DEVONPORT HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS PARENTS UPDATE July 2016

DEVONPORT HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS PARENTS’ UPDATE July 2016 Dr Parry Dives in Teacher Splash! Competition The final of the teacher Splash! diving event...
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DEVONPORT HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS PARENTS’ UPDATE July 2016

Dr Parry Dives in Teacher Splash! Competition The final of the teacher Splash! diving event was held on Saturday 2nd July at the Plymouth Life Centre. Following several weeks of training with Andy Banks, Plymouth Diving and Team GB coach, the eight finalists demonstrated the dives they had learnt.

The dives were judged by Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow, who have both been selected to dive at the Olympics in Rio, and Shelley Coleman from the Devon and Exeter Lady Taverners. The Lady Taverners is a charity that supports young people, particularly those with special needs, by donating sports equipment, specially made wheelchairs, sensory equipment and putting on fun days so that sport and recreation can be made accessible to everyone. With my gold swimming shorts ready, the first round of dives were all off springboard. I completed a 1½ somersault off 3m and scored 27.5/30, meaning I was leading into the second round of platform dives. I dived off 10m, which was enough to progress to the final four competitors. The final round was a dive-off, as all previous scores were discounted. I went with an inward dive off the 7.5m platform and scored 27/30, with two divers remaining. The final diver aimed to perform a 2½ somersault from the 3m springboard, so all eyes were on the judges…… The scores were revealed as 9, 9 and 9.5, so I was beaten to second place by half a point. Congratulations go to Mr Fielding from Montpelier Primary School, but it was great to be able to push him so close!

The Finalists of Teacher Splash! on the 10m platform with Andy Banks In addition to the competition, the Plymouth Dive Team performed a routine to demonstrate the variety of dives possible, along with a comedy diving routine. This included cycling off the 10m platform, doing somersaults after arriving at the end of the board on a space-hopper and tandem dives in a warm embrace. It was a fantastic experience to learn new skills, but the event aimed to raise funds for the Lady Taverners to fund equipment to give young people a sporting chance in life. If you would like to see the video of my dives, they are available on the school’s Facebook page. I am grateful for all the donations received to date, but if you would like to donate after seeing the videos, you may do so via https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/daveparry2. Dr Parry

Pokémon Go Dear parents/carers we would just like to bring your attention to a new app craze taking the world by storm at present, that of Pokémon Go. There are many fantastic features in the app (which is why it is so popular) and it encourages physical activity, however there are some significant risks to talk through with your daughter/son. Please take the time to read the NSPCC guide for parents/carers which is linked below, all Form Tutors were asked to raise these issues with their tutees in the last week of term.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keepingchildren-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/ Ruth Morgan Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Year 11 Record of Achievement Year 11 were presented with their Records of Achievements on Thursday 12th May to mark the academic and non-academic skills they have developed to date. Mrs Jen Pike from Babcock International (and ex-DHSG student) encouraged the students to work hard so that opportunities can be taken, using examples from her career, but reminded them that there are other options available if their GCSE results do not go exactly how they wished. We would like to thank the PTFA for their kind contribution to purchase the Record of Achievement folders. The final day before the public exams started was good-humoured and the students had an emotional Celebration Assembly in the afternoon. We would like to wish Year 11 the very best of luck with their GCSE examination results and look forward to welcoming them back, fully refreshed, ready to start Year 12 in September.

Year 13 Leavers Day It is days like these that the purpose of education is thrown sharply into relief. There is something uniquely special about the Year 13 leavers day, as it truly does mark the end of their school lives. Year 13s last day occurred amid reflection and emotion all pavilioned in a day of brilliant sunshine. The emotional high of the day was the whole school assembly led by the Year 13s where the school were treated to a montage of reflection, memories and fellowship that resonated with the whole school. The traditional game of lunchtime rounders of Sixth Form vs Staff then led to the final Leavers Assembly in the Sixth Form Centre. Awards were given, good luck cards issued to every Year 13 and a final good luck before their examinations capped a fantastic day. They are an extremely talented and endearing year group, whom we wish all the best. ERASMUS+ MoS project – London and Oxford Visit Erasmus+ Magic of Sound (MoS) students at DHSG hosted their Croatian, German and Romanian partners recently. Through a series of visits, lectures and workshops they learned a great deal about sound in various applications and environments. By watching the Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe, they experienced how Shakespeare uses dialogue to create humour and how the Globe differs from modern theatres. Visiting the Science Museum in London they found out how sound is used in medicine, household appliances and they experimented with voice transformations.

