14 Oct 2022

Primary High Notes 14th October 2022

Primary High Notes 14th October 2022

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.  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 Day

On Monday, the Primary School took part in ‘Hello Yellow’ Day, to raise awareness and acknowledge 'World Mental Health Day' organised by 'Young Minds', a charity that supports and raises awareness of the importance of young people's mental health. During our Primary Assembly on Monday morning, everyone donned a yellow accessory and listened to our Senior and Primary School Wellbeing Ambassadors and Charity representatives, learning about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the ways in which we can keep our minds healthy. 

Derby High School prides itself on the level of pastoral care offered to our pupils, who are encouraged to seek the advice and help of their teachers if they are experiencing difficulties. We also encourage parents to inform us if there is anything happening outside school, which might have an impact on the wellbeing of their children.  Thank you for your ongoing support. 


Harvest Festival

On Tuesday, we visited St Peter’s Church in Littleover for our Harvest Festival. We really enjoyed being in St Peter’s and for quite a few of us it was our first time in the church. We heard beautiful music from the Rhapsody Choir as well as singing hymns and listening to readings and prayers. It was really good to think about the beauty of the world around us, the things we are thankful for and how we can support those in need. Thank you so much for all of your generous Harvest donations, which will really support the work of Derby City Mission and The Padley Centre.



Reception’s Topic - Keeping Healthy

In Reception this week, we have been looking at keeping our bodies healthy.

Here are some photos of some of the activities we have done, including washing babies, brushing teeth, doing exercise and thinking about foods that are good and not so good for our teeth.


Year 3, Science

Year 3 had an amazing time Tuesday afternoon, consolidating their science work on nutrition. They had a hands-on, fun experience, tasting food and making their own rainbow wraps. We hope the children enjoyed showing their family and talking about their food when they got home!


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 September.

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 pupils and parents to be vigilant whilst walking to school and moving around cars in the car park? We would recommend pupils walking to school and home in the dark have some element of reflective strap or strip on either coat or bag. Thank you for your ongoing support 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