14 Oct 2022

Senior High Notes 14th October 2022

Senior High Notes 14th October 2022

It was wonderful to have a full Senior Hall last Friday evening for the performance of the Lower School play, Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole. I would like to congratulate the cast and crew. Everyone in the audience was impressed by the quality of performance and recognised the huge efforts of all involved, both on and off the stage. I want to say a huge thank you to our Drama Prefect, Charlotte, along with the other Sixth Form and Year 11 students who worked incredibly hard to ensure the show was a great success.


The end of this first half term is upon us and what an incredibly busy half term it has been – performances, sport, music, and academic excellence across a wide range of areas.

Half term is an important time for everyone to rest, reflect and recharge - this is why we have two weeks in the Autumn term, the longest term of the year. This morning my assembly focused on this theme, which I feel is important to share with the whole school community:

Why should you rest?

Taking time to rest is extremely important. Not only does it mean that your mind and body have a chance to recuperate, it ensures that you can go into the next half term feeling refreshed and prepared for the next step in your learning.

Ways of resting

You may be feeling like you need to continue working to stay on top of your studies or even get ahead, and although there is no harm in being prepared, make sure that you set days or parts of days aside to do something that is not work. Resting does not have to be lying down on the sofa binge-watching Netflix (although it absolutely can be!), it can be spending time with friends or family, practising a hobby, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. During this break, take advantage of opportunities that benefit your mental and physical wellbeing - your ‘self-care’ rituals.

Time to reflect

I asked the students to close their eyes and reflect on this half term - then to pause.

I then asked if they thought of the positives, their amazing achievements.

Or instead focused only on the negatives, the failures and things that didn’t quite go right.

It is human nature to think of the things that didn’t go how you hoped or the bad things that happened, but that can be exhausting in itself and not particularly helpful. I am not saying you can’t think about the things that didn’t go well - instead what is important is that you learn from the experience and look at how you could change the outcome in order to ensure a better outcome next time.

By resting and reflecting, we will come back recharged and ready for the busy half term to come. There will be lots of fun as well as hard work. But only if we are absolutely ready will we be able to complete another half term so successfully.

I look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready for the new half term on Monday 31st October.

Best Wishes

Hello Yellow

On Monday, we joined thousands of other schools to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing by wearing yellow-coloured accessories. It was great to see flashes of yellow throughout the whole school! Thank you to everyone who kindly donated - all funds raised will be donated to Mind.

Harvest Festival

Tuesday morning saw us gathering in the Senior Hall for our Harvest Festival. All the senior school choirs sang to help us reflect on the beauty of the world and all that is around us. Our hymns, readings and prayers were focused on themes of gratitude and how the small things we do can make a big difference to others. We are very grateful for all your generous Harvest donations, which will really help support the work of Derby City Mission and The Padley Centre.



Spanish Lunch and Dancing

On Wednesday, we had a delicious Spanish themed lunch and to join in theme our Stress Buster Boogie club did a Spanish Just Dance. The club runs every Wednesdays from 1pm to 1.30pm for Years 10 and Year 11. Mrs Martinez and Mrs Ley look forward to seeing more students there after half term!


Solar Eclipse - 25 October 2022

This half term sees a partial solar eclipse in the UK on Tuesday 25 October. It is only partial so we should see the moon's disc slightly obscuring our sun, at most 23% in the far north of the country. It goes without saying that you should never look at the sun unfiltered and if you plan to observe it please do follow the appropriate guidance.

We are hoping that it will be clear that day, and if so, Mr Dodson is planning to live stream the eclipse on Teams. Click here for the live stream link.

Here is what we can hope to see:

Please never look directly at the sun!

Year 11 City Tournament

Last week our Year 11 netball team took part in the city tournament. We were able to take a large squad and try out lots of different combinations. The tournament was split into two pools; we faced West Park, Chellaston, Ecclesbourne and Noel Baker in the first round. Winning all of our games took us through to the Cup competitions. Our first game was against the host school, Littleover and they managed to win the games 6-4. This meant we would need to win the next two games and Littleover would need to lose a game, in order for us to win. We did go on to win our remaining 2 games, but unfortunately Littleover didn’t lose a game. This meant we came second overall and just missed out by 1 point. Although we didn’t take home the trophy this year, it was a great learning experience and gave us lots of opportunity to try out different team combinations. Well done to all of our players.

Cross County

Last Friday Derby High School took students to participate in the County Cross Country Cup at Mount St Mary’s School. We took a junior boys’ team, junior girls’ team and intermediate girls’ team to compete. Each team could have a minimum of 4 runners and a maximum of 6, the best 4 scores from each team were added together at the end of the race. One point is award to 1st place, two points to 2nd place and so on, therefore the aim is to have the lowest score. The top 3 teams progress to the Regional Round in Leeds in November. Both of our girls’ teams finished 4th, just missing out on qualifying round. Well done to all of our runners!


