05 Nov 2021

Senior High Notes 5th November 2021

Senior High Notes 5th November 2021

In our Thursday assembly, Mr Gallagher, our Head of Sixth Form and Head of Geography, talked about the important events at COP26 in Glasgow and most importantly what climate change is about how we can achieve net zero.

This morning in my assembly, I shared this great TED Ed video which explains these two things brilliantly by discussing the ‘myth’ of the boiling frog.

The “myth” of the boiling frog - YouTube

It has been wonderful to hear about the great conversations, discussions and debates these assemblies have sparked. I am always so impressed to hear the incredible academic curiosity our students have and their desire to question and find out more about a range of topics outside of the curriculum.

Best wishes,

Remembrance Service

Derby High School invites the whole school community to join together online for our Remembrance Service on Armistice Day, Thursday 11th November 2021.

The service will be broadcasted via YouTube from 10:50am, to honour those who lost their lives in conflict. Played across the whole school, we invite everyone to come together through watching our service and marking the two-minute silence wherever you may be.

The service will be available by clicking here. A Highpost reminder will be sent out to all parents before the service is broadcasted. 


UKMT MOG Maths Olympiad

Our Upper 6 further mathematicians recently sat the "MOG", a 2.5 hour paper consisting of five demanding maths problem solving questions on a range of topics. Our students acquitted themselves very well, with Gopika and Sora both securing a "Certificate of Distinction" which is no mean feat! A huge well done!

Here's the first question, let us know how you get on.

Library News

Free climate change resources are available to schools during COP26 thanks to a publisher partnership. For 1 month only, you can access 39 e-books related to climate using this link:


Lit in Colour Creative Student Prize

Congratulations to Lucy in U5 for winning a prize in the national "Lit in Colour creative student prize". She has been given 3 books in recognition for her excellent poem, which also won our library prize last month. 

Gold Industrial Cadet Award Scheme

Thursday 4th November saw the launch of our Gold Industrial Cadet Award Scheme. Formerly known as the Engineering Education Scheme, this has always proved a challenging but very enjoyable project for L6 and after a year’s break due to the pandemic it is great to have this project back. This year 5 L6 physicists are taking part working alongside Rolls Royce Electrical Division and their plane, The Spirit of Innovation, as they try to break the speed record for an electrically driven aircraft. It promises to be an exciting, historic and innovative project.

During the virtual launch, the team had the chance to learn more about the scheme and themselves with quizzes and presentations as well as meeting with their mentors.  The scheme will involve the building of a prototype model at a residential at Loughborough University in January, an assessment by industry experts of a written report and presentation in May and a face to face celebration in June. We all had a terrific afternoon and are looking forward to the next 20 weeks of engineering.

Sport News

U15 Girls Football

The U15 Girls football team played Twycross House School this week. Building on their previous excellent performance, the team maintained their composure on the pitch which produced some excellent football. A special mention goes to Lia, Maddy, Priya and Zainab for their goals. The final score was 10-1 to Derby High School. The team are looking forward to their next match.

Year 10 Netball

On Tuesday 2nd November our Year 10 A & B netball teams travelled to Woodlands. Our A team played the first game and played the ball seamlessly down the court from centre pass to the shooting circle. Our shooters took advantage of every opportunity to score, playing the ball around the circle to gain a good position to successfully shoot and score. Our defence was able to pressurise the opposition to force error and capitalise by intercepting, gaining possession. Our centre court players kept their cool and offered to both the defence and attack through the game. It was a very impressive win, well done!

Our B teams took to the court for the second game, it was a shaky start and Woodlands scored the first 3 goals. However our B team stepped up and worked hard to equalise before the end of the second quarter. Moving into the 3rd quarter it was still neck and neck and both teams were scoring from their centre pass. However the Bs managed to secure a close win with just 1 goal in it. Well done to all our players.


U15 Netball – City Tournament

On Thursday 14th October, the U15 netball team travelled to Woodlands School to play in the City Tournament. Congratulations to all of the team! It was a well-deserved win with everyone playing to their strengths. Defence had high energy and put continual pressure on the opposition; centre court players supported play at every moment and were the ‘play makers’ of the tournament; attack were consistent in their delivery and effective at creating space and finding opportunities to score. Well done!


UK Dance Championships Success for Savannah

Savannah (Year 10) competed in an extremely high standard dance competition, UK Dance Championships, in tap dancing age 14-15 year olds last weekend in Sheffield. Savannah gained 5th place out of 50 entrances. This has secured her a place in the Champion of Champions, held at Hammond School in Chester in December. Good luck and well done, Savannah!

Field House EC, Darcy and Pippa

Darcy and Pippa competed in their first indoor competition of the year last weekend. With all the rain it was ideal that it was an indoor competition and meant that Darcy and Pippa were able to compete in their first 1:10 course and secure 6th place for a double clear in a 1:05 course. Well done, Darcy!

What University? & What Career? Live Virtual Event

The final What University? & What Career? Live Virtual Event of the year takes place next week, on Friday 12 & Saturday 13 November!

This free, online event is an unmissable opportunity for students to chat to representatives from over 50 leading universities and employers including Capita, Loughborough University, J.P. Morgan, University of Bath, Aon, London Film Academy and NHS Health Careers.

To register to attend fill in this short form to create an account.

Safeguarding Corner

Parenting Smart (Place2Be)

The children's mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents.

Advice can be found on over forty topics including:

  • Understanding sibling rivalry 
  • My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
  • My child has trouble going to sleep
  • My child says ‘I hate you!’
  • Cultural identity: who am I?

The Parenting Smart website can found here: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/