01 Jul 2022
Primary High Notes 1st July 2022
This half term is always such a busy and exciting time. Attention now focuses on our end of term events – Productions, Exhibitions, Concerts, Induction Days and Prize Giving.
On Monday, we welcomed our 72 new Year 7 students to the Senior School. Moving to secondary school is an exciting time for Year 6 pupils who are now beginning to feel ready to become more independent, make new friends, experience new learning opportunities, develop more skills and take on more responsibility, but it can also be a time of apprehension and anxiety as everything is new, bigger and different. The focus of our Induction Day is to enable the girls and boys to meet teachers, begin to find their way around our campus and enjoy getting to know each other. Everyone certainly had a good day, with Derby High pupils helping hugely to make newcomers feel welcome.
Our fabulous Year 6 pupils enjoyed a special event last night at their celebratory dinner, enjoyed by all.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who supported each of the events this half term with such enthusiasm and professionalism.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Primary Showcase evening next Tuesday.
Reception Class Assembly
What a performance! The children in Reception performed a retelling of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ last Friday, amazing parents and children with their clear and expressive narration, superb acting and fabulous singing. The children were so excited to perform to an audience and really showed off a range of talents throughout. The teachers in Reception were so proud of the children and I think it can be agreed that everyone was blown away; well done Robins and Sparrows.
Y3 and 4 House Cricket
Last week was our Y3 and 4 House Cricket Competition, held during our games afternoon on a Tuesday. It was a particularly hot day, which meant lots of shade and drink breaks to keep our players hydrated! Each House was split into 2 teams and played in a round robin against the other houses, this meant we had 4 games playing at one time, which was a brilliant sight to see. Each of our games consisted of the batting pair racing 2 x 5 ball overs each, after each over the bowler would change. This allowed for all our children to have a go at batting, bowling and fielding for their team. Our highest scoring game was St David v St George, where we saw St David score an impressive 89 runs off 45 balls. The overall scores finished with George in 3rd place with 14 points, Andrew and David joint 2nd with 15 pts and the winning House, St Patrick with a runaway lead finishing in 1st place with 22 points. Well done to all of our cricketers, it was brilliant to see our children working together as a team and playing passionately to win points for their House.
Y5 and 6 House Cricket
This week our Y5 and 6 children took part in their House Cricket competition, the weather conditions were slightly milder than the Y3/4’s competition the week before and the clouds gave some much needed shade to our players. Similar to the Y3/4 competition, the houses were split into 2 teams and would compete in a round robin against the other Houses, each team were bowled 30 balls and played 1 innings each per game. The children would rotate the bowler and batter after each over, giving them opportunity to win runs and wickets. Our winning House won 5 out of 6 games, giving them a total score of 26 points. Well done St Andrew for taking 1st place! Our House in 2nd place was Patrick, finishing with 22 points. George finished 3rd with 18 points and David 4th with 6 points.
Mrs Tudor has an enormous amount of lost property. Please call into the Junior building reception at the end of the school day if your child has lost any items. Thank you.
Summer Holiday Activate Camps
Activate Camps will be holiday camps at Derby High School over the summer holidays. For more information and to book please click here.
Whole School Online Safety Group - request for parent representatives
Online Safety is a substantial issue for all; and increasingly so for most. With this in mind, we are setting up an online safety group which will consist of representatives from across the school, staff, parents and governors. The group will discuss online safety policy, curriculum and any new and emerging threats from the online world. Student representatives will meet termly and we will invite governors and parents to join us bianually in the first and fourth half term of school year.
The proposed date for the first meeting will be Wednesday 21st September 4-5.30pm.
If you would like to be a member of the group, please let us know by emailing Mrs Forbes email@example.com
Free Autism Workshop for Parents
The Autism Advice and Information Service are offering a parent workshop about autism. They say:
Every month we will host a 2 hour session, comprising of a 1 hour skills building course delivered by Autism Information and Advice’s trained staff and a 1 hour peer support and Q & A opportunity with Karen Airey of Spectrum Heads.
Click here to book on: Parent Carer Autism Workshop Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
4th July – Dance Performance
5th July – Primary Showcase Evening
8th July – End of term
From Alan MacKenzie - WhatsApp - View Once
Ephemeral data isn't new, most famously Snapchat introduced so-called disappearing images as its selling point when Snapchat was first released. As good as WhatsApp is (I use it daily) there are very serious concerns in relation to end-to-end encryption, meaning that WhatsApp/Facebook are unable to detect and report illegal posts to authorities. WhatsApp has now introduced 'view once' which, as it states, an image/video will be auto-deleted once it has been viewed, or within 14 days if it is not viewed.
In THIS blog article, Wayne Denner goes into a little more detail about how the feature works and the concerns, including a quick video which you may find useful.
Parents' Ultimate Guide to TikTok (Commonsense Media)
TikTok app safety – What parents need to know (Internet Matters)