17 Jun 2022

Primary High Notes 17th June 2022

Primary High Notes 17th June 2022

At Derby High School, we love music - playing it, listening to it, composing it, thinking about it and most of all sharing it. We had a wonderful musical evening last night. Watching the performers was to see genuine excitement and real joy in what they were doing. It reinforces the importance of music, as a means to be creative, but also as a very effective way to express emotion. The standard of performance was incredible ranging from our Year 1 and 2 choir to a variety of ensembles and orchestras. My thanks to Mrs Cooke who leads our music provision with enthusiasm and care, bringing the very best out of our pupils.




For more photos of the concert please visit the Primary gallery on our web site, click here.

Best wishes,


Primary Sports Day

On Friday 10th June we held our annual Primary Sports Day.  It was a wonderful sunny day. Well done to all of the children for bringing lots of enthusiasm and demonstrating brilliant teamwork. Although, at times the children were competing in individual events, they were all working as a House team and supporting each other throughout the day.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support the day, it was fantastic to have you as our spectators!

To read the full story please visit the new page on our website by clicking here.



IAPS National Swimming Success

On Saturday 11th June, three Year 6 pupils swam in the iAPS National Swimming Finals at the London Aquatics Centre. This event sees 40 qualifying galas organised throughout the spring term with more than 400 schools entering the competition. The fastest 1500 swimmers are invited to the national finals at the London Aquatics Centre in June, which is supported by 3000 spectators on the day.

Having qualified by coming in the top twenty nationally for each of their events, George, Alice and Amelie were excited to reach the finals and to swim in the pool which hosted the 2012 Olympics.

All three children swam which such determination and skill, successfully swimming their heats and reaching the final of the finals!

George swam the U11 boys 50m breaststroke in 43.02 seconds, placing him 9th overall. Amelie swam the U11 girls 50m butterfly in 35.95, placing her 8th overall. Alice swam the U11 girls 50m backstroke in 37.60 seconds placing her 6th.  It was not only a great achievement to qualify but for all three to get in the top 10 is fantastic. We look forward to all of the future successes as they move up to the Senior school!


Year 5/6 Cricket and Rounders

This week in our Games afternoon, Y5/6 all took part in a competitive game. We had an away team playing Destone at hard ball Cricket, 4 Kwik Cricket teams playing at home against Destone and an inter-school rounders competition all happening on Tuesday afternoon. It was a glorious day and perfect conditions for both rounders and cricket. Our 4 teams playing Kwik Cricket at home scored many runs, many 4s and lots of 6s. It was brilliant to see our children working together on the field and supporting each other when facing the bowler. All four Derby High School teams won their tournaments, with just one game lost out of the 8 played, by just 1 run during a super over that was played as both team finished on draw. Well done to all four teams for winning your tournaments.

U11 Cricket vs Destone

The U11 cricket team, played Denstone 1st eleven in their first ever game of 'hardball' cricket for the school.  Fielding first, we managed to restrict Denstone to 71-7, with the wickets being shared amongst the team.  In reply we scored 72-0 in 15 overs.  Rory, Cory, Amaad and Ismail all retired unbeaten in the Derby High Innings.  Congratulations to everyone involved, a very impressive start.

Year 5 and 6 Rounders Competition

On Tuesday, a selection of Year 5 and 6 played an inter-school rounders competition. There were plenty of rounders scored and some games were very close, with only half a rounder in it. Each of the three teams won at least one game and there were points awarded for losing within 5 rounders of the other team. It was a lovely afternoon spent playing rounders in the sunshine. 

U11 Boys Kwik Cricket

This week our U11 cricket team played in the second round of the DCCT Kwik Cricket Festival. Derby High was the host school and 4 teams arrived to play in the round robin format, playing 20 balls per innings giving each batting pair a 5 ball over.  Our first game was against Homefields. Amaad opened the bowling, followed by Jai, Adi and Corey. Both Jai and Rory took wickets in that game, but unfortunately Homefield won with a final score of 56-42 runs. Our next game was against Silverhill. Our bowlers for this game were Ismail, Khyan, Samjot and Rory.  Amaad opened the batting and scored a 4 on his first hit. We won that game a 37-27. Our final 2 games were against Walter-Evans and Oakwood, both very strong teams so far in the competition. We lost to Walter-Evans 28-35, but finished strong with a 69-25 win against Oakwood. Over all finishing 3rd in the competition. We demonstrated some promising bowling and batting throughout the tournament and can take away areas to improve in our fielding performance, to work on in practise.

U11 Girls Kwik Cricket

Well done to our U11 Cricket team who took part in the DCCT Kwik Cricket festival. They won all of their games, progressing into the next round of the competition. All of the girls worked together on field to take many wickets throughout the competition, catching, running and bowling their opposition out. Then when it came to batting, it was another successful innings. We scored over 100 runs in more than one of our 5 games and kept way ahead of our competitors in all of our games. Fantastic to see and it was a pleasure to host the competition.


Ruby’s Derbyshire U11 Success

Congratulations to Ruby (Year 6) for being selected to be Captain for the Derbyshire U11 cricket team next Thursday. Ruby has been playing at Derbyshire U11 fixtures, her last games report against Leicestershire can be read here.

21st June – Primary French Café - Eyam

22nd June – Senior Experience Day for Year 5

22nd June – Year 6 Musical, Rockerfella

23rd June  - Primary French Café

23rd June – Year 1 visit to St Peters Church

24th June – Reception Assembly


From Alan MacKenzie

Discord Security Settings

During and post-lockdown the app Discord has become hugely popular, including with Years 5 and 6 children. Historically usage was related to gaming, where young people would play online games together and discuss the game within the Discord app. But no longer, it's basically being used as a messaging system similar in many ways to WhatsApp. As with many apps there is no age verification and there is lots of 18+ content, including children setting up their own servers (chat rooms) and allowing anyone to enter. The safety features within Discord are unsurprisingly limited but there are some you can view HERE for information.

For Parents - YouTube Restrictions

The primary concern that comes from parents when I'm delivering training sessions to them is in relation to content and the inability to have much control over what their children see. YouTube (Google) have been updating some of their features over the last year and I think these changes are very positive. To help parents understand more about these features and how to use them I have compiled 5 short videos (from YouTube) onto one page covering:

YouTube Kids

  • Parent Allowlisting (this is a fantastic new feature).
  • Selecting content based on the age of the child.
  • How to approve what your children can watch.
  • Limiting screen time.

Main YouTube (app/website)

  • Supervised experience (the ability to set a filtering level based on the age of the child).

Feel free to check THIS link for the videos.