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Denes High School attendance joy

PUBLISHED: 10:57 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 05 July 2010

MORE than 260 students at Denes High School, in Lowestoft, have been awarded for their attendance levels during a special evening at the town's Marina Theatre.

MORE than 260 students at Denes High School, in Lowestoft, have been awarded for their attendance levels during a special evening at the town's Marina Theatre.

Pupils were given certificates for having 100pc attendance over one or two terms and 102 students were commended for being at school every day for all three terms during the second annual attendance celebration.

Four outstanding students of the night were Joseph Carey, Paul Winfield, Robert Ayers and Clary Wong, who managed to achieve three years of schooling at Denes without missing a day.

The evening recognised the value that the school places on attendance, but was also a chance to show off the skills of various students.

Students Leon Lambert and Lauren Adams sang songs, while band Unit 14 also entertained and the BTEC drama group, under the close eye of Natalie Dores, gave two presentations.

The evening was rounded off with a speech from headteacher Mick Lincoln who thanked staff, parents and students who attended and who work in partnership to ensure the school attendance is ever improving.

The event also gave a presentation of a visit from actor Karl Theobald, who was a student at Denes from 1982 to 1985.

Karl, who has starred in Green Wing and Primeval, shared his memories of the school with the students and told them of how he ended up being the one time comedy partner of Russell Brand.

He was interviewed during an assembly by Abigail Perry and Martha Finch-Bretlaender, two year 10 students who provided thought provoking questions.

David Lees, deputy headteacher said: “Karl was a pleasure to listen to as he reminisced about his drama days at school, the crush he had on the deputy head and the antics that he used to get up to in the playground. The interview helped students to grasp that they won't be good at everything, but they need to stick with what they love and what special talent they have and in the end they will achieve.

“Karl was originally invited for the schools attendance evening, but was unfortunately filming on that evening, however he did stress the importance of attending school and how by being there will give you the opportunities you need to achieve your best.”

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