12 Oct 2020
Senior High Notes 9th October
Our first full half term with all pupils back in the building is going well and your children have been a credit to you – as per usual! We have been very impressed by a consistently high attendance rate of over 96% in each of the last six weeks.
I am sure that you are aware that a number of local schools have had to close bubbles due to confirmed cases. Thankfully, we have not had to do this so far, but I wanted to reiterate the process we would use should it happen.
As you know, we ask that a child stays at home, or we will ask you to collect your child from school, if they are unwell and have one or more of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste
If your child has diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting symptoms, they could have a contagious gastric bug so we ask that you keep them at home or we will send them home if they develop symptoms in school. These are not primary symptoms of the COVID 19 virus so we would not advise you that your child needs to be tested or that they should isolate for 10 days if they only have this symptom. However, as they are secondary symptoms of the virus, we will ask you to monitor them to see if they develop one or more of the primary symptoms above and to inform us should they do so.
If your child tests positive, please inform us immediately as the quicker we know, the quicker we can act to safeguard others. Your child will need to isolate for 10 days from the start of their symptoms and your immediate family will isolate for 14 days. Students who are self-isolating and are well will be able to access live lessons through Microsoft Teams. We would never expect a student to do any work at home if they are unwell.
In the event of a confirmed positive case, we will work with the relevant local authorities to work out which bubbles have ‘burst’ and who will be asked to isolate for 14 days because they are a ‘close contact’. We will notify parents if their child is a ‘contact’ within a burst bubble.
We have been very impressed by the uptake of our recent virtual events. Last week’s “Open Morning”, which has now been seen by a large number of prospective parents, and is still available online, gave an excellent overview of the benefits of a Derby High education. Today at 6pm we are launching our online Sixth Form Open Evening, applicable to our own U5 students and also Year 11 students from other schools. This showcases everything that Derby High has to offer for those starting their Sixth Form in 2021.
A very warm welcome to Anna, our Spanish assistant for this academic year. Ana is from Almería and studied in Granada. Bienvenida!
BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE LIBRARY
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new librarian here at Derby High. I am excited to be working with staff and students to make the library a welcoming and inclusive space to all and this month we are celebrating Black History Month.
The library is marking this with a display showcasing our non-fiction on black history as well as fiction written by authors from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. We also have a wide range of books discussing themes around racism and discrimination as well as black historical fiction. I am keen to build on our current stock and students are encouraged to make stock suggestions on any areas they feel could be better represented.
Mrs Huskisson- Librarian
HILLSWAY PICK-UP ZONE
If you use the Hillsway entrance to collect your child, you will have seen our caretakers helping the flow of traffic, which can get very congested at the end of the school day. Sometimes, traffic can come to a complete standstill if not managed correctly. The caretakers do a brilliant job, but they do need your support and understanding, please. We ask that during the busy periods, please turn left out of the car park and go around the roundabout to come back down, rather than turning right. This will keep the traffic flowing. Many thanks.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
This Saturday is Mental Health Awareness Day so in honour of this please find some helpful resources below:
PASTORAL INFORMATION REQUEST
Please do inform form tutors, Heads of Key Stage or myself about anything you feel we should know in order to support your child as best we can. We can be reached by email or phone.
Claire Bellman, AH Pastoral
The 'new normal'
This 'new normal' in which we are all living is putting strain on all of us; adults and children alike. It is easy to get caught up in the uncertainties ahead. Here is a useful article which outlines some of the ways we can work through any anxieties in a positive way https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/23/how-to-push-through-six-month-coronavirus-wall-13309340/
NetAware have provided some useful safety reviews and advice on apps that are popular amongst our students. You may wish to check them out here: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/
Roblox is particularly popular with our younger students. The relevant page and advice to parents can be found here: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/roblox/
With any app we would always advise the following:
- Explore it together
- Do your own research: there are plenty of parents' guides to different apps available, often on the apps own website. Check the age rating of the game
- Talk to your child about what they’re sharing
- Let them know that they can talk to you
- Set up any privacy or safety features together, and talk about why they are there.