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Primary High Notes 20th May 2022

In a world where everybody is unique, what matters is giving every young person the time and the space to become the true individual we know they can be. At Derby High, we work hard to enrich each pupil’s experiences, enhance their personal development and give them the opportunity to develop their individuality their way. We are fortunate to be able to support children from their very first steps up to university entry and beyond, and it has been a pleasure for me this week to see examples from both ends of the journey.

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Primary High Notes 13th May 2022

This week in the calendar is always full of mixed emotions as Year 13 enjoy their Leavers’ Celebrations and Year 11 go on Study Leave. For both year groups their educational journey changes path, with Year 11s looking forward to life in the Sixth Form where they will experience greater freedoms, which come hand-in-hand with greater responsibility. Kindness, a belief in the importance of every individual and their voice, the determination to have a positive impact on the world around us, these values are what makes Derby High special, and they are what makes each of our leavers special.

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Senior High Notes 13th May 2022

This week in the calendar is always full of mixed emotions as Year 13 enjoy their Leavers’ Celebrations and Year 11 go on Study Leave. For both year groups their educational journey changes path, with Year 11s looking forward to life in the Sixth Form where they will experience greater freedoms, which come hand-in-hand with greater responsibility. Kindness, a belief in the importance of every individual and their voice, the determination to have a positive impact on the world around us; these values are what makes Derby High special, and they are what makes each of our leavers special.

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Senior High Notes 6th May 2022

The exam season is finally underway, after 2 years of teacher assessed grades. The students are well prepared despite the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic. The weather is looking promising for this weekend’s Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. We are delighted to see a return to activities outside the classroom. Our Year 10 Geography students have been out this week on a residential fieldwork trip to FSC Preston Montford in Shropshire. Over 2 days the students learned a variety of human physical Geography data collection techniques. It was fantastic to be able to run this trip for the first time since 2019. Many thanks to all staff involved with these trips; planning, preparing and accompanying our students with enthusiasm and expertise.

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Primary High Notes 6th May 2022

In my Primary assembly yesterday, I asked the children to be like Atlantic salmon. Atlantic salmon are both resilient and determined. They spend most of their life at sea, but make an epic journey back to the river or stream where they hatched so that they can lay their eggs, which could be a journey of 1000 miles. Not only do salmon travel a long way, they also need to swim upstream to reach the river or stream where they hatched. Salmon can be spotted jumping over weirs and waterfalls to get to their destination. In fact, they have been known to leap vertical obstacles more than 3 metres tall. Swimming against the flow of the stream, the salmon have to work hard to keep going, even though the water puts pressure on them.

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Senior High Notes 29th April 2022

It was wonderful to welcome our students and staff back this week, filling the school with lovely chatter and laughter. In our Start of Term Assembly on Monday, Chaplain Jo talked about motivation and we reflected on the importance of dreaming big, setting goals and taking action. Dreams, whether big or small are really valuable as they help us to feel inspired and motivated, but it’s important to set smaller, manageable goals to help us move towards making our dreams a reality. Goals are all very well, but having them in our minds or on paper is not enough and it’s vital that we take actions if we are to move forward.

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Primary High Notes 29th April 2022

It was wonderful to welcome our pupils and staff back this week, filling the school with lovely chatter and laughter. In her assembly this week, Chaplain Jo and Freddie helped us think about the importance of dreaming big, setting goals and taking action. Our dreams, whether big or small are really valuable as they help us to feel inspired and motivated, but it’s important to set smaller, manageable goals to help us move towards making our dreams a reality. It’s also vital that we take actions if we are to move forward. The children shared some of their dreams and George talked about the goals he needs to set if he is to achieve his ambition to become an Olympic swimmer.

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Senior High Notes 1st April 2022

Energising, exciting, fabulous! This term has been absolutely wonderful as we have been able to get back to so many more of the normal school activities and events which have had to either be on hold or moved online over the last two years. With sports fixtures, concerts, productions, competitions for STEM, music, maths and so much more, our weekly celebration assemblies have been full to the brim.

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