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28 September 2018

This week in my Head’s Blog I am pleased to highlight a large number of examples of excellence in the school curriculum and beyond.

European Day of Languages

In order to raise students’ awareness of the importance of languages, members of staff in our Languages Department arranged some activities on Wednesday (European Day of Languages).

Students and staff enjoyed a quiz and staff were challenged to introduce as many different languages as possible in their classroom during the week.

Pictured are some of the Year 7 and Year 8 students who participated in a language-themed pebble art activity.

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Excellent Work

This week I’m sharing some examples of excellent writing, from Year 7 to the Sixth Form.


Dr Stears asked her Year 7 Classics students to compile a list of at least 12 Greek Gods and Goddesses and to say what their respective area of power was.

Joe McDermott 7W went far beyond the brief out of interest in the subject itself and just some of his work is featured here (please click these two links).


The extended learning task set for prospective A level English students was to write a blog about the books they had read over the summer or their favourite books.

Mrs Delve has shared links to the blogs written by Kya Harris and Kian Law as examples of excellent work. I hope you enjoy reading their work and maybe get inspired to read their recommended books too!

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art Examination Results

Mrs Pick is very proud of her students who have gained LAMDA awards this summer.

George Cleeland-Smith – Grade 2 Public Speaking – Pass with Distinction

Lalit Kathiresan – Grade 6 Solo Acting (Bronze Medal) – Pass with Distinction

Alexander Mather – Grade 3 Verse & Prose Speaking – Pass with Merit

Eeshan Anunt Dhulkotia – Grade 3 Verse & Prose Speaking – Pass with Distinction

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Meningitis Trial

Students in our Sixth Form responded to an invitation to take part in a research project and were the first young people in the South West to join the fight against meningitis when they received vaccines this week.

The Be on the TEAM (Teenagers Against Meningitis) study will see whether giving a group B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine to teenagers reduces carriage of this bacteria in their throat, potentially providing protection to all ages from this dangerous infection.

This is a national study involving 24,000 students from the ages of 16 – 19 years.

ITV Westcountry covered the story, interviewing students and Ms Davidson, and journalist Claire Manning said, “Thank you all the students at DHSBoys who filmed with [us] today. Brilliant interviewees. Mr Roberts, you must be very proud of your students”.

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eSafety update – Should children play Doki Doki Literature Club?

There is lots of guidance for parents on our eSafety page including a link to advice about the new Doki Doki Literature Club game.

Please use these links to find out more.

Sports Update


There was a lot of success on the Rugby pitch this week with two impressive victories against Plymstock and Heles for the Year 8 team, and two good wins against St Boniface and Hele’s School for the Year 9 team.

Mr Burt said it was the “Best performance by far for Year 9 Rugby”.

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Year 8 Rugby Team

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Year 9 Rugby Team


The DHSB A and B teams were both in action on Wednesday afternoon this week.

The first XI beat the City Police team 4 – 2.

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The 2nd XI played their first game of a busy season and unfortunately lost 7 – 2 to Discovery College.

Mr Orkney said “An encouraging start despite the score line”.

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I’m also always very pleased to report on participation rates. Pictured here is the Year 8 after school football club with 50 students enjoying the training session.

180928 Year 8 football practice

Future Events

Monday 1 October at 16.30 – Year 7 Tea Party (CEN)

Tuesday 2 October at 16.30 – Year 7 Tea Party (PSW)

Sunday 7 October – Abbots Way Walk

Thursday 11 October at 18.00 – Choices Evening (Years 10, 11, 12) Ms Moreton

Thursday 18 October – Final day of the autumn term

Friday 19 October – Non pupil day


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