06 Mar 2020

Senior High Notes 6th March

Senior High Notes 6th March


Such depth of talent and confidence from our musicians and singers this week at our House Music Final. It was particularly pleasing to see so many students who joined us in September performing in front of a very enthusiastic audience. Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to Alexander Binns who had the difficult role of adjudicator.

World Book Day is one of my favourite days of the school year, when I love to hear from our students about what they are currently reading and why they are enjoying it (or not!). 

In assembly today I linked a hare, Albert Einstein and a box! This was to encourage our students to think outside of the box with their thinking and actions. I encouraged them to reflect on the following points:

•Six brains will probably be better than one! Bouncing ideas off one another can really help; however, it is important to remember to listen carefully to one another rather than simply preparing our next contribution.

•Try to see the problem through other people’s eyes to get a different perspective. What might seem an insurmountable issue to one person may not even look like a problem at all to another.

•Rather than making only a careful, logical analysis of the situation (what we call critical thinking), let’s try to do some lateral thinking. By that, I mean making unlikely links, exploring the apparently impossible solutions, the bizarre, the unrealistic, even the old-fashioned. Never reject an idea out of hand as it may have the germ of a solution somewhere inside.

•Let’s ask the six key questions about the situation: Why? Where? When? Who? What? How? Whilst some of these may seem irrelevant, we should ask them anyway - we may get a surprise.

•We should open ourselves up to thinking of ideas in unlikely circumstances. Some people’s best ideas come when they’re taking a shower. Others are sparked by a book they are reading. Lots of people get their best ideas when they go for a walk, with or without the dog!

Best wishes, 


House Music Finals

On Tuesday 3rd March we were very fortunate to welcome Alexander Binns from Derby Cathedral to adjudicate our house music competition final. It was a full day of music making and he was very impressed with the high standards of performance. There was a wide variety of classes and musical styles on show, including solo instrumental categories of woodwind, string, brass, piano and drum kit, vocal categories of classical music, musical theatre and pop, composition, instrumental and vocal duets and vocal ensembles! The trophy for the overall Intermediate Musician of the Year was awarded to Lucy M and the trophy for the individual Senior Musician of the Year was presented to Rosie B.  A special commendation was made to Kate R for an outstanding performance in the senior piano category.

House captains did a wonderful job of preparing their choirs, making it very difficult for Mr Binns to choose a winner.  He awarded the shield for best house choir this year to St George and overall winners of the house music trophy with a total of 164 points were St Patrick.  Congratulations go to all winners and thank you to all finalists for a wonderful day of music.



Reading Week Competition

Well done to all students who entered the Reading Week competition - we have a talented, creative group of young people, which is just delightful! It was a difficult decision to make, but the panel of judges deliberated long and hard to determine an overall winner.

"Out of this World" U3 and L4 creative writing competition - winners:

  • Highly Commended U3 - Kate Mc
  • Highly Commended L4 - Esther M
  • Overall winner - Priya M (L4)

We heard the opening of Priya's story in assembly, to pique our interest, but all three stories are on the English noticeboard - please treat yourself and have a read!

The Guardian published an interesting article last weekend, ahead of World Book Day, revealing that children are reading less than ever before. Click here to read the article.

World Book Day, a charity event held annually in the UK and Ireland, will this year call on readers of all ages to “share a million stories” by reading aloud or listening to a story for at least 10 minutes a day with friends and family.

World Book Day chief executive Cassie Chadderton said this activity can turn a reluctant reader into a child who reads for pleasure.

U12 Netball

Our U12 netball teams competed in a tournament against Chellaston, Woodlands and West Park this week. Each team plays 8 minutes one-way, in a round robin style tournament. The team arrived with only a few minutes to warm-up, this didn’t present as a disadvantage as the girls stormed into the tournament, winning their first game 4-0. There was some fantastic shooting and movement in and around the circle from Sophia, Rosie and Connie. Their second game of the tournament was against West Park, the opposition were tall and strong. Our centre court players had to work tactically. Zainab, Zoe and Beth kept possession and moved into space to secure that next pass, the game finished 3-0 to Derby High. Our last game was against Chellaston, Ella and Isabelle worked as a solid defense and prevented Chellaston from scoring any goals. Fantastic effort from all of the team, well played everyone! 

