15th January 2016
Year 9 football
The Year 9 football team got their third season under way with a fixture against Lealands High School. Denbigh started well and finally got the breakthrough after an amazing kick from the keeper Sabbir Rouf, setting Ben Osei off who, using his blistering pace and amazing strength, battled through the defense and provided a neat finish through the keepers legs. 1-0 to Denbigh!
The game was then subsequently dominated by our Year 9 team, with a couple of good chances falling to Sultan and Ben. Lealands were awarded a penalty just before half time. The penalty taker sent the ball flying into the top corner, however, he was denied by an emphatic save from Denbigh’s number 1, Sabbir. Denbigh took advantage of this by dominating the second half, but they unfortunately conceded a goal. 1-1. With only 19 minutes left to play; the game was governed by attack, with both teams looking for that one goal to settle the game. Fortunately, a Gareth Bale-like run from Ayub Ahmed split the Lealands defense and allowed Ben to pick up the ball and calmly slot past the keeper. 2-1 to Denbigh!
There was now only 7 minutes left to play and Lealands could not break the solid Denbigh defense. Denbigh played some breathtaking football at times and were greatly rewarded with a third goal from prolific striker Ben after the midfield picked up the ball in a well-placed position. 3-1 to Denbigh and a hat-trick for Ben! With only minutes left to play, Denbigh were caught out and Lealands scored another goal. However, it was too little, too late and Denbigh held on to continue their superb form from Year 8 and secure all 3 points from their first game.
Congratulations to all of those who took part.
11th January 2016
Year 8 county basketball
The year 8 basketball team have done the school very proud in their recent performance at the Bedfordshire County Basketball Competition. They qualified for the competition as town champions, which is a spectacular achievement within itself, and defeated a number of teams at the county competition showing skill, teamwork and true Denbigh passion. Well done on such a fantastic achievement.
2nd December 2015
Year 7 basketball
On Wednesday 2nd December Denbigh High School's Year 7 team confidently entered the Year 7 Luton Schools Basketball Tournament. The competition from across the town was incredibly tough with many students demonstrating great skills in dribbling, passing, defending and shooting. We dominated in several games and finished the tournament in fourth place. A great achievement for our first ever basketball tournament.
Year 7 Squad: Razwana Begum (77), Azra Subhan (71), Memoona Begum (71), Zainab Shah (73), Naima Miah (75), Kinza Shah (78), Henna Choudary (72).
25th November 2015
Key Stage 3 indoor athletics report
On Wednesday 25th November the Key Stage 3 athletics squad travelled to Inspire Sports Village to compete in the Luton Schools Indoor Athletics Tournament. With fierce competition throughout the morning, competing against some other great athletes from around the town, Denbigh stood up to the test and came away with their heads held high. A special mention to the Year 8 Boys who performed excellently and finished a very creditable 3rd in the overall standings.
A combination of sheer pace from Danyal Malik, Ahmed Boateng, Yousuf Yaqoob and Hafizur Rahman and brute strength within the throwing events from Arafat Rafi and Kaleem Ali saw the Year 8 boys up into third place, a great success for the boys.
20th October 2015
PE Rewards Trip – Old Trafford
During October the PE department took a group of pupils up to the iconic Old Trafford stadium in Manchester as a reward for effort and progress within PE this year. As part of the trip the pupils had the opportunity to witness a 4th round cup match between Manchester United and Ipswich Town. The pupils could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of seeing superstars such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, and their favourite Anthony Martial. Their heroes duly delivered with a comfortable 3-1 victory with Anthony Martial living up to their expectations by capping off the scoring with a controlled side foot finish.
Despite a long journey the pupils conducted themselves exceptionally and were very grateful to have had the opportunity to witness some of their sporting heroes. There will be other exciting reward trips throughout the year so look out for those and keep working hard.
17th July 2015
BMX Champion Visit
On Friday 17th July several pupils from across the school got to experience a BMX master class from none other than Mike Mullen, the World Half Pipe BMX Champion. The day was made up of workshops, fun team challenges and a display from Mike. One pupil, Ali Kazmi in Year 7 had never ridden a bike before and by the end of the day even managed a small stunt jump. Many of the pupils highlight of the day was watching Mike jump over our very own Deputy Headteacher, Mr Douglas.
22nd June 2015
National School Sports Week
National School Sports Week was a fantastic opportunity for all pupils at Denbigh to take part in a week dedicated to pupils getting more involved in physical activity, school sport and celebrating school achievement. As a head of year is was delightful to watch pupils enjoy and excel at a variety of sports, some of which they had never even heard of before.
Mrs Orr—PE Teacher / Head of Year 8
5th May 2015
Primary School Sports Festival
On Tuesday 5th May approximately 110 students from Denbigh, Beech Hill, Foxdell and Dallow primary schools attended Denbigh High School for another action packed sports festival.
All students took part in a variety of exciting activities that the Year 10 sports leaders had carefully planned and practised. The primary students had the opportunity to take part in cricket, rounders and athletics. The Year 10 students had taken a long time to plan and prepare the festival and they were very excited to deliver it.
Well done to all the Year 10 leaders. They showed great enthusiasm and passion while leading.
28th April 2015
Year 10 girls rounders
On Tuesday 28th April, at Ashcroft High School, the qualifiers for the Luton School Rounders Finals took place. In Pool A, Denbigh were drawn against Barnfield South Academy, Ashcroft High School, and Stopsley High School. A determined, and well trained Denbigh team set off full of optimism, and quietly confident.
The first match against Stopsley went according to plan, and despite batting first, the Denbigh girls were able to score big! This was then followed by some slick fielding, and a superb display of agility and co-ordination from Zaynah Shah, to pull out the catch of the day!
The second match was tougher. Ashcroft had some excellent batters, and Denbigh conceded three full rounders early on. However, some fast bowling form Maria Sharif soon put things back on track, and the Ashcroft team had no reply. When batting, Denbigh were as dominant as they had been in the last game, and some quick running between the posts, scored those ever important half rounders, making all the difference!
The final match had been the anticipated fixture of the evening. Barnfield South had also won their games, and the scores were even. Denbigh fielded first, and did their very best to keep the Barnfield big hitters at bay. Khizra Qadir kept her nerve, and caught a ball that came at her with height and pace; getting one of their star players ‘out’. Unfortunately, the Barnfield back stop and second base minimised the half rounders Denbigh scored with some excellent fielding, and in the end, only a half rounder separated the teams.
The Denbigh team have qualified for the finals, and are hopeful that with even more practice they could go on to win. Watch this space!
10th March 2015
YEAR 7 BOYS BASKETBALL
The Year 7 students made a great start to their high school tournament experience. After being selected from trials during PE lessons the team acquitted themselves extremely well at the Town tournament. They won two games and drew one in the initial group stages, meaning they topped the group. In the semi-finals they managed to win a tightly contested game against Barnfield West Academy and the team ended up finishing second in the town overall, just losing to Ashcroft in the final after a last minute basket.
The boys had earned the right to go and represent Luton in the County tournament. The standard of basketball was extremely high which made it difficult for Denbigh to really compete and challenge for the top spots. The most important and pleasing thing was that the boys learned and improved with every single game they played and came away as better basketball players. They finished seventh overall in the County.
The boys can be very proud of their achievements in what is a relatively new sport for most of them. Well done!
5th February 2015
YEAR 7 GIRLS WIN THE TOWN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
On Thursday 5th February the Year 7 girls’ basketball team (Yvonne Abdi 74, Tanya Khanam 76, Haneefah Mahboob 76, Arfa Islam 77, Julie Xhuljeta 77, Razane Jelita 73, Masha Rahmen, Faheema Miah 73, Sabiha Akhtar 71, and Alisha Munie) took part in the Luton schools town tournament, where they played against a variety of teams including Putteridge, Barnfield West and Icknield. The Year 7 team took part in a practise basketball tournament hosted by Barnfield West the week before to gain valuable experience that they were able to implement during the tournament.
After winning their first game, losing the second game by a single basket but then winning the next two, the girls went through to the next round. They played against Stopsley for the semi-final where they won 6-4. In between their games they closely watched the other teams, allowing them to gain valuable information about the other players which they could then use in their own matches, allowing them to develop strategies specific to the opposing team. In the final they used excellent teamwork and well thought-out strategies, they played against Icknield, winning 5-2 and therefore winning the tournament. Well done to all of the players for working so hard during training and at the tournament.
23rd January 2015
YEAR 10 FOOTBALL VICTORY
Denbigh’s Year 10 football team proved that they are not to be taken lightly, after an impressive victory over league favourites Barnfield West Academy. In the same fixture last year the team was beaten quite convincingly, however they did not let that dampen their spirits as they entered the game.
The match itself was very tight, with good defending and strong tackling taking centre stage for most of the game. It took some moments of real football magic for Denbigh to be successful on the night. First to break the deadlock was Riduan Ahmed 107. Who spotted the keeper off his line and hooked a looping shot over the stranded keeper to make it 1-0 to Denbigh.
Next came a blistering run through the middle from Mubeen Gazi 107 who shrugged off the challenges of two defenders before powering a shot into the top right corner of the goal, leaving the keeper with no chance. Then Denbigh had to show their strength of character in defence as Barnfield pressed hard looking for a way back into the game. All hopes of our comeback were dashed however when 10 minutes before the final whistle Riduan Ahmed 107 once again found himself with space inside the box and calmly finished into the bottom left corner to seal an impressive 3-0 victory in the team’s first match of the year so far.
YEAR 9 AND 10 GIRLS BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
On 24th November, the Year 9 and 10 Girls’ badminton teams attended a tournament at Lea Manor High School.
The Year 9 team included; Aisha Sadiq (92), Momna Rafiq (92), Yeasmin Choudury (93), and Fabiha Tansin (97). The Year 10 team included; Aneesa Hussain (102), Zayna Shah (104), Faiza Malik (106) and Alia Batool (102).
Despite a slow start, both teams played exceptionally well against the hosts and Icknield High School. These impressive performances resulted in the Girls securing the runners-up spot importantly keeping their hopes alive of qualifying for the county tournament.
“It was an amazing experience; I am very proud of our performance and I look forward to our next game.”
YEAR 8 BADMINTON: DENBIGH WIN SECURES PLACE IN BADMINTON COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
On 2nd December, four Year 8 students represented Denbigh at a badminton tournament at Barnfield South Academy.
The Denbigh team included; Amaan Baig (85), Luay Ali (81), Oman Khan (84) and Abu Musa Hussain (81). Denbigh fought endlessly throughout the tournament in order to secure a place in the county championship. After a collection of fine performances Denbigh proudly secured the top spot and were crowned champions.
PE Teacher, Mr Stewart, was ecstatic and praised the whole team for their determination and character.
Many thanks to the staff and everyone involved in the tournament.
YEAR 7 GIRLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
On 10th October, girls from Year 7 took part in a football tournament which was held at Stopsely High School at the playfootball.net site. A variety of schools from across Luton also took part including Challney Girls, Lea Manor, Icknield, Stopsley, Barnfield South and West.
Under the guidance of their coach Mrs Josiah, the Denbigh team included; Tayna Khanom, Hannifa Khanom, Fahima Miah, Yvonne Abdi , Aiman Hussain, Ladine White, Razane Jlita Faheema Miah and Arfa Islam.
The students showed incredible enthusiasm and excitement at representing Denbigh for the first time and their opening group matches were against Barnfield West and Barnfield South, both of which they were able to win 4-1 and 5-2 respectively.
These victories enabled the Denbigh team to progress into the semi-finals where they found themselves up against Challney Girls. The match proved hugely entertaining with Denbigh claiming an impressive 6-1 triumph which secured their place in the final.
Denbigh’s next opponents in the final were the tournament hosts Stopsley, after a tense encounter Denbigh slipped to a 3-1 defeat. Although beaten in the final, the Denbigh team enjoyed a fantastic tournament with an inspiring performance and some amazing individual displays notably from Yvonne, who amazingly scored all 16 of Denbigh’s goals and the goalkeeping brilliance of Arfa.
YEAR 8 NETBALL
On 5th November the Year 8 girl’s netball team had a very competitive fixture against Lealands.
During the first half of the game Lealands took an early lead using their tall players as an advantage but despite this Denbigh worked very hard in defence to try and stop the ball getting to their accurate shooters.
Waheeda Uddin played a brilliant GD position and made some flying interceptions.
At half time, after a few position changes, the girls were determined to pull back the score. Slowly but surely they started to pull closer to Lealands lead.
Tabitha French played very efficiently at WA and helped to create space on the court. With 30 seconds of the game remaining and Lealands still in the lead by one goal, Denbigh managed to get the ball into the circle and score.
The game was extremely enjoyable for both teams and Denbigh learnt a lot about how to alter their game plan against a tall opposing team.
Well done to all players.
Miss Ramsay—Teacher of PE
YEAR 7 RUGBY 12’S
The Year 7 rugby team has recently been working hard in training in preparation for their fixtures which run throughout the winter term at Luton Rugby Club.
Their first fixture of the league was against Icknield and the team made a strong start scoring almost immediately. The forwards were playing extremely well and the scrum was forcing the opposition backwards at any opportunity. The backs provided excellent support and chipped in with some fantastic last ditch tackles of their own.
The second game saw Denbigh play against Barnfield West, again the power of the Denbigh scrum drove the Barnfield West team back into their own half at regular intervals. With 90% of the game played just in front of the Barnfield West try line it was hard to believe that Denbigh didn’t come away with a second win. Despite their dominance Denbigh just couldn’t find that opening in the Barnfield West defence to score the all-important winning try.
Denbigh’s final game was against Stopsley and again they dominated the game from the first whistle. Stopsley then took the lead with a brilliant individual run just into the second half. Unfortunately the team were unable to reverse the deficit and with their bodies tiring they finished the game with a loss by just one try.
The results from the first three games put Denbigh in the middle of the table going into the next round of fixtures. The boys have been working hard in training and will be looking to move up the table into the top two places to achieve qualification for the county tournament later on this year.
“It was great fun to play our first rugby games for Denbigh High School.”
“It was excellent fun and we have enjoyed training too.”
Mr May—PE Teacher
DENBIGH DODGEBALL SUCCESS
On 12th November, Denbigh’s Year 7 and 8 dodgeball team make their way to the Bedford Bunyan Centre for the dodgeball County finals. The students from Year 8 included; Sabbir Rouf, Isha Hassain, Amaan Baig, Ibrahim Sajid, Mostafa Triham and Bianca Vessell and the students from Year 7 included; Tayna Khanom, Sumayyah Uddin and Maisha Rahman.
An inspiring start from Denbigh saw them secure consecutive 8-2 victories against Marston Vale and All Saints Academy with impressive hits from Isha Hassain. The second round of games proved more challenging although Denbigh continued to battle on with a 6-4 triumph over Marston Vale and a confident second victory over All Saints Academy, with notable individual performances from Amaan Baig and Ibrahim Sajid.
Topping the group comfortably meant Denbigh now found themselves in the final against last year’s county champions, Sandy Place School. An entertaining final full of excitement saw Denbigh unfortunately slip to a 6-4 defeat – placing them as the runners up of the tournament.
