31 Jan 2020

Senior High Notes 31 Jan

Senior High Notes 31 Jan

We have had a brilliant start to the Spring term, with lots happening across all the year groups. This is an incredibly busy term, with many activities to look forward to in the coming weeks, a link to our online calendar can be found at the bottom of this High Notes.  Please do keep up to date with all the exciting news at Derby High featured on our twitter feeds (@DerbyHighSchool and @dhs_head) and Facebook page.  As you can see from the great variety below, there’s always something of interest for all!

Best Wishes,

Derby High Equestrian Team

The Derby High Equestrian team braved the wet weather on Sunday at the Schools Equestrian Games Arena Eventing competition hosted at Weston Lawns. Arena Eventing is a challenging course of show jumping and cross country with the competitors aiming to go clear in an optimum time- no watches allowed!

Darcy entered both of her ponies with Pip, her youngster going to experience a bigger venue. Darcy’s second ride Dodger did a fabulous clear at 80cm but unfortunately a fast time kept them just out the rosettes.

Isabelle and Olivia competed in the 90cm. Isabelle’s pony Jack gave her a challenging ride and decided to save themselves for another day. Olivia and Bruno completed a clear and were delighted to be placed 4th.

The team are off to Eland Lodge this weekend so we are all hoping for a dryer day! 

L5 Heart Dissection

L5 are currently learning all about the anatomy of the heart. The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to dissect a heart last week.


U13B Netball Fixture against Littleover

The squad of eight were determined to work as a team to score goals and defend their circle. The first quarter was close and finished with a score of 2-2. However, Derby High started to pull away during the second quarter and finished 8-4 up. This was down to some flying interception from midcourt and defence. Diya, Zara, Sofia and Su darted around the court and put pressure on Littleover’s attacking players. We continued to pull away and the shooting circle was on fire, scoring 8 goals in the third quarter. Leia and Georgiana’s movements were effective in the circle and they were able to create space for Millie and Zara to feed a perfect ball in under the post. Amelie took a brave decision to move to GA in the final quarter, she did not disappoint scoring a long goal from near to the circle edge. Leia was given player of the match from Littleover and this was well deserved because she had a big influence on the final score of 18-12. Well done U13B’s!!

U4 Visit Jamia Mosque and Hindu Temple

On Thursday, the RS department was, once again, out and about exploring faith in the community with U4 visiting the Jamia Mosque and Hindu Temple in Derby. Representatives from The Open Centre showed us around these two places of worship, gave talks about the beliefs and religious practices of worshippers and answered U4’s questions. Such visits really bring the students’ studies to life, reinforce their understanding and offer them the opportunity to experience for themselves just why religion is important in the lives of many people in today’s society. Thank you to the Open Centre for organising our faith trail.


Career Pathways

L6 have now begun to look at their career pathways in their Thursday afternoon sessions.  This week we looked at what to consider when looking at Degrees, Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships – not just course content and grades!  Location, nightlife, co-curricular, support, employability….

It’s amazing as always to see the huge range of career pathways our Sixth Formers are interested in.  Currently this year our L6 student are looking at areas as diverse as Events Management, MFL, Medicine, Vet, Dentistry, International Business, Psychiatric Nursing, Marine Biology, Engineering and Degree Apprenticeships with the Police.

Next week we are going to revisit Fast Tomato and Morrisby skills profiling and the week after we are visiting Loughborough University for a bespoke student experience visit.

Mr. Lee

Colour explosion in art

Over the past few weeks in art, there has been an explosion of colour with the wide variety of projects.

U3 have been learning about colour theory, by painting colour wheels in watercolour and then developing their knowledge and skills using recycled materials to create vibrant collage colour wheels.


L4 are researching Pop Art and have been exploring the use of colour and Ben Day dots in Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol’s work. They are now working in groups to research a range of Pop artists in more detail and they will be presenting their work over the next few weeks.


U4 have explored colour theory by looking at divisionism and the work of futurist artist Umberto Boccioni. They have applied the colour theory to create fantastic futurist sculptures made out of recycled milk bottles. 


L5 and U5 are developing their own coursework, exploring different themes. Below is a selection of the some of the vibrant work that they are producing. Keep up the hard work!


L6 Textiles are currently working on a print and dyeing unit, exploring techniques such as screen printing, mono printing and various dyeing processes.


Spanish Film Review Competition

Good luck to Samantha (L5) and Mia (L6) on the Spanish film review competition organised by Aston University.  ¡Buena suerte!

Visiting Author – Lisa Williamson

You always know that an event has been a good one when the students are begging for copies of the visiting author’s books. Lisa Williamson was a very motivational and warm speaker who seems to truly understand the way that teenagers think and what they need to help them to understand a great deal about themselves.

I love her books and can highly recommend them.  The themes are all very different and the characters very empathetic. The students' questions revealed their interest in Lisa’s life and experiences and showed their wish to understand the issues of writing and how to develop the skills and storylines required.

Lisa talked the students through her painfully shy schooldays to her leap into the performing arts and then back to her love of writing. A wonderful morning.

Mrs Bussey


ARTiculation Regional Heat

All of Aman's supporters were very proud of her as she competed in the West Midlands ARTiculation Regional Heat at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham.  Judged by Sarah Gregory, Head of Creative Careers, Creative Industries Federation, six schools spoke passionately about their chosen artwork.

Everyone there learnt a great deal as the young people talked us through their unique perspectives on art.  We heard about Tim Mara, Katsushika Hokusai, delved into America’s past, met Diego Valazquez and Noshimoto Nara.

Aman, talking about The Image of God, didn’t get through to the final in Cambridge but can be very proud of her poised and academic performance.  An incredible experience and we have been informed that next year we will finally have an East Midlands Heat.

Apprenticeship Week 2020

Next week is Apprenticeship week – please take the time to look through the latest Parent Pack and Parent Toolkit for Apprenticeships. Click here. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships.  We are delighted to confirm Derby High School is an Apprentice Champion School.


Visit from Ying Wan Loh

We have some amazing visiting speakers coming up in school.  Next Tuesday Ying Wan Loh of Rolls Royce is visiting.  Ying recently won Young Woman Engineer of the Year and will be talking about her work and the incredible range of opportunities for careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  To view Ying Wan Loh’s story click the link below:


We are looking forward to visits from Balfour Beatty, The BBC, another colleague from Rolls Royce talking about his project at combating Motor Neurone Disease and the Derby Mandarin Chinese School.

Mr. Lee

Safeguarding Corner

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 11th February 2020. This year the UK is focussing on the theme of online identity. Click the link below to access the parents and carers pack created by the UK Safer Internet Centre.