17 Jun 2022

Senior High Notes 17th June 2022

Senior High Notes 17th June 2022

Our celebration assemblies are a wonderful opportunity for us to share so many fantastic achievements and successes in a wide range of academic and co-curricular endeavours. This week I was delighted to be able to present certificates for Maths challenge, LAMDA, Gold Industrial Cadet Awards, U15 Rounders City Champions and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

I was particularly proud to be able to give out a Champagne Moment. A Champagne moment is one of the highest honours we award here at Derby High. It is for outstanding service by a student going above and beyond. Megan Strange in Year 12 took her passion and interest for the Royal family and shared it with the whole of the Primary. She meticulously organised and then conducted special activities with the primary pupils from hand-stamped bunting with Pre-School, painting the Union Jack on rocks with Year 5 and making tissue paper flags with Year 1. Megan’s project has encouraged all children at Derby High Primary to reflect on and celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Best wishes,

Year 10 Sixth Form Taster Day

On Monday Year 10 had a taster day to learn what life is like as a Sixth Form student at Derby High. Looking smart in office wear, they were given talks on how Key Stage 5 study operates, rights and responsibilities as a Sixth Former and the support we provide with UCAS applications and careers. Later in the morning L5 students then had the opportunity to trial a variety of different A level subject sessions.

In Product Design/Graphic Communication, pupils got straight to work, examining the work of current A-level students, exploring living hinges laser cut from plywood, and decorating with pyrography and engraving. At the end of the session, the pupils were able to take away their own hand constructed and decorated, laser cut notebook. 

Then at lunch they had exclusive use of the Common Room where having access to the stereo was certainly made the most of! After lunch we re-energised with ice creams before moving to teambuilding games on the field including rounders, boules and croquet.


Junior Maths Challenge 2022

Last term Year 7 and 8 students sat the Junior Maths Challenge paper - and we have now had the results. Out of 90 entries, we had well over half earning a certificate, which is amazing.

35 bronze and silver certificates have been given out in maths lessons, an excellent achievement!

Scoring enough to merit a gold certificate were the following Year 7 students: Lewis, Rosie, Jaishna, Ben and Layla. Layla also gets the certificate for "best in year".

In Year 8, Linda and Saachi earned a gold certificate. Saachi also achieved the certificate for "best in year" and "best in school".

In addition to this, Layla, Linda and Saachi all qualified for the follow on round, the Kangaroo, which they will sit next half term. An incredible achievement, well done!

Carnegie Book Award Finals Trip

A group of L4 readers went along to an event at Littleover Community School on Thursday. This was a reward for reading at least 4 of the 8 shortlisted books. The students had great fun exploring the library and getting to meet students from another school who had also been reading the books. We took part in some fun activities, had to pitch our favourite books to the audience before having our own vote on who we thought should win. We then watched the live stream of the awards ceremony, full of inspirational authors, illustrators and other school groups. Whilst we didn't all agree with the winning book, we could all agree that reading opens our minds to new worlds and new perspectives. 

Students can find out more about the books on the shortlist here:



Year 7 and 8 Athletics – ESAA Cup Regional Round

On Monday, the Year 7/ 8 girls athletics team who progressed from the ESAA Cup Derbyshire round earlier in the term took part in the Regional round at Berry Hill track in Mansfield, in their same events. Each athlete performed to their best and gave it their all in their field and track events, and should be proud of their achievements. 

We look forward to receiving the results of the event, but all of the students represented Derby High excellently with great determination and perseverance to do their best, and were all supportive of one another. 

Thank you to Toula and Niamh in L6 for also supporting the team throughout the day. 

Year 8 Rounders vs Twycross

On Tuesday, the Year 8 rounders team played against Twycross school. Each team batted and fielded twice, with lots of rounders scores, catches taken and players stumped out. The eventual score was 9 – 21 ½ with Twycross coming out victorious.

Year 9 and 10 Athletics

This Wednesday, we travelled to Woodlands school to take part in an athletics meet against a number of other local schools. There were a range of track and field events and we took a mini bus of students to compete. We had a number of placing students, well done to Evie L5 for finishing 2nd in both the 1500m and 200m. A special mention for Izzy in L5 for getting a PB in Javelin and coming 1st. What was delightful to see was the support our students gave each other, they are an absolute credit to our school and it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with them. Well done to all of our athletes! 


Year 7 and 8 Athletics Meet

This week our Year 7 and 8 students participated in an athletics meet at West Park School, despite the weather forecast it was a sunny afternoon. Well done to all of our competitors, it was the first athletics competition for some of our students.  I would like to give a special mention to the following students for placing in their event: Louisa 1st 100m and 200m, Charan 3rd 300m, Jada 3rd 200m, Sophie L 2nd Long Jump, Jasmine 3rd Long Jump & 2nd in Shot, Juliette 2nd Javelin, Ugonna 3rd Javelin, Ava 3rd Shot & Javelin, Max 1st Shot & 2nd Javelin and finally Poppy 1st Javelin. Well done everyone!

England Athletics Celebrates Jasmine’s Volunteer Work

England Athletics decided to surprise Jasmine (Year 10) and her friend to thank them for giving up their time to volunteer and as a way to celebrate volunteering week. Jasmine has been volunteering since October at AVEAC and what started as a DofE requirement has turned into a long term love of coaching! To read the full story, click here.

Congratulations to Evie

Big congratulations are in order for Evie in Year 10!  After only playing for Spondon Rovers for one season, she collected trophies at her club presentation evening.  She won a trophy for participation, players' player of the season and supporters' player of the season. Well done Evie, we are very proud of you!

Congratulations to Lachlan

Well done to Lachlan in Year 10 for passing the final part of his course last weekend. Lachlan is now a qualified England Rugby Referee! Congratulations!

Success for Millie

Millie (Y10) took part in the IGA National Finals in Milton Keynes on Sunday.  Millie is an artistic gymnast, which means she competes on 4 pieces – floor, vault, uneven bars and beam.  With 3 golds and a silver, she took the win to become national champion at her level and qualified to move up to the next level.  Millie trains at Mickleover Gymnastics Club, where she also coaches younger gymnasts.  Listen out for her on Tuesday, when Mickleover Gymnastics will feature on the BBC Radio Derby breakfast show.

InvestIN Summer Experiences Programme

I am delighted to attach the latest range of amazing opportunities offered by our Partner organisation InvestIN.  Many of these are back to being "in person" and as Derby High students you benefit from discounted fees. Please use the code DERBYHIGH10 for the discount.

Please let me know if you sign up! Click here for more information: Choose Your Career | InvestIN

Mr. Lee


24th June – Senior Sports Day

28th June – Senior Celebration Evening

29th June – Senior Activity Day


A free online safety guide on Twitch.

Twitch is a livestreaming service which tends to focus on gaming. Users can publicly broadcast their gameplay and commentary online for other users to watch. It's a community-driven platform where viewers can support their favourite streamers’ channels through PayPal donations, "Bits" and more. Each streamer or group creates their own community for fans to interact with each other. Twitch has more than 15 million daily active users and includes non-gaming topics such as music, cooking and art. Anyone can create a channel to livestream or watch videos.

In this guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as inappropriate content, private chat rooms and strangers.

Discord Security Settings From Alan MacKenzie

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 From Alan MacKenzie

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.