29 Apr 2022
Primary High Notes 29th April 2022
It was wonderful to welcome our pupils and staff back this week, filling the school with lovely chatter and laughter. In her assembly this week, Chaplain Jo and Freddie helped us think about the importance of dreaming big, setting goals and taking action. Our dreams, whether big or small are really valuable as they help us to feel inspired and motivated, but it’s important to set smaller, manageable goals to help us move towards making our dreams a reality. It’s also vital that we take actions if we are to move forward. The children shared some of their dreams and George talked about the goals he needs to set if he is to achieve his ambition to become an Olympic swimmer. Each small action is a step towards completing a goal and getting nearer to our dreams. We reflected on some of the things that might discourage us from taking those actions and listened to words ascribed to Mother Theresa, about doing things ‘anyway’… This included the lines:
‘If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives:
Be kind anyway.
The good you do today, people may forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.’
Primary House Music
It was wonderful to unite the whole of Primary together on the final day of the Spring term, to participate in the House Music competition.
Over 130 pupils had entered the preliminary rounds and performed on their instruments to gain points for their house. Four pupils from each House were then awarded a highly commended pin badge by Mrs Chapman and twelve children, three from each House, were awarded badges and chosen to go through to the final competition.
All Primary pupils and staff gathered in the Senior Hall at 2:15pm on the afternoon of Friday 1st April. We listened to twelve polished performances from our instrumental finalists. After a long deliberation from our panel of judges, a winner was chosen from each age range.
Congratulations to Olivia, who won the Y1/2 section with her fantastic performance of ‘Spring Song’ on the piano; to Lara who won the Y3/4 section who sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Memory’ and to Oskar, who rocked us with a virtuosic performance of ‘Kick-start my Heart’ on the electric guitar.
We then heard each House singing an ABBA song in turn. St Patrick started with an upbeat version of ‘Dancing Queen’. We then heard St Andrew, who wowed us with ‘Super Trouper’. St David were next to perform their super version of ‘Voulez vous’ and finally we listened to St George who closed the event with their strong rendition of ‘Mamma Mia’. The judges again, deliberated as to who should win the trophy – such a difficult decision as all houses produced such polished performances with strong singing throughout. St George won the House Song competition and the overall House winner will be announced in assembly next week.
Banquets, Battles and Balls!
On Thursday, Year one had a very exciting day!
They came to school in wonderful costumes dressed as princesses, kings, queens, knights and even some scary looking dragons!
We found out about medieval food and prepared a banquet, learnt some very tricky circle dances and attended a knights and princesses training camp! The day ended with the children enjoying the feast that they had prepared and of course, having a ball!
This week saw the start of our new Bookworm Buddies club, which involves children from Year 1, Year 5 and Year 6. Every week, the children will share books that they enjoy and spend time reading and sharing works from their favourite authors and illustrators, as well as talking about themselves and their interests. This week, it was amazing to see how easy the children found it to communicate with one another and enjoyed listening and speaking about their chosen books. The children will also be able to bring in their favourite books from home to share with their ‘buddies’ and develop their confidence with one another.
Year 5 – Bikeability
This week Year 5 have enjoyed the Bikeability Level 1 and 2 course. At Level 1 new riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic. Bikeability Level 2 takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops.
The children have participated with an abundance of enthusiasm and energy! We are very thankful to the coaches from Cycle Derby for visiting us this week.
U11 Tag Rugby v Oakwood Juniors
Our U11 Tag Rugby team continued their fixtures for the Derby & District Tag Rugby league with two fixtures against Oakwood Juniors. It took a little while for the team to get back into their way of playing in the first game, with a few errors occurring with passing and positioning. This allowed Oakwood to score a couple of extra tries, leading to a 11-9 defeat. A stirring team talk followed and a more positive team effort in the second game followed. With our heads up and playing more confidently, we were able to make the opposition create a few mistakes and score off of them. The second match finished with a 13-11 victory for Derby High.
Both teams played very well and were a credit to themselves in their excellent sportsmanship and positivity across all players.
Tough Mudder for Josh and Sophie
Well done to Josh (Year 6) and his sister, Sophie (Year 8), for taking part in Tough Mudder over the Easter holidays. The Lidl Mudder is a 1-mile course packed full of obstacles to give kids aged 5-12 the chance to work as a team and get a little muddy.
Jamie and Luke Complete the Derby 3k
On the 10th April Jamie (Year 4) and Luke (Year 1) successfully completed the Derby 3k. It was their first competitive race, with both finishing in the middle of the field and before other older children.
A wonderful achievement, well done!
Eid Mubarak Wishes
Eid Mubarak wishes to all those in our school community who are celebrating. We hope you make very happy memories this Eid. Sending wishes of peace, joy and happiness.
While Whats app has an age rating of 16, we know that many of our students use this app at a much younger age than this. With this in mind, here is a useful guide for parents. Click here.
For Parents - Device Rules and Boundaries
It's a really good idea of parents sitting down with their children and agreeing rules and boundaries in relation to new or current devices, set expectations of behaviour and much more. To help with this FOSI (The Family Online Safety Institute) have put together some really simple but wonderful agreement sheets HERE.
3rd May - Individual portrait photos, Pre-School, Reception, Year 1 to 5. Please refer to yesterdays High Post.
11th May - Year 6 individual portraits, please refer to yesterdays High Post.