07 May 2021
Senior High Notes 7th May 2021
My Senior School assembly today focused on kindness and how important it is. I am always so impressed with how thoughtful and kind our students are.
We looked back at the 2017 London marathon where runner David Wyeth’s legs literally collapsed from under him with only a few hundred metres to the finish line. Fellow runner Matt Rees saw that David was clearly struggling and went over to him and helped him finish the race. His natural response was to help a fellow runner who was in a difficult situation. Perhaps it’s time to make kindness a conscious choice rather than a random act. Just like Matt in the marathon, he made a conscious choice to help someone else, even though it adversely affected his personal result. Regardless of the path we choose to walk, let kindness be our constant companion. Rather than label ourselves and carry limiting beliefs that separate us from one another, choose to focus on the common thread that weaves all of us together- kindness. As the Dalai Lama said, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
So I asked everyone to be consciously kind. In every action, to ask themselves, “Am I being kind?” Let’s find a way to make kindness our default mode. Whether it’s in the playground or the classroom, the fastest way to get where you want to be, is by showing kindness to others along the way. No matter how small, no act of kindness can ever be wasted. Over time, people will forget what you say or do, but they will long remember your kindness.
Business Speaker of the Year 2021
The A Level Business students have been competing in the Business Speaker of the Year 2021 competition. There were some fantastic entries and the overall winner was Gabriella in L6. Her talk on control of multinational corporations in developing nations really engaged her audience. Highly commended goes to: Lucy, Izzy, Malyeka, Sienna, Bianca, Nirusiha, Annika, George, Sarah and Charlotte. Students produced some very informative and interesting presentations, used a variety of business products as props, created superb handouts, developed crosswords and activities for the students to do during the talks. The quality was very high indeed and very well done to everyone involved.
A Level History
L6 are currently studying February 1917. To explain who and what caused the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, they are using diagrams, animals and plastic models. After all, it is A level!
‘Meet Our Sixth Form’
Next Thursday Year 10 and 11 have been invited to our live and online event called Meet our Sixth Form. Students will have the opportunity to hear all about our Sixth Form, look around our facilities and ask questions directly to our current Lower Sixth students about life at Derby High. Mr Gallagher, Head of Sixth Form, is looking forward to being our host presenter for the evening and will be live with our students. After the event, students will have access to watch our presentations on each A level subject on offer. A link will be sent to all Year 10 and 11 students, to access the event via their school Microsoft Teams account.
Mental Health Awareness Week 10th-16th May
Next week in school we are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week in form time. The theme is nature and the outdoors and the aim is to encourage young people to engage with and appreciate the natural world around them. Being outside is proven to be excellent to improve mood and wellbeing. Here is a booklet that the charity have produced that is full of ideas of things you could do with your child: Nature Guide for Parents and Caregivers.pdf (mentalhealth.org.uk) Whether it is walking, running, gardening, art - get out there and enjoy the great outdoors this week!