It’s been another busy and successful year at DHSB culminating in our final whole school assembly today when staff and students met together to take some time to celebrate and reflect on their time in school.
Today I’m sharing the summer edition of DHSB Today, our school newsletter. As always it is packed full to the brim with exciting updates and information about the school.
Our school continues to go from strength to strength whilst ensuring that we maintain our strong culture and tradition.
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St Luke’s Hospice
On Wednesday we were pleased and proud to make a donation to St Luke’s Hospice following the student-led football tournament which was in memory of student Simon Gerry.
Students are seen presenting a cheque to Pete Ward from St Luke’s at a new bench on the colonnade which has been placed there in Simon’s memory.
Simon’s friends also organised a football match against a staff team which took place yesterday lunchtime. Before the match there was a minute of silence.
Ms Davidson said, “What a fantastic celebration of community in Simon’s name and memory. The staff played valiantly and the Sixth Form students playing on both sides were first class sportsmen and magnificent! Thank you organisers and participants”.
16 x 16 Reading
Ms Buckler has shared a new 16 x 16 reading list which has some great suggestions for summer holiday reading.
Students should check their school email for a link to the reading list.
DHSB and UTC Plymouth hosted the first STEAM Club at the UTC Plymouth last Saturday. A group of primary school students enjoyed designing and then making coffee cup racing cars, with a race to test the final products!
The students had a brilliant time and worked together really well. They were led by Leigh Hotchin of the UTC Plymouth and Sima Davarian of DHSB. The STEAM Club will be continuing in the new academic year.
Plymouth Employability Passport
Well done to Fardeen Gafoor 10P who recently gained his bronze Plymouth Employability Passport (originally the DHSB Award).
Mr Manley said it was an “Awesome day of cricket at the regional finals”. Well done to Year 8 for finishing in third place.”
Tom Brown 8N
Tom travelled to Nottingham to represent the West of England at the England Hockey Association UK tournament.
Previously he had worked incredibly hard over four training assessment days at Exeter University throughout May where he learnt new skills and improved incredibly on existing ones. There were over 65 boys at the assessment centre from as far as Bournemouth, Bristol and Penzance.
Tom was selected to represent the West Panthers Trophy team and after two further team training sessions headed to Nottingham. The squad stayed together in a rather swanky hotel and spent three days playing hockey. They played eight full pitch matches over the three days and won them all. A tense game against North West England on the Sunday (who had also won most of their matches) decided if they could go on to be champions…. they won and went onto lift the trophy.
Felix Powell 6RNC
Felix trained with a team from the UTC Plymouth and took part in the recent Junior Leaders Field Gun competition.
Hector Chittenden 10S
Hector and his father entered a national aerial navigation competition called Top Nav, which involved identifying navigation points and flying accurately to them. (Hector was the navigator) They won the ‘Youth’ section. The prize giving was at the Royal Institute of Navigation in London with the trophy being awarded by Princess Anne.
James Chadwick 7N
James and his team won their division of the Plymouth and District u18 Tennis League that is played on Sundays from May to July representing Saltash. There were eight matches in all (four home and four away).
Cameron Williams 10E
Cameron has been selected by British Swimming and the British Olympic Association (BOA) to represent GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku this July. He will be swimming in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and also in the relay team.
Jackson Spry 6LME
Jackson has qualified to take part in the 200m backstroke final at the English National Swimming Championships in Sheffield. Jackson is currently ranked in the top 20 nationally and has qualified as the 17th fastest male in England in that event (4 August).
Jackson is also one of three open water swimmers representing the South West of England in the 5,000m open water English National championship finals in a fresh water lake, in a different part of Sheffield (5 August)
Last but not least, Jackson has made the full British squad for the u19 octopush/underwater hockey World Championships which are taking place over two weeks in mid-August. This will see Jackson playing against teams from the likes of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Canada, France and Argentina, which promises to be incredibly exciting!
Tom Jones 10C and Lewis James 10S
Tom and Lewis have been selected to play for the U17 Great Britain Ultimate team competing at the European Youth Ultimate Championship which will be the largest European Ultimate championships ever and is being held in Wroclaw, Poland from 10 – 17 August 2019.
Former student Oscar Parsons who still attends training sessions at the school has been selected for the Great Britain U20 team at the same tournament and is the Offensive line captain for the team.
More Former students to look out for!
Alex Beechey has been selected for Cyprus in an international athletics event and is hoping to make the world championships.
David King (athletics Great Britain) competing on Sunday 21 July live on television.
Lloyd Jones playing for Plymouth Argyle.
Owen Weymouth – 13th in the world at high diving.
Keeping safe online
I hope you will find these live links useful.
Gaming: what parents and carers need to know
Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.
Sharing pictures of your child online
Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.
Keeping your under 5s safe online
Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.
Live streaming: responding to the risks
Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.
Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.
And finally, at this time of year we always have to say farewell to the staff members who are leaving us (pictured here). We wish Ms Williams and Mr Briars-Delve well in their next adventures.