Welcome back to DHSB.
It’s been a busy start to the year but we’ve provided time this week for students and staff to celebrate and reflect on the successes and events of last year before planning for the next exciting chapter.
If you haven’t yet read the Head’s Blogs which were published on A level and GCSE exam results days then the links are available here.
This week we were pleased to welcome our new Year 7 and Year 12 students, and also our new members of staff.
In my Head’s Blog next week I will update you on the key messages and plans for the year ahead but for now I’d like to share some news from the summer holidays.
We love to hear about the achievements of our students so, if you have any news to share, please get in touch with my PA, Sarah Nicholson.
South Africa Rugby Tour
Many thanks to Mr Burt, Mr Orkney, Mr Bunney and Mr Strang who led the South Africa Rugby Tour at the end of July.
International Physics Olympiad
Many congratulations to Rob Waddy who represented the UK at the International Physics Olympiad during the summer.
Robert said. “I was awarded a bronze medal at the IPhO. I met some absolutely amazing people, and made loads of new friends, the variety of people and cultures is just amazing. In the same few minutes you can be playing cards with the team from Ghana, then Kryjistan and Uzbekistan, swimming with the Spanish, chatting to the French then Israel team. It is just such an amazing experience it really can’t be put in words. The UK team got two Golds, a Silver and two Bronzes. I came fourth in the UK.”
We’re also very proud of former student Owen Weymouth who was featured in a BBC national news video. Owen was successful in completing his academic work while diving with the World High Diving Federation and the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
Well done to Samuel Wilcox and Robert Dorrington, pictured with the trophies and medals they won at the Hayle County Pilot Gig Rowing Championships.
They collected the overall winners shield and the plate for the fastest time of the day.
The official name of the competition is County Championships but teams are welcomed from all over the England to compete in this traditional Cornish sport. The boys represented Rame, who went on to beat 30 crews.
In addition to this fantastic achievement Samuel and Robert have won regattas this summer at Dartmouth, Looe, Cattewater and on their homeland Rame along with several runners up places at venues such as Dartmouth, Mevagissey and Caradon (Saltash).
European Youth Ultimate Championships
Three DHSB students represented GB in Ultimate over the summer holidays at the European Youth Ultimate Championships in Veenendaal in the Netherlands writes Mr McConnell.
Thomas Ringrose and Oscar Parsons played for the U20 team who ultimately had what I’m sure they would consider a disappointing tournament (having won Bronze at the World Championships last year) finishing in twelfth place. They recorded strong wins over the likes of Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia but this was a team in transition which lacked a bit of experience and struggled against the usual powerhouse teams like Germany, France and Italy who they would have hoped to be competing with. Our students still enjoyed the experience of the tournament and will have learned a lot for future competitions.
Jacob Doyle played for the U17 team who had more success chalking up convincing victories against Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Austria (twice), Sweden, and the Czech Republic however an unfortunate loss in their quarter final match against Belgium left them competing outside the top places and they finished in a respectable fifth place despite a record of seven wins and only two losses (the other loss by one point to Germany) in the tournament.
The tournament was a great experience for all the players who now focus on making the Great Britain U20 team for the World Championships which are being held in Canada next summer.