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  • Fantastic week of work experience for year 10 students

    From 4th – 8th February 279 year 10 students were out of school for the week as they embraced the opportunity of work experience. This is the highest number of students taking up the opportunity for some years. Many of the students were placed locally but some students travelled as far as Haywards Heath, Kent, Suffolk and London. All students were encouraged to find a placement in a work sector of interest to them which led to them working across a wide range of work environments including Retail, Construction, Law, Education, Architecture, Leisure, Healthcare and Civil Service.

    Huge congratulations to those students who took part, they were a credit to the school and many have gained new skills as well as valuable insights into their chosen field. The experience often plays an important role in helping them establish which elements of work they might enjoy to help them shape their future paths.  Cameron Rix who worked at IQM Software said ‘I think the experience was useful because it has provided me with knowledge on the world of work and what it’s like to work alongside other people.’ It also helps students get an insight into areas they may not have thought about before, as Max Rusbridge said of working as part of the team at Theatre Royal Brighton, ‘I’ve learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes in a theatre and how much maintenance is required.’ As well as career based advantages, work experience also helps students develop confidence and skills in team work and self-motivation. Amelia Foschini-Shaw who worked at Early Explorers Nursery said ‘It made me more confident and independent.’ Hattie Moulding who competed her work experience at The Gymnastics Company said ‘It gave me experience of talking to people I didn’t know.’

    It was not only the students who clearly got so much out of the experience, the employers also gained an additional and valuable member of their team for a week. We are delighted with the feedback we received from employers which included:

    ‘I would like to say that your students have been a credit to your school and I am confident all 3 will do extremely well in their career choices.’ HMRC.

    ‘Your student has been a ‘real ray of sunshine’ – interacting really well with the residents and being a real asset.’ Avon Manor Nursing Home

    Mrs Green, Careers Leader said “the students that have been out this week were absolutely brilliant. They have helped out in many different areas and done so sensibly and conscientiously. They have smiled throughout the five days- hopefully a sign that they have enjoyed themselves- and behaved impeccably.’’

    Year 10 work experience is a huge project to undertake and we are grateful to all the employers who partake in the scheme. Further thanks to our fantastic careers team who worked tirelessly in organising, visiting and evaluating a record number of students during their placements.

     

     

  • DHS Students showcase talents and raise money at annual Charity Concert

    On Thursday 7th February Durrington High School held their second annual charity concert in aid of local charity Guild Care. The concert showcased the musical talent of over 50 students and raised money through ticket sales, donations on the night and a raffle. The total raised was an incredible £415.25 which will go towards the fantastic work Guild Care do in the local community supporting  over 3000 people a year from ages 5 -105.

    Hosts of the evening, Leonnie and Faith

    The concert was a wonderful event and featured many incredible performances from Durrington students. The start saw a glimpse into the hard work that has been going in this years school musical ‘Bugsy Malone’. Yasmin Lowe, Brynley Griffiths and Becky Moore performed solos from the show, with Brynley accompanied by a fantastic dance from Daisy Isham. From this sneak peek it is clear the musical will be phenomenal when it is on in April.

    There were also amazing own compositions written and performed by year 10 and 11 GCSE music students, the maturity and talent of which was outstanding. Several year 11 students took to the stage to sing their GCSE solos, which they have been working on with professional singing coach Alex Jacquin, the results were breath-taking. From Leonnie Natala’s confident and incredible cover of the Alesha Keys classic ‘If I aint got you’ to Ellis James belting out Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

    Hudson Hebert performed a wonderful composition on piano and Kayleigh Bacchus played piano and sang her self-penned song. The fantastic vocal group MTV (Musical Theatre Vocals) performed before and after the interval, harmonising beautifully and bringing a fresh sound to 4 well known songs, including Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.’

    The evening ended with 3 solos accompanied by the DHS Choir which was an uplifting and powerful way to end the show. Congratulations to all students that took part in the show –it was such a fantastic night of entertainment and raised money for a very worthy cause.

    Thanks to Mrs Isham, Mr Dean and Miss Maughan for organising and facilitating the evening, Mr Davis and the Durrington Fundraisers for providing refreshments, and all of the parents, friends and family who supported the event.

    Watch highlights of the night here

  • DHS students continue Basketball success across the school

    DHS have excelled in boys basketball over the past few years, last year’s year 11 team won the district league for all 4 years they were at the school, and boys teams from across the years regularly win county cups, district leagues and district tournaments. This year that success has also included the girls’ teams, who across the years are excelling across the various competitions.

    The under 14 girls team recently made the final of the County Cup, something that hadn’t been achieved in over 10 years. This team of excellent, determined and dedicated players beat everyone on their way to the final. In the final they played against Holy Trinity in a tough game that saw them coming back regularly from 7 points down to close the gap to just a point. Despite their best efforts, as they tried to take the lead in the final minutes with attacking play, they conceded points and lost the game 30-23. They played fantastically and were a real credit to the school, Mia Farris and Tiffany Davids gave standout performances.  The great news is that reaching the final means they qualify to represent Sussex at National level later this year.

    Year 8 Girls Basketball Team

    This week we took 2 teams (year 8 and yea r9) to a U14 girls district basketball tournament. Both teams played in 7 games in a round robin tournament, the highlight of which was the year 8 team beating Bohunt an impressive 20-2. As both teams had excelled in the round robin they faced each other in a final play off for 1st and 2nd place, a moment to be very proud of. They both played exceptionally in a very close game but the year 9 team took the win 8-4. The year 9 team were crowned District Champions and the year 8 team runners up.

    The boys have also been continuing their success with the year 7s getting off to a great start winning both a district one-day tournament and the district league final this week. The one day tournament saw them play other schools in the Worthing area and they played brilliantly, winning all their games and beating Shoreham Academy in the final to win the tournament. They had also been progressing well in the district league and reached the final, which they played this week against Shoreham, winning an impressive 42-22. Stand out player was Will Pinkney.

    The year 9 and 11 boys have also had impressive seasons and have reached the district final for their year group. These will be played next week –good luck boys!

    Year 7 Boys Basketball Team

  • DHS win the U15 County Futsal Football County Tournament

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  • Brighton Science Festival comes to DHS!

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  • Poppy James has a winning rugby moment

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  • Autumn Term 2018 news

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  • Year 7 boys enjoy a day of dance at Chichester University

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  • DHS students meet Amazing Book Award winning Author Simon James Green

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