Netball, DHS vs Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

On Wednesday 12th October, QEGS travelled to Derby High to play in the rearranged U14, U15 and U18 netball fixtures from earlier in the term. The U14s and U15s played outside and, again, were against some tough opponents. Both teams made progress throughout the game, and demonstrated some tactical awareness development as the quarters progressed. The U15s battled hard, and managed to score a number of goals, but sadly not enough to thwart the QEGS team - final score 7-18. The U14s also battled hard, and did their best to keep tight to their opponents and to pick up overhead balls. Their game ended in a win for QEGS.


Our U18 team began at high intensity and the scoring went with each centre pass for the majority of the 1st quarter. QEGS however showed strength and capitalised well on a series of turnovers from the Derby High team. The match continued in this way with both teams having periods of dominance. QEGS proved to be a little stronger and finished the game 25-19 winners.

Well done to all who took part; it was great to see you all in action! 

Year 10 Netball Fixtures

This week Year 10 have taken part in the City Tournament and two friendly games against QEGs and Littleover Community School. The City Tournament was the first of three and was held at Littleover Community School. The competition is split into two pools, the top two teams go through to the cup and bottom two into the plate. The team worked hard to secure a place in the cup competition, coming second. This meant we faced some tough competition in the second round of fixtures. We finished the competition 5th out of 10 schools.

U16 County Netball Winners

This week we took our U16 netball team to compete in the County Tournament at Repton. The day started with lots of rain, and we were worried it would be called off. Luckily towards the afternoon the weather dried up and the competition went ahead. The format is a round robin, with teams awarded points for a win, draw and loss. Our first game was against Ecclesbourne, which we thought would be our toughest fixture. The DHS team played some fantastic netball and took an early lead, by the second half they were winning 5-2 and finished the game with a win of 9-4. The winning streak continued and the team went on to win their next game against Repton, with an impressive 11-1 win! They continued to play outstanding netball, winning all of their games against the remaining schools, Littleover, Woodlands, St Mary’s and Lady Manners. We are delighted to say that the team has qualified for the Regional round! We are very excited and cannot wait to face the regional competition in January.

Well done Louisa and Victoria

Louisa (Year 9) and Victoria (Year 7) last weekend completed an amazing challenge. Louisa completed the Scouts Kinder Extreme, an 18-mile extreme walk taking in some of Derbyshire's toughest terrain and Victoria completed the 10-mile Kinder Challenge walk. Both girls demonstrated their vast amount of stamina on completing such challenging walks. Congratulations to Louisa and Victoria.

Name Our Skeleton!

Derby High School's Biology department has a brand new skeleton - and we need our students to help to name it!

The Task!

You should create a poster including your name suggestion as well as the biological reason as to why you chose this. Remember - be as creative as possible!

The Prize!

Not only will you have named our brand new skeleton but your poster will also go on display outside the Biology lab. The winner will also get a miniature skeleton model of their own.

The deadline is 11th November and all entries must be handed into Mrs Wood.

Lost property - and in particular calculators!

The maths department quite often get calculators left behind, and while we try to repatriate them, this is often hard to do when there is no name on them. Some of our students are starting to pick up the fx-991ex ClassWiz, and these are around £25 to buy, so we would imagine no student would want to lose one of those!  Please can all students' calculators have their name marked indelibly, for example with a Sharpie, on the calculator (not just on the case) so that it is easier to return?

All personal items must be identifiable, including water bottles. 

Derby Museum Exhibition

A DHS parent has kindly recommended the current exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, titled History Makers: A celebration of Derbyshire women and gender diversity. The exhibition is free to attend and is suitable for all. For more information please click the following link:

History Makers: A celebration of Derbyshire women and gender diversity | Derby Museums


ISC Parent Survey Reminder

Thank you to all the parents who have completed the Independent Schools Council Parent Survey 2022. . This survey is designed to help our school and the wider independent school sector understand parents’ decision-making process when choosing a school for their child.

For further information please refer to the HighPost sent on 29th Sept.

You can access the survey online using the following link: https://surveys.isc.co.uk/ParentSurvey/welcome.aspx?SurveyID=473471.

The survey website will remain open until Monday 31st October 09:00.

Please be assured that all responses are treated in strictest confidence and your answers will only be used to perform aggregate analysis for our school and the sector as a whole. Thank you.

Notice – Darker Mornings and Evenings

Now the mornings and evenings are getting darker please can we remind students and parents to be vigilant whilst walking to school and moving around cars in the car park? We would recommend that students who walk home in the dark have some element of reflective strap or strip on either coat or bag. Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping our school community safe.

Safeguarding Corner

Useful Guide on Privacy Settings

Thank you to Mark Saxby from Positive Social for sharing a very useful and straightforward guide on social media and privacy settings. This document outlines, by App, what can be changed in settings to help keep safe whilst online. Click here to download the guide.

Monday 31st Oct – start of new half term

Monday 31st Oct – Sibling photos

Thursday 3rd Nov – Sixth Form Open Evening 6pm to 8pm