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Sir Singh’s Retirement


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Christmas Concert

4 December 2019

Many talented students from Drayton Manor took part in the much anticipated Christmas Concert which was performed in the school hall in front of an audience made up of families, teachers and friends. The evening included performances from the orchestra, the chamber choir, the pop choir, the funk band, the ukulele band, the clarinet choir and the jazz group to name just a few. There was also a piano performance of Mozart’s ‘Fantasie’ by Sophie Buzzigoli in Year 7 and a rendition of Earth Wind and Fire’s classic ‘September’ performed by the Sixth Form band, Leo and the Funks.


The evening was led by Miss Mirsky, Head of Music, and it was a fantastic way of showcasing and celebrating the tremendous amount of musical talent in the school.


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Winter Party

27 November 2019

Recently, Drayton Manor welcomed a number of senior citizens from the local community to its annual Winter Party. Students from all year groups volunteered to help ensuring that the evening ran smoothly. During the evening Year 7 students shared some winter poems which they had composed and there was also a performance by the Year 12 drama class. There were a number of Christmas musical performances at the event. These included the Pop Choir singing ‘All I want for Christmas’, Green Horns playing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and the Wind Band playing ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’.


The Student Council served refreshments before joining our guests for the entertainment. Everyone left feeling ready for the festive season and we have received some lovely messages from those who attended.


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Diana Award Event

11 November 2019


In November, our anti-bullying team attended the Diana Award Event in Alexandra Palace. During it, we discussed anti-bullying and different types of social media platforms such as, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Ubee and Facebook. We talked about what social media platforms are doing to help young adults (and even older people) stay safe on their sites. These included the report button, the block button, the option to disable comments and many other things to keep you safe.


The schools that attended took part in two workshops. One of these workshops was called Street Art. We made a piece of artwork which focused on the quote “Be Original”. The whole team worked together on it and we are very proud of the end result. 


Not only was this a really fun experience but we also learnt a lot about how to keep ourselves safe on the many social media platforms that are available to us.


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Jack Petchy Speak Out Challenge

8 November 2019


In November, a number of Year 10 students and I were given the opportunity to take part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. This challenge is managed and delivered by the Speakers Trust and is supported and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation; it allows students in Year 10 from across the country to develop their communication skills. I found that it was a great way to learn more about my peers and learn about what we must do to get the attention of an audience with key skills such as hand gestures, voice projection, tone of voice, body language and so much more! 


By the end of the day we had all performed a speech about something we were passionate about without reading off a script lasting a minute and a half. It was definitely an achievement! I really enjoyed developing my confidence over the course of the day, starting off with not wanting to speak in front of the class, to performing an entire speech. The skills I learnt will definitely be carried with me for the rest of my life as it will help me with my future career, interview situations and social settings. It was a really fun day and I am glad to have been a part of it.  


Beth Sparks 10H


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Awards Evening

7 November 2019


The achievements of Drayton Manor students were celebrated at our annual Awards Evening in the presence of families, staff and Governors. The Guest of Honour was Dahaba Ali Hussen, who started in the Sixth Form in 2010 and went on to study History at the University of Cambridge.  Dahaba is now working predominantly as a journalist, speaker and activist currently focusing on tackling the oppressive structures of class, gender, race and identity, as well as working on mental health reform. With by-lines in the Independent, the Metro, the Huffington Post, the ipaper and more, she also spends her time working with various charities such as  Comic Relief. 


Head Boy Raman Mobasheri, Head Girl Maryam Khan, Deputy Head Boy Arvind Dugh, and Deputy Head Girl Lauren Paris presided over the ceremony for the evening where students were awarded for their sustained excellence during the previous academic year. It was lovely to welcome back students who left in the summer and who are now at university.


There were many outstanding musical performances which included the Year 11 vocal and ukulele band Musical Status who performed an original ‘mash-up’ of chart hits and the school rock band which performed Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen. There was also poetry written and performed by students from across a number of year groups.


