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28 February 2020

Each Friday I share our theme of the week to give an opportunity for you to discuss this at home as a family with your child.

This week our theme is ‘social responsibility’ and this was explored in our house assemblies held on Wednesday.

‘Eat Better’

This week we have launched our ‘Eat Better’ campaign, building on the feedback from students and parents and linked to our Eco-School development.

It is good to see many students taking up the offer.

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Excellent Work

Today our examples of excellent work have been submitted by Ms Cunningham in the Maths Department. They are examples of students’ creativity with graphing software Desmos after a lesson on parametric equations. Ms Cunningham said, “These show just how creative a subject maths can be”.

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National Careers Week

We’re looking ahead to National Careers Week next week and I’m pleased to share this report from Sue Moreton, our IAG co-ordinator (incorporating Careers Lead).

Research has proved that links with real world activities and problems, and encounters with employers and employees increase students’ academic achievements as well as introducing skills they will need in order to be successful in the workplace. I have asked all the teaching staff to include an element of careers in their lessons as much as possible. Link to the National Careers Week website This year we also have 24 speakers coming into school on Friday and Year 10 and Year 11 students have been given the opportunity to select which one they would like to attend. Several of the speakers are staying in school to talk with Sixth Form students during the morning. The work sectors represented include public relations, physiotherapy, the Police and psychology to name but a few and we aim for most students to attend their first or second choice group. Several of the speakers are Old Boys of the school which is great to see. We have another event later this term where we ask more recent alumni to return and talk to current students about their choices and universities or jobs. I will be writing about the week, especially the Friday event, in my IAG blog next week which is written and published weekly on Mondays. If you are interested in knowing what is going on in the world of Careers, Citizenship and PSHEE then please read the Blog at the link below. Link to IAG weekly blog I am gathering impact statements/case studies from some of our students about how they feel the general ethos of DHSB, especially the careers provision, including work experience and extra-curricular opportunities, has enabled them to gain skills that will help them to progress to their next steps, be that university, an apprenticeship, or an alternative. The first of these has been written by Jackson, currently in Year 13. Link to Jackson’s case study I hope that you enjoy hearing about careers at DHSB this week and in the future. Thank you to all the local employers, alumni and parents for their support.

Sue Moreton IAG co-ordinator (incorporating Careers Lead)

CSW Development Consultant Jenny has made a pledge for National Careers Week. She says she will be supporting Careers Lead Ms Moreton. With the help of students they have planned a FAB event!

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Alumni News

Very well done to Dave King who retained his British indoor 60m hurdles title in Glasgow last week.

Dave said, “There was a lot of pressure this year… it certainly was not an easy run for me”.

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Sports Update


Another good win for the DHSB A team on Wednesday. The team beat City College 6 – 1 in the Devon Wednesday League.

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Mr Orkney reports that the DHSB B team lost 3 – 0 to Plymouth Uni 8ths.

He added, “Not a bad result considering the fact that I had to play for 30 minutes”.

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Congratulations to the Year 8 Football team who are through to the Devon Cup quarter-final after beating Ivybridge Community College 6 – 3 on Tuesday afternoon.

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Unfortunately the Year 7 football team lost to Torquay Academy in round 2 of the Devon Cup, also on Tuesday. The team are still involved in the Plymouth Cup and Central Venue League which starts next week.

Mr Bunney said, “Good luck to Torquay in the next round”.


Congratulations to the U13 Indoor Athletics team (a joint team with DHSG) who finished seventh at the Devon Schools Finals.

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Future Events

Wednesday 4 March – Year 12 Parents Evening

Friday 6 March – Year 9 Report

Wednesday 11 March – PTFA Meeting

Sunday 15 March – Ten Tors Training Walk


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