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Welcome to the second edition of the Devonport High School for Boys PE department sport newsletter. Our aim is to keep you informed of the school's extra curricular sports achievements in the Spring Term. Once again it has been a busy and successful term with individuals and teams entering most of the local schools competitions.

This terms highlights include winning every race at the Plymouth Schools' Indoor rowing Championships and having two football teams reach Devon Cup finals. In addition, our U16 Badminton team won the Devon Championships and qualified for the South West finals. Our rugby teams were successful in making the West Devon Cup and our U16s rugby sevens team made the last 16 in England at Rosslyn Park!

Our hockey sides have made the South West finals in two age groups. As always, we are proud to celebrate individual successes where students have performed at county, regional and international level.

Participation levels continue to rise and the number of diverse sports on offer is encouraging more students to participate than ever before. This is a credit to members of staff who have given up so much of their time to lead these activities and so we thank them for their dedication.

R W Orkney

Director of Sport


Year 7 Football

Over 50 year 7 boys have taken part in football at DHSB this term.

Year 7 finished undefeated in this years Central Venue competition

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Year 11 Football

This has been an outstanding season so far for the year 11 football team winning 10 of the 11 games played. The team, expertly led by Tom Harris, has made it into both the Plymouth and Devon Schools Cup finals to be played after the Easter break. Highlights of the season include two wins on penalties against Penryn College and Plymstock school and a dominant 4-0 display in the semi final of the Devon cup against Torquay Boys Grammar. It is hoped that the team's good run of form continues and that they can bring back some silverware to DHSB in the coming months.

DHSB 1st Team Football

The first team have had another good season and are currently in third position with one game to play. This is an excellent achievement after having an extremely difficult start to the year but the students have demonstrated excellent spirit and togetherness to compete throughout the season.


Year 7 Rugby

There has been a really good response to training throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. Consistently more than 20 boys every week have participated which is very encouraging for next year particularly for entering the U13 National Schools 7s festival at Rosslyn Park. During September and October the boys played in the Plymouth Schools central venue competition held at Stoke Damerel school. Out of the twelve mini games played the Year 7 team won eleven and lost one.

They also competed well at the Plymouth schools festival which is a developmental tournament under the new RFU guidelines. There is no doubt that the team has real potential for next season. Well done

Year 8 Rugby

The team started the season with the Central Venue competition and won most games each week. We have played friendlies against Kingsbridge (lost) and Tavistock (won) to try and extend the season which concluded with the prestigious Rosslyn Park Sevens tournament in which we won one game and lost three.

The boys loved the experience despite the snowy conditions!

Year 9 Rugby

This has been a successful year for the Under 14 rugby team. Back in January the school beat Plymouth College to reach the final of the West Devon Cup. In the final the school played a strong Ivybridge team and lost a closely fought encounter. The season culminated in the Rosslyn Park National Sevens Tournament held in London.

Year 10 Rugby

The school qualified for the final of the West Devon Cup in February v Ivybridge Community College.

We started very strongly and were leading 21-19 at half time, playing well with a strong tail wind. In the second half an exceptionally strong Ivybridge overcame us and won 42-27. Three U15 players, Tommy Woodward, Alex Sheridan and Edward Epps have all been selected to represent Devon Schools this term with fixtures against Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall. U16 county players include Harry Edwards, Callum Preece, Kristian Davis. Archie Hill continues to make progress at the Exeter Chiefs Academy.

Year 11 Rugby

The U16 team played in the Plymouth College invitational tournament and beat Mount Kelly and Plymouth College before beating Ivybridge in the final

From its humble beginning in 1939, the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens has evolved into the world's largest school rugby tournament with some 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 - 18 competing annually.

Year 8

The U 13's braved the elements on the famous Rosslyn Park rugby pitches and the staff battled through horrendous snowy driving conditions just to get them there. The boys were excited to take part in their first National rugby tournament and despite some glimpses of good individual and team play, struggled for results in what was a very tough group alongside Manchester Grammar, Dartford Grammar and Bishop's Stortford High School. The boys maintained their good spirits and are keen to take part again next year

Year 9

The Year 9 Rosslyn Park team won two of the four games on day one and then went on to win against Gorden's and Birkdale school. The team also gave the eventual tournament runners up, Taunton School, a competitive game before losing 33-10 in the final match of the day. Player of the tournament for DHSB was Oscar Marks who performed to a consistently high standard throughout

Year 11

At the Rosslyn Park sevens the team won their group by drawing 12-12 with John Fisher then beating The Kings School Worcester 29-12; St Edwards School Oxford54-5 and Kirkham Grammar 43-7. We then played Llandovery College to progress into day 2 and we came from 7-0 down to win 17-14. In the last 16fixture we drew the The Thomas Hardye School from Dorset and we sadly lost by 12-14 but to make it to the last 16 in England was a fantastic achievement and one of the best in the schools rugby history.



