Headteacher’s Blog 28/02/2020

Important Dates


Artwork of the Week

Charlotte McNama, Year 7 is the student artist chosen to be showcased this week. Charlottes biro drawing of fruit and vegetables shows off her skill in line drawing and mark-making. The end piece is vibrant, full of impact and effectively demonstrates the effort and pride Charlotte put into her work.



GCSE and A Level Art Mock Exams

GCSE and A Level Art students have mock Art exams are w/c 9th March They should be finalising their compositions ready for the exam. Students should remember to bring all the equipment (e.g. pencils, eraser, etc) which they will need for the exam. They should also discuss with Mrs Nicholson any special items they might be planning to use (e.g. watercolour paper). Dont forget, KS4 and KS5 Art students can get extra support after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Being prepared is key!

DMA World Book Day Celebrations 2020


Exciting events are coming soon to DMA to celebrate World Book Day 2020!


Wednesday 4th March: Zohab Zee Khan Poetry Slam Champion Visit

Australian Poetry Slam Champion and runner up in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid, Zohab Zee Khan is performing and holding workshops for our students. Zohab has performed and conducted poetry workshops in over 30 countries across the world. As well as performing at various music festivals, he has performed at the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival. His first collection of poetry I Write reached best-seller status within 5 months of its launch.


Thursday 5th March: World Book Day – Dystopia at Downham Market Academy

 Costumes/Props: Staff and students can wear camouflage, a futuristic costume or become a character from a favourite dystopian novel

 World Book Day Book Tokens for all students


Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March: Usborne Books – Book Fair

Use your World Book Day Tokens to buy some fabulous books at the Usborne Books/DMA Book Fair


Newspaper Appeal

The Art and DT departments are in desperate need of newspapers for classroom projects. If you are able to donate any old newspapers (in clean, dry condition), please drop them off at the main Academy Reception at Bexwell on term time weekdays, 8am-4pm. 


Year 7 Update

Over the Half term break two of our amazing students went abroad to take part in specialist training camps:

Sophie came 2nd in her Acrobat competition in Morocco for Best Acrobat for under sixteens” whilst Bob took part in a Roller Hockey training camp in Portugal and now trains with the national team a couple of weekends a month.

A third, Mabel went to a competition in London, got a silver medal and was invited to a training session last weekend where one of the couches is currently 2nd in the world for tumbling.


Drama Update

On Wednesday afternoon year 9&10 students participated in a workshop with professional theatre company frantic assembly. The students were working on developing their skills in lifting, choral movement and physical storytelling. The practitioners were fantastic and the students were engaged throughout the four hour session: of course they were beautifully behaved and respectful at all times. The year 10 students plan to use these techniques in their devising performance exams in a few weeks time. Thank you so much to the friends of DMA who kindly funded this.


Year 8 Parents’ Evening

This event will be held on Thursday 26 March from 4:15 to 7:15.  Please make bookings using the online system: https://parentsbooking.co.uk/downhammarket  If you have any problems using the system, please do get in touch with your child’s head of House who will be able to make appointments on your behalf.  We are looking forward to seeing you to discuss your child’s progress.  


Lunchtime arrangements

The arrangements for lunchtime changed this week following feedback from students.  The new layout and queuing system means that we have a dedicated Dining Hall where students can sit and eat their food in comfort whilst talking to friends and the one way system for queuing and movement through the canteen ensures student safety and comfort when eating.




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