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10 June 2022

House Assemblies this week were led by Mr Huq and the House Captains

The first part of the assembly included updates on the house competition which has some very close scores and the Fantasty Premier League competition.

The new house badge designs are displayed on the house notice boards and students were reminded to vote for their house favourite using the form provided.

Mr Huq also reminded students about the school festival on 15 July and asked for ideas for stalls and games.

The second part of the assembly was presented by house captains and included the main theme of ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ with some also featuring World Oceans Day on 8 June and the anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6 June.

Excellent Work

Many thanks to Mrs Johnson who has shared this magazine written and produced by students in 7W.

Mrs Johnson said, “The whole year group studied magazines as a media scheme of work, learning how magazines are produced so that they meet the needs of their target audience; employ appropriate media language and represent the values and ideals of their institution. Students then worked in small groups to produce their own magazine to fulfil the brief copied below. The outcomes were outstanding, with over 30 magazines produced across the year group. Choosing an overall 'best magazine' was a very tricky job, but this entry from Arley, James, Oscar and David in 7W took the lead with its fantastic images; consistent house style and colour scheme; detailed, interesting and informative feature articles and employment of numerous magazine conventions. A job very well done”.

This was the brief:-

Paradise Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 Year 6 magazine. The magazine must appeal to its primary audience of Year 6 students who will be joining DHSB in September 2022 and their parents (secondary audience). It must be fully realised, following the conventions of a published magazine and representations must reflect the values and ideology of the DHSB brand and institution.

Clubs and Activities

It’s been good to see clubs and activities running again and this week we hosted a visit from BBC journalist Erin Downes who spoke to the Journalism Club about her route into an apprenticeship for the BBC. This was really interesting and informative.

Erin said, “Great to chat to students at DHSB today about finding stories, my career so far at BBC Womans Hour and different routes into journalism”.

Also pictured this week are students at the Golf Club.

Mr Carpenter said the golfers made it out on the course during their lesson on Tuesday and they are making good progress.

Mr Orkney reports that Surf Club started this week with 23 students returning to Polzeath.

Conditions were a little messy but everyone enjoyed the evening and most managed to get to their feet, albeit briefly!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

I was delighted to receive a certificate in recognition of the contribution made by DHSB students in the volunteering section of the DofE Award.

Students have given 1235 hours of their time in volunteering in many different ways.

Examples of activities include:-

Helping people in need - one student visited a housebound gentleman each week to talk and update him on what is going on in the world which helps him to feel he is still in touch with the outside.

Working in the local library.

Coaching and teaching in their squadron of the Air Training Corps.

Involved with beach cleaning days.

Dance leadership and coaching for their dance troupe.

A representative from the DofE Award said, “We know from hearing thousands of stories that volunteering has a huge impact on young people. That’s why it’s such an essential part of a DofE programme. Whether it’s by giving back to their community, developing a passion for a particular cause, or learning a new skill through their volunteering activity, the Volunteering section changes lives and has a positive impact on communities”.

Well done to all and thank you to the members of staff who support students.

Compassionate Café

This Wednesday saw our first café for our compassionate friends

In the future we're going to open the cafe to all staff and perhaps our wider community and next year we are hoping to train student compassionate buddies to support peers who have been affected by death.

Please use this link to read more about St Luke's compassionate cafés.

Mr Manley

PSHEE Activities

Welcome back for our final half term of the year, following all the Jubilee celebrations. The exam season is still in full flow for GCSE and A level exams, and the different year groups have had or will have a week each focusing on school exams. Year 7 have been this week, with Year 8 to come during the week beginning 20/6/22. Good luck to all!

Tutorials this week have been the same for all the year groups as they took part in the annul spelling and grammar challenge competition. Entrants and winners will be rewarded with house points, certificates and a small prize for the year group winners. This year most of the words have been chosen by Heads of Department. We hope the challenge will be fun to do and encourage some inter-house competition.

"Your challenge is to choose at least four of the six words for your year group and put them into a (very) short story, poem or limerick which should be spelled properly and grammatically correct. Your work cannot be over 100 words and if you go over the word count or spell a word incorrectly your entry will be disqualified."

If you’d like to accept the challenge please use the link below to see a list of this year’s words.

This week our SASH (students against sexual harassment) group have also started to film their contribution to the joint resource we have been working on with the two girls' grammar schools, DHSG and PHSG, which we hope to be able to use from September.

Ms Moreton

Devon and Cornwall Food Action

Are you finding the cost of living is causing you hardship?

Devon and Cornwall Food Action is a registered charity whose aim is to redistribute food to families who are in financial difficulties. They are not a food bank but they can provide a week's food for a family of four for £15.

The food and other supplies have been donated from a variety of sources and may be close to the sell by date. The week’s supply may include wonky veg, food that is surplus to requirements or seconds.

If you are finding the cost of living is causing you hardship please contact the charity who will speak with you and talk through your needs and dietary requirements.

All the money received from the food boxes goes back to support their service.

Contact details

01752 651800

text 'food box' to 07398306734

Please email Lorna Taylor, our Family Support Advisor if you have any questions or would like more information about this provision.

Sports Update

There was just one fixture this week. Well done to the U15 cricket team who played in the Devon Cup semi-final last night.

Unfortunately the team lost the match but they are to be congratulated in getting through to the late stages of the competition.


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