At the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, the students explored the connection between music and mathematics; for example, how the Fibonacci sequence appears in some of Bach's musical compositions and how mathematical transformations (rotation, reflection, translation and enlargement) can also be applied to the composition of music. At the Department of Physics, Oxford, they found out how the weather (and its related sounds) has influenced classical and popular music.

The visit to the HMS Courageous not only highlighted the use of sonars in submarine navigation but made everyone aware of the huge variety of science applications involved in the smooth operation of a submarine. The students recorded their own song at dBs Music Studios in Plymouth and learnt all about harmonic series, synthesisers and digital manipulation of sound. Environmental issues surrounding the effects of natural sounds and those created by human activity on marine mammals were explored at the Marine Sciences Department of Plymouth University, together with the amazing processes relating to sound emission and detection used by marine mammals in order to communicate between them.

ERASMUS + projects within school, one of which is based around the idea of creating a theoretical social enterprise company. This main theme was at the centre of three schools working together: one from Hungary, one from Poland and DHSG.

The students from all four schools impressed everyone with their presentations on the different topics related to sound that they have been working on during the last few months. It was a very successful week and everyone had a fantastic time. We are now looking forward to the next meeting in Germany in October 2016. Well done to all the students involved and special thanks to DHSG Staff for their help with this project.

Erasmus+ Project Trip to Hungary Here at DHSG we have a number of amazing clubs and opportunities that are available to students. One of these is the ERASMUS + project setup by the EU to link schools across Europe. The project’s aim is to create a better understanding of cultures and communities through a student exchange programme. This is achieved through a number of set goals and objectives. There are several

During May this year, a group of twelve year 10 students and two members of staff went on one of the exchange trips to Fonyod, Hungary. After a long journey the group settled into their new homes with their host partners. The following week was full of group activities and excursions to not only experience the culture of Hungary but also to cultivate and develop our own ideas for our social enterprise initiative whilst creating new friends along the way. Some highlights included a spooky sleepover in a castle, a day in the life of their school and visiting selfsufficient villages. It ended with a whistle-stop tour of the stunning capital Budapest on our way home to finish our trip in memorable style! We were all struck by the beauty of the country, the complexity of the culture and the generosity of our hosts.

We all want to thank the staff involved for all of their time and effort put into organising such an amazing trip. Many thanks to you all! By Charlotte Newell 10k

The medals for the Biology Olympiad have arrived!

Many thanks to them all as they have made the organising of the event considerably easier. I look forward to seeing many of them back again once training starts again in October next year. Mrs Anderson

Izzie Argles won Gold, our third ever (but also our second in two years), Maliha Suleman won silver, and Amy McQueen and Alshimaa Elmasry both won bronze. In addition, Eve Jones was highly commended and Angela Lee was commended in this annual event organised by the Royal Society of Biology.

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Ten Tors 2016 Once again we have completed another very successful Ten Tors season. We had two 35 mile teams, a 45 mile team and a 55 mile team. It has been hard this year as the weather for training has been so unrelentingly cold, wet and windy. The heat of the event was a shock to everyone but as always the students stepped up and made the whole team of leaders so proud of them. Lots of tears were shed as we saw each team cresting the hill at the finish. This event is the result of a massive commitment from many people. I would like to thank the hardworking team of volunteers who have helped run the event. Bob Costin is our team manager, supported by Pete Hamblin, Martin Williams, John Didymus and Rob Hughes, all of whom have a huge amount of knowledge which they are willingly to share with the teams and other helpers. Kevin Willis is our SPOC (single point of contact) out on the moors so he spends a considerable amount of his weekends sitting in a mini bus waiting for our calls. We also have a large number of parent/carer helpers, many of whom have continued to help even after their children have moved on. We could not do it without them. Thanks also need to go to the PTFA for the money to help buy the new marquee that made camping at Okehampton much more comfortable. I also need to thank the parents/carers who, like me, have to get up at around 5am in the morning to get the students to the bus in time for the training throughout the season. And lastly, but most importantly, the students, who have been absolutely fantastic this year, a real credit to the school. I haven't had to chase them at all for route cards and they have even occasionally managed my meetings without me!

