, the future and adventure. The poets were also constrained technically, being required to write

    using the form of an ode, lipogram, haiku or by using rhyming couplets. All students dived into the challenge with enthusiasm, and their creations ranged from an exploration into the nature of humanity to a voice from the future warning of the dangers of climate change. The following students were selected to be published in the national anthology, a copy of which can be found in our library.

    Congratulations to these young poets for their fantastic achievement.

    Miss L Stoddart - English Department

     

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  • Ickenham Festival Summer Concert Saturday 15th June 2019, 7:15pm – 10:30pm, Glebe School, Sussex Rd, UB10 8PH

    Published 11/04/19

     

    A special Ickenham summer outdoor concert in the grounds of Glebe School will take place this summer. It will Feature a musical

    programme featuring Covers Band “Uprising” and support. The evening will finish with a large fireworks display.

    Please bring your own seats, rugs, and food and drink if you wish. Doors open 7:15 pm. Concert starts at 7:45 pm. Fireworks at 10:15 pm. 

    All tickets are £8.00, under 5's free. Tickets are on sale from Ickenham shops - Sherry’s,Williams Butchers, Coopers, Bikewise or from the Festival Team. 

    Tickets may also be bought online from our website, or by post. This event is kindly supported by local business Coopers Residential.

    Blue badge parking is available, please book with us in advance. Sorry, no refunds if wet and no dogs please, except guide dogs.

    Call/Text: 07516 984514

    Web: www.IckenhamFestival.org.uk    

    Tickets online at:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ickenhamfestival

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • The Douay’s Gaelic Football Team​​​​​​​

    Published 11/04/19

    The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School took part in the JFK School Gaelic football tournament on 4th of April. All bar one had played Gaelic outside of school so our goal was to get a bit of experience y playing against some experienced players.

    We got off to a really good start in our first game. The host school came back strong in the second half and were too much for us. After we had finished our second match the progress the boys had made was outstanding.

    Even the referee came over to tell us that we played more as a team and that we were improving rapidly.

    We got through to the shield semi-final and after a blistering start in the first half we became a bit complacent in the second half and managed to hang on for a win. The final was most definitely a game of two halves. We got to the half time break on the wrong side of a 3 points to 1 score line, but the boys rallied well and we ended up as shield winners with a score of 2-2 to 0-4.

    I’m incredibly proud of the boys and looking forward to our next tournament which is the ABC’s in Greenford.

    Mr S Curley - Maths Teacher

     

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  • Year 12 goes to University!​​​​​​​

    Published 05/04/19

     

    On the 4th of April our Year 12 Physics students enjoyed a day trip to Royal Holloway University for a Particle Physics Masterclass with scientists who have worked at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland.  They had a lecture by Dr West on The Structure of Matter, which included exciting but mind-boggling news on the bending of light around black holes!  They also had activity sessions on Measurements using simulated events from the LHC and Particle Physics detectors.        

     

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  • World Book Day: ‘Book Quest’ ​​​​​​​

    Published 05/04/19

     

    I am Franclean from 8A and I am the Year 8 Winner of the Book Quest

    Competition which happened on World Book Day. The 7th of March was World Book Day, so I went to the Library just to see what was happening then all of a sudden, I heard that there was a Book Competition going on. As soon as I heard that word Competition, I got up and asked what the Competition was as this was exciting news. The Competition was a quest where you have to go to the teachers listed on that sheet and ask what their favourite book is. I got excited, so I collected the sheet from the Librarian and made my way to find the teachers’ favourite reads.

    There was ten minutes until my first lesson and already it was nerve-racking; I tried and got as many teachers’ favourite reads that I could. I told my friends that there was a Competition going on in my first and second lesson.

    Then it was break time. I went to all the teachers that I could possibly go to. When it was lunchtime, I thought I will just do this for fun and out of interest to see what the teacher’s favourite read was as I already know from the poster, what they are currently reading.  I never had an idea of winning. I sprinted to the other campus and back, getting all the teachers’ favourite reads that I could possibly get. Trust me, it was really exhausting but a really fun quest.

    When it was the end of the day, I handed my sheet over to my form tutor. Then a week later, I heard that I got 1st Place in Year 8 and I just fainted. I never even had a thought of Winning, but I felt proud of myself. I was really in a good mood on that day and when one of the teachers told me a book that they liked and that was my favourite book as well, I thought what a surprise, and the book was--The Three Musketeers! I was really exhilarated on that day and I look forward to more book competitions in the library!

    I can’t wait to spend my book token and I will be looking at the blurbs of some of the teachers’ favourite reads to choose my next book.

     

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  • Battlefields visit to Ypres March 2019

    Published 05/04/19

    After an early 5am start on Friday 22nd March, 45 students accompanied by Mr O’Reilly, Mrs Bart, Mr Lee, Mrs Tanner and Mrs Urquhart travelled to Belgium to visit the battlefields of the First World War. We started at the Passchendaele museum which houses many artefacts from the battle of Passchendaele including uniforms, weaponry and propaganda posters. The final part of the museum is a reconstruction of Allied and German trenches which enabled us to see for ourselves the different ways they were constructed. We travelled on to Ypres where we were able to see the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. This ceremony has taken place every evening at 8pm since 11 November 1929. The Menin Gate has the names of 54, 604 men who died in the Ypres Salient, who have no known grave. They came from regiments across the world including Britain, Australia, Canada and India. The ceremony began with the Last Post, followed by a minutes silence and the reading of a verse from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon:

    “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

    We will remember them.”

    On Saturday we continued our tour with our excellent tour guide Simon Louagie who told us so many fascinating stories. He was lucky enough to have met Harry Patch, the last surviving Tommy and showed us the memorial he had paid for to honour the friends that he had lost during the war. We visited Langemark cemetery where over 44,000 German soldiers are buried and on the site of the first gas attack during the war Simon helped us understand the horrors that soldiers on all sides must have faced. We then carried on to Bedford House cemetery and saw the graves of men from many different nations such as India, Canada and Britain. We were also struck by the many different religions which were represented in the cemetery including Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Christians and those of no faith. We ended our visit at the largest war cemetery in Europe, Tyne Cot where we heard two very moving letters: one was written by a mother to the son she had lost during the war who had no known grave. She left her letter on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey. The final letter Simon read us was from a soldier who wrote a letter to his wife which she would only receive on his death. This really brought home to us the reality of the war which was fought over 100 years ago and reminded us all of the need to work for peace between all nations. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and our thanks go to Mrs Tanner for organising the whole visit.

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  • Year 9 Borough Football Champions!

    Published 04/04/19

     

    On Wednesday 27th March 2019, Year 9 made it through to the Borough Football Final v Bishop Ramsey. Douay were heading into the game with a few regulars missing but having been unbeaten during the season so far, we were confident we could get a positive result.

    We were slow to start and ended up going into half time losing 2-1. A quick response at the start of the second half turned the game around and Douay were leading 4-2. All involved ensured the ball was kept as far away from our goal as possible and despite conceding a late third goal, Bishop Ramsey were unable to get an equaliser.Douay won the game 4-

    This is now the third consecutive year that this team have won the competition which is a fantastic achievement.

    Mr A King - PE Department

     

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