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20 July 2016

It was a high-flying end to the term today when we received a special visit from an Apache helicopter and crew.

All students were able to view the landing and then those interested in a career with the armed forces or in engineering were able to meet the crew to find out more.

This was the perfect introduction to the rest of the day which included celebration House assemblies and our whole school assembly when we were able to reflect on the year and look forward to the future.

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Training Officer Jan Ferraro and Staff Sgt Ash Longhurst are pictured with

Richard Harley, School Governor, who arranged the visit

Going for Silver

Well done to the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group of students who completed their expedition on Exmoor in very hot conditions. Mrs Lilley said they were all a credit to the school.

160720 Silver

Romeo and Juliet – a modern twist

There’s lots of useful information available in my Blog this week, beginning with an interesting take on the story of Romeo and Juliet from Thinkuknow (Child Exploitation and Online Protection CEOP).

This is part of a brand new public awareness campaign. Through social media, articles, blogs, films and more, CEOP want to get parents and carers thinking and talking about the importance of discussing sex, relationships and the internet with their children.

This short film ‘The world changes. Children don’t’ tells the age-old story of Romeo and Juliet… with a modern twist. It shows how the lives of these young lovers might play out online today, including the Lark ‘tweeting’ and Romeo ‘friending’ Juliet.

Sutton Trust US University Programme

Congratulations to Tommy O’Donnell who has won a place at Grinnell College on the Sutton Trust US University Programme.

Last summer, Tommy was one of 150 students selected for a summer school in the US and he benefited from an intensive programme of support administered through the US-UK Fulbright Commission. This included help with applications, college choices and admissions tests.

He said, “I am extremely excited to begin studying in the USA. As I am unsure about my future career path gaining a liberal arts education in the US will allow me to keep a number of different options open and learn a much wider variety of subjects”.

We wish Tommy every success.

160720 Tommy O'Donnell

Sports News

Many congratulations to three DHSB students who are part of the Great Britain Ultimate Frisbee team this summer. Oscar Payne and Oscar Parsons were selected for the U17 team and Thomas Ringrose for the U20 team.

All three are going to represent the UK at the European championships.

Oscar Payne and Oscar Parsons are currently in Ghent, Belgium representing Team GB and Thomas Ringrose will be playing at the World Junior Ultimate Championship in Wrocław, Poland at the end of July.

160720 Oscar Payne(L) and Oscar Parsons(R) - DHSB kit

Oscar Payne and Oscar Parsons

160720 Thomas Ringrose - GB kit

Thomas Ringrose

Exam Results Guidance

A reminder of the dates for exam results this year.

18 August for AS & A levels from 8:00

25 August for GCSE from 8:00

Results can be collected from the Edgcumbe Theatre and there will be guidance and support available in the Learning Commons on both days.

A post exam guidance leaflet will be given out with the results

Whole school Information

Parents and carers will have received a copy of a letter giving arrangements for the start of the new academic year. (link to letter).

Please also read this letter from Plymouth City Council about leave of absence requests and penalty notices. (link to letter).

University Challenge

We’ve heard from two former students in the last week telling us about their appearance on University Challenge. Joe Meethan will feature on 15 August (with the University of Nottingham) and George Greenlees on 25 September (with the University of Birmingham). Watch them if you can!


Future Dates

Thursday 18 August

AS and A level exam results available in the Edgcumbe Theatre from 8.00am

Thursday 25 August

GCSE exam results available in the Edgcumbe Theatre from 8.00am

Monday 5 September

Induction Day for Year 7 and Year 12 students

Tuesday 6 September

Whole school return


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