Remarkably, the students were also treated to the unique opportunity to meet and play against some of the England Dodgeball U21 Women’s team.
The students showed fantastic effort throughout the tournament and represented the school with pride. Well done to all the students involved.
Mrs Josiah—Teacher of PE
YEAR 7 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL
The Year 7 football team travelled to PlayFootball.net this week for the Luton School 5-aside Football Tournament and for many of the team it was their first taste of sports fixtures at Denbigh High School.
After defeat in the first game the team rallied and bounced back with a thumping 6-2 victory over Stopsley. They played with great enthusiasm and determination throughout their games and just missed out on qualification for the semi-finals.
With two emphatic wins from the 4 games the team came away from the tournament with great confidence in their abilities. The boys will be training hard over the coming weeks in preparation for their upcoming fixtures after Christmas.
“It was an excellent experience to represent Denbigh High School for the first time.”
“We played well as a team and expressed some impressive teamwork.”
Mr May—Teacher of PE
YEAR 8 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
The Year 8 girls football team including; Sadiyah Ahmed, Aishah Rehmat, Aisha Sana, Samina Sultana, Fahima Begum, Sumayyah Ahmed, Bianca Vassell and Yvonne Abdi recently took part in a tournament which was run by Luton Town Football Club and hosted at Redborne Upper School.
The Denbigh students secured two victories and slipped to two defeats in the group, ensuring that they finished second. With some impressive team displays on the pitch, the students can be proud of their performance.
Mrs Josiah—Teacher of PE
YEAR 7/8 TOWN TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Year 7 and 8 students recently took part in the town table tennis tournament and the team were keen to emulate their success from last season. The team consisting of Abu Musa Hussain, Amaan Baig, Mohammed Jamil and Kadir Rob put in lots of practice at the morning table tennis club to ensure they were ready for the town tournament.
The boys made a great start with an emphatic victory over Stopsley with a point difference of 42.
The team continued their impressive start and won the tournament in magnificent fashion winning every match. They finished the tournament with a positive points difference of 96 and have qualified for the county tournament later this month.
“It was a great tournament, we really played well.”
The team will be practising hard over the coming weeks in preparation for their county tournament which will include some tough opposition.
Mr May – PE Teacher
October/ November 2014
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS FESTIVALS
On 21st October and 11th November, over 90 students from Denbigh, Beech Hill and Foxdell primary schools attended Denbigh High School for the first sports festivals of the school year.
On 21st October, all students took part in a variety of exciting activities that Year 11 BTEC Sport students had carefully planned. The primary students had the opportunity to take part in rounders, athletics, netball and an obstacle course. The Year 11 leaders were organised, engaging and very excited to deliver a festival for which they had dedicated much time.
“The leaders were excellent. They looked professional in their PE kit and are good role models to our children at Denbigh Primary. The leaders demonstrated patience and communicated clearly with all students.”
Mr West—Denbigh Primary School
“We thought the leaders did a great job! We particularly liked: When a child found something difficult the leaders took them aside and helped them one-to-one whilst the others did an activity. The leaders were confident and explained the activities clearly. The children always knew what they had to do. The leaders were good role models to the other children. They were even more 'professional' than before and they earned the respect of their group.”
Mr Mills—Beech Hill Primary School
On the 11th November, as part of the second Primary Sports Festival, students from Denbigh, Beech Hill and Foxdell primary schools took part in a variety of exciting activities that Year 11 BTEC Sport students had carefully planned and practiced. Students had the opportunity to take part in cricket, football, dodgeball and a multi-sports circuit and the Year 11 students had taken a long time to plan and prepare the festival. They were very excited to deliver it.
“Well done to the Year 11 students on the astro-turf, they represented the school in an excellent manner. They upheld the high standards the school expects and ran enjoyable sessions that the primary school children relished. They showed excellent professionalism, and were calm and patient with each child. The activities were appropriate and inclusive. The enthusiasm the leaders showed, rubbed off on the children and thus made it a more enjoyable experience for them.”
Mr Mistry—Cover Supervisor
Well done to all the Year 11 leaders, it was great to see every student excited and engaged throughout the whole festival.
Miss Ramsay—Teacher of PE
YEAR 10 RUGBY 7S TOURNAMENT
This was an intense tournament filled with some fantastic key individual and team performances. This tournament really highlighted the impressive talents of the Denbigh team. Some of these individual highlights included Neloy Miah with his incredible pace, running, dodging and scoring skills, Hamza Khan for his stunning tackling techniques and the resolute Mahdi illustrating his ability to shrug off opponent tackles.
Well done to the whole team!
U16 NETBALL FIXTURE
On Wednesday 17th September, the U16 Netball Team (Tasnia Jaifaree, Khizra Qadir, Zayna Shah, Maria Sharif, Sumaya Rahman, Tasnia Ahmed, Esther Ige and Aneesah Hussain) competed in their first fixture against Putteridge High School.
Due to it being the start of term and the team not having much time to train, the girls were a little nervous. The girls ran through a quick warm up and were on court ready to play. During the first half the girls made silly mistakes while under pressure with the ball and playing too quickly. However, Tasnia Jaifree scored three impressive goals to reward Denbigh with the lead after the first half.
During the second half, the girls slowed down their rate of play and this improved their performance, they finished at full time with a 5-2 lead. Zayna Shah was awarded player of the match for some inspiring interceptions as goal defense.
Well done to the whole team and good luck for the rest of the season!
Miss Ramsay—Teacher of PE
DENBIGH SPORTS DAY
On Friday 27th June, students from years 7, 8, 9 and 10 celebrated Denbigh’s Sport Day. In support for the Commonwealth Games event which is held in Glasgow on 23rd July, each year group were given a country to represent and promote.
82—Isle of Man
84—Trinidad and Tobago
The forms were asked to create a banner and a mascot to support the athletes from the different countries that were representing their forms.
During periods 1 and 2 the track events took place with over 400 students competing in the following track events; 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and the 4*100m relay.
All events were very competitive, with the top three students from each year group gaining medals and vital team points for their forms. On the day the support for these events was endless and the students who didn’t take part in the morning track events embraced the occasion and the countries that they were representing.
At the end of the day the overall points were added to the points that forms have been earning as part of the School Games—a competition which started in September, that has seen forms competing in a variety of academic and sporting challenges throughout the year.
The overall results for year 7, 8, 9 and 10 are below:
Huge congratulations to the following forms for winning Sports Day and the School Games competition this year.
1st place – 73 with
1st place – 82 with 680 points
1st place – 94 with
1st place – 103 with 895 points
2nd place – 71 with 570 points
2nd place – 87 with 670 points
2nd place – 92 with 645 points
2nd place – 102 with 795 points
3rd place – 78 with 520 points
3rd place – 88 with
3rd place – 97 with
3rd place – 106 with 720 points
4th place – 76 with 515 points
4th place – 81 with
4th place – 93 with
4th place – 107 with 670 points
5th place – 77 with 430 points
5th place – 86 with
5th place – 91 with
5th place – 101 with 620 points
6th place – 74 with 385 points
6th place – 85 with
6th place – 98 with
6th place – 104 with 445 points
7th place – 77 with 340 points
7th place – 83 with
7th place –96 with
7th place – 108 with 375 points
8th place – 72 with 270 points
8th place – 84 with
8th place – 95 with
8th place – 105 with 280 points
Students’ support, respect and behaviour on the day was outstanding. Roll on next year’s Sports Day and School Games events.
Mr Smith—Specialist Leader for PE and Sport
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS DAY
As part of our ongoing work and support with local primary schools; Dallow and Denbigh primaries asked us for our best year 9 and 10 leaders to support with the delivery of their primary school sports day.
On the day the following year 9 and 10 students were chosen as the elite group of sports leaders to represent Denbigh and assist at the primary school sports days:
Farukhul Miah 94
Ehsanul Hoque 95
Mustafa Ali 94
Maicol Javid 92
Ishaak Alam 96
Rafid Chowdhury 96
Zayna Shah 92
Aneesah Hussain 94
Maria Sharif 92
Alia Batool 92
Tasnia Jafaree 98
Tasnia Ahmed 93
Summayyah iqbal 102
Marjan Begum 103
Samiyah Ali 104
Abu Hasnath 106
Maryam Hussain 107
Ergyst Stafa 107
Daanish Naeem 107
All the students were excellent ambassadors for sport. They led sports activities for a variety of students from different year groups and displayed high levels of confidence and communication skills when explaining the activities and liaising with primary school staff.
Mrs Lewis a primary school PE teacher from Denbigh Primary said; “The year 9 and 10 leaders were outstanding. They were all incredibly assertive showing clear demonstrations and motivated and encouraged all the primary school students. Above all they were very professional and did a fantastic job”.
Mr Smith—Specialist Leader for PE and Sport
CHARITY ULTIMATE DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT
During National School Sports Week students from years 7, 8 and 9 took part in an Ultimate Dodge Ball tournament to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Students were asked to select a team of five girls and five boys from their tutor groups. There was a huge turnout to all three lunchtime tournaments, with year 7 alone having up to 80 students taking part.
The tournament gave students the opportunity to try a new sport and enjoy themselves whilst raising money for charity. Well done to forms 73 and 88, who managed to win their year group finals. A special mention must go to form 96 who managed to raise £40.59 through sponsorship.
The following forms have won a prize for raising the most money within their year groups 74, 86 & 96.
The grand total of all sponsorship money was £297.53. Many thanks for your kind generosity.
Miss Ramsay—Teacher of PE
NATIONAL SCHOOL SPORTS WEEK 2014
Congratulations and well done to all students who took part with great enthusiasm in National School Sports Week. As you know, this is the week where schools celebrate sport and the many values that it can offer students, and as a specialist sports college Denbigh High School embraced this week with great pride. From ‘diving’ to ‘fit-football’ in lessons, and the numerous trips like ice skating and other fun activities, the week was a real spectacle. Well done everyone.
Mr Stewart—AT&LL for PE
PARTNER PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS FESTIVAL
Over the last academic year we have had in excess of 480 students from years 3 to 6 attend sports festivals at Denbigh High School. The students from our partner primary schools Foxdell, Denbigh Primary, Dallow and Beech Hill were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of different activities which they would not normally have the opportunity to access as part of their normal PE curriculum.
The festival activities were planned and led by our year ten students who were developing their leadership skills as part of their BTEC PE and Sport coursework. The year 10 students really enjoyed the experience and responsibility and have represented the school tremendously. Below are some comments from the students who delivered the festivals.
“It was an excellent experience which helped my learning and understanding about leadership and responsibility.”
“Being the leader rather than the student was a new experience for me and helped me greatly to understand how difficult it can be but I feel we rose well to the challenge.”
We recently hosted our final festival of the year and the feedback from teachers and students was very positive, with students commenting:
“I thought that the leaders explained the skills to us very well, they were funny and they also taught us things that we didn't know - we all enjoyed it.”
Isaam Shafiq—Year 6 student, Foxdell
“Today we were doing sports in Denbigh High School. Some of the older students taught us skills in football and cricket including dribbling and bowling. We had an amazing time here and an enjoyable afternoon.”
Ismail Shah—Denbigh Primary School
Furthermore staff comments included:
“The sports academy young leaders did very well in explaining to the children how to improve. They gave the students good advice and did an excellent job at encouraging them. They ensured all activities were fun and the children enjoyed it. They structured the session well with a good introduction and feedback at the end. Well done to all the boys involved.”
Mr McArthur and Ms Beckford—Foxdell JS
“Today's multi sports festival was highly enjoyable. The children were engaged and followed the rules that were very accurately given by the Denbigh High School leaders. The students were all active and enjoy working in collaboration and communicating with students from other schools and the leaders. This was a fun and enjoyable day.”
Mrs Saia and Mrs Asghar—Denbigh Primary School
Denbigh High school is committed to all young people having the opportunity to lead and volunteer. So what are you waiting for? Speak to Mrs McNeill or Mr Smith to volunteer as a young leader for our leadership opportunities in our partner primary schools for the next academic year.
Mrs McNeill—Head of Year 7/Transition Manager
TOWN TENNIS TOURNAMENT
On 12th June our year 9 boys took part in the town tennis tournament. The team consisted of Talal Zaber—93, Faisal Khan—92, Neloy Mia—94 and Mahboob Alam—94. The boys were up against five other schools, all fighting to go through to the county round: Putteridge, Stopsley, Lea Manor, Barnfield South and Icknield.
Each match was best of three games, and there were five matches to play per school. Denbigh got off to a fantastic start by beating both Putteridge and Stopsley 4-1. The boys then played Barnfield South, but sadly lost 2-3. Denbigh responded well in their next game by beating Lea Manor 5-0. They rounded off the day by playing Icknield, another close call as both teams were exhausted by this point. Denbigh pulled through though, beating Icknield 3-2.
Denbigh came 2nd overall which was a fantastic effort. We did not qualify for county this year but some excellent tennis was played.
Miss Smith—PE Technician
YEAR 9 GIRLS ROUNDERS TOURNAMENT
On the 18th June the year 9 girls rounders team went off to Challney High School for Girls to play in the rounders finals night, against some of the toughest competitor schools in Luton.
After an impressive win in their previous tournament, all of the girls were extremely optimistic. The girls started off by playing Barnfield South in an intense game, both teams playing exceedingly well and the girls managed to score 5 rounders.
The next match was against Icknield. In this match the girls were stretched as far as they would go, and had to be alert at all times. Icknield were outstanding at fielding but our girls were still able to score an incredible 4 rounders.
Continuing with all their matches the girls carried on playing with the high level of rounders and eventually came 4th out of all the schools in Luton.
The team: Hasna Begum (captain), Maria Sharif (Bowler), Aneesah Hussain (second base), Tasnia Ahmed (fourth base), Zayna Shah (deep fielder), Sawara Mushtaq (deep fielder), Khizra Qadir, Kinza Tariq, Alia Batool and Tasnia Jaifaree (both first base) played very well and were over the moon with the outcome.
Miss Ramsay—Teacher of PE
YEAR 7-8 GIRLS CRICKET
On the 18th June, our year 7 and 8 girls cricket team headed off for a match against Challney Girls. This was our first competitive match and after months of practising our excitement levels were high.
After a brief warm up, it was Denbigh’s turn to bat first which saw a diverse array of skillful batting, especially from Bianca Vassell who ensured that we got off to the best possible start.
Despite our fantastic start, Challney responded well with some fine fielding and team work. They were particularly strong when batting and quickly gained multiple runs. Denbigh reacted quickly to this with some equally fine fielding work. Special mentions go to Momna Rafiq and Humanyra Ahmed, both from year 8, for a fine display in effective bowling techniques.
Although Challney girls took the win on the day the entire Denbigh team had played well and their commitment to training was evident. Each member of the team enjoyed themselves and look forward to the next fixture.
Well done to the whole team - Momna Rafiq—82, Humayra Ahmed—82, Bisma Begum—85, Ikra Khan—81, Eesha Hussain—81, Tabitha French—74, Habibah Begum—72, Nusrath Kasim—82, Aisha Sana—73, Aisha Rehmet—73, Bianca Vassell—73 and Waheeda Uddin—71.
