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Archive for July, 2014

Red Carpet Prom Photos

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HDHS Prom 2014

HDHS Prom 2014

The red carpet prom photographs are now available to buy on-line through our Wisepay payment area. Please note purchases through Wisepay are the only accepted method at this time.

Our Prom 2014 photos can be viewed using the link below

HDHS Prom 2014 Gallery

Please click on the link below for more information and the opportunity to purchase,

HDHS Wisepay

Please be aware that due to the summer break, these will only be available for collection in the new school year.

If you would like to order additional sizes or have any questions regarding this service please email

Ali Sparkes – Author Visit

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Award winning children’s author Ali Sparkes visited HDHS in July, to talk to the school’s year 7s and pupils from local primary schools.

Ali has written over thirty novels, including the ‘Shape Shifter’ adventure series, and others such as ‘Dark Summer’, ‘Out of This World’ and ‘Frozen in Time’, which won the Blue Peter Children’s Book Award in 2010. Her latest book, ‘Destination Earth’, a sci-fi thriller, was published in June.

Ali enthralled pupils with her informative and humorous life story of how she became an author. She encouraged students who wanted to write even if they had setbacks along the way; pointing out she had many rejection letters from publishers but still carried on until she was successful. Ali also advised pupils that a career in journalism was a good way to help being an author.

Click here to view the article published on the East Anglian Daiy Times site

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Harwich Millennium Embroideries

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Students may have noticed recently that our school canteen, The Lighthouse, is now home to the Harwich Millennium Embroideries. These embroideries depict 1,000 years of Harwich history. They were removed from the walls of Harwich International Port in early 2012 and we are delighted to have been asked to have them in our School.

Thailand 2014, Day 9

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The final day, the final report. We had our longest lie-in so far, a relaxed breakfast and then set off to attempt to rid ourselves of our remaining baht, an endeavour in which our students were very successful. We experienced the Sky-train, spent some time window shopping in Paragon, an exclusive mall containing the world’s top brands, and then walked across to MBK and a chance to haggle over more reasonably priced merchandise. After a long afternoon buying souvenirs and, for some, a visit to the cinema, we returned to our accommodation to prepare for an early departure tomorrow morning.

13 students from Harwich are ready to go home. Eighteen months ago they accepted the challenge to raise funds for an expedition to the other side of the world. For the staff it has been a pleasure to travel with them and to watch them experience a new culture, work with the local community and develop as young adults. It is an expedition which requires much effort and many hours to realise, particularly on the part of Mr Cook, but it has really been worthwhile.

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Thailand 2014, Day 8

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Photo opportunities were few on a day spent largely in transit. Following breakfast at the camp we drove back down from the hills to the school accommodation to have lunch and pack for departure. We flew from Chiang Mai international airport to Bangkok and arrived at the residence of the vicar of Thailand in time for dinner. Once we had settled into our home for the last two nights, we went out for a drink and a walk around the local area. It is fair to say that we have reached the leisure end of the expedition.

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Thailand 2014, Day 7

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High into the hills, just an hour’s drive from the Burmese border, is a village called Ban Hoi Sai. It is populated by a hill tribe, the ancestors of which were originally displaced from Tibet over a century ago. Initially they were nomadic, cutting down areas of jungle to create settlements where they made a living by growing opium and marijuana. A few decades ago, the King of Thailand decided to take a more sympathetic approach to them. In return for assurances that they would no longer destroy rainforest or grow illicit plants, they were given Thai citizenship and land, which they were taught to farm. They are now able to survive by growing rice, vegetables, flowers and the like but they remain poor and, therefore, they rely upon outside help to improve their lot. Today we have laboured hard to complete the construction of large concrete water butts for the village nursery school. This will allow them to collect vast quantities of rain water rather than transporting water in from elsewhere.

The sections of concrete were waiting to be lifted into four stacks of five, very heavy work with which the students battled admirably. The rest of the day was spent mixing cement manually and securing the section joins so that they were watertight. Whilst we were fortunate that we escaped blazing sun and high temperatures, they skies finally announced that this is very much rainy season and we worked with the added complication of torrential rain all day long. The result was four containers which will collect many hundreds of litres of a very valuable resource for decades to come.

We are spending tonight at a mountain camp, housed in two impressive wooden huts on stilts. The comfort of the showers and mattresses are a welcome end to a hard day. Nothing could spoil the relaxed evening, not even the appearance of a large scorpion or the gecko which jumped from the roof onto Miss Mayhew’s head.

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Thailand 2014, Day 6

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Another early start was followed by an action-packed morning. Mountain bikes were the latest mode of transport as we explored the local area. Students managed two hours as we viewed rice paddies, villages and beautiful scenery in the hills. The rest of the morning was spent doing team-building exercises on the low ropes and the high wall challenge as the rain finally arrived.

Less strenuous but rather more emotional was our visit to Viengping Children’s Home this afternoon. Child protection laws prevented us from taking photos inside. This institution takes care of orphans, children facing social problems, abandoned children and those infected with or impacted by HIV. It attempts to promote child development, support education and instil life skills. It also provides them with love. Our visit was an opportunity to spend time and play with vulnerable children from those barely a year old up to the age of 6. The children craved the attention of our students and staff and we spent over an hour with small children throwing themselves at us, wanting to play ball and wanting to be held. When the time came to leave it was not easy for our students to tear themselves away.

We dressed up for the evening as it was time for a very special traditional Thai meal which dates back many centuries: the Khantoke dinner. A Khantoke is a raised tray used as a small dining table in northern Thailand and is a traditional way of serving food when entertaining guests. We sat on the floor outside and ate with our fingers whilst we were entertained by a traditional dance and music troupe. The performances were extraordinary and there was even student participation towards the end. The evening culminated in fireworks and the release of our Thai lanterns. There were smiles all round and nobody seemed to notice the rain.

Tonight is the last night we will sleep on campus. Tomorrow we travel up into the mountains for the community project.

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