18 Nov 2022

Senior High Notes 18th November 2022

Senior High Notes 18th November 2022

I have to admit that until this week I had never heard of futsal. If you are in the same position I can now, having spoken to our Derby High futsal team, confidently tell you that it is a game played indoors between two teams of 5 players with a smaller, harder, lower-bounce ball than football. It is wonderful that we now have this new sport firmly on our ever-growing fixtures list. Representing your school whether that be on the sports field, on the stage or in one of the many competitions our students enter, is such an important part of a student’s education. Our sports fixture list is the fullest it has ever been, with futsal and basketball having been added in the last 12 months. We will be able to extend this further when our new 2G pitch is built early next year.

I would like to remind you that next week is a full week of lessons as normal. Following parental feedback, we made the decision to move the inset day to the start of the summer term, and therefore no longer have this long weekend. It is so important, at this time of year, that we have full weeks of learning with our students, this is a key time for learning, especially with our exam year groups.

I value your views on ways to improve our educational provision at Derby High - my door is always open and I appreciate your feedback.

Best wishes

Year 8 Residential

Our Year 8 return today from their residential trip to Whitemoor Lakes. It has been a very busy and fun packed trip. The students had a fantastic time learning new skills and working together as a team. Everyone enjoyed a range of activities such as Elf Combat Training, Abseiling, Zip Wiring, the Stealth Challenge Course, Sleigh Buggy Building and Archery. Well done to all our students for participating fully and thank you to all the staff for supporting such a wonderful trip.


Christmas Connection

Thank you to all the students and staff who have already brought in donations for our Christmas charity collection. As a school we will once again be supporting Christmas Connection, which last year provided present parcels to around 850 children in Derby. The project is run by Derby City Mission in partnership with Derby Food4Thought. This year, the charity are particularly welcoming gifts relating to sports, imaginative play, Lego/meccano, arts and crafts. They would also welcome gifts of brand new toys, teddies, books, toiletry gifts, chocolate selection boxes and sweets.  These need to be brought into school by next Wednesday (23rd November) so that we can pass them on to the charity in good time.

Children in Need

As part of our BBC Children in Need fundraising, each form in our Senior school chose their own fancy dress theme. On Monday morning, the Senior Hall during assembly was a sea of amazing characters, including famous duos, secret agents, movie characters, cowboys and singers from the 90s!

It was a very hard decision for the judging panel to select a winning form. As a result, we had three runner ups and one first place. Congratulations to 11iv for winning the competition overall. Their theme was Neverland and the judging panel chose this form for their fancy dress cohesion and creativity.   

Well done to all the students for participating and thank you for supporting Children in Need.



Name our Skeleton Winner!

This term the Biology department launched a competition to name their new skeleton.

Entrants were asked to create a poster including their suggested name as well as biological reasons as to why they had chosen the name.  The winning entrants were Emily and Ruqayya in Year 12; with an imaginative name of Indiana Bones and a humorous biologically linked poster depicting their reasons for choosing this name.

Film Competition Winner

Thank you to Annette (Year 13) for running our Film Competition. Annette explains more about the entries she received below:

“I set out a film competition for over the October half-term for students to take part in and it’s very hard to say that I loved each and every one of the entries without seeming disingenuous, but they really were all amazing, and the collaborations between students and family members to make them added to the quality (and sometimes hilarity). I must thank everyone who entered for doing such a great job and I hope that this sort of creativity is carried on in years to come.”

Congratulations to Avarie (Year 8) for winning the overall competition with her fantastic creative filmed called “Little Brother”.

Year 11 Truly Educated

In Truly Educated lessons this half term, Year 11 have been making use of 'Oxplore', an engaging digital resource from the University of Oxford. As the 'Home of Big Questions', it aims to challenge students with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and reflect the kind of critical thinking students undertake at university. This week in lessons, our students have been giving short presentations on big questions they have 'oxplored'. Questions discussed included:

•             Are we getting unhappier?

•             Does prison work?

•             Is it okay to judge people?

•             Do you have to be British to live in Britain?

•             Is falling in love bad for you?

•             Is school the best place to learn?

Fortunately, the exit poll on the last question was overwhelmingly yes!


