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4 December 2015

Following such a busy and eventful Curriculum Challenge Week we have been settling back into school and preparing for the final two weeks of term which as usual are extremely busy.

Please have a look at last week’s Head’s Blog for pictures and stories from #DHSBCCW.

I was pleased to catch up with five students at lunch today to hear about their adventures in London.

Both the Learning Commons and DHSB Teaching Blog have been counting down to the Christmas break with a range of competitions and sharing practice about literacy.

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Mr Forte and Mr Shahin have provided a special Weekend Challenge as part of their Advent competition. Tweet a festive selfie book photo using the hashtag #DHSBAdvent to get involved!

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Special Events

We’re looking forward to seeing you over the next two weeks at some or all of our special events.

I’d especially like to invite you to our Carol Service, led by Year 7 students, on Monday 14 December at 7.00pm at St Andrew’s Church on Royal Parade.

Rotary Young Chef Competition

Very well done to Matt Staszewski who beat some tough competitors to take second place at the western area regional final.

Matt, who had to design and cook a three course meal for two for under £15, is through to the district final which will be held in Exeter in January.

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We’re currently recruiting for a Teaching Assistant (fixed term) and for several Exam Invigilators.

If you know of anyone who may be suitable then please ask them to check the information on our recruitment page.

If you are thinking of taking up teaching as a career then you’ll also find details of the School Experience Programme.

We work with the School Experience Programme (SEP) to offer work experience within a wide variety of subjects. We are running an Induction day in May 2016.  If you are interested in finding out more about the SEP and carrying out observational and teaching experience at this outstanding school, then register with the SEP using this link.

Sports Update


Congratulations to both the U13 and U15 indoor cricket teams who won the Plymouth Indoor Cricket competition this week.

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U13 Indoor Cricket Team

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U15 Indoor Cricket Team


A special mention and well done to the following Year 8 boys who have been selected for the Devon Hockey team.

Fred Williams. Oscar Burnard, Tom Doyle, Seb Ingham, Ewan Dodson, Sean Rump, Woody Mabbott

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Pictured are Oscar, Seb, Tom, Fred and Sean


Year 10 secured a good win 32 – 5 against Pool School (Cornwall) in round four of the National Vase competition.


Mr Manley reports that DHSB A is back at the top of the table after a 6 – 4 win over the current leaders of the Wednesday League.

Well done to our Year 8 football team who beat West Exe 5 – 2 in the first round of the county cup. They will play South Dartmoor in the next round.

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I was pleased to receive this report from Tom Cooper about two recent badminton events.

On Thursday lunchtime we put on a Year 7 singles tournament.

The winner was Fardeen Gafoor and the runner up taking the silver medal was George Teague. Everyone played extremely well.

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George and Fardeen

Back in November we hosted the first Year 7 badminton tournament and we invited students from DHSG to participate.

The winner of the doubles were Oliver Briggs 7N, with Charlotte.

The silver medal winner was George Teague 7E, with Issie.

Taking the bronze position was Luke Oakarr 7C, with Annabel.

All of the players performed exceptionally and represented their school well.

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George, Oliver and Luke

Thank you to Billy Kingdon, Alex Jeffery, Mr Orkney and Mr Carpenter for their support.

Tom Cooper


Events in the next two weeks

Monday 7 December – Sixth Form Open Evening

18:30 External students meet in Refuel

18:30 DHSB Year 11 students CEN – Edgcumbe Theatre

19:30 DHSB Year 11 students PSW – Edgcumbe Theatre

Tuesday 8 December – Official opening of the Learning Commons

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth will be in attendance.

Saturday 12 December – PTFA Christmas Disco

For Years 7 – 9

Monday 14 December at 7.00pm – Carol Service

St Andrew’s Church, Royal Parade

Wednesday 16 December at 7.00pm – Speech Day

Plymouth Guildhall

Friday 18 December

Final day of term and school closes at 12.40

Tuesday 5 January 2016

First day of the spring term


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