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7 November 2014

This morning we held a ceremony to remember the Old Boys who lost their lives in World War One and unveiled a pictorial representation of their service.

Dr Ian Hodgins, a GP and former student of DHSB, researched the lives and deaths of those on the school Roll of Honour and created the large display.

He talked to a fascinated audience about the lost potential of those who died and introduced some of their stories to students, staff and governors.

Dr Hodgins said, “Those who fell had the potential to be leaders in our country and beyond. It is good to remember their stories and to honour their sacrifice.”

The plaque was unveiled by Ian with Carolyn Bruce-Spencer, Chair of Governors.

In attendance were representatives of the Devonport Air Cadets (197 Squadron) and students from Armed Forces families.

The visual record is on public display for all to see at the entrance to the school in Paradise Road.

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100% Attendance

There is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement and I’ve been pleased to share bacon rolls with boys who have a record of 100% attendance over the last two years.

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Internationally renowned speaker on eSafety Ken Corish, met with 70 parents on Tuesday evening to explain the opportunities and challenges in parenting in a digital age.

His expert advice has been generously shared and can be found on our eSafety page.

However much we think we know about on-line activities we must engage continually as it is a fast moving, exciting agenda.

Thank you to Amanda Moore and Mr Roberts for organising the event; we hope to see you at a future eSafety evening.

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Study Skills

The journey to exam success has officially begun. Ms Davidson, Mr Martin and Ms Moreton led an uplifting study skills evening for students and parents on Thursday. A combination of sound advice generated from previous students and a sense of competitive expectation characterised the event. There are 185 days until the first exams…

The slides from the evening will be shared on the website in due course.


Congratulations to the Year 7 boys who took part in their first Devon orienteering club event, near Yelverton, before half term.

Sam Cumberland, Toby Julyan and Luke Phillips were the first DHSB finishers closely followed by Sam Kibblewhite, Greg Robinson, Callum West and Alex Allen. The first senior boy to finish was Alex Patton.

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Year 7 Rugby

On Wednesday the Year 7 rugby team travelled to Tor Bridge High School to take part in the annual Cunningham Cup festival. In Pool B the team beat Lipson and Hele’s to finish group winners and progressed to the cup stage with the other pool winners – All Saints, Stoke Damerel and Ivybridge.

We started with a win against All Saints and then came the big game against Ivybridge. This was a really tight game but sadly the DHSB team lost one try to nil. Heads went down as this pretty much guaranteed Ivybridge would be crowned champions but the boys picked themselves up again to beat Stoke Damerel.

Ivybridge secured their victory with their third win, with DHSB finishing as runners-up.

The stats were impressive – we scored 20-25 tries in five matches and conceded just one try but it proved to be decisive in the final standings. The boys were brilliant in every aspect from start to finish. They performed brilliantly and conducted themselves as proper rugby players.

A special mention to Charlie Fethney Year 12 who accompanied the team to do some refereeing and coaching.

Team: Cameron McFarlane, Owen King, Miles Gillhespy, Max Robins, Josh Pidcock, Alex Sheridan, Finn Boyhan-Irvine, Tommy Woodward, Ed Epps, Tristan Hills, Dan Ferguson, Angus Cotton, Niall Gill, Toby Laseby, Dan McVeigh.

Mr Bunney

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Cross Country

Well done to all boys who ran in the West Devon cross country championships yesterday. Nine students will go on to run in the Devon championships in January.

Pictured is Jack Williams Year 12 after the senior boys’ race. Jack finished in fourth place

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DHSB U14 Badminton team has retained their tile as winners of the Plymouth Schools Badminton League. We entered two teams this year and the B team also performed very well.

Pictured are Toby Leung 8E, Toby Chapman 9C, Srisudhan Sudhaker 9W and Will Freer 8N

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Also making an impact this week is our Year 8 basketball team who won both their central venue games.

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