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We cannot believe it has a week already since pupils took to the stage for School of Rock at the Gala Theatre. All four wonderful performances were testament to the hard work and dedication of Mrs Lonsdale, Mrs Lawrence-Wills and all the staff and parent helpers. We must also give a huge amount credit to the two casts and crew, who deserve the recognition for their fabulous efforts on stage. We have uploaded a gallery of photos of both casts to our Facebook page.

Good luck to the U19 Netball team!

We would like to wish the best of luck to Anna, Ellie, Flora, Imogen, Keira, Issy, Lexie, Lily and Lucy, who will be competing in the England Netball National Schools Finals tomorrow at Oundle School. The girls made it having topped both the County and Regional competitions, without losing a single match.

Easter Quiz – Book Online

The Parents and Friends will also be hosting an evening of fun and prizes at their Easter Quiz and Bingo on Friday 24 March. The event will run from 6.30pm – 9pm in the Main Hall, and friends and family, as well as parents and children, are welcome to attend.

Last year’s event was extremely successful and proved an excellent night of fun for young and old alike. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for children and you can now book online by clicking here. In addition, donations of Easter Eggs or other Easter-themed prizes would be very gratefully received as soon as possible. You can drop any donations into Main Reception by Tuesday 21 March.

Parent Webinar – Eating Disorders

As part of our involved in the Thomas Franks ‘Nourish to Flourish’ programme, nutritionist Christine Bailey will be hosting a Zoom webinar for DHS about eating disorders and body image next Tuesday, 14 March from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. All parents are welcome to attend using the following Zoom link.

Sports Presentation Evening

A reminder that the PE Department will be hosting their annual Sports Presentation Evening on Monday 27 March at Ramside Hall, with footballer Grace McCatty featuring as guest speaker. If you have not done so already, please make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible using our online system.

International Women’s Day Football

As part of International Women’s Day, the Football Association and Youth Sport Trust held their biggest ever football session, with the aim of getting as many girls as possible, in schools across the country, all playing football on the same day. On Wednesday, pupils in Prep took part in a football session during their lunch break, with Senior Department girls getting involved between afterwards.

School Ball Tickets

We are delighted to share with you details of the Parents & Friends School Ball, which will take place on Saturday 29 April 2023 in The Bishops Suite at Ramside Hall. The Las-Vegas themed Ball is for all members of the school community, with parents from all year groups invited, as well as Year 12 and 13 pupils, staff, Governors and Old Girls who are aged 17 years old and above.

We are sure anyone that has been before will agree that the annual event is a wonderful occasion which allows us to come together as an entire school community. The aim of the evening is to raise funds for the Parents & Friends, who use the money to fund many fantastic items and ‘icing on the cake’ activities to enhance the girls’ experience at school. You can book your tickets now by clicking here. Please note the Early Bird offer ends on 31 March, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Prep Swimming Gala

Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 showcased their swimming success at the annual Prep Swimming Gala yesterday morning. Well done to everyone that took part, displaying great effort in contributing to a very successful competition. The scores were extremely close, with Tempest coming out victorious.

Netball Camps at Durham High School

We are delighted to be offering a Netball camp to Prep pupils this Easter. The camps provide high quality Netball coaching to girls aged 8-11, regardless of their ability. Miss Cartwright will be running these sessions at Durham High School for both internal and external girls.

Activities will include games, group drills, individual player development and plenty of match play. The emphasis will be on fun and player game understanding. The sessions will run from 9:30am – 3:30pm on Monday 3 April and Tuesday 4 April. For more information and to book, please email [email protected].

Easter Egg Collection

This half term, we are collecting Easter Eggs for Feeding Families, which is a charity based in North East England that offers support, hope and security to those experiencing food poverty. Donations do not have to extravagant but will make a huge difference to those children in the region that would not otherwise receive a gift this Easter. Please bring any eggs (nut free) into school by Monday 27 March and drop them into Main Reception. As we are also collecting donations for the Parents and Friends quiz, please make sure you let Reception know who your donation is for.


The Bishop of Durham will be carrying out confirmations for the Church of England parish in which Durham High School is located on Saturday 29 April 2023 at 6pm. Confirmation is a special service in which a person confirms the promises made when they were baptised. For a young person who was baptised or christened as a child, these promises were made by their parents and godparents. Confirmation is an opportunity for a young people to make these promises for themselves and to commit themselves to following Jesus Christ.

The Bishop of Durham will lay hands on the young person’s head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give them the strength to live God’s way for the rest of their lives.  For many people, the first time they receive Holy Communion will be following confirmation. Generally, anyone over 10 years of age who can answer responsibly for themselves is ready for confirmation. If you would like to be confirmed or if you have any questions or would like further information, please contact [email protected].