9 July 2021


Many thanks to Mr Coombes, Assistant Head, for leading our whole school assembly this week.


I am sharing his presentation today to give an opportunity for parents and carers to talk through the topics as a family at home.


Mr Coombes said, “This week's assembly is an enrichment assembly on a mathematical theme. Through the presentation we look at some of the more unusual numbers within mathematics and some of their uses”.


The presentation includes some fabulous examples of student artwork too.


Apologies from Mr Coombes who referred to Mathematician Andrew Wiles as Stephen Wiles during the assembly.

Student News

Many congratulations to Hugo Nguyen 7N and Leo Nguyen 7C who competed at the u10 - 13 national table tennis championships in Warwick last weekend.


Hugo won silver in the u12 category while Leo got through to the last eight competitors.


Read more at this link

DofE Update

Well done to the students in six Silver DofE teams who all completed their assessed expedition last weekend


Mr Huq says they all got through despite the horrendous weather.


Mr Coombes added, “ The Silver DoE finished their expedition at Widdecombe. At last after so much disruption! They also rescued a man from a rapidly flooding river. Awesome”.

Excellent Work

Mrs Brooking has nominated two students this week. Ben Urbans 7S and Fiacre Chong 7P both prepared answers about where they live (our current topic) and were assessed on them.

Mrs Brooking said, “These two students extended their answers and added some super phrases and opinions”.


Link to Ben's recording


Link to Fiacre's recording

Alumni News

Jack Ayland, former student, organised the Coast to Coast Caring for Carers event last summer which saw him drive a vintage Robey tri-tandam steamroller from Lynton to Plymouth.


Jack completed the challenge to raise money to help medical research advance treatments against cancer and to support the service helping carers who look after our loved ones.


You may have seen Jack on the Devon and Cornwall documentary on Channel 4 this week and you can read more at this link.


PSHEE Activities

Today Year 7 students had a triple topic lesson - finishing off the final Emotional Logic sequence which aims to pull the whole programme together; considering and discussing positive relationships; and finally having their Year 7 class photos taken!

Year 8 students were thinking about healthy eating, designing new menu item(s) for their favourite restaurant based on the Eatwell plate and 8P were trialling a lesson from ThinkuKnow on healthy relationships - we will feed back student and tutor responses to the material and thus support development of new resources for everybody.

The Year 9 9 lesson was the second part of their Sex and Relationships sequence, and was based around the potential issues for young people arising from pornography.

Year 10 students were due to have a speaker from the Fire Service talking about Road Safety, but unfortunately due to Covid-19 this was cancelled. However the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service provided us with an excellent recorded presentation including some fairly hard hitting film clips illustrating advice and guidance about safety as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist and including a very personal testimony from a serving fire officer about an incident from his own teenage years.

We will end the year next week with more safety advice and guidance in advance of the summer break - that is in the hope that we ever get some consistent sunshine!

Ms Moreton


DHSB Alumni and Archives Website

Firstly I am very happy to say that our new Alumni and Archives website has been launched which you may be interested in. You will find all sorts there, including school magazines dating back to 1904 (with searchable optical character recognition), photographs, memories, Speech Day programmes and our own shop selling DHSB merchandise!


Here is the link if you would like to take a look:-


https://www.dhsbalumni.com/


Mrs Kinsella

Alumni Engagement & Archives and PTFA Liaison


DHSB 125 Anniversary

As you may be aware, DHSB is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Tickets are now on sale for the 125 event which will take place from midday on Saturday 9 October, continuing through the evening. Tickets include a buffet lunch, an evening meal (probably a choice of curries although no definite decision as yet), history talks and an exhibition. It will culminate in the colonnade and four main blocks being lit up. Tickets cost £30.00 and includes all of the above as well as a special commemorative brochure. There will also be a licensed bar where you will be able to buy bottles of 'Alonzo' and 'Colonnade!'

If you are in contact with any alumni please let them know and spread the word. Tickets can be bought using the link on the home page of our new website.

Mrs Kinsella

Alumni Engagement & Archives and PTFA Liaison