17 Dec 2020
Senior High Notes 17th December 2020
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for the support you have given the school this term. This has been an extremely challenging year and term for us all, and it has been brilliant to see how our whole Derby High community - teachers, parents, governors, boys and girls - have worked together to ensure the best outcomes possible given the unusual constraints we have all faced.
At this time of year we normally reflect on the year that has past and look forward to the New Year. Personally, I am so thankful for the hard work, determination and resilience that our students and staff have shown this year despite all the unprecedented challenges. I cannot tell you how lovely it was to see students return to school in September, with our students adapting so well to all the Covid 19 secure strategies. They have followed new procedures, stayed in zones and have behaved so well with the restrictions we have in place - the children have been a true credit to themselves and their parents, working together to get through the ups and downs of this global pandemic.
I wish you all a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year and I hope you all have a relaxing time over the festive season. We are looking forward to returning in January to a New Year and new term with refreshed enthusiasm and hope for the future.
Senior Christmas Carol Service
Our traditional ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ moves online this year. We hope you will join us to celebrate Christmas with a collection of prayers, readings and musical ensembles recorded in school.
To watch this year’s Senior Christmas Carol Service, please click here.
A Miracle in Town
This week we were delighted to share with Year 1 and 2 parents the performance of A Miracle in Town, by Niki Davis. The children did a wonderful performance and rose to the challenge of being recorded on the Senior Hall stage!
To watch their Christmas production on YouTube click here.
Junior Carol Service
Today we were delighted to share with Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 parents, the Juniors Carol Service. The children worked extremely hard on their performances, including singing, poems and readings.
To watch the Junior Carol Service on YouTube click here.
Christmas Advent Calendar
We hope you have enjoyed watching our daily Advent Calendar posts on social media. If you wish to catch up, you can watch them all again on our Derby High School YouTube channel. Here are links for the last week. Starting from tomorrow we will doing two posts a day, up to and including Christmas Day!
Friday 11th Dec – Jingle Bells
Saturday 12th Dec – White Christmas
Sunday 13th Dec – Christmas Lullaby
Monday 14th Dec – Deck the Halls
Tuesday 15th Dec – O Little Town of Bethlehem
Wednesday 16th Dec – We Three Kings
Year 9 Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, Year 9 have designed and made a laser cut polypropylene shade. The students soldered their own electronic circuit to create a dark activated colour changing nightlight.
Drama, Drama, Drama!
The Drama team have been busy this week! The U5 Drama group have performed their devised pieces for external moderation and L6 also performed their first scripted extract from 'Far Away' by Caryl Churchill. All of the performances were of excellent quality, and we are especially proud of the performers this year. They have created and performed some outstanding performances in sometimes very difficult circumstances and have not let it get them down! Their resilience, perseverance and determination has been so impressive. Well done, everyone!
Derby High School Partners with the Oxford Scholastica Academy
Derby High School is thrilled to announce it has become one of the first schools to become an Oxford Scholastica Partner School. Mr Lee has arranged for the school to join a growing number of schools around the world.
Oxford Scholastica's mission is to inspire students to discover, explore and prepare for their futures at an earlier stage, giving them the edge to enable them to succeed, have purpose and make a difference, and they partner with leading schools who share those values.
As an Oxford Scholastica Partner School, Derby High School students get priority access to Oxford Scholastica's popular online:
● Courses - offering a taste of university learning, stretching students beyond the curriculum and giving them the edge with their university applications
● Internships - work experience with real organisations
● Conferences - giving real-life insight into careers and courses such as medicine, business, engineering etc.
Derby High School's commitment to academic excellence makes this partnership a perfect fit, and Oxford Scholastica looks forward to welcoming Derby High School students.
Students are entitled to a 15% discount on Oxford Scholastica's online programmes with the code DERBYHIGHSCHOOL-15 - please note, this is just for Derby High School students. There are also some bursaries available for students who meet certain criteria - please contact Mr Lee for more information.
You can read more about the opportunities on offer on the Oxford Scholastica website at www.oxfordscholastica.com, or speak with Mr Lee.
The festive period can be challenging for many reasons. Please see below for some helpful resources for you and the students.
Samaritans helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email email@example.com. Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
Childline: Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours) or go to www.childline.org.uk for online chat/message boards. The UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides confidential counselling services for any child or young person with a problem.
Youth Access Signposting service: 0208 772 9900 or go to www.youthaccess.org.uk. Youth information, advice and counselling agencies. Search their directory on the website to find services in your area.
The Childline website has lots of valuable information, but one area I like is their Calm Zone. The activities aim to help children feel better when they're feeling anxious, scared or sad. Although children could be encouraged to visit the website themselves, these are good techniques for adults use with children. Ideas include: breathing exercises, a 'let it go' box and creating a 'sense drawer'.
Go to the Childline website here: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Kooth: Kooth, a free, safe and confidential way for young people to receive counselling, support and advice online, will still be accessible over the break from school. We know that there are times when life can feel like a struggle and some extra support can be needed. Recognising this, Kooth has been commissioned by NHS Derby & Derbyshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to provide support for young people aged 11- 25, who live within the Derby and Derbyshire area. www.Kooth.com