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  • DHS celebrate National Careers Week

    From  4th  -8th March pupils at Durrington High School were treated to an exciting and inspiring programme to celebrate National Careers Week. The school already has an extensive careers programme, including the whole of year 7 visiting the University of Brighton, a careers day for year 10 and a careers Fair for year 11 students, but National Careers Week is a particular highlight as all students across the school can get involved.

    Throughout the week there were a variety of activities for students to take part in during tutor time. Some of these included competitions and on Friday a prize draw was made with winners selected from each year group.

    The main programme was the fantastic lunchtime careers fair that took place each day in the mall at which a variety of local businesses and post 16 education providers exhibited.  Students were able to ask questions, take home information and on some stalls take part in an activity. There were even sweets on offer from HMRC upon competition of a quiz, and many more freebies on offer such as selfie sticks, pens and notebooks.

    GB Met College were there to show students the benefits of their childcare, general vocation, uniformed services, electronic engineering, construction and engineering, apprenticeships and fashion and textiles courses. This included a very popular design a tote bag competition where students could win the chance to make their designs a reality and experience the fantastic facilities at GB Met textiles department. Congratulations to Summer Hunt, Chloe Flux, Molly Stringer, Amelia Locke, Oliver Mangoro, Ella Wheelhouse and Ben Norton who will all get the chance to see their designs come to life.

    Hairdressing academy Richard John, Steve Willis Traders and Reflections Nursery were on hand to speak to students about the benefits of apprenticeships. GSK also had a stall and students could take part in interactive activities, including taking fingerprint swabs which were then incubated and brought back 2 days later, showing the students what had grown from the samples! It was quite eye-opening!

    Plumpton College, Sussex Cricket and Chichester Colleges catering department were also in attendance, as well as both Sussex University and the University of Brighton. Students also had the chance to find out more about a career in the Armed Forces and Sussex Police.

    The mall was busy and buzzing every day of National Careers Week with students able to access all this information and speak to people who are passionate about their work. National Careers Week is an important way to ensure our young people are given a wide range of advice and options so, even  the year 7 students, start to think about what they gravitate towards and what their futures might hold.

    Many thanks to all the careers team for giving our students such an excellent programme and to all the external visitors who made the week so fantastic.

  • Year 7 students visit the past as they explore Hampton Court Palace

    On Wednesday 6th March 60 year 7 students headed back in time as they visited the historic and beautiful Hampton Court Palace. The trip compliments their history curriculum which currently focuses on the Tudor times. This is the first of three trips planned this term and by the Easter holidays over all 180 students will have the opportunity to visit the palace.

    It was an early start with the students leaving at 7.30am to embark on a 2 hour coach journey to get to the palace. Shortly after they arrived they attended an hour long workshop, with the teacher in full Tudor dress. This was an exciting and interactive session in which the students had the opportunity to act out the story of William and Mary coming to power.

    After the workshop the students were able to explore the palace and the grounds, completing their workbooks at they did, which helped them focus on the unique features of the palace such as paintings.  The students also really enjoyed exploring the maze, which proved so much fun they insisted on completing it several times over.

    Another favourite part of the palace was the weapons room in which the walls were completely covered in all types of weapons from the past. The students were impressed with the sheer amount of weaponry on show. They also expressed disbelief at the size of the house, finding it fascinating that people had actually lived there.

    Joanna Collins, History Teacher and trip organiser, said ‘it is a really valuable experience for the students to see with their own eyes the former residence of Henry VIII and learn about its history. Having been there themselves it is a great reference point when we continue our learning about the Tudors, focusing on Henry VII next term.’

    We are sure the students attending the future trips to the palace will have the same valuable and enjoyable experience.

  • U15 girls Futsal team progress to the Southern finals

    The U15 Girls Futsal team have continued their earlier success and progressed to the Southern area finals after beating Seaford Head 5-4 in the Sussex final last week. It was a tight game against a very tough team that included 2 players who represent Wales at International level. The 5 a-side game is fast moving, includes smaller goals and is played indoors with a heavier ball.

    The team comprises Amelia Lovelock, Georgia Upperton, Katelon Goldsmith, Keely Taylor, Phoebe Lindup, Grace Watkins and Mia Faris. They played excellently as a team with Grace scoring a hat trick and Katelon getting the other 2 goals. The player of the match was awarded to Georgia for an outstanding performance at centre back.

    The team will now head to Bedford on 20th March to represent Sussex in the Southern area finals. If they win there they will go on to represent the South of England in the National finals. Already such a huge achievement, we wish them luck later this month. Watch this space!

  • Durrington High School wins Youth Sports Trust Outstanding Secondary School Award

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  • Students soak up the art and culture during Half Term trip to Florence

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  • Rock Challenge team showcase their fantastic 2019 piece

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  • Fantastic week of work experience for year 10 students

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

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  • DHS students continue Basketball success across the school

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  • 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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  • 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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