KS3 Geography

Geographical Information System project on wind turbines in Dover.
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Project summary:

Year 8 and Year 9 students have put their map skills to the test while completing the “Dover wind farm project” in Term 4. The objective was to find suitable locations for the construction of two wind turbine sites in Dover.

Students had to comply with strict site requirements, for example that the wind turbine had to be at least 300 metres away from any dwellings or infrastructures in order to avoid noise pollution or interference.

They used the ArcGIS software so they could accurately assess and measure the sites’ requirements including distance, slope and elevation as well as the average annual wind speed.

They all designed very professional-looking maps and really improved their understanding of Geographical Information Systems.


Examples of work produced by some students can be seen by following these links:

Harry Allison Year 9

Morgan Ridges Year 8

Jude Fraser Year 8

Jack Morgan Year 9

George Ewbank Year 9

The maps are interactive, so 'Click' on the map icons to find out more about each location!






The U15s were recently crowned the best Handball team in the South East of England having only played their first ever competitive game in November! A combination of natural talent, hard work and will to win has brought this group of player so far in such a short period of time. Victories over four other county champions ensured DGSB a place in the National Finals at the Worcester Arena on Saturday 11th June. We wish them well as they bid to become the best team in England!
DGSB V Bucks Won 7-6 Hanson (4), Hart (2), Parker
DGSB V Surrey Won 10-3 Hanson (5), Hart (2), Ip-Lloyd, Parker, Mirams
DGSB V Berks Won 4-3 Parker (3), Neudeck
DGSB V Hampshire Won 6-5 Hanson (2), Parker (2), Gealer, Hart

The summer term (and hopefully the Summer weather) brings with it the cricket and athletics seasons and a plethora of games and meetings. The DGSB cricketers enter both the Kent Cup and District League in search of silverware and over the past few years have gone head to head with Sir Roger Manwoods for top spot in the local area.

The season started with the 1st XI away securing a win at Dane Court GS in the Kent Cup. This was then followed up by a Year 10 win against Sandwich Tech in the League and another victory in the Kent Cup from the Yr 8s v Dover College. The have been two defeats for the new Yr 7 side but despite the results the Director of Cricket has been very impressed with the performances.
1st XI beat Dane Court by 79 runs Kent Cup G. Laslett (79) J. Bowman 3 wkts
U15s beat Sandwich Tech by 6 wkts League E. Laslett (50)
U13s beat Dover College by 81 runs Kent Cup Godden (54), Vijayan 3 wkts
U12s lose to St Lawrence Coll by 79 runs Kent Cup  
U12s lose to Manwoods by 7 wkts League Carpenter MoM

With 12 athletics meetings already in the diary and the potential for another two it’s a very busy summer term for the DGSB athletes. Lesson time has seen the 7-10 year groups compete in all track and field events in order to gain Bronze, Silver and Gold medals as well as beat their previous bests from the year before.

Two year groups have already seen action in the DGSB Invitational, which was introduced to the athletics calendar last year, and once again it proved to be a very competitive affair. Dane Court, Harvey GS and Sir Roger Manwoods were the guests at U13 and U15 level with DGSB nearly securing a double triumph missing out by only 5 points in the older section.
Next up is the first opportunity for the Yr7s to wear the red and blue vest as DGSB hosts the Kent School Games Super 8s District qualifier. We wish them and all other DGSB athletes well this season.
DGSB Invitational
U13  U15 
1st DGSB 269 pts 1st Dane Court 229 pts
2nd Dane Court 215 pts 2nd DGSB 224 pts
3rd Harvey GS 198 pts 3rd Manwoods 129 pts
4th Manwoods 152 pts      
Individual event winners:
U13  U15 
200m and Javelin Ronnie Cooke 200m Jack Gealer
300m Tom Radnall 800m Mitch Harrington
800m Rhys Jones 4 x 100m Relay DGSB
4 x 100m Relay DGSB Discus Josh Roberts
Long Jump Joe Faiers    
Discus and Shot Riley Todd    

The victorious U13s
Sam Tatnell, Rhys Jones, Ronnie Cooke, Riley Todd, Will Evans, Joe Faiers, Doug Saunderson and Tom Radnall

The U15 runners-up
Harvey Baldwin, Michael Hart, Niall Marsh, Mitch Harrington, Mark Ip-Lloyd, Jack Gealer, George Gosse and Josh Roberts.
Social media:
All fixtures, news and results can be found at the following two places as well as on the various PE notice boards around school.
@sportatdgsb (Twitter)
PE Department


Congratulations to the U15 DGSB Handball team who, having recently won the Kent Schools Championships, were yesterday crowned Champions of the South East of England.

