30 November 2012
An exhaustive and exhausting process (for Mr Bowden!) culminated in the designation of our new Prefect, Captaincy and Devonport Voice teams.
Student leadership has become increasingly significant in the last five years and we rely on these teams to deliver.
I am looking forward to working with our new leaders and want to pay tribute to the teams they are replacing.  Always moving forward.
School Captain, Harry Samuels, with the Vice-Captains, Krystian Lane, Will Morgan and Louise Hatton
Devonport Chair, Wade Dyer, with Jordana Davarian (Vice Chair), Maddy Allsop (Vice Chair),
Alex Reed (Secretary), St John Gilbert (Marketing Director) and Takunda Karima (Sixth Form Associate)
Follow our student leadership teams on Twitter. @DHSBPrefects and @devonportvoice 
Congratulations to Liam Ward who has graduated from the Plymouth Children’s University. 
Liam said, “At the age of ten I joined the Plymouth Children’s University. The university encourages children to learn outside of school eg Scouts, swimming, water polo clubs, tennis and cricket clubs and many more. The three learning destinations I learn from are 19th Plymouth Scouts and DRSA [Devonport Royal Swimming Club] doing  both swimming and water polo.
“At the Theatre Royal I graduated with 350 hours of learning outside school and received a medal. Now I am working towards my diploma (1,000 hours outside school).
“It’s great making new friends and learning. I really do recommend it to anyone.  Visit the website if you would like to get involved.”
We have been following the adventures of DHSB students this week as they travelled to Snowdonia, Germany and St Ives.  Here are some of the images we have enjoyed.
Challenges on the Snowdonian Mountains
Aachen Christmas Market
Working at our partner school in Berlin
Media trip to St Ives
Mr Newton and students enjoyed performing at the Lord Mayor’s Schools’ Carol Service today.  A start to the festive season!
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Competition
Eight Sixth Form students competed in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors schools competition at the University of Plymouth on Wednesday.  The task was to design a sustainable development for an area of land at Mount Wise in Plymouth.  The students had to produce two posters showcasing their design and explaining its features and suitability for the area. The students also had to complete a press release to inform the media about their proposed plans.
The students were competing against 20 other schools from across the South West. The students achieved fantastic results, with the Year 12 team receiving first place for the press release and second place in the overall competition for their proposed development of the site. Their proposal included a community centre, flats, offices, cafe and sports use.
The judging panel, which included industry professionals, were extremely impressed by the team’s ideas, their understanding of the issues and how well they worked as a team.
The Year 13 team has an excellent idea to develop the site and received some impressive feedback from the judging panel.
Miss Randles
Year 12 team - Steven Rowe, Josh Brenton-Talliss, Katie Thorn and Toby Bamforth
Year 13 team - Robert Pearce, Thomas Webber, James Park and Alex Parr.
Work Experience
Basil Babichev and Matt Owen both from 11E recently successfully completed a week's work experience based at HMS Drake. They had to compete for places with the other Plymouth secondary schools, and both received very positive feedback at the end of the week.
They were also offered the opportunity to visit the Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth in the future. Both boys really enjoyed their week, especially the variety of activities on offer such as visits to HMS Raleigh, the Armoury and plenty of challenging fitness based tasks.
 Ms Moreton
Sports and Staff News
Last week saw the first round of the English Schools Chess Championships with DHSB playing Torquay Grammar for Boys.
Thanks to Mrs Cooke for this report.

The DHSB team had Nicholas Hodge 9W on board who played a very close match against his opponent and only just lost what would have been a drawn match in the end-game with one minor slip-up.
Tom Blackford, 9W, played a very long and close tussle with his opponent which had to result in a draw when everyone else in the room got fed up waiting for a result!  Igor Savenco Christie, 7W, played on board three unfortunately losing his match game but then swapped colours with his opponent and after only a few moves took the opponent's queen and promptly thrashed him...! 
Boards four, five and six were played by Jonathan Dunn, 9W, Jon Ward 9W and Callum Caldwell 7C who all lost the match game they played but all gained at least one win in 'friendlies' against their opponents while waiting for Tom on Board two.  Incidentally Nicholas also played Torquay's players from boards three, four, five and six during this period and beat them all.
Unfortunately their team were just slightly stronger than ours so a result of 1/2 a point to us and 5 1/2 to them was not a fair reflection of the effort we put in.  Let's applaud all our team for representing our school against one of the top chess playing teams in the country in a very prestigious event!
Well done to Mr Burt who has raised over £170 for the Movember charity Prostate Cancer UK.
This is a combination of money collected from DHSB staff, Year 12 students and parents who attended the West Devon Rugby finals at the Brickfields yesterday.

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