13 Dec 2019

Senior High Notes 13 Dec

Senior High Notes 13 Dec

Derby High is now officially on “Countdown to Christmas” with a whole host of festive jumpers worn today, as we support a St Peter’s Derby, who provide Christmas lunch for those in need in Derby and Kolkata. A big thank you to our wonderful catering team for the fabulous Christmas lunch today.  


I am very much looking forward to our major seasonal events next week - the Senior Christmas Concert on Monday and the Carol Service on Thursday in Derby Cathedral. I do hope you are able to join us on one or both of these occasions, which really showcase the depth of musical talent from our students.

Best wishes,

Christmas Party Time 
It was Christmas party time in the senior school on Tuesday afternoon with U3 and L4 having fun with party games; “the best party ever” according to one member of U3, while U4 and L5 enjoying the Christmas film, “Nativity” with pizza and popcorn in the Sixth Form Common Room. Mrs Driver would like to thank the members of the Sixth Form who organised and ran the parties. A job well done!


Physics Bake-Off
Inspired by the study of fields this half term (the gravitational, electrical and magnetic type!), the U6 physicists decided to bake cakes and cookies on the theme and bring them in for everyone else to sample. It even encouraged the teachers to have a go too! The results were both delicious and impressive, and enjoyed by all.


Dark Matter Paper
Rose Bamford in L5 has researched and written a paper on Dark Matter.  Mrs. Orr was extremely impressed with the detail and the advanced physics she was able to bring into her report. Definitely a Particle Physicist in the making. Well done Rose.

In The Frame
In art and design, Lower 4 have spent the term learning portraiture with Mrs Bodycombe. They have created expressive portraits in chalk, exploring colour and mood. See if you can recognise anyone from the pictures!

Dance L41
Well done to Emma and Olivia for choreographing a dance to Privates of the Caribbean, they demonstrated great leadership skills when teaching it to their peers. Great work!

U15 Netball v’s Woodlands Fixture 
A sea of tall opposition, and a player who plays for the elite team Loughborough Lightning, greeted the U15 netball team when they arrived at their netball fixture at Woodlands yesterday. The defensive squad of Alex and Charlotte certainly had their work cut out in the first quarter but they showed great determination and made some key interceptions to try and prevent Woodlands from scoring. Wise words from the captain Lauren at the first break and some superb mid court play from Chantal, Lauren, Ava and Ella meant that Derby High won the second quarter, and only trailed by one goal at half time. Rose, in the shooting role, carried on this momentum in the third quarter but a few lucky breaks and some assertive playing by the opposition pushed Woodlands back in to the lead by the end of the third quarter. Spirits were still high from the DHS team in the final quarter and some excellent team cohesion from Hettie and Peace meant that the match was still close. However, Woodlands forged ahead and unfortunately Derby High lost by 9 goals to 15. Nevertheless, well done to all the players for their resilience, persistence and resolve.

Spanish Lorentes Trip

On Thursday, we had the pleasure of visiting Lorentes, a Spanish tapas bar located on Friar Gate, Derby, known for its delicious dishes and scrumptious sangria. Señora Martinez booked out the whole restaurant just for us, with both a level sixth form classes and U5 GCSE class sharing the main dining area.

This great opportunity to explore the culture allowed us to experience the tastes of traditional Spanish plates, such as patatas bravas, paella, pan con tomate and tortilla, which were all to die for. Meanwhile we also improved our language skills, as we were under very strict orders to not speak in English all evening.

As well as this, the trip allowed us to experience the authentic beauty and art of tapas. Traditionally, in Spain, tapas provide a social scene, whereby the variety of dishes are shared amongst a group of people in order to engage them in conversation. It plays such a huge role in the Spanish society that they even use the verb tapear, which means to go and eat tapas.

So thank you to Señora Martinez for organising this lovely visit, and I highly recommend that you indulge yourself In the Spanish culture too.


Year 8 PE

L42 impressed the 6th form judges with their interpretation of 1 more sleep! Here are the joint winners (in their Christmas jumpers) with their trophies!


Business Enterprise Club
Business Enterprise Club Charming will be selling homemade necklaces during break next week. Perfect Christmas present! They are £3.50 each or 2 for £5.