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!

A week at Durrington!

What a week! The school has been buzzing with energy as the new year begins, old students return and for the first time we are joined by Year Sevens as well as Year Eights. But of course, it’s only just beginning and what an exciting year it’s going to be with many new opportunities for everyone throughout the school, from drama and sports to science and art. A new year means a new chance to succeed and continue to go beyond our best.

Durrington’s exciting new building work

One of the most exciting things for all of us returning to Durrington High School has been seeing the building work completed. It was an interesting time for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 who have been anticipating the end result after watching the building work in progress during the summer term. Our new buildings have also been the talk of the Year 7 and 8 students since the chic modern design and fresh and airy feel have created quite an impression.

The development comprises of four new science labs, four new maths classrooms and four new humanities rooms, as well as a performing arts studio; all in a three storey block which can be entered via an outside walkway on the ground floor and a corridor on both the first and second floors. Another highlight is the new pavilion, with its views of the field, which houses changing rooms to the north and a new additional cafeteria currently for year 7 and 8 to the south. This fantastic venue with a contemporary style will also provide in the future a welcoming space for parents and carers to watch extracurricular sporting activities out of school hours. Additionally, four demountable English classrooms have been added outside of the Maths and English departments and there is also a superb astro turf pitch to the west of the pavilion, constructed to an extremely high specification. The first week back has not only enabled us to get used to our new surroundings but also allowed us to enjoy them; I believe the entire school site which never stops improving will continue to impress throughout this academic year and for many more to come.

Clubs and activities

Extra-curricular clubs are once again starting this week at Durrington. Ranging from intense Rugby training to Global Rock Challenge preparation, there is most certainly a club suited to your interests and abilities. Clubs are also running at lunch time every day, with Badminton running in the sports hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Table Tennis in the Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out the full list of extra-curricular clubs on the changing room doors and in all your classrooms, and be sure to get involved and stay active!


What’s new?

This year’s production will be Beauty and the Beast; it is being run by the Performing Arts department and aims to top the amazing success of last year’s production Les Mis. It will involve all year groups, with students taking part in acting, singing, lighting and stage crew.

The Year Eleven boys rugby team achieved great success in a recent tournament. The boys performed brilliantly, as ever, and finished in 2nd place overall, winning two games and losing one to get to the final in which they narrowly lost 21-19. Congratulations to star players Alex Perry, Conor Hewitt and Ryan Macmillan who scored five tries.  Hopefully this result is just the beginning of a superb year not just academically at Durrington, but also in our sporting achievements.

Thoughts of Year 7 and 8 Durrington High students

In 2014, Durrington was a school made up of around 1440 pupils, however, things have changed. Now, around 1700 students can proudly call Durrington their school. The Year 7 students have now spent more than two weeks at Durrington and everything is running smoothly. The transition from middle school to high school can most definitely be defined as ‘a big step up’. However, Durrington High has welcomed Year 7 and they are fitting in perfectly. The student leadership team interviewed a selection of Year 7 and 8 students. A Coubertin student in Year 7, said, “I like how we came into the school the same time as the year 8s, we’re not the only new younger students.” Another Year 7 student, said, “It’s great how we’re put into different sets that are suited to our abilities.”

The Year 8 students have also shared positive feedback regarding their first week at Durrington. A Year 8 student in Shelley, told us, “Everybody here is willing to help, and although the school is massive, I’m not afraid to ask anyone for help.” A year 8 student, commented, “I enjoy P.E a lot the astro is amazing.” We’re all very pleased to hear such positive comments about the school.

Durrington High continues to amaze with incredible GCSE results!

Once again, Durrington High students are celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results, with significant improvement from last year. Pupils far exceeded the national average figures with 67 per cent of students achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. The best ever results for Durrington High school.

Hard work most certainly pays off! 51% of further Maths students achieved a grade of A/A*, 46% of Geography students received an A/A* and 44% of students studying Performing Arts gained an A/A* grade. However, that’s not all: 100% of students in Art, Textiles and Graphics received a grade of A*-C!

