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  • Race for Life -Team Durrington raise over £5000 for Cancer Research UK

    We are extremely proud of our 384 strong team that took on the Race for Life in wet and windy conditions on Sunday 16th June. The team of students, staff and family members that took part in the 5km race included boys for the first time, in line with the new central Race for Life changes. We are delighted to have surpassed last year’s total and have so far raised an incredible £5044.65 (plus an additional £997.75 in Gift Aid).

    In preparation for the event Miss Wolstenholme, Ivy and Lila Hite and Lara Beale took part in a radio interview on the BBC Sussex breakfast show. It was an early start of 7.15am on a Saturday morning but they all spoke eloquently and passionately about how much they enjoyed taking part and how important the charity was.

    The Durrington High School registration area was busy from around 9.30am and the team were easily identifiable in their Team Durrington pink t-shirts. It was very blustery and even when the rain was coming in sideways as people huddled under trees and umbrellas everyone kept smiling! It was fantastic to see the students helping each other out as they pinned their running numbers on and added glitter, pom poms and face paints to their outfits. One group of girls were huddled under an umbrella as the rain poured down, but said they were ‘cold but excited’ and still ‘glad they had signed up to take part.’

    Many participants in the Race for Life have unfortunately experienced the devastating impact cancer can have and run in memory of loved ones.  For many Durrington students, taking part was a way for them to remember their classmate Keira Campbell, who very sadly died from leukaemia at the beginning of the year. Seeing Keira’s photograph on the back of so many students’ T-shirts was very special and made the whole team determined to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause that effects so many people’s lives.

    As more and more of the team arrived, Steyne Gardens was taken over by Team Durrington T-shirts as everyone posed for photographs and chatted together. It was then time for the much needed warm up, and the rain decided to pour again! Finally, it was time to head to the start line and everyone was eager to get going.

    The team set off to the cheering and encouragement of the crowd, and many Durrington staff members that were not running, were there to cheer them on. It was a great atmosphere and the rain even stopped for a while!

    PE teacher Maisie Trafford was the first Team Durrington member (and joint first overall) to cross the line with an incredible time of 17 minutes and 35 seconds. The first student to cross the line was not far behind, Jenson Price achieved a PB, despite the conditions, finishing in 20 minutes and 57 seconds. A fantastic achievement!

    As the rest of the team certainly warmed up as they made their way around the course and as they finished they were glowing with pride. Lizzie Wolstenholme, PE Teacher and lead teacher for the event said, ‘Today we have entered our biggest team yet into Race for Life and I could not be prouder. Every student that has participated in this event today has done so with a smile on their face and have been an absolute credit to our school. As well as raising money for an important charity the students have learnt what a positive impact taking part in a team sporting event can have. They have strengthend friendships and felt huge pride in knowing they have been part of something very special.’

    Huge thanks must go to Miss Wolstenholme and Mrs Larks for their hard work in organising Team Durrington’s participation in the Race for Life. We are very grateful for their efforts in ensuing another successful year and giving our students such a fantastic opportunity.

  • Active day for Durrington Students

    On Wednesday 5th June 28 year 9 students, all of who are taking GCSE PE next year, headed to the University of Chichester for their annual Festival of Sport. It is a fantastic day full of opportunities for the students to try out new sports as well as experiencing the great facilities at the university. Students had much to choose from as there were over 45 sessions taking place. From more traditional sports such as athletics, 5 aside football and netball students could also find out about wheelchair basketball, American football and archery.

    The students, who were selected to attend the festival due to how often they had represented Durrington in sporting competitions this year, had a brilliant day. As well as finding out about a range of sports they also had the chance to test their own abilities with sessions such as ‘agility testing’, ‘how do you perform in the cold?’ and ‘the rowing challenge’.

    Nathan Poole, Durrington High PE teacher, who took the students, said, ‘it has been a great day, the students have loved finding out about the different sports and experiencing the university campus. The Festival of Sport is a great way to raise the aspirations of our students, showing them what is possible if they continue to pursue sports as a career.’

    On the same day students from years 7, 8 and 9 took part in the local athletics tournament Steyning Novices.  It was a great day and year 8 won overall and year 9 placed second. There were standout performances from year 8 student Halle Mangat who won both the discus and the 200m. Hollie Nichols, also year 8, won the shotput and Heidi Sheridan, year 9, took first place in the javelin competition. The students were a credit to the school and rightly proud of their achievements.

    Many thanks to the PE team who ensure the students at Durrington High are offered every opportunity to take part in sporting competitions and events.