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45 Team at Finish

“Ten Tors has been such a fantastic experience over the last few years and this year our team completed the 55 mile event. There were definitely times, especially on the Sunday, when we didn't think we'd make it back before the 5pm deadline but we had a strong, close team who have pretty much been together since the 35 event two years ago. We kept each other going and managed to make it to the finish, with 40 minutes to spare. The sheer relief and sense of achievement when we saw the finish is something I won't forget any time soon! We're used to the endless rain on Dartmoor so it was a big change to have sun this year. Although good weather for spectating, the heat made walking a lot tougher and staying hydrated became a problem. I think I drank over 7 litres on the first day and still felt constantly thirsty! We also ran out of water at night for cooking and when it's midnight, pitch black and cold, walking into the valley to find water is the last thing you want to be doing! I think the best thing about ten tors is the people you meet, not only through your own team, but also the other teams out there. Nearing the end of Saturday we met up with another team who were walking the same route as us and getting to know them was a great distraction from the walking! There's no way we could have had this experience without the non-stop time and effort put in by Mrs Anderson and all of the other volunteers who prepared us so well for everything that Dartmoor could throw at us, so thank you very, very much from all of us.” Hannah Covell Year 10

55 Team “This year was my third Ten Tors event and I had the pleasure of leading a great team! It was definitely the most eventful walk I have ever been on, and the sunniest; I managed to damage my ankle on the way to point four, we had to walk through intense heat, one team member was air lifted and we even had a small fright from a snake. However these events pushed us all harder than ever before, I couldn't be prouder of every single person in my team. Ellie Owen carried Tillie's bag like a machine up to Rough Tor for her and never wavered throughout the whole event, Evie Smith had amazing spirit the whole way and was extremely motivational, Nessa was so helpful and comforting ensuring everyone kept going as much as possible and Chloe Gurd (from Ridgeway) pushed herself further than she ever though she could and Tillie Buxton (also from Ridgeway) managed to keep walking to point 5 with heat stroke! They all have an incredible amount of determination and perseverance which are all a necessity for completing the Ten Tors challenge. However none of this would have been made possible if it wasn't for all of the hard work that is put in from all of the leaders and Mrs Anderson. We are always prepared for every eventuality on the event and that is all down to their great leadership and knowledge they pass onto us so thank you! Can't wait to see everyone again next year!” Courtney Lendon Year 12

New Marquee – Team Briefing

“Big Bang” – Science and Engineering Competition “After an early start, we arrived at Exeter University. After finding out where to go, we approached the hall where we would be presenting. We could all tell there was going to be a lot more competition compared to that at Plymouth University (where we had competed a few weeks before). The hall held lots of STEM stalls, with varied activities and lots of places where you could learn about opportunities for the future. Not only was there a hall but a marquee full of these types of things too.

After rehearsing and presenting we got to have a look around. It was very interesting but we also came back with lots of free pencils and hand-made lip-balms that we got to make. Just after lunch we went to a show called "space oddities" with The National Space Academy where we learnt a lot, were shown demonstrations and got to do practical’s ourselves. After that, we went to another part of the university where the results were presented. As certificates were handed out to other teams for different aspects, we began to lose hope but as the final names were called out for "teams going through to the next round" it all turned around. Hearing our school name was extremely exciting and also a great relief to know that our hard work had gone into something worthwhile. We couldn't have done it without Mrs Gray for her science expertise and organising skills or Miss Ricks for driving to Exeter and keeping our model in good hands. Thank you. "

Ski Trip to Austria – February Half Term 2018 Following the success of the 2016 Ski Trip, the school has decided to offer another Ski Trip which will take place in the February Half Term 2018. The trip will be open to students who are in Years 8, 9 and 10 in the academic year of 2017-2018. The resort is Axamer Lizum in the Austrian Tyrol, this is an uncrowded area with a good variety of ski runs including nursery slopes, and therefore this trip is suitable for both complete beginners as well as experienced skiers. The price includes hotel accommodation, (ski in/ski out), all meals, coach transfer from Plymouth to and from resort, five days of ski tuition with qualified instructors, hire of skis and boots, a programme of après ski activities and travel insurance. The price is approximately £895. There will be a presentation for parents/carers in the school hall on Thursday 4th October 2016 at 4.30 pm where more information will be provided. Letters will be provided for students and will be available on the school website very early next term. If you would like any further information before next term please contact Mrs J Bremner or Mrs R Murray.

