01 Oct 2021

Primary High Notes 1st October 2021

Primary High Notes 1st October 2021

The 2015 film “The Good Dinosaur” imagines that the dinosaurs were not wiped out, but instead evolved to become like humans. The main character Arlo belongs to a family of dinosaurs who are farmers. His job on the farm is to look after the chickens but he is terrified of them. Arlo cannot overcome his fear of the chickens. His parents try to encourage him, but his brother teases him and calls him a coward. In the course of the film, Arlo manages to overcome his fears with the help of his human friend, Spot. An old Tyrannosaurus Rex tells Arlo, ‘You can’t get rid of fear but you can get through it’.

In my assembly yesterday, I shared with the pupils one of my fears – heights. In the summer I visited Go Ape with my two brothers and all of our families. I was determined to attempt the High Ropes course because everyone else was doing it - I’m very competitive! We got through the safety briefing, and my heart was racing. I climbed halfway up the first rope ladder, panicked and came back down. At this point my brothers were well onto the course. I knew I couldn’t give up because I wouldn’t hear the end of it from these two younger siblings, so with a pep talk from Mr Chapman, I started again, pushing through. As I finished the course, whizzing down the zip line, I felt exhilarated and so glad I had done it. Will I do it again? Probably not, but I pushed through my fear, knowing I was safe and achieving something that for me was very impressive - just like Arlo in the Good Dinosaur. 

Fear is important, it keeps us safe. But when it stops us trying new things or moving forward in our lives, we need to try to work through our fears and ask for help from those around us.

Best wishes

Growing Together

All the children in our Primary school have enjoyed working together at the start of this term on a shared theme based around three books, which encouraged them to explore our school environment. The theme of 'Growing Together and Learning Together' has been celebrated by everyone as we have planted seeds, investigated trees and thought of ways to improve the school environment. Having shared goals and experiences has been a wonderful way to come together as a community; our displays around school reflect all our hard work and enjoyment.


Hockey Festival

Derby High fielded two mixed U11 hockey teams on Wednesday afternoon in a friendly hockey festival hosted by Old Vicarage at Moorways. This was the first hockey fixture of the year and was a great opportunity for pupils from Year 5 and 6 to learn more about playing hockey in a competitive format.

Each team played two 7-a-side games against other teams in their pool, and then would play in a final game against a team from the other pool.

Derby High 1s played their first game against Old Vicarage Leopards, and they worked hard to put their learning from hockey games afternoons and hockey club into practice, particularly developing power and accuracy in their passes. Sadly, the opposition were able to get into the circle a few more times, and managed to score 3 goals. Onto the next game, the team lifted their spirits and focused on closing their opposition down and keeping their sticks low to the ground when tackling, and had much more success. They managed to finish the game with a 1-1 draw!

Meanwhile the Derby High 2s were playing against Old Vicarage Panthers (the eventual winners) in their first game and did their best to keep possession of the ball. Despite the score line of 4-0, they worked hard together as a team, but were unable to create any scoring opportunities. A 3-0 win in the next game against Salterford House certainly lifted their spirits and they responded effectively to their team talk about keeping the ball wide and creating space, as well as focusing on their accurate passing.

It turned out that the final game was between Derby High 1 and Derby High 2. It was really fantastic to see the progress made by every player in such a short space of time. Strong tackles, accurate passes and confidence when dribbling on the ball was evident throughout the two teams. They should all be proud of their performances over the afternoon! 

Rory and Ruby were awarded medals for excellent play from the organisers of the festival, and it was great to see such wonderful sportsmanship at the end of the games from all of the students.


A huge well done to all the players, and we hope they look forward to further developing their hockey skills in other forthcoming fixtures!

U11 Football v Homefields Primary

The U11 Football Team took on their first opponents of the Derby and District Football League on Thursday. They travelled to Homefields Primary in Chellaston looking to build on their cup victory against Mugginton recently. They played two games and put in a good performance despite losing the first game 2-0. With tiring legs, the second game went to Homefields 6-0. There were plenty of positives from the games and we’re looking forward to working on skills in training ahead of our next set of fixtures coming up.

Calling all Year 5 & 6 Netballers!

Ashbourne Netball Club are looking for new players, please visit the website for more information: www.ashbournenetballclub.co.uk. There are a number of Derby High School students playing for Ashbourne in both juniors and seniors.

Jump Camp 2021

Jumping Clay are running an arts and crafts based day time holiday camp over the October half term break. Jump Camp is based from Markeaton Craft Village (making use of lots of the Park’s facilities too). Drop off from as early as 8:30am, and latest pick up is at 5:30pm.

Price is £35 per day, £150 per week (£285 for 2 booked in for the whole week). Child care vouchers are accepted. For more information call i07952 901589 or mail derby@jumpingclay.co.uk.

Parent Reminders

Parents’ Evening – Please remember to book an appointment with your child’s class teacher via School Cloud. The booking system closes this Sunday at 5pm.

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 networkadmins@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk