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Archive for October, 2019

Opportunity Curriculum – Year 7 & 8 Students

Written by Stephanie Laimbeer on . Posted in Parent News, Promoted News, School News

Opportunity Curriculum

Your son/daughter has now completed the first half term of the academic year. It has been a very successful half term and I have enjoyed seeing and hearing the students embrace every opportunity to develop their learning. At HDHS we want to do all we can to ensure our students are aware of their amazing potential and we want to facilitate and encourage every opportunity for our students to develop as successful learners.

I want to introduce to you the Opportunity Curriculum. The school curriculum is the provision that HDHS provides for each student to learn and grow as learners. I am a firm believer that learning is not just something that happens in school. The Opportunity Curriculum is another level to our whole school curriculum and was introduced to the students in assembly this week and presented to them in the form of a booklet. Your son/daughter will be able to share their copy of the Opportunity Curriculum booklet with you but it is also available on the school website.

The Opportunity Curriculum is simply a platform to guide HDHS students to learning opportunities outside of the classroom. This takes the form of reading, watching documentaries/films, researching and visiting interesting places. On a daily basis this half term I have seen first-hand the passion and excitement that our students have for new learning experiences and the Opportunity Curriculum nurtures that love of learning. There is no expectation on the student to complete any particular suggested activity in any set time frame. Learning is a continuous journey. We want the student to take control of their own learning. The Opportunity Curriculum booklet is presented as a subject a page, allowing students to choose the subject/topic they enjoy the most and continue their learning outside of school.

There will be rewards for students who show independence and initiative, however the greatest reward is obviously ‘learning’.

Thank you for your continuous support of HDHS and our efforts and dedication to develop successful life-long learners.

 Yours faithfully

Kate Finch

HDHS-Key-Stage-3-Opportunity-Curriculum-Booklet-2019_2020-1.pdf – 1 MB

Safe Online Behaviour

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Archived News

Dear Parent/Carer,
There has been a recent glut of inappropriate social media use amongst year 7 pupils at HDHS. It seems some pupils have been using WhatsApp to create an unpleasant group chat aimed at spreading unkind and bullying behaviours. Today a police officer came into year 7 assembly to discuss the legal side of this and possible ramifications for any pupils involved.
Thank you to the parents who contacted us to bring this to our attention. Any kind of bullying behaviour will not be tolerated and pupils involved can expect severe sanctions and possible referral to the police.
In order to monitor your child’s use of their mobile phone and social media, please make regular checks with them. It is worth pointing out that WhatsApp has a minimum user age of 16. Please discuss this with your son/daughter and let us know if you require any support or advice with this matter. Here is a link to a leaflet on safe online behaviour for your information:    Child Online Safety – 1 MB
Yours faithfully,

J. W. Loten

Deputy Headteacher
Harwich and Dovercourt High School 

Casual Cleaner – £9 an hour

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Archived Vacancies

We require a hardworking, reliable enthusiastic and motivated cleaner to join our cleaning team initially on a casual basis. You will report to the Assistant Site Manager to ensure the delivery of a high quality level of service. Previous experience of working within a cleaning environment is desirable but not essential. You will show a willingness to undertake training and be able to work independently or as part of a team.

Please complete and return the Sigma Online Application Form below, or contact for a paper application form or collect one from reception.

Deadline for applications: Monday 30th September 2019

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.