Louise Searle Year 9

Summary of the Maths Challenges of 2016: This year our students have performed exceptionally in various Maths Challenges. 215 DHSG students from Yr 7 to Yr 13 participated in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Maths Challenges in which they have achieved 34 Gold, 68 Silver and 66 Bronze certificates.

Both teams from DHSG were joint winners of the Go4SET competition in the Plymouth area. The event written about above (the Big Bang Competition) was a separate event that they were entered into automatically after winning Go4SET although only one team chose to go on and compete in it. Massive congratulations to all involved! Mrs R Gray

I am delighted to say that, following an excellent performance in the Intermediate Maths Challenge and follow on competitions, one of our students Megan has been selected to participate the National Mathematics residential Summer School for Girls at St Anne’s College and the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University from Sunday 21st – Friday 26th August. The Summer School is organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, and gives an opportunity for high-achieving young mathematicians, to experience working on intriguing and stimulating mathematics in the company of like-minded individuals. Megan has achieved Gold and best in year 10 certificates as well.

Eleanor Marples achieved Gold certificate in the Junior Maths Challenge and best in year7. Alyx Goodwin achieved Gold certificate in the Junior Maths Challenge, best in year 8 and Distinction in the Olympiad Maths Challenge. Isabel Haycock achieved Gold certificate Intermediate Maths Challenge and best in year 9.

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Yarrow Beckman achieved Silver certificate in the Intermediate Maths Challenge and she is in the top 25% of high achieving young mathematicians. India West achieved Gold certificate in the Intermediate Maths Challenge and best in year 11. Yizhou achieved Silver certificate in the Senior Maths Challenge and best in year 12.

The majority of the paper contains completely unfamiliar Chemistry and is set in interesting and thought provoking contexts; this year featuring nanotechnology with pollution links and the Zika virus. Anyone who is interested we would be happy to provide exemplar questions on request. We are very pleased to announce 9 students were awarded with a Copper Certificate each; an excellent achievement and something to be very proud of. Hannah Covell was awarded a Silver certificate achieving the best in school. The remaining students' participation has been acknowledged and we are very proud of all their efforts and in particular their positive attitude towards the challenge. We hope our students will maintain their interest and enthusiasm and return in September eager to take on the Year 13 Royal Society of Chemistry Challenge! Mrs Pierce

Katie achieved Gold certificate in the Senior Maths Challenge and best in year 13. Enrichment Week Activities We are very proud of their achievements and wish them all the best in the future. Mrs Rafiq Maths Challenges Co-ordinator

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge Year 12 chemistry students returned from their AS examinations in June and immediately record numbers volunteered to attempt the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. We were really pleased with the uptake this year and the enthusiasm shown by 24 students willing to have a go at what is definitely one of the most challenging science competitions available. This competition aims to stretch and challenge students interested in Chemistry and was an excellent experience for anyone considering taking their studies further. It is set by an experienced team of teachers and University Chemists and takes them significantly beyond the syllabus at A level and encourages students to think about science in a way that they would at University.

Mount Batten Water Sports - 4 July 2016 By Leona Kurihara-Allen A bus and two taxis took us down to Mount Batten, on a typical British summer, damp and cloudy Monday. Thankfully the rain was brief and light, while we learned basic dinghy sailing skills in the morning. There were different levels of challenge for all, but impressively only one person fell into the water. Not too bad for a bunch of novices.

We walked down to lunch starving after the morning’s exertions. We played Kayak Tag and learned how kayaks were used traditionally by eskimos which was most intriguing to know. Finally, having named our kayaks (mine and my partner’s was called “Moderately Positive”), we practiced running along the noses of the boats, which was an interesting sight to say the least…

Later on we were able to look around the Zoo to see the animals, we loved the baby meerkats who were keeping themselves warm under the infrared lamp after running around and playing. We also enjoyed looking at the baby giraffes, and we also felt sorry for the elephant, he was the only one in the Zoo so therefore he had no company. We all thoroughly enjoyed the sunny day out at the Zoo and would love to visit again.

At the end of a long day we made our way back to the school, tired and worn out. Altogether a fun day of exercise full of laughter and activity.

