30 Sep 2022

Primary High Notes 30th September 2022

Primary High Notes 30th September 2022

Here at Derby High it is so true every Friday that we have had a very busy week. Our pupils astound me with all that they do alongside their studies. I am always so impressed by the willingness and desire from our pupils to be involved and give their best in everything they do and the dedication from our staff to offer a breadth of opportunities for their pupils.

In my assembly yesterday I set the children a challenge – think without limits. Initially I asked Mr Harper to come up to the front and show everyone how he rides a bike. He explained how he stands at the side, climbs on and sits on the seat - everyone agreed that this was how they also rode a bike. I then showed everyone a video of an Italian cyclist taking part in a race. His fellow competitors were cycling along but this cyclist assumed the plank position on the bike with his legs straight out behind him. He flew past all the other competitors! This was a great example of someone thinking outside of the box, doing something different, that would help them get better. I am of course not suggesting we all ride round in this superman pose (I am told it has now been banned in competition!), however we are probably all guilty of doing things because that’s what you are supposed to do or that is the way it has always been done. If you view things as unchangeable, then nothing will ever change for the better.

Best wishes

Cake at Break for Macmillan Cancer Support

On Tuesday morning, we had a special break time in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thank you to our catering team, Chartwells, for supplying delicious cakes and to all of our school community for their kind donations.


Whole School Photo

We are pleased to announce that our new whole school photograph is ready to order. The school photo is a long-standing tradition at Derby High School. It was a great opportunity for us all to come together and mark the beginning of the academic year.

Parents have received a HighPost explaining how to order a copy. The order deadline to order copies delivered directly to school, is Friday 14th October.

If you would like to watch our time-lapse video on YouTube, please click here.

Primary Tea Time Concert

Congratulations to all our young musicians who played in the first Primary Tea Time Concert of this academic year. For some of our pupils it was their very first concert.  All our musicians played with confidence, the children have clearly spent time perfecting their performance. It was a wonderful occasion for parents to watch the great variety of music at Derby High Primary. Well done to all the pupils who performed! 

To view the photos on our website gallery, click here.



European Day of Languages

The pre-school have been celebrating the European Day of Languages this morning. They made the French flag out of brioche, strawberries, blueberries and white marshmallows. Mr Quichaud from the Senior School came to read them a French story, and two wonderful Sixth Formers spoke some amazing French. The children had to guess what they were saying!


U11 City Schools Football

Congratulations to all our team who played in the City Schools Competition.  Our U11 team were pleased to win one game and finish 5th overall.  It was an extremely competitive event, we had a fantastic afternoon and our team played well together. Well done to all those pupils involved.

Year 5 & 6 Hockey v Nottingham High School

On Tuesday afternoon all pupils in Year 5 and 6 took part in a seven-a-side hockey festival with Nottingham High School. With twelve teams competing in a mini tournament format, all the children were able to experience lots of competitive game play. It was great afternoon which the children really enjoyed.



Year 3 – 6 DCCT KS2 Cross Country

On Wednesday afternoon, a team of Year 3 to Year 6 runners took part in the DCCT KS2 Cross Country Individual Championships. All of the Derby High runners were placed in the top 30 in their age categories, with Harry (Year 4) placing 3rd in his group and Tabitha (Year 4) placing 2nd in her age group. A fantastic event with over 50 runners taking part in each age category.


U9 Girls Hockey v Repton Prep

On Wednesday afternoon, an U9s girls' hockey team travelled to Repton Prep to play in a friendly 7-a-side fixture. The team worked so hard and listened well to all the guidance offered to them. It was fantastic to see them all enjoy playing. Repton Prep were well drilled opponents and managed to score a handful of goals, but the girls did not let their spirits wain.

After playing 2 quarters, it was decided that the teams would mix up - so the girls played their final two quarters in two mixed teams. Again, it was a great opportunity for them to practice some skills and put their learning into practice - and even score some goals from penalty shuffles! The team thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, enjoyed their hockey and should be proud of their efforts. Well done to all.

Exciting News for Eesha

Eesha in Year 6 participated in the young company auditions for ‘The Wind in the Willows’ at Derby Theatre this Christmas. 

She has been offered a place in the young company and will be appearing in the production, later this term. Well done Eesha, we look forward to hearing more about this exciting opportunity!

The Wind in the Willows - Derby Theatre

Tickets on Sale: Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole

We are delighted to announce that tickets are on sale for our Lower Senior School Drama production. Tickets are available from student reception in the Senior School. Adults £5, Children and Senior Citizens £3.

Safeguarding Corner

Social Media Event for Parents: 5th Oct

A reminder that 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 on Wednesday, 5th October, 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

If you would like to attend please reply to the HighPost sent to parents earlier this week.

Thank you.  

TikTok Playbook – Essential Guide

Internet matters.org has created an interactive Playbook to explain TikTok. It contains all the information and advice you need to recognise the potential safeguarding issues, understand the latest privacy and security features and support students to use the platform safely.

To get the TikTok Playbook, please click here.

Wednesday 5th October, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Positive Social Online Safety Session for parents, Senior Hall 

Friday 7th October, Year 5 Calke Class Assembly, 3pm, Junior Hall.