26 Sep 2022

Senior High Notes 23rd September 2022

Senior 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 students 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.


Brain Cox’s Horizons Tour

On Tuesday, the U6 Physics class along with Mrs Orr and Dr Myers travelled to Derby Arena to see Brian Cox’s Horizons tour, which discussed almost everything in the universe, from quantum physics to infinity.

Arriving at Frankie and Benny’s at 5pm to enjoy a meal together before the show, we walked to the arena to take our seats for the show, which were on the floor level and only about 10 rows from the stage!

For the next hour, the students had the opportunity to listen to Prof. Cox discuss the nature of galaxies, the distortion of time in stars, and were introduced to Penrose diagrams, a 2D representation of infinite time and infinite space.

Halfway through the first half, Robin Ince joined Prof. Cox on stage and delivered a comedic interlude (which was highly appreciated after learning about the entirety of time and space in ten minutes!), before a short interval.

The second half of Cox’s talk mainly centred around Einstein’s theory of relativity, before delving into Black Holes and finally finishing with ‘all of quantum physics in five minutes’!

Although the topics of Prof. Cox’s lecture were at the cutting edge of cosmic physics, it was an amazing opportunity to see such a renowned figure in physics and watch him deliver a lecture face-to-face. It was a great night all around and all the students have said they would love to go again!

Year 7 Science Club

Year 7 have enjoyed their first few weeks in Science Club, ran by our Year 12 students. The first week involved using ideas of reactions, density and effervescence to create lava lamps! The second week, non-Newtonian fluids were investigated using cornflour and water, discovering the different properties they can exhibit. We all had a great time and look forward to creating a rainbow in a boiling tube next week! Well done all. 



Year 11 'Macbeth' Visiting Theatre Group

On Tuesday, ‘The Three-Inch Fools Theatre Company’ visited Year 11 students with their vibrant and atmospheric production of 'Macbeth' to support our study of the text at GCSE.

Students then took part in a workshop, exploring lines from the play through performance.  They gained an understanding of character and explored interpretations of the play in imaginative ways.  

An action-packed afternoon was enjoyed by all.


Extreme Reading Competition

Congratulations to Avarie (Year 8), who won the Extreme Reading competition with pictures from Switzerland, showing how you can take a good book anywhere.

Avarie wins a copy of T.S. Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats'.


Senior House Netball

Last Friday was our first sports House event of this academic year. Our senior students from Year 10 to Year 13 started the competition off, playing a round-robin against each of the other houses. Our students always approach these competitions with great energy and dedication for their houses. It is fantastic to see the level of competitiveness and the way the teams work together and show great sportsmanship. The Year 7 to Year 9 competition was this lunch time. Scores will be added together for the overall totals. You can check out next week’s High Notes for the results and House Netball winners!


U15 Football v Lichfield Cathedral School

Yesterday we had another wonderful afternoon of football with the U15 football team. The standard of football being played is constantly improving and sections of the game were very impressive.  Leading 1-0 at half time, we demonstrated a much improved second half performance and eventually won the game 5-0.  As always, the sportsmanship and teamwork were impeccable.

Jasmine and Tabitha complete the Derbyshire Nine Edges Challenge

Jasmine (L6) and Tabitha (L6) completed the Derbyshire Nine Edges Challenge on Sunday 4th September.  The 39km hike spanned over 10 hours after an early wake up at 5:30am. Tabitha raised money for the Trussell Trust to help with the cost of living crisis, while Jasmine fundraised for the 2023 World Scout Jamboree. It was hard going but so worthwhile; Jasmine and Tabitha would like to thank everyone who sponsored them and assisted on the day. They are both very grateful for the generous donations. 

Gymnastics Competition Success for Sophia

After 3 years with no competitions being available due to covid restrictions, Sophia (Year 10) took part in the British Gymnastics County 4 piece Championships. 

Sophia did so well in the competition, winning a gold medal on Beam, a silver medal on Bar, a bronze medal on Floor and came 4th on vault. Her total scores meant that she came second overall in her category, winning the silver all round medal for the county. Congratulations Sophia, a wonderful achievement.


Triathlon Success for Indie

Congratulations to Indie (Year 8) for coming 3rd in the Darley Moor Duathlon last weekend. Not only is this placing a great achievement, she also cycled the fastest time with a huge 30 second lead. Indie has just come back from a foot injury, so this is a wonderful achievement, well done!  

Derby Sprint Triathlon Success for Agi 

Well done to Agi (Year 10) for successfully completing the Derby Sprint Triathlon on 18th September. Agi swam 400m, cycled 18k and then finished with a 5k run.

Agi raised money for his chosen charity “Action against the Hunger” and he is delighted that he raised £280 pounds so far for a great cause. An amazing achievement, well done Agi! 


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 High Post. 

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 students at break, donations for Macmillan welcome.