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1 March 2024

As we move towards the Summer exam series we want to again draw your attention to our wonderful new Revision@DHSB website resource.

This can be found on our school website on the School Life menu or at this link.

This is aimed at all students from Years 7 - 13 and provides resources, tips, techniques and subject specific guidance for all subjects within our curriculum.

All students have been shown the resources in assemblies and we want to ensure that all our families are also aware that the website is available and ready to use.

Student News

Congratulations to Angus Fielding 8W who joined the St Andrew’s String Workshop on Saturday playing the violin with 50 musicians from the local area. 

Angus was the youngest player there but volunteered to step up and play two of the famous solo violin movements from Vivaldi's Four Seasons which he did brilliantly.

A huge achievement, well done.

Excellent Work

Miss Cunningham says it's the time of the year when Year 13 students blend Maths (Parametric Equations) with Art. We went for an Easter theme and we are sharing a screenshot and links to the files so the maths can be admired.

She added, “With an Easter theme we are calling these examples of Eggcellent Work!"

Freddie Trewin’s work is shown here and in particular is very good with the attention to detail with the shading on the egg and the shadow.

Also Will had to work hard with some inequalities to create the ‘layers’ for his bowl of eggs.

Sparx Maths and Sparx Reader

Each week we celebrate our highest performers in both Sparx Maths and Sparx Reader, two of our core homework platforms. We are proud of all of our students who complete their homework each week to such a high standard but these six students deserve a special mention.

Well done!

Ten Tors Training

A break in the weather (after the early snow flurries and hailstorms had cleared) allowed DHSB Ten Tors teams to have their longest walk so far of this year's training programme. Teams made excellent progress up the east side of North Dartmoor, 45 and 55 mile teams making their first attempt at the approach to Shilstone Tor which has been reintroduced to Ten Tors routes this year after several years' absence, while the 35s checked out a route between Kes and Watern Tors which we were pleasantly surprised was dry enough to walk on.

On the way back to Postbridge, this photo shows the 45 mile team being treated to a stunning moonrise from the Water Hill cairn, pausing only briefly as the 55s were close behind and the 35s (and a small group of Year 11 students who have already started training for Ten Tors 2025) only a short distance in front.

Many thanks to Rick de Wilde, Schaefer Mann, Mr Shuttleworth, Ms Tyack, and Mrs Sanders for volunteering to man checkpoints and shadow teams, and to the families of Mr Guy-Fierens and Dr Colvile - as well as all the parents - for their patience waiting for us to get back after a very long day out.

Our final day walk is on 9 March, also North Dartmoor, followed by a camping weekend either side of the Easter Holidays, and then the Ten Tors Challenge in May.

Dr Colvile


A reminder that our next meeting is on Tuesday 5 March.  Please note that an incorrect date of 6 March was initially published in last week's post.  The meeting takes place in the Conference Room (directly behind the Visitor Reception) and starts at 6.30pm.

We'd love to see you - please join us if you can.  Refreshments provided.

Mrs Kinsella

Sports Update


The Year 8 central venue football team was in action on Wednesday evening. The squad put in some outstanding performances against strong opposition narrowly losing both games. It was lovely to see so many players making their debut for the school. Football truly was the winner.

Mr Carpenter says it was a great way for the Year 9 central venue football to finish up last week with one win and one loss in the last two games.

Well done to all who have taken part.

Also, it was a good result for our Year 9 team who beat Lipson 3 - 1 to move on to the semi-finals of the Devon Cup. Many congratulations.

Well done to the Year 11 team who beat ISCA Academy 3 - 0 and are also through to their Devon Cup semi-final.

The game was played without a drop of rain for a change!

Good luck to ISCA for the rest of the season and exams in the summer.


Pictured is the U13 7s team taking part in an invitational competition at Ivybridge RFC yesterday. Truro School, Stover School and Ivybridge also attended.

Although the team lost their games they were competitive throughout and the day was excellent preparation for the Rosslyn Park tournament in three weeks time. 

Indoor Cricket

Well done to the Year 8 Indoor Cricket teams who took part in the West Devon School tournament yesterday.

Students in the A team won all their games and have qualified for the county finals.

Mr Bunney said, "Great to take two teams to the tournament and give more students a chance to play the game".


Mr Anderson says that basketball is back with a super training session for Year 10 students who are keen to learn.

He added, “Their skills are improving all the time”.


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