04 Nov 2022

Senior High Notes 4th November 2022

Senior High Notes 4th November 2022

It is such a pleasure to have a calendar of trips abroad back again at Derby High School after two years of having to suspend our programme. Over October half term our Religious Studies and Art & Design students had an incredible trip to Rome while our German and History students travelled to the fascinating city of Berlin. Thank you to Mrs Ince, Mrs Saunders, Miss Kay, Miss Kelliher, Mr Ince and all the students for their contribution to the success of these enjoyable and brilliant trips. I am delighted to inform you that we are currently in the initial stages of planning a World Challenge trip for Sixth Form students in summer 2024 - more details will be available soon.

This week we have welcomed two Derby High alumni who gave very informative and interesting talks to our students. On Wednesday Lucy (class of 2021) spoke with students interested in dentistry, talking about her journey through school and how she approached her successful application to what is a highly competitive course.

On Friday afternoon a 2021 Alumni, who is currently reading History at Kings College, Cambridge focused on the rigorous application process and talked in general about life at Cambridge University.

We always love to see former students returning to Derby High and sharing their experiences with us.

We were delighted with the very high attendance of parents and students at our Sixth Form Open Evening last night, where Year 11 students (both from Derby High and elsewhere) had the opportunity to talk to our dedicated subject staff to learn more about the wide range of A Level courses we offer. There was also much interest in the many enrichment and leadership opportunities available.

Best wishes

Trip to Berlin

This October half term our Modern Foreign Languages Department was delighted to take students abroad for the first time since 2019. Our German and History students had the wonderful opportunity to visit Berlin. The group walked an amazing 50KM in two and a half days, visiting some of Berlin’s most well known historical landmarks. Their tour included the German government building, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the former headquarters of the Stasi and many more sights of historical interest. One of the most memorable highlights for the students was visiting the East Side Gallery and the Berlin Wall. The gallery has a strip of the Berlin Wall on display which is historically significant artwork. The students were able to ask questions to further their knowledge from their History and German lessons.

Thank you to Miss Kelliher, Mr Ince and all students who joined this incredible trip of historical interest and culture. Everyone had a fantastic time!


Trip to Rome

Over October half term our Religious Studies and Art & Design students had an incredible trip to Rome. Visiting some of Rome’s most well known and must-see attractions, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the group had such a memorable time.  All students were amazed with the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, and were even able to climb the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, to get an incredible close up view of the decorative mosaics and a roof top vista over Rome. The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed discovering the famous landmarks and being submerged in the local culture. It is fantastic to have trips back, as part of our regular calendar. 

Thank you to Mrs Ince, Mrs Saunders, Miss Kay and all students for making this such an enjoyable and brilliant trip.


House Debating - First Round

The initial heat of House Debating took place on 14th October.  It was very pleasing to see KS4 students entering the competition, along with Sixth Form students.

St. George (Zoé and Chester) faced St David (Gobind and Oliver), debating the following motion: This House believes that Twitter has done more harm than good.

Both teams argued valiantly, making an excellent range of points and offering powerful rebuttals.  St. David won this debate.  The sophistication of their arguments was particularly impressive.

St. Andrew (Josie and Sarita) faced St. Patrick (Annabelle and Alana), debating the following motion: This House would break the law to save the planet.

Again, this was a hard-fought and impressive debate with both teams offering subtle and complex arguments and rebuttals.  St. Patrick were victors in this debate, demonstrating particularly subtle and nuanced reasoning.

House Debating - Final

The final of House Debating took place today with St. David (Gobind and Oliver) facing St. Patrick (Annabelle and Alana).

The motion was as follows: This House believes art is the best means to a peaceful revolution.

Both teams were armed with powerful speeches and a lively exchange of reasoning and persuasion ensued.

The Individual Debating Award was claimed by Annabelle, who performed with assured rhetorical power and incisive reasoning.

Congratulations to St. David, who claimed the House trophy for 2022.  They worked particularly well as a team, offering emotive and subtle arguments.

Thank you to Emilie and Jessica, who provided lively musical accompaniment to the debating final.


KS3 Art Poppies Installation

All students and staff are invited at break and lunch time next Friday to visit our KS3 poppy installation. This will be in the Conservation Area, at the front of school.

Thank you to all our KS3 students who created these beautiful poppies during their art lessons and clubs to mark Remembrance Day. Students who made a poppy will be able to take it home on Friday and make a donation to the Poppy Appeal. Any spare poppies will be sold to students and staff at the end of Friday and Monday. 

Remembrance Service

Derby High School invites the whole school community to join together online for our Remembrance Service on Armistice Day, Friday 11th November.

The service will be available by clicking here, to honour those who lost their lives in conflict. Played across the whole school, we invite everyone to come together through watching our service and marking the two-minute silence wherever you may be. The broadcast will begin at 10:45am.

Year 10 Netball vs Chellaston Academy

On Monday 31st October, the Year 10 A and B netball teams played against Chellaston Academy at home. Unfortunately, Chellaston were only able to bring one team, so the A and B teams played alternate quarters of a full game.

Each team worked effectively together and progressed the ball up the court with success, providing a number of scoring opportunities. Chellaston were a tall and fast-paced team, so it did take some time for the DHS teams to settle and tap into some tactics, however, they gave Chellaston a run for their money! The A team drew their first quarter 5-5, with the B team working hard in the second quarter but allowing Chellaston to sneak some goals in to make the score 6-9. In the third quarter, the A team returned to the court and put a lot of pressure in their attacking circle, with some great shots, the score drew closer at 11-12; and the B team collaborated well throughout but just could not pressure the tall and well drilled shooters, with the game finishing at 14-21. A great effort by all in a tricky circumstance! Well done!

U12 Football vs Lees Brook Academy

On the 2nd November the U12 girls travelled to Lees Brook Academy for the Derby City U12 Girls Football Tournament.

We competed against Lees Brook, Chellaston and West Park and our team was in great spirits, excited to represent the school. The girls throughout the competition played some brilliant football and the teamwork was fantastic to see. For some of our students it was the first chance to play competitive football against other schools.  We managed to secure a draw against Lees Brook, thanks to a great goal from Ruby.  Well done!

Whole School Photo

Whole school photos are now available to collect.  If you ordered one, please arrange to collect.

Safeguarding Corner 

What is cyber security?

As well as schools having a good understanding of cyber security, it is really important for parents and children too. Internet Matters have put together a really good, simple article so that parents can learn more about cyber security which you can access by clicking here. There is also Cyber Sprinters for children aged 7-11; you can find further details by clicking here.

Wednesday 9th November – L6 Parents’ Evening (online)

Thursday 10th November – Year 11 Trip, “A Christmas Carol”

Friday 11th November – Remembrance Day, a link is included above for parents should they wish to join in our service.