Year 10 design and technology students go behind the scenes at MINI
Almost 50 GCSE design and technology students had the fantastic opportunity to visit the Mini Plant in Oxford on Thursday 12th March. The plant is the largest and oldest of the three MINI plants in the UK and is where all the parts are assembled and come together to make road-ready MINI cars.
The trip was a great way to enhance the students classroom learning of key subject topics such as automation, robotics, production lines, quality assurance, quality control and job role changes. The large group were split into small groups of 12 and taken on the two-hour tour of the plant which gave them the opportunity to see the production and assembly line in full swing. They were able to ask relevant questions and build on their knowledge as they watched with interest all the different stages of production and assembly. They also learnt about the impact of electric vehicle technology and how this has led to adaptation of the production line.
Miss Wade, Head of Design and Technology, said ‘Being able to see what they had been learning about in a real-world setting has been invaluable to deepening the students understanding of many areas of the exam syllabus. Having this experience as a reference point as they continue their studies gives them a great foundation to refer back to. It is also a really inspiring trip for them as it shows where their skills and knowledge of D&T can take them.’
Many thanks to Miss Wade for organising and facilitating the trip.
National Careers Week at DHS
Durrington High School embraced National Careers Week by offering students fun career-based activities and the opportunity to meet with a variety of employers and vocational education providers. It was a really engaging week for all students who visited the lunchtime stalls, whether they were year 7s inspired by the idea of a particular career path or year 11s chatting to the post 16 provider they will be heading to in September.
During period one form groups took part in three quizzes in an effort to win prizes. The quizzes were designed to get the students thinking about the variety of jobs that exist, but also challenged them to think about how the job market changes and evolves. They explored the idea of career paths by asking students what jobs celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle had done before becoming famous. Congratulations go to 7KCo, 8JAs, 9ACa, 10SHn and 11STr for getting the top scores in their respective year groups.
Staff throughout the school were also asked to complete and display a poster which detailed their own career path. This provided a fantastic stimulus to provoke discussion around career paths and how they are usually a wavy line rather than a straight one! It was also a great chance for students to find out information about their teachers that surprised them. ‘Talking about career paths in really important’ says Mr Henry, Careers Leader, ‘at this age students can sometimes feel pressured to know exactly what career they want which can be overwhelming. Opening up the conversation reassures them they there is plenty of time to find the right job for them, and that during that process they will learn and develop many different skills.’
The lunchtime exhibition was a huge success with 30 different employers and education providers visiting the school over the five days. As well as taking advantage of a few freebies such as pens and sweets, the students took part in activities and challenges which gave an insight into jobs. A popular example was trying to beat a robot at completing a Rubik’s Cube with the computer coding team at HMRC. There was an excellent range of career opportunities on show and the students had a great time engaging with employers such as Schneider Eurotherm, the Grand Hotel Brighton and Sussex Police. It was also a really useful opportunity for students planning on going to university to talk to both Chichester and Sussex University about the options available and the various routes to being accepted. For the more immediate future they were also able to discover the fantastic range of courses offered at local colleges GB Met, Chichester and Worthing.
Mr Henry said, ‘National Careers Week is a great opportunity to bring careers into the spotlight. We have been delighted to welcome our partners to school throughout the week to inspire and engage our students. We are very grateful to them all for taking the time to visit us and provide valuable information and insights to our students.’
Durrington High School has a robust careers programme with dedicated events for different year groups such as year 7/8 university visits and year 10 work experience. National Careers Week is a key part of this programme and a wonderful way for students across the whole school to get involved and start thinking about careers. The highly knowledgeable careers team were also on hand all week to answer any questions from students and again the week was a great way to highlight to students that the careers team are there to support and guide them throughout their time at DHS.
Many thanks to the following employers and education providers for supporting us during the week and making such a positive impact on our students:
GB Met (Childcare and Early Years, Hairdressing, Special Effect Make-up, Fashion and Design, Carpentry, Engineering, Media/Theatrical Make-up, Business, Travel and Tourism, Beauty Therapy, Games Development)
BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music)
Worthing FC Academy
The Grand Hotel
West Sussex Police
The Addams Family – a freakishly fantastic DHS musical
Durrington High School have produced yet another magnificent musical, getting rave reviews from all who saw it. The Addams Family musical is not as well-known as past productions such as Bugsy Malone, Les Misérables and Oliver, but it was a resounding success thanks to the hard work of staff and students. Rehearsals began in September and the cast have worked tirelessly since then to ensure the performance was perfect.