Derby High Student Umpires

Lauren and Chantal have been gaining umpiring experience by volunteering to umpire fixtures for Derby High. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch them umpire. They are both showing umpiring skills beyond their age and experience and I have no doubt that they will be able to secure their C qualification. I would like to say a massive well done and keep up the good work! Miss Stirland.

Update on Auction of Promises

Last week L42 hosted their fantastic lent charity auction of promises in the main hall.  The form team, led by Millie and Esther, have spent months gathering promises from staff and students and organising the entire event. Megan and Eliza were the auctioneers and they were helped by Lia and Daisy who ran the technical side. Teamwork was the word of the day and together we can now confirm that L42 raised an amazing £300 which will be donated to the Red Cross, the form’s chosen charity. 

U18 County Tennis

Last weekend was the National Junior U18 Inter County Cup Competition. Our division was at Graves Tennis Centre in Sheffield. It took place on Friday 28th February until Sunday March 1st. Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland and Derbyshire competed. Derbyshire finished runners up in a cliff-hanger finish. Poppy and Lottie (Lottie, an ex Derby High pupil) were victorious in a deciding match. If they had lost it, the team would have been relegated, their victory clinched runners up position. Earlier, on the final day, Chantal clinched an important singles win.

Quite an achievement for two Junior County players, out of a squad of eight, to be from Derby High School!

Mrs Rushby 

U32 Tactical Bench Ball

Bench ball is a very popular activity at Derby High and U3 are very keen to develop their skills. Today they were using metacognition skills to play tactically and they thoroughly enjoyed it! Zainab, Harmony and Manroop were on top form!

U6 Careers & Truly Educated

Last Friday afternoon we had two visiting speakers in the Sixth Form – Niamh of Yipiyap and Oonagh of InvestIN.  Yipiyap is a unique, and fantastic Gap Year company who recruit U6 students to work as paid tutors in shortage subject areas in local schools.  We have worked with them for many years now and all our students who have taken part have done really well.

InvestIN is another partner of the school – they organise internships, shadowing and work experience placements in a vast range of employment areas.  Oonagh led a session on employability and skills, outlining the STARR approach to illustrating your competency in a skill area.  STARR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result, Reflection and is a well-regarded and widely-used method in employment and academia of presenting and evaluating work.  As always, our visitors were amazed by the mature and positive attitude of our students.  Both Yipiyap and InvestIN will be at our forthcoming Careers and Employability Fair on the 29th April.



The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

We are delighted to announce tickets are now on sale for the senior production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S.Lewis. Adapted for the stage by Adrian Mitchell and music by Shaun Davey. Performances are at 7pm in the Senior Hall on Thursday 19th and Friday 20thMarch. Tickets are £5 adults and £3.50 students. Contact the school’s box office by email Boxoffice@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk or tel 01332 514267. Everyone is welcome. 

Easter and Summer Holiday Clubs

We are delighted to announce Activate Camps will be running Multi Activity Camps and Netball Fever at Derby High School over the Easter and Summer holidays.

Camps are exciting, engaging and packed full of fun for children aged 5 – 14.

For full information go to: https://www.activatecamps.co.uk/venues/derby-high-school/

Safeguarding Corner:

Derby High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We practise a child-centred approach to safeguarding. The School has appointed two Designated Safeguarding Leads. The Designated Safeguarding Leads and their deputies are members of the School’s Senior Leadership Team with the necessary status and authority to take lead responsibility for child protection matters.

As a reminder, the DSLs are: 

  •   Designated Safeguarding Lead
  •   Mrs Claire Bellman – Assistant Head – Head of Sixth Form
  •   Phone: 01332 514267 (school switchboard)
  •  Email: cbellman@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 
  • Mrs Anna Jordan – Deputy Head
  • Phone: 01332 514267 (school switchboard)
  • Email: ajordan@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk

Our Safeguarding, Child Protection and CME Policy and Procedure can be found the school web site. Click here.