16 Sep 2022

Primary High Notes 16th September 2022

Primary High Notes 16th September 2022

Yesterday we were delighted to welcome one of our alumni from the class of 2020, to take assembly. Jessica Holgate was Head Student in her final year at Derby High. Jess has been studying Zoology at Sheffield University and is going into her final year. We heard about her experiences over the summer working with injured sea lions in Peru. Jess’s advice to our pupils was to grasp every opportunity, and take yourself out of your comfort zone. She explained how her experiences at school, such as Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and going to Malawi on the World Challenge trip, helped her to push herself out of her comfort zone and prepared her well for life beyond school. Before going to Peru, Jess said she was really nervous - it was a new and exciting adventure but a big challenge, and it turned out to be one of the best adventures she has ever had and she is so pleased she went.

As we continue to pay our respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Derby High will be closed on Monday 19th September. We, like so many others, are extremely grateful for The Queen’s dedicated service and will be reflecting on her extraordinary life at this sad time.

Best Wishes

Year 3 Roald Dahl Day

The Year 3 children fully immersed themselves in the celebrations of Roald Dahl Day. Dressing up as their favourite characters Year 3 took part in a STEM activity to develop transportation for the 'Giant Peach' across the river. They used their thinking for learning collaboration skills and persisted with their task. Everyone looked marvellous too! 


Year 2 Woodland Wizards

Our Year 2 Woodland Wizards had a fantastic time in the conservation area this week creating personalities for the trees. Using their imagination to mould clay and add natural items from the area they created fantastic faces. The giggles and squeals of enjoyment were infectious as the children enjoyed their activity.



The Hungry Caterpillar in Early Years

Chef Simon kindly visited our Pre-School and Reception classes this week to talk to the children about eating five portions of fruit and vegetables.

We read the story of the Hungry Caterpillar and then made a caterpillar out of the colourful fruit and vegetables. The children had great fun learning about the importance of healthy eating.


Year 1 Nature Walk

Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed a nature walk to begin our science topic. We explored our school grounds, collected natural items and began learning about seasonal changes. We loved seeing the different types of plants and trees we found as well as some mini beasts along the way! 

Year 5 & 6 Hockey vs Repton Prep

On Wednesday, a Year 5 and 6 girls hockey team travelled to Repton Prep to take part in a 7 a side hockey festival. For some, this was their first taste of playing in competitive but friendly games, and they did so well on the day. As the festival went on, the team showed great progress with their confidence on the ball and their awareness of space, as well as their knowledge of the rules. The team were particularly pleased with their 1-0 win over Pennine Way Panthers and a 1-1 draw against The Elms, and they certainly learnt a lot during their games against Repton Prep and Fairfield. The team from Derby High worked excellently together, and demonstrated some great fair play and significant improvement in their play as the afternoon went on. They should all be proud of their efforts! Well done! 

Derby High Astro Calendar

Derby High Astro Club has been a popular addition to our senior school co-curricular offering over the last few years. Mr Dodson has designed a 2023 Astro Club calendar featuring many favourite images of deep space objects. All of the images were taken under Derby skies by Mr Dodson over the last two years.

The price of these calendars is £10 and all profits from the sale of the calendars goes to the Mind charity (https://www.mind.org.uk/). For further details on how to order your calendar please refer to the High Post sent earlier this week.

Traffic Notice – Thornhill Road and Church Street Exclusion Zone

Please be aware Thornhill Road and Church Street in Littleover, close to St Peters C of E Junior School, is now a school exclusion zone, Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 9am and 3pm to 3.45pm.

For more information click here: Thornhill Road and Church Street - Derby City Council

Safeguarding Corner

Mrs McBride – Assistant Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead

It was wonderful to meet many of you at the beginning of term and I am very much looking forward to meeting many more of you over the academic year. 

I feel extremely privileged to have been appointed as Primary Assistant Head (Pastoral) of such a fantastic school which is populated by a terrific community of pupils and adults alike.

As well as being a class teacher in Year 5, my particular focus will be supporting pupils needing extra pastoral support, whether this is on a long term basis or to support short term needs. I can be contacted via my email (cmcbride@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk) and I am happy to discuss safeguarding concerns or pastoral concerns you may have regarding your child’s wellbeing.

Once again, I look forward to meeting you all soon.  

What to do if you are worried about a child

  • If you are concerned about the welfare of a child, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately.
  • If it is outside term time, or outside school hours and you need an immediate response because a child is at risk of significant harm, please contact the Derby/Derbyshire Safeguarding Board directly using the link here Worried About a Child? (ddscp.org.uk)
  • If you are concerned about the actions of a member of staff, please contact the Head.
  • If you are concerned about the actions of the Head, please contact the Chair of Governors. 

All school contact details can be found in our safeguarding policy by clicking here.

Snapchat Family Centre Update

Snapchat remains one of the most popular apps used by children and young people. I normally find TikTok is the most popular, followed by Snapchat, it is then different dependent on age group.

Snapchat has a Family Centre feature and the company has been adding a couple of updates recently which parents may find useful, this includes seeing what friends their children have been sending messages to and a complete list of their child’s existing friends.

There is a full breakdown of the Snapchat safety features HERE.

Save the Date, Supporting Parents Training

If your children are on social media, or could be in the next few years, then we would like to invite you to a special session we're running in school on 5th October, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

Social media expert Mark Saxby from Positive Social will be sharing how parents can help their children make good choices on social media and how you can help protect them on the networks. 

Further details will be sent to parents next week via High Post.

Action Academy - Oct Half Term

Monday 19th September – Bank Holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

Tuesday 20th September – Year 2 Super hero Day

Wednesday 21st September – Jeans for Genes Day – No Uniform Day

Thursday 22nd September – Year 3 Residential Visit Parents’ Information Meeting

Friday 23rd September – Year 4 Greek Day, Year 5 (Hardwick) Class Assembly