20 Nov 2020

Senior High Notes 20th Nov 2020

Senior High Notes 20th Nov 2020

We have been very fortunate this term that we have been able to maintain a very high attendance rate. For those pupils who have had to self-isolate, online learning via live lessons throughout the school using MS Teams has been a real success, with very positive feedback from parents:

I wanted to thank you for how well remote learning has gone this week. Our daughter has genuinely felt involved in all of the lessons and as a working parent it really has worked well.”

“I often hear the kids laughing and really enjoying their learning as I’m working - it brings a smile to my face every time.”

“I think the school has coped exceptionally well providing online schooling and support during this time. Thank you.”

The value of Derby High having the technology to teach every single lesson live to any student self-isolating at home, and for any self-isolating teacher to be able to teach live from home, cannot be underestimated, as recognised in this email I received this week from a student:

“I just wanted to email you to let you know the amazing job that you are doing! Online learning is going smoothly and I realise just how lucky I am. I would like to say a massive thank you to yourself and to all our teachers.”

I would like to extend a big thank you to all our teachers for putting in the extra time needed to prepare these lessons, and for covering in class for teachers who are teaching classes from home.

Best Wishes

UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

It was a slightly different affair than our usual first individual maths challenge of the year; with eight Sixth Form students choosing to sit the paper online in the ICT suite. The senior maths challenge is a real step up from previous challenges for students, not least because there is now the possibility of negative marks for incorrect answers!

Of our eight, six secured certificates placing them in the top 60% (for bronze) and top 30% (for silver) of all those who sat the paper.

Congratulations go to Siddarth, Caitlin, Sophie (best in year), Sora and Gopika (joint best in school) who all get silver certificates. Well done also to Hope for her bronze certificate. Well done to everyone who participated in the challenge.

Library News

This week the Year 7 book group were excited to discover which books, as part of the Derbyshire Schools Book Awards 2021, they will be reading and discussing over the next few weeks. There are 6 books on the short list and they will all get a chance to vote for their favourite.

Next week is reading week and we have some extra activities planned in the library. Students will also have received a list of useful websites and links to help them as they choose a book to read for recreation. Reading and wellbeing are closely linked and at this time more than ever Mrs Huskisson, our school librarian, will be encouraging students to take time out with a book to help them unwind, read around a subject of interest, or delve into another world. 

Youth Sports Trust

The Youth Sports Trust is putting on a live virtual sports club every day after school. The club will run at 5pm from 16 November, for five weeks until 18 December.  

Honour marks will be awarded to students giving it a go. Miss Stirland would like a picture via email as evidence.

Here are the themes for each day:

  • Adventure Monday – this might involve getting children to do floor wall climbing and map reading all within their living room or home space 
  • Tuesday Play – Imaginative play utilising resources in the house to create games and activities to get active 
  • Wild Wednesday – High tempo competitive activities involving personal challenges  
  • Thinking Thursday – Introducing cognitive challenges for children through movement. Games could include active noughts and crosses, and introducing an element of competition – whether that be against themselves, the clock, their siblings or remotely against friends 
  • Fun Friday – A chance for children to let loose and have some fun. Dancing and doing what makes them feel good 

Sessions will be broadcast live through the Youth Sport Trust’s YouTube channel and access is free. Click here to access the live video!

Spare shoes/trainers

We encourage the students to get outside into the fresh air at lunchtime.  However, with the increasingly inclement weather, we are conscious that your child may come home with muddy shoes, especially if they go on to the school field.  Therefore, we would advise that students bring in a spare pair of shoes or trainers to wear at lunchtime, that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Safeguarding Corner

No one likes the thought of bullying occurring. Whether bullying focuses on a characteristic such as race, sexuality, disability, nationality, faith or if there is no particular characteristic at all, we should all find it unacceptable. Anti-Bullying Week however gives us a chance to discuss bullying and proactively tackle it using the most effective weapons in our armoury: education and unity!

Anti-Bullying Week 2020 takes place from 16th to 20th of November.  This year the theme is United Against Bullying. The theme embraces the power we have when we come together to affect big change and tackle challenges where we find them. You can follow the events on social media using #antibullyingweek and #abw20.

Students have watched the introductory video (click here to watch) in form time this week and have been discussing relevant issues together.  If you are interested, there are some really good resources available for parents too:




TikTok - More Parental Controls

With TikTok surging in popularity, including children deliberately increasing their followers to 1,000 so that they can go live, it's good to see TikTok making more controls available for parents. The features, which are available via Family Pairing, include the ability to prevent the child searching and preventing strangers from seeing the child’s post.

Click here for more information