05 Jun 2020

Senior High Notes 5th June

Senior High Notes 5th June

Over the past week I have seen the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping across the United States and Europe. I have taken the opportunity to listen, reflect, and learn from the experiences and views of black and ethnic minority voices from both sides of the Atlantic.

Over the coming weeks we will use a number of channels to amplify voices that have helped our understanding, by giving us a window into experiences that differ from our own.  

Our promise

As a school we will speak up in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

We will seek to actively listen to all the voices within our school community and continue to learn from them.

We will continue to strengthen our curriculum to ensure that all perspectives and voices are represented and valued.

We will continue to actively teach anti-racism, ensuring that we are a school which actively works to reduce inequalities, celebrate diversity and make a positive difference to our society. 

Best Wishes 

CAABU Meeting

On Friday 29th May we were due to visit CAABU (The Council for Arab-British Understanding) for our second conference on the Middle East, its history, politics and conflicts.   

The Lockdown meant this wasn’t possible but we managed to do a brilliant online session via Teams instead.  Fourteen students from Y11, Y12 and Y13 took part in an interactive talk about conflict, population shift and history, led by experts Chris Doyle and Hana Mohamed of CAABU.  The students enjoyed it so much we’re in the process of arranging another one very soon! Many thanks to all who took part.

Upcoming UK Maths Trust activities

Unfortunately the planned Junior Maths Challenge for U3 and L4 was postponed earlier in the term, but UKMT has been working hard to ensure the challenge can still be sat. Emails have gone out to all of Upper 3 and Lower 4 inviting them to express interest in taking part in an online version of the JMC on Thursday 25 June 2020. This is open to anyone in those year groups on a first-come-first-served basis, so please encourage your son or daughter to reply if they are keen to take part.

In addition, the UKMT Webinar on “Modular Arithmetic” was such a success earlier in the academic year, that another is planned (entitled “Exploring Symmetry” and most suitable for L5 and above) before the end of the term. Demand to participate was high and unfortunately we missed out on getting a slot in the randomly chosen spaces. Luckily, the recordings will be available to view online shortly afterwards. There will be two sessions available on 11th June, and a follow up on 18th June.  Although we were not randomly selected, our students will still have the chance to email in their questions between these two dates and these will be answered in the second online recording.

PE Cycling Mileage Challenge

You still have until 3pm on Tuesday 9th June to complete miles for the cycle challenge! Let's hope for good weather over the weekend. Don’t forget there is an award for 75 miles, 150 miles and 300 miles. Good luck everyone and stay safe whilst cycling!

Co-Curricular Bulletin

Over the next few week’s our main focus will be the BBC Young Reporter project. We are a registered school and all students are able to take part. Membership details have been sent out via Teams and an email from Mrs. Smith. It will run slightly differently to how Mrs. Smith initially publicised it pre-closure, so this week students have been asked to familiarise themselves with the project and gather some ideas together. For further information please see the links below:



Safeguarding Corner

All students have been sent an email this week to remind them who to contact should they wish to talk to someone about any issue at all. In summary:

Students can contact their Form Tutor by email or via Teams, or drop their Head of Key Stage an email or chat in Teams.

If anyone is concerned about a Safeguarding issue, you can get in touch with Mrs Bellman, DSL, cbellman@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk.

Chaplain Jo is also available and is supporting students by email and through Teams – students can send Chaplain Jo an email, jwhitehead@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk, or use the chat on Teams.