“Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us, The very clouds move on.” Heinrich Heine.
Many folklore customs have their roots planted firmly back in the Dark Ages, when the ancient Celts had divided their year by four major festivals. Beltane, or ‘the fire of Bel’, had particular significance to the Celts as it represented the first day of summer. It is still celebrated today, but we perhaps know Beltane better as May Day.
May Day is usually marked on 1 May, with current festivities including Maypole dancing, singing and cake. It is also a spring holiday in many European cultures, with this year’s Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom taking place this coming Monday, 2 May.
The Parents & Friends are delighted to see the return of the Durham High School Ball next week. The rainforest-themed event will be taking place on Saturday 7 May from 7pm in The Bishops Suite at Ramside Hall. The 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.
The annual event, which was last able to take place in May 2019, is a wonderful occasion which will allow us to finally come together as an entire school community and celebrate the wonderful efforts of our pupils, staff and parents throughout the last two years. The aim of the evening is to raise money for the Parents & Friends, who do fabulous work for the benefit of all pupils at Durham High School. Today is the final day for booking, so please visit bit.ly/dhsrainforestball as soon as possible to choose your menu options and pay for your tickets. We really do hope to see you there.
The Reach Next Generation Summit
The Reach Next Generation Summit will be taking place at Teesside University on Saturday 14 May 2022. The Summit is open to all girls who are 11-15 years old, and will be hosted by Reach co-founder Sarah Stirk of Sky Sports in partnership with North Yorkshire Education Services.
There are two ways to attend the Summit, either in person at Teesside University or via a live stream. It will be very much a workshop and discussion format to help girls think about their futures in the ever-changing world that we all now live in.
They will be discussing body positivity, STEM, social media, human rights, health and nutrition, money management and careers in business. You can reserve a free space for your daughter at reachnextgeneration.com.
Parents and Friends Donations
We are extremely grateful to our wonderful Parents and Friends committee for the work that they continue to do in raising money for the benefit of all the pupils at Durham High School.
Their most recent big purchases have been a tepee for the Junior House Forest School Area and a donation towards a new fitted kitchen for the Sixth Form diner. This part of a wider refurbishment of some areas of the school, with the Sixth Form section of the library and the Sports Hall changing rooms also undergoing renovation over Easter.
Easter Sporting Successes
A huge well done to Darcy in Year 9 who competed at Whitley Bay in the North East Youth Development League (NEYDL) Athletics on Sunday. She achieved 1st place, scoring a new PB of 34.39m. She is currently 6th in the UK in her discipline.
In equestrian, Olivia in Year 11 recently returned from Blue Chip Championships at Hartpury College, where she qualified for the 1m 25 Karma Performance Championship. She made it to the final, eventually finishing just outside the placings in 12th. In Rugby, congratulations must also go to Mae in Year 9, who has been selected to play for the U15 County Squad.
Also, during the Easter break, Isabella in Year 7 had a wonderful experience at the Irish Dancing World Championships in Belfast. She placed 117th in the world in her solo competition, out of 75,000 dancers that went for qualification in her age category, and she was a member of the U13 Ceili team which finished in third place. Well done to all girls on their tremendous achievements.