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27 April 2018

Take every opportunity and get involved.

This was the key message given to students in Mr Berryman’s whole school assembly which included updates from Young Enterprise, our recent Erasmus Project and the school’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme programme.

Following on from this, Mr Berryman and Mr Carpenter hosted our Swedish partners in school yesterday. They discussed future Erasmus+ projects which will provide opportunities for staff and students to work together across Europe.

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Well done to all students who have participated in these projects and also in a wide variety of extra and super-curricular opportunities at this school.

You can see Mr Berryman’s assembly slides here. They include some reminders about the start of the public exam season.

Pizza Making

Mr Riley is currently leading an after-school pizza making club and I called in last evening to see how the pizzas were progressing – they looked delicious and were very well made.

Students are preparing to make and sell their produce at the Summer Festival.

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Last Weekend

13 Bronze and Silver DofE Award teams took part in their practice expeditions last weekend and Mr Huq reported that all completed the course and returned safely.

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Last Saturday also saw another successful and enjoyable trip to Alton Towers Theme Park, organised by our PTFA. A huge thank you to them and to the staff who supported them.

The PTFA will be taking a coach to Bath tomorrow for their spring shopping trip (fully subscribed). We hope they travel safely and enjoy the day.

Excellent Work

Mrs Steer’s English class 7S is currently working on a module where students will publish a magazine about the values and ideals of DHSB and their Year 7 experiences (their audience is Year 5/6 students and their parents). Towards the end of the module, students will present their ideas in a pitch to be the magazine that gets chosen for publication.

Mrs Steers said, “I asked my class to create a mood board which would reflect institutional values, the articles to be included, aspects of life at DHSB, colours and font. This was intended to be conceptual rather than an actual mock-up of the magazine and links into the assessment criteria of structuring, organising and presenting texts in a variety of forms, both on paper and on the screen”.

Here are three excellent examples of the mood boards which were created by the class.

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Rick de Wilde

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Antony Bartolini

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Sam Perkins

Excellent Work – KS5

Ms Davidson says the work of all students completing the Extended Project qualification (EPQ) this year has been outstanding, adding, “It is an absolute delight to learn about so many interesting subjects from our students”.

Topics this year include the blockchain, subprime mortgage lending, the economic crash, Bob Dylan as a literary prize winner, the school production of The Tempest, a tool for predicting the stock market, future nuclear energy, bike building and variation in modern German language.

Pictured are extracts of work from two students.

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Tom Showell’s artefact production evidence and report

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Dan Farnham’s dissertation and presentation

DHSB in the News

We’re pleased to share these recent news links with you.

Alumni News

Did you attend this school between 1988 and 2017 and have you collected your exam certificates yet? If not, then they could be in these boxes!

Karen Edwards, Exams Officer, is on a mission to reunite as many certificates with their owners as she can.

She said “When students leave school I don’t think they realise the importance of their certificates until they apply for a job or a course and the employer or provider asks to see them. This could be many years after they have left school. Certificates can be very expensive to replace, approximately £40 each, so it is important that the originals are given to their rightful owner”.

If you think your certificates may be in school then please contact Mrs Edwards at

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Sports Update


Plymouth Champions!

Many congratulations to the U16 team who won the Plymouth Schools Football Cup 4 – 1 against a strong Stoke Damerel side. They will take part in the Devon Cup final next week.

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This is the same team who took the Plymouth title when they were in Year 7!

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Well done also to the U15 team who beat Eggbuckland in the Plymouth Cup semi-final 4 – 0. Mr Bunney said, “Good performances all around and a comfortable victory. Goals from Luke H, Will F (2) and Adam T”.


The U13 team played extremely well at the regional finals this week. There were fine margins and they lost 1 – 0 to the eventual winners.

Mr Carpenter said, “The team had two wins and two defeats today in a good standard of competition”.

Thank you to Jamie Oxley and Mr Carpenter for supporting and coaching these students.

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Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards

Well done to two students (and a former student) who have been named as finalists at the 2018 Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards.

Cameron Williams – Performance in Community Sport

Nathaniel Rookes – Devon Young Coach of the Year

Ieuan Noakes – Devon Young Volunteer of the Year

The Awards, which will take place on 22 June, celebrate sporting contributions and achievements from community level coaching and workplace fitness right through to the next generation of elite sports performers. The main purpose of the Awards is to recognise those who inspire people to participate at all levels of sport and physical activity.

Future Events

28 April – PTFA trip to Bath

7 May – Bank Holiday (school closed)

8 – 11 May – Year 9 exam week

8 – 11 May – Year 12 exam week

9 May – PTFA meeting

11 – 13 May – Ten Tors Challenge


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