Miss Dayus—Community, Sport and Wellbeing Development officer
WORLD CUP FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
To support the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and raise money for a chosen charity, three year 9 boys approached Mr Smith to organise a joint football tournament for years 7, 8, 9, 10 boys at lunchtime. The tournament has been closely contested with many entertaining games and talent on display.
The tournament which ran over five separate weeks and was supported and embraced by all boys in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 has contributed towards developing a positive attitude towards football and helped to gain cohesion between fellow students across a variety of year groups.
The organisers of the tournament were Ehsanul Hoque—95, Farkhul Miah—94 and Mustafa Ali—94.
Congratulations to these year 9 boys because they have shown excellent maturity and responsibility when refereeing the games. During the last five weeks they have been extremely committed to the tournaments and have shown the key skills, attributes and leadership qualities to be successful sports leaders for the future. Well done boys.
Mr Smith—Specialist Leader for PE and Sport
YEAR 9 CRICKET SUCCESS
This season has been another successful one for the year 9 boys cricket team who have built on their successes last season and have produced some outstanding performances.
We travelled to Icknield for our first game which we knew would be a difficult test given our previous matches with them. Maicol won the toss and selected to bowl first, we managed to keep the Icknield team down to a score of 74-7 from the overs. We started off strongly with some excellent batting from Fayaz, he was supported along by Faisal Khan to within the target score. Fayaz retired for 30 runs leaving Dharmesh to come in and secure the victory. This was an excellent victory for us and was more important than usual as it counted towards our Lord’s Taverners Cup first round result too.
Next up was Challney who we have had tight games with before. We lost the toss and were asked to bat first, both of the Denbigh openers Maicol and Fayaz retired on 35 and some good support from the rest of the upper order enabled Denbigh to post an extraordinary score of 110-1 from our 12 overs. The Challney chase did not get off to a good start with some excellent bowling from the opening Denbigh bowlers. Wickets continued to fall and Denbigh bowled Challney out for 39. It was a great victory and meant we were through to face Bedford School in the semi-final of the Lord’s Taverners Cup.
The day of the semi-final had arrived; the team were so excited to play in such a big game and at such beautiful facilities. We arrived at the ground and excitement could be felt in the air. After completing our warm up Maicol won the toss and chose to bowl first.
We played a 25 over match which is much longer than normal but we bowled and fielded extremely well. Nazmul took a couple of early wickets to leave the hosts 30-2 from 5 overs. The Bedford team regrouped and put on some good partnerships to rescue their innings to a very respectable 160-4 from 25 overs. In reply Denbigh got off to a good start and found themselves 15-0 from the first 4 overs. With a flurry of quick wickets and some key batsman missing the Denbigh team struggled to mount a real challenge.
The Bedford School team containing many county bowlers proved too strong for the team who fell short of the 160 target. Overall it has been a successful season reaching the county cup semi-final.
Mr May—Teacher of PE
YEAR 10-11 CRICKET: DENBIGH'S ROAD TO GLORY
Denbigh had another year to prove that their undefeated record did not have just an edge of luck and that they really were the undisputed cricket kings of Luton. We started off the year playing against a strong Icknield side that were a possible threat as they batted very well. However their illusion of winning was soon shattered by our supreme batting line up with the likes of Hasib Homyoon, Shahid Ali, Shoaib Ahmed and Daanish Naeem.
After this remarkable win we moved onto our next match against Challney High School for Boys, and yet again we emphasised our win with an unbeatable batting performance showcasing the talents of the boys. Yet another dominant win for the team as they upheld their unbeaten record. Then, after winning our next two games convincingly, we were off to finals day at Wardown Park.
We went to the finals exuding confidence as we prepared to battle it out against Barnfield South Academy. We started the game off with a superb bowling performance taking many early wickets. The expertise of Shoaib Ahmed, Hasin Ali and Shahid Ali helped as they took important wickets that were much needed for the destruction of the batting line up. Denbigh were triumphant yet again giving us the deserved title as cricket kings of Luton for yet another year running. Our team of amazing year 10 boys consisted of Daanish Naeem, Haseeb Homyoon, Shoaib Ahmed, Shahid Ali, Abu Hasnath, Shuaib Kiyani and Sakander Shah.
Mr Stewart—AT&LL for PE
May/ June 2014
YEAR 8 CRICKET FIXTURES
Denbigh vs Icknield
On Tuesday 20th May, Denbigh faced Icknield in our first game of the season. Denbigh won the toss and chose to bowl first. Icknield’s opening batters got off to a fast start before Abass Shah—87 got the first wicket to slow the momentum down. We pulled it back in the last 5 overs with Kasim Hussain—81 bowling a wicket-maiden and Saad Khan—81 giving away just 4 runs in his 3 overs. Icknield ended up on 55-6 in their 14 overs.
Denbigh lost a wicket early at the start of their run chase but Hizbullah Khan—86 and Zain Gaulseb—82 put on a great partnership to put Denbigh in control. Hizbullah fell for 19 which sparked a mini collapse with Adil Hussain—82 and Ahad Ilyas Malik—85 getting out for golden ducks in the same over. However Atif Hussian—87 and Zain remained calm to steer Denbigh to victory. Denbigh won by 6 wickets.
Denbigh vs Challney High School for Boys
On Monday 16th June Denbigh played Challney in the toughest match of the season. Challney batted first and played very well, scoring freely and keeping the pressure on Denbigh. At the 8 over mark, Challney had not lost a wicket and it was looking like Challney would get a big score. However, a brilliant double-wicket maiden from Fayez Choudhury—84 restricted Challney to 75 and with our strong batting line-up we considered ourselves as favorites at the halfway mark.
Fayez and Dharmesh Mistry—81 got us off to a blistering start with a 14 runs coming in the first over. Our openers kept the heat on Challney and Denbigh won, reaching the target in 61 overs with Fayez (33 retired) and Dharmesh (22N.O) being the main stars with the bat. Denbigh face Stopsley next and a win would secure Denbigh a place on final’s day.
Denbigh compete in Super 8’s tournament
On Tuesday 24th June, Denbigh went to Dunstable Cricket Ground to play in a Super 8’s tournament.
Denbigh’s first match was against Arnold and we bowled first. Arnold started brightly and got 20 runs in the 3rd over. A good last over restricted Arnold to 64 in 7 overs. Denbigh lost an early wicket when Dharmesh was caught out, however we kept up with the run rate. In the end though it proved to be too much for Denbigh and we lost by 7 runs in our first match of the tournament.
Denbigh’s second match was against Stopsley. We bowled first and began with a double-wicket maiden from Jaffar Shah—87. Another good last over from Rahul Vij—81 restricted Stopsley to just 42 in their 7 overs. We began brightly and soon won the match with plenty of time to spare.
Denbigh’s last match in the group was against Goldington. Again we bowled first, hoping to restrict Goldington. We achieved just that with Goldington managing just 25. We won easily and came 2nd in our group. This was not enough to go to the final but we played in a 3rd vs 4th place playoff against Lincroft.
In the playoff we continued the trend of bowling first however Lincroft’s opening batmen played very well and got them off to a flying start. An 18 run over helped Lincroft amass 86 runs in their 7 overs. Denbigh knew that they needed a fast start to win and we had the batting line up to do it. Dharmesh and Atif started really well and we carried on the pace when Dharmesh retired on 20. A couple of boundaries and a 6 in the penultimate over meant that Denbigh needed 9 from the last over. The bowler lost his composure, delivering 3 wides and Denbigh won with 3 balls to spare.
Denbigh vs Stopsley
On Wednesday 25th June, Denbigh played Stopsley. Stopsley batted first and never really got going, losing their first five wickets easily. Hizbullah and Jaffar bowled well at the start and Dharmesh carried on from where they left off. Adil got the last wicket as Stopsley were restricted to 35 all out in 13.3 overs. Dharmesh and Atif started brightly and with the help of a lot of wides, Denbigh chased down 36 in just 4 overs and we won by 10 wickets. Dharmesh made 7 not out and Atif made 14 not out.
Mr Mistry—Teacher of PE
YEAR 7 GIRLS ROUNDER TOURNAMENT
On the 21st May, the year 7 girls rounder’s team went to Ashcroft High School to compete in their very first tournament and with huge excitement the girls played their first match against Stopsley High School.
Throughout the tournament the girls showed a strong batting technique and made very few mistakes which led them to an exceptional score. The girls fielding was also very good and they used the techniques learnt during lessons and after school clubs. By winning the first match the team went forward in the competition with high hopes.
Their next opponents were the hosting school and the Denbigh girls knew they had to up their game if they were to win a second match. Again the team worked very hard but unfortunately Denbigh lost the game by only two rounders.
The girls knew they had to be very focused in the last match to guarantee a 1st place medal in the town tournament. The girls’ batting was outstanding leaving Barnfield South with a hard score to beat. With some solid fielding the girls amazingly ended up getting the whole Barnfield South team out which meant the win went to Denbigh High School. Players included; Zara Sher, Hibah Hussain, Aisha Sana, Aishah Rehmat, Zuleikha Mohammed, Faima Miah, Waheeda Uddin, Habibah Begum and Monique Duncan-Beckford.
Well done to all those involved and a special thanks to Miss Ramsay and Miss Gallagher for all the support they have shown towards the girls throughout the tournament.
Miss Ramsay—Teacher of PE
DENBIGH VICTORIOUS IN YEAR 10 AEGON TEAM TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Four of our best year 9 tennis players visited Icknield school on Monday 12th May to represent the Denbigh year 10 ‘A’ team in the Aegon Team Tennis Tournament.
The strong team saw Talal playing as our No. 1 seed, Neloy playing No. 2 seed, Faizal playing No. 3 seed and Mahboob playing No. 4 seed. The boys have worked hard to maintain their seeding, and place in the ‘A’ Team, through their training this year. Each player’s performance will affect their ranking throughout this season so the stakes on winning are high.
The Denbigh A Team were apprehensive before they started warming up, seeing that they were competing against a year 10 team. The boys started off by each playing their singles match against the opposing player of the same seed. The matches were played in one set; first to six games (with a tie break if needed). We did exceptionally well with three out of four singles wins at 6-0, 6-0, 6-1, 4-6.
With each school getting two points per match won, we were now leading by 6 points to 2 against Icknield.
The two doubles matches then began with Denbigh on top form, confident from their strong start. Talal and Faizal put up a strong defence against their opponents with an array of lobs and slice backhands, However, Icknield were unbeatable with their No. 1 seed’s smashes which resulted in a 3-6 defeat for Denbigh. Mahboob and Neloy worked well together on court, covering all areas. Mahboob hit some excellent slice serves which contributed to their 6-1 WIN! This resulted in a solid 8-4 victory for Denbigh over Icknield.
Well-done to all students involved.
YEAR 9 ROUNDERS
On the 7th May, the year 9 girls’ rounders team went to Ashcroft High School to compete in the much anticipated town tournament. With very high expectations the girls played their first match against the hosting school; Ashcroft. The girls batted exceptionally well, with very few failures-and had a very big lead as Ashcroft went on to bat. In addition, the girls fielding was spectacular with just one or two tactical dilemmas. While fielding the girls used the fielding triangle (bowler, backstop and first base) extremely well. By winning their first match convincingly, the team went off to the next match with high hopes.
Their next opponents were Barnfield South, a great team with some amazing players. After some poor batting, the Denbigh girls knew the only way to win was to field incredibly well, therefore they adopted the fielding triangle method once more and some very powerful throws from the deep fielders. After such an impressive display, the girls guaranteed a 1st place medal in the town tournament. All the hard work and dedication had paid off. Players include: Hasna Begum (captain), Aneesah Hussain (second base), Maria Sharif (bowler), Alia Batool (first base), Tasnia Ahmed (fourth base), Khizra Qadir, Kinza tariq, Khairun Nisa Zaman, Tasnia Jaiferee, Zayna Shah and Sawara Mushtaq.
Well-done to all those involved and special thanks to Miss Ramsay for the continued support and guidance that she has shown towards the girls throughout the tournament.
YEAR 10 FOOTBALL - SEASON REVIEW
The year 10 Denbigh football team have experienced their best season in history. The team played a total of four games and in each of them showed amazing hunger, passion and determination.
The first game was an away match against Challney which Denbigh comfortably won 4-0. It was the perfect start to the season as Denbigh kept a clean sheet helping to boost the players confidence going forward. Although easing past Challney, it was just their first game and the players focused upon areas in which they could develop.
Their second game was a home clash against Barnfield West Academy in front of a rather impressive crowd. It was a fantastic game with Denbigh producing a convincing 6 -2 win. Two games and two wins. As a team, the players had gained a lot of confidence through both of these games but remained focused on the next match with our Lea Manor opponents.
The third game was away to Lea Manor and after a poor defensive performance Denbigh were losing 2-0 at the break. During half-time, the players were given a stern team talk from Mr Stewart about which areas they had to improve in. The game progressed into the second half and it was evident that Mr Stewart’s words of wisdom had worked. Denbigh maintained the majority of the possession into the second half and were rewarded when team captain Ergyst Stafa scored an amazing goal from 30 yards, 2-1. Just minutes later the ball found the back of Lea Manor’s net again, 2-2, with Daanish Naeem levelling the game. Denbigh had managed to pull themselves back into the game by showing great strength although unfortunately in the dying minutes of the game Lea Manor snatched the winner, 3-2. Denbigh also narrowly lost out against tough opposition Lealands, although Coach Stewart was complimentary about how well the team played through dealing with pressure for long periods of the match.
This season provided us with some incredible highlights including great individual achievements although fundamentally our experiences encouraged each player to work as part of a successful team. Well done to each of the players involved (Shahid, Usman, Saro, Hasib, Abu, Daanish, Ergyst, Rafatul, Shadman, Haider, Ruhel, Tariq, Shafi and Sakander) for being able to produce a great season and of course thanks to our special coach Mr Stewart.
YEAR 10 GIRLS BASKETBALL
On the 20th March, Denbigh’s year 10 girls basketball team (Maryam Hussain, Marjan Begum, Nimrah Kiyani, Mhafara Rahman, Tamara White and Lauren Webster) attended the pool night at Barnfield West.
The first game against Icknield was a tough start and unfortunately we suffered defeat, however the girls bounced back and showed a positive attitude, managing to draw their next two games against Stopsley and Barnfield respectfully.
Marjan and Maryam in attack were amazing and supporting them was Nimrah, Lauren and Mhafara in defence.
The defence made it very difficult for the opposition to score. Tamara showed fantastic fitness as she was continuously run the full length of the court.
After such a fine effort, Denbigh secured a respectable third place and with the girls having tried their hardest.
The pool night was a fun and enjoyable experience and we all had a good time.
YEAR 9 GIRLS BASKETBALL
On the 13th March, the year 9 girls basketball team (Tasnia Jaifaree, Tasnia Ahmed, Aneesah Hussain, Esther Ige, Zayna Shah, Sabrina Hussain and Khizra Qadir) attended a tournament at Barnfield West to show our prowess against other schools in Luton.
