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9 June 2023

Many congratulations to our 1st XI who have had a fantastic season.

Mr Manley reports the team has won the Devon Wednesday League Division One, the League Cup and the Respect Award.

Well done!


On Wednesday this week Mr Coombes led a whole school virtual assembly on language.

His presentation is available here for you to view at home.

Mr Manley and Mr Winstone also delivered an important message to help students understand the potential risks of vape use and more specifically vapes containing THC.

Excellent Work

Miss Walker has shared this example of excellent work by Jack Chen 10N

She said, “Jack has completed a piece of work evaluating the cosmological argument as a way of proving God's existence. He has used philosophical opinions and terms to great effect and makes superb judgements”.

Senior Physics Challenge

Four Year 12 members of the DHSB Physics Society entered this year's Senior Physics Challenge, run by the British Physics Olympiad. All four received a Silver Award certificate and these were presented by Dr Colvile just before half term.

Rhys Cunningham's achievement just one mark off the silver/gold boundary places him in the top 10% of students entering this notoriously challenging test of individual problem-solving skills under examination conditions.

This year silver awards were allocated to the top 30% of entrants.

Many congratulations to Rick de Wilde, Ben Grieve, Archie Chalk and Rhys Cunningham.

Creative Arts Update

Musical Theatre Workshop

Students enjoyed a brilliant workshop from Sam Hill and Cameron Mills focusing on musical theatre techniques, using Les Mis as a stimulus. The day was filled with three separate workshops, utilising different voice ranges for each. Sam and Cameron were extremely impressed with the standard of performance in all of the workshops, and made great progress with all our double and triple threat performers!

We have some very talented musical theatre actors in school.

Gig on the Green

A gloriously sunny day just before half term meant that we had around 45 minutes of excellent outdoor entertainment from our school bands and solo artists from Year 7 to the headline act - almost ‘Muse’ in Year 12.

Well done to all involved, it was thoroughly enjoyable!

These performers and many more will be taking part in the Summer Festival on stage during the afternoon of Friday 14 July.

Music Recital Evening, Thursday 22 June 6.00pm - 8.00pm

It is important that our students are celebrated for their achievements both in and out of school and at this exclusive concert we will be inviting an audience to listen to recital pieces that are of grade 5 ABRSM standard and above.

Students spend many hours working to develop musical performance and we are delighted to present these students performing for the attending audience who will also enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapes.

Featuring both the DHSBO and the DHSB Brass Group, in the glorious Stoke Damerel Church, with canapes made and served by Year 9 catering students, this is set to be an exquisite evening.

Do bring friends and family - any funds raised after hire and costs will go toward developing the Creative Arts opportunities and equipment.

Tickets are available on the DHSB shop and the cost includes all refreshments.


Well done to the following students in their music exams:

Billy Dent – Grade 7 Drums – Merit

Leo Bryan – Grade 2 Drums – Distinction

Art Competition

Get involved! Photography competition - details below!

Exim Dance

Dont forget - Exim Movement workshops are being provided to us in the Edgcumbe Theatre on Mondays from 3.30pm - 4.30pm every week until the end of term - bring water and loose clothing - any age or experience.

Exim mentioned our new partnership in their recent newsletter which you can read at this link.

Instrumental Lessons

If you are interested in starting lessons in September, here is the form attached - our singing, guitar, drums and bass lessons are full this term.

Student News

Well done to Evan Walker 8C who is a member of the City of Plymouth Trampoline and Gymnastics Club.

Evan recently competed in the southwest regional final and came top of his group which means he has now been selected to be part of the southwest team for the inter regional final taking place at the English Institute of Sport (Sheffield) in September.

Evan also has a competition this weekend in Telford which is a national qualifier for the English Championships next month and his first competition at this level.

PSHEE Activities

It has become traditional for us to hold a spelling and grammar competition for students in Year 7 - 10 during the summer term and this year students were asked to compose a poem, limerick or short story (max 100 words). Students had to incorporate a set of words (different for each year group) suggested by members of staff as being often spelled incorrectly, and a few random nouns to make the stories more interesting!

Winners from each year will be awarded after judging by myself and Mr Manley, with immediate disqualification for any spelling or grammatical errors, or going over the word count. Results will be announced in the next few weeks.

We also had a group of Year 10 students working with Mr Manley to catch up on the sex and relationships education lessons they missed due to taking part in DofE expeditions during the earlier part of this term. All Year 10 students will complete this sequence next week with a final lesson on safe and healthy relationships.

Ms Moreton

Child Safety Week

This is child safety week and Ms Weaver has asked me to share a link to these resources regarding safety around dogs, sent to us by the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Sports Update


Well played to the Year 10 cricket team who are unfortunately out of the Devon Cup after losing to a strong Plymouth College team.


Mr Carpenter reports a fantastic result for the Year 7 athletics team at the Plymouth school championships on Wednesday.

The DHSB team took second place but, when their results were combined with the DHSG team, they finished as champions!

There were some brilliant performances - well done everyone!


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