It really was a wonderful occasion and we would like to thank Dahaba Ali Hussen for being our Guest of Honour for the night.


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Summer School Works

Summer 2019


This summer was again a busy time for our Premises Team who worked very hard to deliver a large number of improvements to the School before it reopened at the beginning of September. Here are some of the highlights:


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As well as all of these projects there has also been significant maintenance carried out of the site during the summer  


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Under 15 cricket Win Ealing Borough cricket League

24 July 2019


This year, the U15 Cricket team won the Ealing Borough Cricket League after defeating Brentside High School in the final. The result capped a remarkable four seasons in which the team had overcome heartbreak and setbacks. In 2016, members of the team suffered an agonising defeat, losing by just 3 runs in the U13 final. The following season, this squad, competing as a combination of Year 7’s and 8’s, again suffered defeat by just 6 runs in the 2017 U13 final. 2018 saw another competitive yet painful year for the squad as they again fell short, this time at the semi-final stages despite an undefeated league season.

The path to the 2019 season final was much more challenging. The team managed to qualify for the final, despite weather affected results and a close defeat to an experienced Featherstone High School in the last league game of the season. However, the strength of this squad lies in their resilience, team ethos and selfless work-ethic. Subsequently, in a climactic finish defending just 9 runs from 6 balls, the team’s hard work in training; high pressure match experience and incredibly supportive team-identity meant that they were able to defend their total against the same Featherstone team who had beaten them earlier in the season. After coming through such a close encounter in the semi’s, Drayton’s final performance was a culmination of four years of hard work and experience. The team were clinical with the bat, accumulating 123 runs from 14 overs, including a 50 run opening partnership between A.Shahid and J.Perves. Perves would go on to make 55 not out including striking four 6’s. The team gave Brentside High School no respite in the field. Drayton’s U15 fielding unit allowed only four boundaries in 13 overs through the combination of accurate bowling and aggressive fielding. Eventually Drayton Manor High School bowled out the opposition for 64 in 13 overs to secure a 59 run victory and celebrate a victory four years in the making.


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Under 13 Cricket Season

24 July 2019


This season saw huge improvements for the U13 Cricket team. Initially they reached the final four of the Middlesex McKinsey Cup U13 regional qualifiers. In 2018 the team had been knocked out during the group stages. However, this season, the team’s hard work in training dramatically improved their fielding, running between the wickets and tactical understanding. 

Subsequently, Drayton’s U13’s were able to outwit several more experienced opponents at this year’s competition. Despite facing older, more experienced cricketers, Drayton won their final two groups games, in closely contested, tense encounters that both went to the final ball. As a result, the team won all their games in the league and knockout stages until eventually being defeated in the final four.


Inspired by their successes in the 8aside format, numbers at training increased and subsequently boosted Drayton U13’s Ealing Borough League performances. Drayton recorded an impressive victory over Brentside High School but suffered the disappointment of numerous weather affected league results. However, Drayton’s U13’s reached the semi-finals. Consequently, the team gathered essential experience in the highly charged, pressurised later stages of tournaments that will hopefully allow them to continue to compete in future seasons.


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Ethic of Excellence Award Celebration

24 July 2019


Drayton Manor High School recently hosted its first Ethic of Excellence Award Celebration. This was an opportunity for Associate Head, Ms Mills, to congratulate the students on their achievements.


The fifty students attending had received them for a variety of reasons which included sustained excellence in subjects, a one-off outstanding piece of work, major improvement in school work, and for contributing to the school community.


Each student had the opportunity to speak to Ms Mills about their achievements in a number of subjects including Languages, Media, PE and English. Students were also recognised for their work on the School Council.

It was a lovely occasion and students were rewarded with a delicious brunch of fresh fruit, biscuits and pastries. The next Ethic of Excellence Award celebration will take place in early September and they will then be held periodically throughout the school year.


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