At first, the team was very nervous, but we slowly started to build confidence. During the first round we played three matches and won once, unfortunately losing the other two. However, in our final match we played Icknield – with the winners securing 3rd place in the competition. With the match ending level after normal time, two extra minutes were given during which time Tasnia Ahmed scored the winning basket and secured Denbigh in 3rd place.
Each member of our team played their hardest to get as far as we could. Miss Ramsay and Mrs McNeill had come with us for support and encouragement. We thank them for their help.
We look forward to going to other fixtures during the rest of the year, hoping that our achievements carry on into the future.
YEAR 8 GIRLS BASKETBALL
On Wednesday 19th March, the girls basketball team (Momna Rafiq 82, Yasmin Choudhury 83, Simra Kousar 83, Aiza Ilyas 83, Madiyah Najeeb 88, Ambreen Hussain 88, Aneesa Khan 88 and Alyssan Bridland 88) arrived at Barnfield West Academy to play against other schools in a tournament.
All the teams involved showed great tactics and skill throughout the competition and after a series of successful matches Denbigh secured 3rd place out of the six schools.
We would like to thank Miss Smith and Miss Ramsay for their support and taking the time to train us. Overall, each of the girls thoroughly enjoyed their experiences and look forward to representing Denbigh again next year.
“It was really fun and I enjoyed it!”
“We had an amazing experience playing against other schools. Overall I had a great time!”
YONEX ALL ENGLAND OPEN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Wednesday 5th March 10 students had the amazing opportunity to go to the NIA in Birmingham to witness the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships. This visit allowed us to see badminton being played at the highest level.
It was an excellent experience because I was able to learn tips from them. They inspired me to play badminton even more than I do already.
We would like to thank Miss Ramsay and Miss Smith for taking us and Mr May for organising the event.
DENBIGH DOES SPORT RELIEF
This month Denbigh joined in the fundraising fun and supported a whole week of activities in aid of Sport Relief. The year 8 council played a big part in assisting Miss Kidby and Mr May with the planning and running of a week of fun filled activities. In true Denbigh spirit the students were as enthusiastic as ever and supported the events with great energy and excitement. The year councils from all year groups made a huge contribution by selling both savoury and sweet baked good during morning break times. Throughout the week the students enjoyed penalty competitions aiming to beat an array of guest staff goalkeepers, tug ‘o’ war, dodgeball and many other exciting activities.
One of the big highlights of the week were the Sport Relief football tournaments, the anticipation could be sensed in the air in the run up to the tournaments starting. The year 11 tournament set the standards with some sublime skills on show. The games were close and the quality of competition was excellent. The year 7/8 tournament started with a bang with the favourites being knocked out in the first round, this left the competition wide open, in front of a huge crowd the final went all the way to the finish and was decided with penalties. The year 9/10 tournament created a huge buzz around the school with hundreds of students from other year groups watched from the outside with anticipation. The tournament was full of excitement with some stunning skills on show. Again the competition was exceptionally high and the tournament final had to be decided by a penalty shootout.
The week of fundraising was all building towards the big event. The Sport Relief mile is the finale to a big week of generosity. Students had been gathering sponsorship from friends and family weeks in advance in return for completing the one mile course. Students had been training in the weeks prior to the run in preparation for their fundraising run. The Denbigh students had gone all out to look the part with many creative and colourful outfits to complete the run in. The anticipation could be sensed throughout the week with many students feverishly trying to gain some last minute sponsorship from their friends. Once Friday came and the bell went to signal the end of the school there was a buzz of anticipation. The runners changed into their outfits, donated their sponsorship money and were ready and raring to go. In keeping with the rest of the week, hundreds of Denbigh students stayed to watch and support their friends and teachers complete the run.
The crowd were electric as the run was started, the front runners made off at good pace, the crowd continued to cheer the runners on throughout the event and created a carnival style atmosphere with their cheering and support. The whole week was a huge success thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity from Denbigh students and their friends and family. In total the school raised £1700 to donate towards the Sport Relief cause which will make a huge difference to people in need.
Mr May - PE Teacher
YEAR 7 GIRLS BASKETBALL
On Thursday 6th February, the year 7 girls basketball team went to play in a tournament at Barnfield South Academy.
In our opening game we unfortunately lost to Stopsley, however in our second game we managed a draw against Lea Manor and our next game was against Cardinal Newman where we won 8-0.
Our toughest game was against the hosts, Barnfield South Academy, which they narrowly won.
In our penultimate game against Challney Girls, we gave it our all and produced an impressive 10-0 victory. Our final match was against Barnfield West Academy, which we drew.
Although we didn’t win, we were very proud of our performances throughout the tournament and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Well done to: Habibah Begum, Tabitha French, Bianca Vassell, Zuleikha Mohammed, Samaiyah Begum and Waheeda Uddin.
The Year 7 Girls Basketball Team
YEAR 7 BOYS BASKETBALL
This half term the year 7 boys entered the annual Luton Schools Basketball Tournament that took place at Denbigh High School. The tournament included four other schools with fierce competition from Ashcroft. The tournament began with a league where the team managed to finish in 2nd place after some good wins against Putteridge and Barnfield.
After successfully finishing 2nd in their group the team had qualified for the final against the top group team Ashcroft. It was a tense final but in the first half the team had crumbled and Ashcroft opened up a 6-0 advantage. After a team talk, confidence was back in the team and with some great play from Abu Musa and Luay Ali the team got themselves back in with a chance at 6-6 with some excellent play. The game went into extra-time and the boys put in a great effort unfortunately missing out to a late basket scored by Ashcroft. With only 50 seconds left on the clock the team gave it their all but unfortunately were unable to overcome the deficit and lost the game 8-6. The tournament was a real success for the team as they were the only year group of boys to achieve the success of reaching the final.
LUTON PRIMARY SCHOOL BADMINTON EVENT
Luton schools primary school badminton event which was held at Inspire Sport’s Village. There were over 25 schools involved with approximately 300 primary school students on the day. The job of our year 10 students was to officiate the games and make sure the tournament ran smoothly. After being allocated to courts, our students organised the group stages right through the final which saw some high quality badminton games being played. Once completed, the year 10 students presented the trophy to the winning team.
Staff at the Inspire Sport’s Village personally thanked and praised the efforts of our students. We are incredibly proud of the feedback from Jo Brewster, a local School Games Organiser, who commented on how the students were extremely positive throughout the day, mentioning their professionalism and courteous natures.
Well done to the following team of students for running a successful tournament: Tariq Ahmed, Abu Hamza Miah, Abu Hasnath, Hamzah Shamrez, Mickaela Locker, Marjan Begum, Lauren Webster, Georgia Webster and Safa Abbas.
YEAR 8 GIRLS BASKETBALL
On Thursday 30th January the year eight girls basketball team attended the town basketball tournament. In order to fully prepare for this tournament, the girls needed to participate in a strict practice and training programme. This consisted of three training sessions each day. Each of the girls showed incredible determination, teamwork and friendship during this period. The major skills that were worked on included learning to dodge with the ball, defending, rules and accuracy in passing. These were taught by Mr May, Miss Ramsay, Mrs McNeill and Miss Smith. The coaching helped to provide a strong sense of confidence within the team ahead of the tournament.
The tournament involved 7 schools, with each team consisting of 7 squad players. During the games that Denbigh were not involved in, the girls watched to analyse the oppositions level of skills and ability. This method allowed the Denbigh team to apply such tactics in their own play and to gain a better understanding of the rules.
“I enjoyed the matches and had good fun.” Aneesa Khan—88
“I tried my best and thank all the teachers for helping us to prepare.” Madiyh Najeeb—88
This was the first time many of the girls had the honour of representing Denbigh High School in a sporting fixture and it was a truly enjoyable experience.
DENBIGH GIRLS CRICKET COUNCIL
The Denbigh Girl’s Cricket Council (DGCC) is comprised of Momna Rafiq, Georgia Webster, Zara Sher, Aisha Sadiq, Marjan Begum, Aneesah Hussain and Zayna Shah and they will be offering a number of events over the next two years to promote the sport and develop and establish girl's cricket throughout the school.
As part of this initiative, the DGCC have been developing interest in cricket for girls aged between 11-16 years through two clubs. Girls are encouraged to join us on Tuesdays at 3.30pm for the opportunity to train with a coach and enter into The Lady Taverners Tournament. We also offer a club on Thursdays at 3.30pm for girls looking to just play cricket for fun.
We would like to thank Howard from Bedfordshire Cricket and Miss Dayus for their help developing and establishing the DGCC.
We would welcome any ideas or profile-raising events over the upcoming year we wish to encourage all girls to take part in the clubs.
Denbigh Girl’s Cricket Council
DENBIGH STUDENTS REPRESENT LUTON AT THE COUNTY BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
On Monday 3rd February, Denbigh travelled to play badminton in the County Badminton Tournament at Cranfield University. Three Denbigh teams qualified for this year’s county tournament with the year 9 boys and girls qualifying for the second year in succession and the year 7 boys team qualifying in their first year at Denbigh.
Year 7 boys
The team were extremely excited in the build up to the tournament and didn’t know what to expect. Our team was the only full year 7 team present but this did not phase them as they won their first match to settle the nerves. The team lost their second match against Lincroft who went on to finish second in the tournament overall. They qualified for the next round of fixtures and ended the tournament as the 6th best team in the county at U13 level.
Year 9 boys
The year 9 boys team were full of confidence going into their first game against Bedford School, they seemed to relish the challenge of playing against a school renowned for success at county tournaments. They pushed the eventual winners right to the wire but lost in their last doubles game by only 2 points. They reversed their fortunes in their second game with a convincing 5-0 win to put them in an excellent position going into their last game. They battled hard and pushed Stratton Upper to the final two games, they ended with defeat but only by a points difference of 4 which is an excellent effort. The team finished the tournament in 3rd position which is a fantastic achievement and the team will be now working hard in preparation for next year’s competition.
Year 9 girls
The year 9 girls team also had success in their tournament finishing in 3rd position overall, the team consisting of Maria, Zayna, Aneesah, and Alia played some excellent badminton and showed good commitment throughout the tournament. The team has now finished 3rd in two consecutive seasons which is a superb achievement.
All of the teams will be working hard on their skills in preparation for their tournaments next season.
Mr May - Teacher of PE
YEAR 10 AND 11 GIRLS BASKETBALL
Determined, anxious and excited to play, the year 10 girls arrived at Challney to play a basketball tournament. Throughout the games, Marjan, Safa, Maryam and Aneesa played midcourt and made some remarkable passes, along with Marjan's marvellous dribbling and the carrying of the ball to the basket. Georgia's contribution was impressive as she showed both elements of attack and defence within the game. Along with this was Nimrah's excellent defending and impressive interceptions that helped us gain possession and drove our team to learn more from the different depths of tactics that could be played. Lauren Webster, shooting two fantastic shots, led us to an amazing victory.
Overall, we won three games, drew two and unfortunately lost one game. These girls throughout all the games gave 100% effort and played to the very best of their abilities.
YEAR 9 BASKETBALL COMPETITION
On Wednesday 22nd January, Denbigh High School hosted the annual Luton town basketball tournament. The year 9 team consisted of Neloy, Maicol, Farkhul, Mustafa, Faisal M, Andrew, Faisal K and Rafid. There were ten teams competing which were split into 2 groups of five, Denbigh were set up against Ashcroft, Barnfield West, Challney and Lea Manor.
We were eagerly anticipating the start of the tournament but knew we would have to play extremely well after being drawn into a tough group. The other schools looked enormous but what we lacked in size we felt would could make up in skill and hard work.
Our first game was against Lea Manor which we unluckily lost 6-4.
Our second game was against Barnfield West, which again left us in a defensive position. Our next opponents were Challney Boys, which we comfortably beat 8-2, with Neloy scoring three baskets and Faisal Khan with the other score.
Our final game was against Ashcroft who are last year’s winners and this year’s favourites. With confidence high from our previous game we gave it our best, however, it wasn’t enough and they narrowly defeated us.
The tournament was a good experience for us as a team. It increased our skill and overall ability in basketball and we aspire to do better next year. We left the court with our heads held high and although we didn’t win we did our best and enjoyed the tournament.
YEAR 9 HOCKEY
On Thursday 23rd January, the year 9 hockey team represented the school in a hockey fixture against Challney on their new 4G astro turf surface.
Challney started the game with an attacking style of play, resulting in them scoring an early goal. In true school spirit, Denbigh were never going to lie down and we then got a foothold on the game and created numerous chances. Although at halftime the score remained 1-0.
In the second half we put together a great performance with Mustafa Ali and Salman Mohammed being very solid in defence and allowing our forward players to create even more chances. However, the time was running out and we were awarded a penalty corner with only minutes left… Danyal Hussain played the ball to Hannan Shah who hit a fierce shot which was well saved by the Challney keeper. The ball then came to Rafid Chowdhury and he made no mistake in smashing the ball in the corner of the goal ending the match in a hard fought draw.
It was an amazing effort by the team and we represented the school to the highest standard, demonstrating true dedication and determination. Special thanks go to Mr Stewart who led the practices, supported us, organised the team and for believing in us. Well done boys!
YEAR 7 BADMINTON WINNERS
This year’s tournament was held at Barnfield West and the year 7 team consisted of Amaan Baig, Luay Ali, Hasan Amjid, and Abu Musa Hussain. All of whom were incredibly excited about the tournament but at the same time nervous about playing competitors from other schools.
Our first game was against the host team Barnfield West, after a nervous start the boys settled into a winning routine and convincingly outscored Barnfield West with excellent positional shots by Amaan Baig.
The next game which the boys played was against Icknield High school. All singles and doubles games were closely contested and Luay Ali and Abu Musa Miah really rose to the challenge, playing some excellent shots especially during their doubles game. In the end the boys won by seven points over five games which showed how competitive and close these games were.
The team then played their final game against Ashcroft with the winners being crowned Luton Schools year 7 champions. This also meant that the winning school would advance through to the Bedfordshire county competition later on in the year.
The final games were contested over five separate games. Both schools showed an excellent variety of badminton shots and deserved to win. In the final stages of their doubles game Hasan Amjid and Amaan Baig worked well together, showing excellent concentration and shot selection in their doubles game to win a close final match.
This meant that the Denbigh year 7 boys team won the Luton schools badminton tournament.
Very well done boys!
“I was very nervous at the start but throughout the tournament I became more confident and ultimately I was very pleased for the team to win.” Amaan Baig (75)
Mr Smith - Learning Leader for PE and Sport
YEAR 9 'TEAM SIXTEEN' FOOTBALL
A few weeks ago the year 9 football team traveled to Ashcroft school to take part in the first FA Team Sixteen in the region. The boys were confident going into the tournament despite not knowing what to expect. This confidence was displayed through an outstanding piece of individual skill by Neloy Miah to open the scoring. The team won their first game comfortably 4-1 with Neloy completing his hat-trick in the first half.
