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13 November 2015

It was with great pleasure that I visited The Early Years exhibition yesterday at Ford Park Cemetery Visitor Centre.

One of our old boys, Dr Ian Hodgins, who you will remember has been researching our school history (see last year’s post about World War One) has curated a wonderful exhibition about the life of the school from its formation in 1896 to the rebirth after the Second World War.

Our school has been at the forefront of education for nearly 120 years and it was fascinating to see that some of our real strengths and core vision and values were in place from the beginning.

A special thank you to Ian for his dedication and commitment on creating the exhibition and I hope you have a chance to visit. We are planning to bring the displays back to school to give more of you the opportunity to see them.

You can read more about the centre opening times and The Early Years exhibition here.

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International School Award

I was equally pleased yesterday to attend the city presentations for the British Council International School Award.

Well done to our International Co-ordinator, Mrs Pearson, and all students and staff who contributed to our application for this prestigious award.

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Whole School Act of Remembrance

Mr Mitchell led our whole school assembly and reflections on Wednesday and I would like to thank the students who took part; Kevin Guo, Stuart Foxcroft, Owen King and Toby Morgan.

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In addition, George Allan represented the school at the Service on Plymouth Hoe and Sam Gilbert played the Last Post and Reveille at the Oreston Community Act of Remembrance last Sunday.

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George Allan

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Sam Gilbert

Senior Team Maths Challenge

Many congratulations to our senior team who took first place at the regional Senior Team Maths Challenge this week.

They will be heading to Lindley Hall in Westminster for the national final in February.

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Jonathan Christie, James Vickery, Chris Turner, Lucas Booker-Munoz

Sports Update

Twenty DHSB students took part in the West Devon Cross Country Championships held at Staddiscombe playing fields on Tuesday. All year groups from Year 7 to 13 were represented.

Notable individual performances included Charlie Sleeman 7W who finished third in the Year 7 race and Jamie Williams 10N who was also third in the inter boys event.

Tom Blackford 6W2 and Harry Edwards 9W also ran well finishing fourth in their respective races.

We now wait to see how many DHSB students will be selected to represent West Devon in the Devon Championships to be held in January.

Mr Strang said, “An excellent performance from all those who took part.”

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Mr Bunney reports our Year 7 Rugby team took first place at yesterday’s Cunningham Cup.

He said, “A great performance throughout and the team didn’t concede a try.”

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Well done to our U16 Badminton team finishing in the runner up position in their pool losing only to Plymstock School A team and taking third place overall at the Plymouth Schools competition this week.

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Our U14 Rugby team had a tough match against Kinsgbridge Community College but came through to win with a final score of 5 – 0.


In other news this week the Year 7 football team went out of the Plymouth Cup with a 1 – 0 defeat against Plymstock School. Mr Manley said, “A tough game in tough conditions.”

The U13 Rugby team lost to a strong Kingsbridge side. Mr Orkney said, “The boys played well and are improving all the time.”

Also our table tennis team participated in the Devon Schools Competition.

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Events Next Week

Members and friends of our PTFA are heading to Cardiff tomorrow for the annual shopping trip (please note this event is sold out) and on Thursday our Year 12 students will attend the Plymouth Learn to Live event.

Next Friday the Head’s Blog will be written by a Year 11 student as we are participating in the national Takeover Day once again and I have agreed to be replaced by a student (just for one day)!

And finally

The Year 11 tutor group photos were staged this morning. Families will have the opportunity to order a copy soon.

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