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14 October 2016

It was wonderful to meet Giselle Ansley this week.

It was an inspiring experience for our students when they heard first hand from an Olympian how she has achieved excellence, and a perfect reminder of our approach this year.

Excellence is not an act but a habit.

Giselle stressed the importance of hard work, dedication and commitment in everything we do.


Mr Carpenter said, “Hockey is one of our most popular and successful sports at DHSB and, while the extra-curricular club continues to grow with new members and talent, this week’s club had a very special guest in attendance. Giselle Ansley, part of the Gold medal winning GB women’s hockey team from the Rio Olympics visited the club and spoke to our boys along with some girls from DHSG.

“Giselle came through the ranks at Plymouth Marjon hockey club, the same club that several of our students play at, and her story of effort and hard work is inspirational. During her visit, Giselle spoke with all of the boys in attendance, signed sticks, postcards and posed for many selfies including ones with Mr Orkney, Mr Roberts and Mr Carpenter.

“It was great to be able to demonstrate how popular extra-curricular sport is at DHSB to Giselle who was delighted with how many boys at the school are into hockey”.

If you have been inspired by Giselle’s story and want to give hockey a try please see Mr Carpenter for more information about the hockey club.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Well done to our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award teams who all completed their practice expedition last weekend. The second set of teams will be out this weekend.

Also out of school this weekend is the Greenpower Racing Car team. Students are competing at the national final.

Pictured are three of last weekend’s DofE teams.




Strategies for Success

Thank you to members of staff who led our Year 11 Strategies for Success event yesterday.

Many families attended and we’ve received some very positive feedback.


Whole School Assembly

Thank you to Mr Butcher who led our whole school assembly on the theme of Respect this week.

For Your Information

A copy is also available on the letters and documents page of the school website.


Sports Update


Well done to the Year 10 football team who on Monday beat Tavistock College 6 – 0 in round two of the national cup. Mr Strang said that Tom Harris scored two well taken goals.

Congratulations also to the 1st XI who took another fantastic victory (3 – 2) v Plymouth Student Union in the Devon Wednesday League.

Mr Manley has shared this link to the league table.



Mr Orkney reports the DHSB U15 Rugby side beat Newquay Tretherras 36 – 7 in round two of the Natwest Cup. Well done to the team.


Also with a winning score is the Year 8 team who played Kingsbridge in their first game of the season. The game was very competitive with DHSB winning 15 – 10. The first try was scored by the captain Matt Davis 8E. Mr Strang said, “Well done to all involved”.

A report just in from yesterday and Mr Bunney says, “Excellent rugby again from the Year 7 team at the central venue competition. Wins vs. Coombe Dean, Heles and Plymstock, and only one try conceded”.


Events Update

Monday 17 October at 18.00

Emotional Logic Session for Parents

Thursday 20 October

Final day of autumn term one

Friday 21 October

Non pupil day

Saturday 22 October – Sunday 30 October

Half term

Monday 31 October

First day of autumn term two (B week)


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