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To mark Coeliac UK Awareness Week, we were delighted to welcome Christine Bailey and the Development Chefs from Thomas Franks Ltd into school on Tuesday, alongside Coeliac UK. In the morning, Christine led an assembly for Senior Department to explain and help raise awareness of coeliac disease.

At breaktime, pupils enjoyed tasty Free From snacks, courtesy of Doves Farm, Lexi’s, Creative Nature Superfoods and Angelic Free From, before being served a completely Gluten-Free menu at lunchtime, featuring pizza from The White Rabbit Pizza Co.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is also Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is focusing on increasing people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety, which is one of the most common mental health issues we face. In addition to our extensive enrichment programme, we have been offering wellbeing workshops to pupils, including making self sooth boxes, an introduction to ‘Bullet Journalling’, karaoke singalong, Just Dance, Pilates and Soundbath Relaxation.

Cyberbullying Talk

We were thrilled to that 14-year-old Zak Hull from County Durham visited school on Monday to perform and talk to pupils in Years 5-8 about cyberbullying. The young singer’s first single has just been released, and his debut album will launch later this year.

Zak performed some well-known songs for the girls, before talking about his personal experiences of bullying. His age and experience enable him to engage with other young people around bullying, online cyber safety and overall mental health. Our thanks to The Prime Agency for this opportunity.

DHS Live!

On Saturday 10 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 1.00pm – 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 inflatable slide for children throughout the afternoon. Please like and share our event page on Facebook and help us to spread the word.

Year 5 Poster Competition

A group of girls from Year 5 entered a poster competition to advertise a new debating event, organised by Durham Youth Council. Well done to Ava, Annabel and Eloise who each won the prize of the book “The Danger Gang” by Tom Fletcher. We are hoping to enter some Year 5 girls into the actual debate, which will run in June.

Year 4 Outdoor Evening

Year 4 took part in an Outdoor Learning Evening last week in our wonderful Forest Area, with activities including preparing and cooking their own supper. Many thanks to the staff that organised the event, and well done to Year 4 for showing great focus and collaboration as a group.

Outdoor Tots

Outdoor Tots is a great way for girls and boys aged 1-4 to have fun by exploring the natural world in a safe and stimulating environment. Our sessions for this half term returned earlier this week and take place in our wonderful outdoor learning environment in the Forest Area of the school grounds. Sessions run every Tuesday morning, from 9.30am – 11.00am, during term-time. Places are limited and booking is essential. Tickets are £5 per child (1-4). Additional siblings (1-4) are £2.50 each and any accompanying under 1s are free. Booking is available a half term in advance, so you can now secure your place until the end of the Summer Term by clicking here.

Netball Camps

Netball Camps return to Durham High School for Prep pupils this half term. The camp will run for one day from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm on Friday 2nd June. Miss Cartwright will be running the camp for girls aged 8-11. Activities will include games, group drills, individual player development and plenty of match play. For more information and to book, please email [email protected].

Prep Sport

The U11 Cricket team played fixtures against DCSF and Yarm School, and the girls were victorious in both of their matches. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Year 3 travelled to RGS on Thursday morning to take part in a Cricket Festival. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to practice their batting and fielding skills. There were some great performances, well done.

Senior Sport

There was finally some good weather for the U15s this week, as they travelled to Dame Allan’s for their first cricket game of the season.  Effective fielding and some superb batting secured wins against their A and B teams. Well done to everyone who took part.