Science Trip to Paignton Zoo After arriving at Paignton Zoo, we attended a very interesting talk about conservation and how the Zoo helps with the preservation of endangered species. We were shocked to learn that elephants are being killed for their tusks which are still being sold illegally and cost over £300000 per tusk. We also were unhappy to hear that some celebrities wear the fur from endangered animals. Prepared by some students in 8E

Camel Trail Cycle Ride “During Enrichment Week a group of Year 8 students brought their parents/carers on a’ parent and daughter’ day for a 20 mile cycle ride on the Camel Trail. We met at the Park and Ride and went to Padstow by coach. Once we had arrived we were provided with bikes and helmets. When our bikes were fitted and checked we set off for five beautiful miles until we reached Wadebridge, having taken small breaks for a drink and to regroup as we were a mixed ability group of cyclists.

We walked through Wadebridge for safety reasons for about fifteen minutes before we reached the Camel Trail again. We then set off for another 5 miles until we arrived at Dunmere Halt in Bodmin. We stopped at a lovely inn where we ate our packed lunch and bought some ice

cream, we stayed there for about an hour before heading back to Wadebridge. We then walked through Wadebridge again and carried on cycling to Padstow where we returned the bikes and helmets.

Enrichment Week – Winter Sports Taster Day “During enrichment week, some of us went to the Plymouth Ski Lodge and experienced several winter sports activities which were skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, tobogganing and viper drop.

We spent some time doing some shopping. Most of the students and their parents/carers bought fish and chips from Rick Stein’s take away or bought chocolate crepes. We then found the coach to take us back to Plymouth. Overall the day was lovely we had amazing weather and lots of fun! I would love to do something like it again!” By Grace 8H

Bude 2016

We had lessons on how to ski and snowboard, which were challenging, but also great fun. We were put into different groups depending on whether or not we had done the activity before which gave us a more useful session of instruction. Many of us learnt something new that day whether it was learning a new sport or working in a group of people who we didn’t really know. The day was packed with fun filled activities and all of us really enjoyed them and we would love to do it again. It was such a good day that even the teachers joined in with all the activities!”

Students had an active, safe and enjoyable Bude trip this year for the Year 9 Residential. The weather held out all week, and students were able to take part fully in all the activities available; from high ropes to abseiling to mountain boarding to kayaking. Friday afternoon came with the inevitable tears and students not wanting to leave; a number of students have already asked me if Adventure International host work experience placements so they can come back next year. Many thanks to Mr Galley for organising this week.

Katie Byrne and Isabelle Willis 7 Hartland

The Bake Off The highlight of my enrichment week was the Bake Off, organised by Mrs Tribe. Our parents/carers were invited and the day was a competition for best Iced Bakewell Tarts for the students and best Scones and a food quiz for the parents/carers. Mrs Tribe demonstrated making the short crust pastry, the cake mixture and the feathered icing. It was very nerve wracking making sure you did everything you had to do to produce a good Bakewell Tart. While we were making the Bakewell Tarts, the parents/carers had a food quiz, and later on in the day they made delicious scones and it was good to see that they were equally as nervous as us. At the end of the day, we had an afternoon tea where we ate the Bakewell Tarts, Scones and the sandwiches we had just made. The results were announced and I was thoroughly thrilled to find I had been awarded first place. I was very surprised as everyone's Bakewell Tarts looked amazing. I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Tribe and Mrs Withecombe for making the day so special and enjoyable for us all. Amelia Browne 8F

Cultural immersion in the Capital for Year 12 Art and English students All things artistic….. by Grace Kettlewell On Thursday morning, we took the train to Paddington station where we were greeted by the fast moving and vibrant crowds of London. We sorted out our oyster cards which took more effort than we’d like to admit and after some minor delays due to the (unsurprising) closure of the tube line we needed, we all made it to the hotel – or rather, the rather swanky hostel at Baden-Powell House, a mere 2 minutes from the National History Museum in Kensington. As soon as bunks had been chosen, we went to the National Portrait Gallery where there were many contemporary pieces illustrating the lives and characters of many famous, and also not, people of the world. We all really enjoyed the colourful expression of people’s faces and emotion that came through in the work, particularly in the BP Portrait Award exhibition. Before dinner on the first night, we managed to squeeze in a visit to the National Gallery; almost as impressive as the work inside was the chalk work on the paving stones of London, outside the gallery. And inside it was amazing to see the development of art and the styles used throughout history and how even ancient styles had inspired many artists today. In contrast to this was the Tate Modern which we visited on the Friday , which contained some of the most symbolic and contemporary work that we saw on this trip and really educated us on the application of technology and architecture in art. Also the importance of map reading when trying to navigate the complex structure of this building as on several occasions we did feel as if we’d never make it out! Finally, on the Saturday we visited the Victoria and Albert museum where there was a vibrant collection of both historic and new emerging artists, we also got to explore the artistic side of set design involved in Matilda, the musical we saw the night before. It is not surprising that it has just won Museum of the Year 2016. Lucky us. All things literary …………by Trisha Corrales Our experience at the Globe Theatre was one of a kind. We had started off that Friday morning in a mad rush to get to the theatre, where we experienced the richness of London from its sky-high buildings and bustling streets – a true metropolis. But these factors instantaneously disappeared when we entered the Globe Theatre. It was an incredibly accurate throwback to the 1600s! The place was huge with moon-like props dangling from the ceiling (for A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and big pillars which attracted you to the centre stage. Moreover, we were lucky enough to be guided by an RSC actor named Colin who was a hilarious man, spewing facts and figures about the history of the theatre. However, it wasn’t until we arrived in the workshop space where Colin heartily channelled his inner Shakespeare. He was our teacher for the workshop

