13 Nov 2020
Senior High Notes 13th November
Despite not being able to all get together in person, we have had two very important events this week. The first was our Remembrance Service, where the whole school came together for a virtual service, led by Chaplain Jo. Even with the national restrictions, we could never let this important date pass without properly marking it. Thank you to all students involved in the reading, prayers and music.
Secondly our efforts this year to raise money for Children in Need, where all donations go to the charity that helps improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK, focused on all tutor groups and staff dressing up in their chosen themes.
It is so important, especially during these unusual times, that people find ways of coming together as a community. If you are celebrating Diwali tomorrow, we wish you and your family a happy and joyous time together.
Today we had a very special arrival on site - our very first outdoor Christmas tree! With 5 weeks left of term, some may say this is a very early arrival. But this year we feel it is more important than ever to come together, share the excitement and hope that the Christmas period can bring. I would like to say a huge heartfelt thanks to the Rantzen family who have kindly donated this wonderful tree.
Children in Need
We’ve had a wonderful day today in our themed fancy dress! Thank you for everyone’s kind donations for Children In Need.
On guard!! This week U3 took part in a Derby City wide virtual fixture involving the sport of fencing. There were no swords used, instead a balloon relay to practice correct footwork and a tennis ball target challenge to replicate the lunging action that fencing is well known for. We will wait to hear the final results to see where we rank against other local schools. Students who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd will receive certificates. Although we are missing our regular type of fixture, it was great to see U3 competing to gain points for Derby High.
Pen Pal Scheme with Malvern International College
Our former colleague Mrs. Fraser, along with Mr. Lee are coordinating an email exchange with students at Mrs. Fraser’s new school, Malvern International College in Qingdao, China. There has been a phenomenal response and we are finalising arrangements to enable our students to communicate with the Chinese students. Many thanks to all who have put themselves forward – with China set to play an incredibly important role in the world in the years to come, it’s an excellent opportunity for students at both schools to share ideas and learn about each other. If any parents have any questions about this scheme please do get in touch with Mr. Lee at school.
On Wednesday morning, the whole school community came together online for our Remembrance Service on Armistice Day. The service was broadcasted to honour those who lost their lives in conflict.
If you would like to watch the service again, it is available by clicking here.