Four victories out of four against the County Champions from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Surrey secured a spot in the National Finals to be held in Worcester in June. A fantastic achievement from the team who only took up the sport in November!


u15 handball champions





The school rugby union leagues have now finished with years 7-10 testing themselves against a number of Grammar schools across the county in the past three months. The final league standings are yet to be finalised however the majority of DGSB teams have finished in the top two places, which is a great achievement.

Year 7 V Dane Court GS Won 28-7
  V Borden GS Won 56-0
  V Simon Langton GS Won 22-10
Year 8 V Dane Court GS Lost 5-23
  V Borden GS Won 34-29
  V Simon Langton GS Lost 21-40
Year 9 V Dane Court GS Lost 29-34
Year 10 V Dane Court GS Won 41-17
1st XV V Dane Court GS Won 47-15


Congratulations to all of the DGSB Rugby squads for showing such a high level of commitment and application throughout their cup and league matches this season.
The website for the league can be found at www.segsl.leaguerepublic.com
Inter House:
At the third time of asking the Year 10 Inter-House took place recently in warmer conditions than expected. Competition was fierce in all three disciplines resulting in some very close finishing positions.
At the third time of asking the Year 10 Inter-House took place recently in warmer conditions than expected. Competition was fierce in all three disciplines resulting in some very close finishing positions.
Ultimately 10 Priory triumphed achieving one 1st place and two 2nd places overall. Well done to every single year 10 pupil who took part and we look forward to the next set of competitions in the summer term.


Basketball  Football  Rugby
1st Priory 1st Castle 1st Port
2nd Castle 2nd Priory 2nd Priory
3rd Port 3rd Channel 3rd Castle
4th Channel 4th Port 4th Channel


Overall   Players of the tournament:  
1st Priory   Basketball: Alfie Neudeck 10 Priory  
2nd Castle   Football: Tom Moulder 10 Priory  
3rd Port   Rugby: Seb Minus 10 Port  
4th Channel      


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The victorious 10 Priory basketball squad


On the last day of term the Year 9 Inter-House competition eventually took place and proved to be the closest of all the year group tournaments. Three houses traded podium places across the three events and after 2 hours of hard fought battles they could not be separated.
So congratulations to Channel, Port and Priory Houses on coming joint 1st with castle house a narrow 2nd.


Basketball  Football  Rugby
1st Priory 1st Castle 1st Port
2nd Castle 2nd Priory 2nd Priory
3rd Port 3rd Channel 3rd Castle
4th Channel 4th Port 4th Channel


Overall   Players of the tournament:
1st Channel, Port and Priory   Basketball: Bimal Thapa 9 Channel
2nd Castle   Football: Jac Parry 9 Castle
    Rugby: Thomas Mossetig 9 Priory


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The victorious 9 Priory basketball team


Despite only taking an interest in the sport as a result of undertaking some weight training to supplement his swimming programme, 10 Port’s Luis Corbo has made some unbelievable strides in such a short period of time. Having only trained for a number of months, Luis entered the British Championships where he won Gold in the U59kg category and consequently went on to represent Great Britain in an international event in Tallinn, Estonia.
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We would like to take this opportunity to heartily congratulate Luis on such a fantastic set of achievements in such a short period of time and we wish him well in all of his future competitions.
Many thanks to all of the staff who gave up the first evening of their Easter holidays to support the Year 10 football team in the Kent Cup Final. As you’ve already heard it was a tense affair between two evenly matched teams with a solitary Ravenswood goal 15 minutes from time settling the game.


