15 Nov 2019

Senior High Notes 15th Nov

Senior High Notes 15th Nov


Today has been such fun! With every form choosing their own theme, we had a whole array of characters, including Minions, farmers and farm animals, and Hawaii sitting in front of me in Assembly. As soon as we have the total amount raised today, I will announce it.


 We are very much looking forward to our annual Christmas Fair which this year takes place on Saturday 23rd November, between 11am and 3pm. We have an array of amazing local independent businesses displaying their products. Do come along and enjoy the festive atmosphere with wonderful refreshments and even Santa will be in attendance!

Best wishes,




Congratulations to the U3 netball team for winning their game 8-4 against Littleover this week. Standout performance by Rosie in the shooting circle, as well as the whole team showing some excellent attacking and defending throughout the game.  Team talks at quarter time highlighted the fantastic sense of team work and passionate for the game. Well done!




On Tuesday we took a team of 10 Y7 / Y8 students to Noel Baker Academy to take part in Derby City’s Super Schools Futsal competition.  Futsal is similar to 5 a side football but much faster and more intense, with only one period of 7 minutes.  We were the only mixed team to take part and the competition was extremely strong, with some experienced and very talented teams from other local schools.  We didn’t progress to the semi-finals but all players (all of whom played in every game) gave an excellent account of themselves with some outstanding individual performances.  Well done to all who took part and we’re really looking forward to upcoming tournaments and fixtures.




A big thank you to the Loughborough University Quidditch team for running a magical session with some of our U3s this week. Some Harry Potter fans in U3 already had a good understanding of the rules but for the rest of us muggles, here is a quick explanation.


To score points, chasers or keepers must get the Quaffle, a slightly deflated volleyball, into one of three of the opposing hoops which scores the team 10 points.

To impede the Quaffle from advancing down the pitch, chasers and keepers are able to tackle opposing chasers and keepers at the same time as beaters using their Bludgers—dodgeballs—to take out opposing players. Once a player is hit by an opposing Bludger, that player must dismount their broom, drop any ball being held, and return to touch their hoops before being allowed back into play.


The game is ended once the Snitch is caught by one of the seekers, awarding that team 30 points.

Our students took the challenge of learning a new game completely in their stride and enjoyed the excitement of trying to score through 3 hoops, raised off the ground. A great off-shoot of our Jim Kay illustrator visit!



On Thursday 6 of our U6 students took part in our annual Mock MMI circuits. These are increasingly used by Universities as a way of assessing prospective Medics, Dentists, Vets and Nurses. Guided by 3 visiting Doctors our students took on 7 stations and tasks ranging from a data interpretation activity to role play scenarios involving a patient, alongside mini interviews about ethics and professional qualities. These MMIs are very demanding but all our students gave an excellent account of themselves. We are extremely grateful to our visitors for giving up their valuable time with this essential preparation task. 



We had our first U16 girls’ football fixture this week.  It was a tough competition, against some very skilled teams.  The girls gave it their all and finished in a very credible 4th place. Special mention to Lucy who kept a really positive attitude, giving good advice to the team, to Louise who ran up and down the field, scoring a goal and defending well, to Becky who injured her wrist by bravely stopping extremely strong shots and to Sarah who has been a great help with the team management.




Thank you to Mrs Hancock for this lovely photo of our U12 netball squads.



U41 got there grove on this week learning a Bollywood dance routine. A big thank you to Sushi and Diya who learnt the chorography alongside Miss Stirland and led a small group through the routine. Doesn’t Diya look fantastic in her traditional dress?  Looking forward to our next dance lesson!  



The first week of yoga club got underway this week, here you can see Jess leading her class through the warrior pose and performing a difficult head stand. Don’t forget teachers, U5 and Sixth Form – Yoga club every Thursday (when no sports House events are on) in the sports hall – all abilities welcome!