Danceathon success

This weekend saw the first Durrington High School 24 hour Danceathon become a great success.  The event held 88 students and 12 staff which saw a range of different dances including: Zumba, Bokwra, Ballet and Tap, as well workshops on choreography.

This was the first event of this nature at Durrington High School and was an outstanding success.  As well as raising funds for our Rock Challenge piece it brought the team together as  a whole.  Drama teacher and Rock Challenge organiser Mrs Isham commented “Pupils were pushed to their limits and responded to the challenge in such a positive way.  They motivated one another, praised one another and supported one another throughout the night and day and were a credit to themselves and the school. I have not had that much fun in ages although walking is now a struggle!  Can’t wait for March 2013 – it will be the best entry yet!”

Well done to all students and staff that took part and good luck for creating our Rock Challenge piece this year.


Exciting week for DHS

Durrington is THE place to be this week, with so many exciting events happening throughout the week for students, teachers and even parents. Firstly this week on Wednesday and Thursday we had the school talent show, DHS has got talent, which is always extremely popular and this year had a great turn out. We had a large number of students performing dances, playing instruments, singing and even stand-up comedy, all to raise money for the school. The judging panel consisted of three teachers who gave their opinions and ways to improve should the act get through to the final. Acts should find out next week if they have got through to the final but they should all be very proud of the spectacular showcase of DHS’s talented students as both evenings were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.

Another event happening at DHS this week is the Dance-a-thon which is a brand new event set up to raise money for Rock Challenge (a global dance competition that the school has taken part in for years). Students are put into three teams and at least one team shall be dancing at all times. The idea is not only to raise money for the event but to also raise awareness for the competition and involve students and teachers in a fun out of curriculum activity.

The final event this week that shall also be raising money for the schools Rock Challenge piece is the ‘Quiz and Curry night’ that is being held for students and parents on Friday evening. The aim is to get parents involved in the school and to offer a fun and enjoyable evening for the whole family that can also raise money.

Finally the student leadership team are brainstorming ideas that the school can do to raise money for children in need next month, so any suggestions will be thoroughly appreciated.

Chandler Goddard, Head Boy


Our starter activity was standing up one at a time in silence, so we were not allowed to verbally communicate with each other and to gain our concentration first lesson on a Monday morning.
Then we started hour three of the mock workshop, which we new nothing about, apart from that the title is “trapped”.
The second  activity was to work in pairs and portray two characters, one that was timid and vulnerable and the other who was manipulative and confident. Using the drama techniques of puppetry, manipulation, facial expressions, status and gestures to show who was which character.
After this our teacher then revealed that in an abstract way our characters were representing a disaster in Britain in 1966, where a waste tip slid down a mountain top in South Wales.  Consequently covering and destroying a local primary school and some houses, and resulted in the death of 166 school children and 5 teachers. We then learnt that the timid and vulnerable character was the innocent school children, and the confident and manipulative one was the tonne of waste that destroyed everything in it’s path.
Next we used the explorative strategy of cross cutting as the foundation to create a short piece of drama to represent the everyday life of primary school children, contrasted with the mental and physical destruction of the waste tip sliding down the mountain. The children were in assembly at the time of the disaster, singing
“All things bright and beautiful”, so in the background whilst we were creating our performances this was played to help our understanding of the innocence of the children and to add emotion to our pieces. 
We abstractly re-enacted the disaster, as the children singing beforehand, and then we showed what happened after; the men working together with bull dozers and trucks to clean up the debry, everybody frantic to save their child. Parents searching desperately through the rubble. We then changed the dynamics from fast, to slow, acting as the mothers and fathers of children who know their child’s fate.
Finally we watched and evaluated the other groups performances, remaining sensitive as this was a true story, so avoiding comical performances. The lesson broadened my understanding of the event, and gave us all the ability to put ourselves in other people positions, respecting what they had to go through, and how the children may have felt being trapped.
By Lauren Bromley,Head Girl.

