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3 May 2019

Each week I share the theme which is being explored by staff and students in school to give an opportunity for you to discuss this at home as a family with your child.

This week our theme is ‘Rule of Law’ and our whole school assembly on Wednesday was led by Mr Coombes.

His slides are copied below with a link to a TED talk by Kimberley Motley which he included.

Other activities on Wednesday included a full public exam briefing for Year 11 from Mr Berryman and a training session on Emotional Logic for Peer Mentors with Mrs Edwards which will support their work with Year 7 students.

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eSafety Presentation

You will recall there was an eSafety event for parents last week when Ken Corish reminded us that being online is an extension of our usual environment and that we should treat our online friends with the same respect that we show to our friends and acquaintances when we are not online.

Mr Corish’s presentation is now available at the link below (please click on the forward arrow to view the Prezi presentation).

Excellent Work

Our Excellent Work this week has been submitted by Ms Welton from the Year 8 Classical Civilisation latest project. Students were asked to design a Roman town after studying their main features and then present their plan to the class.

Students’ work was judged using this list of criteria:

Includes all the key features of the task: location, main buildings, Uses detailed technical vocab e.g. aqueduct, amphitheatre Presenters speak with clarity and confidence, and share the workload equally

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Schaefer Mann 8S

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Rick de Wilde, Stanley Dilloway 8S

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Mackenzie Pike, Daniel Atkin, Finlay Kirk 8W

Individual Achievements

Schaefer Mann 8S

Well done to Schaefer who played on the champion team (Team Southwest, TSW) in the U14 junior nationals for underwater hockey in Sheffield last weekend. Schaefer had one goal on the day and the team played five games and were undefeated, winning the final 2 – 1.

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Oliver Pollard 7C

Congratulations also to Oliver who recently spent four days playing football for Callington Colts U12s in Callington’s twin town of Guipavas, France.

Oliver played in two formal matches against two U13 teams, winning 7 – 0 against Gousenou and drawing 3 – 3 against Coataudon FC by whom he was presented with their team’s pennant for Man of the Match. The team also took part in the Town Parade.

Callum Lyons 10N

On Sunday 28 April Drake Judo Club held their annual ‘Birthday Bash’ in Tavistock. This year the event included a team competition between club judoka from Devon and Cornwall. One girl and boy from each weight group was chosen to represent their county.

Well done to Callum who was chosen to captain the boys’ team. After a frantic set of determined fights the Devon boys came out on top by 70 points to 35. The Devon girls had a very close competition and narrowly won by 51 points to 50 points.

Callum also puts in many hours each week to help coach the younger club judoka at the Plymouth Life Centre and at the village hall in Sparkwell and is seen as a great role model.

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Fintan Kinsella 6TJB

We heard this morning that Fintan has been selected, following audition, to attend a National Youth Theatre summer school. When he has completed the two weeks of intensive training he will be eligible to take part in future National Youth Theatre productions. Well done Fin!

Fin is also leading on our student-led production of Agatha Christie’s play ‘And Then There Were None’ which will be staged in the Edgcumbe Theatre from 10 – 11 July. Please save the date for this; there will be more information available soon.

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Ten Tors Challenge 2019

Ten Tors training is officially done writes parent Mr Clifford. After many hundreds of miles walked, a few navigational deviations and a few more blisters our DHSB teams are now physically and mentally fit and ready for this year’s Ten Tors challenge.

Over the last six months students have been given navigational and survival skills that will remain with them for life and equip them well for the event. Not to mention leadership, communication, team working and resilience opportunities to add to their own skill set.

On behalf of the entire school and Ten Tors training team we wish our students well for this year’s event.

Many students also take part in the annual challenge with organisations outside school and we will publish a full report after the event.

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Teams leave basecamp for the last time and ascend Watern Tor before sunrise

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Mr Ames (Ten Tors team manager) takes a moment to appreciate the morning vista as the sun rises in the East

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Team 35 complete their first Ten Tors training at Holming Beam

Staff News

I’m pleased to let you know that Mr Quinlan has achieved his Level 1 Google Educator Award.

He said that this will enable him to fully use G Suite for Education in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. For example, one of his Year 7 classes is creating a shared website which will be useful when they revise for their exams.

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Sports Update


Many congratulations to the Year 10 team. The team is through to the Devon Cup final after beating St Peter’s 6 – 4 in the semi-final.

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Cricket and Softball

The Year 7 team won their first ever cricket game by one run on the last ball in their match against Stoke Damerel this week. Well done to them and the Year 8 team for getting the cricket season off to a good start. The Year 8 team won both their matches.

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Year 7 team

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Year 8 team

Pictured here is the Year 9 and 10 Softball Cricket team who also had a good start to the season.

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Table Tennis

DHSB participated in the Plymouth Schools Table Tennis league and did very well.

The team finished in second place on this occasion narrowly missing out to the Plymouth School of Creative Arts.

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Future Events

Monday 6 May

Bank Holiday

Tuesday 7 May – Friday 10 May

Year 12 Exams

Tuesday 7 May – Wednesday 8 May

Year 11 GCSE Art Exam

Wednesday 8 May at 18.00

PTFA Meeting

Friday 10 May – Sunday 12 May

Ten Tors Challenge

Friday 10 May

Year 11 Final Day in School

Monday 13 May

Start of Summer GCSE and GCE Exams

Wednesday 15 May

Year 13 Final Day in School

Friday 17 May

Year 10 Reports

Friday 17 May

Year 10 SRE Morning

Wednesday 22 May at 16.00

Bushcraft Parents Meeting

Friday 24 May

Final Day of Summer Term One

Monday 3 June

First Day of Summer Term Two (A week)

Monday 3 June – Friday 7 June

Year 7 Exams Week


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