Book now for our Pre-Prep and Prep Open Day

On Saturday 25 June we will be hosting DHS Live!, which is our outdoor summer music event to celebrate the talents of our pupils, alumnae and the wider school community. The event will run from 1.30pm – 5.00pm in the ground of Durham High School and the cost is £5 per person for entry. The proceeds from will be donated to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, whose ongoing work is integral to the local community.

You are invited to come down and bring your own picnic and blanket to enjoy the proceedings. There will be an ice cream van and free inflatable slide for children throughout the afternoon. Please like and share our event page on Facebook and help us to spread the word.

Sport Update

Well done to our tennis teams on their efforts this week in the first matches of the summer:

  • U13 tennis v Whitburn, won 4-2
  • U13 tennis v Durham Johnston, lost 2-4
  • U15 tennis v Durham Johnston lost 2-4
  • U15 tennis v Barnard Castle lost 0-6

Year 7 Future Business Magnates

Yesterday we welcomed Jen, Megan and Lee from This is Creative Enterprise into school to deliver the Year 7 Future Business Magnates workshop and competition. The pupils were tasked with designing and developing a product that could be sold in both the Metaverse and in real life. Each team’s idea will now be put forward into a Regional Competition, judged by Business Durham, with prizes to be awarded to the best Year 7 Team in County Durham.

Classlist

We are pleased to be launching Classlist, in partnership with Parents & Friends. Classlist is a parent app that brings you into the heart of our school community. It helps you to connect and help each other. It is a safe and inclusive system that will help us build a stronger school community at Durham High School. Parents of each form class and year group have access to their own class area, and you can choose how much, or how little, of your information you wish to share with others. Classlist is UK-based and fully GDPR-compliant and is already being used successfully by parents in thousands of schools in the UK.

Before half term, parents in Junior House were invited to sign up to the platform. A reminder to those that have yet to do so, please follow the link in the email invitation to register your place. Alternatively, you can download the app from your smart phone’s app store and search for Durham High School. The invite for Senior House parents to sign up will follow in the next couple of weeks, with the hope that all parents are registered on the platform in time for the start of the next academic year in September.

Omhle’s Jubilee Singing

A huge congratulations to Omhle in Year 8, who sang in the Platinum Choir that sang at Durham Cathedral’s special Jubilee thanksgiving service last weekend. The choir was made up of 35 boys and 35 girls, who sang a piece of music by composer Will Todd. The Queen was represented at the event by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of County Durham. You can watch the service on the Durham Cathedral Facebook Page, with the performance from 1 hour 15 minutes.

Darcy Javelin Success

Well done to Darcy in Year 9, who was chosen to represent the North East for the Inter Counties in York recently. Darcy achieved a fantastic 3rd place with a throw of 35.35m.

Art Recognition for Nada

Congratulations to Nada in Year 7, who has won third place in the NCC G3 Poster Design competition, which was decided in London last week. A brilliant achievement.

Junior House Music Concert

We are very much looking forward to hosting our KS2 Summer Music concert this coming Thursday, 16 June, as some of our younger pupils showcase their wonderful talents. The concert will take place in the Main Hall from 6.30pm. All members of the school community are warmly welcome to attend, with tickets on sale from school for £3 per ticket. We hope to see you there.

Grandparents’ Day Performance

On Grandparents’ Day, each year group in Junior House entertained their visitors by singing their favourite song. It was such a wonderful occasion, after a such a long hiatus, that we decided to bring each class back together this week to record their songs for parents to be able to watch. You can now see a compilation of the final pieces over on our Facebook page.

Nearly- New Uniform Sale

We will be holding a Nearly-New Uniform Sale in school, for current and new parents, on Friday 1 July from 3.00pm-4.30pm in Room 18. If you are able to support on the day, especially for the first hour slot, or can help with setting up after school on Thursday 30 June, all help would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact the school and we will put you in touch with Dr Jenkins, who is organising the sale. If your child has any spare uniform or sports kit that they no longer need or fit into, then we would welcome your donation. All money raised goes to the Parents & Friends.

Year 8 Step into the NHS competition

Congratulations to Grace, Mary and Charlotte in Year 8, who were shortlisted into the top 10 in the North East for the NHS Health Careers ‘Step into the NHS’ competition. Their entry was an animation promoting a career in Art Therapy, which you can see over on our Facebook page.

National Council of Women Conference

We are excited to be hosting our ‘In the Spotlight’ National Council of Women Conference on 27 June for all pupils in Year 10 and Year 12, and invited guests from a number of other local schools.

The event, which was originally scheduled to take place in July 2020 before the pandemic struck, aims to encourage more young women across County Durham to consider a career in the creative industries. We are delighted that a number of Old Girls, who have gone into careers in interior design, graphics and fashion design, will be coming back to school to speak to pupils about their experiences. In the afternoon, they will have the opportunity to network over a buffet lunch, and then take part in a creative workshop.

Islamic Diversity Workshop

On Monday, Year 9 enjoyed a visit from the Islamic Diversity Centre in Newcastle, as part of their PSHCCE topic on diversity and inclusion. The session, which was funded by Parents and Friends, was designed to promote inclusion and integration by removing barriers and stereotypes. Pupils will now visit a mosque in Newcastle to broaden their knowledge
of the Islamic faith further.