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10 November 2017

We regularly recognise students for their outstanding actions and achievements in our nominations for Student of the Week.

Here you can read about the students who have received this award since September.

I enjoyed meeting them during Lunch with the Head today.

James O’Connell and Alan Joshy for their outstanding organisation and leadership of the peer mentors during Year 7 induction

Tom Harris for stepping in to look after some Year 7 students on the way to the train who had been approached by a stranger

Luke Curtis for leadership and team spirit over his D of E weekend

Som Bagchi for being responsible and mature in a difficult situation on the bus

Ben Adam for his outstanding support at the year 7 tea parties in his role as Peer Mentor

Sam O’Connell who was the first member of the DHSB team to finish the Plymouth 5K race. A great achievement

Noah Evans for his successful organisation of a charity event

Whole School Assembly on Remembrance

Thanks are due once again to Mr Mitchell who led our whole school assembly this week on Remembrance. Mr Mitchell talked about the sacrifices made during conflict and war, especially in the Battle of Passchendaele.

Sixth Form prefects read the names of 137 Old Boys who are listed on our Roll of Honour and the whole school observed a minute of silence.

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UK Youth Parliament

We’re very proud of Sixth Form student Alizeh Abdul Rahman who was selected to speak in the annual UK Youth Parliament debate in the House of Commons this afternoon. What a fabulous experience for her!

Alizeh says the whole sitting will be repeated on the BBC parliament channel from 10.00am on Sunday.

171110 Alizeh debate

Excellent Work

Our example of excellent work this week is from Harrison Green 7E.

His English teacher, Mrs Johnson, said, “The task was to develop and improve a piece of ‘slow writing’ that we did in class about a zombie attack. Harrison’s piece was particularly good because of the imagery created, the variety of sentences used and the ambitious vocabulary.”

The sky was tranquilly quiet… When there are no fluffy clouds for comfort, no owls with their hoots, no wind to silence the loud locusts, adrenaline devours the cold atmosphere and the midnight rises a ghoulish being.

Bangs at the front door. A grotesque being, who hungers for blood. The hideous shriek of the undead- the apocalypse has begun.

A house at the end of the street has been raided; a flickering lamppost stands on the barren pavement. The lumbering zombie, at my door, breaks into my house.


I have a lot to learn to survive this catastrophic invasion. Although I have an airport flight so I can just retreat, I should fight back for my family’s sake, and the sake of humanity.

Harrison Green 7E

Where Are They Now

A reminder that we’re always pleased to hear from our alumni. There are many stories of interest on our Where Are They Now pages which are regularly updated.

Please contact my PA, Sarah Nicholson, if you’d like to get involved.

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And finally

We’re pleased to bring you the official photos from last week’s ‘Adopt a School’ event.

Emma Hewitt, Coordinator at Plymouth City Council said, “Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our city wide ‘Adopt a School’ launch event last week in collaboration with Constructing Excellence SW, and to those who spoke so passionately about our school relationships”.

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171110 Adopt a School

Sports Update


Well done to Josie Spencer who competed in the French Nationals last weekend. Here is a picture of her in action!

171110 Josie

Cross Country

Mr Carpenter reports from the Plymouth Schools Cross Country Championships saying, “A great effort from today’s team with lots making it through to the next round.”

171110 Crosscountry team

Pictured is Jamie Williams with his mentor Mr Strang after collecting his silver medal which secures qualification for Devon Schools.

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Congratulations to our U19 Badminton team who won 15 consecutive games v Heles, Tor Bridge and Lipson to finish runners up in the Plymouth Schools competition yesterday.

171110 Badminton


Central Venue action again this week for the U13 Basketball team. This time a win against Plymstock and a narrow defeat against St Boniface.

Table Tennis

Our U16 and U13 students competed at the Plymouth Schools Table Tennis Championships on Wednesday and both teams finished in a respectable fifth place.

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171110 Table Tennis


A fantastic (and wet) day for the U13 team at the Plymouth Rugby Festival this week. The team finished unbeaten against eight schools and conceded only two tries.

171110 U13 Rugby

The U15 rugby team beat Plymstock School 60 – 30 in the Plymouth Schools League.


Well done to the U12 football team who secured a 5 – 2 victory against Uffculme School in the Devon Cup.

171110 Year 7 Football

Also a good win for the Year 8 football team who finished 5 – 0 against Tavistock to progress to the next round in the national cup.

Mr Strang reports a ‘Fantastic game of football’ last Friday as the Year 11 team narrowly beat Plymstock School 1 – 0 to go into round four of the national cup.

Future Events

17 – 24 November – Year 11 mock exams

20 – 24 November – Curriculum Challenge Week

4 December – Year 11 Curriculum Evening

7 December – Year 7 Parents Evening


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