03 Dec 2021

Senior High Notes 3rd December 2021

Senior High Notes 3rd December 2021

Perfection is overrated! In so many areas of life we are encouraged to strive for perfection. Now that’s not a bad thing, however it can result in us missing out on the beauty of the world around us. Make no mistake, I am all for being the best you can be and having high standards, but not at the expense of enjoying life. You see, if you become obsessed with perfection, living in an imperfect world can become quite taxing and you risk losing sight of the importance of the process. In my assembly this morning, I shared the tale of a squash and a squeeze.

The story starts with a lady complaining that her house is too small, she doesn’t feel that it is perfect and so she asks advice from a wise old man. Instead of trying to make her house perfect, he suggests she welcomes a variety of animals into her house, from a hen, to a pig and a cow. When eventually the wise old man suggests that all the animals leave the house, the lady realises what she has is great, it might not be perfect but it is just right for her.

Perfection as an ultimate goal is great but the imperfect process of getting there is wonderful in itself and not to be underestimated. The reward at the end is much sweeter if the imperfections are greater. The process is far more important than the result.

I love working in an imperfect school. Yes, you read it here first - Derby High is not perfect! What we are is imperfectly perfect. We have just enough imperfections to keep us striving to be better!

Best wishes,

St John Ambulance

Alex (L6) recently competed against her fellow St John Ambulance Cadets for the title of ‘District Cadet of the Year’ for Derbyshire.  Alex had to complete tasks in first aid, take part in group discussions, produce a presentation and have an interview.  She was very happy indeed to win the title!  A fantastic achievement which has put Alex through to the regional competition in February.  Very well done, Alex!

U16 Girls Football Tournament

On Wednesday last week, our U16 girls took part in a football tournament with six local schools at Lees Brook Community School. The first two games were cagey affairs which resulted in a 0-0 draw and an unfortunate 0-1 defeat. However, a team-talk and a change of tactics proved to be effective, as the girls won their final four games. A combination of resolute defending, pugnacious midfield-play and attacking flair proved too much for their opponents. The coaches were particularly delighted with the 2-0 victory against an excellent Noel Baker outfit. The girls’ excellent performances earned them a second place finish, of which they can be rightfully proud. 

A special mention to two of the team - Priya and Maddie in L5.  Both players were selected for the FA Female Talent Inclusion Pathway by the County Community Trust during the tournament! Fantastic news for our students and it is a credit to their talent and hard work.  Congratulations!

U5 Geography

U5 Geographers have recently been studying issues related to water supply around at the world as part of their resource management topic. To assist their learning Izzie in U6 kindly volunteered to give a talk on her experience of living in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017-18 Izzie was living here as they endured a desperate water crisis, with citizens having to take all sorts of measures to prevent a ‘day-zero’ situation where taps would have been turned off across the city and residents would have been limited to just 25L per person per day gathered from a municipal standpipe. Izzie really brought the topic to life and it was fascinating to learn about some of the bizarre guidelines she had to follow - for example at swimming pools you weren’t allowed to jump in as the splash generated would waste water!


The Derby High School internal heat of the ARTiculation competition took place this week.  Articulation is a national competition which encourages young people to speak about a piece of art which has caught their interest.  

The adjudicators enjoyed enthralling speeches from Bethan, Maddie and Annette in L6, who chose the following pieces:

Bethan                 '13 coloured pencils to dust' by Sam Winston; created in 2018.  

Madeline             ‘Composition’ by Shaffic Abboud; created 1957 – 8. 

Annette               ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’, produced by Phil Lord  

                             and Chris Miller with art directors, Patrick O’Keefe and  

                             Dean Gordon; released 2018. 

Congratulations to Bethan, who won the internal heat with her moving discussion on the process Sam Winston undertakes, creating art of the mind, without the presence of light.

Bethan will represent Derby High School to compete in the regional heat of the ARTiculation competition at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, on Tuesday 1st March.


House Drama

After two years with no extracurricular drama performances, it was wonderful to finally rehearse a show for the whole school to see. All four house captains rose to the challenge, managing four different casts; making set, costume and lighting decisions; and producing a fantastic afternoon of entertainment…all within a very tight time frame!

