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Room 101 Writing Competition Winner – Posh Crisps

Crisps. A nice snack or something to have in your sandwiches. But now we are seeing a rise in what I like to call ‘posh crisps’.These are crisps that are very expensive and have names like ‘sea salt and cider vinegar’ just to describe the simple flavour of salt and vinegar, but all in all they just taste like your …

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#Morewomen – Elle Magazine’s campaign comes to DHSB

After reading Elle magazine’s article on the #morewomen campaign I felt compelled to bring it to the attention of form group 10P. The campaign follows on from HEFORSHE movement last year, where a number of celebrities endorsed the message delivered by Emma Watson at the UN. Advocating the need for men to fight for women’s rights as well women, her …

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Takeover Day 2015

Today saw the children’s commissioner’s Takeover Day arrive at DHSB. A number of students undertook a variety of different roles within the DHSB community. The students went all out to make the day a success, including one student marching up and down Mutley Plain one day prior to the event looking for a specific tweed blazer with brown leather elbow …

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Wifi Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

Imagine WiFi as a physical net that covers the planet. This net contains so much information about life that you practically live in it. However in the case of this web breaking, and there are people, organisations or even, hold your breath, whole nations disconnected, can you empathize their severe loss of entertainment, social communication and research abilities everyone. Without WiFi you will no longer …

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When We Met … Xolelwa and Nick – Education in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Xolelwa, from South Africa, and Nick, from Zimbabwe, visited DHSB recently on exchange as part of our International Links programme. Billy Kingdon and Joe Weeks met them in the Learning Commons to talk about their thoughts on our differing education systems. First on our agenda was lesson delivery. Lessons in South Africa, Xolelwa told us, are 35 minutes long and very …

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DHSB Sports Day 2015

1000 pupils. 100 teachers. 30 events. 30 winners. 1 champion. This was Sports Day 2015…. After much delay and a lot of bad weather, Sports Day went ahead just a few weeks ago, 2 months later than its initial scheduling in July last school year. This meant that everybody would be competing as the year below them, e.g U13s competed …

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Are Our Students Unprepared for University?

The library at DHSB is not a library any more, but instead a comfy, cosy, beanbag-full ‘learning commons’. It is more of a child’s play area. It has so many comforting features that attract year sevens like moths to a lamp. This so-called ‘swarming’ stops any other pupil from being able to listen to themselves think. Worse still, we have armed some of these …

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DHSB CEW Writing Competition – Year 7 Winner

Bushcraft – The Last Night We were all gathered under the yurt, drinking hot chocolate and eating marshmallows by the ominous red glow of the campfire. We had got used to the ash and the smoke by now, we had sat around it for 4 days and our clothes were reeking of smouldering wood. Stuart, our camp leader, got us …

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DHSB CEW Writing Competition – Year 8 Winner

DHSB Curriculum Enrichment Week 2015   Curriculum enrichment week; it’s like Curriculum challenge week but fun. It’s an experience to say the least, without lessons and school, nor being grilled for not doing homework. It was a welcome relief from the previous exam week that we slogged through. But I digress; let’s get to the real juicy meat of the …