In their second game the team continued to dominate winning 6-1, this time the scoring was dominated by Ehsanul Hoque scoring four goals in this game. In their third game against a resistant Ashcroft B, the team was frustrated and unable to break the deadlock in the first half.
They broke the deadlock shortly after half time and scored four in three minutes to secure a 4-0 win. Due to this, the team approached their 4th game full of confidence and dominated Houghton Regis 9-0 securing a top of the table clash in their final league game against Ashcroft A. It was a tense game and both teams defended superbly, the Denbigh team created some good chances but were unable to beat the Ashcroft goalkeeper and the game finished in stalemate. This meant the team finished top of the league with four wins and one draw.
This set up a final against the team who finished second, which drew them against Ashcroft A. After drawing 0-0 in their league game the team started cautiously and went 1-0 behind early in the game. Most teams would have folded but the Denbigh team dug deep and hit back with some great individual and team goals and managed to recover to a 5-1 lead at half time. The team consolidated in the second half and finished the tournament with a 7-2 victory to finish the tournament as overall winners.
The team also had the opportunity to meet Chelsea FC Ladies goalkeeper Marie Hourihan who was full of tips to help the boys develop and achieve as much as they can in their time playing football.
Mr May – PE Teacher
YOUNG AMBASSADOR SUCCESS
Since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the profile of PE and sport has risen to new heights. Developing PE and sport for the younger generation is extremely important and organisations like the Youth Sport Trust are continuing to promote the power of PE and sport within all primary and secondary schools.
Following London 2012, a programme called ‘Young Ambassador for Sport’ was created to continue the legacy of the games and develop PE and sport for the future and younger generations.
The roles and responsibilities of a Young Ambassador for Sport are to promote PE and sport within our local primary and secondary schools, through:
I am very happy to announce that two pupils from year 10 were selected to be Young Ambassadors for Sport at our school and for Luton.
Congratulations to Abu Hasnath and Safa Abbas.
Abu and Safa interviewed against other secondary school students from around the town, the role of Young Ambassador for Sport is extremely popular and I am very pleased to say that both pupils really excelled and impressed the panel during the interview process.
“Becoming gold ambassador is a great achievement and an opportunity to represent and improve sport within Denbigh School and Luton. I am really proud of myself and hope to make Denbigh proud too.”
Safa Abbas (106)
“It’s a great feeling that I am a Gold Ambassador because I feel proud that I have been recognised by the school as someone who has it in them to inspire young children and have the ability to influence and encourage sport within schools.”
Abu Hasnath (106)
Congratulations to Abu and Safa and I look forward to working with you both this year to develop PE and sport at Denbigh and with our local primary partner schools.
Mr Smith - Learning Leader for PE and Sport
YEAR 9 BADMINTION CHAMPIONS
This year’s tournament was held at Barnfield West and the year 9 team went to the tournament as reigning town champions after remaining undefeated throughout last season’s tournament. The team consisting of Mubeen Gazi, Rafid Chowdhury, Mustafa Ali and Farkhul Miah were full of confidence heading into the tournament and any nerves were settled when they defeated Lea Manor 4-2 in their opening match. The team followed this with a convincing 6-0 victory over Icknield with Mubeen only conceding 1 point in a 21-1 victory. The team continued to dominate and secured another 2 victories by a margin of 6-0 to finish with an overall points difference of +220 from their four matches.
The year 9 team are now unbeaten throughout two years of town competitions and have secured their second consecutive town champions medals. The team will be working hard over the coming weeks in preparation for representing Luton in the county competition.
“It’s a good feeling being unbeaten for 2 seasons and we are looking forward to testing our skills out at the county tournament.”
Rafid Chowdhury (96)
DENBIGH RUGBY TEAM SUCCESS
This year rugby has been reintroduced into the PE curriculum for Key Stage 3 students.
All year groups have embraced the sport and developed the key skills of running, passing, tackling and rucking at the breakdown.
To support the development of rugby, year groups have been entered into Luton school rugby tournaments. As a school we have competed well against other rugby schools in the town. In particular the two year groups that have really embraced the challenge and achieved great success in rugby this year are year 7 and 9.
The year 7 rugby team consisted of the following players: Luay Ali, Abu Musa Hussan, Ayub Amjid, Ishar Hussain, Hassan Amjid, Idris Adbi, Ben Osei, Arbaaz Rashid, Mohammed Jamal, Sabir Rouf, Samiul Islam, Shariq Kiani, Devran Duran and Lukas Podlasinki.
Overall the team competed well and beat Icknield, Ashcroft and Lea Manor at the Luton schools tournament and finished 3rd overall. This was a great success for the team as they are new to rugby. As a PE department we look forward to seeing the team’s success in the future.
The year 9 rugby team consisted of the following players; Hamza Khan, Zuhair Hussain, Asad Ali, Ali Murtaza Shah, Adam Hussain, Masud Miah, Talal Zubair, Asim Parvez, Jaffa Shah, Abbas Naqvi, Ibrahim Ali, Mustafa Ali, Farukhal Miah, Eshan Hoque, Mahdi Chouwdhury, Taazim Ahmed, Waqeef Choudhury.
The year 9 rugby team continued their positive development of rugby this half term after the year 9’s finished 3rd in the Luton Schools rugby tournament last term. The next game which the team faced was at home against our partner school Challney High School for Boys . A large amount of spectators stayed behind after school to support the year 9 team. The game was closely contested with some big tackles being performed by both teams. The game was extremely tense and for most of the time the result could have gone either way, but in the end Denbigh ran out winners from a superb individual try which was scored by Eshan Hoque.
The atmosphere of the first year 9 home game has contributed to raising the profile of rugby within the school and encouraged other pupils to want to play the game.
Well done boys!
Mr Smith – Specialist Leader for PE and Sport
25th November 2013
LUTON BADMINTON TOURNMENT 2013
This year Denbigh High School were represented by years 7, 8, 9 and 11 at the annual town badminton tournament and achieved enormous success across all competitions.
Year 7 – 2nd place, Year 8 – 3rd place, Year 9 – 1st place and Year 11 – 2nd place.
Below the pupils reflect on their experience of the event and their achievements.
On the 25th November the girls’ year 9 badminton team went to Ashcroft to compete in the much anticipated town tournament. The tournament started with a tough match against Icknield but all four girls went on to win all of their singles and doubles matches, helping to restore their confidence levels.
Winning all of their matches meant only one thing, a guaranteed 1st place finish in the town tournament. All of the hard work and dedication had paid off, Aneesah Hussain (92), Maria Sharif (92), Zayna Shah (94) and Alia Batool (92) accepted their 1st place medals with an amazing sense of pride after an incredible day’s play. The talented four were over the moon with their accomplishment and amazed by the standard of play offered by all of the participating schools.
“We are all so proud for achieving our 1st place position as we all put so much hard work and practice into this. It is also really exciting that we now get the chance to play in the county tournament alongside the best in the county.”
Zayna Shah (94)
“I hope that the team can continue with such great form and achieve more special victories.”
Aneesah Hussain (92)
“We all put so much effort into our performances, both individually and as a team. With the same attitude and determination, I am sure that our victories will continue into the next tournament”.
Maria Sharif (92) and Zayna Shah (94)
“After a thrilling and intense five hours, the year 11 girls’ badminton team were able to finally rest their rackets and reflect on the great sporting success they had achieved on the 25th November. Denbigh put forward their best players, Maishah Khan, Sibongile Gara, Nafeesa Ahmed and Safeena Shakoor; who certainly lived up to their reputation, winning the majority of their games in an outstanding fashion as they remained co-operative and did not fail to express superb sportsmanship.
“Playing against some of Luton’s toughest, the girls maintained their composure and performed exceptionally in both the singles and doubles games throughout as they faced Icknield, Challney, Barnfield and Lea Manor. Confidently flying past Icknield, Challney and Barnfield, winning a total of 16 out of 18 games, they approached their last game against their main competition, Lea Manor, who had similarly not lost many games. The six games the girls were about to play were going to determine if they were to be crowned Luton’s 2013 Under 16’s badminton champions.
“Sweat was shed, points were scored, and matches were won, and after a grueling and tense six matches, the scores were collected, leaving the year 11 Denbigh badminton team anxiously awaiting the final result…“2nd place, Denbigh High School. A fantastic effort by the girls, as it was revealed that only two points separated the 1st and 2nd places. The girls played amazingly and did the school proud.”
Maishah Khan (115)
All four teams that participated in the town tournament demonstrated dedication, excellent sportsmanship, skill and determination. The year 9 team will compete in the County Final in January; we wish them the best of luck and will give you an update on their achievements in the next issue of the Denbigh News. Well done to all involved.
Mrs McNeill – Head of Year 7 and Transition Manager
22nd November 2013
UNDER-16 COUNTY TABLE TENNIS 2013
On the 22nd November Georgia Webster (103), Lauren Webster (101), Michaela Locker (101) and Taslin Begum (101) set out for their county finals tournament at Bedford Academy aiming to achieve success for Denbigh.
On arrival to the Bedford Academy, we were extremely nervous with the events that lay ahead throughout the day – although no matter what, we were focused on doing our very best and making Denbigh proud.
Before playing our first match, we each took time to observe the other teams in order to understand their playing skills, techniques and any potential weaknesses that they had.
Our first opposition came in the form of Samuel Whitbread, however an ever calm and relaxed Michaela came through the winner. Georgia also got off to a fantastic start winning her match 11-0.
Biddenham School were our next opponents, who had a professional player within their ranks – however unfazed by this we battled to claim 4 victories over them, drawing the tie 4-4.
By the end of the 3rd round matches we had claimed a total of twelve wins, while our rivals Biddenham had eighteen.
We continued to battle against tough opposition winning a further six matches including Taslin winning both her games and Lauren winning her match 11-2 - thanks to her collection of superb smashes.
After a collection of stellar performances, we finished the competition as 2nd in the entire county. It is worth noting that we did not lose any matches against the overall winner. Our brilliant efforts also allowed us an outside chance of qualifying for the national championships in January. What an amazing achievement.
In addition to the girls, the Denbigh boys’ team; Abu Hamza Miah (103), Abu Hasnath (106), Hamzah Shamrez (104) and Tariq Ahmed (106) finished in 4th place. An incredible achievement as the teams they played competed at a national level.
I am sure with more practice both the girls and the boy’s teams can win their competitions next year.
Thanks to Mr Stewart and Miss Smith for accompanying us and always supporting us.
Georgia Webster (103)
15th October 2013
YEAR 9 RUGBY 7’S SUCCESS
The year 9 boys’ rugby team represented Denbigh in an interschool 7-a-side competition which was held at the Luton RFC. This was the first competition the team have participated in and even with very little experience they managed to achieve some great results.
There were four other schools competing within the competition. In each match the Denbigh boys showed incredible flair in attack and robust defensive strength. Although, their first match did not get off to the best start, after half time with some encouragement and tips from the coaches Denbigh improved. Mustafa led the way to score the first try followed by a swift second by Neloy. Mixed with sheer hard work in defending by Ehsan and Hamza the opposition only managed to get one try back. Although Denbigh went on to lose the match, their improved performance in the second half gave the team full motivation. This showed in the second match where Denbigh lost out in the narrowest of margins against a well experienced side. The third match became the turning point for Denbigh where they started to show the skills they picked up from training and used it to the fullest to earn themselves a hard fought draw against a resilient side. The boys dominated ball possession for the majority of the game but could not find a way through the other team’s defense. It all came down to the last match and the team was hungry for glory. Their improved performances empowered them and they put on an excellent performance. Neloy’s brilliant brace, Salman’s inspiring solo run and Farkhul cutting through the defense ensured victory. The match ended with a remarkable score of 25-0 to Denbigh.
The first experience of competition has allowed the team of ten to really demonstrate the potential Denbigh rugby has for the future. With more challenges and fixtures coming the team’s way, more success is sure to arrive.
9th October 2013
YEAR 10 BOYS DESIGN SCHOOLS’ NEW KIT
On Wednesday 9th October, Usman Ali (102), Daanish Naeem (107) and myself, Abu Hasnath (106) went on a trip with Mr May to Bletchley. The purpose of this trip was to do something that had never been done before in Denbigh. We were given the opportunity to design the new rugby kit for the school and the best thing about it was that it was totally up to us about how the kit would look.
When we arrived we went through a short presentation which informed us about the purpose of a rugby kit and what the kit symbolises to a team. We then learnt that the design which we would be working on throughout the day would be made by Canterbury which is the company who make the official rugby shirts for many rugby clubs and countries such as England and South Africa.
Our day started with a brainstorm in which we had to put down as many design ideas as possible for the rugby kit and create a concept based around the ideas and ethos of our school. As the day continued, we designed numerous concepts based on our endless creative ideas. There were many deadlines we had to meet throughout the day, similar to being in a real design business. Soon we had to come up with one final design and to ensure that we did this we decided to combine a mixture of all the ideas we came up with.
All that was left to do was hand it over to Nick (the graphic designer) who just had to confirm exactly what we wanted on the kit. So after a long, hard day of work we had done it! We worked together as a team and designed the new rugby kit for the school and what a kit it was. I could show you exactly what the kit looks like but why not wait until March 2014 when they are expected to arrive.
27th June 2013
DENBIGH’S IN POLE POSITION WITH NATIONAL SCHOOL SPORTS WEEK SUCCESS
On Thursday 27th June, National School Sports Week came to Denbigh High as children all across the school built their skills up and competed in new and unusual sports. The week began with each PE lesson bringing wonderful teamwork and competitive spirit to all. The sports included martial arts, disc ball, high walking and golf. The Olympic values stayed core as students gave their all competing in different activities.
One exciting sport which many enjoyed was the low-ropes. It consisted of balance and patience as students travelled in imaginative ways across the rope.
It was a challenging activity in which many tried to succeed and one hundred per cent effort and team work was given by all. Generally, the girls thought more tactically, whereas the boys were very enthusiastic to get stuck in straight away.
It was a fun and thrilling event to watch, and to play as Masuma Aktar in form 72 said: “The sport helped us improve our stability and strength. It was a cool lesson.”
15th May 2013
On Wednesday 15th May the sports academy held a festival for year 5/6 students from four different schools which were Dallow, Denbigh Juniors, Beech Hill and Foxdell. We had three activities for the students which were cricket, football and athletics.
The leaders who led the cricket were Zain Khan (101), Suliman Shah (104), Mohammed Zakwan (104) and Shaistah Kauser (107).
The leaders who led the football were Aleem Ahmed (101), Nahitul Islam (104), Miraj Uddin (102) and Ibrahim Ahmed (108).
The leaders who led athletics were Uzair Hussain (106), Khairun Choudhury (107), Ali Azad (105) and Forehard Ali (108).
Our aim was to carry out a fun session for sixty students and the activities that we led were enjoyable and exciting for both leaders and students.
We have taught year 9 students before, we have also taught year 7 students before, but we have not taught Key Stage 2 students before, so this was a big experience for us.
Before we led this festival we had to plan and organise everything, we had to take the matter into our own hands, and without much help from the teachers.
At the end of the festival we got together with the teachers and received positive feedback from both teachers and students. I hope to do this again another time.
