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Big Bang Digital 2020

Tuesday 14 July from 10am to 4pm

Big Bang Digital 2020 – science, engineering and Covid-19 is a free online event for young people 11+ to attend short, inspiring sessions looking at all aspects of STEM in a pandemic.

It’s the perfect opportunity for students to see STEM careers in action, hear inspiring stories from incredible people (including a Nobel Prize winner), ask questions in live Q&A sessions, add their voice to online polls and complete activities throughout the day. 

Big Bang Digital can be included as part of home learning or streamed in school and is a secure environment with safeguarding measures in place. 

Line-up at a glance:

  • TV & Radio Science Presenter, Podcaster & YouTuber Greg Foot will be hosting live
  • Meet NHS frontline staff, join the race to find a vaccine and ask the experts your coronavirus questions.
  • Hear from people designing PPE, ventilators and a social distancing lanyard
  • Find out how the NHS Nightingale hospitals were built so quickly
  • Meet the teams keeping things moving, water in the taps and food in the shops
  • Explore lockdown cyber security and staying safe online
  • Pay tribute to key workers with a rainbow science show with Gastronaut Stefan Gates

To check out the full programme visit: www.digitalbigbang.co.uk

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Kooth Mental Health Support

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

  • NHS funded, mental health and emotional wellbeing service 
  • Local to Birmingham for young people aged between 11-25
  • Direct and confidential access to counsellors 365 days a year 
  • Magazine with articles written by teens
  • Online journal and other self help ideas
  • Live discussions with other young people (fully moderated and safe)
  • Easy and anonymous to join

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Chatroom Alert! : DISCORD

Please be aware of a chat room application called Discord.  This app is commonly used by gamers to talk to each other whilst gaming.  Users can send direct messages to one another or listen in to larger group chats.  Connecting with friends is easy – users can simply join an existing gaming server or send an email invitation to start a new one. Most significantly, you do not have to download an app to use it as it can be accessed via any browser and is free to use.

Safeguarding professionals have asked us to share with parents as the Discord social networking tool is geared towards adults, not children and young people.

The link below provides more information about Discord, with some parental advice relating to the app.



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Pride Youth Network

Six students travelled to London on Friday 5th July for their first Pride Youth Network Conference to kick start their year as LGBTQ+ ambassadors for the school. During this exciting day, students had the privilege of hearing from keynote speaker, Labour MP Angela Eagle, who spoke to the crowd of 100 pupils and teachers from across London and Birmingham about LGBTQ+ youth activism, the history of LGBTQ+ oppression and the importance of speaking up to make the changes you want to see in the world.

Students spent the rest of the day divided into groups for workshop sessions on Intersexuality, the future of gender, poetry writing, how to use social media to an advantage, singing and poster-making and ended with a large group chorus and the presentation of certificates. Students left the conference feeling inspired and galvanised to return to school to create meaningful campaigns based on their new-found knowledge. 

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Year 8 – Aiming Higher

Our brilliant Year 8 pupils had a fantastic opportunity last half term to take a ‘sneak-peak’ at their futures during an action-packed day at two local universities.  In partnership with Aim Higher West Midlands, on Thursday 11th April, pupils visited the University of Birmingham and University College Birmingham to be part of the ‘Explore Your Future’ event. The event gave pupils the chance to take part in exciting and interactive workshops from leading university professionals in areas such as science, robotics, art and business. Pupils were inspired by the fabulous opportunity to experience university life and be involved in live-action workshops.

The opening phase of the day was spent at the University of Birmingham. Here pupils explored the link between GCSEs and their perfect career; how might their GCSE ‘portfolio’ prepare them for a career in a thriving and competitive industry? Another session included a revealing exploration of how robotics is influencing modern life and the intricacies of how science, maths and robotics continue to be pivotal in everyday life and society.

Following this, pupils were whisked off to their second inspirational location of the day: University College Birmingham. Following a quick ‘re-fuel’ stop for lunch, pupils attended a particularly useful workshop that explored the important skill of networking and presenting yourself in a positive way. This covered all aspects of being successful at interviews to adopting the correct tone and approach when working within individual sectors.

The climax of this incredible careers day involved uncovering the real pathway for success with a presentation exploring problem solving in business. With secret tips from leading educational and business experts, experience of university seminars and a genuine understanding of which doors university can open, our pupils now have the insider-knowledge on how to make it big in education and the business world!

Incident

Parental Safeguarding Incident

8th March 2019

Last night one of our female students was walking home alone from school along Popes Lane in Bournville, when 3 males of school age (unknown to her) approached her from behind, physically assaulted her and stole her mobile phone.

As always, please remind your child to be extra vigilant on their journey to and from school and to keep all valuables out of sight also, to not have earphones in so that they are aware of what is going on around them.

Our virtual open evening resources are now live. Take a look on our website to find out more about being a Dame Elizabeth pupil.

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Don't Forget - Our Virtual Open Event goes live on our school website tomorrow (Thursday 17th September at 5.30pm)

Contact Info

Woodbrooke Road, Birmingham,

West Midlands B30 1UL

Contact Number: 0121 464 4040

Email to Mr Dunn: enquiry@decschool.co.uk

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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