1 April 2021

We hope that your child has enjoyed the last few weeks of returning back to school.


Our staff have been impressed by the attitude of students and the way that they have conducted themselves.


I would like to convey my sincerest thanks to all parents and carers for the way that you have supported your child in carrying out the home testing and for taking the Covid-19 control measures so seriously.


Together we have ensured that we have done everything that we possibly can to maintain continuity for our community and to keep us all safe.


Celebration Assemblies


On Wednesday we had our termly celebration house assemblies when we recognised students for their hard work, commitment and efforts throughout this term.


Each form tutor selected a student of the term who received an Easter Egg.


Tthere was also a prize draw for students who had the most commendations and a good behaviour draw which included commitment online throughout lockdown.


The final award was a resilience award for a student in each house, who demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity through the challenges of lockdown.

Excellent Work


Mr Orkney has shared our examples of Excellent Work this week.


Year 7 classes are working on a games making course in PE where they design, play and refine their own unique game.


Here are two examples of their new games.

Student News

Well done to Caleb Caleshu 8P and Ayush Kunwar 10S who took part in this year’s Chess County Championships.

Mr Butland from the Devon Junior Chess Association said the need to transfer the competition to an online environment led to some IT problems and only Caleb who was runner up in the Devon U13 competition managed to complete the tournament.

Ayush made a bright start and was jointly leading the U15s with three points from four games, including a win against the strongest rated player, before broadband issues sadly forced him to retire.

Mr Butland added, “We are very much looking forward to resuming play over the board in autumn and welcome any enquiries. The Plymouth Club runs dedicated sessions for juniors on a weekly basis.


If you'd like to find out more please email headteacher@dhsb.org.

Mr Butland

Devon Junior Chess Association


House Football

The Year 7 house football competition came to an end last week and many congratulations are due to Winstanley who beat Smeaton 4 - 3 in the final.

Priestley beat Newton 5 - 3 to finish in third place.

Campbell beat Edison 3 - 1 to finish in fifth place.

Well done to all Year 7 students who took part.


Other house football results are just in.


Congratulations to Campbell who took the top spot in the Year 8 competition with Newton in second place and Winstanley coming third.


Well done to Priestley who won the Year 11 competition. with Campbell coming second and Smeaton in third place.


It's been great to see students out enjoying their football again!

Plymouth Hockey Club

Mr White, Chairman of Plymouth Hockey Club has asked me to let students know that they club will return to training on Sunday 4 April 2021 from 10.00 to 12.00.

He says, “There is no better way for children and young people to return to normal life than through sport. Teamwork, fun and great company in a safe and friendly environment is the best way to shake off the Covid-19 blues”

The club has extended the season until mid July and offer all new players six weeks training without charge, to try out the sport.

Mr White added, “Plymouth HC is known as the friendliest club in the city and is the only club in the Plymouth to hold the prestigious Sport England ClubMark award. This external accreditation ensures that our child welfare and safeguarding procedures match your own. With our own clubhouse and changing rooms, we can offer a great venue for both parents and young people.


More information at this link

Mr White

Chairman, Plymouth Hockey Club


And Finally

It was with great sadness that we said goodbye this week to Jenny Wall, our independent careers adviser writes Ms Moreton.

Jenny has worked for DHSB on behalf of CSW group (formerly Careers South West) for almost fifteen years, coming into school one or two days most weeks to carry out one-to-one career advice interviews mainly for Year 11 and Sixth Form students.

Jenny has also worked with me on various projects through the school year including Takeover Day and National Careers Week, contributing her enthusiasm and wealth of experience to developing and enriching our scheme of work, and she was always willing to go the extra mile by seeing students at lunchtime, or by suggesting new initiatives such as a remote guidance day for Year 10 parents.

I wish her every success in her new role at Plymouth University and look forward to welcoming her successor who I will introduce as soon as possible. Independent and individual careers advice by a qualified adviser continues to be an important part of our offer at DHSB, especially essential following the disruptive last year we have had.

Wishing a happy and relaxing Easter break to all - more news from Careers and PSHEE after the break.

Ms Moreton