08 Nov 2019

Senior High Notes 8th Nov

Senior High Notes 8th Nov

I have very much enjoyed hearing all about the half term trips to India and Iceland. The students all thoroughly benefited from their experiences and have been keen to share stories and photos. Many thanks to the members of staff who organised and accompanied these amazing and very successful trips.


In Senior Assembly this week, Dr Mathews, our Head of History, talked about the purple poppy which focuses on remembering the animals who also died in the wars. Animals like horses, dogs and pigeons were often drafted into the war effort, and in particular, many horses were killed or injured in World War One.



And finally, a reminder that next Friday is a non-uniform day to raise awareness and money for Children in Need. I look forward to seeing the chosen theme for each form.

Best wishes, 




Derby High had a successful day at the City Schools Cross Country Championships at Moorways Stadium this week. This is an annual event where many city schools meet to compete in a cross country course set around the stadium, distances ranging from 2.2km – 4.3k. Standout performances were achieved by Annabelle, who finished 3rd in her age group and Daisy finishing 6th in hers. Over half of our students finished in the top 10 of their race and in such cold and wet weather conditions they did the school and themselves proud. Looking forward to next year!




Four Sixth Formers took part in the Senior Team Maths Challenge at the University of Derby this week.  There were some tough rounds, but they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon - well done to our team!





We’re very excited about our forthcoming Christmas Fair, which takes place from 11am until 3pm on Saturday 23rd November.





You will by now have received an invitation to sing in a choral society concert on March 7th 2020 at Derby Cathedral. (Haydn’s Nelson Mass). All parents are welcome to sing in this large choir. There will be 8 rehearsals every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm at the school starting on 7th January.

If you would like any more details, please contact Ed Temple, Director of Music: etemple@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk


(Please note the error on the original application form: There is no rehearsal on 2nd March!)



Well done to our U12 netball teams, who played against Chellaston on Thursday.  The B team drew 6-6 and the A team won with an emphatic 11-0 victory.  Brilliant!



Kiran Bains in U6 has been very busy with her business club for key stage 3 students. They are all getting ready for the Christmas Fair in two weeks’ time on Saturday 23rd November.  Please come along from 11am to 3pm and find out how our enterprising teams are getting on. You will also have an opportunity to purchase their hand made goods. Alongside these stalls in our Devonshire Room will be Fixx!  The fantastic award winning Young Enterprise team from last year. There will also be the Sixth Form teams entering the Business Enterprise Competition this year.  Lots to see and buy, please come and support the students!




During the half term break saw the opening night of the exhibition of work created by last year’s U3 art students. The ‘Towards Abstract Painting’ body of work formed one of the collections of art on display at Repton’s Literary Festival. The work looked stunning on display and it was great to see so many pupils and their parents attend. The Art department at Derby High was extremely proud of all of the students and the work they produced! A special thanks goes to Mr Bournon for inspiring pupils, putting all the work together and curating the exhibition.




Excitement is building for Maths Week England next week, with the following events taking place:

  • Form maths quizzes and puzzles
  • Whole school Kahoot quiz in the hall on Tuesday lunchtime (more information below)
  • Team maths challenges in lessons
  • In-lesson maths puzzles
  • Maths brainteasers around school
  • There are also various online competitions, links for which will be sent to students

There is even talk of a maths assembly...


We didn't want parents to feel left out, so with that in mind we have the following question just for parents: "Is it possible to put £1,000,000 in £1 coins under a desk?". Now, obviously we don't want a "yes" or "no" answer, so please show your working, and scan/email it to maths@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk when you've got your decision. The best reply will win a prize. Happy puzzling! 



As mentioned above we are trialling an exciting event on Tuesday during Maths Week England, where the whole school is invited to play a (mainly) maths Kahoot multiple choice game online (https://kahoot.com/) We will be doing this in the hall at 1:30pm and it will require an internet enabled device, eg. a phone. The questions have been written in-house to ensure control of the content.


We are mindful that not all students have a device therefore I have invited students to request a school tablet if they prefer, however these are very limited so it would be on a first-come-first-served basis.


In addition, we are also mindful that students may not want to use data to play, so we are intending to have additional wifi access points available to facilitate the (hopefully) larger demand in one location.


Given that mobile devices are not normally allowed during the school day, there will be a significant staff presence in the hall for the event, but obviously we are expecting students to participate in a positive spirit. If you have any concerns about this matter please do email me, Mr Dodson, and I can answer these.



House Debating has begun again and is already being hotly contested.  Mrs Steer and Mrs Bussey attempted to fill Mrs Webster’s shoes and are chairing teams through this year’s contest.


Mahnoor and Jaimy for St George and Ellie and Manal for St Andrew locked horns over the question ‘Should the legal age for drinking alcohol be lowered?’

With George speaking for the motion and Andrew against, both teams spoke fluently and eloquently raising very well researched points.  However there had to be a winner and in this case Andrew were the victors and will go on to compete in front of the whole school on 13th December. 

Congratulations to both teams.



Jemima and Charlotte gave an interesting presentation on religious beliefs about caring for the environment in L5 non-exam RS this week with the addition of a delicious cake specially baked by Jemima to support their research. Thank you!




Here are some videos about staying safe when using TikTok.  If you know your child is using this app, it may be worth having a look or sharing these with them in order to ensure that they stay safe online.  As ever, our advice is always to keep talking.