The boys have been a credit to the school throughout the season so please congratulate them on their achievement in reaching the final this year.
Castle: Ryan Hanson (Capt.), Mark Blazeby, Jack Gealer, Tom Kissock and Jake Miller
Channel: Mitch Harrington, Tom Mirams and Niall Marsh
Port: Harry Andrews, Jordan Bourne and Drew Matthews
Priory: Ed Laslett, Lewis Parker, Jack Tuckey, Toby Norris and Michael Hart


Social media:
All fixtures, news and results can be found at the following two places as well as on the various PE notice boards around school.
@sportatdgsb (Twitter)
PE Department


Over the recent Easter holiday, some 22 cadets (19 male / 3 female), accompanied by 6 members of the CCF staff (4 male / 2 female), attended three days of Adventurous Training and I would like to share some thoughts on the activities.  

The journey down required a 7:00 a.m. start for the coach to Okehampton, Devon, which went well. With a couple of stops we arrived the MoD Camp at about 3:00 p.m. and were quickly settled in to our respective accommodation and then ready for the evening meal. This was followed by the briefing for the next day's activities and a Fire Practice to ensure the cadets knew where to muster in case of any incident.  

Day 1, began with an early substantial breakfast, collecting the haversack lunches and onto the coach to go to Sheepstor.  The transport dropped the cadets at a large parking area where they met with the instructors from EBO adventures. There followed a short safety brief for the mile walk over Burrator Reservoir, through the narrow lanes of the village and up onto the tor where other instructors were ready with climbing equipment. The cadets were fitted with helmets and harnesses and given a brief on the activities before going to the rock face to begin abseiling and climbing.

 p2 The rock faces were by no means easy and left the cadets with a real sense of achievement. Over four hours later the cadets reconvened at the safety vehicle below the tor to return the equipment and walk back to the bus.  Arrival at Okehampton led straight into dinner, then the brief for the next day, after which half of the cadets opted to go onto the indoor range whilst the remainder chose to relax in the Camp's club and watch TV before retiring for the night.

Day 2 followed the same early routine with the transport now going to Mylor Harbour near Falmouth for kayak activities.  The harbour provided calm waters and ideal conditions for novices and the more experienced. The safety brief was comprehensive, followed by basic instruction on dry land on how to paddle and steer a kayak and then an individual check of the fitting of the safety gear. Then it was onto the water to do some practices near the shoreline before heading off, up river. The cadets had the opportunity to compete in games that were aimed at improving their confidence on the water, along with a short break for lunch.



Everyone returned to Mylor at 2:00 p.m. to change back into dry clothing and have a refreshments and ice cream before returning to the coach and the trip back to Oakhampton. As with Day 1, the after meal activities were the indoor range or personal relaxation.


Day 3 saw some fairly tired cadets heading to Newquay to try their hand at Coasteering. The weather was beginning to turn very windy and overcast so the activity was undertaken along a line of sheltered rocks and inlets off the headland.  The initial briefing covered a wide range of areas including how to enter and exit the water safely on foot, how to jump correctly into deep water and the hand signals used to indicate that one was okay or in distress. Once the instructor had confirmed that this was understood then the cadets were led into the water and began moving along the shoreline at various levels. Some areas were swum, then there was a section of traversing the rock face and finally there were the jumps from increasingly higher elevations. All the cadets were prepared to leap from the lower rock shelves and most managed from the higher positions. Given the colder conditions the activity was limited to about three hours in the water after which, having changed out of their wetsuits, the cadets had the opportunity to visit a nearby cafe for hot food and drink.


On return to Okehampton the evening was taken up with packing bags and cleaning accommodation so as to be ready for the departure on the next day.


The final day was taken up with travelling back to Dover, with a few stops, then returning stores to the CCF building and being collected by parents.
Overall the feedback from the cadets was very positive with many trying out new activities and achieving new goals for themselves. Many have said that they would like to do this again and hopefully some will take up the other Adventurous Training opportunities that are offered by the Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training. The use of a professional, accredited AT company, experienced with working with young people, was the right decision as they ensured that we had the correct equipment and the correct level of trained instructors and that the training areas were suitable to level of experience of the cadets. Hopefully we will be able to plan and provide similar activities in the coming years.



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