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Denbigh helps launch first ever Shine festival

4 July 2008

Shine week is a new national festival to celebrate talent in all young people and in the many different forms that this takes and the first ever Shine Week ran from Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July.

To complement the weeks events, students around the country uploaded video, audio, images and text on a virtual wall of talent at

Over 2000 schools across the country held special events and activities during Shine Week but only a few were chosen to be an official part of the launch and Denbigh was one of them.

The BBC visited Denbigh to film activities and interview students before broadcasting the footage nationally on BBC Breakfast to launch the event on Monday 30th June. Denbigh students also gathered in the sports hall for the official Shine photograph where dozens of students got together to form the word Shine.

We also held a number of events across the school for Shine week which included an art display and the Denbighs Got Talent auditions where students were given an opportunity to showcase a wide variety of talents.

The highlight of the week was the Denbigh Master Chef competition which was open to all year groups and provided an opportunity for students to participate in an event that tested valuable practical skills such as cooking, healthy eating and budgeting.

The challenge was to prepare, cook and serve a two course meal for 2 people with a budget of 5 and the menu needed to show a good nutritional balance.

Margaret Moran MP turned up to judge the event alongside Headteacher Dame Yasmin Bevan, Acting Headteacher Stuart Moore and other members of Denbighs senior management team before victory was awarded to Lilato Madiri & Estelle Simba.

Well done to all of the other students who took part:

Sharmin Choudhury & Kiran Shah of Year 10, Scott Fulton-Brown & Waleed Khalid of Year 9, Juten Ahmed & Zaheer Khan of Year 9, Sadia Ahmed & Kainaat Khan of Year 10, Ahmed Zaki & Waseem Ali of Year 9 - all are exceptional cooks!

Special thanks go to Janet Whilby-Clarke who organised and managed the event.