Year 9 ‘Perfect’ TIE 

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in School News

Yesterday year 9 students, had a visit from Ginificent to perform ‘Perfect’.  This is part of Safer Essex Roads Partnership’s (SERP) road safety programme and delivered to highlight passenger responsibilities.

‘Perfect’ starts like a sitcom in its slick delivery. The plays infectious characters and their idiosyncratic relationships will have the audience instantly smiling. Using naturalistic acting, narration, physical theatre, and popular music, the performance and its story line will have you glued to your seat. We see the build-up to a crash involving Anne (13).  Anne is a perfectly normal, pretty young girl, who after being thrown through a windscreen in a car accident, had over three hundred stitches to her face and head because she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt. Anne had to live with the constant reminder of how important a seatbelt really is. There are some hard-hitting themes contained within this play, including the mention of Anne’s suicide.

Key messages: Wear Seatbelts & don’t distract the driver.

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Join us at Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form:

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Promoted News, School News

Follow the link below to sign up for our new Sixth Form offer:  Sixth Form Offer
Here is our Presentation to explain the courses that are on offer to you for Sigma Sixth whilst studying here in Harwich:  Sixth-Form-Open-Evening-Presentation.pptx.pdf – 5 MB
Click on this link to read about the new sixth form opportunities available to students next year: Sixth Form Opportunities

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