13 Mar 2020

Primary High Notes 13th March

Primary High Notes 13th March

Dear Parents

In assembly yesterday I linked a hare, Albert Einstein, a box and Katy Perry’s song ‘Firework’! This was to encourage our pupils 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.

Thank you to all those who have contacted us with very supportive messages following our communications regarding measures taken in the light of the Coronavirus. We understand these are uncertain times and I appreciate your full support in ensuring that the welfare of our school community remains our top priority.

Best wishes, 

Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby

A great afternoon of Tag Rugby on Tuesday afternoon – indoors at the Willows Sports Centre as the outdoor pitches were waterlogged, but that led to much faster and more flowing play.  Our players played against no less than 3 teams from the Old Vicarage School who were much faster out of the blocks than us on the first game, winning convincingly with great speed and movement.  However this only served to motivate the Derby High team to do better and they really stepped up, winning the second game despite Old Vic somehow having had an extra player on the pitch (!), then the next two by even greater margins with some superb individual performances alongside teamwork and accurate passing.  We made it to the final and narrowly lost to Old Vic’s first team who were our first opponents, and worthy winners as best team on the day.  We still have some work to do on not relying on barging through the opposition, and use of the whole space, but this was a really impressive display from our young team and they can only get better and better.  Well done everyone!


House Park Run

Saturday 7th March was the first Park Run for Derby High. We took part to gain points for our house and to increase participation and be physically active during the month of March! Staff and students from both primary and seniors, and their families and dogs, came down to Markeaton Park for the 5km route, which consisted of 2 laps of the route with people running, jogging and walking! Miss Allum was there encouraging everyone as they went round the route, and it was really fantastic to see everyone having fun and enjoying being active on the sunny Saturday morning whilst completing their ParkRun! Shout outs to Mrs Ince, Mrs Steer, Mrs Driver, Mrs Martin-Smith and Mrs Roe for their efforts!


Year 4 Recital 

This afternoon Year 4’s recital was streamed live on You Tube. To watch the wonderful performance again visit our Derby High School You Tube channel by clicking here.

We are so proud of Year 4 who all played and sang so beautifully. Tune into the You Tube channel again next Friday afternoon for Year 3.


Walk All Over Cancer Fundraising

Our intrepid Technicians are almost halfway through their Walk All Over Cancer Lent fundraising challenge, and so far have clocked up 424,988 steps over the past 13 days, with 119,891 steps paced out by the end of break time during the school week! This equates to approximately 183 miles.

With 18 days to go they are hoping to raise as much as possible for this worthy cause. If you would like to sponsor them please follow the links to their Just Giving pages



Safeguarding Corner

The NSPCC’s is currently running a campaign called PANTS: The Underwear Rule,

With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, PANTS is a simple way to talk to your child about staying safe from sexual abuse. For more information, click the link below.