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13 January 2017

This week I am pleased to share many examples of excellence from students just joining the school to the Sixth Form and our alumni.

Year 13 student Joseph Peck has won a place and a financial aid package to study at Yale University after participating in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Last summer, Joe was one of 150 students selected for a summer school in the US at either Yale University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They competed with over 1,600 applicants to win a place on the programme and spent a week living on campus and visiting a number of other US universities.

The students benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months before and after their US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.

Joe said, “I still can’t believe it; I never thought it was even remotely possible and I’m extremely grateful for the fantastic opportunity the Sutton Trust has offered me. I hope that more students from Plymouth will be encouraged to apply next year.”

Sharon Davidson, Assistant Head Post-16, added, “We are so delighted that Joe has been selected for this opportunity. He is a very versatile individual and we have valued his polymath contributions enormously over the last two years in our Question Time General Studies programme. I am very grateful for Mr Burt’s support of Joe’s application. The application and reference process for the States is quite lengthy and involved and he has now supported three students to such a successful outcome over the last three consecutive years”.

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Transition Challenge

Last Friday Year 7 students enjoyed a special assembly held to celebrate the work they produced as part of the summer transition challenge.

The challenge sets tasks in six areas.

Outdoor Activity Architectural Cipher Creativity Research

I met the six winners over lunch today and they told me that the most challenging area was the cipher challenge and the most enjoyable was the creativity task.

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First place

7C Matthew Shaw 7E Ellis Foale 7N Alexander Kolinski 7P Ben Wonnacott 7S Frankie Harrison 7W Max Ogorek

Second place

7C Harry Moore 7E James Parsons 7N Luke Tyler 7P Alex Mather 7S Callum Bleasdale 7W Ben Hedley

Third place

7C Jacob Agnew 7E William Marshall 7N Archibald West 7P Matthew Newton 7S Archie Macpherson-Tucker and Isaac Souray 7W Joshua Higman and Asa Ryder-Wearne

Excellent Work

As part of our regular feature of sharing excellent work I’m pleased to include these images from the transition creativity challenge set by Mr Head.

Mr Head said, “I will be asking you to take some photographs in the style of the artist Slinkachu. This challenge will require you to think about a sense of scale. Remember that being small doesn’t necessarily mean insignificant or unnoticeable”.

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Ellis Foale

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Thomas Suckling

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William Marshall

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Matthew Dance

Alumni News

Well done to former student Elliott Lidstone who has been named as one of the UK’s most influential chefs 2017.

Elliott’s story was one of the first to be published in our ‘Where Are They Now’ feature. You can read more about him here and see an update in this edition of Olive Magazine.

We’re always pleased to hear from former students. If you would like to tell us what you are doing now then please contact us at or @dhsboys and you could feature on our ‘Where Are They Now’ pages.

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Elliott Lidstone

From Where I’m Standing

Our whole school assembly this week, led by Mr Martin, explored the theme ‘A New Year, a New Pespective’.

Mr Martin’s slides are available to download and view here.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

You may already have heard the exciting news that we are staging Joseph this year as part of our extensive performing arts programme.

The production will be performed in the Edgcumbe Theatre at DHSB from 1 – 3 February 2017.

We hope you will want to book ticket(s) to see this production.

Please order your requirements by completing and returning the booking form available below.

Cheques should be made payable to Devonport High School for Boys.


Joseph (Guy Wright) takes to the stage at Speech Day

Sports Update


We’re pleased to report wins for the Year 8, Year 9 and 1st XI teams this week.

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Year 8 beat Marine Academy  5- 2

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Year 9 beat the team from St Boniface 5 – 0

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DHSB ‘A’ beat Duchy College 3 – 1 in the Devon Wednesday League


The U14 badminton team started their campaign well with two 5 – 0 wins over Tor Bridge and Stoke Damerel.

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Pictured is the U13 team at the central venue hockey tournament this week.

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Future Events

19 January

Year 8 Parents Evening

24 January

Year 10 Parents Information Evening (GCSE Maths and English)

25 January

PTFA Meeting

1 – 3 February

School Production – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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