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Christmas jumper collection for Harwich Food Bank

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

Lacey Player and Taylor Wakefield with some of today’s Christmas jumper collection for Harwich Food Bank.  Many thanks to all who took part and also for contributions to Essex Air Ambulance, Teen Talk, St Helena Hospice and Cancer Research UK.Thanks especially to Heads of Community, Assistant Heads of Community, Student Services and to tutors of all years for your support today and throughout the year. Our students are very blessed to have you all looking out for them.

Dance students attended Pineapple Dance Studios

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

13 HDHS Dance students explored the delights of the West End by attending professional classes at the world famous Pineapple Dance Studios, in Covent Garden.

Students were challenged in a Jazz Workshop with Linda Dadd, Linda graduated with a BScHons in microbiology, and started taking jazz dance classes then ballet at the age of 22. She danced with various companies and in pop videos.
She taught fitness for over 10 years all over London and then started teaching jazz at Pineapple.

​Linda shared ”Its great that these young people are here today to get a taste of what the industry is actually like”.​
Tiger then moved our students from Musical Theatre Jazz to the wonders of Street and Hip Hop; Tiger’s main dance styles include Hip Hop, Krump and Dancehall. His reputation as a highly knowledgeable dance teacher has brought him opportunities to teach, perform and choreograph around Europe and Asia.
Tiger has worked with such brands as Redbull, Men’s Health Magazine, BBC, Sky 1. He was recently a choreographer for Kazakhstan Fashion Week Freestyle.

Hip Hop is arguably the most popular street dance style in the world. It includes an ever-growing number of dances and techniques from which​ the dancer draws in order to improvise or “Freestyle” movements to music.
​Tiger shared his amazing classic moves and challenged the students to find their own sense of style and freedom within the Hip Hop moves.​

Student, Year 11, Eden Christie shared ”The day was like nothing I have ever experienced before, we were right in the middle of London and worked hard with professionals at Pineapple. We even got to see the West End production of Wicked, which was simply brilliant. This experience has given me opportunities I would never normally have and studying the Btec Vocational qualification gives me an advantage to try out real life situations as well as perfect my dance skills”.

Mrs Parker added ”I was successful in applying for a bid within our school in order to raise funds to take our students to Covent Garden. This experience is something that stays with our students for life. It also gives them the confidence and edge to go out into the professional dance world and attend classes and auditions. Performing arts at HDHS is at the heart of the school and supported so well by our senior leaders”.

Year 11 Dancers exploring Covent Garden
Eden Christie and Chloe Collyer with Hip Hop Artist Tiger
Year 11 Dancers with Dance Linda Dadd


Christmas Quiz

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Pupils and staff took part in the school library’s Christmas Quiz on 13th December. They answered questions on music, entertainment and general knowledge. They also had the challenge of guessing ten well-known pantomimes from clues given in the form of newspaper headlines.

The winning team was ‘The Icicles’. Team members were Rebecca Green, Phoebe Whatley, Mitchell Good, Taylor Roberts and Mr Day.


7 Billion Ideas Final

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Six students travelled to the University of Essex, to pitch their ideas against other Sigma schools (TLA, Stanway, St Helena, Clacton County High). There were two teams from each school. Each student was given a goodie bag containing a t-shirt, water, key ring and Haribos!

Students set up their stalls and were given time to practice their presentations. It was evident looking around the room how much hard work and creativity had been put in by all participants. During the 45 minutes presentation slot students nervously waited their turn as a team of four judges took it in turns to move around the room – spending just 4 minutes with each group. In this short time, the students had to pitch their idea and take questions and answers from the judges. When students were not being judged, the pupils from HDHS used their time effectively, thinking about how they could improve their pitch further, ready for the next judge. Both HDHS teams also worked together, with the girls’ team giving the boys’ team feedback on their presentation.

After 45 minutes, the judging was over and pupils spent a nervous fifteen minutes, awaiting the outcome.

Prizes were given for best presentation / poster, best stall and then 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded for best innovation.

The boys’ team – Evan Cleaver, George Broom and Joe Turner who won the best stall and the girls’ team – Isla Grubb, Jessica Jenkins and Ruby Bushell were amazed and delighted to win overall first prize for best innovation!

The winning idea will be incorporated into a children’s book which will be available to purchase next year.

This is the first inter-school competition set up by Sigma so the students have done the school proud and have set the bar high in taking this first victory for HDHS. Their conduct, manner and approach on the day was highly commendable – they were true role models and ambassadors for the school.

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Versailles Community cake sale took place today at break.
Proceeds are part of fund raising efforts towards raising money for Teen Talk.
Bags of sweets, cakes and gingerbread men were for sale, plus guess how many sweets in the jar.
Student helpers were Aimee-Lee Messenger, Isla Grubb, Madison Soar, Dylan Best, Phoenix Fensom and Alyssa Bradnum-Godfrey.
Total raised £66.45

Windsor Community Smile team

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3 students from the Windsor Community Smile team at the Harwich and Dovercourt High School spent the morning planting bulbs in Cliff park and in the flower beds they restored last summer along the promenade.
Working alongside staff Trevor Mills and his TDC team and Cheryl Thompson the students worked enthusiastically and energetically to enhance the areas for all the local
Community to enjoy.
Paul Day – Head of Windsor Community commented that the smile team were a credit to themselves, to Windsor and to the school showing just how much the students of the area value their local surroundings.


Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News

There are six books on the poster to read and review. For each title you read and review you will receive Vivos and a prize.

The books are available from the school library along with review sheets.

Or you can log on to click on School library Service then on left hand margin there is a menu and click on Essex Book Awards to access the blog.

There will also be a prize for the best review.

Christmas Community Service

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A huge well done to our Readers and Singers at last nights Christmas Community Service at St.Nicholas Church.
Year 10 students Abbie Pruden and Lucy Hughes opened the ceremony with a fantastic biblical reading and Year 7 Ruby Poole and Poppy Warren wowed the audience with acapella rendition of Silent Night. A wonderful event in our local community.