Year 7 and 8 Futsal City Tournament

This week we travel to Noel Baker School to play in the Year 7 and 8 Futsal City Tournament. Futsal is an association football-based game played on a hard court smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It has similarities to five-a-side football and indoor soccer. We played 2 halves of 6 minutes and a total of 3 games. Our first game was against the host school and unfortunately the home advantage paid off and we conceded a goal in the last few seconds of the game, finishing 3-2. Our second game finished in a similar vein in the last few seconds, to finish on 3-2 against St Benedict’s. We went out fighting in our last game and made sure we played as effectively in defence as we did in attack. This determination allowed us to score 4 goal and concede 3, leaving us with a  win for our last game. Well played to all of the team!

U12 Basketball

Our U12 Basketball team made a winning start to the Junior NBA league with a 36-8 win over Alvaston Moor and a 26-12 win against West Park School.  The team showed a growing understanding of the rules and tactics in their first game and got off to the perfect start!  A special mention to Barnaby and AJ who scored the majority of points for Derby High School. 

The Junior NBA League was created for 11-13 year olds (Year 7 and Year 8) boys and girls in secondary schools to participate in basketball and represent one of the 30 NBA teams, Derby High School are the Phoenix Suns.  The objective of the league is to leverage the excitement of the NBA to inspire more children to participate in basketball through a fun and positive experience with the sport. The league also aims to promote NBA values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, attitude, respect and healthy living through league games and other activities and events.

U14 Girls’ Football

On Thursday evening, the U14 girls’ football team travelled to Leesbrook in the first fixtures of a city tournament over a number of weeks.

The team played in three 7 a side games and for some this was their first ever competitive football experience. In the first game against Murray Park, the team worked well together and progressed up the pitch nicely. They thwarted a number of attacking opportunities by the opposition, and finished the game with a 0-0 draw. The next game against West Park was an exciting end to end game, with goals being scored by both teams. The team collaborated well and certainly maintained possession more effectively throughout. The game finished as a 2-2 draw. Onto the final game against Da Vinci, the team started well with a superb team worked goal. Unfortunately following that, the opposition stepped up a gear and piled on the pressure which resulted in them scoring 5 goals. However, the team kept their fighting spirit up and came back with a last-minute goal to bring the final score to 5-2.

Well done to everyone involved - you really gave it your all and produced some promising performances!

Rugby Success for Lachlan

Well done to Lachlan (Year 11) for winning his rugby game against Matlock at the weekend. His team finished with a comfortable win of 47/10.

Hockey Success for Hannah

Congratulations to Hannah (Year 8) for representing Derbyshire last weekend playing hockey in the U14 age group. Hannah played in a round robin tournament against Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. Derbyshire won all their matches with Hannah scoring a goal. Well done!


Library News

RSPCA creative writing competition winners

In September, we invited students to enter a creative writing competition in order to select an entry for the RSPCA Derby-wide challenge. Students had to write 300 words based on a prompt provided by the organisers. We had many entries and the library team enjoyed reading them all. A house point has been awarded to all who entered.

The top three winners were Freya , Dixie, and Nerosh in Year 8. Each won a book and the top entry by Freya has been submitted as our school entry to the main competition. Good luck, Freya! 

Britannica National Non- Fiction Quiz - Round 1 

Last week a team of Year 8 students: Rosie, Lewis, Matthew and Eve all took part in the first ever Britannica Non-Fiction National Quiz. It was a virtual event with over 40 schools taking part. Three rounds of fast paced questions saw the team working well together despite the pressure of the timer. Sadly, we did not make it through to the next round but we are hoping to make this an annual activity so keep reading for learning!


Schoolblazer Flash Sale

Please be aware Schoolblazer will be running a flash sale this weekend, 19th – 20th November 2022. There will be 20% off ALL in-stock items at Schoolblazer this weekend only.

Next week is Anti Bullying Week and Internet Matters have created a useful, age specific conversation guide to provide advice for parents. It is important to help your child feel they can come to you if they have any experiences with online bullying. Click here to access the guide: Cyberbullying conversation starter guide - Internet Matters

Monday 21st November – Anti Bullying Week & Reading Week

Tuesday 22nd November - Sixth Form Fine Art, Product Design & Business Trip to London

Wednesday 23rd November - Final collection day for Christmas Connection