and, here, is where he made us channel our inner Shakespeare; melancholy proclamations of Hamlet’s “I am alone!” were made. As well as an over-enthusiastic exchange of “YES!” and “NO!” which usually led to a fit of giggles as the act of being serious was not on the agenda of 12 teenage girls. And to top our theatrical experience off, we had a fantastic night in the West End watching the musical Matilda. All of us were in awe at the production, from the beautiful set to the acting of each individual character; the whole performance was inspiring to the Art and English students who went. It was definitely a day filled with enjoyment and fun! Thank you to Mr Sunderland for organising such a wonderful itinerary and sharing his artistic knowledge in the galleries. It was a really memorable experience.

The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition 2016 Alan Turing was a code-breaker, mathematician and founding father of computer science.

creditable 73rd position overall. This was out of a total of over 900 entries. For having completed all 6 puzzles, sisters, Alyx and Nicola Goodwin have been awarded certificates of merit from the University of Manchester, congratulations to them both and good luck in next year’s competition.

The BBC Micro:Bit The BBC has unveiled the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology, which has been given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. A collaboration between 29 partners, the micro:bit is the BBC's most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers. In the 1980s, the BBC Micro introduced many children to computing for the first time and the BBC micro:bit, part of the BBC’s 2015 Make it Digital initiative, will build on the legacy of that project for the digital age. It aims to inspire young people to get creative with digital and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering. Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning said, "The BBC micro:bit is all about young people learning to express themselves digitally, and it’s their device to own.”

Every year, the University of Manchester, where Turing worked on the world’s first computer, organises the Cryptography Competition. Cryptography is the art of writing, or more importantly in Turing’s case, of solving codes and the competition involves students of all ages solving a series of codes and puzzles. Open to all secondary students in the UK, and this year a team from the Falkland Islands entered, two students from DHSG formed their own team called ‘Wrecked Angle’ and entered the competition. The challenges set included a substitution cipher, where each letter in the code was replaced by its position number in the alphabet, a cipher based on how a knight moves around a chess board and writing out letters using the Logo programming language. Other challenges included the use of emojis as substitutions and some frequency analysis, where each symbol used must be counted and compared to the frequency with which letters normally appear. Hardest of all was a message made up of the International Air Transport Codes from airports all around the world. Faced with the challenge of solving these six puzzles, ‘Wrecked Angle’ successfully managed it and finished in a very

"It’s our most ambitious education initiative for 30 years. And as the micro:bit is able to connect to everything from mobile phones to plant pots and Raspberry Pi's, this could be for the internet-of-things what the BBC Micro was to the British gaming industry.” It measures 4cm by 5cm, is available in a range of colours, and designed to be fun and easy to use. It can be coded with something simple in seconds – like lighting up its LEDs or displaying a pattern – with no prior knowledge of computing.

A personal area on the website allows users to save and test creations in a simulator before they are transferred to the micro:bit, and the available tools scale to be as complex as ideas, imagination and skills require. Key features of the micro:bit include: • •





25 red LEDs to light up, flash messages, create games and invent digital stories. Two programmable buttons activated when pressed. Use the micro:bit as a games controller. Pause or skip songs on a playlist. On-board motion detector or “accelerometer” that can detect movement and tell other devices you’re on the go. Featured actions include shake, tilt and freefall. Turn the micro:bit into a spirit level. Light it up when something is moved. Use it for motion-activated games. A built-in compass or “magnetometer” to sense which direction you’re facing, your movement in degrees, and where you are.

