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22 April 2016

Every successful individual’s achievement depends on the support of others.

I am delighted this week to share our new early support offer with you which gives a clear indication of how our community is working together. This Blog also celebrates many fantastic successes which I am sure all the students would acknowledge have been achieved through their own hard work and the support of others.

Living for Sport

I was pleased to welcome Heather Fell and Thinus Delport to school today. Heather and Thinus led an inspirational assembly for Year 8, 9 and 10 before working with a group of students looking at ‘six keys for success’.

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Reward Assemblies

On Wednesday we held our inaugural House assemblies where students were rewarded in a variety of categories including attendance, behaviour and citizenship.

Assistant Head, Mrs Edwards said, “This was the first of our special celebration assemblies designed to reward students who have made an outstanding contribution to our school community.”

Students of the Week

Well done to the following students who were nominated to receive our Student of the Week award in the weeks leading up to the Easter break.

Yasin Soliman 11N For his tremendous achievement (95%) with the industry-standard qualification, CompTIA Security exam.

Som Bagchi 9C Som joined DHSB recently and has settled in extremely well. He was very keen to get involved with the Intermediate Maths Challenge and not only did he achieve top position in Year 9, but he also beat the Year 10 and 11 students.

Ben Charlton 10W Ben has qualified for the Wales U16 Basketball team – a phenomenal achievement.

Alex Kelly 6C1 Alex stepped in to support the Year 12 Parents Evening at the last minute.

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500 Words

Congratulations also to six Year 8 students who have been recognised with certificates in the first round of the Radio 2 500 words challenge.

Lee Whitmore, JP Beer, Freddie Westhead, Lachlan Morris, Dan Jenkins and Callum Park all had their 500 word stories selected for the initial shortlist (4,500 out of 123,500 entries).

The strapline of the challenge is ‘Get reading, get writing, get inspired’ and we’re very proud that so many of our students did well in this competition.

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Chess Success

Well done to Nicholas Hodge, Aidan Ricketts and Adam Blaxley who picked up first, second and third places at the 2016 Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge.

In addition to this clean sweep, Tom Hyndman, Robert Liu and Jonathan Dunn all qualified for the Megafinal.

27 boys took part in this round of the national competition with these six students qualifying for the county championships.

The boys are pictured with Mrs Cooke (our volunteer coach) at Chess Club which takes place during Thursday lunchtimes.

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Sports Update


Well done to Year 8 students Alex Sheridan and Dan McVeigh who have been selected for the Devon Development Player Programme (Rugby). We look forward to hearing about the programme and their training.

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Our Year 8 Hockey team played at the regional finals held at Millfield School yesterday.

Mr Strang said, “An excellent day at the hockey finals where we won two, lost two and drew one. Well done to all.”

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Our first team was in action on Wednesday when they beat the Naval Base 7 – 4 after being 0 – 2 down (Devon Wednesday League).

Mr Manley said this was an “Outstanding effort from the boys”.

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Future Events

Saturday 14 May 2016

Why not join our PTFA on their day out to Bath.

Visit the Roman Baths, take a trip down the River Avon, browse around the fabulous independent shops, visit the Art Gallery, simply sit and enjoy a tasty meal at one of the lovely eateries…

Monday 2 May

School is closed for the early May Bank Holiday

Friday 6 May – Sunday 8 May

Ten Tors Event


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