Team Durrington Step into Summer
On Sunday 12th July almost 450 staff, students and their families took part in a virtual event to mark the end of the summer term. ‘Step into Summer’ invited all members of Team Durrington to complete a distance of 3km, 5km, 10km or 20km by walking, cycling or running. Everyone who signed up was given a race number to wear whilst taking part and encouraged to set off at around 9.30am.
To help everyone feel connected participants were also asked to send in photos proudly displaying their race numbers, which they did in droves. The school social media pages were abuzz with a variety of celebratory photos and happy smiling faces. So many families entered together and students met up with their friends (socially distanced) to take part. There were even participants in Oxford, France and Australia!
It was a beautiful sunny day and some people took to the seafront, enjoying the sea breeze and waving to others taking part. Many enjoyed the stunning scenery of the South Downs, visiting Cissbury Ring, Arundel and Devils Dyke among other places. Year 9 student Amelia Farley and her mum completed just over 5k walking along the seafront from George Vth Avenue to Splash point and back, saying, ‘We were overtaken by Miss Wolstenholme running and Mr Poole on his bike. We also said hello to Mrs Wallis-Tayler. We had a lovely paddle in the sea on the way back.’ Year 10 student Alex Walker, who walked with fellow year 10 student Ed Price said ‘We had a great time and want to thank everyone at team DHS.’ LRA Manger Mrs Baker said, ‘We had a great long walk this morning, the dog enjoyed a swim along the way too!’ Year 8 student Amelie Crutchlow ‘had a brilliant time, did 3km walking then jumped on bikes for the rest all along our wonderful seafront and down the pier’ with her mum and sister year 10 student Neve and friends Jess Townsend and Laura Heeley.
Mr Woodcock, Head of School said, ‘We were determined to finish the school year by coming together in a safe way. The idea of all taking part in a physical activity at the same time meant we could mark the end of term together yet apart. It was wonderful to see so many students enjoying the occasion with their families and spending time together.’
Step into Summer was a huge success and testament to the fact that although the school year has been unlike any that has been experienced before, the Team Durrington spirit remains the same; positive, determined and supportive.
Durrington students complete a 24-hour run to raise money for #DHS4NHS
Following on from the success of the #DHS4NHS 5km and 500 challenges, four brave students decided they wanted to take on a challenge of their own and continue raising money for this important campaign. All funds raised as part of #DHS4NHS go directly to Friends of Worthing Hospital and the total now raised is £4520 (plus £951.85 in Gift Aid).
It was a family affair with sisters and cousins Freya and Erin Cummins and Isla and Evie Knapp took on an incredibly tough challenge – the P24 – in which they ran 1.12 miles every hour on the hour for 24 hours. They did an amazing job, covering then distance of a marathon in 24 hours with little rest in between each run. They run took place on the longest day, beginning at 8am on Saturday 21st June with the last run at 7am on Sunday 22nd June. We are hugely proud of their initiative, drive and community spirit as well as their physical strength and determination.
They were supervised and encouraged on every run by mum /Aunty Lori, who said ‘It was difficult to keep us all fueled throughout the run and although not as hard on the body as a real marathon it was mentally far harder, as it would have been so easy to give up due to tiredness and pain. I’m really proud of the four girls who did a great job.’
Here the girls reflect on the experience:
Isla Knapp (year 11)
‘Over the 24hrs we ran 7 different routes including one on the beach at 5am to watch the sunrise. We had a 20-minute snooze each and a lovely shower as well as the occasional dip in the pool. We walked the routes from 1am to 4am as we were just too tired but other than that we ran most of them. We managed to sleep for 4hrs once we had finished completely and then had a massive breakfast to start the day. We are all very tired and rather sore but it is definitely worth it for the bragging rights we all have now.
One of the most difficult parts for me was the half way run as it felt like you should be about to finish but we still had over 12 miles to go and my knees started to hurt, but our Nana came to our rescue with pain relief gel to cure our ailments!
