Photography Club

Bradley Humphries

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In photography club you get a chance to use first hand top of the range cameras and at the same time learn how to use them. All famous people started off some were and this could be our chance, we could be the next famous photographers! During these sessions, we get a chance to use the really good cameras but also high quality equipment such as lighting, props and more! Furthermore we have our teacher, Mr Paul who can tell you from experience, not just from a book or the internet, anything you need to know aout photography. I don’t know about you but I learn by someone showing me in real life and not just a YouTube video!

We also have a structured routine in the club, so one week is dedicated to going taking top quality photos, sometimes we use props such as food and mobile phones dropped into a tank of water and sometimes we go out and take shots around the school. We suaully shoot in RAW format instead of jpg and this hold much more information in the image which gives you much better quality to edit with. The next week is usually editing them on a pro photo package called Adobe Photoshop. You also get great advice from Mr Paul who is always there to help! While doing this you can edit and share your amazing photos! Below is some images we took on our “low key” session.

Over all and in my opinion photography club is really good at giving you opportunities to explore your favorite style of photography and loads more! I would say to anyone and everyone, you need to come along and join in, the sessions are after school in U09T on a Tuesday. In January we are going to be making short films, making use of Mr Paul’s green screen, can’t wait🙂

 

Y9 History & Music

by Lara BEALE and Keely BURTON

Hi, we are both year 9 students and here is a post about 2 of our lessons. Hopefully you find this post interesting as there will be more lessons to follow soon to help you gain an insight as to what happens in our lessons at Durrington High School.

History

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To begin our Wednesday morning, we had History with Mr. Runeckles. This term we have been studying  WW2. Also recently we have been looking at Hitler and the Nazis party and their involvement in WW1 and WW2 and more particularly Dunkirk.

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In history, we both really enjoy the class discussions as everyone participates and add point to the discussion and we really enjoy that about not only history but every lesson we have. After we do our class discussion we go on to doing work in our book. While doing so our teacher, is happy to help with anything and answer any of our questions. We also like this as it gives us the opportunity to ask questions we wouldn’t necessarily want to share aloud with the class, this saves any embarrassment.

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At the end of the lesson we always have great results due to great learning. Overall we love learning about WW2 in history as we have learned something we would could never of imagined happened.

MUSIC

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Next, we had music with Miss. Maughan. In music this term we are working on our own compositions on the piano in pairs. So far, we have learned chords, a bass line and on top of all that a melody. Personally to us, music is one of our favourite subjects🙂

In music we like learning and experimenting with different melodies and chords and see what goes well with each other. As well as this there are practise rooms in which we love working in as it seems very professional. Our teacher, Miss. Maughan, is supportive and encouraging and she knows how to motivate us.

As a result of music everyone’s piano and other music skills have improved immensely.

We love music so much that we are excited about our next music lesson already!

Y8 Art & Geography Lesson

by Alyssa Bunsell

I am going to be blogging over the schoolyear about my lessons at Durrington High School. Each time, I will blog about different lessons so you can see the kind of things we get up to in the classroom.

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In this lesson, we completed a sheet that would help us complete our art page. First of all, we had to complete sticking the paper in our books to create the colour of the background of an artist, we then added logs and trees to create our own version of the painting. I particularly like the fact that we get to have art books to do this in because when you do a lesson that is similar like this, you can refer back to another lesson that is similar. It is also good to look back on work we have done previously and see how much better we are getting throughout the year. We do this type lesson quite a lot and usually we do it on artist and try to do it independently.

GEOGRAPHY

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In this lesson we watched a documentary on Kenya and wrote on this sheet how Kenya lives differently than us in England. We then compared each others sheets and talked about how fortunate we are and how unfortunate they are. I like that we do this a lot because the more we talk about different countries and comparing them then I will know more about those countries then I did before the lesson.

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Exam Revision

This post was created a couple of years ago by Miss Hughes, although not a student submission, it is definitely worth a look at if you are getting ready for exams.

IN THE LEAD UP TO THE EXAMS …

1. Be as prepared as possible (snore, I know, but annoyingly true)

Revise topics you are unsure of because the more prepared you are, the less you have to feel nervous about and the easier your life will be! Also make sure to be proud of how hard you are working at revising (don’t try and cram it all in the night before the exam!)

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2. Take time to relax too.

Don’t over load your brain. I know the fact that exams are round the corner might make you feel like you should be thinking about them at all times but this is neither true nor helpful. As long as you are working hard when you are revising it is not only acceptable but actually advised. Yep that’s right; you can watch Netflix guilt free as long as you have worked hard on your revision first.

