1 December 2017

Today the students became teachers for the Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day across the country.
Together with the 2017 DHSB Takeover Team I watched over a jubilant day.

What was it like to be Headteacher?

Opportunities never come knocking twice; today was an invaluable experience and a chance to understand the school.

From Leadership Group briefings to Year 7 carol service rehearsal, this busy day of tasks has developed my skills in leadership, team-work and management. New opportunities and challenges have brought experience as well as fun.

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Special Fundraising Day

We’re planning a day of charity events to support Year 11 student Simon Gerry.

The whole school will be fundraising for Simon’s chosen charities during a special day of events on Wednesday 6 December 2017 and we’d like to ask for your support.

The school and Simon will be raising funds for two charities, Clic Sargent and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

One way of raising money is through the whole-school raffle taking place. We’d like to thank all those who have donated prizes and sold raffle tickets.

Further donations can be made by using the links on this webpage.

Curriculum Challenge Week

After speaking with many students regarding CCW, overall the outcome was extremely positive.

Greg Robinson 10C who was on the Ten Tors selection and training said that he gained, “key skills in navigation, team-working and survival skills which taught me that persistence always pays off”.

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Growth Mindset

After taking over as Headteacher I was intrigued about how the school functioned, and why ‘Everyone Succeeds’.

I arranged to meet Mr Forte, Director of the Learning Commons and we began discussing new ideas of integrated learning and having education of a different light. Growth mindset.

A new idea that we will be promoting to new students joining the school; working with students in innovative ways creates depth of understanding and strong motivation to learning.

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Excellent Work

In Year 7, students were given to task to study ‘A Christmas Carol’. A particular student’s work that stood out was Freddie Cozens 7N. His essay focuses on the development of Scrooge’s personality as he ages across staves one and two.

Mr Briars, his English teacher, said, “I was really impressed by how Freddie is beginning to structure paragraphs and include keyword analysis. It was completed in lesson than an hour too”.

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You can read the text of Freddie’s work here.

Sports Update

The U13 football team progress to round five of the national cup following a 2- 0 win at home to Launceston.

DHSB U15s are out of the NatWest Cup losing 39 – 14 to Uffculme School.

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Year 11 showed outstanding perseverance to beat Penryn College on penalties to make it into round five of the national football cup.

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Well done to the U13 indoor cricket team who came third in the Devon Cricket Tournament losing only to Plymouth (runners up) and Hele’s (winners).

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Well done also to the U15 indoor cricket team who took gold in their age group and are heading to the county finals at the end of January.

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The Year 11 basketball team also came away as winners when they played Uffculme School on Thursday (84 – 59).

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The U15 Rugby side staged a ‘sensational comeback beating Plymouth College in injury time coming from 10 – 3 down to reach the West Devon cup final.

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Future Events

4 December – Year 11 Curriculum Evening

6 December – Special Charity Fundraising Day

7 December – Year 7 Parents Evening

11 December – Carol Service

13 December – Speech Day

19 December – Final day of term (school closes at 15.45)