Zain Khan—101, Suliman Shah—104, Aleem Ahmed—101 and Shaistah Kauser—107
“The students planned the entire festival from beginning to end, including deciding on the sports they would lead and organising themselves into their own groups. They did a fantastic job and were really positive role models for these younger students.”
“The year 10 Sports Academy group is one of the best that we have had at the school and proved what fantastic students and leaders they can be.”
Mr Carter—Teaching and Learning Leader for Year 10
16th April 2013
DENBIGH STUDENTS COACHED BY ENGLAND CRICKET STARS
On Tuesday 16th April a member and former member of the England women’s cricket team visited Denbigh to coach a group of year 9 girls.
Lydia Greenway and Beth Morgan visited the school as part of their role as ‘Chance to Shine Ambassadors’, an initiative funded by the Cricket Foundation which helps to raise the profile of cricket and encourage young people to take up the sport by funding coaching sessions in schools.
The visit, in association with Bedfordshire Cricket, was specifically aimed at encouraging girls to take up the sport.
When asked about the visit, Cricket Development Officer for Bedfordshire Cricket, Will Sneath, said:
“We are trying to raise the profile of cricket in the county and this event is specifically for women and girls because there are not many women’s or girls teams in the county so we are trying to start clubs in schools and then hopefully this will lead on to having a few clubs that can play against each other and then lead on from that".
In 2011 Lydia Greenway was named as the ‘ECB Women’s Cricketer of the Year’ and is widely recognised as the best fielder in the women’s game. She has also been named the player of the series on two occasions, firstly during the NatWest Women’s ODI Series against New Zealand and then again in the T20I Series against Australia, as England beat the then ICC world champions 4-1.
Lydia, who is currently part of the women squad for the 2013 World Cup in India said:
“We are at the international level so obviously we are at the top end of the sport but we are also Chance to Shine Ambassadors so we come into schools and get girls particularly to start playing the game so it is quite refreshing to see people who have not played cricket before just giving it a go and it is quite rewarding being here today to see that a lot of the girls here are playing cricket already and therefore already at the bottom of the pyramid.”
Beth Morgan retired this year. The 31 year old won the women's Ashes with England, as well as the World Cup and World Twenty20 double in 2009.
Denbigh’s Head of PE, Andy Smith, said:
“Having the England female cricket stars visit Denbigh High School was a great privilege and it was an inspiring experience to watch them coaching the year 9 girls. I know that the year 9 girls really appreciated the England stars giving up their time to provide expert coaching and as the session unfolded the Denbigh students really took advantage of the experience. The visit was a great success and has motivated the girl’s to play more cricket at school in the future.”
The year 9 Denbigh girls cricket team recently finished 2nd in the Girls Bedfordshire County Tournament.
At the end of the event year 9 student, Marjan Begum, said:
“Receiving expert coaching from an England female player really improved my batting technique which I can now use in future practices and games.”
Year 9 student, Michaela Locker, added:
“This was such a fantastic experience. The cricket stars were really good and the experience has motivated me to want to play more girls cricket in the future.”
BADMINTON BATTLE FOR BRONZE
The afternoon was filled with excitement as the fabulous Denbigh foursome ventured to the county badminton finals held at Cranfield University. The girls had comfortably won the Luton Schools tournament and were filled with confidence when they arrived. However, nerves soon set in when they entered the huge sports hall and saw who their opponents might be. It was important to dismiss these nerves with a good warm up, and the girls did just that.
The first and second matches saw the girls narrowly miss out on victory against Bedford Girls’ School and Cedars. Gold was out of the question at this point, and so it came down to a battle for bronze in the last remaining match. Michaela Locker started well by winning her individual game, demonstrating a high level of technical ability. Lauren and Georgia Webster showed flair, by executing some lethal smashes and clever drop shots to outwit their opponents, and Marjan Begum gave a lesson in grit and determination in her match to all of those watching, by coming back from defeat with an excellent variation of her serves.
The girls had done it! They were coming back to Denbigh with a medal, and they couldn’t be more proud. Well done girls!
If you are interested in badminton and would like to come and have a go, please see your PE teacher and find out more about the badminton extra-curricular clubs.
Mrs Corder—PE Teacher
YEAR 7 GIRLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
Our year 7 girls football team set out to the 5-a-side Luton Schools Tournament at Playfootball.net.
The team consisted of: Humayra Ahmed (72), Hina Asghar (76), Mariya Idrees (76), Zoya Hussain (76), Nishaat Sabir (76) and Sumaya Ahmed (76).
The girls pulled together on this freezing cold day and did extremely well as they played 8 games of 14 minutes - with no breaks in between! The competition was very strong as we were up against teams who play regularly outside of school; however, the girls were not put off by this and performed to a high standard, showing huge levels of improvement with every game. Humayra was playing in goal for the first time this year and made some brilliant saves. All of the girls scored at least two goals each and Zoya reached her target of scoring 4 goals - well done to all of you!
Miss Smith—PE Technician
10th December 2012
ADISTARS LEADING THE WAY
On Monday 10th December, 3 out of the 5 Denbigh AdiStars went to Dell Farm to complete their training in order to become more aware of their roles. The training helped the AdiStars to understand what is required to be a Young Ambassador and what they must do within their school and primary schools during this year.
In the morning the AdiStars took part in team-building activities with the other AdiStars from schools across Luton and in the afternoon the Gold Young Ambassadors led workshops for the AdiStars. The workshops consisted of learning the roles and responsibilities of what is required to become an effective AdiStar. The main aim of an AdiStar is to increase participation in all sports and develop a healthy, active lifestyle within primary and secondary schools. In the final workshop the Adistars learnt about promoting the positive values of sports. The training experience which they took part in has helped the AdiStars to become more confident with their role and to help inspire a generation.
Hopefully at the start of next year we will see the positive leadership of all 5 AdiStars and I hope that they rise to the challenge, promote sport within primary and secondary schools and have a positive impact on raising participation percentages in the future as they develop into the role as Young Ambassadors.
Faiza Raqeeb—112 Gold Ambassador
19th November 2012
YEAR 10 BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
On Monday 19th November Denbigh’s year 10 boys’ badminton team ventured over to Putteridge High School to take part in the Luton Schools Badminton Tournament. All the boys who took part did amazingly well and rose to the afternoons challenge. The tournament consisted of nine other teams so this meant Denbigh students had to play eight other schools during the tournament to be successful. Throughout the duration of the tournament Denbigh only lost two games and had a very successful afternoon.
It was decided by Mr Smith that Yakub Ali (108) would represent Denbigh in the sudden death matches. The games were very intense and the task was a grueling challenge against two other amazing players from the other schools, but Yakub rose to the challenge and managed to beat them both successfully in the end.
Denbigh went home with a very proud 2nd place which meant that we have qualified for the County Year 10/11 Badminton Competition later on in the year.
Well done to all of the team members who performed excellently during the whole tournament and deserved to finish 2nd overall.
Mr Smith—Specialist Leader for PE and Sport
14th November 2012
YEAR 10 AND 11 NETBALL TRIUMPH AGAINST BARNFIELD WEST
On Wednesday 14th November, the year 10 and 11 netball team took on the might of Barnfield West in what was their last game of the season. In front of a home crowd, Denbigh started really well, and battled hard to maintain possession. They drew the first quarter 4-4, and it was evident that this was going to be an evenly contested match. In the second quarter it was Barnfield West that came out hard, and the superb link-up play between their Centre and Goal Attack led to some quickly scored goals that caught Denbigh off guard.
However, excellent play from Paige Tomlin and Iram Shah kept them at bay in the third quarter, whilst at the other end of the court it was Captain Sabrina Belony who consistently found the net, and brought the score up to 9-9.
It was all down to the final quarter to decide the winner.
Sibongile Gara and Sonia Choudhury worked some clever centre passes to our circle for Sabrina Belony to convert, but it took fantastic defending from Tazlin Khan and again Paige Tomlin, to keep Barnfield West at bay. The final score was 12-10 to Denbigh.
The team are now waiting to see if they have made it through to the Luton Netball Finals.
Mrs Corder—PE Teacher and Year 11 Year Leader
24th October 2012
YEAR 7 AND 8 NETBALL TEAMS
On Wednesday 24th October the year 7 and 8 netball teams travelled to Ashcroft aiming for a victory. We were all excited about playing, particularly the year 7 students who had been training very hard over the past few weeks. However, when we arrived, it was not long until the nerves kicked in. Kairun Nissa shared her positive energy by giving one of her motivational pep talks (Thanks Kairum).
The year 7 teams played first and it was a very close game from start to finish. Both teams provided a very exciting game to watch and played some excellent high quality netball. Despite this challenging game, Denbigh came out on top and won 10-8. Well done year 7.
Next, it was the year 8 teams turn to deliver and I have to admit we were feeling positive about the game ahead. We started off well, communicating and passing brilliantly with ease. We made some excellent interceptions and kept the ball on our side throughout. So much so, that our team should be exceptionally proud of their performances as we came away with an impressive result (12-0). Well done year 8.
Sara Karim (Form 85)
Congratulations girls on your success and superb performances against Ashcroft. You had great energy on court – keep up the hard work!
Miss Blessing - PE Teacher
27th September 2012
ST. JOSEPHS TENNIS FESTIVAL
On the 20th and 27th of September, six year 10 students were chosen to lead a tennis festival at St. Josephs Primary School. During the course of the two days we led a series of activities, based around the sport tennis, to four year two classes. It was a wonderful experience and a joy to watch the 6 and 7 year olds take on the five different challenges that we set before them. Winning as many points as possible for their class, in the form of cones, was their ultimate goal. Despite this, it took a few a little while longer to realize that it wasn’t about showing off your strengths and pointing out other people’s weaknesses, but instead it was about working together to achieve a good result as a class. Taking on a leadership role like this really boosts your confidence both inside and outside of school. It also teaches you to be patient when helping, teaching or assisting someone younger, the same age or even older than you.
Overall, we all believe that both days were a success and we all look forward to doing it again.
5th July 2012
Year 9 cricket success against Stopsley High School
The year 9 cricket team recently played Stopsley High School in a Luton schools cricket league game. After winning the coin toss and deciding to field first, Arfeen Khan (98) who is the year 9 captain, lead by example setting the team standards and organising the team in the field.
Accurate bowling was to follow by the Denbigh Bowlers; Hasin Ali (98), Asfand Malik (92) Zakwaan Mohammed (94) and Arfeen Khan (98). Zakwan Mohammed (94) led the bowling attack and took four Stopsley wickets in quick succession, giving Denbigh a great chance to win the game. Arfeen Khan (98) also contributed to the team efforts and took two other Stopsley wickets during the innings.
As the game developed the Denbigh team displayed excellent fielding standards and restricted Stopsley to a score of 40 runs from 14 overs.
It was then Denbigh’s turn to bat, Arfeen Khan (98) yet again lead by example and scored quick runs off the bat with some big shots that reached the boundary and scored 4 runs! Daanish Kayani (93) also played a crucial part in the game scoring slowly and consistently throughout the game. This kept the scoring card ticking over and gained confidence amongst the Denbigh team players. Near the end of the innings Hasnatt Hussain (96) came into bat and played some excellent shots off the bat which scored some quick runs for the team and finished the game off.
At the end of the game Denbigh ended up being convincing winners scoring 40 runs quickly in 8 overs. The win was a combination of a great team effort including field, bowling and batting. All eleven players played a crucial part in the overall victory. Well done to the year 9 boys cricket team!
20th June 2012
Year 10 girls rounders
On Wednesday 20th June, Denbigh was delighted to host the year 10 girls town rounders tournament. The year 10 team were pleased to have the home advantage and were excited to see if they could meet the expectations of them, based on previous year’s performances in this very competition! Vice Captain Sabrina Belony had organised the girls, ready for battle to commence, whilst Captain Nadia Batool roused her troops and explained her tactics clearly.
The girls had four hard fought games, but were easily the dominant team in three of them. Stopsley, Ashcroft and Barnfield South were no match for the Denbigh team’s superior fielding. However, it was a very strong Putteridge team, with exceptional batters, that was triumphant, in what was a very good match indeed.
The girls qualified in second place, and now go through to the finals night, which will be held next month. Let’s hope they will become Town Champions!
23rd May 2012
Year 8 rounders tournament
On Wednesday 23rd May Denbigh hosted the year eight rounders tournament for pool A of the town. We were proud to facilitate such a prestigious event, and the Denbigh team were eager to show the other schools what they were made of.
As the sun blazed down, the girls set to work. The first game was a comfortable win against an inexperienced Stopsley side, with Maryam and Michaela scoring well. Our second contest proved to be just a comfortable a win (7-3) against Ashcroft. It was Lauren and Georgia that were the stars of the show in this match, finding big gaps in the Ashcroft fielding line up. Next up were a much better prepared Putteridge side, and although their batting skills were inferior to Denbigh’s, it was their expert tactics when fielding that won them this game (9-4). Finally Denbigh played the overall winners Barnfield South, and despite their best efforts, could not quite find the magic spark they needed to light up the score board.
All of the girls involved enjoyed the afternoon and all of the practice that they had been doing at lunchtime was clearly evident. The girls finished third overall and were a credit to the school with their excellent sportsmanship and politeness to the other schools.
1st May 2012
Once in a lifetime Olympic experience
Students from Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Boys visited Beech Hill Primary School on Tuesday 1st May where they were able to view and hold the prototype of the 2012 Olympic torch and also one of the original torches from the 1948 Olympics which had been found in a vault in Lloyds Bank.
The event was led by Beech Hill Assistant Headteacher Mr Hawkins and included a presentation about the history of the Olympics including many excellent video clips from previous Olympic games and a video of how this year's Olympic torch was made including interviews with the torch designers.
The students were then introduced to world famous cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq and Cricket Plus Head Coach Faisal Khan. Faisal talked about the Olympics as a whole and how it was the Olympics that originally motivated him to achieve success. Saqlain then gave the students advice about what they could do to achieve success in their own lives by adopting the Olympic and Paralympic values.
The students were then allowed to have photographs taken with the 2012 and 1948 Olympic torches.
24th January 2012
On Tuesday 24th January some of Denbigh’s best basketball players in year 8 took to the courts to show their skills in the Luton Schools Boys Basketball Competition. Schools from all across Luton took part and in the group stages Denbigh played amazingly well, playing six games and going through to the semi finals undefeated.
The Denbigh spirit was really on show and our boys were taking all our shooting opportunities well… including me it has to be said. With a tough semi final draw we did not get the best of starts and found ourselves 4-0 down straight away. However in true Denbigh spirit we fought back to 4-2 and in the dying seconds I put up a dramatic last gasp shoot for a 3 pointer to win the game. It rattled and rolled around the ring and just stayed out meaning that we were out of the tournament just short of the final.
A very narrow defeat overall but all of us played exceptionally well and to go undefeated through the group stage was a real achievement and was a fine reward for our efforts and teamwork. Well done lads.
1st December 2011
Year 10 and 11 netball team
This year has been a tremendously exciting year for the netball teams at Denbigh. All teams have demonstrated some superb levels of netball, excellent sportsmanship and overwhelming amounts of determination.
