On Monday evening Mrs Marsh and Mrs Green received an award on behalf of the whole school community in recognition of our fundraising day in the autumn term.
The school was invited to the award ceremony following our nomination as a finalist in the ‘Local Charity or Fundraiser of the Year’ category at the Plymouth Community Awards.
The nomination recognised the efforts of the whole school in supporting Clic Sargent and the Teenage Cancer Trust at our charity day on 6 December 2017.
This was a day which saw the school at its best and it was wonderful to see and feel the real sense of community from students, staff and parents.
You can remind yourself about the day by reading the Head’s Blog published on 8 December 2017.
We’ve had further positive publicity this week and I thought you would like to see this article in the Good Schools Guide which celebrates the work we do around enterprise and entrepreneurship. The feature demonstrates how the school combines academic with enterprise learning to produce school leavers who are ‘truly prepared for a global employment market’.
It’s been a busy week for our new Year 7 students who were in school for their familiarisation day yesterday and the school uniform shop last weekend.
We’ve received lots of positive comments about their day in school when they had taster lessons in lots of subjects, met their new Form Tutor and enjoyed some food in Refuel. We’re looking forward to the year group joining us in September.
Our Excellent Work this week has been shared by Mr Macleod. This is what he said:-
The task was to make a box of mementos from the First World War as if they had been found years later in the attic of a descendent. The idea was to develop an empathic understanding of the conditions faced by soldiers in the Great War through objects and letters.
To give some ideas we looked through the collection of photos, weapons and trench art held in the History department before giving the boys a homework research task over several weeks to produce their final piece.
There were some wonderful attic boxes produced including a number of boys who researched members of their own family (Ben Bracey 8E managed to trace his family from Canada to the battlefields of the Western Front).
This outstanding piece was from Benedict Bailey 8S who used his imagination to recreate the life of a soldier incorporating letters, games, documents and propaganda, all put together with a careful eye for contemporary detail. Well done Benedict.
Visits Outside School
Mr Ames has reported that a group of Year 12 Design & Technology students enjoyed a factory tour at Schneider Electric on Thursday.
Russell Burns and Paul Pady of Schneider conducted the tour of their ultra-modern production facility. Students were able to see the design, testing, and manufacture of heating controls including those using a mobile app.
Also out of school this week were three students on work experience placements. Pictured here are Moses at Barclays Bank, Fabio at Princess Yachts and Callum at Rittal Ltd.
You’ll be able to read more about their placements in Ms Moreton’s Blog on Monday.
Pizza and Bread Making
Mr Riley has been running a very popular club with Year 7 students, making pizza last term and bread this term. This concluded with a very enjoyable evening when families could make bread together after school yesterday.
He has shared some of his recipes with me and we’ll be publishing these in the next edition of DHSB Today.
Our sincerest thanks to all families who have been able to contribute to our fundraising project so far. We have been delighted with the generosity shown to this project so thank you.
We’ve launched the Crowdfunder campaign this week. Please take a look at the webpage and consider making an online payment or a one off contribution if you can.
Please also support this campaign by sharing the link across your networks via social media.
If you have family or friends with a son in Year 4 or Year 5 then please let them know our Open Evening will be held on Tuesday 10 July at 17.00. There’s no need to book a space and everyone will be made very welcome.
Curriculum Enrichment Week
And finally, we’ll all be involved in our Curriculum Enrichment Week from Monday to Friday next week.
Please check our special Twitter hashtag for all the news and photos throughout the week.
We will be travelling to Lisbon, Barcelona and Florence, as well as surfing, sailing and taking part in Bushcraft and Geography fieldwork. There is also a huge selection of daily activities for students and staff to enjoy.
Here are the Year 10 football team posing for their team photo before heading to Lisbon.
2 – 5 July Curriculum enrichment week
10 July Open evening at 17.00
13 July Summer festival
16 July Open morning at 9.00
17 July Sports day
19 July Sports day (reserve date)
20 July Final day of the summer term (school closes for students at 12.40)