10 Jan 2020

Senior High Notes 10 Jan

Senior High Notes 10 Jan

Happy New Year! It was wonderful to welcome our students and staff back this week filling the school with lovely chatter and laughter. For our U6 and U5, the start of the Spring Term means mock examinations. U6 complete theirs on Monday and the U5 are part way through. Well done to each and every one - we are all impressed with how hard all the students are working. But it is worth remembering that this is only part of the process. These exams provide an excellent basis for each student to reflect on their individual strengths and weaknesses, which teachers can help support over the months to come, ahead of the final examination session starting in May.

I am delighted to welcome Mrs Aydi back following her maternity leave. Mrs Aydi, Head of Science, will also be form tutor to U4i.

As we start the new year and new decade there has been lots on social media encouraging us to think about the changes in our lives over the last ten years and what might happen in the next ten years. A new year can be a good time to think about changes we want to make and I am sure many of us have decided on new year’s resolutions. Some, me included, won’t have managed to keep them up quite as we would want! Not that I am trying to make myself feel better, but actually does it matter that I haven’t quite managed to keep my new year’s resolution (and it’s only 10th January!)? Should I be unhappy and disappointed in myself? Mrs Bellman shared this lovely quote below on twitter yesterday, which I felt expressed a really important point. Every day is a new day with fresh exciting opportunities and so an opportunity to start again.

Best Wishes,

U13 Football 

The U13 football team played yesterday, 9th January, at Derby Moor Academy against two teams. Thanks to a fantastic collective effort, the girls came 2nd in the competition by winning the game against the home team; 2-0. Well done to Kitty for scoring both goals, a fabulous team effort. 

L4 Dance Leaders 

Once again fantastic leadership skills demonstrated by Olivia and Natalie in this week's dance leaders. Congratulation to Lily, Evie, Cadence and Rowan for winning the most improved award. 

U3/L4 Netball Club 

There was a great turn out for netball club this week. It's wonderful to see so many students flying round the court, making interceptions and working effectively in a team. Keep up the good work!! 


Annie – Cabaret Theatre Company 

The Cabaret Theatre Company presents Annie, the musical, at The Brewhouse, Burton. From the 6th to 8th February 2020. Staring Olivia, Megan and Natalie from our Seniors, and Dr Evans-Bolger. Tickets are available now from The Brewhouse, 01283 508100 or online at www.brewhouse.co.uk

Save the Date: Careers Fair 29th April

Derby High School’s biennial Careers Fair returns this April. The event will be after school on 29th April and is open to all year groups (and parents). More details to follow soon.

Safeguarding Corner

You may have seen lots of information about criminal exploitation, and in particular something called 'County Lines', in the press recently.  The Children's Society have put together some excellent resources for parents that can be found here: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/cce-advice-for-parents.pdf  You can also find a video explaining the background to County Lines here: safeguardinginschools.co.uk/county-lines/