25 Jun 2021

Senior High Notes 25th June 2021

Senior High Notes 25th June 2021

Today we held our much anticipated Senior School Sports Day. Thank you to Miss Stirland, the PE department and all staff for their hard work ensuring that the day was so successful. I am sure that the cheering and shouting from our students and staff could be heard far and wide. It has been just wonderful to see everyone enjoying being back together, celebrating and supporting each other’s achievements. It is only ever possible to provide a flavour and a snapshot of all that is going on at Derby High through my weekly High Notes, but whatever your sons and daughters have been involved in, at whatever level, I congratulate them for their commitment, achievement and good cheer.

Best wishes,

DHS Dragons' Den

All L4 and U4 students will be participating in the DHS Dragons' Den ICT and Enterprise competition 2021.  Bianca and George are the new business prefects and are very excited to watch all the pitches next week. 

Junior Physics Challenge 2021

The final competition organised by the British Physics Olympiad for 2021 took place on-line for Year 10 students a couple of weeks before half term. The aim of the competition is to encourage students to take a deeper look into some of the topics of Physics and in a way to challenge the brightest. We had a fantastic take up in L5 with 17 students participating. The results were impressive and are as follows:

Gold: Kirthi

Silver: Megan, Kiera, Sowmya, Imogen, Madeleine, Diya, Lucy

Bronze: Tabitha, Chandni, Eleanor, Esme, Jasmine, Julia, Ruqayya, Alice, Elspeth

Many congratulations to them all for taking part in the competition in their own time and for their excellent achievements.

Positive Social 

On Tuesday we were visited by Mark Saxby of local Social Media consultants Positive Social.  Mark delivered sessions to Year 6, Year 7 and Year 10 on positive and effective use of Social Media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok etc and also about being responsible while messaging and gaming online with others.  You might find the attached information helpful.  Our students gave a fantastic account of themselves and all have pledged to review how they use social media, including even a pledge in the new school year to come off social media platforms entirely for a space of time!  We shall update you as and when this happens!  

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Two of our Y11 students, Annabel and Darlina, are soon to find out if they have been successful in their applications for highly competitive and prestigious scholarships offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  In the meantime, the Institute have offered them places on the Student Advisory Council!  This is a fantastic offer, not least because the vast majority of such opportunities go to US students.  Very well done Annabel and Darlina, we look forward to seeing you influence how History is taught in the USA!

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Very well done to our intrepid Duke of Edinburgh Bronze participants in Y10 who were out enjoying the fresh air and Derbyshire countryside again last weekend for the last time this year.  We had an amazing 44 participants (nearly the entire year group) and a fine time was had by all.

Thanks also to all the participating staff doing the checkpoints and assessing.  Silver and Gold next week to round the year off!


Sporting Achievements

Tia in U3 took part in a Europe Tennis Event this week and came runner up, in the consolation singles finals. Another brilliant achievement and something Tia should be proud of! It is fantastic to hear about all the competitive tennis Tia is playing. She is a dedicated young sports person and continues to shine on court. Well done, Tia!

Well done to Elspeth in L5 and Sofia in U4, who did their grade six ballet exam over the weekend, this is the photo before they went in to the exam. Both of our students look the part and I am sure gave it their all. Both girls won’t find out their results for a couple of weeks, we wish them all the best of luck.  

U4 Netball

There are not many tougher places to visit in English School’s Netball than Repton, but Derby High’s wonderfully talented team did themselves proud this week, in two friendly matches on their famous South Derbyshire court. Derby High produced a dominant display in Game 1, thrashing their illustrious opponents 19-5.  Lottie produced a sensational display in the Goal Shooter position, converting shot after shot and the ball played a massive role in the game against the Repton team who were so confident coming into the match. But Derby High are a ‘team’ in the true sense of the word.  Lottie’s accuracy under the net was vital, but she was set up by some excellent creative attacking play by Daisy and Immy, whose all action style proved too much for the hosts to handle. Defensively, Derby High were in top form to quash whatever Repton had to offer in attack.  Priya covered every inch of the court to repel the opposition, and on the odd occasion that they did break through, Elsie and Maddie were on hand to shut down the Repton threat.  Their amazing defence was vital when keeping the ball in our control. We finally ended the game with a 19-5 when as everyone played amazingly as a team and contributed well to the successful final score. Having produced a performance of such dazzling quality in Game 1, Derby High had nothing left to prove in Game 2, which ended in a 10-19 defeat.  Poppy was her usual lively self in attack, showing great movement and shooting accuracy.  Sofia and Evie worked well together in defence and Lia got some amazing shots it from a distance, helping to aid the overall score. Eva also made great movement in the Goal Attack position. Repton were able to win the game with pride in Game 2, but with that thrashing in Game 1, and a combined score of 29-24 to Derby, it was Derby High who travelled back to Littleover as proud and convincing victors, with so much to celebrate.

Amelie, U4 



2021 GSA Creative Writing Competition

The theme was ‘What have we learnt from the pandemic that will influence our lives tomorrow?’ 

Congratulations to Jessica in L6, who was highly commended for her entry for the GSA creative writing competition.


Our Professor Regret, University of Universality

A hearse rolled down the drive beneath grey skies
One bleak and unextraordinary day.
Stygian sheen: appearing as a guise
For some crude plague cart, rank with foul decay.
Heads bowed low, standing several feet away
From other maskèd mourners on the scene;
Sobs burst forth notwithstanding the assay
To stifle them with silence faux-serene.
Would that we had listened with conscience keen,
Minded the repercussions of our greed,
Considered all the heartache there has been
Before excusing gluttony as need.
Now we needs-must rally in empathy
To ensure that we ne’er more see such tragedy.

Safeguarding Corner
Given the many concerns that parents have in relation to social media, Internet Matters have put together a very useful resource page on their site with lots of advice and tips. Find expert advice to make the most of the screen time and help children share safely.

How to deal with social media issues kids face online | Internet Matters

Here is a link to the new Ditto magazine, from Online Safety expert, Alan McKenzie. DITTO - Ed 25 - June 2021 (esafety-adviser.com)  Lots of really interesting articles including how to get a screen-life balance.