20 May 2022

Primary High Notes 20th May 2022

Primary High Notes 20th May 2022

In a world where everybody is unique, what matters is giving every young person the time and the space to become the true individual we know they can be. At Derby High, we work hard to enrich each pupil’s experiences, enhance their personal development and give them the opportunity to develop their individuality their way. We are fortunate to be able to support children from their very first steps up to university entry and beyond, and it has been a pleasure for me this week to see examples from both ends of the journey.

On Wednesday I had a surprise visit from Maisie, who has just finished her first year at Stirling University. She is absolutely loving it and doing incredibly well (1st and 2:1s in her exams this year). It was also lovely to hear about how she is enjoying playing football both for the university and Alloa Athletic FC Women’s team, a recently formed local team. Maisie joined Derby High pre-school in 2006 aged 3, continuing all the way through the school, until she left for university last summer. It is clear that Maisie is flourishing at university. She was quick to comment that so much of her success now is down to the help, support and care she received here at Derby High. She also said that work was easier at university than in Sixth Form - she has only had to write 3 essays this year so far! She was clear that DHS was such a great preparation for university.

Then in the afternoon the Wrens, our pre-school class, came to visit me in my office. They had some wonderful questions, showing great curiosity about what I actually do in my office! It was exciting to listen to their enthusiasm and delight in learning new things.


Best wishes,

Fundraising for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

On Monday we welcomed two special guests to our Primary assembly.

Jenny Ball, from Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, was presented with a cheque for £808.50 which is the combined total of money donated via Just Giving and the cash donations brought into school by families and staff of Derby High, following our Charity Day last term. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported the fun-run and danceathon we held in school.


Matt Byrne, Derby High parent and supporter of Rainbows Children's Hospice, also joined us to share the opening pages of a lovely book he has written entitled "Why the Sky is Blue" with all proceeds going to Rainbows Children's Hospice.

Matt has kindly secured a special price for the book if ordered through school. Please complete the High Post sent to Primary parents on Monday 16th May by the end of this Sunday if you wish to place an order. Thank you.

Year 4 Visit the Warner Bros. Tour

On Tuesday, Year 4 had a very early start - 6.30am in fact - as we went on a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to complement our book study of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. Amid much excitement, wand-waving and cloak-wearing, children had their breakfast on the coach, and we arrived in excellent time. A wonderful day of magic, awe and wonder lay ahead as we explored the studio tour. Children had the opportunity to ride a broomstick against a greenscreen and discover real sets and props used in the making of the films. A real highlight was the dragon in Gringotts bank! It was a fantastic day and the children, whose behaviour was exemplary throughout, were a real credit to the school.


Herons (Year 2) Class Assembly

The Herons have thoroughly enjoyed their topic this half term, where they have been engineers themselves and learnt about famous engineers of the past. The children were excited to showcase their learning in an assembly this afternoon to children and parents, giving local engineers the recognition they deserve.


First Aid Training for Primary

Children in Year 1 to 6 have had a fantastic time learning about Basic Life Support and First Aid. We were delighted to welcome Gaz Hughes from Training Beat into school who gave the children a unique blend of informative and fun interactive exercises that showed them the importance of First Aid. The training provided  the children with an introduction to CPR and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Gaz has been a Nurse in the NHS for 17 years, with 14 of those spent in the Emergency Department. His real life experience of performing CPR showed when teaching the children who listened intently. All of the children enjoyed the sessions and were pleased to have learnt how to become a lifesaver!


Jubilee Celebrations

Megan in Lower Sixth has continued her wonderful activities with our primary pupils over the week. Megan kindly explains more below about what she has been doing:

'In the third week of the Platinum Jubilee project we have created hand-stamped bunting with nursery, painted the Union Jack on rocks with year 5 and made tissue paper flags with year 1. Each year group worked hard and concentrated on the task, and really put a lot of effort into making their creations the best for the jubilee! The results look amazing, and each student should be very proud of their work. I am looking forward to working with Year 6 next week and bringing the project to a close in the last week of term.'


The Wrens Become Explorers!

The Wrens had a fabulous day as Explorers! Our day supported and enhanced our topic 'Let's Grow!'. We loved exploring the school grounds including the woodland, field, trim trail and pond areas to try and spot wildlife and a range of plants. We particularly enjoyed eating our snacks and having our drinks outside!


Maths in Reception

The children in Reception have been learning about language to describe capacity in Maths this week.


Today the children enjoyed using their knowledge to make a magic potion! The children loved measuring and counting out their ingredients. It was a fun challenge and the children did a wonderful job working in small teams.


Sun Cream and Hats Reminder

Now that the sunny weather has arrived, please ensure that you apply sun cream to your child before they arrive at school each morning. We highly recommend that you use a ‘once a day’ sun cream that lasts the length of time your child is at school to ensure they are protected for the whole day. Further to this, please can children bring a school sun hat every day to wear when they are outside. Thank you.

  • Primary Sports Day – Friday 10th June.
    • Pre-School to Year 2, 9am to 11am
    • Year 3 to Year 6, 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Primary Class Photos – Tuesday 14th June
  • Primary Summer Concert – Thursday 16th June

High posts will be sent with further information regarding these dates soon.

Safeguarding Corner

WhatsApp Group Chats

From Alan MacKenzie's online safety briefing:

Lots of children in primary school are using WhatsApp, I generally tend to find most of the children from Year 4 upwards. In 2018 LGfL created a short (3 minute) video where the children are talking about their WhatsApp experience and this is something you can use to get the conversations started. For example the children talk about being 'kicked', why do people do this, how does it make that person feel, is it bullying, have you (the children) experienced this?

You can find the video HERE.

Discord App

What parents and carers need to know about Discord, from National Online Safety. Click here to view a copy of the guide on Twitter.