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28 April 2017

Well done and congratulations to Owen Weymouth who is competing at the Red Bull sponsored Men’s Final High Diving Championships.

The championships are being held at Yas Marina, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

We’re very proud of Owen who is representing GB in the men’s team. He can be seen here competing in the 27m dive category.

The competition is being live-streamed and tomorrow’s events can be viewed at this link.

Excellent Work

Mrs Weaver has shared these examples of excellent work by students in 7N (the results of an RS homework project). Students were asked to present their work on an inspirational leader.

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 Work by Matthew Daniel

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  Work by Dan Lightfoot

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Work by Jules Dean

Coding and Debugging at College Road Primary School

We are continuing our outreach work with our local primary schools; this week with a visit to College Road.

Mr Butcher said, “We have two sets of mainly Year 9 students who are assisting the Year 5s at College Road with their coding and decoding, using the Scratch programming language. The first set of students to visit this week found the Year 5s were soon full of enthusiasm and drive and so had achieved the lesson’s goals quite early on. Our computing students had to think on their feet and develop extensions to the core work. Both sets of students really relished the opportunity to work collaboratively. The session flew by”.

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Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations

Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. Last Sunday would have been his 453rd birthday and Miss Nally said, “We had to celebrate”.

She organised a special birthday photo competition on Monday.

This is the winning image by Fred Williams who won a birthday cake!

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Sixth Form News

We’d like to tell you about Pete Reis who joined a group of Young Farmers from Cornwall who trekked, paddled and hiked from coast to coast, beginning in Padstow and ending in Torquay, to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The intrepid group, who followed the Camel Trail and stayed in Bodmin Jail during their journey, raised an estimated £5,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Well done Pete.

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Paul Russell, Professor of Coastal Dynamics at Plymouth University, came and gave a most accessible and interesting presentation to KS5 students today on massive storms in the SW.

A keen surfer, Paul was a European Champion in Surfing at the age of 23 and 28 and is still surfing. His text, written for the Plymouth Surf Science Degree, sold 25,000 copies.

Ms Davidson said, “Thank you to Paul for the copy we now have in the library and for raising the profile of the various Oceanography degrees available at Plymouth University too. It is inspiring to see that youthful inspiration can be pursued in a lifelong career”.

Paul can be contacted on Twitter at this address – @prussellsurf

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Chess Club Update

Last term we ran the school phase of the prestigious Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge and we’re nominating our three best players to go through to the Devon Megafinal to be held on Saturday 10 June.

In addition any student who has completed seven games out of seven may enter themselves into the regional stage of the challenge and from there could well proceed to national finals.

The students representing the school are Nicholas Hodge Year 13 who gained 21 points out of 21, Robert Liu Year 10 who gained 19 points (only being beaten by Nic in a very closely fought final) and Parker Caleshu Year 7 who gained 16 points, most of them from players considerably older than him.

Students who want to find out more should go along to Chess Club which is held in D27 every Thursday lunch time.

Mrs Cooke Chess Club Coordinator

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PTFA Donation Art Folders

Mr Head has sent his thanks to our PTFA who have kindly funded very good quality A3 Art folders for the department.

Mr Head added, “We will be able to give every student who chooses Art from Year 9 onwards a way to transport their work to and from school. Both sketchbook and vital assessment materials can be taken home and shown to families. You can expect to see 60 students using these from September”.

The new folders are modelled here by two students!

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Sports Update

Congratulations to our 1st XI who reached the cup final of the Devon Wednesday League which was played this week against the Plymouth University Students Union side at the Millbay Pitch.

The DHSB side was 3 – 2 up at half time but the match was lost in the second half with the finishing score recorded as 3 – 4.

Mr Manley said, “Well done to Plymouth Students Union”.

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Staff News

Well done to Mrs Wills and Mrs Pearson who completed the Plymouth Half Marathon in very warm conditions last weekend.

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Final Ten Tors Training Weekend

Students were also out in the warm weather as Saturday and Sunday saw the Ten Tors training programme finish in a blaze of clear skies and beating sunshine.

The 35, 45 and 55 mile teams now have all the training and skills to give a good account of themselves both individually and collectively for this year’s Ten Tors Challenge. Each and every team member is now ready for their respective challenge having being put through their paces by Mr Ames on and off the hill.

The training programme, over seven months, has transformed many of the students into very competent navigators not to mention the confidence it has given some of the team members who show real leadership attributes going forward.

It has also challenged some both physically and mentally giving the students life skills which will help them in future years in their own lives – not to mention great memories.

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Future Events

1 May Bank Holiday

5 – 7 May Ten Tors Challenge

8 – 12 May Year 9 Exams

10 May PTFA Meeting

13 – 14 May Dof E Bronze Training Expedition

17 May Year 11 and 13 Final Day

20 – 21 May DofE Bronze Training Expedition

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