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14 June 2019

Each week I share the theme which is being explored by staff and students in school to give an opportunity for you to discuss this at home as a family with your child.

This week our theme is ‘honesty and reliability’.

This was explored futher on Wednesday in House assemblies.

Student Leadership

Yesterday our student Digital Leaders presented at the annual South West Academic Trust (SWAT) Conference held at Exeter University and this morning they were able to share their experiences with a group of Governors visiting school.

Their conference presentation included talking about what they do as a Digital Leaders and why they joined the group.

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Also meeting Governors this morning were some Sixth Form students who were able to talk about the leadership opportunities they have taken up in their post-16 studies at DHSB.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education

On Wednesday Ms Moreton arranged for Louise and Paul from the Harbour Centre (Plymouth) to talk to half of Year 10 regarding the potential dangers of alcohol and drugs. The other half of the year group will be hearing these important messages next week.

You’ll be able to read more about this in Ms Moreton’s own blog on Monday by clicking this link.

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Students of the Week

Each week staff have the opportunity to nominate a student as student of the week and today at ‘Lunch with the Head’ I met this group who had received nominations for a variety of reasons.

Well done to all of them!

Aidan Ricketts 11C for supporting another student.

George Cleeland-Smith 8E for consistent IT support over several weeks.

Eric Merry 8S for creating an amazing guide dog brochure in braille.

Tom Biggs 6WB for his dedication to Refuel duty.

Ethan Carlisle 10C for scoring 108 not out in a Devon Cup cricket fixture

Bronze DofE Assessed Expedition

Well done to the teams of students who took part in their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award assessed expedition last weekend. Mr Huq said that all teams successfully completed the expedition.

Here are just some of the teams pictured; you can see more photos on Mr Huq’s Twitter account @tayhuq

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Excellent Work

Our examples of Excellent Work this week have been submitted by Ms Brown from her Year 9 ‘return deposit scheme’ bottle opener project.

Ms Brown said that students designed and produced ergonomic bottle openers using mild steel, plywood and hard wood.

These examples show a combination of CAD and practical skills and are linked to a sustainability project to use with the ‘return deposit scheme’.

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Student Achievements

Milo Bedford

Well done to Milo who spent a weekend at Bodmin Airfield at an Aero camp for 24 Scouts selected from 85 applicants from all over Devon. During the weekend Milo attended lectures and sessions to learn about air navigation, meteorology, instruments and controls, marshalling, radio communication engines and GPS. The camp finished with an air experience flight where the Scouts acted as navigators in a two-seater aeroplane flying a course including Wadebridge and the Eden Project. On the return leg they also took control of the aeroplane.

Owain Fitzsimmons

Congratulations to Owain who led the anthem attendants out for the Afghanistan v New Zealand cricket match at the cricket world cup last weekend. He walked with Gulbatin Naib the Afghanistan captain and stood with him for the anthems. Owain also supported the young Cornish cricketers for the exhibition games at the change-over. He was helpful, polite and positive.

Admissions Next Steps

Last weekend we were pleased to welcome families on site for the 11+ familiarisation session, held free of charge each year.

Families who are thinking about admission to this school in September 2020 were able to let their child take some practice tests in the exam hall and we’ve received many messages saying this was very useful.

The test materials are available on our website to download (free of charge) and use at home – please click on this link.

I’d also like to share this easy guide which explains the next steps to be taken.

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Open Evening

If your child is in Year 4 or Year 5 then please come along to our Open Evening which will be held on Tuesday 9th July from 16.30.

All those attending will have an opportunity to find out about admission to the school, meet staff and students in subject areas and also view some fantastic A level work at our Sixth Form Art Exhibition.

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Football Tournament – Saturday 15 June

Please support the football tournament which takes place here tomorrow, Saturday 15 June, in memory of student Simon Gerry. There will be hot food, snacks, drinks and cakes available to buy. Please also consider making a donation to St Luke’s Hospice on the tournament’s Justgiving page.

Thank you.

Mrs Green and Mrs Marsh

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DHSB Sales, Swaps & Shares

Ms Nally and Ms Taylor are trialling a new Facebook group called DHSB Sales, Swaps & Shares which is a platform for you to use to sell, buy or swap pre-loved items of uniform or equipment. There are some basic rules to follow when posting and buying an item but it should be a fairly simple and straightforward process.

If you have any DHSB uniform, text books or equipment that you’d like to sell or if you are looking for a particular item then please search for DHSB Sales, Swaps & Shares and join the group.

Please let Ms Nally or Ms Taylor know if you have any questions, concerns or positive feedback via their email addresses at or

Sports Update


After a wet but fun day of cricket at Exmouth the U13 team is through to the regional finals in Bristol along with a team from South Dartmoor. Mr Bunney said this was a ‘fantastic achievement’

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Future Events

17 – 21 June 2019

Year 8 exam week

19 June 2019 at 18.00

PTFA meeting

21 June 2019

Year 9 report

22 – 23 June 2019

Bronze DofE assessment

22 June 2019

Uniform sale day (Year 6)

23 June 2019

PTFA disco

24 June 2019

Sports Day

26 June 2019

Sports Day reserve date

27 June 2019

Year 6 familiarisation day and parents information meeting


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