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I cannot believe how quickly this term is flying by.  The rehearsals for the annual school production are in full swing and girls will be on the stage at the Gala Theatre, Durham before we know it. I’m very proud of the commitment being shown by all involved.

We have enjoyed many successes this week and congratulations must go to our Year 6 girls and external candidates who have been back in school for our 11+ Performing Arts and Music Scholarship auditions. I am told that there was some phenomenal talent on display, and there will be some very difficult decisions to make when awarding scholarships. Good luck to those girls taking part in the 11+ Sports Scholarship interviews next week.

Yesterday lunchtime featured the first in a series of Modern Foreign Language workshops led by bilingual girls in school. The aim of the workshops is to inspire budding linguists and promote languages within Senior Department. As part of the series, several bilingual students will offer some basic training in their mother tongue, from Arabic to Ukrainian. Yasmeen did a fabulous job today, teaching her peers in Arabic. Congratulations Yasmeen and well done to everyone who has volunteered to lead a workshop, I can’t wait to come along.

It was lovely to welcome parents in the Lower Sixth into school on Tuesday evening to discuss their daughter’s progress. Thank you for your continued support – I hope it’s evident from these meetings how well our staff know your daughters and the support they need to succeed in their A Levels. I look forward to welcoming parents of girls in Year 9, Year 11 and the Upper Sixth, for Parents’ Evenings before half term.

Next week, on Wednesday 31 January at 4pm, we are hosting an Online Safety Workshop in School, which will be delivered by PCSO Chambers. This will be for parents of girls in Years 3-9 and will focus on advice and information as to how we, as staff and parents, can best ensure the safety of our children when using online devices.  It is such an important topic and so crucial in keeping our children safe. If you would like to join us, please reply on School Gateway. I look forward to seeing you there.

School Production – Evita

We are excited to be returning to the Gala Theatre, Durham, in 2024 for our annual performance, which this year will be the Tony-winning classic Evita. The multi-award-winning musical features countless unforgettable songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber including the anthemic Don’t Cry for me Argentina.

There will be evening performances from Thursday 29 February to Saturday 2 March at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm. You can book your tickets on the Gala website now.

Advertise in the programme!

We would like to offer you the opportunity to advertise in the A5 colour programme for our Evita Performances. The cost of placing an advertisement is £200 for a full page and £100 for a half page. If you would like your business to feature in the programme, please email Mr Hall at [email protected] to confirm details. Advertising space is limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

University of Cambridge Offer

We are extremely proud of all our Upper Sixth girls and the offers they have received for their chosen university courses. However, huge congratulations to Neina who has received a conditional offer from the University of Cambridge to read Modern and Medieval Languages. Neina is an exceptionally talented, multilingual student who is actively learning a number of languages, including Slovene and Ukrainian, in her own time around her A Level studies!

Read about her passion for languages and her Durham High School experience on our news page.

Upper Sixth Enrichment Talks

Pupils in the Upper Sixth, attended the next in their series of enrichment talks, to help them prepare for the move to university. Our thanks to Alex, from Newcastle University, who came in to speak to them this morning about Student Finance, including student loans, accommodation costs and budgeting.

Classics Conference

Girls in Lower and Upper Sixth enjoyed attending the annual Newcastle University, Classics Sixth Form Conference, on Wednesday. They experienced lectures on a range of topics, from the ancient Olympic Games, to the Emperor Augustus’ public image. They finished the day with a trip to the Great North Museum. Thank you to Mrs Lucas for organising.

NSPCC talk

The NSPCC brought its ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ campaign to Durham High School earlier this week to speak to girls in years two, three, five and six. The campaign aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse.

A special thanks to the NSPCC volunteers who delivered age-appropriate workshops that were both informative and engaging.

Sport Update

Lots of fun was had by our U11 Netball teams playing against Newcastle High School this afternoon. U11A won 13-3, with Player of the Match awarded to Heidi, and the U11B drew 4-4 with Player of the March awarded to Antonia I. Fantastic effort from all players – well done girls.

Measles update from Public Health

Nationally, the UK is seeing rises in the number of measles cases, with a particular cluster in the West Midlands amongst unvaccinated children. Uptake of MMR in this region is much lower than the 95% needed to protect the population.

Measles spreads very easily among those who are unvaccinated. It is particularly easy to catch in environments when in close contact with others, especially in nurseries and schools. The best protection against measles for children and adults is to get both doses of the MMR vaccine.

Measles can be a very unpleasant illness. In some children it can be very serious and lead to hospitalisation – and in rare cases tragically can cause death. People in certain at-risk groups including babies and young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immunity, are at increased risk of complications from measles.

In County Durham, figures are better than the national average with 96.2% for the first dose of the MMR vaccine and 94.0% for the second MMR dose. Locally, work continues to raise awareness that people can help protect themselves, their families and those around them by ensuring they are vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, which is free on the NHS whatever the person’s age.

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Durham University Sculling Camps

Please find some information below regarding Sculling camps coming up at Durham University during the summer holidays, for ages 11-18. Find out more information and book on their website.