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Archive for February, 2018

Essex Teacher Awards – Teacher of the Year

Written by Stephanie Laimbeer on . Posted in Archived News

At the recent Essex Teacher Awards Sarah Cross was awarded Secondary School Teacher of the Year.
Sarah Cross is an English Teacher at HDHS.
Sarah Cross joined Harwich and Dovercourt High School as an English teacher in 2012 having trained through the North East Essex Teacher Training Programme.
Sarah’s career progressed relatively quickly with leadership responsibilities for teaching and learning both within English and whole-school. In 2016 she coached a group of Year 11 HDHS students in public speaking. The students were successful in reaching the national finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. In 2017 Sarah was successfully accredited as a Lead Practitioner.  She is an inspirational teacher, coach, mentor, leader, trainer and colleague who ensures the students are at the heart of every aspect of her work.

Windsor Learning Community ‘SMILE’ Team

Written by Stephanie Laimbeer on . Posted in Archived News

The Windsor Learning Community “SMILE” team at Harwich and Dovercourt High School continue to link the local Community with the school, this time by spending an hour taking part in fun activities with residents at Lime Court Care Home for the elderly.
Both the Year 7-9 students and the residents enjoyed taking part in activities together including balloon keep up, basketball and bat and ball.
The students were an absolute credit to the Community and I looked on with pride as they interacted with a variety of residents.
Some started quietly but as they grew in confidence, all were playing, laughing and smiling and were disappointed when the session came to an end.
The star of the show was Cerys Steward who had an incredible way with all the residents, spending time with many of them, engaging in conversation and playing with the biggest smile.
The residents were sad to see the students go but were pleased when we informed them we would be back another day
One lady whilst playing keep the balloon in the air said “I love this” and that comment alone proves how important and valuable these visits are.
These same students return in 2 months time, with the other half of the smile team attending next month and then 2 months after that.
Mr Paul Day
(Head of Windsor Learning Community)