07 Feb 2020

Senior High Notes 7 Feb

Senior High Notes 7 Feb

Our assembly theme this week has been “The choices we make”, which has led to three excellent assemblies. Mr Lee’s assembly on Monday was entitled “The Subtle Art of Not Caring” – but before anyone thinks we aren’t a caring school (and we definitely are!) – I had better explain what he meant. Having choice is great, but it can be confusing to know what is the right thing to do. We can often get stressed and upset about things that maybe aren’t as important as we think they are. So perhaps the solution is to actually care less about things? In other words, “don’t sweat the small stuff”, because most “stuff” is actually quite small, and try to care more about things that really matter. It’s also the case that there are some things we can’t do anything about, and therefore we should work on changing the way we think about them.

On Wednesday, U32 gave their first tutor group assembly and we were all very impressed with how they confidently presented their message, making the right choices for ourselves.

Today we welcomed Devon Daley from BBC Radio Derby, who spoke about his career and how his passion for music provided wonderful opportunities. He told us to chase our dreams - if you are passionate enough about something, you will get there in the end; enjoying your work is the most important and rewarding thing.

Congratulations to Dr E-B and Olivia Burke (Year 8) for a fabulous first night performance of Annie at the Brewhouse in Burton . Dr E-B is playing the role of Miss Hannigan while Olivia is Annie. In addition senior students Natalie (Year 8) and Megan (Year 10) are also part of the production.

Best Wishes,

Tickets on Sale: Choral Society Concert 7th March

Tickets are now available for the Derby High School and Derby Grammar School Joint Choral Society Concert. The concert, featuring Haydn’s Nelson Mass, will be held within Derby’s beautiful Cathedral on Saturday 7th March, strarting at 7pm. Tickets are £10 adults and £5 students.

To book tickets please email BoxOffice@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk or call the box office on 01332 514267.

Visit From Ying Wan Loh

On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Ying Wan Loh of Rolls Royce. Ying recently won Young Woman Engineer of the Year and talked about her work and the incredible range of opportunities for careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). An inspirational talk, thank you Ying for spending time with us and answering all our questions!


Spanish Film Review Competition

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

L4 Netball, Derby High School v’s Woodlands

Our L4 netball team had a fixture against Woodlands this week.  They stormed 9 ahead in the first quarter. Daisy, Immy and Morgan flied around the court, showing off their dynamic footwork skills and fast paced passing. Lottie and Morgan worked hard creating space for Immy and Daisy to make the pass into the circle.

By the second quarter, Louisa, Elsie, Priya and Maddie had only let the opposition score 2 goals. The defence in the circle was strong and they dominated, taking opportunities to intercept the ball on the move and gain possession for Derby High. Lia and Eva stepped in to shoot and didn’t disappoint, scoring another 8 goals for Derby. It was a fantastic game to watch with Derby High keeping the winning momentum going all the way to the end.

L5 Badminton

Congratulations to Rebecca and Rose for winning the L5G badminton competition on Thursday.

U16s Played QEGs (report by Freya)

On Thursday 6th of February the U16s played QEGs. Team captain, Lucy, guided the team through an excellent match. In the first half, Mysha and Libby worked well together to get in some good shots with the help from Ellie, Alice and Lauren who were determined to get the ball down to the shooting third. Olivia and Lucy made some great interceptions and passes to help the team through. In the second half, it became very close, however Harriet and Lucy defended the ball well and showed their persistence in the game. Overall, the game was tough but with some good communication skills despite the opposition being tactical, the U16s performed very well. Unfortunately, the score was 18-15 to QEGs. Well done to Mysha, who was nominated player of the match.

U15’s Played QEGs

After the U16s, the U15s played their game. From the start it was a fast and furious match, with the ball moving up and down the court quickly, with QEGS sneaking some early goals. Chantal, Lauren and Ava combined well in the centre third to move the ball up the court, with lots of chances created. Throughout the game Ella, Rose and Becky combined well in the shooting circle, despite finding it tricky to find space but they got a number of shots away successfully. The defenders worked well to be in front of their attackers, and limit their movement; Alex, Hettie, Peace and Charlotte worked hard to stick to their players and thwart any opportunities. However, QEGS put out a strong team and were very confident with their shooting. There was some great team play, with fantastic effort and persistence demonstrated right to the final whistle. The score was 21-7 to QEGS, but the girls were not disheartened. Rose was nominated player of the match.

L4 Sports Hall Athletics

L4 headed to Lees Brook School to take part in this year’s sports hall athletics.  We arrived to a buzzing sports hall full of athletes warming up and practicing their events. The competition started for the girls on the track. Lia and Millie stormed into 1st place in the 1+1 lap race, winning their heat. This was followed by Elsie and Poppy, who raced the 2+2 lap event, coming 3rd. Priya and Imogen showed off their cardiovascular endurance and paced themselves effectively to come 1st in the 8 lap paarlauf. The track events finished with Daisy performing well in the 6 lap individual race, coming 2nd in her heat. Derby High then moved onto their field events. Louisa and Lia took on the challenge of shot putt, Lia and Imogen the long jump, Elsie and Daisy in the triple jump, Millie and Daisy in speed bounce and Daisy and Priya in the vertical jump. Our athletes finished strong by winning both the hurdles and 4x2 lap.

We are delighted to announce that Derby High School came first in the girls’ category and has qualified for the county competition which will take place at Derby University Sports Centre on 17th March.

Everyone performed amazingly well and should be proud of their achievements! 

Safeguarding Corner

National Rail and the dangers of trespassing on railway tracks and crossings.

We have been contacted by National Rail regarding "the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in your local area. Network Rail, in partnership with Learn Live, are working to help raise awareness to students across the UK educating them about the dangers of the train tracks through interactive digital delivery."

We have decided to alert you to the video, to give you the opportunity to watch it yourselves before deciding whether to share it with your children.  The video is hard hitting in places and could be distressing for some students. Please find the links below. If you choose not to show the video, it would be worthwhile to have a conversation with your child about the dangers of trespassing, especially if you or your child’s friends live near a railway line.

Please click on the image below to view the relevant safety video:

 Primary school version: Age 7- 11


Secondary school version: Age 11-16 


College version: Age 17 plus