There were many fine individual successes, including Ben Gardner, who recorded a mighty 9A*s and 3As, Laura Gilbert with 8A*s and 3As and Chantelle Fuller and Alex Thomas who both gained 7A*s and 4As.  In addition to this, there were a number of students who exceeded the grades expected of them which is truly a reflection of the dedicated efforts of staff and students over the past year. We look forward to an amazing year. Please contact us with your views and success.

Road Safety

It is the start of a new year and, as ever, safety when travelling to school is of great importance. Many students at Durrington High travel to school on a bike, and it is crucial that all students stay safe.  To stay safe, you should ensure you have a bike helmet which fits you properly and the straps should always be fastened. Putting reflectors on your bike can also help you stay safe as it means other people on the road see you. You should also have a working set of lights. By having the correct equipment you are at less risk of being in an accident.  Roughly 2000 cycling accidents occur each year, and almost one quarter of the cyclists killed or injured in cycling accidents are children. These figures illustrate how vital it is that you stay safe on the road.

Use the picture below to check that you have the correct bicycle equipment:

computer safety

And remember: “According to the Road Traffic Act, two people are not allowed to ride on a single bike (even if it’s a BMX with ‘stunt pegs’) unless the cycle is ‘constructed or adapted for the carriage of more than one person’ – i.e. a tandem or a bike with approved equipment such as child seats, properly fitted. If you do carry a passenger on a bicycle not constructed or adapted for the purpose, you are breaking s.24(1) of the Road Traffic Act, as is your passenger.”

Nahida Usha, Head Girl and Max Gasson, Deputy Head Boy

Year 9 girl’s football league finals. Angmering v Durrington High school Match report 9th December 2014

Match report 9th December 2014

Angmering School kicked off the game on a cold, rainy afternoon with a strong start attacking Durrington. After a short period of possession by the home team, Durrington started to up their game by settling down to relaxed passing.

The first goal was scored by Rosie Culver who was found by Skye Bacon with a cross from the left wing, with a typical tap in.

Despite Angmering’s attempts to go forward, the home team found themselves trailing by another two goals scored by Rosie Culver again to complete her hatrick.

Later goals where added by Skye Bacon and Ellie punter to finish up 5-0 winners against a team that found it hard to keep their heads up towards the added goals.

A good all round team performance with key instructions from coach, Miss Head ensuring Durrington where clear winners of the league finals.

By Rosie Culver 9BMc

Year 9 girls Netball V Brighton and Hove High School

County Cup quarter final

Our year 9 netball team played in the third round of the county cup last Tuesday against Brighton and Hove High School. After a nervous start the girls pulled ahead and were winning convincingly by half time. Our attack remained solid in the second half, with Livi Miller shooting very well. Defence was equally as strong, with Iona Gardner and Sophie Waller playing outstandingly. We won 27-10 and are through to the semi-finals.

By Miss Wolstenholme

Year 10 Basketball

The year 10 basketball team had a tournament against Steyning and Shoreham academy. They had a tough game against Shoreham but came through and beat them by 6 with Conrad Nichol as the Man of the match and having an easy game against Steyning beating them by 8 with Henry Godward as man of the match.

By Ryan Perry

On Wednesday evening, the Year 10 Boys’ basketball team took on local rivals Worthing High School in a home fixture. The Year 10’s cruised to a 19 – 15 win over Worthing with Conrad Nichol scoring 8 points, Mathew Odiatis getting 3 blocks in his debut game and Oli lifford getting 5 steals. Sam Holland and Ryan Perry  got man of the match award. This result extends the Year 10’s unbeaten start within the league to 3 matches.

By Sam Holland

Exam Tips from someone that has taken WAY too many…


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!)


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.


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).


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.


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!!!


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


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.


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!


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


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.


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.


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?).


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!


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.


16. Don’t replay it over and over again


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


You did it!

By Miss Hughes
Accelerated Progress Coach
Durrington High School