Dawlish Community College students bask in glorious sunshine in Normandy

On Friday 16th June, 27 very excited year 7 and 8 students from Dawlish Community College headed off for the sunny beaches of Normandy. For the first time ever, the weather was incredible, and we all manged to look sun-kissed on our return.

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!

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, American 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 singers, dancers and even a Martial Arts display!

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.

Next year we will be encouraging any year 8 students who didn’t go this year to come along, as it was lovely to have both year groups on the same trip.

Carnegie Event

The Yr 8 Carnegie Shadowing Group, ‘The DCC Readers’ have been avidly reading and reviewing a shortlist of 8 books over the last few weeks. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for young people. With this in mind, shadowing groups from various schools in the area review books and present their ideas to each other on an annual presentation day.

 On 15th June, the students travelled to Stover School and performed to reading groups from five local schools. It was a great opportunity to share their passion for reading and recommend their chosen novel ‘The Bone Sparrow’ by Zana Fraillon to their peers. They were confident in their lines, spoke clearly and creatively conveyed the moral message of the novel.

 Award winning author, Emma Carroll was there to offer inspiring writing tips and made the following comments about the group’s performance:

 “The DCC Readers had a good sense of drama. Their freeze frames when they held key moments, allowed the audience to appreciate the scene. They used great props and their visual interpretations were fantastic. They were also sensitive of spoilers.”

 The students did themselves and the college proud. Together, they have read over 1 million words during the shadowing event period. A huge well done to them all.



Gatehouse Sports Day

Many thanks to Hannah Dempsey, the Year 9 BTEC Sports Students and the PE department for the excellent organisation for the Gatehouse Sports day that was held on our college field yesterday.

This is the third year running the event has taken place and I know the pupils enjoy it immensely. It is also an excellent opportunity for the pupils and their parents to visit the college. We received a lovely email just this afternoon from a Gatehouse parent:

I have recently attended Gatehouse School’s sports days and I wanted to write to commend your students. All the helpers were polite, helpful and encouraging to the Gatehouse pupils. They were excellent role models and despite the heat carried out their duties in a very responsible manner. They are a credit to your school.


Leading Lights in Languages May 2017

Every month the Modern Languages staff nominate students in each Key Stage for outstanding effort and achievement and the names of those chosen from the nominees are displayed on a noticeboard in the Languages Block. Certificates will be sent home each month to the successful students and their names will appear here on the College web site. We are very proud of them!

We would like to thank our Leading Light winners, for all the hard work they put into their studies in languages and look forward to their continued success in the future.

FRENCH May 2017

KS3 X band effort

Kizzy Meredith

KS3 X band achievement

Keani Kennard

KS3 Y band effort

Yasmin Sluman

KS3 Y band achievement

Olivia How

KS4 effort

Charlotte Williams

KS4 achievement

Megan Trapnell

SPANISH May 2017

KS3 X band effort

Jessica Hill

KS3 X band achievement

Eva Parfitt

KS3 Y band effort

Hannah Chatterton

KS3 Y band achievement

Sonia Caba

KS4 effort

Iso Carpenter-Evora

KS4 achievement

Daniel Jones

Bryony’s Marathon Success!

Last Sunday, Bryony Belworthy completed her second ever London Marathon to raise funds for charity. A strong supporter of THF, Bryony ran this year’s marathon to support both The Helen Foundation and Hospice UK.

An inspirational and highly popular teacher at Dawlish Community College where she teaches Fashion and Textiles, 2005 was a terrible year for Bryony.  She lost her mum to cancer and within two months heard that Helen Kirk, the inspiration behind The Helen Foundation, had died following a road accident at Christmas. The hospice at Drydon Road, Exeter looked after her mum and the family during the last few weeks of her life and Bryony wanted to support the hospice movement again this year.

Bryony is also a great believer in the power of the Arts in young people’s lives and has herself run impressive THF-funded textiles design projects at Dawlish, so both charities are benefiting from her fundraising. “This was a really tough run with the weather being so warm but I made it and was delighted by my time of 4hrs 39 minutes, nearly an hour less than my first run in 2015, ” says Bryony. “I was kept going by all the support of the crowds, liberal helpings of water – and jelly babies offered by members of the packed crowds.  I loved every minute of it and would do it again, given the chance.”

Helen Foundation chairman Roger Kirk says, “We were absolutely thrilled and honoured when we heard that Bryony was willing to run for both Hospice UK and The Helen Foundation.  She is the very first person in the 12 years of THF to run for the charity in The London Marathon.  As a special token to mark the occasion, we presented Bryony with a Helen Foundation Award, normally given to student award-winners rather than teachers! 

If you wish to donate to Bryony’s efforts, please look for Bryony Belworthy on Virgin Money Giving.


Ski Trip 2017

Over the Easter holidays Mr Sullivan and Mrs Riches took a small group of students on a joint ski trip with South Dartmoor College. We had an amazing week with a few sunny days and a few days with fresh snow at the top of the mountain making it perfect conditions.

All of the students were a pleasure to take away and they achieved some of the best improvements with a weeks skiing that we have ever seen. Our top skier of the week was Norton Rudge who along with students from South Dartmoor College was getting some very high speeds. Lucy Cocks was our most improved skier of the week. All of the beginners were on black runs on our last day which was an amazing achievement.

A fantastic trip. Our students were a credit to themselves and the school.