22 Jan 2021

Senior High Notes 22nd January 2021

Senior High Notes 22nd January 2021

Wednesday was a historic day in US history. I am sure many of you have been watching the events in Washington unfold. In my Senior assembly this morning I reflected on how change is important in moving forward and how we feel about it.

I actually started my assembly talking about my interest in home improvement tv programmes! I really enjoy watching Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It and George Clarke’s Ugly House to Lovely House.  One programme I particularly loved was called 60 Minute Makeover. The challenge was to redecorate and makeover a number of rooms in a house in 60 minutes. The home owner is usually nominated by a relative or friend for a secret visit by the 60 Minute Makeover team who remodel their house whilst they are away. The home owner approaches their house in a car to be greeted by a crowd of supporters prior to the big reveal. They are given a tour of their remodelled rooms by the host who invites them to react to the changes. Sometimes the home owner loves it! At other times it is a shock, and – even though they might try to remain polite on camera – they find the sudden change difficult to handle!

We all face change, some of it created by ourselves - for example when we make new year’s resolutions - and sometimes not of our making, like the changes we face with our current lockdown. Change can bring many different emotions from excitement and happiness to worry and nervousness.

Wednesday marked a huge change for those who live in the USA. For Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Donald Trump yesterday marked a new chapter, a change for each of them. Donald Trump departed the White House as the 45th President of the US. Joe Biden became the 46th President of the US and Kamala Harris became the first female, first black and first Asian-American Vice President.

All life involves change, and that change can help to shape us for the better and develop us into better people. However, this change takes time. Although change can present us with challenges, it is also a chance to learn, grow and develop.

Amanda Gorman, who so beautifully spoke at the inauguration on Wednesday reciting her moving poem “The Hill we Climb” said:

I asked our students to reflect on this; to be brave, to be the change they want to see and with each new day, move forward with confidence.

Best Wishes,

"Observing our universe" - Dan Pye speaks at Astro Club

We are only two weeks into Astro Club, where we are now numbering close to 50 members, and this Thursday we were treated to our first guest speaker slot with Dan Pye from Kielder Observatory, right in the heart of one of best regions for stargazing in the country. Getting on for 30 students logged on for the online meet up and were treated to a fascinating talk on observing the night sky, the life cycle of stars and what becomes of them, as well as some insight on how Dan came to work in a discipline that is his passion.

Students from Year 5 up to Year 13 took part with their usual good humour and impeccable manners, and asked some great questions along the way - and we inevitably ran out of time. With such a huge universe to discuss, that is unsurprising! We hope we can welcome Dan back soon, but Dr B and Mr D are already working on our next guest speaker, so watch this space. In the meantime, clear skies, so do not forget to look up!

If any other students from would like to join they are most welcome, there is no obligation to attend the meetings every week. 



Four U5 students have recently been awarded their Silver CREST award. CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects.

As the students themselves say - "Completing a Silver CREST Award has been an amazing opportunity. We were interested in the topic of memory and the question ‘To what extent is our memory reliable?’ Since April, we have worked together to research the science behind memory. The COVID-19 pandemic made the project difficult, but we managed to do the majority of our work remotely. It has helped us to develop skills such as teamwork, time management and independence which we will carry with us for life."

Congratulations, Alice, Bethan, Alexis and Darlina, this is an amazing accomplishment!


House Dance 2021 Launched

The House Captains are excited to announce that we will have a House Dance competition this year! The format will be slightly different to previous years due to current restrictions.

Each House Captain has chosen a “Just Dance” video to follow along. They are as follows:

St. Andrew: Dynamite by Taio Cruz

St. David: Hot N Cold by Katy Perry 

St. George: Mamma Mia by ABBA

St. Patrick: September by Earth, Wind and Fire 

A sign up form has been to students, with a deadline on Friday 29th to sign up. We hope many students sign up for a bit of fun!




Eco Team Blog

Our Eco Team has set up an Eco Team blog to inform and inspire all members of Derby High School to live more sustainably, encourage circularity and support the transition towards a greener world, through interesting reads, top tips and more. To follow the blog go to: https://dhseco12.wixsite.com/theecocentric

Art Club

This week's task for Art Club is to paint happiness, whether than be a drawing of a dog, a sunny beach or a smiley face. 

For an artist to go along with this theme study, Lower Sixth Scholar Charlotte chose Mark Rothko, specifically his 'Orange and Yellow' piece.

Charlotte said, “The colours within this piece are warm and inviting. Rothko used thin layers of paint to make them glow from within. For me this sums up happiness perfectly. Something else you could think about in your work is colour theory and what each colour represents.”

We look forward to seeing everyone’s entries.

Derby High Cycling Club

Further to last week’s news of the launch of the Derby High Running Club, we are delighted to announce that this week we are launching the Derby High Cycling Club.

Time to get out, get active, start cycling and have fun!

If any parents or staff wish to join, feel free to join our Strava cycling club to share times and routes.

 Click here: Derby, England, United Kingdom Club | Derby High Cycling Club on Strava

If you wish to share your cycling with us on social media, make sure you tag @DerbyHighSport and use the hashtag #DerbyHighCyclingClub.

The Parents Guide

Last week we published details on The Parents Guide, who have created free guides for parents, advising them how to help their children stay on track studying for either GCSE or Sixth Form qualifications now schools are closed to the majority of students and formal exams have been cancelled. The Parents Guide To Studying For A Levels has now been published this week (the GCSE guide was published the previous week).

Click here to download these guides from their website


Mobile Phones

We appreciate that under the current lockdown, mobile devices are a very important way for our students to keep in touch and communicate with their friends, however during lesson time they can be distracting. To ensure the very best environment for learning so that students are able to be fully engaged in lessons and any distraction is eliminated please can we ask you assist us in asking your child to keep their mobile phone switched off during lesson time.

Safeguarding Corner

A wonderful selection of parental resources about how to support your child through remote learning can be found here: https://wakelet.com/wake/7199ed62-0c1e-4465-ab79-f79957132234