05 Oct 2020

Primary High Notes 2nd October

Primary High Notes 2nd October


This week has seen the first group of U6 students ready to complete their applications for University in 2021. I enjoy meeting with each student to discuss their final choices and reading their very impressive personal statements, which go into depth on their reasons for applying for a specific course and outline their many skills and interests. These are amazing young people with exciting futures ahead.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Year 1 pupils visited me in my office this week, having the opportunity to ask their own questions about Derby High, which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

I am receiving very positive feedback relating to our blended learning offering, with reference to how seamless it has been for pupils having to self-isolate at home, who have been able to access live lessons through Microsoft Teams.

We have been busy preparing for our very first live online Open Morning tomorrow. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase the benefits of a Derby High education at every age group.  If you know of any families who may be interested in joining Derby High, it’s not too late to register.  Contact our Registrar, Sue Callaghan via admissions@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk

Best Wishes


The BIG Anti-Bullying Assembly

WOW! Children from Preschool to Y6 High Primary joined nearly 2 million children across the country in watching The BIG Anti-Bullying Assembly 2020 on Monday.

The children learned what bullying is and how it comes in different forms - Verbal, Indirect (cyber bullying) and Physical. They then had the opportunity to raise their hands to pledge to stop bullying. This campaign, in conjunction with The Diana Award and Nationwide Building Society, featured famous people such as Peter Andre, Katie Leung, and children's TV presenters Richie and Mwaksy.

All of the children decided on a support network of five people who they you could talk to for help. This included grown-ups at home, friends, teachers, lunchtime supervisors, brother, sister, Child-line, sports coaches, etc). 

The Diana Award are now looking at how to train anti-bullying ambassadors in schools to help achieve their mission of ending bullying. The children are very excited about the next steps.



Calke’s Assembly

We are delighted to be able to share with you Calke’s assembly, celebrating the importance of friendship. To watch please click hereto watch the video on YouTube. 

Year 5 Science

This week in Science, Year 5 have been looking back at the theories and ideas of scientists and philosophers of years gone by.  They have discussed how the planets are positioned within the solar system and how they move in relation to one another. In an attempt to prove either the geocentric theory or the heliocentric theory, they each took on the role of a different scholar and presented the ideas of that person through drama.  They then devised their own hypothesis using the scientific evidence that we have access to in our modern world.


Year 1 Visit the Senior School

This week, the Thrushes children were kindly invited over to the Senior School, to visit Mrs Chapman in her office. The pupils have missed Mrs Chapman's 'real life' assemblies and were curious as to where she was currently streaming her assemblies from!

The children were delighted to sit on the soft chairs and discover the secret door. They were full of questions and enjoyed finding out how our school has changed over the years and what it is like to be the Headteacher.

Activate Camps Survival Adventure 26th – 28th Oct

Join Activate Camps at Derby High School over half term, from 26th to 28th October. For 5 to 14 year olds. For more information and to book click here. 

Cycle Derby Half Term Activities

Cycle Derby are putting on some great cycling opportunities over Half Term, catering cater for all ages, Activities include Learn to Ride sessions through to riding at Darley Moor racing track  in Ashbourne. Click here for more information.


Safeguarding Corner

X-Box Family Settings 

Microsoft have recently released some new management features that parents can use. Available for iOS and Android, it is a free download and it has some great features, e.g.:

  • Create new child accounts.
  • Manage screen time limits (including grant more time).
  • Accept or decline friend requests.
  • View and manage friends list.

You can see the full article by clicking here.