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Primary High Notes 5th November 2021

The children have returned from their half term holiday full of stories about adventures, large and small, they have had over the 2 week break. I have been so impressed with the work they have all been doing this week in class. The children have been creative, academically curious and focused. My Primary Assembly this week focused on the events at COP26 in Glasgow. We looked at what climate change and net zero is all about. I shared this great TED Ed video which explains these two things brilliantly by discussing the ‘myth’ of the boiling frog.

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Senior High Notes 5th November 2021

In our Thursday assembly, Mr Gallagher, our Head of Sixth Form and Head of Geography, talked about the important events at COP26 in Glasgow and most importantly what climate change is about how we can achieve net zero. This morning in my assembly, I shared this great TED Ed video which explains these two things brilliantly by discussing the ‘myth’ of the boiling frog.

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Primary High Notes 15th October 2021

This half term has been incredibly busy with pupils and staff taking part in the full range of school activities, with weeks packed with sports fixtures, trips and a range of clubs and activities, along with making good progress across the full range of academic subjects. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our school community for the positive and understanding way that each and every one of you has contributed to ensure we all keep safe.

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Senior High Notes 15th October 2021

Student feedback is really important in ensuring what we are doing across our whole provision is right for our students. Following feedback in the student survey and food forum about break time snack provision, we asked the catering team to think about different options and also create a snack menu. Today we had our first food focus group where students were invited to feedback about the break food provision and hear about changes being made after half term.

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Primary High Notes 8th October 2021

Watching our pupils playing sport outdoors and representing the school this week has been brilliant, with so many pupils taking part in team sports. This week alone our Year 3 and 4 hockey team will have played two matches, the year 5 and 6 hockey players will play Belper on Sunday, the U11 Tag Rugby team had a match on Wednesday, the U11 footballers played in the IAPS regional qualifiers and Year 5 and 6 footballers played against Markeaton.

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Senior High Notes 8th October 2021

In my live assembly this morning it was wonderful to be able to present the first House trophy of the year for House Netball, when the House Captain of St Andrew came down to my office during assembly to receive the trophy. I am looking forward to many more house events as the year goes on - it is such an important part of life here at Derby High.

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Primary High Notes 1st October 2021

The 2015 film “The Good Dinosaur” imagines that the dinosaurs were not wiped out, but instead evolved to become like humans. The main character Arlo belongs to a family of dinosaurs who are farmers. His job on the farm is to look after the chickens but he is terrified of them. Arlo cannot overcome his fear of the chickens. His parents try to encourage him, but his brother teases him and calls him a coward. In the course of the film, Arlo manages to overcome his fears with the help of his human friend, Spot. An old Tyrannosaurus Rex tells Arlo, ‘You can’t get rid of fear but you can get through it’.

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Senior High Notes 1st October 2021

Watching our students out playing sport and representing the school this week has been brilliant, especially after the past year when young people up and down the country have not been able to experience these opportunities. I have been so impressed with the great team work, enthusiasm and sportsmanship shown by our students. It is wonderful, after almost 18 months with little or no competitive sport, to see our students out on the pitch with parents again, able to come along and watch from the side-lines.

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