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8 October 2021

Sunday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and this week's whole school assembly focused on how students can support their own mental health and the mental health of others.

The assembly also considered how stigma can be attached to poor mental health.

Here are some of the video clips that were used in the assembly.

Time to change

What are mental health problems?

The stigma of mental illness

Students were also asked to complete their Wellbeing Action Plan for this year.

The template for this is linked here so that families can talk about this together.

Abbots Way Walk

Thank you to Mr Ames, Mr Clifford and Ms Davidson for supporting students and enabling them to complete the Abbots Way Walk last Sunday.

Mr Clifford has written this report for me to share with you.

What a great feeling to be back out on the moors after what seems an eternity. Each year’s Ten Tors training and selection is always preceded by the annual Abbots Way Walk which this year started at Buckfast Abbey and finished in Tavistock.

The students did not disappoint either in terms of their commitment, enthusiasm and more importantly their navigational skills.

Both the 45 and 55 mile teams hit the front of the field from the start and never looked back. The rain, sleet, hail, rain and yes a bit of sun only sought to hone their navigational skills to perfection. The students were not only a credit to themselves but also to DHSB finishing in first and second place respectively over 50 minutes ahead of the third placed team.

Team 55 also had time to deviate off the route to find the smallest cross on the moor before returning to the route.

Ms Davidson who always goes the extra mile or two for the students provided very well received cakes at the halfway point.

Congratulations to all that took part.

The Ten Tors 2021/22 season is officially open for business with night navigation training events and a selection week only a few months away.

Mr Clifford

The teams are pictured at the start of the walk

Team 45 head towards Merrivale Quarry coming off the open moor

Team 55 locate the smallest cross on Dartmoor

Mr Cliifford

Excellent Work

Our Excellent Work this week is from 7S who were working in the Upper Learning Commons with Mr Head.

Mr Head said, "Using their allocated space students were asked to answer questions about Leonard da Vinci's notebooks. What are they? What's inside? What were they used for and where they are? These examples show good presentation skills and a creative approach to recording ideas and responses in art".

Thank you 7S.

Student News

Well done to Edward Nicholson 9C who achieved third place in the first round of the Youth Climbing Series competition and a brilliant first place in the second round.

The BMC Youth Climbing Series is an indoor climbing competition for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of young climbers nationwide.

Well done Edward.

PSHEE Activities

This week we marked World Mental Health Day (Sunday 10 October) with a whole school assembly from Mr Manley on Wednesday, followed by a chance to complete personal wellbeing action plans for all the students.

This morning Year 7 and Year 8 students continued with this theme using 'Hello Yellow' mental health resources from Young Minds. They will be able to wear yellow and raise funds for the charity on our mufti day on Thursday 14 October.

Year 9 students had the opportunity to register onto the Careerpilot website, which as you probably know we recommend for use in school and by parents. As well as completing some of the quizzes on the site, students also had time to update their CVs begun lower down the school.

Year 10 students completed their mock interview preparation by composing applications for an imaginary Saturday job which will be sent to a real employer for critique and ultimately mock interviews for some, during December.

Finally for this week, Year 11 had further input regarding potential next steps with a talk from UTC Plymouth (University Technical College) about opportunities there and Mr Martin speaking to them about the necessity for a Plan B, and how to combat the inevitable pressures of this GCSE year.

Ms Moreton

Sports Update

House football continues each evening after school and this week we also have some inter-school fixtures to report on.

Year 7 Rugby

Mr Bunney said, "Well done to the Year 7 rugby team who played in their first fixtures for the school against Eggbuckland and Stoke Damerel on Tuesday".

Year 9 Rugby

Mr Orkney said the U14 rugby team performed well yesterday beating Stoke Damerel and St Boniface College and drawing 10 - 10 with Eggbuckland.

Year 7 National Cup

Congratulations to the U12 football team who scored a 2 - 1 win away at Launceston College in the second round of the National Cup.

Year 8 National Cup

It was a hard fought win for the U13 team who took their national cup match against Stoke Damerel with a 6 - 4 scoreline. Mr Campbell said, "On to the second round...".

1st XI

Another great result for the 1st XI who beat the City Police team 3 - 2 in the Devon Wednesday League this week.

Cross Country

The Year 9 and Year 10 Cross Country teams won their respective age categories on Wednsday as teams, with first and second places in both races too.

Excellent performances from all said Mr Carpenter.


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