19 Dec 2019

Senior High Notes 19 Dec

Senior High Notes 19 Dec


The music department at Derby High has a proud history of wowing audiences with outstanding performances, and Monday evening’s Senior Christmas Concert was no exception. It was wonderful to hear from such a variety of individuals, groups, ensembles and choirs. It really showcased the depth of talent from our students.




An enormous amount has been accomplished this term by students and staff. It is only ever possible to provide a flavour and a snapshot of all that is going on at Derby High through my weekly High Notes, but whatever your sons and daughters have been involved in, at whatever level, I congratulate them for their commitment, achievement and good humour. I thank you for all that you do to guide, support and encourage them. I would also like to thank the staff for their dedication and commitment to excellence.

I hope you and your family have a restful break and enjoy this holiday period. I look forward to seeing your children refreshed and ready to learn in January.

Best wishes, 



Medlink at Nottingham University

On Monday 16 of our prospective Medics, Vets, Dentists, Physiotherapists and Nurses in L6 attended a Medlink conference at Nottingham University.  They had a lecture on applications, admissions tests and general information about careers in these areas, then there was an exhibition of a range of Universities offering these courses whether in the UK or as far afield as Italy and Hungary.  We will be beginning the careers, employability and progression module with L6 in the new year and Mr Lee is looking forward to helping them formulate some plans.


The Taming of the Shew

On Monday, L42 took their hand made books to Y6 pupils for a shared reading session. L4 had been studying William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and their task was to re-write the story of the play with a younger audience in mind.

Y6 proved astute critics, giving their L4 writers some useful guidance for future writing tasks, but declared that they had learned a great deal about the play from the beautifully presented books.



Business Club Update

All 4 groups from U3, L4 and U4 have now rounded off a fun filled term and created a presentation telling us about their journey in the business club and how they have been able to grasp different selling techniques, as well as learning about managing money. The girls and boys worked really hard in creating their products and selling them at the Christmas Fair. At the presentation event, prizes were then awarded to groups for best stall or best salesperson. Charming won the overall prize for the most profit and are still hoping to sell more of their necklaces in the future! 

Kiran Bains,

Sixth Form business prefect and manager of the Key stage 3 business club.




U13 & U15 Netball

This week Ecclesbourne travelled to Derby High to play fixtures against our U13 and U15 netball teams. Our U15 team played their game first, playing 2 half’s of 10 minutes. Derby started strong, taking a lead of 8-0 in the first half. Lia in L4 had stepped up to the challenge of playing 2 year groups above because illness had caused the U15 to be short of a shooter. Lia took this challenge in her stride, playing outstandingly in the shooting circle, having 100% shooting percentage in that first half of the game.  Alex, Charlotte, Peace and Chantal worked hard in defence to prevent the opposition from scoring at all in the first half and only once in the second half. The team worked effectively together, turning over balls, putting pressure on the opposite to force errors and showing good levels of fitness throughout. The final score was 14-1 to Derby. Lauren, Ava and Ella worked well together and their movement in and around the shooting circle gave them plenty of opportunity to score, which they took full advantage of. It was a brilliant game of netball to watch and the opposition complimented the team on their sportspersonship.

After such a strong win from our U15 team, the U13 had the pressure on to continue the winning streak for Derby High. Following in the footsteps of the U15 team, they started strong and Lottie and Morgan worked hard to score 5 goals for their team. Imogen and Daisy flew around centre court, making tips and interceptions and effectively feeding the ball into the shooting circle. However, Ecclesbourne were only 1 behind by the end of the first half. This meant that Louisa, Maddie, Elsie and Priya had to step up in defence and ensure they kept the opposition from turning the ball and scoring. It was a close match and Ecclesbourne’s U13 were a strong opposition. Eva and Lia then worked well together to continue scoring goals for Derby High.  The U13’s played their socks off and ended the game with a 3 goal lead, with the final score 9-6 to Derby High. Both games were a pleasure to watch and the team work and spirit of the game were presented in abundance by both teams. Great work, girls!



Safeguarding Corner

With many of you purchasing new devices, apps and games over the Christmas period, here are a few things to be aware of:

Parental controls: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/
Age restrictions: https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/
Gaming: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming/  https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/

You tube for kids App: https://youtube.com/kids/  Web: https://www.youtubekids.com/


Credit: Alan Mackenzie (esafety-adviser) for links.