07 Oct 2022

Senior High Notes 7th October 2022

Senior High Notes 7th October 2022

On Wednesday this week, we welcomed Mark Saxby from Positive Social, a charity which was set up to help young people survive and thrive in today’s social media world. They work with schools to empower students to use social media positively and equip them to avoid the pitfalls.

Mark did sessions with Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 during the day. In the evening, we had a Parental Seminar to support parents with the tools they can use to help their child stay safe, as well as helping parents make informed choices when it comes to social media.

Social media is an inescapable part of young people’s lives. Rather than telling students they should not be on social media, Positive Social believes they should be shown how to handle it positively and constructively. Mark demonstrated to our students how social media could provide opportunities for the future; promote community cohesion and give young people confidence. The sessions were aimed at helping young people understand the impact their social media use – both positive and negative - has on themselves and others.

Please scroll down to our Safeguarding Corner for useful links to information, advice and support to keep children safe online. This is the first in a series of parental seminars we are planning for this year. If you have thoughts on specific areas you would like us to cover please do get in touch.

Best wishes

'Jekyll and Hyde' at Derby Theatre

On Thursday evening, Year 10 students visited Derby Theatre to watch Neil Bartlett's adaptation of 'Jekyll and Hyde' to support their study of Robert Louis Stevenson's text for GCSE.

Everyone enjoyed this dark and atmospheric production with its exploration of good and evil through imaginatively choreographed movement sequences, clever lighting and dynamic characterisation.

Launch of Industrial Cadets Award Scheme

Yesterday marked the launch of the Industrial Cadets Award Scheme. Six L6 students will be working on a 6 month project alongside Rolls Royce Electrical. At their launch they learnt more about the award, discovered some key personality traits, which will help them in their team roles and met Werner, their industry mentor. Lots of engineering is still to come. 

Poetry Day in the Library

To mark National Poetry Day, students were invited to the library to write a poem or copy one out to share with someone else. There was also a great selection of poems posted around the senior school corridors for students to read during break and lunchtime.


Lunchtime Music Making

It is always fantastic to see so many students involved in our vast and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities at lunchtime. It is a great opportunity for our young musicians to get together. Our music lunchtime clubs include Guitar Group, Senior and Intermediate Choir, Harp Ensemble, Intermediate and Senior Orchestra, Chapel Choir, Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble and Swing Band. Yesterday lunch time, our Senior Orchestra sounded wonderful as they rehearsed Hedwig’s Theme composed by John Williams. We are looking forward to seeing our musicians perform next half term at our Senior Music Concert.


KS3 Drama Production: Alice in Wonderland, Down the Rabbit Hole

We are excited to watch the Key Stage 3 Drama production this evening in our Senior Hall. Good luck to all the cast and crew who have worked so hard on this since returning from the summer break. 

Hello Yellow

Derby High will be taking part in Hello Yellow on Monday 10th October for World Mental Health Day. We will be joining thousands of other schools to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing by wearing a yellow-coloured accessory (a hat, socks, jewellery item, badge, hair accessory or something similar).  If you feel that you wish to donate to Mind, a voluntary donation would be gratefully received.

Harvest Donations

Our Harvest Festival takes place on Tuesday 11th October and we would, as always, welcome any donations of food (no fresh items please), toiletries and cleaning products for Derby City Mission and the Padley Centre. Thanks so much for your support.

Astro Club 2023 calendar deadline approaching!

We've had a great response to the charity Astro Club calendar so far, with well over 70 calendars ordered. With profits all going to the charity Mind, we are really grateful to all who have placed an order.
There is still time though; the deadline is the last day before half term, next Friday 14th October. All photos were taken from under Derby skies by Mr Dodson. For those who have already responded, we will be placing the order before the end of October for delivery in November sometime. Well in time for Christmas!

If you have any queries about the calendar, please ask Mr Dodson either by email or in school.

Safeguarding Corner

Positive Social: Staff, Student & Parent sessions this week, Useful links:

Parent Controls and Privacy Setting Guides, by Internet Matters – click here.

Ted Talk: Why our screens make us less happy, Adam Alter, click here. 

Thank you to all parents who attended the session. We hope you found it informative and useful. If you would like to send feedback, please use the form here https://forms.gle/UEEe4waf4nGys6zv6.

Responses will go directly to Mark Saxby himself and will inform the content of future parent sessions.

Monday 10th October – Hello Yellow Day

Monday 10th October – Senior Pastoral Parents’ Evening, Year 7 – 13

Tuesday 11th October - Parents' and Students' Teams meeting for the Year 8 Whitemoor Lakes visit (online at 6pm)

Friday 14th October – 3:30pm, October Half Term Break Begins