PE @ Morfa Bay 2018

We were  impressed by our Year 10 students who spent a few days away at Morfa Bay  Adventure, an activity centre in Carmarthenshire, Wales. 24 students took part in a BTEC PE  residential where they had the opportunity to take part in coasteering, mud assault course, bushcraft, archery, abseiling, climbing, high ropes and zip lining. They relished the opportunity to try new  activities and worked well together to overcome obstacles and challenges; also taking part in coastal hikes, beach walks as well as other activities. Students enjoyed their weekend and were a pleasure to take on residential. They represented the college extremely well and were always polite, well behaved and enthusiastic.

Day Of Sport 2018

It was so frustrating that, in the middle of this fantastic weather, the one day we had put aside for our Day of Sports was the one rainy day this term! Thankfully, the weather stayed dry for the second attempt at running our Day of Sport! And what a day it was. It was a real pleasure to organise and see how amazingly well all students competed in Year House Athletics competitions, Year House Rounders’             tournaments and then an activity of their choice.

It was brilliant to see such support, sporting excellence, effort and team work from everyone involved. We were also incredibly lucky to have the day sponsored by local company Kenex Engineering, which enabled all winners of athletics and rounders to be awarded with medals and the overall House winners with shields.

The winners for Athletics were: Aer for Year 7, Terra for Year 8 and Ignis for Year 9. In Rounders Aer won in Year 7, Aqua in Year 8 and Ignis in Year 9. The Sportsmanship Award was won by Rhys Rice.



Energy Transferred!

We are delighted to receive a donation from Zenergi, the school energy procurement company, towards school ties in the new school colours.

Rachel Wickham, Head of College, was thrilled to receive the cheque and said ‘this means we can provide a free tie to all of our current   students.’ Sue and Jenny from Zenergi, who came all the way from Southampton to present the cheque, said ‘ it was a fabulous opportunity to work with one of our partner schools.  We like to give something back when we can.’  The new ties will be worn in September when the college launches its new look logo and colours.

Normandy Welcome 2018

On Friday 22nd June, 38 very excited year 7 and 8 students from Dawlish Community College headed off for the sunny beaches of Normandy, France. For the second time in a row the weather was incredible, which made the trip even more enjoyable.

During their 3 night stay, the students visited some fantastic places, including a Goat Farm “La Saffrie”, where they got the opportunity to groom, feed, and milk the goats, as well as learning all about Goat farming. Tony, the owner was very impressed about how they listened and how good their French was! Gina  (year 7) was particularly impressive and could be a future “traductrice”. Ashley (year 7) volunteered to milk the Goats and received a certificate for his efforts.

They also visited the Arromanches 360° Cinema which was the highlight for many, as well as the D Day landings museum, the Bayeux Tapestry, the British and German War Cemeteries, and the Juno beach centre. Some wrote messages on crosses and laid them at the British Cemetery which was very moving.

During their stay they also got to see the statue of Bill Millin, the famous Scottish piper who piped the invasion forces onto the shores of France, and who lived in Dawlish until his death in August 2010. Our students felt very proud to be associated with a man who had made such a special contribution to that memorable day.

The evenings were also very entertaining, with a quiz evening, and a talent show, where we had many singers, including Callum (year 8) who played the guitar too.

Overall it was a fantastic trip, and one which the students and staff will hopefully remember forever. Our students behaved impeccably, and we received many compliments throughout the trip. One couple stopped us on the ferry to say how impressed they were with our students and that if ever they came back to earth they would like to come back to Dawlish Community College!

Beside The Seaside Celebrations

We certainly do like to ‘be beside the seaside’ and we had an amazing time with all the wonderful Year 5 students and their lovely families on Wednesday evening showcasing their fabulously creative achievements. Thank you to the primary staff for lending us your lovelies. Thank you to Dawlish College students for your ongoing wonderfulness. So proud of what you all achieved. Definitely looking forward to next time.