Week in week out the year 10/11 girls netball team have been fighting hard at their Wednesday night league games to ensure they achieve a place in the finals night. The year 10/11 team ended up winning their pool in the town league and were thrilled to gain a place in the finals as “winners”.
The team knew that the finals night was going to be a tough evening of high quality netball but they were determined to give it all they have got. Faiza Raqeeb in year 10 who plays wing defence in the team has written the match report for this event:
Training, training and more training for one of the prestigious, biggest events the year 10/11 netball team has faced...the FINAL. The final in which Denbigh had to play two more schools in order to triumph.
On the afternoon of December the 1st, the Denbigh year 10/11 netball team were whisked off to Stopsley high school, determined to win. Our first match against Barnfield South, with Marvi, Siobhan, Faiza and Sabrina Belony making powerful passes and shots, Denbigh were leading in the first half. As the clock was ticking Barnfield came fighting back, but with a strong defence and support from Chevaze, Peace, Zoe and Sabrina Hussain Denbigh were leading to VICTORY as the opposition failed to keep up.
The team went from strength to strength as minutes turned into seconds and Denbigh won their semi final game 10 - 4. After a long break, Denbigh were through to the final match this time against Icknield. The first half of the match consisted of long powerful passes given by Siobhan and Marvi to Sabrina who was shooting. We got off to a good start however with stronger defence; Icknield went at it, fighting and fighting to keep the ball at their side. With Zoe and Chevaze hitting the ball out of the ‘D’, Denbigh finally came back.
Time flew as half-time approached us, with Marvi our Captain, Miss Tipper and Miss Neely our coaches encouraging us to grab the ball whenever possible and stick to our opposition like glue. The second half was better, as the whole team took in what had been said at half-time and grew stronger in our defending and passing. With lots of encouragement from Miss Neely, Miss Tipper and the rest of the team, the final score came down to 8-12 as Icknield went home in triumph and Denbigh came a proud and worthy second place.
Although, we did come second the key thing we embarked upon was determination, from the start to the end. Denbigh kept that determination within them and used it throughout the games. We would like to thank Miss Neely and Miss Tipper for encouraging us to keep going, keeping us motivated within the games and finally for setting up fixtures and tournaments.
Well done to the year 10/11 netball team for coming this far.
Faiza Raqeeb 102NW
Even though the team did not quite claim the gold medal, they were dignified and proud finish in 2nd place overall. The girls came so close to achieving their gold medal and they have already started talking about the town tournament that takes place in March where they get another opportunity to claim the title of town champions.
It has been an exceptionally successful season for the year 10/11 netball team, every player involved should be proud of their achievements thus far and continue to strive to keep improving.
A huge well done and we look forward to the spring town tournament!
Miss Neely – Teaching and Learning Leader for PE
14th November 2011
Denbigh wins the Year 8 Luton Town Badminton Tournament
Twin sisters Georgia and Lauren Webster and Michaela Locker and Aneesah Hussain represented Denbigh high school at the Year 8 Luton Town Badminton Tournament at the Luton Regional Sports Center on Monday 14th November and emerged victorious after a tough battle against other schools in the Town.
A large number of students from Icknield, Stopsley, Lealands, Lea Manor and Challney Girls high schools competed in the competition and the standards at this event were extremely high with students from all schools putting on an excellent performance.
Report from the event:
Our year 8 pupils played against Icknield first winning all five of their games comfortably.
In round two of our pool we played against Lealands and the girls battled hard to overcome the tough competition winning four of their five games and only narrowly losing out in the doubles 21- 19.
We then waited patiently to see who we would play in the final before getting through to play Stopsley
It was a tough competition but the girls have been training hard and gave some fantastic performances throughout the afternoon’s competition.
In our singles match for our first and second seed (Michaela and Georgia) we came out on top, winning 21 - 18 and 21 - 17 respectively. Although we were narrowly defeated in one of our doubles games by a strong Stopsley duo we still managed to win 3 out of 4 games and Denbigh had done enough to be successful and secure the title of Year 8 Badminton Town Champions for the second successive year.
The girls have been training hard and attending badminton club each week with their teacher Mrs Mc Neill and they have been working on improving their levels of fitness as well as communication and movement strategies to enable them to perform to the best of their ability.
The girls are now preparing for the county tournament next month in Cambridge.
P.E Teacher Mrs McNeil said: “I am delighted for the four girls. They have prepared well for this competition and have trained hard during our badminton extra-curricular club. All four of the girls were excellent ambassadors for the school and are fine young sports women, demonstrating excellent standards of sportsmanship and values throughout the event. I know they have come away from the competition confident in their ability to progress and succeed in the next round in Cambridgeshire and I have no doubt that they will put on a fantastic performance. Well done girls.”
19th October 2011
Year 7 netball team report
On Wednesday 19th October the Denbigh high school year seven netball team went to Stopsley high school and we had a very successful game.
Everyone worked hard as a team and we managed to win the game with a final score of 4-0. The whole team played very well and we were extremely pleased with ourselves. I was particularly proud to have scored all four goals with the help of my team mates who gave me some great opportunities to score.
Well done to all of you.
Sara Karim—75 (Captain of the year 7 netball team)
10th July 2011
An elite treat for Essa and Nishit
Essa Mohammed in form 92 and Nishit Biswas in form 107 are two of Denbigh’s best cricket players. Both students represent the county at cricket and work extremely hard training up to four times a week along with cricket games at weekends and during the week. Both boys make a huge contribution to the school cricket teams and are extremely valuable members of their teams.
On Sunday 10th July Nishit and Essa were invited to attend an elite fast bowling clinic lead by the very well known Wasim Akram. The fast bowling clinic is famous for its fantastic opportunity for bowlers to learn the art of fast bowling from arguably one of the best left arm fast bowlers of all time.
Wasim Akram is a former Pakistani left arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman in cricket, who represented the Pakistan national cricket team in test cricket and One Day International matches.
Akram is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers in the history of cricket. He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket with 881 and is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of One Day International wickets with 502. He is considered to be one of the founders and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling. The revolutionary nature of reverse swing initially resulted in accusations of ball tampering by cricket critics, although the skill of the reverse swing delivery has now been accepted as a legitimate ability in cricket.
On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Essa and Nishit were astonished to hear Wasim was running this bowling session and they were overwhelmed to be the nominated students to attend the session.
Wasim Akram personally made feedback on Essa and Nishit’s performance….
“I was highly impressed by Essa’s bowling. I was impressed by his pace especially the natural swing he had. I talked to Essa directly, advising him to bowl more and more and eat the right food in order to develop the bowling muscles.”
“I was highly impressed by Nishit’s batting and I have advised him to speak to his coaches and insist they make him bat at the higher order, it was great to see the standard Nishit was batting at.”
“One major thing I admired from both players was how well mannered, disciplined, willing to listen and hard working they both were.”
Well done to both boys on their performance at the fast bowling clinic.
8th July 2011
Ergyst brings home gold from the town athletics championships
It was the most eagerly anticipated day of the year in the Luton schools athletics calendar.
FrIday 8th July 2011 saw Stockwood park host the Town Athletics Championships. Denbigh’s finest made their way over to the venue on what was a very overcast morning. Upon arrival, rain threatened to sabotage the entire event, but patience was a virtue and proceedings commenced.
The Denbigh students warmed up together as a team, led by Team Captain Anika Ahmed and were filled with determination right from the word go! First up was the long distance events, and a brave effort from Sohail Sawar saw Denbigh collect their first points. Anika soon followed with a gallant run in the Intermediate Girls’ 1500 meters, and inspired the younger students to try their best.
The field events soon began, and so too did Denbigh’s collection of medals with Georgia Webster gaining a bronze in the Lower Junior Girls’ shot putt. Another Lower Junior Girls superstar was Sara Szek, who claimed silver in the high jump.
However the highlight of the day was Ergyst’s powerful sprint performance in the Lower Junior Boys 100 meters. He drove hard out of the blocks, and forced his way to the front of the pack. The others were hot on his heels, but proved no match for the supersonic speed of Ergyst. It was gold for Denbigh in the most exciting final of the day!
16th June 2011
On Thursday 16th June four year seven and eight girls went to the annual town tennis tournament at the Vauxhall Tennis Club.
Denbigh had to play every school throughout the day and each match involved a doubles game, and two singles. The first match was against Barnfield South, the girls won this game convincing despite wet conditions, and they showed great courage and determination with each and every point they played. The girls grew with confidence with each and every game and were undefeated by the end of the group stages, qualifying top of the group.
The girls then went on to play Putteridge at this stage with all games now being played to the best of three. The doubles were up first, the partnership went two games down to begin, but remained focused and calm, and did not get disheartened instead they showed real determination, and ended up coming back and winning the game 3-2. Both single players won their games convincingly. We were now through to the final, and faced our toughest opponents; Stopsley who had given us our toughest game of the tournament so far. The Denbigh girls seemed to give even more in this game, they played and meant every shot, and pulled together to win the final. They were very well deserved town tournament winners.
The girls all had very different playing styles whether it was the laid back brilliance of Michaela Locker—71 where she played each shot beautifully and managed to make her opponent run all around the court, or the strength and power demonstrated with every shot by Sibongile Gara—88, or the great partnership of Maishah Khan—85 and Lauren Webster—71 where they managed to support each other and play to each of their strengths. These four girls played with such determination, courage and excellence, but above all they played with outstanding sportsmanship both on and off the court. Well done girls.
14th June 2011
Year seven rounders
On Tuesday 14th June nine enthusiastic year seven students took to the field to represent Denbigh high school in the Luton town rounders tournament. The girls were extremely nervous as this was their first ever rounders tournament at Denbigh. The girls first match was against Barnfield West academy who were a strong and determined team. The girls took a while to settle into the game but once they found their footing they started to relax and looked like a very established team.
Denbigh were then up against Ashcroft and took to the pitch more confidently led by their captain Safa Abbas—76. The girls played exceptionally well with their fielding skills being remarkably improved from the previous game against Barnfield West academy. The girls prevented Ashcroft from scoring many rounders and knew that if they batted well they would take the victory. Michaela Locker—71 was the first batter in and after hitting the ball a considerable distance scored our first rounder. The girls then followed Michaela’s excellent lead and finished with a score of seven and a half rounders taking the victory. The girls then persevered in high spirits throughout the tournament to beat Barnfield South academy and drawing with Putteridge high school.
This meant the girls finished second in the tournament just behind Barnfield West Academy. The girls have now made it through to the Luton Schools Finals night on the 6th July.
Well done to each of you that took part. You were a credit to the school and fought well for this excellent achievement.
23rd May 2011
Peace represents the county in the national basketball tournament
Peace Akib from year nine was called up to represent the county in the annual national basketball tournament. Although a year younger than the rest of the county squad Peace played a huge role in the tournament. Peace has been one of Denbigh’s strongest players in the school basketball team, not only physically on the court but mentally off the court she provides a high level of leadership and motivation to her fellow team mates.
The county coach said, “Peace was a fantastic player to have on the team for tournament; she was strong, confident and showed pure determination in what was a very tough tournament.”
As Peace was a year younger in the category the county squad have secured her a place in the squad for next year where she will be a year older and no doubt even better than she already is. Well done Peace, an excellent achievement!
“I was overwhelmed to be asked to represent the county at the national basketball competition. There were so many brilliant players there and I was playing in the Bedfordshire team which also had some great players. It was a really good experience playing at this level and has made me want to do even more next year to ensure I have a place in the county squad.” Peace Akib – Form 92
20th May 2011
Denbigh win football league and secure promotion!
The year ten football team are celebrating after being crowned league winners and in the process claiming promotion to the top league for Luton schools. The team who have been coached by Mr Wright since year eight have shown impressive form in previous seasons but this is their most successful season to date. They have taken a step up in the way they play the game and after playing as unit for so long a real team spirit has been created. However the season wasn’t easy and the team had to play at their best in every game they played. In all the games the team showed great skill and played exciting football, never afraid to take chances and go for goal.
In seasons past the team sometimes lacked strength at the back and were often caught on the break. This season the team’s captain Abu Bakr Ali really took control of the defence and alongside Zain Yaqoob they made the centre of defence very hard to crack this year. Scoring goals has never been a problem for this team, and top scorers Samad Ali and Sadekqur Rahman were on form again each scoring many goals over the season. Nazrull Ali and Tasbeel Mustaq were also an impressive attacking threat this year using their pace to attack teams on the break.
All this talent led to the year ten football team going the whole season unbeaten with their most impressive result being a 5-1 victory against Putteridge high school. Now the season is over the team has time to celebrate and look forward to next year playing in the top division against the best schools in the local area.
25th March 2011
YEAR EIGHT FOOTBALL SUCCESS
Denbigh v's Ashcroft
The final result ended with a 3 -1 win to Denbigh. Man of the match went to the whole team because it was an outstanding performance.
Denbigh v's Challney
This was an intense game with some great performances on both sides but the Denbigh team managed to cope with the pressure and won the game with a free kick taken by Rokib Miah who accurately placed the ball in the top right hand corner of the goal to make a final score of 3 - 2.
Denbigh v's Putteridge
This was an important game and the year eight boys knew that if they could get a victory then they would be guaranteed to have a place in the year eight Luton schools semi-finals. The anticipation of the game was evident to see and all the year eight boys were determined and looking for victory.
The game started off very tense and both teams were fighting for possession of the ball. The game was even for both teams as half time approached. The second half started and Putteridge managed to score a long range goal. Denbigh kept their heads up and battled hard to get back into the game. As the second half developed Denbigh had a number of good opportunities to equalise but the Putteridge goal keeper played well. As the full time whistle approached Tariqul Chowdhury received a threaded pass between defenders which he ran on to with a 1 on 1 with the goal keeper. He held his nerve and beat the keeper to equalise.
At full time the game ended in a draw and the Denbigh boys will now have to wait and see if they have done enough to play in the Luton school semi-finals.
10th February 2011
Denbigh team become 'Town Basketball Champions'
On Thursday 10th February 20119 year 7 girls competed to become town champions in basketball and although they faced tough competition the team managed to walk away victorious.
Well done to Eman Al Odet, Nimrah Kiani, Maryam Hussain, Aisha Hussain, Saffa Abbas, Lauren Webster, Georgia Webster, Marjan Begum and Sara Szec.
You were a true credit to the school and very gracious winners.
16th November 2010
On Tuesday 16th November the Denbigh years seven and eight hockey team travelled over to Icknield to take on some tough opponents. The match was going to prove to be an even tougher test as some of our key players were missing as they were celebrating Eid. We did not want to let that affect us and were determined to perform well.
At the start of the match Icknield looked good but we knew we could beat them, although they started very well by scoring an early goal against us putting us on the back foot. With Paige in goal looking solid and our others players Michaela, Sumaiya and Sarah working hard and showing great skill we clawed our way back into the match and overturned the lead in dramatic style.
With Miss Stewart giving us tactical advice and motivation from the side we were never going to lose. We eventually ran out 3-1 winners to leave Icknield to deal with the bitter taste of defeat while we enjoyed our hard earned success. It was a truly fantastic team performance.
