27 May 2022

Primary High Notes 27th May 2022

Primary High Notes 27th May 2022

In my primary assembly I gave our School Captains and Deputy Captains a challenge, “Is it possible to get the straw through the potato?” We proceeded to debate and discuss it. Half of the children thought it was possible and half thought it couldn’t be done. Out of the 4 pupils, only one managed to complete the challenge. It was interesting for us the watch the different techniques and various attempts. George went for the direct approach and immediately managed to get the straw through. So you might be asking what was the point of ‘straw through potato’, apart from the physics of it?

Firstly if you plant doubt, it can be self-fulfilling. By suggesting that it might not be possible, sure enough, some people conclude that it is impossible. But if you simply ask ‘how can it be done?’, the question is not ‘if’ but ‘how’.  Secondly trial and error and testing things out will often lead to better solutions than lots of debate and discussion about what might work in theory.  It’s a hands-on solution. Thirdly sometimes a direct approach is the best solution – just go for it. Do it. Believe that the straw will go through in one stabbing motion. And finally the satisfaction of achieving something.  Try it.  You immediately want to do it again. Overcoming a difficulty and experiencing success is a great feeling – even if it is just stabbing a potato!

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations could be complemented with glorious weather next week as forecasters predict it will be the hottest weekend of the year so far. Whatever your plans are, I hope you enjoy the opportunity to spend time with friends and family on what promises to be a memorable and historic occasion.

Best wishes,

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

This lunchtime was a sea of red, white and blue across the school field as all of Primary came together for a special picnic lunch. The children enjoyed marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and getting together on their picnic blankets to enjoy the beautiful sunshine.

After lunch there was fun and games, as Year 6 hosted a variety of activities for Years 3 to 5. With a range of games from Stuck in the Mud to What Time is it Mr. Wolf, everyone joined in and will remember this special occasion.



Derby High School joins the Queen's Green Canopy

Derby High School has joined in the Queen's Green Canopy initiative this spring term, planting a tree to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Excited students and staff across the whole school, marked the Queen’s wish to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. A pear tree was chosen, which will produce white blossom in the spring.

Retired Deputy Head, Mrs Anne Penny, was invited to visit our school in March to mark the occasion. Mrs Penny, who was born the same year as Her Majesty succeeded to the throne, commented, “It was an honour to be invited back to Derby High and be part of this wonderful initiative. Having worked at Derby High for almost 30 years, I strongly feel the connection of watching a fruit tree grow and blossom over the course of time, very much in the same way as I have seen students here flourish into confident, well-rounded individuals.”


Jubilee Activities with Megan

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:

"During the final week of the Platinum Jubilee Project, I have worked with Year 6. What a lovely way to conclude the activities! Each student created their own Union Jack wool heart, and they all look amazing! Over the course of the last four weeks, it has been wonderful to meet each student, discuss what they have been learning about recently and create art works to remember such a special year. I hope everyone enjoyed their activity and has a lovely bank holiday weekend in celebration of The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee!"


Prince and Princess Day in Pre-School

It was Prince and Princess Day in our Pre-School yesterday. The children celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with lots of fun activities. Story time was Peppa Meets the Queen and the afternoon’s activity was making jewellery out of pasta. The children enjoyed sitting on their very own throne in the Wren’s classroom and they all looked so wonderful in their fancy dress outfits!


U11 Cricket Festival

The U11 cricket team put in a fantastic performance at Darley Abbey Cricket Club in the Derby County Community Trust tournament.

When the final scores were rounded up it was revealed that we had achieved a very respectable 3rd place overall. The boys performed fantastically over the tournament and are already looking forward to playing a 'hard ball' game after half-term.


Congratulations Mahi - Girls Under 10 Junior County Cup Tennis Competition

Congratulations to Mahi (Year 5) who was selected to represent Derbyshire in the above tournament. It was held at Malvern tennis club over the weekend of 21st May. Mahi played at number 2 in the county in her age group and played singles and doubles in each match against Shropshire, Hereford & Worcestershire and Staffordshire. The matches were all really close. Derbyshire lost a deciding ‘tie break’ on the final day to the overall winners, Staffordshire. Well done to Mahi for such a fantastic performance. 

  • 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

TikTok and Other Social Media Checklists

With half term just a few short days away, now is a good time to send out information sheets to parents in relation to social media. Internet Matters have a good range of guides that help parents with family pairing (where available), privacy settings, reporting and much more. This is a really helpful resource for parents and you can find all the guides HERE.