16 Sep 2022

Senior High Notes 16th September 2022

Senior High Notes 16th September 2022

This morning 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 students 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 7 Trip to Whitemoor Lakes

On Wednesday 7th September, the Year 7s travelled to Whitemoor Lakes for an Activity Day which provided an excellent opportunity for them all to take part in an exciting day of collaboration and fun with their new class mates away from the classroom, to assist with their transition to senior school. There were six groups, all mixed up between the three form groups, and all of the groups took part in the activities of canoeing, a challenge course, abseiling and zipwire. It was really wonderful to see students developing their friendships, old and new, and having a good time whilst being pushed a little bit out of their comfort zone. It was certainly impressive to see a number of students being courageous and demonstrating good team work whilst taking part in the activities, but more so to see the support and kindness towards each other. They all conducted themselves very well, listening and adhering to various safety briefings and instructions, and having a really positive attitude throughout the day. What a great start to Year 7 they have had! 



U13 Football vs Repton Prep

The U13 Football team took to the pitch for their first outing against Repton Prep. The team maintained their composure on the pitch, produced some excellent football and demonstrated a high skill level. A special mention goes to Chester, Barnaby and Jacob for playing their first game for Derby High School. The final score was 9-2 to Derby High, with the team looking forward to their next match.

Dancing Success for Savannah

Congratulations to Savannah Year 11 who has qualified to represent Great Britain for Tap dancing. This November she will be travelling to Riesa in Germany. Throughout the week she will be performing three dances, possibly more than once if she gets through to the qualifiers and final. We wish her lots of luck for her upcoming competition and look forward to hearing all about it. Well done, Savannah!

Congratulations Hannah

On the 16th July, Hannah in Lower 6 competed at Hartpury College in the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) National Championships in both Freestyle Dressage and Championship Dressage, Canter Level. As soon as she halted in her freestyle her horse became excited and frenzied, probably due to the loudness of her accompanying music. She lost her stirrups and had little control over her horse. Nevertheless, Hannah continued to ride and successfully managed to regain control of her horse and complete an excellent test, finishing first and becoming the National Champion in her class. Hannah went on to ride the same horse and gained her highest score in her Dressage test. Again, she successfully won her championship class. On the same day Hannah collected a Rosette for her RDA Dressage Anywhere Competition entry, where she was placed 5th in the World!

Well Done Josh

Josh, Year 7, had an exciting weekend, racing his self-built go-kart at The Green Power Car Race in Bristol. Josh and a friend made the car themselves from a flat-pack and were hoping to qualify for Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sadly, they did not qualify, but it was still a great experience. Well done, Josh!

National Cipher Challenge 2022

The University of Southampton run a National Cipher Challenge every year, where increasingly tricky weekly codebreaking challenges are set within the scope of an overall theme. This year's is mysteriously called "The Empty Vault" and entries open on Thursday 15 September. 

The website for more information is https://www.cipherchallenge.org/

If any students think they might want to participate in this please email Mr Dodson.

If students have no idea what codebreaking entails, they can find a beginner's guide here: https://www.cipherchallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/A-beginners-guide-to-codebreaking-1.2.pdf

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

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 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 go 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.

Safeguarding Corner

What to if you are worried about a child

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Safeguarding Teams at Derby High School. Should you be worried about the safety of a child, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

  • 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 childs 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.

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

Tuesday 20th September – U6 Brian Cox Live Trip

Wednesday 21st September – Jeans for Genes – no uniform day