01 Oct 2021
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. I wish to express a huge thank you to our PE department for organising such a fantastic number of fixtures both this term, and beyond. It is impressive that we have such a full fixture list, with the most number of fixtures in a term that we have ever had at Derby High.
Last night we held our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening. I am delighted that so many families attended this live online event to hear more about our Sixth Form facilities, academic subjects and enrichment opportunities. From September 2022 we will be offering A level Politics in addition to our already broad range of A levels which students can chose in the Sixth Form at Derby High.
World Space Week 2021
We are again celebrating World Space Week here at Derby High, which takes place from 4th to 10th October. There will be a number of activities taking place in school next week. We are hoping to welcome Professor Amaury Triaud from Birmingham University on Monday who will be talking about his research into life on other planets and taking part in a general Q&A on Space. However, you can get involved at home too! We recommend trying any of the following to get more involved in learning about Space:
- Try stargazing (weather permitting!):
We recommend trying to observe Jupiter or Venus, which have very good visibility at the moment, or try looking for the Plough or Big Dipper, which is part of the constellation Ursa Major, and is reaching its lowest point in the sky, due north.
- There are many on-line resources:
- Take time to read a book inspired by space.
Mrs Huskisson, the school librarian, has put together a selection of fiction and non-fiction you might like to try:
- Why not take some time to listen to some space inspired music
Mrs Lesley, Head of Music, recommends the following:
We hope you enjoy some of these activities!
European Day of Languages
This Sunday is European Day of Languages. To tie in with this the library is hosting a wonderful collection of picture books on loan from "EuroLit" in 6 different European languages. They are on display and will be available to browse until the end of November. The languages we have are French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Polish (as well as some lovely English ones too).
This week U5 French students learnt how to use the present participle in a restaurant setting.
They loved ordering « des cuisses de grenouilles » while drinking « de l’eau gazeuse ».
U13 Mini Football Festival
This was the second fixture of the season where we had the opportunity to play several other schools in a mini football festival. The boys and girls battled hard and played some nice football even though not all of the results went our way. A much-improved all-round performance, where we managed to retain more possession of the ball and pressurise the opponents’ defence. As always, the sportsmanship and behaviour of the boys and girls was impeccable - well done all.
English Schools Football Association Girls U13 PlayStation Cup
Congratulations to everyone involved in the English Schools Football Association Girls Under 13 Playstation Cup game against West Park School. Although not victorious, the girls played with great enthusiasm and really enjoyed their first opportunity to play in a national competition. It was a fantastic team performance, where the skill level improved as the game progressed. A special mention must go to Emma (U3) who scored our first goal in the competition and Jasmine (L4) who made some fantastic saves in her new role as goalkeeper.
Netball L5/U5 Quad Cup
On Thursday this week, Derby High School hosted our annual Quad Cup. The Quad Cup was inspired by the International Netball Quad series, in which 4 world class teams battle it out for victory. Instead of The England Roses v The Australian Diamonds, The Quad Cup included teams from Littleover, Chellaston and Woodlands. The tournament was played as a round robin, 7 minutes each way. Derby High went out fighting with a win against Littleover , this was a well matched game and the score finished in our favour 8-7. With the team’s first victory under their belt, the team went into the second round of the tournament with determination and energy. This was reflected in the score against Woodland and DHS won their second game. As we headed into our last round it was all to play for. If Littleover won their game and we lost ours to Chellaston, we would be equal on points and it would go down to goal difference. After a nail biting 14 minutes, Chellaston stole the win with a final score of 9-7, it went down to goal difference between DHS and Littleover.
One team scored 31, whilst the other scored 32. Unfortunately for DHS, Littleover scored an extra goal, taking home The Quad Cup for 2021. We are extremely proud of the team. They played with passion and determination.
Millie Completes her Level 1 Independent Gymnastics Coaching Award
Congratulation to Millie in L5 for completing her Level 1 Independent Gymnastics Coaching Award. Millie is passionate about gymnastics and gives back to her sport by volunteering her time 3 times a week, to coach a boys’ group, a recreational girls’ group and a girls’ development squad at her club. Millie is a natural born leader and she uses these skills in her coaching. Well done Millie!
Su’s Sailing Success
Su in L5 has been working hard this summer. She has been doing Laser sailing for two years and has achieved many qualifications. She has sailed using the 4.7 sail, laser radial and laser standard sail. Su has had many experiences sailing in tough winds, up to 20 knots in the Aegean Sea. To achieve these qualification in sailing you have to be strong in both the body and mind, congratulations on your achievements, Su.
U13 Derbyshire Squad Selection for Sofia
Congratulations to Sofia (L4) who was selected for the U13 Derbyshire squad! Sofia plays for Ashbourne Netball Club and was asked to play up in the U15 teams this week. Sofia did not let her nerves get the better of her and played as an effective GS in the shooting circle. Her team was triumphant with a final score of 19-15. Well done, Sofia!
Nationals RDA Horse Riding
Congratulations to Hannah in U5. Hannah competed in the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) National Championships last weekend. She had earlier competed in the Regional Championships and qualified in both Dressage and Countryside Challenge. Last Saturday Hannah came 2nd in the UK for Countryside Challenge, an amazing achievement of its own but especially because the age limit for her class was 18 years. Following this amazing achievement, Hannah competed on the Sunday, in her first National Dressage competition and came 5th in the Country with less than 3% between her mark and the winning mark. Well done Hannah, what a weekend of achievements for you!
It was an absolute joy to go out and about at lunchtimes this week and see the fantastic range of clubs and activities that have now restarted. We're still being on the safe side with numbers and groupings and hopeful even more will be added. There's something for everyone - a great range of sporting and musical activities, Politics and Philosophy, History Film Club, CAD Club, Greenpower, Business Enterprise....
And House events are back on Fridays too!
Co-Curricular is all about trying something new, coming out of your comfort zone and just enjoying all the extras we do at Derby High School.
New Tutor programme
This term we are embarking on a formalised tutor programme in our forms. On Tuesday morning, students will experience a variety of activities tailored to suit them: from money and mortgages, to current affairs and the justice system. This will also include tutor input on reviewing progress and setting targets. We are also introducing regular private reading slots in the afternoon and encourage students to bring their reading book or e-reader for 15 minutes of quiet time in the Monday and Thursday slots. Reading has many benefits, not only for academic progress across the curriculum, but for mental health and wellbeing and developing empathy and understanding. We will be reviewing the tutor programme before Christmas and look forward to seeing the impact it has on our students.
Annual Data Check – Further to last week’s HighPost please can we remind all parents to complete our annual data check. It is essential this is completed by all parents to ensure all data is up to date. Thank you.
Sibling Photos – the online deadline for sibling portraits to be delivered to school with free posted is today at midnight. Any orders after this date will be charged a £5 postage fee and sent to the parents’ home address.
Parent Portal Update – Please refer to the Parent Portal for school fixtures. These can now be viewed on the school calendar by selecting the “school life” tab. If any parents have problems logging into our new parent portal please email firstname.lastname@example.org