Autumn Term 2018 news
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Year 7 boys enjoy a day of dance at Chichester University
In December a group of eight year 7 boys had an exciting day out at Chichester University to explore the area of contemporary dance. The boys had been working with Miss Towson for around 7 weeks to choreograph a contemporary dance piece which they showcased on the day.
The day began with a chance for the boys to have a final rehearsal in the space they would perform. They were in one of the dance studios at Chichester University and it was exciting for the students to experience the universities excellent facilities. With lighting added to bring extra drama to their piece, the group were ready to perform in front of the 8 other schools in attendance.
They performed brilliantly and received a huge round of applause from their audience. Mrs Chaitow, PE teacher, said, ‘it was wonderful to see the boys perform in front of a live audience. They had put so much time and effort into choreographing and rehearsing the piece; it was really special to see them get the praise they deserved.’
They also had the opportunity to watch the other schools perform their pieces and were inspired by what they saw.
Following the performances and after a much needed lunch break, the boys took part in an exciting workshop led by an all-male professional dance company. They were shown new techniques and moves and given the chance to practice what they already knew. They also watched the professional company perform which was a magical moment for them.
The purpose of the day, hosted by Chichester University, was to raise the profile of boys dance, making it accessible and aspirational. Mrs Chaitow said, ‘today has been about nurturing the talent and passion of our year 7 boys that have an active interest in dance. By giving them the opportunity to meet professional male dancers, and be involved with an all-male dance event, we hope they will continue to pursue their passion for dance.’
DHS students meet Amazing Book Award winning Author Simon James Green
Eight lucky DHS students got a chance to meet Simon James Green at a book signing event at Worthing High School just before the Christmas holidays –a fantastic and exciting way to end the term!
Simon is an author, screenwriter and director. He did a Law degree at Cambridge University, but decided he loved writing and directing too much to pursue a law career. He has worked on many West End shows including The Rocky Horror Show, Rent and West Side Story, and he has also directed popular teen soap Hollyoaks, in addition to writing screenplays.
Noah Can’t Even is his first novel, and was incredibly popular at The Sussex Coast Schools’ Amazing Book Awards 2018, winning the bronze award. Noah Can’t Even and the sequel, Noah Could Never tell the hilarious and heart-warming story of one awkward teenage boy’s journey of self-discovery; tackling LGBTQ+ themes in a fun and accessible way.
‘His writing really connects with teen readers’ says Mrs Baker, DHS Study Centre Leader, ‘It’s got all the classic teenage drama; dating disasters, embarrassing parents and horrendous social faux pas! I see him as the Adrian Mole for this generation.’
Briana, a year 9 reader who attended the event, loves the comic writing style, saying, ‘just when you think things can’t get worse for Noah, Simon manages to write something so funny and so ridiculous, but you can totally believe it happening’
On meeting him and having the opportunity to ask questions, students Elise, Sacha and Cordelia found the story of how he came to get the book published really interesting. ‘I can’t believe how long it took him to write, re-write and edit the book before it got anywhere near publishing.’ They were also delighted there was a sequel, ‘It’s so great that he’s been able to write a sequel as Noah’s story is really only just getting started at the end of the first book.’
The students also enjoyed getting an insight into Simon’s own life and discovering where his ideas come from. ‘You can see where he got a lot of ideas for events in the Noah novels’ explains year 8 student Morgan, ‘His own memories of PE lessons and school trips have helped make Noah’s stories all the more real and relatable.’
It was a fantastic morning for the students to meet someone they have great admiration for, an inspiring experience that has cemented their love of reading even further. We would like to say a big thank you to Simon for taking the time to speak with our readers after the event. They loved getting a chance to talk about his books with him and we look forward to his future publications.
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