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5 May 2017

Sky Sports Programme

This year students in Years 9 and 10 have been taking part in our Sky Sports Living for Sport project. The boys have been working together to engage and develop practical, leadership and organisational skills to help unlock and develop life skills valuable both in and out of school.

The aim of our project is to help lead a tag rugby event for primary schools across the city, due to take place at Plymouth Albion’s ground, the Brickfields, later in the summer term.

As part of the project Sky Sports assign us an athlete mentor to support along the way and this year’s mentor is David Hill, a Paralympic swimmer and triathlete from both the Athens and Rio Paralympic Games.

This was David’s second visit to DHSB having been in at the launch of our project back in February, this time he supported a class during a PE lesson and then visited an engineering class to talk about the process he goes through in developing his prosthetic arm for use in everyday life and for when he competes at a global event like the Paralympics.

David finished his day with us by giving a workshop highlighting Sky Sports six keys to success; mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success, and how they can apply them in their everyday life. Mr Carpenter said, “It was great to have an athlete of David’s calibre in and working with our boys who gained a valuable insight into the life of an inspirational, elite athlete”.

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General Election Hustings

As the general election campaign gets underway we were pleased this morning to host a hustings with representatives from across the political field.

Well done to Matt Smith and Felix Soper for arranging this at short notice and to Mr Macloed for ably chairing a spirited but respectful debate.

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Pictured are Matt Smith Oliver Colvile, Tory candidate for Sutton and Devonport Caroline Voaden, Lib Dem candidate for SW Devon Josh Pope, Green Candidate for Moor View Luke Pollard, Labour candidate for Sutton and Devonport Felix Soper

Felix made the front page of the Plymouth Herald today. He has just had his 18th birthday and urges young people to use their vote. Read more here.

Ten Tors Challenge

It’s the Ten Tors Challenge this weekend and we’re sending all our best wishes both to our school teams and students taking part with other organisations.

35A team – route CP

35B team – route HE

45 team – route RL

55 team – route XF

We’ll bring you a full update in the Head’s Blog next Friday.

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Excellent Work

Mrs Cunningham has sent me this Maths work to share with you.

She says these are fabulous pieces of homework from Sam Green and Adam Parsons, both 9W, who were given the task of answering at least one question from this sheet.

Mrs Cunningham says, “Sam and Adam produced excellent work with thorough explanations and some exemplar problem solving displayed”.

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Sam Green

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Adam Parsons

Physics Update

George Irving has written to tell me about the visiting speakers at the Physics Society this week.

He says, “This Thursday at our weekly Physics Society we were lucky enough to have four guest speakers from Plymouth University come in to talk about Optometry. It was entitled, ‘Optometry – a great career between Physics and Medicine’ and they gave a 90 minute session explaining all about the study of eye and vision problems. They brought in a large selection of different instruments used for investigating such problems and taught us how to use them and tested them on us. The physics going on behind these problems was also explained and it was all incredibly fascinating. Our next guest speaker will be Dr Vincent Smith on the 25 May. He was heavily involved with the design of part of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and I will let all students from DHSB know about this closer to the time”.

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In addition, this week Rob Waddy’s local newspaper has highlighted his selection for the International Physics Olympiad team. You can read more here.

Sports Update


We’re very proud of our U15 team who played in the final of the Devon Cup this week against Mr Grinsill’s team from Torquay Academy.

Our Year 10s never gave up but eventually lost 4 – 0 against a stronger side. The match was played with great sportsmanship on both sides.

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The U14 Cricket team did well in the U15 Plymouth competition this week.

DHSB 79 – 2 beat Sir John Hunt 41 – 5

DHSB 54 – 4 lost to St Boniface 56 – 2


Seven Year 9 students, team captain Tom Woodward 9N, Finn Boyhan-Irvine 9W, Dan McVeigh 9S, Toby Laseby 9S, Bailey May 9W, Callum West 9P and Miles Gillhespy 9E have played their part in the DHS Old Boys Sharks RFC rugby squad which has won the Devon RFU Under 14 Plate competition having beaten Torquay RFC 17-12 in the final.

To reach the final DHSoB Sharks beat Devonport Services, Barnstaple and Totnes RFCs.

In addition, Tom Woodward and Finn Boyhan-Irvine represented West Devon through the player development programme and Dan McVeigh was selected for the Devon Development Squad.

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And finally

We cooked up a storm this week at the Big DHSB Cake Sale which raised £225 for The Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to all who supported this event.

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Future Events

8 – 12 May Year 9 Exams

10 May PTFA Meeting

13 – 14 May Dof E Bronze Training Expedition

17 May Year 11 and 13 Final Day

20 – 21 May DofE Bronze Training Expedition


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