17 Sep 2020
Senior High Notes 11th September
The vision for our school is learning, achieving and working together and it’s never been more appropriate. Everyone in our school community has shown a commitment to working together since we have returned to school this term. We are seeing our school vision in practice in more challenging circumstances than ever. The girls and boys are very much enjoying being back in the classroom with their friends and our staff are doing everything possible to keep the students safe.
Our planned parents’ events, including parents’ evenings for this term, will still go ahead, but will be online instead of being in school. We will inform you nearer the relevant date for each year group of exactly how this will operate for you. All details of dates are on the school calendar.
If your son or daughter is self-isolating, but well enough to continue working, teachers will be using MS Teams to enable students to join the lesson from home. They will need to log in at the timetabled lesson time and join the lesson, and any resources required will also be made available through Teams. All new students to the school will be receiving extra support with how to use Teams from Mr Williams.
U4 have been creating sculptures this week, based on the stilted dwellings of the indigenous Korowai tribe. L6 have been exploring the application and removal of ink as a basis for collage. Mrs Martin-Smith and Mr Bournon have loved being back in the art room this week!
L5 Waves in Physics
L5 physicists have started their topic on waves since returning. This week, they were able to model wave fronts and some of the behaviour of waves, using cocktail sticks. Some excellent understanding on display, well done.
Well Done Alice!
Alice (Year 11) walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks at the end of August in aid of the charity Lymphoma Action. It was a gruelling 25 miles with 1600m of ascent which she managed in under 12 hours. Alice has raised a staggering £1,400 so far! This a wonderful achievement showing determination and dedication. Well done Alice.
If anyone would like to support Alice the link to her JustGiving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alice-warner
As we embark on the new term, it is important to ensure that we look after ourselves. As part of our pastoral programme, all students have been looking at the Action for Happiness calendar for September, which focuses on self-care. In my assembly on Monday, I emphasised the message that self-care is not selfish, and that it is important to acknowledge our own feelings and emotions at this time. We talked about the support that was available in the form of form tutors, Heads of Key Stage and Chaplain Jo. I also encouraged the students to ensure they had something fun planned for the weekend that they could look forward to as part of their downtime after the ‘busy-ness’ of the start of term. Here is the link to the calendar in case you would like to talk through some of the suggestions with your child. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/913605/september_2020.jpg
We are beginning a range of really exciting Co-Curricular opportunities for students next week. Most of the clubs and activities will be starting from Monday. The range is more limited than we would usually offer due to current restrictions, but we are hoping to gradually build up this amazing aspect of school life as the year progresses.
If you fancy a bit of craft, DT, philosophy, politics, current affairs, football, multisport, and hand bells, look out for the information and try something new!
We are aware of a quality issue with the Squad Kit PE leggings and we are working with squad kit to resolve the issue. . From now on we are allowing students to wear non Derby High School leggings but they must be navy, plain, full length sports leggings. Please ensure there is no visible branding and they are bought from a sports shop (not a shop such as NewLook or Primark). Thank you.
Please be aware that we are a “nut free” school. Children should not be bringing nuts or anything containing nuts into school. Thank you for your support.
New resource for parents - Taming Gaming
Andy Robertson is a family video game journalist and is well known for his clear, pragmatic advice about all things gaming. He has put together a fabulous new website for families, "This database is a unique way to find games for children, teenagers and young adults. Every game is presented for parents and carers to understand, to empower informed choice through understanding."
The Taming Gaming website is HERE.