DHS code-breakers rise to the challenge
Eight DHS students spent a busy autumn term working on weekly code breaking challenges as part of the National Cipher Challenge. For ten consecutive weeks the students were given two challenges to complete within a specific amount of time. Challenge A was slightly easier and by correctly completing it they could access challenge B.
The Cipher club worked together after school and also individually at home to solve the challenges. For the first seven weeks the students were able to solve the challenges on the night of the club but as they got tougher their commitment shone through as they took the challenges home to work on. They could then come back together to pool ideas and solve the more difficult challenges.
Their hard work and commitment paid off as they completed every challenge set correctly and always within the allotted time frame. Some of the challenges involved solving complex mathematical equations and writing computer programmes. The most difficult challenge was the final one which was due in by 9th January, but the dedicated group managed to compete it before the Christmas holidays.
435 schools took part in the National Cipher Challenge and we were delighted that Durrington High School placed 18th. A huge achievement made even more impressive by the fact that the majority of the top 17 schools were either private or had sixth forms.
On Wednesday the team were presented with a copy of Michael Smith’s Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park by to recognise their hard work and success. Huge congratulations to our code breaking geniuses – Tom Thorogood, Mridul Shrestha, James Burry, Aarash Jazayeri, Archie Sloan, Zainab Hoque, Scott Haysom and Beth Teakle.
Fantastic debut season for the year 7 girls football team
The year 7 girls football team had a terrific first season with an unbeaten run up to the district final. This is particularly impressive as not only are they a brand new team but many of the girls did not know one another before joining football club. The girls are now great friends and are continuing to participate in an array of sports together now the school football season is over. The team is made up of Tia Stone, Ashleigh Bartram, Emily Beadle, Mia Brown, Sirine Merabet, Bettie Martin, Olivia Davis, Erin Kennett, Jessica Quinn, Elizabeth Claydon, Tegen Dalmon and Keeley Lewis.
All the players have made a huge contribution to the success of the team and have developed in so many ways which is a delight to see. However one player in particular, Ashleigh, has really developed her skill and ability to take on defenders with confidence. This has made a dramatic impact on Ashleigh’s game and impacted many of the matches the team have played.
The season started with a 4-2 win against Ashbourne, including a superb hat trick from Tia Stone. We then came across Angmering and won 4-1. Following this, we had a great game against Bohunt winning 9-0, with great goals from Tia, Bettie, Olivia and Ashleigh. After this, we played a very tight game against Shoreham winning 1-0 with a goal from Tia. This win took the team through to the semi-final against Davison which they eased through with a 5-0 win! Tia scored 2 goals, Emily scored 2 and Ashleigh scored 1.
It was then time for the final where the team faced Angmering. This was by far one of the most inspiring and challenging games the team played. The score was 3-3 at full time, and 4-4 following the 10 minutes of extra time, so the team had to take on the dreaded penalty shootout. Both teams scored their first 3 penalties which led to a nail biting sudden death situation in which Angmering scored and we unfortunately missed giving Angmering the win. Despite the initial disappointment, the team left the pitch with pride and their heads held high. The final was played in a fantastic manner by two very evenly matched teams, who were both very competitive and great ambassadors to their respective schools. It was the kind of game that could have gone either way and neither team deserved to be the runner up –but that’s the game! The final was a great advert for girls sport in the district and we are really excited to watch this team develop and grow throughout their time at Durrington.
By Miss Trafford, year 7 football team coach.
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