DHS launches a new catering outlet –The Pod
Over the summer holidays we were delighted that Harrisons Catering Services installed a fantastic new purpose built catering outlet. The Pod serves hot and cold food and is a much bigger and improved replacement for the catering cart that was situated outside the hall. The Pod will allow more students to access their much needed sustenance quicker during break and lunch times.
The central location outside the LRA means The Pod is easy to locate and quick to get to from anywhere in the school. As with all 3 of catering outlets there is a great variety of menu options with a wide selection of healthy options. All the food is prepared on site by a team of dedicated staff led by head chef Michel Ravaudet.
Karen Jefford, Community and Enterprise Manager, said ‘we are so pleased that Harrisons have invested in this new facility which means our students will have 3 excellent catering outlets to choose from all year round.’
The students have been enjoying using the new outlet during these first few weeks back with one saying ‘ I really like it, it’s bigger than the old cart but smaller than the canteen and it looks really good.’
Students complete their 426teen mentoring programme
At the end of last term three year 9 students, TJ Patrick, Sam Waller and Aidan Cawdery, received their 426teen mentoring programme certificates presented by the president of The Worthing Rotary Club (who kindly sponsor the programme) in a ceremony held at the school.
Durrington first launched the 426teen mentoring programme 5 years ago, supported by The Worthing Rotary Club and Nicki Godley from TSB, and have helped almost 100 students thrive by building their confidence and self-esteem. The mentors are volunteers, retired and working, that come from a variety of backgrounds, including solicitors and teachers.
At the start of the process the students and mentors complete a pen portrait which is used as a basis to match a student with a mentor they have common ground with and can relate to. They then take part in a ‘getting to know you’ session which is followed by 6 hour-long mentoring sessions which guide the students; giving them practical strategies on coping with stress, motivating and inspiring them and helping them understand how their studies relate to the real world of work.
Following the 6 sessions the students are presented with a certificate and continue to have contact with their mentor as they continue through the school. Past students that have completed the programme have gone on to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh scheme and take part in other extra-curricular activities they may not have had the confidence to do prior to the programme.
Sam Waller said of the programme ‘it has increased my confidence and although I still don’t know what I would like to do it has made me aware of the different jobs available. I think the programme is a good thing for people to do.’
Karen Jefford, Community and Enterprise Manger says ‘we are very grateful to the volunteer mentors and Worthing Rotary Club for their ongoing support of this fantastic programme. This programme is one of the ways in which we empower our students with knowledge about the working world, which in turns helps them to focus on the work they do in school, as they have a clear context of how important their current studies are in achieving their future goals. It is also helpful in building confidence for those students that need a boost, enabling them to take part in activities they may have otherwise shied away from. We are looking forward to continuing the programme with new students this term.’
Students shine in Performing Arts Celebration Evening
Last term on Thursday 18th July the performing arts department put on a wonderful celebration evening showcasing the many and varied talents of students from years 7 to 11. The show included 25 fantastic solo and group dance, vocal and drama performances.
The show was opened by the winners of the Durrington Has Got Talent competition held in June, the vocal harmony group A Cappella, whose sang their amazing and moving version of Colour my World. This got the show off to a wonderful start and the talents of our students continued to shine through the first half with a variety of impressive performances, including a KS3 retelling of Cinderella and Durrington Has Got Talent runners up, folk pop group Code Red. The final act of the first half was the school choir singing an original composition by outgoing head girl, Love Onwuzuruike, ‘The Sound of Music.’
After a short interval in which the audience reflected on the huge amount of talent on show the second half commenced with A Capella taking to the stage once again to sing a wonderful medley of Disney songs. They were followed by further solo and group performances which included Mia Faris on piano and a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk by a KS3 drama group. The second half also included a performance by 7ATH of their school song which had been written by the class guided by Mr Dean. The song lyrics focus on the schools vision to ‘go beyond your best’ and is as inspiring as it is catchy!
The final performance was an incredible combination of music and dance as the choir sang a medley of The Greatest Showman, accompanied by a dance choreographed and performed by Daisy Isham, Daisy O’Hara & Ruby O’Hara. The uplifting music and final display of our students talents was a fitting end to a truly memorable evening, and the audience left with smiles on their faces (and a few tears in their eyes!).
Emily Isham, Director of Performing Arts said ‘it is so exciting to get together at the end of the school year and celebrate the many talents of our students. They have all worked so hard and deserve the opportunity to showcase their hard work and talent to family, friends and staff.’
Many thanks to Mrs Isham, Miss Maughan, Mr Dean and Mr Hall for their time and dedication in ensuring our students go beyond their best by nurturing their talents and allowing them the opportunity to perform.
Wonderful work shared at the KS3 Anthology Evening
Last term, on Thursday 12th July, the outstanding English work of KS3 students was shared with teachers, parents and students at the annual Anthology Evening. Students that had shown excellence in creative writing were invited to share their work on this fantastic occasion by reading it aloud after being introduced by their teacher.
In addition to the pieces read aloud, a total of 29 pieces of work were published in the booklet that accompanied the evening and included narrative writing and monologues. All of the submissions reflected that year’s study of the crime genre; Shakespeare’s Macbeth; Life and Experiences and War –what is it good for?
From these topics came many varied and fantastic pieces of writing and the evening showcased the creative writing talents of our Durrington students, of which they should be proud. There were also prizes awarded to the students that judge, Deputy Headteacher Chris Woodcock, felt stood out. First place was awarded to Isabel Cage for her piece ‘Journeys End’ with Ivy Hite awarded second place for ‘A Memorable Afternoon’ and Thomas Garrett Dibble given third place for his piece ‘’Angel’. Chris Woodcock said ‘all of the pieces were of outstanding quality and showcased such a range of styles, it was very difficult to pick the top three, and congratulations go to all those students who are here this evening.’’
You can read for yourself all 29 of the fantastic pieces by downloading the anthology here
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