25 Sep 2020
Senior High Notes 25th September
Lunchtime clubs and activities are such an important part of our school week. They give our students opportunities to delve into all kinds of interests. Our clubs and activities connect our school community through shared interests, allow students to take on leadership roles, develop new skills or hone existing ones. But most importantly, students have fun. Lunchtime clubs cover a range of interests and talents, including History Film Club, Football, Netball, Hockey, Current Affairs and Cypher Club. A brand new club this year, starting this week, is Handbells. U3 enjoyed the opportunity to be the first group to try this exciting venture, having a go at ringing bells that have been in use for over 100 years. They started with a strong group of 10 who picked it up very quickly and the tunes of Jingle Bells, Good King Wenceslas and Mary’s Boy Child could be heard reverberating through the hall and corridors! It may seem early to be thinking about Christmas tunes but the fledgling group are excited to participate in seasonal events and concerts where the beautiful tones of the bells lend themselves perfectly to the season and music.
Well done to our U5 students who completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition last weekend in glorious weather. They are out again this weekend for their qualifier, it might be a little colder this weekend but my weather app promises sunshine, fingers crossed!
Year 9 Design and Technology
This week in Design and Technology Year 9 made some fantastic models. This is in preparation for manufacturing their very own colour changing nightlights, which they will do later this term.
This years’ Go4set challenge was rather different. Usually the students work in teams with an engineering mentor from a local company to guide and help them and attend a Celebration Day at the end of June to showcase all their hard work. This year, after a launch in school 9, days before we moved to remote learning, the students had to work in a completely different way- communicating on Teams and collaborating remotely without their mentor to help them. Showing real Derby High spirit, one team battled on despite the challenges and managed to submit an excellent project on Energy in our School. They wrote a detailed report, constructed a model and completed a presentation outlining their ideas and findings. To complete this project, on top of all the extra challenges of working from home, is a terrific achievement and Mrs. Orr is extremely proud of them all. The team consisted of Isabella, Alice, Julia, Areej, Eleanor and Kiera.
Entering the School from Pastures Hill
To aid social distancing in these times, we are asking parents and students entering the school grounds from Pastures Hill on foot, to observe a one way system.
Between 8.15am - 8.40am and 3.20pm – 3.45pm, we ask that you enter via the gate next to the Sixth Form building and exit via the main pedestrian gate in front of the office/infant building. Thank you.
Pine View Gardens
Unfortunately I have to write about problems with parking in the areas surrounding school. In particular, Pine View Gardens. A resident contacted the school yesterday, very concerned that should access be needed, there would be no possibility that emergency services would be able to get through due to parents not parking considerately. If you use this area to park, please consider finding an alternative if at all possible. As always, please consider our neighbours when parking and driving in the local area. Your support is very much appreciate.
TikTok Family Pairing
In light of the recent issues with TikTok, please see below some settings within TikTok that can help.
These settings include:
• Restricted mode - similar to YouTube restricted that tries to prevent certain content from being seen.
• Screen time management -how long children can spend in the app each day.
• Direct messages - restricting who can send the child direct (private) messages, or turn DM's off altogether.
A link to some more information for parents is HERE.
Google 'Expert Approved' Apps
Google have recently announced that they are helping parents find apps that are entertaining and enriching by adding an 'Expert Approved' badge, to give parents some comfort that an app has been reviewed as appropriate. You may wish to check for this when your child asks to download a new app.
See HERE to read a little more.