26 Sep 2022

Primary High Notes 23rd September 2022

Primary High Notes 23rd September 2022

On Wednesday morning the whole school came together to mark Peace One Day. The UN names a theme for each year's Day of Peace, which takes place on the 21st September. This year, the theme is, "End racism. Build peace." The theme is intended to encourage unity and peace. From wars and natural disasters to social injustices and diseases, many factors can influence the dissonance and discord seen in everyday life. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message that we all have a responsibility to contribute to tranquillity and unity for a better world for all.

Coming together, to create a symbol of peace, allows us all time to reflect on what peace means to us and how we can work together as a community. An ambitious plan was devised by Chaplain Jo and supported by our House Captains, to create a dove on the school field. Our pupils and staff worked brilliantly together to create this beautiful image. I am incredibly proud of the result.

To watch the video of our school creating this dove on YouTube, please click here.

Best wishes,

Jeans for Genes

On Tuesday we wore our jeans, denim or other non-uniform clothes because we were fundraising for Jeans for Genes. We enjoyed getting involved to help fund projects that provide nursing care, equipment, activity weekends, online support and counselling. Thank you to everyone in our school community who has supported this annual event for those impacted by genetic conditions.


Year 2 Superhero Day

On Tuesday, Year 2 took part in a fantastic superhero themed day as part of their topic on both real-life and fictional superheroes. The children got into the spirit of the day by dressing up, with many wonderful costumes on show. We had a fun range of activities during the day, including designing and making a superhero mask, baking and decorating shortbread superhero biscuits and performing a superhero dance.

All of the children had a great day and were thrilled to bring the topic to life!


Year 4 Greek Day

Year 4 have had a day filled with curiosity today as they have studied aspects of Ancient Greek life. First, each class explored photographs and artefacts to make observations and inferences. They then produced a museum exhibition, where they acted as guides to teach their friends what they had learned. Having spent the morning learning about Greek gods and goddesses and the ancient Olympics, they enjoyed their own Olympic games in the afternoon.

U11 Tag Rugby V Denstone College

After several lessons of Tag Rugby our U11s had the opportunity to demonstrate their developing skill levels against a more experienced Denstone College.  Although we lost the game, we improved significantly as the game progressed, with some excellent individual performances. A special mention must go to Frazer (Year 6) and Arjun (Year 6), who both scored tries. Well done to all our players!

Year 5 and 6 Inspire Football Festival

This week Derby High hosted an Inspire Football Festival, inviting 7 other schools to participate in coached drills and small sided games. The festival was all about developing our pupils’ confidence and giving them opportunity to play more football. A squad of 15 children took part and it was brilliant to see them getting stuck in and giving it their all. Well done to all of our players.


Year 5 and 6 Tag Rugby

This week we travelled to Amherst School, who are part of the Loughborough Foundation Schools. We took two teams and played in a round-robin format. It was fantastic to see our pupils put into practice all they have been learning in their PE lessons. Derby High School won all 4 games, scored many tries and demonstrated great team work. Well done to both teams, you really worked hard to gain all 4 wins.


Year 5 and 6 Hockey vs Denstone

On Tuesday, a mixed Year 5 and 6 hockey team travelled to Denstone to play in a friendly hockey fixture. This was a wonderful opportunity for a number of pupils to play in their first ever friendly fixture for Derby High, and they did a fantastic job! The team worked well together throughout the game, where they played 4 quarters of 10 minutes each, and there were goals galore - 12 to be precise! Every player grew in confidence throughout the game, with their skills and their tactical awareness, and they should all be proud of their efforts and contributions to the overall win!

Well done to everyone who took part!


Derby Cathedral Presents Luke Jerram’s Gaia

Some of our pupils may be excited to visit Derby Cathedral, to see Luke Jerram’s Gaia from 22nd September – 16th October 2022.

Gaia is a touring artwork measuring seven metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The artwork provides the unique opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions above the nave of the Cathedral.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture.

For more information click the following link: Gaia at Derby Cathedral | Derby Cathedral

Save the Date – Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole

Our Year 7, 8 and 9 cast have been working hard, with the direction of our Sixth Form Drama Prefects, to put on a sparkling performing of Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole.

You can catch this performance on Friday 7th October in the Senior Hall at 7pm. Tickets will be going on sale from student reception next week. Please look out for posters and further information which will be sent next week in a HighPost. 

Polite reminder regarding absence from school

Please see below a reminder of our procedures for planned and unplanned student absence:

School should be informed of all instances of / requests for absence by emailing either: absence@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk (senior school students)

or primaryabsence@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk (primary school students)

Please put your child’s name as the email subject.

The email itself should include:

  • the child’s tutor group
  • the dates
  • reason for absence.  

If the absence is unplanned and parents are notifying school on the first day of absence, they must contact school before 8.30 in the morning. If parents are providing advance notice of future absence, they may email at any time of the day. Thank you for your support.

Safeguarding Corner - Online Safety Special

Online Safety Group

Thank you to everyone who participated in the online safety group meeting this week. One of the things we discussed is how we can engage parents in online safety. If you have any suggestions of useful training, questions you would like to know the answer to, or ideas of how to spread the message more effectively, please do get in touch at cbellman@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk

Safety Net Parent Guides

Safety Net supports schools, community groups and frontline practitioners in teaching parents how to keep their children safe when using the Internet, social media and online gaming. They have many useful parent guides available on their website covering topics such as sharing pictures, online gaming and social media. Click here to view the parent guides.

Parent Toolkit

This parents and carers toolkit will help to guide you through opening up a conversation with your child around online safety. It also includes a family agreement, which can be useful when setting boundaries around devices.

Parents and Carers Toolkit | Childnet

Tuesday 27th September – Macmillan Coffee Morning, cake provided for all pupils at break, donations for Macmillan welcome. .

Thursday 29th September – Primary Tea Time Concert, 4:30pm, Junior Hall.