10 Jun 2022

Senior High Notes 10th June 2022

Senior High Notes 10th June 2022


As we enter the final half term of this year, the warmth and sense of community around our school sets the perfect tone for our students to develop and thrive. As well as a range of insightful and challenging lessons, an average day for a member of our Senior School can involve sports, drama, creative arts or one of the many clubs and societies on offer. I am delighted with the amount of co-curricular activities our students continue to be involved in, whilst at the same time showing effort and excitement in the classroom.


Best wishes,



We are very excited to remind you our forthcoming event in school.  Our House Activity Carousel Day on Wednesday 29th June is for all our students in Year 7 to Year 10. Year 12 are also welcome to take part either as full participants or as activity facilitators / helpers.

Students in Year 7 to Year 10 and Year 12 will be off timetable all day.  We have four amazing external providers visiting us all day on Wednesday 29th June.  Students will be in Houses rather than Year Groups and there will be an element of healthy competition with prizes and mentions for the winning House and individual performers.

Our four providers are :

The Army – https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/army-engagement-group/ who will be running a series of teambuilding challenges and problem solving activities on the school field.

Dragon Freestyle - http://dragonfreestyle.co.uk/ - who will be running an introduction to self-defence and how to be “street smart”.

Marc Silk - internationally famous voice actor and entertainer - http://www.marcsilk.com/ - you are very likely to have heard Marc voicing adverts, animations and most recently as Titan the Robot on Britain’s Got Talent… Marc will be running a voice acting masterclass.

Joliba Drums - https://joliba-drums.co.uk/?page_id=759 – who will be running an African Drumming and Dancing Workshop.

Please refer to the High Post sent prior to our half term break for further information. Students should attend in PE Kit / comfortable but appropriate clothing. 

We are certainly looking forward to the day! If you have any questions about this event please do contact Mr Lee.


Ayesha’s Visit to the Trooping of the Colour

Ayesha (Year 10) was delighted to be invited to the Trooping of the Colour. Thank you to Ayesha for telling us about her wonderful visit to the parade below,

As part of my volunteer work with a cancer charity, I had the privilege of being invited to the "Trooping the Colour" at the Horse Guard parade in Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. We left Derby at 5:30 am and upon reaching the parade ground, we had a guided tour of the Horse Guard's building and the rooms in which the royals would be seated. We were amazed at the display of military pageantry and the horses. We also saw the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge come in a horse drawn carriage, and Prince William and Prince Charles on horseback, although their faces were hidden by bearskins. The seating area was buzzing with diplomats, army generals and TV crews and seeing the Red Arrows at the fly past streaking the sky with the colours of the Union Jack was very memorable.



Maths Events With Simon Singh

Dr Simon Singh (author of best selling book "Fermat's Last Theorem") has announced a number of free interactive online maths events over the coming weeks.  Each one is aimed at a different age group, but we have encouraged students to take a look, and to let us know how they get on!  The link is https://parallel.org.uk/ and for the first one this Sunday he is joined by profilic maths Twitterer Ayliean, a maths teacher in Scotland. She posts some amazingly creative maths stuff so should add an interesting dimension.

U12 Rounders

On Tuesday, an U12 Rounders team took part in the Year 7 Derby City Rounders Tournament at Chellaston Academy. There were six schools competing in a round robin format, and so the team had 5 games to play.

Their first opponents were a strong Littleover team, but the Derby High team used this game as an opportunity to practice and see how they worked together in their different positions. They managed to score 2 rounders, but Littleover were able to score plenty of rounders, ending as 6-2 victors. The next three games saw wins by Derby High over West Park (5-2.5), Derby Cathedral (3.5-0.5) and Noel Baker (4-1.5) - there were some excellent half, and full, rounders scored following some big hits, but also some great stumping out and catches out of the opposition teams. The final game was against a strong batting and fielding side from Chellaston, who pipped us in the final innings to win 5-1. The team certainly improved with every game in their performance, but also with their tactical awareness when batting and fielding.

Overall, with three wins and two losses, Derby High finished a respectable 3rd place and were very happy and proud of their efforts.

Well done to the team - Issy, Esme, Natalie, Lucy, Millie, Charlie, Poppy, Ailsa and Emma.


What is the MetaVerse?

There is a lot of talk about the MetaVerse at the moment. It isn't new, but it is gaining traction and there is a lot of development and marketing going on, principally by Facebook (Meta) who are touting it as the next big thing. Sadly, much of the information is negative, it is clear that companies are giving no due regard whatsoever to user safety (see THIS article in The Guardian).

It is important that parents are aware of the MetaVerse, children are going to start talking about it. The NSPCC have put a useful little guide together which would be worth sending out. You can view the guide HERE.

Skin Gambling - A Guide for Professionals and Parents

Do you know what a skin is? Do you know what skin gambling is? They are both related to gaming and as such it is an area that is becoming more concerning. SWGfL have put together a brief guide explaining skin gambling; you can read the guide HERE.