20 March 2015

Well done to Aidan Ricketts, Sam Nicholls, Nicholas Hodge and Matthew Williams who represented DHSB at the English Chess Federation Team Challenge held at Torquay Boys School recently.

The team narrowly missed out on a place in the next round with Aidan doing particularly well to win all his matches.

They are pictured here in the Learning Commons.

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Aidan, Sam, Nicholas and Matthew

Chess was also on the breakfast menu this week as Mr Butcher set up an on-line match with students competing against our partner school Shining Stars in Kathmandu as part of our Connecting Classrooms British Council programme.

Honours were shared with each school winning a game.

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Plymouth Employability Passport

Last week saw the Plymouth Employability Passport gaining ground. The passport started as the DHSB Award (developed by our own Sue Moreton) to allow students to realise or achieve different skills, recognising that often what they are already doing is valuable, and to reward them for evidencing these achievements.

This idea was adopted by the Plymouth Learning Trust group of schools and developed with the help of the Plymouth City Council and the Chamber of Commerce.

Last week Ms Moreton took three of our Year 10 students to City College where the 1000 club (1000+ local employers) had provided a video booth to make a film promoting the passport. Our boys all spoke about the importance of developing and recognising employability skills.

The following day eight boys, again Year 10 students who are enrolled for the Passport trial met Tudor Evans, the leader of the City Council who spoke to them reinforcing the importance of employability skills alongside exam results, and of his passion for promoting the opportunities available to young people in Plymouth.

Read more here.

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Speech and Drama

Well done to Preet, Tariq, Lalit and Tom who have gained excellent results in the recent London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art speech and drama exams.

Preet Pradeep – Grade 3 Public Speaking with Distinction

Tariq Rudge – Grade 2 Verse & Prose speaking with Merit

Lalit Kathiresan – Grade 2 Verse & Prose speaking with Merit

Thomas Showell – Grade 4 Solo Acting with Merit

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Preet, Tariq, Lalit and Tom

Where are they now

Please take a look at our new ‘Where are they now’ pages which showcase Old Boys, their developing careers and their messages to students and teachers.

If you would like to get involved please get in touch with my PA, Sarah Nicholson.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Sports News

Congratulations to our Year 7 Rugby team who played well in the Devon Finals.

They came up against some strong competition and finished fourth out of the eight teams competing.

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Well done to Tom Blackford who represented Devon at the English Schools Cross Country Championships last weekend. It’s a significant achievement to be selected to compete at this level.

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And finally, brilliant Solar Eclipse photos from DHSB

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