Includes an in-built magnet, and can sense certain types of metal.



Bluetooth Smart Technology to connect to the internet and interact with the world around you. Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, kits, phones, tablets, cameras and everyday objects all around. Share creations or join forces to create multi-micro:bit masterpieces. Take a selfie. Pause a DVD or control your playlist.



Five Input and Output (I/O) rings to connect the micro:bit to devices or sensors using crocodile clips or 4mm banana plugs. Use the micro:bit to send commands to and from the rings, to power devices like robots and motors.

Students at DHSG have been using their micro:bits for the past month and have learnt how to use the shake function to turn the micro:bit into a dice, to measure their reaction times and to create simple one player games. Once the students take their micro:bits home it is hoped that they will use them in a variety of different ways. Maybe to link to their mobile phones to take pictures and selfies, maybe to connect to a set of headphones to play music, perhaps to turn it into an egg timer or even use it as a stepometer and see if you can meet the NHS challenge of 10000 steps a day. The sky is literally the limit as shown by the Yorkshire school who sent their micro:bit into the stratosphere. For more ideas and suggestions, why not visit the BBC Micro:Bit website and get coding.

Fun With Flight RAF Show “On Monday 13th June, most of our school got to see an RAF show. We walked into the hall and took our seats. Projected on the board were the words “Fun with flight”. As the show started, we could all see that this was true! Although this show was super fun, it was also educational. Flight is a very technical thing all to do with Physics, Maths, Technology and Engineering.

We also learnt that engines on a plane are very, VERY LOUD. As well as this, we found out about when they train pilots as well as using real life simulators, they use special technological glasses that simulate the scenario for you as if you were actually there. The presenters were very energetic and they definitely made it fun with flight. We would like to give a big thank you to Mrs Bremner for organising it and also to the Royal Air Force for coming in.” Written by Caitlin Glazsher and Izzy Hattan, 7E.

DHSG Drama students leave the audience in Wonderland! On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July DHSG Drama students performed our summer production of 'Alice In Wonderland'. The students were fantastic and the audience commented on how professional and slick the overall production appeared, with one parent even tweeting Plymouth Theatre Royal, telling them 'to watch out'!

The production was a culmination of hard work from the casting process in February, which included lunch time rehearsals and after-school rehearsals over a three month period. I would like to take the time to congratulate the students for their endeavour and the actual final spectacle they produced. When we first sat down nothing happened and then all of a sudden, a drone flew up and was filming us! Then the presenters came out and introduced themselves. First of all, they started telling us about a new plane out that is the fastest that they have ever made. They went on to tell us all about the four main forces that make planes fly: weight, lift, thrust and drag.

I would also like to thank Mrs Anderson for all of her support in creating the bird costumes, as well as the turtle's costume, as well as Mrs Berriman and the non-Bude enrichment week students, who created amongst other things, a cauldron, a rabbit-hole slide and also the painted backdrops.

On-Line Payments Alongside the introduction of the cashless catering system this term, we have also launched our on-line payments system i-Pay. This has been used successfully for payment of school meals, but also for school trips. This proved very useful during enrichment week when payment may have been required for more than one event. All parents/carers were sent password details to enable them to set up an account for on-line payments. If you have misplaced this and would like to take advantage of this method of payment next term, please contact the school or e-mail [email protected].

In addition to the two evening performances we also hosted Brunel Primary School (Saltash) on the Wednesday of production week, for a matinee performance, which enriched the production experience for both the cast and the Year 6 students, who were preparing for their own Star-Wars themed production! A big thank you to everyone who has donated. I am really pleased to announce that DHSG have donated 3 bra banks to Against Breast Cancer this academic year. This exciting project is raising vital funds for “Against Breast Cancer” research as well as being environmentally friendly and supporting the economy of developing countries. It helps keep textiles out of landfill, helps small businesses in Africa and raises funds for ground breaking research, working to improve detection and increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis. For more info: www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk/news/charitynews/406/bra-bank-it/

