27 May 2022

Senior High Notes 27th May 2022

Senior High Notes 27th May 2022

The penultimate half term of the academic year is one in which our students and staff are very much reviewing all that they have done during this academic year. Consolidation and revision are important aspects of education supporting continual progress. Exam season is very much under way here at Derby High. Our Year 7, 8 and 9 have completed their end of year exams, year 10 are half way through and Year 12 start immediately after half term. Year 11 and 13 are proceeding well with their public examinations. Exams are an important way of measuring progress, and for students and their teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in order to support learning going forward. I strongly believe that education is a journey - you are not the sum total of a grade achieved on one day, but instead what is important is what you learn from each and every thing you do in order to achieve your very best and ultimately to successfully go on to the next stage of your life.

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,

Derby High School has 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.”

Megan's Platinum Jubilee Project

Megan in Lower Sixth planned some wonderful activities with our primary pupils this half term. Megan kindly explains below about what she has been doing as part of her Platinum Jubilee project:

"Over the last 4 weeks I have completed activities with all years in our Primary School, from Pre-School to Year 6, as part of my Platinum Jubilee Project. This involved creative activities and art work to celebrate this milestone achievement of The Queen. It was a great opportunity to bring everyone together after the pandemic, meet and work with students that I have never had the pleasure of working with before, as well as recognising a truly historic moment for our country. In the first week, Year 2 created tissue paper flags and Year 4 stamp bunting. Then, in the second week, I worked with reception to make some fantastic toilet roll guards and year 3 to make red, white and blue paper chains and Union Jack origami chatter boxes. In week three I had the chance to meet the nursery students and make hand print bunting, as well as those in Year 5 to paint the Union Jack on rocks. Also in the third week, with Year 1 we created tissue paper flags. In the last week, it was lovely to conclude the project with Year 6 creating wool Union Jack hearts.

All the students worked so hard and concentrated really well on their activities. I am so pleased with how they all turned out and I hope the students enjoyed making them! Thank you for celebrating the jubilee with me and I hope you will enjoy seeing your work on the displays in both the junior and infant buildings.

I want to say thank you to my wonderful assistants, Sarita and Ramneek and to all the teachers and students who made us feel very welcome!

I hope everyone has a lovely bank holiday weekend in celebration of The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee!"


Library News

A big thanks to Megan and Harriet for putting together this wonderful display of books for the Platinum Jubilee. The books range from non-fiction highlighting events from the last 70 years as well as some celebrated authors of the Commonwealth. Inspired by The Big Jubilee Read, a national reading challenge that you can find out more about here. Big Jubilee Read | RGfE (readinggroups.org)

Congratulations Ayesha -  MFL Highly Commended Winner

A few months ago, L5 Spanish student Ayesha, entered the Spanish Oxford global 100-word competition and her story got a “highly commended”. Would you like to read her flash fiction writing? Excelente trabajo Ayesha!

Simplemente peligroso, pero extraordinariamente agudo e inteligente. Nadie podía ser tan misericordioso como él, un adversario hábil.

Había perfeccionado su oficio, con sus manos ágiles y firmes. Su pasión era sostener el cuchillo; no necesitaba ninguna ayuda, él era autosuficiente.

Pero hoy se sintió cansado mientras veía secarse la sangre.

¿Quizás se estaba volviendo viejo?

¿Debería pedirle más ayuda a su asistente?

Mientras meditaba, la puerta de su oficina se abrió lentamente con un chirrido. Luego escuchó la voz aguda de la enfermera. "Tu paciente en Terapia Intensiva se ha recuperado. ¿Otra vida salvada, eh?”

El cáncer todavía tenía una batalla trascendental que ganar...

House Benchball

Over the last 2 Fridays, the House Benchball competition has taken over lunch times. The competition started with L5-U6 games, with teams playing against each other in a round robin. It was a very close competition, with 3 teams finishing on equal points. However St David managed to take the lead with 15 points, compared to 7 points gain by the other houses.  Last week was our second leg of the competition, our U3-U4 teams played in a round robin against each other and their points added towards the L5-U6 games from the previous Friday. We had some fierce competition and St George finished with the most points. However what matters is the overall points - well done to St David who won overall with 28 points, followed by St George with 21 points, St Andrew with 18 points and St Patrick with 16 points.



ESAA Track and Field Cup

Derby High School, for the first time this year, took part in the English Schools Athletics Association Track and Field Cup, held at Moorways Stadium. This was a brilliant opportunity for our younger students to compete in athletics for the very first time and for our older students to gain experience as they work towards their GCSE PE practical assessment. Overall we had around 30 competitors and a group of sports leaders from our Sixth Form. All students had an opportunity to take part in 2 events, one track and one field. Competitors were awarded points for their position throughout the day. Derby High was able to gain maximum points in a number of events, including the Junior 200m and Junior Long Jump. We also had students finishing in place position in the 1500m, 100m and 800m. It was a very successful day for our students and although we did not gain enough points to win the competition and progress through to the next round, it was a great learning opportunity, providing our students with valuable experience. 


Netball Success for Sofia

Sofia (Year 8) spent last weekend at The Leeds Rhinos Netball Challenge in Skegness. This event gives U12 and U14 players a chance to experience a weekend of fixtures. All teams playing the festival fixture will compete on both the Saturday and the Sunday, typically playing 6 – 8 games over the weekend. Where required, playoff fixtures will take place following the group stages. Although Sofia’s team didn’t win, it was all brilliant experience for Sophia playing against teams that are going to the National Championships in the coming weeks. Well done Sofia!

Reminder: School Uniform and PE Kit

A polite reminder that pupils should only be wearing their PE kit to school on days when they have a PE lesson, a lunchtime sports club or are participating in a school sports fixture - or have been given express permission for a particular reason. School uniform should be worn as normal otherwise. Please do take an opportunity to look at your child's timetable for days that they have PE, which can be found in their planners. Consequences will be given to students if they are found to be knowingly going against these school rules. Thank you.

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.

  • Senior Sports Day – Friday 24th June
  • Senior Celebration Evening – Tuesday 28th June

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