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Archive for March, 2018

Sports Champion UK – 28th March 2018

Written by Stephanie Laimbeer on . Posted in Archived News, Creative Arts And PE

Olympic hopeful, Junior British Record Holder, Commonwealth Silver Medalist in the triple jump, Laura Samuel visited HDHS. She can ‘hop skip and jump’ over 14m.

Laura visited the school as part of a ‘Sports for Champions’ initiative. Over 300 pupils took part in a sponsored circuit in the sports hall. All students took part in the circuit with enthusiasm and hard work. Monies raised will go towards improving the school PE facilities and helping future athletes like Laura with training, equipment, travel etc

The PE department would like to say a huge thank you to all who took part, you were a credit to the school. A further thank you for raising over £900.

Laura was amongst the students hoping to inspire, motivate and unleash a new champion of the future. After the circuit, students were able to ask Laura about her training schedule, her diet, her future aspirations and even if she had met Usain Bolt. The students enjoyed the opportunity to hold a real Silver Commonwealth Medal.

Year 8-11 English and Media trip to New York (Easter 2019)

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English and Media trip to New York (Easter 2019)

Just a reminder that there is only 2 weeks left to pay the deposit to secure your place on the English and Media Trip to New York! Please login to Parent Pay before the 30th April to book your place. Any questions or if you need support with Parent Pay please contact Louise Brundle.

We have arranged an unforgettable opportunity for students to visit New York in Easter 2019.  We hope this trip will enable the students to experience a different culture and includes a TV and film tour, a tour of the 9/11 site, entry to the Empire State Building & Broadway Theatre Tickets plus much more.

To secure your place on this trip please pay the £125 deposit before 30th April. Letters are available from Louise Brundle in the trips office or can be emailed by request.

Instructor in Technology and Computer Science

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We are seeking to appoint an Instructor in Technology and Computer Science. The purpose of the role is to deliver an appropriate, broad based curriculum for students. Training and further professional development will be given to the right candidate.
Deadline for applications: Monday 16th April 2018

Interviews: Week Commencing Monday 23th April 2018

Please submit your application to The Personnel Manager by email to or by post to Harwich and Dovercourt High School, Hall Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex CO12 3TG. You can download an application pack from our website

We reserve the right to close the post before the date stated above once sufficient applications have been received. We therefore advise that you submit your completed application form as soon as possible.

The school’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.   All posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

Inter-Community Swimming Gala – 21st March 2018

Written by Stephanie Laimbeer on . Posted in Archived News, Creative Arts And PE

A very successful Harwich and Dovercourt Swimming Gala took place Wednesday 21st March.

51 students representing the four communities took part in a fiercely fought competition with races of all strokes over 25m.

Cheered on by fellow swimmers, Community staff and a good number of parents, friends and relatives, all the students did themselves proud.

6 new school records were set for 25m races with some students beating the time they had previously set themselves last year.

The main success of this event was that for the first time every event had four swimmers in. A real indication of the sense of identity and passion the students have for their Community.

A massive thank you to the officials who gave up their own time to help with the event, the staff at Dovercourt Lifestyles and Harwich Community Primary for forfeiting their swimming session to allow this annual event to take place

Final result

Alhambra 47
Versailles 42
Windsor 39
Heidelberg 31

Sport Relief – 23rd March 2018

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Sport Relief – 23rd March 2018:

Community Copper Challenge to raise money for Sport Relief. The challenge will see students attaching their spare change to sellotape hanging from the wall bars in the gym. The community with the most strips of coins will win!

Official Sport Relief wristbands will be on sale for £1.00.


To raise money for Sports Relief charity a £1.00 donation can go towards the challenge or a wristband on the day.

Marcus Alexander Author Visit – 14th March 2018

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Children’s author(and acrobat and adventurer) Marcus Alexander visited HDHS on March 14th to speak to all Year 7 and 8 groups followed by a meet and greet and book signing. The students were engaged and enthralled by his stories and most importantly the message that reading is the gateway to the world and new experiences. Marcus emphasised how reading built his confidence, his sense of adventure, his willingness and drive to succeed and his thirst for knowledge.

Royal Institution Community Science Show – 18th April 2018

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FAO: Parent/Carers of Year 7 & 8 students
You have been invited to the RI Community Science show at Harwich and Dovercourt High School at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 18th April in the school hall.
The show gives families a chance to see the Ri’s specially trained presenters in action, delivering science shows inspired by the Christmas Lectures. The shows are jam-packed with experiments, demonstrations and the odd explosion!
Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis – to reserve a seat please email

Accessing School Emails

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Students, a little reminder, your school Google email address is made up of your normal school username (e.g. 17smithj) and

A link to Gmail is available from the useful links page on the school website, by searching for “gmail” on google/bing/etc… or by clicking this link –

Your password for your Google account is the same as the password you use to log onto the computers on the school site.

If you need your password reset or have issues logging on please email or Facebook message us your full name and school username and we’ll reset your password.