This Girl Can!

This year, the PE Department is involved in the ‘This Girl Can’ initiative. So far twelve girls have attended a girl’s rugby development day at Brixham RFC where they showed their competitive side off by getting stuck in with the contact aspect of the game. It was amazing to see them so committed to the development of the game and keen to organise their own rugby club.

PE Update October 2017

It’s been a fantastic start for the PE department and DCC students. Since September we have had various sporting clubs and new ventures starting to encourage students to be active.

Challenge Day has grown significantly in a very short time! Students attend at lunch to take part in challenges such as how many sit ups or how many baskets they can shoot in 1 minute; with a different challenge each week to compete in. We also have bench ball club, were teams or individuals can come and take part in a tournament as well as basketball, football and netball clubs. After half term we will be introducing trampolining, girls’ rugby and badminton. It has been great to see new faces amongst the regular attendees, especially the year 7s who have been super keen, but there’s plenty of space for more!

It has also been exciting to see students show their skills at other events,  including open evening where we had a mixture of students showing their skills and game play in activities from basketball to zumba to bhangra dancing. Thank you to all that helped that evening.

We are delighted that five year 8 students have been selected this week to help with the Sports Partnership festivals linking with the primary schools. On Friday they were involved with the year three and four netball coaching session with umpired games and next time will be coaching and umpiring year five and six students from our partner primary schools.

Well done to all out students who have taken part in any of our clubs and we look forward to seeing you at the new ones after half term.

English Awards -October 2017

Congratulations to the following students, who have been awarded Key stage 3 English Certificates for outstanding effort, attainment and achievement for this half term:

Lily May Hayes, Betsy Wells, George Allen, Austin Ingram, Josie Harman, Lucy Reeves, Callie Petherick, Monique Meintjes, Zoe Nelson, Tommy Mitchell, Olivia Bridle, Harley Tootell, Harry Ogree and Alfie Farleigh.

Well done!



Mock Interviews For Year 11

Local businesses were complementary about the good standard of this year’s candidates at the mock interviews. 140 students attended interviews led by The Rotary Club at The Langstone Cliff Hotel and feedback from this event was extremely positive. Students were well presented and all gained excellent reports on their attitude and commitment to their success. The process has helped prepare them for their post 16 career choices. Thank you to everyone for their help.

Marine Engineering Day – September 19th 2017

In addition to a full careers programme for our KS4 students we are always keen to open minds to various career paths for our KS3 students too. This week, for the first time, we invited an experienced marine engineer into the classroom to deliver two exciting Engineering workshops.  Interactive discussion took place between the students in years 7 & 8 as they were encouraged to find appropriate solutions to different engineering problems. The winning construction of the day was by Alexander White and Josh Meredith

Careers Update

Bicton College Experience day – July 2017

We had an extremely fun day out at Bicton College exploring different course options in July. Students signed up to various experience days where they were able to sample different careers from animal management to tree surgery, equestrian management and countryside and  farm management. Students that attended the day were really excited about the different experiences they had had and it gave them a sample of what to expect if they attended Bicton College post 16.

We were very grateful to Bicton College for hosting this day for our students.


Work Experience and Careers Week at Dawlish Community College –July 2017

Dawlish Community College year 10 students have been given much praise from business and industry after their work experience placements this summer.   Companies such as Flybe were particularly impressed with one of our year 11 students, Tyler Sluman, who managed to successfully get placed with them this year. Over 90 of our students held work experience placements this year.

Students who did not go out on work experience attended the Careers Week activities that were based at the College. These were varied and included careers talks, a session on how to find apprenticeships locally, nationally and globally and workshops facilitated by Exeter College and Newton Abbot College.

We invited a number of guest speakers from different professions into the college during Careers Week and also held an interactive STEM session with the Mayor of Dawlish, an RAF technician, two experienced representatives form the MET office and a lecturer from Exeter University. During this session they all shared their enthusiasm and passion for their professions, explaining why they thought they had the best job in the world!




Amanda Moore – Head of Careers.

Baby Love!

The Health and Social Care students have been learning about Human growth and Development this term, and they are now invited to take home a “virtual” baby for the weekend, in order to experience how to care for a new-born baby. The doll behaves like a new-born baby, needing to be fed, changed, cuddled and will scream if its needs are not met!

The first “volunteers” were Charley and Sophie. Charley was so excited but admitted that it was a lot harder than she had first thought: “Saturday night was okay but didn’t get much sleep because it kept waking up and wanted to have cuddles and I needed to feed it and change it”

Sophie had the baby girl and said she really enjoyed the experience: “The baby at the weekend was fun and it was a good experience.

All students will be given the opportunity to have this experience as long as their parents are happy for them to do so. We hope they learn a lot from this, and realise that looking after a small baby is hard work!



Leading Lights In Modern Languages September 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   Spanish  
KS3 X band effort Caleb Potts KS3 X band Achievement  Betsy Wells
KS3 Y band effort Spencer Williams KS3 Y band effort Maia Brooks- Coleridge
KS3 Y band achievement Maddy Piper KS3 Y band achievement Ella Horrell
KS4 Effort Rachel Chatterton KS4 effort Tyler Sluman
KS4 achievement Ella Cummings KS4 achievement Ella Thorne