Come and play at one of our Outdoor Tots sessions

As this half term ends, I have been reflecting on all our wonderful community has achieved since Easter. Our 140th Anniversary celebrations have made the half term extra special, and we have more lovely celebrations planned for our final five weeks before the summer holidays, including a whole school picnic, colour run and our popular, Bin Bag Fashion Show. It is hard to comprehend that we are just five weeks away from the end of another school year, and my first as the Headmistress of our fantastic school.

Next Half term we can look forward to Senior Department Sports Day at Maiden Castle, our Prep Department Summer Concerts, the Year 6 Play, Parent and Daughter Tennis, our Year 5 Outreach performance, The Year 7 and 8 Play, Moving Up Evening for our Year 6 into Senior Department and Welcome Day, to name just a few. We will include dates in our
first newsletter after half term, so you can enjoy joining us at as many events as possible over the coming weeks.

It has been a busy week in Senior Department, with GCSE and A Level exams ongoing for Year 11 and Upper Sixth, and School Exams Week for pupils in Years 7-10 and Lower Sixth. I must commend all our girls for their attitude and efforts throughout the week, they have shown great resilience and determination. Our Heads of Year provided an ice lolly treat for those that wanted a chill out after the exams and Miss Casey, Miss Shoulder and Mr Coates, worked with our Year 7’s to offer some collaborative downtime, where they recreated items found in the River Wear over the years, out of recycled materials. As I waved the girls off for their half term, I got to see so many amazing creations. The perfect end to Exam Week.

I am hoping Year 11 and Upper Sixth can have some time to relax in between their revision. We have enjoyed seeing so many of them making use of the facilities in school during their study leave and supporting each other through this challenging time. You are all doing so well. Remember that we are here if you need us to run through any content or have any questions. Sometimes, it’s nice just to pop in and share a catch up with your friends too. You are always welcome.

The weather dampened spirits this week, leaving us with no option but to postpone PrePrep and Prep Sports Day. We were all hugely disappointed and look forward to holding
them in better weather (fingers crossed!) on Friday 7 June.

I’m sure you will join me in congratulating our Intermediate girls’ team who have qualified for the regional finals on Thursday 6 June, following a successful performance in the first round of the English Schools’ Athletics Track and Field Cup last week. This a tremendous achievement and we are super proud of everyone involved.

We ended the week on a definite high, as we welcomed the Grandparents of our Pre-Prep and Prep Departments into school for the afternoon. We were treated to a performance
from each class, highlighting the tremendous talent of our girls and the musicality that exists across both Pre-Prep and Prep. It was also wonderful to see grandparents visiting
classrooms and watching the girls proudly show off their excellent work. Both grandparents and our girls will cherish those memories forever. Before everyone left, Thomas Franks provided a formidable feast of cakes and cream scones to round off the afternoon.

Triple win for Darcie

Darcie in Year 7 took part in a big dance festival last weekend. It was her first time competing in a new age category and she did extremely well. She was awarded 1st place out of 44 dancers in the U14 Grand Prix, 1st place in U14 intermediate slow dance and 1st place in U14 starter freestyle. This is a wonderful achievement – well done, Darcie!

Year 3 – Religion in India

Year 3 have been learning about religion in India. The girls enjoyed a visit to the Oriental Museum in Durham, where they handled objects, explored the gallery and even made their own Diya Lamps. They have continued their studies back at school.

Stay and Play – Nursery

Following the success of our first session, we are delighted to welcome Nursery parents to join their daughter in Nursery as part of our latest ‘Stay and Play’. This is an excellent opportunity for you and your daughter to spend some relaxed time together and play in our wonderful Nursery setting. It will take place on Tuesday 4 June between 1.30pm-3.15pm.
If you would like to come along, please complete the form on School Gateway. The afternoon will also be open to prospective parents of girls aged between 2-4. If you know of
anyone that would like to attend, they can book a free place by clicking here.

DHS Live!

On Saturday 29 June we will be hosting DHS Live! This is our outdoor summer music event to celebrate the talents of our pupils, Old Girls and the wider school community. The event
will run from 1.00pm – 5.00pm in our fantastic grounds, here at Durham High School. The cost is £5 per person for entry. You are invited to come and bring your own picnic and blanket and friends to enjoy the fun. Hopefully we will be blessed with a beautifully sunny day like last year. The proceeds will be donated to I’m George’s Mate, which aims to give young people the knowledge and skills to support their mental health and help prevent suicide. There will be an ice cream van and inflatable slide for children throughout the afternoon. We hope to see you there!

DHS Netball Camps

Netball Camps return to Durham High for Prep pupils this half term! The camp will run on Wednesday 29 May and Thursday 30 May, 9:30am – 3:30pm. Miss Cartwright and Miss Coulson will be running the camp for girls in Years 3-6. Activities will include games, group drills, individual player development, and plenty of match play. For more information and to book a place for your daughter, please email [email protected].