Lauren Webster 71 and Georgia Webster 73
15th November 2010
Our year seven and eight girls recently travelled to the Luton Schools Badminton Tournament held in the Regional Sports Centre. Both teams played a number of games on the day, with individual students achieving success in both the singles and the doubles. The greatest achievement of the day was our year eight team, who won the overall badminton tournament for their year group and will now represent Luton in the County Badminton tournament later in the term.
The following account of the tournament has been written by Michaela Locker (71):
On Monday 15th November the year seven and eight Luton Schools Badminton tournament was held and we were all a bit nervous with excitement upon arrival. There were lots of schools there and the competition was sure to be fierce. On the day I had to play against the year eights because some of their team were missing, and I wanted to do them, and the rest of the team, proud. We got off to a great start with Sibongile winning her match and she was smashing the shuttlecock everywhere. Even though she is new to badminton Sulekha also played really well. Lauren also did very well and was making her opponent run all over the place. All in all we had great fun and were proud to represent the school. What made the day even more special is that the year eights made it through to the County Finals. The team would also like to thank Mrs McNeill for giving us great coaching advice and inspiration. Go Denbigh!
Well done to all the pupils involved and good luck in the county finals.
7th October 2010
Table tennis triumph
On Thursday 7th October Hamzah Shamrez (74), Tariq Ahmed (7b), Abu-Hasnath (76) and Abu Hamzah Miah (73) had the privilege to play in the town table tennis competition at Lealands High School. There were other schools from all across Luton represented and we Denbigh pupils were excited to show what we could do. We were off to a flying start by winning the first game 3-2, which was down to teamwork and our never say die Denbigh spirit. Each of us was bringing something different and exciting to the table with me hitting the ball really flat, Abu Hasnath spinning the ball all around the table, Abu Hamza spraying the ball everywhere and Tariq smashing the ball so hard it left his opponents open mouthed in amazement. These skills no doubt helped lead us to victory and we won all our other matches too. The team fulfilled Denbigh's motto of High achievement for all is our shared responsibility and we were crowned champions. The team were also very grateful to Mr Stewart and Mr Sutton for all their hard work and support and now look forward to representing Denbigh again in the county championship.
Hamza Shamrez - 74
30th July 2010
Year 7 cricket champions
The year seven boys cricket team faced Challney High School for Boys in the town cricket final at the Stopsley Regional Centre. The two teams had already met earlier on in the term and Denbigh had been convincing winners.
Before the game the year seven team were very focused and eager to win the title of year seven town champions. The two schools met in the afternoon and the toss was made, Arfeen Khan in form 78 won the toss and elected to bowl at Challney first. The game was played over 16 overs and this meant that Denbigh need their best six bowls to not give away any runs.
Throughout the 16 overs Challney scored a steady run rate of 6 an over and some outstanding bowling by Hasin Ali 78 and fielding by Daanisk kyani 73 and Iblal Ali 77 kept the game very tight. After 16 overs, Challney had scored 89 runs from 96 balls and Denbigh needed 90 runs to win.
At the turn-around the boys spirit, enthusiasm and desire to win was evident and very positive. The first batting partnership of Daanish Kyani 73 and Zakwan Mohammed 74 started the team off well but unfortunately Zakwan was bowled out. From then onwards the game was extremely tight but Daanish Kyani remained cool and focused under pressure even though the Challney bowling attack was taking regular Denbigh wickets. Denbigh steadily kept the run rate moving due to the outstanding batting performance of Daanish Kyani and team mates. In the final over Denbigh needed 5 runs to win from 6 balls. The game was in the balance and the Challney bowling attack was extremely tight. On the third ball of the over Denbigh scored a single run. On the second from last ball Daanish made contact with the ball from centre of his bat and it went for a massive four, Denbigh were crowned champions.
Player of the final went to Daanish Kyani for scoring 32 runs Well Done. The team spirit and attitude of both teams on the day was very good and the pupils worked well when led by Arfeen Khan. Well done boys for your first Town final victory Lets hope this is the first of many for the future.
6th July 2010
Tom Davis visits Denbigh
As part of the many different leadership programs we offer to our pupils, the year ten sports academy were given the opportunity to take part in a national program aimed at developing pupils' awareness of the importance of sport and the impact that it has on young children's lives.
On Tuesday 6th July the year ten boys received a visit from a representative from Sky Sports. His name is Tom Davis and he is an international athlete for the Great Britain Judo squad.
Throughout the day the pupil's participated in a number of different workshops which helped to enhance their skills as leaders and also develop their communication, self-belief and teamwork. Tom Davis also delivered a practical introduction session into Judo which the students fully enjoyed.
To conclude the day the sports academy group had to deliver a football coaching session alongside a football tournament to the children from our local primary schools.
The following year ten pupils worked together successfully to lead a 45 minute football coaching session and then a one-hour football tournament. All of the primary school pupils enjoyed the afternoon and experienced a great feeling of success.
Fasil Tariq 101
Ibrahim Rafqiue 103
Raqib Kiani 101
Awais Maqsood 103
Mujahid Iskhail 102
Wesley Nyioni 104
Akil Ghafoor 103
Masoom Ali 107
Rifat Uddin 103
Well done to the above year ten boys for stepping up and delivering professional coaching sessions to the primary school pupils. All the boys found the session challenging but passed with flying colours.
Before Tom left he congratulated the pupils and commented on how proud he was regarding their individual and group achievements.
1st July 2010
Year 9 cricket team finish on a high
On Thursday 1st July the year nine cricket team played in their final game of the season, which was the Luton Schools Town Tournament. The boys have already done well to get to the final, having won three of their four league games and faced Challney Boys who had previously beaten Denbigh. However, after a closely fought game with some excellent cricket being played on both sides Denbigh emerged victorious.
A massive well done to all of the boys who took part in the game and also to those who helped get them to the final. A special well done to Nishit who showed his commitment to the school by playing for us on the day he could have played a County game and by putting in a man of the match performance and taking those vital wickets.
24th May 2010
Year 7 cricket team shows real promise
So far this season the Year 7 cricket team have beaten both Challney Boys and Stopsley High School.
The match against Challney was an intense affair and all players pulled together as a team to encourage and inspire each other. Denbigh batted first and unfortunately didn't bat well only scoring 48 runs from 12 overs.
Challney then went into bat, Arfeen and Hasnatt kept their run rate down reducing their score to only 11 runs after 6 overs. At this point Denbigh started to become confident as a team and the wickets started to fall.
After 12 overs Challney had only scored 33 runs thanks to the superb bowling of Arfeen, Hasnatt, Zakwan and Haroon. All of these efforts were backed up by a superb performance by Imran Hashmi who had never before played as a wicket keeper but managed to keep hold of every ball that was bowled at him. The feeling of winning at the end of the game was embraced by all players in the team and they were really joyful on the way home.
The next game was against Stopsley High school. Stopsley batted first and struggled to make runs. After 12 overs they had only scored 33 runs thanks to a fantastic bowling performance from Arfeen Khan and impressive fielding from the whole team.
Denbigh then went into bat and both Arfeen khan and Danish Kyani both put quick runs on the score which included a powerful shot by Danish which gave Denbigh 4 runs. After just 6 overs the game was won and Denbigh were convincing winners.
The next two games are against Icknield and Putteridge. If the year 7 team continue to show excellent team work and togetherness during these games and win, then they will be rewarded with the title of Luton School Champions.
Well done Boys!
3rd May 2010
Year 7 and 8 Girls Football County Finals - Leighton United FC
On Friday 30th April our year 7 and 8 girl's football team were invited to the County 5-a-Side Finals at Leighton United Football Club. This in itself was a massive achievement for our young footballers and it gave them an excellent opportunity to develop as a team playing against schools of an even higher standard than we usually face within the Luton tournaments.
Our first game saw us face up against Lincroft from Bedford, our girls were very nervous as Ms O'Sullivan explained this was a step up from their usual opponents. However they started fantastically and took an early lead with Mishah scoring an excellent opener. We eventually ran out 3-0 winners and the team were ecstatic and could not believe how well they had played. The remaining two group/pool games were played against Holmemead Middle School from Biggleswade and Kings Houghton Middle School from Houghton Regis. These matches ended in 0-0 draws.
With those results Denbigh finished top of their pool and progressed on to the County Final against returning champions Henlow Middle School. The team could not quite believe they had made it to the final and were over the moon. The final was an excellent game but Henlow were a great team and lived up to their billing of 2009 champions beating us 3-0. Each player received a certificate of attendance and a runners-up medal for their efforts.
We would like to say a massive well done to all our girls for a fantastic effort and achievement in becoming runners-up in the County Finals.
26th March 2010
Year 7 and 8 girls football squad puts on an excellent performance
Throughout March the year seven and eight girls football squad have been travelling to playfootball.net based at Stopsley High school on Tuesday afternoons with Miss O'Sullivan and Miss Smith to compete in an all Luton schools tournament. Throughout the four week tournament we played eight matches, winning three along the way. During the first week, we won two of our three matches, beating Icknield 6 - 0 and then Ashcroft 5 -3.
We also managed to beat Cardinal Newman 4 - 3 during week two and some of the football the team produced in these games was fantastic to watch, with our girls creating some of the best chances and goals out of all the schools taking part.
Well done to all the girls who took part.
26th February 2010
Denbigh becomes an FA Club Links school
The FA and County Football Associations are keen to establish meaningful relationships with the schools that have a commitment to developing sustainable links with FA Charter Standard clubs and are able to offer to even more students the opportunity to participate in football within, as well as outside, the school day.
Because of the range of football related opportunities that we provide to our students and the wider community Denbigh has been selected to achieve this status and has received a letter from the FA congratulating us on becoming an FA Club Links School.
Research conducted in 2007 has shown that over 1.1 million young people aged 5-15 have a desire to join a team with a further 2.5 million young people saying that they would like to be coached to improve their skills. As an FA Club Links School Denbigh will be helping more young people to achieve these aspirations.
19th February 2010
Year 9 football team gets off to a great start
The year nine football team at Denbigh is already off to an impressive winning start this season. The team that performed so well last year seems to be going from strength to strength. Their first game against Putteridge High School was an interesting test for the team. The schools have not played each other before so neither team knew what expect.
Denbigh started well and soon put their stamp on the game with some strong physical play and tight close passing. Their hard work was rewarded and the team went into half-time 2-0 up thanks to two clean finishes from striker Sadekqur Rahman. Denbigh continued to dominate the possession and created several great opportunities and were only stopped from scoring by the post on two occasions. Although Denbigh were clearly in charge for most of the game, Putteridge fought back well and scored after showing good spirit to make the game close in the final stages. Denbigh however weren't to be denied the win. Sadekqur burst through once more to seal his hat-trick and the victory for Denbigh High School 3-2.
12th January 2010
Denbigh's badminton team takes 2nd place in the county finals
After the success at the Luton town tournament the Denbigh High School year 10/11 boys' badminton team qualified for the county finals.
The county finals were held on the 11th of January at Hatfield University. The tournament was set up as a round robin with each team playing two games, each game comprising of five matches. In the first game Denbigh cruised to victory winning four out of the five matches. This set up a match with Biddenham Upper School from Bedford that would prove to be the decider between first and second place. Denbigh lost the match against Biddenham Upper School and came second in the county losing out on first place by a point's difference. The
four boys did themselves, their families and the school proud.
On the 1st and 3rd of December 2009 Denbigh High School held a Primary School Sports Festival. The festival was for pupils from year three to year six with year three and four taking part on the 1st December and years five and six on the 3rd of December. All the pupils participating were from our primary cluster schools; Denbigh Junior School, Dallow Primary School and Beech Hill Primary School.
Denbigh High School year ten and eleven BTEC students lead the primary school pupils as part of their coursework. Pupils led a variety of activities such as dance, basketball, hockey and football. All the leaders were an absolute credit to the school and received outstanding reports back from all schools involved.
The two festivals were a huge success and the primary school students are looking forward to the next sports festival in 2010. A massive well done to all pupils involved.
On Wednesday 9th December 2009 Denbigh hosted a year seven Sports Inclusion Festival. Over eighty pupils from Denbigh, Icknield and Cardinal Newman participated in a variety of different activities. The activities included volleyball, swimming, dance, ultimate frisbee, speed stacks and trampolining. Year nine and ten pupils from Denbigh High School lead the activities and should be congratulated on their tremendous effort. The leaders were meticulous in their planning and organisation and a credit to both their PE teachers and the school. All the year seven pupils who participated in the festival were individually chosen and represented the school exceptionally well. The event was a great success with all involved enjoying it immensely.
9th October 2009
On Tuesday the 6th of October the year 9 rugby team went to the town tournament which was held at Luton Rugby Club.
Denbigh's first match was a tough one, playing against Icknield and winning 10-7.
Their next match proved to be a bit easier, as Denbigh beat Challney High School for Boys with a score of 35-0 with some very good displays from Bradley Sinclair and Nazrull Choudhury. Bradley scored a number of tries throughout the tournament and his kicking was superb. Nazrull was a constant threat with his clever runs and determination all around the pitch.
Denbigh's third match was against Lea Manor, which they again won, with a comfortable 30-0 score line. Immad Khan really set the tone in this game by making some very big tackles which were not for the faint hearted. Bobby Khan, another one of our big tacklers also played well in this game, whilst getting on the scoresheet.
Denbigh's penultimate game was against Barnfield West and was a game that started very slowly, proving to score. Eventually Denbigh's prowess shone through with tries from Samad Ali and Sadekqur Rahman setting the tone with their blistering pace. The game was eventually won 24-5, and meant that Denbigh had one more game to decide the tournament.
The final saw Denbigh face Stopsley, who are renowned for having strong rugby teams and players that play for local clubs. Despite Denbigh's speed and strength, and some fantastic last ditch tackles from Sadekqur Rahman and Bobby Khan we were unable to match Stopsleys organisation and understanding of the game, eventually losing 19-7.
Denbigh finished as runners up in the town which is a fantastic achievement for a team of boys still quite new to rugby. Below is a picture of the fantastic year 9 team and a few words about what each of the boys bring to the team:
Fehzan Ashraf 93 - Fast and nimble, always committed
Immad Khan 94 - Big tackler who sets the tone for the rest of the team
Amraj Choudhury 95 - Very quick, blink and you might miss him
Sadekqur Rahman 95 - Fast, powerful and sometimes unstoppable, Sadek could have a future in rugby
Abu Bakr Ali 95 - Fast and agile making him difficult to play against.
Nazrull Ali 95 - An all-rounder. Always 100% commitment.
Bottom row (left to right):
Bobby Khan 93 - Big tackler who is also good at running with the ball
Mohin Akhtar 91 - 'The Denbigh Bulldozer'. Mohin powers his way through the opposition.
Bradley Sinclair 91 - Fast, strong, intelligent and a kicker. Team captain and a good leader.
Samad Ali 92 - Quick and light on his feet. Big points scorer.
Sohail Sarwar 94 - Another all rounder who makes a big contribution.