Each house performed a KS3 duologue, a KS3 group scene, a KS4/5 duologue and a KS4/5 group scene. The extracts were from some exciting plays, such as ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘The Demon Headmaster’ and ‘The Ash Girl’. Stalwart regulars from Derby High productions took part, as well as many new performers from U3 and L4, making their debuts in Senior school productions. 

Our overall winners this time were Patrick- big congratulations to Gabriella and her team. The Hopkins trophy for best performance was awarded to Eli of Patrick, for her role in ‘Numbers’, as a cliquey high school student. Janmeet shone as Mr Tumnus, and received the Dorothy Heathcote trophy. The People’s Choice award was closely fought, but in the end went to St David.

Huge thanks go to our judges, Mrs Ince (Andrew), Miss Render (David), Mrs Huskisson (George) and Mrs Aydi (Patrick). We are proud of the casts, the directors and the dedicated technical teams who assisted. All in all, it was a memorable return to our extracurricular programme. 



Sixth Form Netball

On Wednesday 24th November our 2 Sixth Form netball teams played matches against Chellaston and Landau Forte. Some excellent netball was played and the results were: DHS 4 Landau 3 and DHS 8 Chellaston 3.  Well done!

L4 & U4 Netball

Well done to the L4 and U4 netball teams, who played in a home fixture against Woodlands this week. Both teams gave it their all and Miss Stirland was really impressed with the level of netball played. Woodlands are a great netball school and played with determination, however Derby High match that energy and we had 2 really competitive games.  U4 sadly lost their game 12-7 but were up in the first half and continued to demonstrate some great netball into the second half. Well done to the L4s, who won their game 10-5, the score did not reflected the fight that they put up to take the win, although they won by 5 goals it felt like a much closer game, with both teams using all their energy to the very end.  Great team work from all of our students!


Library News

The library team have been busy getting the library ready for the festive season. A big thank you to Evie, Millie, Megan and Eliza in L5 for putting together a fantastic display. You can find all our winter reads on the library page.

TASS Update

On Wednesday our TASS athletes had their second strength and conditioning session at the University of Derby High Performance Unit. The focus for this week’s session was plyometric training.

Y7 Netball

The Year 7s kicked off December with a friendly fixture against Littleover in the Sports Hall. Both the A and B teams played well and won their games, 5-0 and 6-1 respectively. All of the girls listened effectively at their quarter time team talks to any tactical or practice advice offered, and did their best to work together effectively to progress the ball up the court into the circle for shooting opportunities. A really great afternoon of netball, and thank you to all of the parents who came to support! 


Table tennis

Derby High School took part in their first table tennis tournament this week. Well done to Charan and Mason in U3, Anna E, Sophie D and Dhyrya in L4 and Sowmya in U5 for competing. This was the first official competition for all our students and everyone gave it their all. A special mention to Sowmya, who made it into the final and won that game 12-5. 

Design Technology

I have been really excited about introducing and delivering our new Product Design A-Level this year. This half term the L6 product design students have been learning all about forming different materials. We have been focusing on shaping plastics and forming it into complex shapes. The students have constructed their own formers, which is quite a tricky process itself, then used these to create some luminous acrylic table lamps. I have to say I am very impressed by the fabulous designs and quality finish! Mrs. Ince

Young Enterprise Teams Start Trading

After 2 months of research and writing business plans, our 3 Young Enterprise teams opened their stalls for the first time on Wednesday lunchtime. 

The Young Enterprise competition is open to all of our L6 students, and for their business they have to raise funds, organise themselves into key business roles and appoint a Managing Director. Unlike The Apprentice, none of the team can be fired but they will all get to experience what it is like to run a small business and all the pressures and problems that go with this - as well as the huge rewards, too.

In this year's competition Spike are selling packaged small plants and cacti gifts, On Point have a selection of original gift ideas and festive stationery and Tote & Co have launched a range of Tote bags with their own unique designs.

All teams have a social media presence and would like to thank all of their loyal customers for their support on their first day of trading. Further markets will be scheduled for the rest of the year. 



Safeguarding Corner

As Christmas time approaches, it’s likely that many children and young people will be looking forward to receiving technology-based gifts under the tree this year.  This means the festive period is a great opportunity to highlight simple tips to help parents and carers make safer choices when buying new devices. Please Click here for helpful tips on how you can help your children to keep safer online during the festive period, and beyond.