Archive for February, 2017

New York – Media Trip

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, English And Media, Parent News, School News

On the 10th of February, 19 students headed to Heathrow Airport to embark on their New York adventure! The purpose of this trip was to allow Media students to experience the world of Media within another country and explore different careers and pathways within the industry. With only 5 days we had a lot to cram in!

Once we landed and checked in we went straight for a meal at the famous Bubba Gump Restaurant that features in the “Forest Gump” films. After a good night sleep we got up bright and early and took a ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty and were lucky enough to board first so we could sit on the top deck and get the best views of the famous New York skyline. Next we headed to the NBC studios and had a tour of how they create and edit TV shows, and were even lucky enough to see them setting up and rehearsing for the Saturday Night Live Show with Alec Baldwin and Ed Sheeran as the host and guest! That night we ate the Hard Rock Café in Times Square and then made our way to watch Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway! It was truly a magical performance and the Genie was everyone’s favourite character (with a lot of dabbing!)

The next day we headed to the 9/11 Tribute centre and it was a very moving experience. We saw the waterfalls and memorials set up in honour of the victims and had a Q&A session with a woman who actually worked in the World Trade Centre. There were a lot of tears from hearing her stories, but also a lot of new understanding and respect for the event. A massively worthwhile experience. After lunch we headed to the world’s biggest department store Macy’s for a bit of retail therapy. Then at 9pm to went to the top of the Empire State Building to take in the twinkling lights of New York at night.

On our final day we headed to the New York Film Academy for an acting workshop and the students were incredible! Such amazing actors! The staff were very impressed with their hard work and efforts. We then walked along the famous Brooklyn Bridge and visited Central Park for a snowy afternoon before heading back to the airport.

The students were extremely well behaved and a credit to the school and did themselves proud. They were a pleasure to take on this trip and we hope to run similar ones due to how mature and sensible they were.

Student quotes

“Empire State building was amazing- the views were incredible and not everyone gets to experience it.”

“9/11 was an awesome opportunity that not many people get to experience and it was so interesting hearing it from someone who was actually there.”

“Aladdin was a lot better than I thought it was going to be- I have never seen a proper show before so it really blew me away.

Images can be found in galleries or by using this link. https://www.hdhs.org.uk/about/galleries/new-york-media-trip-february-2017/

Mobile Zoo

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, English And Media, Parent News, School News

Today Year 13 media students were given the opportunity to film an advert for the company Kimmy’s Mobile Zoo. We had some lovely Year 7 students re-enact a “party” while Kimmy and her helpers let them interact with their animals! We got to meet meerkats, a skunk, sugar gilders, a snake and many more! We are now looking forward to Year 13 editing their videos together.

Prefect Day

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, English And Media, Parent News, School News

Pupils from Year 10 enjoyed a day of student leadership training this month. Selected for their leadership potential, pupils were taught skills of planning, delegation, motivation, decision making and team-management. Head of Stanway Learning federation Phil Jones who delivered the day was highly complimentary about our pupils saying they all showed many of the skills required to be an excellent leader. Pupils enjoyed the wide variety of activities and the opportunity to explore what leadership really means and what makes a great leader.
We hope that all the pupils involved will go on to use what they have learned throughout the rest of their time in education and on into later life.

Rotary Youth Speaks competition

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, English And Media, School News, Science News

Our public speaking team of Eve Garner, Joe Crabb and Melissa Raymond did us proud last night at the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. This is a highly competitive event and the standard is extremely high.We did not win the team prize however our team did themselves and the school proud and showed that our students are eloquent speakers, polished performers and creative thinkers.

There was success with Joe Crabb winning best chairperson which is a great achievement for Joe.

Please congratulate the team if you see them around the school.

A special thanks goes to Sarah Cross who put a lot of time into supporting the team and also to Lesley Baisden who is always our mascot at English events and a big support.

Inter-Community Swimming Gala

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, Creative Arts And PE, Parent News, School News

On Wednesday the 8th Inter-Community Swimming Gala took place at the Dovercourt Lifestyles Leisure Centre

42 Students from the four Communities competed in the event which was contested with the very best sportsmanship throughout.

During the 19 races, 6 new school records were set and the result was the closest in the competitions history with only 5 points separating 4th and 1st.

Final Result
Heidelberg 31
Versailles 32
Alhambra 33
Windsor 36

Thanks to all the volunteer staff from Dovercourt Swimming club who gave up their time to officiate the event and to Dovercourt Lifestyles for sponsoring the event.

Year 10 Football

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Creative Arts And PE, Parent News, School News

The Harwich and Dovercourt Year 10 football team opened their 2017 campaign away at Manningtree on an incredibly wide pitch which suited their passing style of play.
Captained by new vice captain Adam Strange in the absence of regular captain Charlie Guiezelar, confidence was high.

It was Manningtree who settled the best and during the opening exchanges made three clear chances and had it not been for for excellent saves by Quinn Bird, Harwich would have found themselves 3-0 down.
After these shaky five minutes Harwich settled and created their first chance with Yuki Jackson shooting wide. Soon after this Adam Strange crossed well but Phillip Sebastian shot just wide
Prolonged pressure continued from
Harwich with skipper Strange not quite connecting with a spectacular overhead kick
Minutes later Greg Rodger slid the ball through and Strange marked his debut as skipper by slotting home calmly from 12 yards.
Manningtree always looked dangerous on the break with their pace and nearly equalised mins later when a drilled cross just evaded the centre forwards flying lunge to header the ball home.
Five minutes later Harwich failed to win the battle in the middle of the field, the ball fell to the striker who ran forward and calmly rounded the keeper to equalise
A scrappy next five minutes followed with Harwich coming closest as Rodger weaved through three players and hit a screamer from 25 yards which went just over
1-1 ht
A Harwich early corner was looped over the bar from Jack Cheverall and a corner from Keenan Brown was headed wide by Phillip Sebastian as Harwich pressed for a goal with Rodger shooting wide shortly after
The game then became a little Scrappy with the big pitch taking its toll on the players and huge spaces opening up in midfield.
Strange volleyed wide with Harwich pushing for the win and seemed to be constantly “knocking on the door” for the final ten minutes.
Chance after chance were created in particular from Olly Wright from excellent wing play and the superb set piece deliveries of Keenan Brown, Sebastian was kicking himself at a series of misses and was clearly frustrated as the game drew to a close.
Final result 1-1

All the team could hold their head high for their efforts and will count them self very unlucky not to have taken the three points home with them.
Man of the match was Zach Keeley whose presence in the middle of defence, organisation of others and calmness bringing the ball forward was superb. Yuki Jackson worked tirelessly in midfield after many weeks sidelined with injury and goalkeeper Bird should be congratulated for his superb contribution so early in the match which actually kept Harwich in the game.
The next match is at home to Clacton County High School who last year played out an entertaining 4-4 in Clacton

Team
Quinn Bird
Cody Double
Josh Herbert
Zach Keeley
Alex Eddie
Jack Cheverall
Greg Rodger
Oliver Wright
Keenan Brown
Yuki Jackson
Adam Strange
Tom Humphris
Phillip Sebastian