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3. Use tried and tested memory techniques to remember things, just reading a revision book doesn’t work; your brain is not a sponge!

I promise you, you might think that reading your notes over and over and over and over again will make them stick but it’s a myth (unless you’ve got photographic memory you lucky thing). Make mind maps, use stories to remember key words or try using loci (placing things you need to remember in places in your house mentally).

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4. Eat healthily (as healthily as possible when you are stressed!) AND drink lots of water.

I know this point just sounds annoying, but stressing out makes some people not want to eat anything at all while others feel like they want to eat everything in sight. Try and eat healthily because the vitamins and minerals in your food will help your brain and too much junk will just make you feel rubbish and tired.

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5. Try and get a good night’s sleep (easier said than done I know!)

Your body is looking for at least 8 hours. Go to bed extra early try to wind down: don’t just expect to fall asleep like you will every other night (try hot drinks, a bath, a book etc etc). Don’t stay up all night revising, it’s only going to make your brain want to sleep during to the most inappropriate time (the exam) and we’ve all seen the Inbetweeners, energy drinks are not the answer!!!

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6. Talk to somebody reassuring to put your mind at rest and remind you that you are more than capable of doing it!

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I know it sounds common sense, but tell someone that you are stressed and nervous and they can reassure you and help you calm down.

7. Keep your revision on your phone

How many times do you check your phone a day? Too many right, well think how many times you would look at your revision notes if they were your background. I’m not asking you to stare at them 24/7 but what is the harm in looking at them when you’re bored or waiting for someone.

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8. Try to think about how you are going to feel when the exams are all over!

Try and visualise the feeling of when this exam is done and done good! Maybe book something or arrange something with friends for when they’re over as an incentive to work hard now and have a lot of fun rewarding yourself after. This might also work as a motivator when you’re feeling lazy and procrastinating like a pro!

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ON EXAM DAY …
9. Make sure you have breakfast… even if you are not hungry

Even if you feel too nervous to eat (and I really know what feels like I promise) force yourself to eat something, even if it is only fruit. Your brain needs fuel to concentrate and also how annoying is it to hear your stomach rumbling throughout the whole exam

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10. Get to the exam super early

It’s just one less thing to stress about. Which scenario do you think will prepare you best for the exam? 1) Being stuck in traffic or running up the road a few minutes before you’re supposed to be there and you’re panicking that you might be late or 2) (this is the right answer, pick this one) Knowing you are there, ready, having time to go through your revision notes or try and relax for a little bit before you go in… I know which one sounds best to me! Also get all your equipment ready the night before. Again, easier life if your night searching round the house for a pen in the morning.

11. Got a Lucky Mascot? Bring it for sure!!

Lucky pen? Socks? Pants? Doesn’t matter what it is or it its seems weird, if there is a chance that it is lucky and it will make you feel and little more confident then put it in your bag or wear it under your uniform! We could all do with a bit of luck from time to time.

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12. Avoid talking to other people outside the exam room about what you have revised

I know its soo tempting to ask the others what they’ve been doing, what they remember etc etc etc BUT there is a massive flaw in this plan, the fact that when ( and I say WHEN and not IF because this ALWAYS happens) they tell you that they’ve revised something you haven’t… you are going to doubt yourself, freak out and feel less confident! Either quietly go over what you revised by yourself or chat about something totally unrelated.

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13. Top psychology tip!

Put your favourite chocolate bar or sweet or anything you would really look forward to eating in your bag. Tell yourself you can only have it once you have finished the exam. Psychologically the thought of a reward will stimulate your brain to work quicker and harder as it wants the sensation of pleasure (a weird psychology fact… but true!). And if it doesn’t work and is not tru you still get to eat chocolate (so really what’s the worst that can happen?).

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DURING THE EXAM …
14. DO NOT freak out!

If you start to panic… Stop. Put the Pen down. Tell yourself you can do it (because you can! Imagine that I’m telling you or your teacher is telling you if it helps!). Take deep breaths and a sip of water. Then concentrate on a question at a time or a paragraph at a time. It’s all mind over matter!

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15. Re-read all of your answers and make sure you have read ALL of the question paper

We’ve all heard of the person that missed the 6 mark question, or forgot to answer a whole page because they didn’t see it. DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU! Just check it and this major slip-up can be avoided.

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AFTER THE EXAM …
16. Don’t replay it over and over again

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Whether you thought the exam went brilliantly, okay or awful it’s done now so guess what… mulling it over in your head and talking about what you wrote with your friends is NOT going to change the words you wrote on your paper. Try and relax, feel relieved and proud of yourself that you’ve done it. Eat your chocolate… you deserve it.

