19 Jun 2020
Senior High Notes 19th June
Ever since the UK was placed in lockdown on Monday 23rd March, everyone across the country has had to quickly acclimatize to spending an increased amount of time at home and indoors. Disruptions to everyday life have been far reaching. Our students and teachers have adapted incredibly well to the significant changes in how we learn and complete work. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our students dealing with these challenges with such positive and creative responses. It is important though to remember that not every day will be equally productive.
We are all very excited about returning to a more normal routine in September and are looking forward to finally being together again as a school community.
Sports Day Event 26th June
Yesterday we launched our Sports Day activity for this Summer Term. The whole school can take part, including infants, juniors, seniors, sixth form and staff.
All students will receive information from their House Captain and the video to launch the event can be viewed by clicking here. A reminder to everyone participating in the baton challenge, please catch on YOUR right and throw out to YOUR left.
With a number of different events to enter we hope that everyone at Derby High will participate and earn points for their house.
Young Geographer of the Year
In Geography, all of KS3 have recently been working on entries for the Royal Geographical Society 'Young Geographer of the Year' competition. Given the lockdown, the theme this year was 'The World Beyond My Window', with students encouraged to investigate their nearby surroundings (although some used their imagination and looked through a metaphorical window at places around the world). Rather than just submit the work to the Royal Geographical Society, we decided to also stage an internal Derby High School contest. The standard was incredibly high, meaning that it took hours of deliberation to decide upon the following list of winners and runners up:
Winner: Sophia (U31) Runner up: Ella (U32)
Winner: Su (L41) Runner up: Morgan (L42)
Winner: Tabitha (U42) Runner up: Olivia (U41)
Prizes will be awarded in the Autumn Term. A reminder for everyone also to ensure your entry is in for the national contest- instructions were in the PowerPoint sent out by Mr Gallagher, and the deadline is June 30th.
Today we had our final meeting (for now!) with our friends Chris and Hana from Caabu. This session covered the wider region and its history, areas of conflict and possible future events. We also learnt about the amazing career opportunities available to students who have studied the region, its people and languages. And of course a quick lesson of Arabic!
We have greatly enjoyed and appreciated our sessions with Caabu and we’re looking forward to being able to meet up properly in the future!
Mr Lee invites students this week to visit two new resources from Amazing Apprenticeships:
The ‘2020 Memory Maker’, a great way to document what life is like right now. And 'My New Normal' a poster that allows you to track your new positive habits and doubles as a mindfulness colouring activity.
360 Degree Virtual Tour
If you fancy a look around our school you can do this on our school website.
We have now launched a 360 degree tour so you can see our wonderful school and facilities online. The junior building will be coming soon; watch this space!
To navigate around infants – click here.
To navigate around Seniors and Sixth Form – click here
Update From Schoolblazer
Schoolblazer will be offering free UK P&P from 6th to the 19th July. Click here for further information on this offer.
The returns period has now been extended to 120 days to encourage parents to shop early without having to worry about their child having grown out of things by the time they start back at school. There is also a new online returns system. The replacement garment is dispatched in an alternative size before receiving the return back. This is to speed up the returns process.
We are aware that as this strange season continues, many individuals - children, young people and adults - are experiencing increasing mental and emotional stress. There are a number of useful links and resources on the school website but two we would particularly recommend are:
Information from Mind - available at https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing which has general information about mental and emotional health during this season.
A range of resources for all ages from CAMHS, which can be found at https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk.