28 Feb 2020

Senior High Notes 28th Feb

Senior High Notes 28th Feb

This week saw the beginning of the process for our L6 to apply for leadership roles in their final school year. Every member of our Sixth Form has the opportunity to develop their leadership potential by taking on a position of responsibility in the school.  Roles range from those which are long established, such as Head of School, House Captains etc, to more innovative ones which reflect the skills and qualities of the students in the year group. All sixth formers undertake prefect duties and are role models for the younger students in a host of ways. These opportunities mean that our Sixth Form students have a wide range of experiences from which to draw when making job applications in the future and confidence as they move into the next stage of their lives. Our U6 students talked to the year below this week to explain how they have benefited from the experiences and skills gained over the past months from their individual prefect roles.

My assembly this week highlighted some ideas related to the “extra day” this Leap Year brings. I encouraged students to consider what might be a “leap forward” for each of them this year. Do enjoy tomorrow’s extra day!

And finally, it’s not too late to buy tickets for our Choral Society Concert, combining students from Derby High and Derby Grammar, on Saturday 7th March at 7pm, featuring Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for pupils. More information can be found below.

Best Wishes

National Peace Poetry Competition

Congratulations to six students in U4 who have been placed within the top ten in the 13 – 16 age range category with their poems entered in the National Schools Poetry Competition 2019. The National School Poetry Competition is designed to unlock the potential of young people and to encourage them to express their emotions through writing poetry about peace.

Sowmya, Diya, Mariam, Zara and Julia were all placed within the top ten and Ruqayya’s poem came second overall. A fantastic achievement and testament to their creative and expressive work.

Auction of Promises

Yesterday’s Lent Charity event, Auction of Promises, was a huge success. All funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross. The students conducted the auction in a traditional way, with plenty of negotiation and bartering! Thank you to everyone who supported the auction with their generous donations and “promises”.

Mahnoor’s Art Installation

On Thursday lunch time staff and pupils were treated to a wonderful art installation by Mahnoor. Mahnoor explains her work below:

The name of my installation was ‘the versatility of space’. My installation is a practical part of my personal written study, which is a part of my A-level in fine Art. The aim of the installation was to explore how installation art makes the viewer feel. I aimed to create a room in which people could learn more about installation and its history, and also be engaged in an immersive experience. The idea behind it was to understand how space can be manipulated to affect a person’s mood and their way of thinking.



Visiting Speaker Wednesday 26th February

On Wednesday we were very lucky to have a visit from Dr. Mandy Hampshire, GP and also Head of Admissions at the University of Nottingham School of Medicine.  She spoke to a group of our older students who were either in the process of applying to Medicine & Healthcare subjects, or considering doing so.

Dr. Hampshire was also able to stay into our afternoon session to talk to our Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) students about their projects.  She was keen to reinforce our message as to the value of taking an EPQ in terms of the independent study, understanding of research methods and transferable skills that will be so valuable in employment, in an apprenticeship or at university.

Dr. Hampshire said “I have had a brilliant afternoon and some fascinating conversations with your students.  The range of topics they’re doing for their EPQs is remarkable!  Thanks for inviting me.”


Mrs Winter and Mrs Cooper’s 10,000 Step Challenge

During the month of March our Senior School Science Technicians, Mrs Winter and Mrs Cooper, are raising funds for Cancer Research UK with their own version of the 10,000 steps challenge by completing at least 5,000 steps by break time. The time frame for this is 4 hours (07.30 – 11.30). They are on their feet most of the day taking out and clearing equipment for lessons, and exceed the 10,000 steps daily by a good margin and so felt that the 5,000 steps by break was a goal they could aim for, and keep them on their toes!

If you would like to sponsor them, or any other member of staff who would like to join in, please follow the links below



Many thanks for your support, Mrs Winter and Mrs Cooper

Hockey Club

We saw a fantastic turn out to Hockey Club this week. This was ahead of their development game against West Park. We are still looking for more players, get yourself to Hockey Club every Monday 1.30-2pm with Mrs Goodman – no experience needed! 

Netball Development Programme

On Wednesday we had our first netball development programme session. Eleven L4 students were treated to a talk from Sixth Form student and Wasps Netball player, Poppy Baker. Poppy spent time talking to the students about playing elite sport and ways into higher level participation.

U12 Netball

On Tuesday evening the U12 netball teams played matches. There was some great defensive work and plenty of shots scored. The final result was U12 Green team 9, U12 yellow team 2. Well done to all those who took part!

U12 and U13 Hockey v’s West Park

On Thursday 27th February a team of U12 and U13 hockey players took part in a coaching game against West Park. This was a coaching game at Derby High to help the pupils learn more about the rules and regulations of the game.

For both teams, this was their first match. It was a thoroughly enjoyable fixture, with all pupils demonstrating great progress in their decision making as well as their skill performances. Both teams even scored one goal. The U12 and U13 teams are really looking forward to meeting again for another coaching game towards the end of term. Well done to all involved!

Careers and Employability Event 29th April

Every two years Derby High holds a Careers and Employability Event for all of its senior students. This year the event will be held on Wednesday 29th April, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 

Representatives from all sectors of employment are invited to exhibit, allowing our students to find out more about industries they are interested in joining and make useful contacts for the future.

The event is always incredibly well attended, with many of those exhibiting being alumni, parents and friends of the school.  Over 40 different organisations were represented at the 2018 careers fair from a huge variety of sectors.

If you would like to join our list of exhibitors for your area of work please do get in touch. Mr Lee would love to hear from you – Alee@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk.  Our students find this evening incredibly useful in terms of fact finding, receiving advice and guidance and making contacts for the future. Thank you.

World Book Day and Reading Week

Next week U3-L5 will be having a Reading week.  This incorporates World Book Day on Thursday and celebrates everything that is good about reading.

Traditional homework is suspended and in these homework slots you should see lots of reading going on.

Please encourage your son/daughter to complete an entry in their Bullet Journals so that we can see what they are reading as this allows us to help them progress as they move through the school.  It is also very exciting for me as I see the variety of genres that our students read.  I often end up with a large list of items that I have to add to my own reading list!

Mrs Bussey

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.

Parkrun at Markeaton Park

In the month of March we would like to encourage as many pupils, teachers and parents as possible to take part in a Parkrun at Markeaton Park. A great way to get the school community running together! Runners will earn a point for their house when they complete their run. The house with the most points wins House Parkrun 2020! For full details please see your High Post email and click below to view the poster. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Safeguarding Corner

There has been lots of coverage in the news lately on the social networking service called TIKTOK. The National Online Safety has issued the following guide to “What parents need to know about TIK TOK” which parents may find useful.