24 Jan 2020
Senior High Notes 24 Jan
It is with a tremendous sense of pride in the students and staff at Derby High School, I can announce that in the latest Department for Education league tables released today, Derby High School is declared the top performing school at A level in Derby in 2019. The hard work and motivation of our students has ensured that the results are a real credit to them. Our students strive to achieve their very best, achieving the top grades alongside commitments in music, sport, drama, Duke of Edinburgh and many more. Whilst I am reluctant to put too much emphasis on league tables, as they underestimate the true value of education in a broader sense, I have to admit to being very pleased to see the dedication of our staff and students working towards external qualifications being reflected in this way.
This morning my assembly, much like many Friday assemblies, focused on congratulating our students for their achievements in music examinations, LAMDA, sporting achievements and competitions. Firstly I shared this article I found in the China Daily news, which shows pupils at a Primary School being rewarded for their excellent results with live carp to take home!
In Chinese culture, fish are widely recognised as a symbol of academic success. Every culture has a different way of commending success and for us at Derby High we continue to ensure that individual success, measured against individual progress made, is recognised and applauded.
RS GCSE Group Visit Derby Cathedral
In their RS lessons on Tuesday 21st, U4 and the L5 RS GCSE group visited Derby Cathedral to “Grill a Christian” or, in other words, to ask Christian volunteers a range of religious, philosophical and moral questions. This provided the students with an ideal opportunity to show their curiosity and gain insight into the differing responses within a religious tradition. They were congratulated on the caliber of their questions and the volunteers commented on the challenges they had been presented with; praise indeed.
On Wednesday evening fourteen keen girls and boys competed for Derby High School in a very busy sports hall at Lees Brook Community School. The team competed in a variety of track and field activities including vertical jumps, speed bounce, shot putt, relays and lap races. All participants agreed that it had been a great learning experience and enjoyed representing Derby High. Well done to all the pupils who participated.
UKMT webinar on "modular arithmetic"
On Tuesday afternoon from 3:30pm til 4:30pm, 21 students all the way from Upper 4 up to Upper 6 further mathematicians volunteered to take part in the inaugural UK Maths Trust webinar on the topic of modular arithmetic. As something that wouldn't normally be encountered until undergraduate study of mathematics, our students’ nerves about what was about to transpire were quickly allayed. Vicky Neale (Whitehead Lecturer at Oxford's Mathematical Institute and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College) went through some deceptively tricky concepts and presented them in a very accessible way. Our sixth formers had seen Vicky speak at the Warwick University maths lectures back in December, so we were confident that she knew her stuff.
The hour flew by, with some investigative work as well as some UKMT maths challenge question examples on which we could practise our new-found skills. All in all, the students participated with enthusiasm and good humour, and got stuck into everything that was asked of them. We look forward to hearing of future UKMT webinars and hope that they prove just as popular!
If anyone was unable to be at the webinar, UKMT have uploaded the recording of proceedings here: https://youtu.be/ZnAW3IQNhTw
This week our U4 netball team faced Woodlands. Derby High took a strong lead in the first half, Aimee and Alex worked well together and scored four goals. Olivia and Aminah kept a strong defence and prevented Woodlands from scoring at all. Eden played fantastically with strong centre pass play and movement towards our shooting circle.
The second half didn’t start quite as well as the first. Woodlands scored a goal from their centre pass. However, Megan, Bella and Eleanor battled to regain possession and there were some flying inceptions. Molly and Olivia turned up the defence and stopped Woodlands from scoring any more goals. Derby High were able to go on to score three more goals in the second half and won the game 7-2. Great work, U4!
School Trampolining Competition – Cardiff, Wales
On Saturday 18th January, the Zonal Trampolining championships were held at the Sports Wales National Centre in Cardiff, Wales. Millie, Evie, Priya and Megan made up the Derby High School 7 - 8 Novice group. We met up at 8:45am in the school car park and began the 4 hour journey to Cardiff. We entered Wales by crossing the massive Prince of Wales Bridge over the Severn estuary before making our way to Cardiff. On arrival at the Sport Wales National Centre we had just a few minutes to refresh ourselves before it was time for us to start warming up for the first flight.
Millie was competing as an individual and scored a total of 49.400 after both flights. This meant she came 5th overall. As a team everyone did their best and we were all happy with our performances and all our hours of hard work clearly paid off as we came 3rd.
Going to Cardiff gave us the inspiration to work even harder, all of us feel very lucky to have gotten the opportunity to do this competition.
Report written by Millie, Evie, Priya and Megan in L4.
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
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