The last run was also incredibly hard as we were so tired and sore, plus it had started to rain, but we got through it and now I couldn’t be more proud of us all. It was also one of the best parts as we knew that we were so nearly finished and we were joined by Grandma, and other family members who ran with us (socially distancing of course) and gave me the boost I needed to finish.
My favourite moment was the beach run at 5am as we were joined by Run Academy Worthing and we got to watch the sun rise. It was also amazing to have the fire pit which kept us awake during the night!’
Erin Cummins (Year 10) ‘I also found the most difficult part was getting to mile 12 and then realising how much your legs hurt and how tired you were whilst also being aware that you were only half way. I loved the beach run at 5am and the 4am run because it was starting to get lighter outside which meant that we were almost finished. I felt felt tired and sore the next day but felt much better the next day.’
Evie Knapp (Year 9) ‘I found the most difficult parts were the runs we did during the heat of the day, I much preferred the evening runs as the temperature was cooler. At the end I was proud that I had done it, I felt good in the morning but a bit sore.’
Freya Cummins (Year 8) ‘The most difficult part was sitting down for 50 minutes and the having to do it all again! The best part was finally finishing and being able to sleep and rest my legs. At the end I felt very tired and sore but very proud that I had done it.’
Well done girls! A fantastic family effort and wonderful to continue to raise money for Worthing Hospital. If you would like to donate the Just Giving page is still open here
New sports facilities under construction at Durrington High School
Durrington High School is delighted to confirm that the construction of the new sports hall is well underway. Following the approval of plans earlier this year work began 6 weeks ago and much progress has been made. The impressive skeleton structure, using approximately 625 tonnes of concrete and 25 tonnes of steel, is now in place. Sue Marooney, Executive Headteacher, said, ‘It is really exciting to finally see the tangible beginnings of a project that has long been in the planning. This development is of huge significance to our school and the local community and I am delighted with the progress made so far. I look forward to the huge positive difference these improved facilities will make once completed.’
Following a lengthy and thorough tender process Collinson Construction were appointed to carry out the works. They say:
‘’Collinson Construction are incredibly proud to be working in partnership with Durrington High School on such an exciting project. As a family owned and run business, we pride ourselves on our strong company ethos and values which also mirror the schools. Our clients are at the heart everything we do thus resulting in superb projects and solid relationships being built.
We cannot wait to see this project develop, and look forward to the students having access to use the full range of facilities upon completion of the project. We have seen first-hand how these amazing sports hubs allow students to develop their fitness and wellbeing, in a safe and secure environment. As well as providing them with a creative space to learn and grow.’’
Alongside construction of the sports hall the existing outdoor courts are being updated and resurfaced, Netball and Tennis will be the primary sports. These new courts will also have the added benefit of LED floodlighting, this will significantly increase their usability and enhance the quality of play throughout the year. These vast improvements will not only serve the Durrington High students but the wider community too.
Both the sports hall and courts have been designed to meet all Sport England requirements, providing safe, high quality facilities to suit a variety of sports. The hall will have markings for Badminton, Netball, Basketball, and five a side Football. Four Cricket practice lanes are also included. To complement and enhance these facilities further fully controllable LED lighting will be installed, this will be capable of producing up to 1000LUX, the recommended level for indoor cricket. An indoor viewing gallery for spectators runs along one side providing great views of the action. The new facilities are connected to the main building and will form a central sports hub for our amazing PE team.
Matt Angell, Estates Director, said, ‘We are so pleased with the progress of this exciting project and are looking forward to its completion, which should be in the Autumn term. We are of course ensuring that the building work complies with current social distancing measures, the health and safety of our staff and students is paramount. Once completed these state-of-the-art facilities will be of huge benefit to our students, giving year-round access to a high-quality indoor venue alongside a much-improved outdoor surface. We hope to build on our existing relationships with local clubs as well as exploring new opportunities to enhance leisure activities within our community.’
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