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.
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
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
Year 10 students enjoyed the company of 2 Royal Marines on Thursday 12th October 2017. The marines put the year group through their paces by completing long distance runs, sprints, army crawls, leg exercises and some team games. Overall the key principles from what the marines put across to the students will help them in everyday life and in further education. The PE department were externally impressed with the resilience the students showed.
HDHS Year 11 football team travelled to Felixstowe Academy on a dark and drizzly evening to start their final season in a HDHS shirt.
The game started with Felixstowe pressuring the Harwich goal and it wasn’t long until they broke the deadlock.
A dubiously awarded penalty was dispatched to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
The pressure on the HDHS goal was non stop and although the defence fought amicably to keep the score down, with Jack Cheverall making a couple of great saves, the game reached half time with Felixstowe leading 4-0.
The majority of the damage coming from the Felixstowe player Zak Brown who during the summer was playing and scoring for the England under 16 National team. It is not often that you get the opportunity to play against an international at any sport and Zak Keeley and man of the match Alex Eadie should be proud of their efforts in trying to stop a very talented young man for 50 minutes of the game.
The second half began with HDHS playing with more passion, pace and composure, resulting in the first ten minutes being played in the Felixstowe half. It looked as if HDHS had scored as Max Macdonald fired high into the net from close range but unfortunately it was ruled out for offside.
HDHS continued to press with the impressive substitute Joe Hawkins combining well with Phillip Sebastian up front supported by Rema Eagle from left back and midfielders Keenan Brown, Charlie Gueizlar Tom Humphris and Yuki Jackson.
As they looked to get a goal back they were caught a couple of times on the break as they “threw caution to the wind” and with five minutes to go Felixstowe led 7-0.
A corner from the right was met by Phillip Sebastian who smartly headed home to give HDHS a goal that they richly deserved.
All the HDHS players should be proud of their second half performance showing that they have a great attitude and pride in their performance.