17. Finally, remember there is life after exams

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You did it!

By Miss Hughes
Accelerated Progress Coach
Durrington High School

Our first year at Durrington

By Lara, Keely and Mary (Year 8 Students in blogging club)

2016, what a year!!! Our first year at Durrington has been very interesting and fun, it’s been a whole new experience for us.  At first, we were a little bit intimidated by the size of the school, though now we are really enjoying it and realise it’s not intimidating at all. It doesn’t take long to find your way around. Since we have been at the school we have realised just how many extra-curricular activities there are, that suit all different sorts of people.

The ones we have participated in are:

  • Blogging club
  • Rock Challenge
  • School productions
  • Choir
  • Drama club
  • Book club
  • Dance club
  • Musical drama club
  • Photography club

All the clubs have been successful this year with lots of volunteers in all of them. For example, rock challenge did really well and they represented the school against other schools in a massive dance competition.  Another example is in the school production of Beauty and the Beast, everyone put maximum effort into it and it went very well with lots of the audience and parents impressed with the standard of our drama/musical arts. Another example of a club I have enjoyed is choir, in choir there have been many performances and we feel it has majorly boosted our self-confidence.

There are many other clubs we haven’t explored and joined, which are all also doing very well, as a matter of fact all of the sporting events have gone well and every week in assembly we find out about how they did through sports captains reading weekly reports.

Clubs have given us many opportunities to represent the school in a positive way, for instance at the beginning of the year we were offered to take part in the ‘Year 7 and 8’s Story’ video in which we were asked different questions on our first year of coming into Durrington. We are now in the video which you can find on the Durrington High school website, you should go and watch it!

Coming up to Year 9 we feel doing clubs helps you to find out what subjects you really enjoy and what your interests are, therefore helping us get ready to choose our GCSE options which we cannot wait for.

This year we have been taught a wide variety of different subjects, including subjects that we haven’t been taught before like textiles. One of our favourite subjects this year is music because it is interesting and we learn a wide range of different parts of music, which we have never had the opportunity to look at before.

Another of our favourite subjects is drama, this is because all of the drama teachers are very enthusiastic, this motivates you and inspires you to be creative in your performance. It is also fun to play different characters in the different pieces we create.

Durrington High School is different to middle school and we like that. However, just like middle school, we have loads of different teachers all with different personalities but every teacher is welcoming and kind and this makes Durrington a special place.

At Durrington we have to uphold a certain level of expectations because every single student has to go ‘beyond our best’ and all the teachers know everyone’s full potential, they push us to the limits as far as we can go to get the best out of us.

Everyone is very helpful and supportive especially if you’re a new, younger student in Year 7 or 8 as we personally have experienced getting lost in the school once or twice and kindly some Year 11’s pointed us in the right direction, so they’re not scary at all!  Everyone is very friendly.

We cannot wait for another great year at Durrington High school in Year 9, so look out for our next post at the start of Year 9!

My First Rock Challenge Danceathon

The Danceathon was a great success, with nearly everyone dancing for the majority of the 24 hours.  Girls and boys of all different ages and abilities took part.  We started off being split into three different teams which meant that we were able to take breaks whilst other people could carry on dancing.

The first half an hour was a fast moving, energetic Zumba class for parents and students.  After the parents had left, we carried on dancing without stopping until they came to collect us at 7pm Saturday night.

There were different workshops throughout the night and the following day.  My favourite workshop was run by Dani and John whose workshop was a jazz style dance and was great fun.

We were allowed to have a few hours’ sleep on the gym floor, which was hard and cold.  At about 3:00am in the morning, I was woken up for an exciting Bollywood style dance which was brilliant to perform and totally different to my normal style of dance.

The atmosphere was great throughout the 24 hours and we all shared a real sense of achievement as we pushed ourselves to our limits.

By the end of Danceathon, we had managed to nearly complete a winning dance routine for the next Rock challenge, which is going to be amazing!

At the end when everyone was exhausted and the parents had arrived to take us home, we took part in a cool down dance of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”.

We finished by counting down the last few seconds with the parents joining in and clapping.

Thank you so much to all the teachers and staff for putting their time and effort into Danceathon 2015.

Official opening of Courtyard Block by Sir Peter Bottomley

Wednesday the 30th September saw the school’s senior staff members, senior students and a selection of Year 8 students take part in the grand opening of the new block. Many important people attended, from the architects and project managers of the build, to the MP of Worthing, Sir Peter Bottomley, who cut the ribbon to officially declare the new block open. The evening concluded with a small tour and photos from the local papers. A superb way to recognise the huge ways in which our school is improving!