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29 April 2022

Thank you to Mr Coombes, Assistant Head, who led this week's whole school assembly which explores personal values.

The assembly considered how our values drive our decisions, how they are formed and how other people's values influence their and our lives.

Finally we looked at the link with DHSB's values and an environmentally driven message.

The assembly is available for all to view at these links.

Eggcellent Work

Very well done to the winners of this year's hardboiled history competition.

Ed Daw 11P for JFK and Einstein

Louis Perry 11P for Ghandi

Joshua Barnes-Smith 7C for Thomasa Eggison

Mrs Mintoft, Head of History, said, “Thank you to all who entered”.

Ten Tors Training

Mr Cliufford writes that it is hard to believe that as the sun goes down on Watern Tor base camp our teams have completed six months training ahead of the 2022 Ten Tors event.

During the training our students have learnt a lot about themselves, about their teammates and about how far they can physically and mentally push themselves under the ever watchful and critical eye of the DHSB training team.

For some the training will be a springboard for bigger challenges to come. For others they will be memories etched in laughter, pain, blood, sweat and tears not to mention the odd blister or two!

They have learned to navigate, survive and harness some real meaningful life skills in the hard testing terrain that is Dartmoor. Skills and qualities that will serve them well in their future. Our students can be rightly proud of what they have accomplished as we wish them well for this year’s Ten Tors event where I know they will give 100% of themselves despite the attrition, challenge and experience that Ten Tors will deliver.

The first of several big legs on day two - .Kes Tor to Fernworthy


A reminder from the PTFA not to forget to buy your PTFA raffle tickets, available on MCAS.

There are great prizes to be won and tickets are £1.00 each or 15 for £10.00.

Also, there are only a few days left for students to enter our PTFA photography competition.

Winning photos will feature in our Academic Calendar which is sold to parents and carers to raise funds. Please nudge your children to enter!

There are cash prizes and full details and criteria have been emailed to them.

PSHEE Activities

Welcome back everyone after the Easter break. I hope you had a chance to enjoy some of the pleasant weather.

The Year 7 tutorial this week covered part four of the Emotional Logic sequence of lessons. This covered various strategies for dealing with emotional difficulties; bargaining, acceptance and SMART planning (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) and is a way of planning a definite "moving on" following a difficulty, by planning specific thoughts and actions.

Year 8 students looked at the power of kindness, including how the act of being kind to another person not only obviously benefits that person, but can actually make a very positive contribution to our own mental health. What acts of kindness have you performed this week? Why not try another one?

Year 9 students are the first to hit the exam timetables, with their in-school exams next week. Especially in light of the past two years they have had regular sessions regarding different ways to make study and revision more efficient, so this session was a recap with some final suggestions to try. The exams will be held in classrooms with students sat in alphabetical order and exam conditions as it is important for them to get used to these procedures before GCSEs.

Year 10 students have been considering risk awareness by discussing what makes something risky and how any inherent dangers might be alleviated. The lesson includes some discussion around drugs, and also how research has shown that the teenage brain is more inclined towards risk taking than those of us who are more mature.

Finally this week as Year 11 gear up for their final few weeks before GCSE exams they were able to undertake some revision, or alternatively begin a course from Eton College on critical thinking.We have been given free access to this course (called EtonX) which is normally a paid-for experience, and it is certificated on completion, potentially providing a useful supplement to a CV or personal statement. We have had good feedback from students undertaking these courses in previous years, and they could provide a welcome distraction from, but also a supplement to, revision over the next month or so. Once registered, students have a year to complete the course.

A short week next week with the bank holiday on Monday, but tutorials will be as normal, so see you next week!

Ms Moreton

Sports Update

Huge congratulations to two of our football teams who have reached the finals of the Devon Cup competition.

The Year 9 team made it through to the final after beating Uffculme. 3 - 1 AET after being 1 - 0 down then grabbing an equaliser with a couple mins to go.

Mr Bunney said, “ Well done and commiserations to Uffculme”.

Well done also to the Year 10 team who are through to the final after winning their game against Queen Elizabeth School 2 - 1, as reported in the Head's Blog just before the Easter break.

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