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21 April 2023

This week I’d like to highlight our sports fixtures and commend students and staff for their participation, commitment and skill.

Firstly, very well done to our Year 7 football team.

This week the team lifted the Plymouth Cup, taking first place in the schools' competition by winning the final match 2 - 1 against a strong side from Hele’s School.

Congratulations to all those involved.

On Thursday Mr Bunney reported, “Beautiful blue skies at the Year 10 Plymouth Cup semi-final where DHSB beat Hele’s School to seal a place in the final. Well done to all the squad for getting the team to their second final this season”.

Also this week, the 1st XI returned to the top of the Wednesday league after beating Plymouth University 6 - 2 and this afternoon the Year 11 team play their Plymouth Cup semi-final match against Plympton Academy - good luck!

Student News

Well done to Oliver Lee 11C who has been selected by the England Development Team for training.


We hope we will see Oliver competing for England in his chosen sport of Boxing.

Assemblies


Mr Winstone and Mr Manley led assemblies this week outlining the school’s expectations to ensure the most effective learning environments.


Here’s a summary of the reminders regarding the use of mobile phones and headphones in school.

Student News

Congratulations to Maxim Smith 9C who competes in Karting and and is part of a racing team called Trinity Kart Racing.

Maxim has been with the team for nearly a year; prior to that he raced four-stroke engine karts at Adrenalin Quarry practice sessions and the Junior Castle Combe Championship near Bristol where he has come first in the individual rounds on a few occasions and came fourth out of over 40 finalists in the championship earlier this year.

Maxim regularly competes at the Clay Pigeon Raceway in Yeovil and came second in the Independent Kart Racing Championship for Mini Max drivers last year.

He is also learning about kart mechanics - well done Maxim!

Excellent Work

Mrs Corboy has shared this piece of work by Harry Clarke 7S

She says this is an outstanding poster, produced by hand, on the dangers of loyalty cards.


Well done Harry.

Creative Arts Update

Mrs Luing-Holmes has asked me to share the exciting news that we are offering a series of Movement Workshops with Exim Dance from 24 April on Mondays from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.

The workshops use music and movement and are free to DHSB students of all ages and abilities, thanks to funding from Exim Dance.

Students who want to get involved should just turn up with loose clothing at the Edgcumbe Theatre after school on Monday.


The workshops can help anxiety and mental issues and are open to any ability or experience level.


If you would like any further information please get in touch with Mrs Luing-Holmes.

She said, "Why not challenge yourself to do something new".

Compassionate Schools

DHSB is working towards becoming a Compassionate School with St Luke's Hospice.


Mr Manley and Miss Hunns presented at the recent Compassionate Schools conference on how we support students who are grieving, and train staff and students to be compassionate friends.


Please contact Mr Manley if you'd like to hear more about this initiative.

PSHEE Activities

Welcome back everyone after a hopefully relaxing Easter break for the final term of this year.


This week Year 7 students are completing session four of their Emotional Logic lessons which discuss how to make a plan; strategies; understanding bargaining, depression and acceptance; and SMART planning. Students have two final sessions of Emotional Logic which will be completed this term.


Year 8 students looked at loneliness and the power of kindness. Everyone feels lonely occasionally and we need to be able to deal with this ourselves to become more resilient, and also help others who may need our support.


Year 9 students had a session on study skills to help them prepare for their school exams (W/B 3/5/23 this year) which will take place in classrooms in exam conditions and Year 10 students used the Barclays Lifeskills resources to explore problem solving.


Finally this week, Year 11 students heard two speakers . Firstly Mr Berryman gave them an exam briefing with all the details and regulations they will need to follow for their GCSE exams, followed by presenters from the National Citizen Service who told them about a possible volunteering activity taking place over the summer break. For more info go to : https://wearencs.com/

More details about our Careers, Citizenship and PSHEE tutorial programme next week.

Ms Moreton

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