30 January 2015

School Performance Tables
I won’t add significantly to the column inches on this topic but I’m proud of the students and staff at DHSB. Our results are outstanding.

Read more here.

National Champions!

Last weekend we took 34 players to the Ultimate Frisbee national championships with two teams in the U14 competition and two teams in the U17 tournament.

DHSB U14 A team won a tight final 5 – 4 against Bishop Heber School to win the national title.

John Moon 8W won the ‘most valuable player’ award in the final.

The U14 B team finished 12th.

The boys will join me for breakfast next week and a film of their exploits will be premiered in a whole school assembly soon. Thank you to Mr McConnell, Mr Murphy and Mr Cole (assistant coach) who devoted their weekend to this success.

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Congratulations to Sam Ryan who will be joining the Green Army as a young pro.

I’ve seen a few Argyle games this season and they could do with him moving through the ranks quickly!

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Unconditional offers from prestigious universities are rare!

Here is an extract from a letter to Sixth Form student Laura Pain from Queen Mary University of London.

“Thank you very much for coming to see us on Wednesday. Our admissions tutors were extremely impressed by your performance during the interview and by the strength of your overall application. We believe that you have great potential as a historian and that you would flourish here at Queen Mary. As a result, we are delighted to be able to make you one of our limited number of unconditional offers.”

Well done Laura.

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Ms Davidson was delighted to accept an invitation to the Award Evening for Interns and Apprentices at the Duchy College on Tuesday.

Year 13 student, Aaron Hicks, successfully applied for an Internship through the ‘Nurturing Excellence’ programme run by Nicky Taylor and Angie Shepherd from the Duchy College Cornwall (jointly organised with Cornish food companies).

Aaron has an offer to study Chemical Engineering at Oxford University and attributes a great deal of his success at interview to his ability to discuss his project on ‘vat yield’ at Tamar Foods.

On his final day of placement Aaron presented his findings to the management team, including potential improvements that could be made to the process he researched.

Aaron also now has greater insight into the breadth of careers for chemical engineers and the wealth of opportunity in the Food industry.

Ms Davidson has application forms for a variety of two or four week internship placements this summer for current Year 12 students interested in paid work experience.

Aaron is pictured with Tom Hughes, an old boy employed at the award-winning Harbourside Fish and Chips.

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Bugsy Malone

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our students performing in the Edgcumbe Theatre next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Tickets are available on WisePay, by returning this order form or by calling our Box Office on 01752 208787.

Bugsy Malone Tickets

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Orienteering

DHSB Orienteering Club enjoyed snowy conditions at the Five Tors Event, near Princetown, earlier in January.

Best performances came from James Blackford and Tom Chiappe who were sixth on the 5.6 Km Blue course and Toby Julyan and Sam Kibblewhite who were third on the 1.7 Km Yellow course

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Cross Country

The Devon Cross Country championships took place last week at Stover School in Newton Abbot.

DHSB had nine pupils selected to run for West Devon.

Following the championships Tom Blackford 11W, Jack Williams 6N1 and Jim Blackford 6P2 were selected to run for Devon in the South West championships being held at Grittleton House in Chippenham on Saturday 7 February.

Mr Strang said, “This is a significant achievement as the standard of Cross Country running in Devon is very high at the moment.”

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