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17 November 2023

We supported Children in Need today with our House Captains selling sweets and drinks at morning break and two bands entertaining everyone with live music in the Sixth Form Centre at lunchtime.

A big thank you to our House Captains and the bands who performed (Live and Loud and J15) and well done to everyone involved.

Miss Cunningham said, "The House Captains arranged a sweets and drinks sale in aid of Children in Need, plus the return of the hamper raffle after its success at the Summer Festival. The DHSB students are always so charitable and this event was no different. The sweets sold out by the end of breaktime and we have raised over £200 for Children In Need from this activity. The hamper raffle is continuing so this total will undoubtedly go up. The draw to see who the lucky winner is will take place next week".

The total raised will also be boosted by the packed audience who enjoyed listening to the bands in the Sixth Form Centre at lunchtime.

Festival Winners!

Mrs Luing-Holmes has shared this list of students who have done exceptionally well at the recent Plymouth City Festival of Speech, Drama and Music.

The Festival continues today so we may have further news to share later or next week.

Congratulations to all who took part.

Angus Fielding 8W - first place distinction - Gold - solo violin

Reuben Goodfield 8S - first place distinction - Gold - solo woodwind

Rowan Schilling 8E - second place distinction - Silver - solo woodwind

Ben Wotton 11C - second place distinction - Silver - solo piano grade 5 - 6

Lucas An 9C - third place commended - Bronze - solo piano grade 5 - 6

William Wooller 12ALG - first place honours - Gold - solo Woodwind

Tristan de Rochefort-Roper 11N - first place honours - Gold - solo violin


Lucas and Ben

Well done also to the DHSB brass group who gained second place distinction - silver.

Congratulations to Austin Mair 11P, Elliot Mair 11C, Jack Benzie 11E , Isaac Van Der Lugt 12RWO, Daniel Bott 9P, Alexander Leonard-Williams 8P, Reuben French 7C.

Stop Press

Huge congratulations to the DHSB singers who took Gold in their category this morning.

Thomas Oakley 8N, Oliver Elford 8P, George Cavanagh 8W, Ethan Ferguson 8N, Bailey Barratt 8W, Rowan Terrell 8E, Aidan Walker 8C, Reuben Goodfield 8S, Dylan Cusack 8N, George Turton 8S, Zach Ross 8S, Samson Evans 8S, Jason Robilliard 8P, John Graham 8P, Barnaby Basterfield 8S, William Higginson 8S.

Excellent Work

This half term, Year 9 English students have been reading a selection of non-fiction writing from a range of authors such as Obama, Malala and Churchill. For their homework, students were tasked with creating two projects that reflected the work they have completed on different nonfiction pieces in lessons.

Here is a selection of great work from their creative endeavours. Read more at these links.

My BBC News at 10 by Jake Bassett 9P

Student News

George Shaw 9E has completed his stage 4 RYA for sailing at Tamar River Sailing Club. George can rig, launch and recover a boat, has learnt different sailing techniques, recovered a man overboard and many more factors needed to be able to pass stage 4.

After successfully completing the two rounds of trials, Ewan Lock 9S, has been accepted into Plymouth Schools FA football team and will represent DHSB for the next two seasons at U14 and U15 level.

Well done George and Ewan.

Sparx Maths and Sparx Reader

Each week we celebrate our highest performers in both Sparx Maths and Sparx Reader, two of our core homework platforms. We are proud of all of our students who complete their homework each week to such a high standard but these six students deserve a special mention.

Well done!

Mr Winstone

Chess News

After a successful Torbay league debut at Newton Abbot last month (winning 4 - 0) attention switched to the six player knock-out competition this week as the team travelled to Stover.

Despite being without two of our stars, we extracted full revenge for a defeat there earlier in the year, winning 4.5 - 1.5 and moving on to a semi-final against Plymouth early next year.

Also in chess news this week, the school autumn competition was won by Muhammad Kausar 11W, and Caleb Caleshu 11P competed at last weekend's (adult) Torbay open congress, improving on his initial seeding.

Mr Butland


We had a great meeting this week, thanks to all who came, exciting events ahead!

We were also delighted to approve a grant request of £1500.00 for two new table tennis tables. Did you know that the school's U16 side won the South West Championships at Bristol earlier this year and a DHSB team was crowned national U13 table tennis champions two years ago?

Our first event is our popular Christmas disco at Pryzm! Get your tickets before 24 November 2023. Apologies for the strict deadline but we need that time to prepare and distribute the wristbands.

We know it will be a great event but don’t just take our word for it - we have just received this from a parent who said, “The most anticipated event of the year, school disco, is finally here!!!! My daughter has been telling my son all about it”.

Please note, sales may close early if capacity is reached before the deadline. The disco is for Years 7, 8 and 9 students of DHSB, DHSG, PHSG and guests in the same years.

I know many of us are starting our Christmas shopping now. Over 7,000 brands are registered with ‘easyfundraising’ and will donate to DHSB PTFA every time you shop via the the link - please sign up - it’s literally money for nothing and it’s very simple to use too.

Finally, don’t forget we have our own school lottery too. Tickets are just £1.00 each, 76p of which goes toward the prizes and the PTFA. We have a lovely sum deposited in to our bank account every quarter. Sign up now and you are in with a chance of winning a PlayStation 5 VR2 bundle!

For PTFA updates follow us on:


X (formerly Twitter): @DHSBPTFA

Our next meeting is on 9 January 2024 at 6.30pm in the Conference Room (behind the Visitor Reception). Please join us, we’d love to see you! Refreshments provided.

Any questions email

Mrs Kinsella

Sports Update


Well done to the U19 Boys badminton team who won the Plymouth Schools competition by beating Hele's School in the final.

The first ever girls badminton team competed on Wednesday in the Plymouth Schools U19 girls championships and finished in third place overall.



It was two wins from two for the DHSB U13 basketball team at the central venue competition this week.

Mr Carpenter said, An excellent start to the season”.

Also this week, the Year 9 basketball team had a fantastic start to the season when they beat Plympton Academy 39 - 21.

Rugby Festival

Good luck to students in our Year 9 rugby team who are competing at the Plymouth Rugby Festival today.

We'll bring you an update later if we can. Last week the Year 10 team came first in their competition.


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