Child development research task

At the end of year 10 until now we have been doing our research AQA task, we have put on it information such as primary/secondary research.  Primary research is where you have to go out and get the research yourself.  Secondary research is where you go on websites & look in books to get the research you are looking for.  There is loads of other information you can go and get research from e.g books/internet/newspapers.  I have learnt so much about this research task I have learnt about primary and secondary research, how parents choose their current option childcare, ratios & qualifications, as well as what children gain from childcare.

Children gain learning on how to share, how to take turns, how to accept rules, boosted self-esteem, preparation for school, confidence, communication skills, cleanliness and  a polite manner of eating.
I had to do a questionnaire about my childcare and go around and ask teachers that have children to fill them in for me if they had time so I have about 3 back to me so I put a one of them on my research task to help me. There is a child development research task time line on my research task to show you when I started it and when we finished it but the whole class went over it and haven’t finished it till now but some people are still doing it now.
By Annalise Wadey

24-hour danceathon

Students and staff at Durrington High School are gearing up to dance the night away as part of their preparations for this year’s Global Rock Challenge.

A team of 90 students and 12 staff will take part in the 24-hour Danceathon at the school from 7pm on Friday 19 October, to 7pm on Saturday 20 October, with teams enjoying ballet, tap, musical theatre and contemporary dance workshops, dance offs and a disco hour.

The event is being staged for the first time to raise money for the school’s entry into Global Rock Challenge 2013 and bring students together as part of a team.

Mrs Isham, RAC Drama, who is organising the Danceathon says “I hope this event will inspire our students to create the biggest and best Rock Challenge entry ever. The money we raise will go towards buying our set, costumes and transport for the event.”

The staff and students will be in three teams during the 24-hour Danceathon, with one team dancing while the other two are resting.

Global Rock Challenge 2013 will be held in March at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley and this will be Durrington High’s ninth year participating in it.


Prospective parents mornings

Following the prospective parents evening, Durrington High School had its prospective parents open mornings. The prospective mornings gave potential students the chance to look around the school and gain an insight into lessons, subjects and classes.

It has provided a great way to get a sense of environment and a feel of Durrington High School during the day time and its school life. It also has provided the opportunity for parents and students to ask questions about our school and see how the school and the lessons work.

Students and parents were taken around the school in groups by members of staff and prefects and saw Durrington High School in action.  The mornings have been a great success and everyone looks forward to welcoming the new students next September.

Year 11 History lesson today

Today I had a history lesson. In the history lesson we were learning about the Munich agreement and whether it was justified or not. The skill we had to use in this lesson was understanding and developing our knowledge in the context of the Czechoslovakia crisis.

Our first task to start the lesson started with us being given a source describing what Czechoslovakia had lost with in this agreement.  We then had to find the key information on what Czechoslovakia lost  e.g it had lost 11,000 square miles of land to Germany.

We then had three points on the Munich agreement showing chamberlains view ( chamberlain celebrated ”peace in our time”) Hitlers view ( to Hitler ,the agreement  was a ” scrap of paper ”) it also said that in March 1939 Hitler broke his promise and invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia giving us the knowledge of how each side felt about the Munich agreement.

We then were given the task of Ben Walsh the OCR chief examiner for history was adding a new bit to his text book on the Munich agreement and needed our help to organise the information into justified and mistake piles about the Munich agreement, we had five minutes to sort the information (which will be useful in exams to help organise the source work to help us answer the questions).   After we sorted the two piles, we, as a class, helped each other decide what information goes into what pile  and explain to each other the reasons why.

We then sorted the piles into further piles/categories ( public opinion, military, USSR, Czechoslovakia) 

Again we used the class’s discussion method to help each other put the sources in the right group using peer help we were able to gain a better knowledge of the sources.

After doing the opinion work we were given two options on the Munich agreement and had a vote on whether we agreeed with each statement.

Our last activity of the lesson was to write a question and answer concerning the subject of the last two lessons ( Czechoslovakia) we then proceeded to test each other on the questions we had. 

This lesson really helped my organising of the sources which I feel will really benefit me in my history test to help me understand the sources .

By Imogen Walker, Student Leadership Team