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22 January 2016


Devonport High School for Boys was founded by Alonzo Rider on 16th January 1896 to meet the needs of boys in Plymouth and the surrounding district seeking a career in the Navy, in Engineering or the Civil Service.

We’re very proud to be celebrating the 120th anniversary of the school this year.

You’ll hear more about some special events later in the year but this morning we welcomed back old boy Ian Hodgins, a Devon GP and archivist, for a special lecture about the founding of the school.

If you have any school memorabilia, especially copies of the School Magazine, we’d be delighted to receive these to add to our archives. The School Magazine, still written and edited by students, is an invaluable source of historical information.

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Ian with a picture of the school founder, Alonzo Rider

Oxbridge Offers

Five students have secured offers at Oxford and Cambridge universities this year and I am very pleased that the quality of our candidates was once again recognised by admission tutors at both Oxford and Cambridge.

Ms Davidson said, “Being at a top university gives a unique opportunity to study subjects taught by world renowned experts, with similar minded people and to the boundaries of current scientific or artistic thinking. Receiving an offer from Oxbridge is testament to students’ intellectual abilities and reflects on nearly seven years of consistent study and hard work at DHSB.”

Very well done to these students.

Alex Wilson Physics, Christ Church College, Oxford

Joshua Wrigley – Maths, Lincoln College, Oxford

Jonathan Christie – Physics, Trinity College, Oxford

Kris Turner – Engineering, Trinity College, Oxford

Matthew Green – History, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

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Pictured are Kris, Jonathan, Alex and Matthew

NatWest U15 Vase – SW Area Knockout

Many congratulations to our U15 rugby team who made it through to the quarter finals of the National Vase with a 19 – 14 victory over Pates Grammar School on Thursday.

Use this link to see the live draw for the next round (to be drawn on Friday 29 January).

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BETT Show 2016

DHSB has had a good presence at the national education technology show in London and yesterday I was extremely proud of Alfie Carlisle who presented to a large audience on behalf of Google for Education.

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This afternoon two Sixth Form students, Begum Whitehead and Murray King, joined a panel on Higher Education, talking about what they want from university.

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 Begum and Murray

The Wizard of Oz

Please join us in the Theatre from 3 – 5 February for our annual production, The Wizard of Oz, which promises to be an event not to be missed.

Tickets are available either by returning this order form or through WisePay.

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Henry Spencer gives a preview of The Wizard of Oz

Mental Health Services for Young People

Recently, the UK Youth Parliament chose better mental health services for young people as their 2016 campaign for England.

Last weekend over 60 young people from ten city schools, ranging from age 11-18 took part in a special workshop event organised by Sarah Staples and Sixth Form student Josh Pope, Plymouth’s Member and Deputy Member of the UK Youth Parliament.

This was an opportunity to help design a new emotional health and wellbeing service for Plymouth’s secondary and special schools.

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Josh Pope and Sarah Staples

Education Against Hate (Protecting children against the threat of extremism and terrorism)

Nicky Morgan, Education Minister, has just announced the launch of a new website and has asked all schools to share the link with parents.

This is also an area where all DHSB staff have recently received training.

Exam certificates

Mrs Dale has asked me to let students and old boys know that their GCSE and A level certificates are now available to collect from the school exams office. If you are unable to collect in person then please contact her at for more information.

Sports Update

Cross Country

Mr Carpenter writes, last Saturday Stover School hosted the Devon Schools Cross Country Championships where 11 DHS boys had qualified to represent West Devon in the event. Minor Boys, including Charlie Sleeman, Sam Knobloch, Harry Kibblewhite, Matt Davis and Ben Harding, were up first on a fresh course and put in a good performance with Charlie Sleeman finishing the highest of our boys in 17th, just outside South West Schools selection.

In the Junior boys event a strong run from Harry Edwards saw him finish 27th in a very competitive field, he was followed up in the Intermediate Boys event by Jamie Williams who completed what had become a very cut up and muddy course in 15th position.

A strong performance from all four of our senior boys in the West Devon team saw Tom Blackford and Jack Williams arguably do enough to secure a spot in the South West team finishing the tricky course in 6th and 7th position respectively, while Robert Waddy just edged Lloyd Barron-Robinson by three seconds to place 12th and 13th and wrap up a good day for all our boys taking part.

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 Harry Edwards

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Jamie Williams

Ultimate Frisbee

Our Ultimate teams are travelling to compete in the national championships this weekend. We wish them well and will give a full report in the Head’s Blog next Friday.

Events Update

26 Jan – Year 11 Strategies for Success Evening

2 February – Online Parental Engagement (Using Classcharts, Homeworky and Wisepay)

3 – 5 February – The Wizard of Oz

10 February – Year 9 Assessment Information

11 February – Year 10 Parents Evening

25 February – eSafety evening with Ken Corish

And finally

In these rainy conditions, we were pleased to offer our 3G pitch to Plymouth Argyle and the team were on site on Thursday to use our facilities for a short training session.

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