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Denbigh students present at the SSAT and NESTA conference

2 June 2009

Four very talented Denbigh High School students have been involved in a national conference at Warwick University where they were reported by delegates to be Outstanding.

The conference was the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Student Leadership and Innovation Conference.

Normally when you attend a conference as a pupil or an adult you often sit and listen to adults talking, however this conference was very different. Denbigh High School students Kulsuma Begum, Sarah Kassahun, Ahmed Mohammed Sirad and Wajid Saleem led part of the conference in front of delegates from a variety of schools, academies and institutes from across the country.

Kulsuma, Sarah, Ahmed and Wajid spent days preparing and putting together their presentation Leading the way to success where they spoke about the wide variety of leadership opportunities that students have at Denbigh.

After many hours of rehearsing the group were able to deliver their presentation without any notes in front of them and also managed to include practical activities to fully engage the audience. This was a tremendous achievement which was noted by many other schools and delegates.

The students delivered their presentation twice on the day and the feedback from other schools regarding the delivery, content and quality of their presentation was Outstanding.

The delegates left with new ideas that the Denbigh pupils had shared and were looking forward to returning to their own schools so that they could put these ideas into action.

All of our students were a huge credit to the school and our town.

They also got to spend the night at the university halls of residence which gave them an insight into university life.

After the event each student received a certificate and a letter of thanks for the outstanding contribution that they made.