Did you know that almost two thirds of women across the world are wearing the wrong size bra? An international study by Triumph International found that 64% of women wear poorly fitting lingerie. So over the summer holidays why don’t you book a bra fitting and/or have a sort through your bra drawer! Then bring in any bras that are no longer suitable but serviceable in September and place them in the big pink bra bin in the multi gym. It’s an “uplifting” way for us to help support “Against Breast Cancer”. Mrs Pierce If you missed out on seeing 'Alice In Wonderland' staytuned for information on the 2017 Summer Production in the autumn term! Mr Swabey

DHSG School Website I am delighted to inform you that our new school website was launched at the start of term and is now live. Access will be via either the new web address: http://www.dhsg.co.uk or the existing website: http://www.devonportgirls.plymouth.sch.uk I hope that you will find the new school website both useful and interesting. It has a clean fresh look with improved navigation and interactive functionality. It certainly contains a lot more information and I hope you will appreciate its ease of use. It has a fully responsive design allowing users, access to information easily on any mobile device. There are a number of new sections including a new interactive Internationalism page, an Alumni section and the option for parents/carers to update details online. It works closely in conjunction with our social media sites and includes a live twitter feed at the bottom of each page. Please note the Parent Gateway can still be accessed in the Parents and Carers section. If you have any difficulties using the website or would like to give feedback please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. Alan Thomas Deputy Head Teacher

Library opening hours From September 2016 the Library is open daily from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Request to Leave School During the School Day May we politely remind parents/carers that students in Years 7-11 inclusive are not permitted to leave the school site for appointments unaccompanied during the school day. If any student should need to leave the site during the school day (for example, for a medical appointment), they must be collected by a parent/carer or named adult and signed out from the main school office.

Changes to Parent/Carer contact details If you have recently moved house or changed your place of work would you please contact the School Office and notify us of your change in contact details asap. This information is important to us in order to ensure you are notified at the earliest opportunity if your child is involved in an emergency situation.

Absences, i.e. Medical Appointments etc If your child is unwell please telephone the school office in the morning, before 10.00 am, so that we know why they have not arrived. If your child has been absent, please put a note in their planner, for the day they were away explaining the reason for the absence.

Medicines If your child requires medication to be held at school, please ensure that you complete the relevant medical form. This form can be obtained from the School Office. If your child has an Epipen please make sure that it is carried with them at all times and that you have completed a medical form and handed it in to the School Office.

School Uniform Suppliers We now have four confirmed suppliers of Devonport High School for Girls uniform: Adelie Embroidery Services (formerly K Sports), 1& 2 The Rope Walk, Beech Avenue, Cattedown, Plymouth PL4 0QQ. E-mail: [email protected], tel: 01752 660145 Lost Property We have a large amount of lost property, some of which we have had for more than twelve months. Please encourage your child to check for any misplaced items. We have a selection of school uniform, coats, glasses, watches, phones, i-pods, house keys, pencil cases, lunch boxes etc. Any items not claimed by 22 July will be donated to charity.

The Schoolwear Shop, 105 Mayflower Street, Plymouth, PL1 1SD. Tel: 01752 252025 Trutex Schoolwear & More, 3/4 Sugarmill Retail Park, Billacombe Road, Plymouth, PL9 7HT. Tel: 01752 491353 http://www.plymouth.trutex.com/store/, www.YourSchoolUniform.com Good quality second hand school uniform can be purchased via the PTFA; e-mail [email protected].

DEVONPORT HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

School Term Dates 2016 - 2017 Term 1 Holiday Term 2 Holiday Term 3 Holiday Term 4 Holiday Term 5 Holiday Term 6

Monday 5 September 2016 to Thursday 20 October 2016 Friday 21 October 2016 to Friday 28 October 2016 Monday 31 October 2016 to Friday 16 December 2016 Monday 19 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 Tuesday 3 January 2017 to Friday 10 February 2017 Monday 13 February 2017 to Friday 17 February 2017 Monday 20 February 2017 to Friday 31 March 2017 Monday 3 April 2017 to Tuesday 18 April 2017 Wednesday 19 April 2017 to Friday 26 May 2017 Monday 29 May 2017 to Friday 2 June 2017 Monday 5 June 2017 to Friday 21 July 2017

Bank Holidays

Monday 26 December 2016 Monday 2 January 2017 Monday 17 April 2017 Monday 29 Mary 2017 Monday 30 May 2016

Tuesday 27 December 2016 Friday 14 April 2017 Monday 1 May 2017 Monday 2 May 2016