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Our world at Dovercourt…

Portsmouth High Junior School is affectionately known as Dovercourt and throughout these pages the girls share some of their experiences at the school

My first term at Dovercourt…

I started Dovercourt this year and as soon as I walked in the door, I was instantly welcomed by all the staff and girls. This is a summary of my first brilliant half term here.

I was nervous at first but I made new friends very quickly including Emily and Freya. This was made easy for me as all the girls were incredibly friendly.  Every single one of the teachers is supportive, kind and helpful – especially the Year 6 form teachers Mr Barrett and Miss Cunningham. This has very much helped me to feel more comfortable and settled at the school.

I was overwhelmed by the amazing variety of lessons. There were so many languages; Latin, French and Mandarin. I have really enjoyed all the lessons, especially music. In music we have been learning about music played by the Aborigines and also all about their culture and I have found that very interesting and exciting and look forward to Music lessons.

The beautiful playground really stood out to me when I first joined Dovercourt. There is a large variety of play equipment,  tennis and netball courts, a climbing frame and of course the Dell. The Dell is amazing, I love that it is so green and natural. The balance beams there are such fun and I have really enjoyed playing on them. My new friends introduced me to the ‘sliding stone’ (a Dovercourt tradition) which we slid down for days every breaktime.

On Thursday 22nd September we held our Welcome Service at St Jude’s Church. Everyone in Year 6 had a part; there were poems, tips for the new school year and the Head Girl, Fenella, gave her speech. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was a great start to the year.

There have been lots of events to get involved with already, including swimming galas, design technology days, art competitions, maths conferences, sports matches and many more! And speaking of exciting events, the Junior School choir were recently recorded for a television programme called “Christmas Nationwide” that is going to be on two weeks before Christmas. The TV crew came in on the Friday before half term and we sang I Saw Three Ships. Everyone was very excited. We recorded from 10-11am, getting lots of different takes and angles- it was brilliant! Throughout this, Mrs Hill was incredibly helpful and supportive.

I have started Homework Club on a Friday and I think it is great that we have a chance to do our homework in aftercare before going home.

I have tried lots of new food since joining Dovercourt and discovered that I like things I didn’t think I would- although my favourite is still fish fingers and chips on a Friday!

Thea, Year 6

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