13 May 2022
Primary High Notes 13th May 2022
This week in the calendar is always full of mixed emotions as Year 13 enjoy their Leavers’ Celebrations and Year 11 go on Study Leave. For both year groups their educational journey changes path, with Year 11s looking forward to life in the Sixth Form where they will experience greater freedoms, which come hand-in-hand with greater responsibility.
Kindness, a belief in the importance of every individual and their voice, the determination to have a positive impact on the world around us, these values are what makes Derby High special, and they are what makes each of our leavers special.
I am not one for looking backwards in life, but this week is a fitting moment to pay tribute to their contribution to our school. Over the years they have taken part in many school events and activities, whether sporting, musical, dramatic or artistic. They have helped make our school a better place, improving it in ways both seen and unseen. They have acted as student leaders and role models in very positive ways.
However, instead of just celebrating what they have done, I would like to concentrate on the promise of what they will do in the years to come. Leaving Derby High, they are armed with confidence, determination and a strong set of values which means that they do not shy away from fighting for what they believe in. I am confident that in the years to come they will use what they have gained from their time here to continue to make a difference.
The Class of 2022 are a truly inspiring and phenomenal group of young people. Their dedication and resilience will be invaluable in their future careers and we wish them every bit of health, happiness and success as they move on from Derby High.
Year 5 Residential Trip
From Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th of May, Year 5 stayed at Ilam Hall in the Peak District for their residential trip this year. Linking to their topic work for the term, the children took part in a variety of activities that really enhanced and developed their Thinking for Learning skills. We started off with a hike to the Stepping Stones in Dovedale, searching for fossils in the white limestone followed by an evening activity involving egg rockets!
After a short trip to Black Rocks near Wirksworth, the children took part in rock climbing, abseiling, scrambling and weaselling with trained instructors who all commented on the group's resilience and team work. The evening activity involved the children making their own bags with designs that reflected their memories from their trip.
The final morning saw the rain come and some soggy orienteering around the grounds of Ilam Hall. After a quick change and dry off, the children had fun playing table tennis and reflecting on their amazing time. All the teachers and adults involved with their trip would like to say a big well done and thank you for being such an amazing group to take away on a residential; you were all a credit to yourselves!!
Primary Tea Time Concert
It was a very special occasion yesterday welcoming parents into school for our Primary Tea Time Concert. The children performed beautifully, showing great confidence in front of an audience. For many of our young musicians this was the first time they had played in a concert.
All the photos will be loaded onto our gallery on the school web site at the beginning of next week. A High Post will follow with a link to the recording.
Year 1 and 2 Gymnastics
On Thursday, 12 children from Year 1 and 2 had fantastic fun competing in the DCCT gymnastics competition, which was hosted at Derby High. The children had been working extremely hard towards this competition all term and were so excited to showcase their skills to the judges. All of them should be very proud of how well they performed as they were amazing and a true credit to the school. After competing in Body Management, Floor exercise and Vault, against 4 other schools (14 teams), the scores were announced. In the Team awards, Derby High Team A were awarded a fantastic 2nd place and Derby High Team B were awarded an outstanding 1st place. In the Individual awards, Derby High scored so highly that they were awarded all 3 places, with Alexia in 3rd place, Julia in 2nd place and Eliza B in 1st place out of 56 children. It was an action-packed morning with all children enjoying the experience.
Grassheads in Reception
The children in Reception finally took their Grass Heads home this week. As part of their topic work they have enjoyed watching them grow and were very excited to be able to take them home now that they have grown!
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Megan in Lower Sixth has planned some wonderful activities with our primary pupils over the next few weeks. Megan kindly explains more below about what she has been doing this week:
"This week to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, I have worked with Reception and Year 3. In Reception we made toilet roll guards using toilet rolls, felt and some fluffy black material for the well-known palace guard’s hats! With year three we made some Union Jack chatter boxes which had some Royal fun facts and some drawings under each of the flaps, as well as some red, white and blue paper chains. The classes were experts at this second task and we ended up with amazing and very long chains! Thank you to the classes this week for working so hard on your activities. I hope you enjoyed them! Next week I have some really exciting activities for year 5, year 1 and nursery!"
Josh’s Gymnastics Success
Last Sunday Josh competed in his first ever gymnastics competition and came 1st in floor and 1st overall.
He has also received results of his dance examinations which he took before Easter. He did amazingly well. In ballet he scored 87 which is distinction and in modern he scored 91 which is also a distinction. Well done, Josh!
PE Department Notice: Mouthguards
All pupils will need a mouthguard for use in contact sport participation at school this coming year.
Titan Mouthguards will be catering for all students wishing to purchase a custom, dental-fit mouthguard with their remote E-Fitting service, allowing pupils to have their mouthguards fitted and received in advance of the start of the 2022/2023 school year.
If you wish to take advantage of this service, please complete your online order form by clicking the following link: https://titanmouthguards.com/derby-high-school-order-form-2022/
Titan encourages the return of all E-Fitting Kits by no later than 15/08/2022. Any kits received later than this date will be subject to a 10-15 working day turn-around time, due to increased production demands after this date.
Any questions relating to mouthguards or any of the details above should be sent directly to Titan (not to school staff) via their customer service email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activate Camps will be at Derby High School for four weeks over the summer holidays. The camps are for children aged 5 to 14 years old who want to have fun during the school holidays! For more information on the dates and to book please go to: Kids Activity Camps | Multi Activity Camps (activatecamps.co.uk)
Online Safety For Under 5’s
According to Ofcom’s most recent research, a significant proportion of children are already online by the time they start school, with 17% of 5-year-olds owning their own mobile phone and 50% using messaging platforms. As becoming familiar with technology is generally encouraged in younger children – and has been essential for education during the pandemic – it is essential that trusted adults recognise both the benefits and the risks of infants and toddlers going online. National Online Safety has compiled their top tips to help the under-5s start their online safety journey.
Click here for a free online safety guide on online safety for under 5s