06 Dec 2019

Primary High Notes 6 Dec

Primary High Notes 6 Dec


December is now upon us which means only one thing, Christmas festivities can begin! I have certainly seen much evidence of that this week in Primary. On Tuesday I really enjoyed visiting both Year 3 classes as they started a mini Christmas topic in English, writing a character description of the bear or the hare from a story they had seen. Yesterday, along with a number of staff and parents, I had the pleasure of hearing our Year 6 choir in the Derby Intu Christmas Choir competition final. They sang beautifully receiving outstanding comments from the judges, and they were delighted to be placed as runners up. Mrs Youngman and I really enjoyed the performance of Cats by the dance club yesterday after school. You could see how much they enjoyed performing to an audience.



The Infant nativity this morning was absolutely wonderful. I am so impressed with the children's confidence in front of an audience and the singing was beautiful. Thank you to all the Primary staff who have been working incredibly hard to bring together these productions. I look forward to the Junior Concert next Wednesday, with a range of individual and group performances.



This week we welcomed our new Marketing and Communication Manager, Mrs Rachael Cotton. Rachael has previously worked at Alton Towers and Foremarke School, so brings with her a wealth of experience.


Best wishes,




It is the Junior Christmas Concert on Wednesday 11th December at 7pm in the Senior Hall.  Do come along and enjoy the performance. 



Year 6 and Year 5 netballers had their first taste of competition on Wednesday evening, when they played against teams from Ockbrook in friendly fixtures during their weekly training session. It was a great opportunity for students to develop their skills against opposition from a different school and Mrs Swainston was pleased to see how well they improved over the course of the session. There were some impressive individual performances as well as an excellent spirit of collaboration. Well done to everyone involved!



Group 2 have enjoyed making savoury scones this week in their cookery lesson in the Senior School.  They smelt delicious!




On Friday, 13th December, pupils and staff are encouraged to wear a ‘Christmassy’ jumper or outfit to school in return for donating £1. This year we are raising money for the YMCA, who support families in need at Christmas. Please note that there is no need to purchase a special jumper! The theme is loosely applied and they can be creative – if they don’t have a special Christmas jumper, it could be one in a Christmassy colour, something sparkly or perhaps something they have decorated with tinsel or a Christmas badge.


As part of our Christmas giving, we are offering the opportunity to donate to Derby City Mission’s Christmas Connection and homeless projects and would welcome any donations of new toys, chocolate, etc. as well as gifts of food (cans, dried foods, toiletries and so on). Christmas Connection provides gifts for children who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas and any food donated will go towards the work they do in their night shelter and projects for homeless people in Derby.


We are aware that people give in different ways at this time of year, so please feel under no obligation to donate, but all gifts are welcome and will be much appreciated.