Year 11 Basketball

Mr Anderson said "I am extremely proud of this team. The U16 Basketball team with just seven players made it through to the knockout stages of the National Cup where we narrowly lost to Penryn. I hope to coach them again next year!"

Year 10 Basketball

The U15s have had a disappointing season due to the fact that so many schools in Plymouth could not raise a side. We only managed to play two games and lost to the Studio School and Plympton Academy.

Year 8 Basketball

The U 13's took part in the Plymouth Schools Central Venue competition this year alongside St Boniface, Plymstock, Tor Bridge, Stoke Damerel< Plympton Academy, All saints and Combe Dean. After their seven matches DHSB were joint top with St Boniface, both had six wins and one defeat and a total of 31 points.

Indoor Rowing

We entered teams in year 7,8,9,10,11 and the sixth form and won every race in the age categories.

Excellent performance by all that entered.

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Table Tennis

Jaydon Weston lost in the final of the individual county table tennis championships at Eggbuckland. As a team, the boys did very well with most progressing to the knockout stages of the event. As a result of our performances, we were able to qualify for a team in the Devon Winter School Games for table tennis, with the A team finishing in 3rd place at the event in Torbay.
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Devon Schools Cross Country

Cross Country Running

A number of our students were selected to represent Plymouth Schools at the Devon Schools Cross Country championships at Stover earlier in the year. Traditionally a very challenging course was made even harder by very muddy and blustery conditions. All boys raced really well given these conditions with Jamie Williams finishing the highest of all our entries with 6th place in the senior race, qualifying him for the South West Championships.

Indoor Athletics

A year seven and year eight team went forward for the Plymouth Indoor athletics championships at Marjons. Combined with the girls' school, our year eight team won the event, and our year seven team finished second. Both qualified for county finals at the Life Centre where the year eight team were runners up and year seven, competing against year eights finished in 12th place.

Individual Successes

Will Freer

Congratulations to Will Freer who has been selected to play for the Devon Senior Badminton team where he will be the youngest player in the team!

Matthew Newton

Congratulations to Matthew Newton who won gold and silver medals at the Devon Indoor athletics championships.

Devonport Royal Swimming Association Water Polo

Congratulations to the following students who play Water Polo for Devonport Royal Swimming Association have been awarded a gold medal for winning the U15's league this year. Ben Harding, Asa Ryder Wearne, Rhys King, Tom Chilton and Owen King

In addition to this, both Asa and Rhys have been selected to represent Cornwall in the U14s age group. Their first tournament is on 14th January.

In other news...

Ski Club

A new addition to the extra curricular activities this term has been ski club. This has enabled those boys who were not attending the ski trip to give the sport a go! It has been run in conjunction with the John Nike Leisure Centre and all boys taking part have reached a competent, independent level. Well done to the boys who took part!


A popular choice amongst our boys, climbing club has continued this term. 16 students took to the wall at the life centre and learnt how to climb and belay. They have all grown in confidence and are now taking on the high walls!

Upcoming Events

As we move into the summer term, keep an eye out for golf and surf clubs which will both be starting up again in the near future as well as plenty of student led leadership opportunities!

Sports Relief Mile

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The school ran the sport relief mile on Tuesday 20th March to support this fantastic charity which does such good work in the UK and abroad. On a beautiful afternoon, around 150 pupils and staff ran four laps of the Rugby field to complete the mile. Many students finished the run in fancy dress which added to the atmosphere of this fun event. Special mention goes to Edison and Winstanley houses who organised this brilliant fundraising event. Well done to all those who organised and took part.

Photo Credit: Sue Moreton

DHSB Ski Trip to Bormio April 2018

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During the Easter holidays we took 25 boys to the Italian resort of Bormio. The trip proved to be one of the best ever with perfect and abundant snow conditions and well groomed and empty pistes. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and behaved perfectly which many people commented on. They made rapid progress and after only a few hours tuition were able to ski red runs.

Mr Orkney

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