We are absolutely delighted to share with you a sneak peak of our new school film, which will launch next month. The film, which is the cornerstone of our #CallingAllGirls campaign, aims to celebrate our wonderful pupils, who are at the forefront of everything that we do at Durham High School.
Our new campaign brings the values and ethos that have underpinned the school since it was founded in 1884, together with a modern, forward-thinking approach which allows Durham High School to thrive in 2022 and beyond. We hope you enjoy it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHl3T8NqNOc
School Leadership Team
Between now and the end of term, we will be introducing you to the new School Leadership Team from September 2022. This week, we introduce our newest Assistant Principals:
David Smith, Assistant Principal: Durham High School is such a fabulous community, and I am delighted to be taking up the role of Assistant Principal. Our dynamic world so needs confident young people with a range of skills. My wish is to oversee the delivery of an adaptive curriculum which supports our students to be happy and successful learners. I am particularly looking forward to working with parents on the exciting journey ahead.
Laura Middleton, Assistant Principal: I am delighted to introduce myself to you as a new Assistant Principal from September. After having a pastoral and academic role for many years at the High School, I am very fortunate to be able to continue both. Pupils’ academic achievement and personal development are great strengths of the School, and my aim is to support the Leadership Team in creating a curriculum that is contemporary and forward looking. I firmly believe in the benefits of an all-girls’ education in developing confidence and self-belief, empowering young people and creating leaders. I am also looking forward to getting to know pupils and parents across the school and hope to meet you at one of our many events.
The Uniform Shop will be open on the following dates during the summer holiday:
- Monday 25 July
- Tuesday 26 July
- Monday 22 August
- Tuesday 23 August
- Thursday 1 September
- Friday 2 September
The shop will be open on these days between 9am and 4pm for appointments only, closing between 12pm and 1pm for lunch. Appointments must be booked via the Emblematic website and the system for booking should be available from this weekend.
All items of uniform can also be ordered via the website. However, it should be noted that orders are completed in the school shop, during opening hours, before they are sent to Newcastle for despatch. This may lead to a delay between the order being placed and being delivered to your home. All orders placed online are for home delivery during the holidays.
Yesterday was a wonderful occasion, where we celebrated with our outgoing Year 13 and their families. There was a delicious buffet and drinks reception, and the hall was decorated with a beautiful feature flower wall, balloons and sweet shop table. There were some lovely speeches from Mrs Wheeler and the Sixth Form Leadership Team, with some heart-warming and funny memories shared and gifts presented by Dr Alvey and Mrs Gellately. The evening culminated in a disco, featuring a playlist of songs put together by the students. We wish our leavers the very best in their A Level results and beyond.
Durham High Live
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the inaugural DHS Live on Saturday afternoon. We had a fantastic turnout across the afternoon and the sun was shining throughout. Well done to all the pupils, staff, parents and Old Girls who performed for contributing to such a fantastic talent-filled day. The event raised over £750 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
You may have seen from national reports that there has been a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases across the country in recent weeks. We thought it appropriate to remind pupils of the need to practice good hygiene, including sanitising, and washing their hands with soap and warm water, regularly. We would also like to highlight the importance of the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
We continue to implement an increased cleaning regime across the school throughout the day, focusing on key touch points such as door handles and other surfaces. Sanitiser stations also remain in place at Main Reception and the entrance to every building. We also encourage everyone to continue to follow the current Government isolation guidance:
- Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
- Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
- For children and young people aged 18 and under with a positive COVID-19 test result the advice is 3 days.
More information on the symptoms to look out for, what you can do to help stop the spread of the infection, what you should do if you need to leave your home and what to do if you are a close contact of someone with Covid-19 are available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19.