6 February 2015

We place a high value on the support and guidance that our older students are able to give our younger learners and I’m pleased to headline our new academic mentoring programme this week.
Mrs Marsh is introducing the programme where 40 members of our Sixth Form will work regularly with selected Year 10 and 11 students; the aim being to enable our learners to realise their potential and achieve their learning goals.

Sixth Form student Charlie Fethney said, “This is a great opportunity to put something back into a school that has supported me so well. Additionally, it will be a fantastic achievement to put on my CV which will help when applying to university or for employment. It will give me the experience of working with another person, and I will be able to see them develop and progress under my guidance.”

Jonathan Brown added, “For me, the main reason for getting involved is to give something back to the school community. It will also be a great chance for me to test what I know and to help me develop my own character through the process of teaching and mentoring.”

Priscilla Alao said, “The academic mentoring programme, for me, is an indescribably enriching experience.”

You will be able to read more in the next edition of DHSB Today.

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Jonathan, Priscilla and Charlie are pictured with Year 8 students

Bugsy Malone

Audiences have enjoyed our three-night run of Bugsy Malone this week.

Special thanks to Mr Norris and Mr Newton who have worked with students to allow them to take to the stage.

Tonight’s performance is sold out.

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Maths Challenge

Our Senior Maths Challenge team travelled to the national finals this week and although they were not placed first, second or third, we received this very complimentary message from one of the adjudicators.

“I was fortunate enough, during the day, to be assigned to your four students and it was an absolute pleasure to work with such talented, enthusiastic, courteous and motivated young mathematicians. They continued to impress throughout the competition and, in the later two challenges in particular, scored highly.”

Well done Jonathan Christie, George Hatos, Jeehoon Kang and Kris Turner, pictured here at the competition.

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Speech and Drama

Two students, Jackson Spry and Edward Rescorl, did very well at the recent Saltash Festival.

Jackson took part in a variety of classes including prose, poetry, drama, object story, sight reading, bible reading and humorous verse. He won four trophies and was presented with a special award ‘The Hooper Family Cup’ for the U18 showing the most promise for the future in speech and drama.

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Edward is also pictured with his trophies; he entered five classes and won them all!

Ed will be leaving us this summer to take up a specialist music place at Wells Cathedral School. We will miss him but wish him well for the future.

Keep in touch Ed!

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Sports News

We received good news yesterday when our combined team (with DHSG) claimed the Plymouth Indoor Rowing Championship (making this three years in a row).

Mr Murphy said, “A fantastic effort was put in by all with brilliant leadership by Lloyd Barron-Robinson.”

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Mr Murphy also took our U13 table tennis team to the SW tournament last Sunday. They played well and finished in fourth place.

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It’s been a great week for Rugby with two teams booking their place in the Devon finals.

The Year 9 team played West Buckland School in the semi-final and won 53-0.

Mr Strang said the game was a ‘very clinical performance and excellent result.”

The U13 team, coached by Mr Burt, had a fine 41-10 semi-final victory over Torquay Boys.

Well done to both teams. Pictured are the U13s.

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Five DHSB students represented the South West at the national regions underwater hockey (Octopush) tournament.

Playing in mixed ability teams, Adam Hyslop (captain), Alex Patton and Jackson Spry won silver medals in the U14 competition and Miles Gillhespy (captain) and Fred Teasdale played in the U12 competition where the South West won gold and bronze medals.

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Jackson Spry, Adam Hyslop and Miles Gillhespy