  • A taste of Durrington for the new year 7 intake

    This week Durrington High School opened its doors to the new year 7 intake, due to start at the school in September. All new students, currently in year 6 across a range of primary schools, were offered the opportunity to take part in up to 3 taster sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. They could choose from a wide range of subjects including active computing, in which students explored how companies sort through and search data using physical games, and design technology where they made an acrylic keyring. They could also learn cooking skills in the food technology sessions and increase their vocabulary playing word games in English. The taster sessions are a fantastic chance for the students to get a first look at the school, meet fellow students and learn new skills.

    Over 100 students attended each day and the sessions were a great success. April Cross, who ran the drama session where students explored team building games, said ‘the students were amazing, energetic and inspiring to work with.’ During the art sessions the students produced some fantastic portraits using wax resist techniques and those taking the textiles workshop experimented with weaving and mixed media.  Students were able to explore the many sporting opportunities available at DHS in PE sessions, which included the chance to try out the fantastic fitness suite where the rowing machines proved very popular, and a dance workshop focused on contemporary technique.

    It was also a chance for the year 6 students to try out activities and learn new skills as they took part in lessons they may not have experienced in primary school. The Spanish and French classes, where the students learnt how to express opinions about food and drink were very popular, perhaps helpful to their summer holidays this year! They also looked at the rainforest in geography sessions, discovering why it is such a difficult place for humans to inhabit, whilst in history they discovered what our lives would be like if we lived in Medieval England. In the maths sessions, students worked in teams to solve problems against the clock in a relay format and in science they designed a helicopter.

    The full range of sessions offered students a glimpse of the learning they can look forward to in September and the year 6 students enjoyed their first experience of life at Durrington High School. Naomi Bridgeman-Sweeney, Assistant Headteacher, said, ‘the taster sessions are a wonderful way to welcome our new intake to the school prior to the transfer day in July. It gives them a chance to build confidence and become familiar with their new school. We hope they leave us inspired and excited about joining Team Durrington and eager to return in July.’

  • Success at the District Athletics

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  • DofE students successfully complete their qualifying expedition

    34 students from Durrington High School completed their bronze DofE qualifying expedition over the weekend of the 11th and 12th May. This is one of the 4 components that make up the DofE award along with skills, volunteering and physical. There are almost 90 DHS year 9 students taking part in the DofE this year, and this group are the first to undertake the expedition component. They all rose to the challenge, completing their hikes within the allotted time and can now tick off this key part of their DofE challenge.

    Six teams in total set out on Saturday morning. Three teams starting at Patcham and walking to Plumpton where they camped overnight and then continuing to Stamner Park to finish on Sunday. The other three teams did the reverse routes meaning the whole six teams camped at the same location on the Saturday night. They had a complete mix of weather with rain, and even hail, on the Saturday and beautiful sunshine on the Sunday. It was hard work as they each hiked approximately 26km in total over the 2 days and had to carry all their camping equipment with them which was around 12kgs in weight.

    Team Bravo, made up of Henry Burgess, Ben Trussler, Guy Charles and Ethan Peerless, really enjoyed the experience and felt very proud of themselves, ‘We completed the hike and felt really proud at the end. It was hard work but totally worth it.’ They also said that the training session at the beginning of the Easter holidays had been very useful and their top tips were to ‘always make sure you have a map, compass and torch, but most importantly work together as team.’ The students really enjoyed the camping element, where their cookery skills came into play as they made frankfurter pasta for their evening meal and a cooked breakfast of beans, bacon and bread in the morning. They were not too happy about the 5.30am wake up, due to the light creeping in, but they certainly slept well on Sunday night!

    Congratulations to all the students who took part and move closer to gaining their Bronze DofE certification. Many thanks to Steve Briscoe, Chris Davis, Karen Chester, Jack Griffiths and Laura Pritchard for ensuring the expedition went smoothly and giving the students such a fantastic opportunity to build skills and experiences that will contribute to their futures.

    Good luck to the 50 or so remaining students who undertake their qualifying expedition in July.

  • Year 10 careers day a great success

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  • Durrington High School continues to play a key role in the educational landscape and joins SSAT Leading Edge programme

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  • Students shine at Skoolfest 19

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  • Year 7s inspired by University outreach programme

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  • Rock Challenge team dazzle in Portsmouth

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  • Durrington High School host KS1 cricket festival

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  • 89 DHS students undertake their vital DofE training assessments

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  • Fantastic debut season for the year 7 girls football team

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  • DHS code-breakers rise to the challenge

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  • Durrington High School has made me become more confident in myself by encouraging me to just go for it! The extra-curricular activities have offered me good opportunities to work with new people and meet new friends, resulting in me feeling safe and content at school.