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A huge well done to Anna, Ellie, Flora, Imogen, Issy, Keira, Lexie, Lily and Lucy, who performed brilliantly as part of the U19 Netball Team at the England Netball National Schools Finals last weekend. They are a credit to Durham High School and should be extremely proud of their achievements throughout the entire competition.

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 involvement in the Thomas Franks ‘Nourish to Flourish’ programme, nutritionist Christine Bailey hosted a webinar for Durham High School parents about eating disorders and body image earlier this week. If you were unable to attend on the evening, you can now watch the webinar here.

School Photos – Monday 27 March

On Monday 27 March, Gillman and Soame will be in school taking class, team and group photographs across all year groups. Please ensure that your daughter is dressed smartly, in full uniform, and that she brings in the appropriate kit and equipment to change into if in a sports team or choir/orchestra.

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.

Parent Study Skills Workshop

We are delighted to welcome you to a free 60 Minute Parent Study Skills Evening on Thursday 28 March at 5pm with Elevate Education. Elevate Education works with pupils at Durham High School, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. They will be running an in-person seminar in the Main Hall and all parents are invited to attend.

The session will cover:

  • How parents can help their children effectively manage their time
  • How parents can help their children become motivated and stay motivated.
  • The different types of work students should prioritise across the year to maximise results.
  • How parents can help children work effectively with technology whilst minimising distractions such as social media sites.

Refreshments will be provided and afterwards, you will receive an e-guide which includes hints, practical tips and resources to help you to support your child through their studies and examinations.

Exam Skills Webinar

Elevate Education will also be hosting a free parent webinar next Tuesday, 21 March from 6pm-7pm on Exam Room Skills – Minimising Stress and Maximising Marks. During the session they will be covering what to do in the final days before any test or assessment, how to establish a good routine for the night before and how to optimise exam-room performance. Book your free place by clicking here.

Careers Fair

We held a Careers Fair last Friday for pupils in Years 5-13, with organisations across all sectors represented. The Sports Hall was filled with stalls including law, banking, the Police, accountancy, dentistry and veterinary medicine as well as a number of representatives from Russell Group and local universities. Our thanks to everyone who attended.

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.

Year 3 Oriental Museum

Year 3 had a fantastic day out at the Durham University Oriental Museum last week. The girls explored the Egyptian gallery and took part in a workshop on ‘Life and Death in Ancient Egypt’, in which they examined objects to work out what life and work was like in those times.

Olivia’s Equestrian Success

Last week, Olivia in Year 12 was awarded Elite U18 Leading Rider at the Area Annual Showjumping Awards Ceremony. She was given the award as the U18 with the most amount of points gained jumping in classes 1m25 and above. Well done Olivia on this tremendous achievement.

Eco Book Swap

The Eco Team will be holding a Pre-Prep to Sixth Form Book Swap and Sale on Thursday 30 March. Donations of books from home would be gratefully received in order to support this event. Donations should be left on the stage of the main school hall between Wednesday 22 March and Tuesday 28 March. Pupils that have donated are then welcome to come along at lunchtime on Thursday 30 March to select a different book that appeals to them. Donations of small change would also be welcomed, with all money collected going to “Read for Good”.

Year 5 Beamish Trip

Pupils in Year 5 enjoyed a visit to Beamish Museum this week, as part of their studies about the Victorians. While there, the girls investigated the lives of both poor and wealthy Victorians by visiting the pit cottages and the properties on the High Street. They also participated in a Victorian style lesson in the traditional school room at the museum.

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].