The story focuses on Wednesday Adams (Ruby Childe) falling in love with ‘normal’ boy Lucas Beineke (Alfie O’Kane). Both children want their parents to give them just one ‘ordinary night’ when the families meet for the first time at The Addams’ home. What follows is a hilarious series of events in which Gomez Adams (Thomas Mitchell) struggles to please both his daughter and wife Morticia (Ava Hodgson), and Mr and Mrs Beineke (Ellie Lossing-Smith and Harvey Smith) have an awakening to return to a more care free life.
The performances from the main cast were superb. Their talents really shone as they took on solos with fast paced, witty lyrics, conveying humour and meaning whilst being pitch perfect. Alfred Newman did a fantastic job portraying a man in love with the moon(!) as Uncle Fester and Jamie Bunce was an imposing and hilarious Lurch. Joshua Tomley made a fantastic Grandma amusing the audience with physical comedy and exaggerated expressions. The energy from Ruby Childe was wonderful as she convinced as a stroppy teenager in love and Morgan Pharaoh did a great job of playing her devious younger brother Pugsley. Tom Mitchel was hilarious as Gomez Addams with his understated delivery and perfectly timed one-liners. Ava Hodson’s Morticia commanded attention whenever she was on stage and Ellie Losing-Smith, Harvey Smith and Alfie O’Kane gave excellent performances as the nervous and confused Beineke family. The cast were supported by over 60 ancestors who were on stage throughout the performance, remaining in character the whole time. Dressed in all white costumes and portraying the dead from across many different eras they looked amazing, there were even some famous faces such as Elvis Presley in amongst them.
The band did an outstanding job, especially given that the musical has minimal dialogue and they played almost continually throughout the 2-hour performance. Led by Anne Whiteside the band comprised both students and staff and they played each of the 24 numbers expertly.
The professional lighting and sound team were supported by year 11 student Tom Payne. Tom has played a key part in the lighting and sound direction of all DHS productions during his time with us and will be much missed next year as he moves on to college. The backstage crew, Neve Crutchlow and Josh Shanley were brilliant; moving the scenery and making sure all the props were in the right place at the right time.
Audience members were delighted with the show commenting on the school Facebook page with praise such as ‘Really enjoyed the show! Well done to everyone involved, amazing talent and very entertaining.’, Congratulations to everyone involved, you should feel very proud of the high standard of show you’ve produced.’, ‘Another fantastic evening spent watching the outstanding talented students of our school. Loved every minute of it’ and ‘Fantastic! Enjoyed it so much! Amazing talent.’
Emily Isham, Director of Performing Arts and the show, said, ‘The DHS musical is an absolute pleasure to direct. Year on year our students surpass my expectations with their talents and commitment. It is such a team effort and everyone involved makes me proud to be part of such a wonderful event.’
Huge thanks to Emily and the performing arts team, April Cross, David Hall, Cyrus Dean and Beth Maughan, for giving the students such a fabulous opportunity to perform. Thanks also to Zofia Reeves, Laura Pritchard, Georgia Garrod, Jo Owen, Lizzie Wolstenholme and Lindsay Tunbridge-Adams for supporting the production.
Now, for next year……
Insightful experience at the Better Business Show
Fun and inspiring half term trip to New York
Durrington High student Aston Upton crowned British Open Junior Sporter Champion
U16 girls and boys football teams reach County Cup final
Year 10 students get valuable experience in the work place
DHS embrace Safer Internet Day exploring what ‘free to be me’ means online
Super success as DHS place first in their heat of new competition Dance Live
Year 7 students shine at the MFL Spelling Bee
More success in the county finals for the KS4 badminton teams
An exciting insight into secondary school geography for year 5 and 6 students
Students make a pledge for Time to Talk Day
Exciting Science opportunities for Durrington High Students
Mock results day for the mock exams
Youth Sport Trust Step into Sport Camp equips students with vital leadership skills
Double success for the KS4 badminton teams
Students take to the (dry) slopes as they prepare for an incredible half term trip to Austria
GCSE PE students enjoy learning about physiotherapy as a potential career path with visit from Worthing Hospital team
Year 9 students inspired by Chichester’s art and architecture
U16 girls football team reach last 16 of the National Cup
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