25 Nov 2020

Senior High Notes 25th November 2020

Senior High Notes 25th November 2020

This year, we are having to celebrate Christmas in a slightly different way, but are still keeping the traditions of the season and look forward with excitement to the coming weeks!  I hope you have had the chance to peruse the HighPost letter I sent out yesterday, with details of our festive calendar. 

I wish you a restful, extended weekend. The exeat gives everyone the opportunity to recharge batteries ready for the final weeks of the term. 

Best wishes,

What’s been going on in PE this week

U32 have been developing their netball skills in PE this term. Congratulations to Sophie for being awarded POM (person of the match), in this week’s U32 netball tournament. She was chosen from 3 teams and was picked for her effective team work skills. Sophie demonstrates great spatial awareness, getting free from her opponents and making space for her team to make a pass. Great work!! 

Zoya (U32) has been showing her self-motivation and determination over the last 3 weeks. Whilst recovering from a knee injury, she has been taking part in a free weight exercise programme and building up strength in her upper body. Keep up the good work! 

Millie (U42) has been impressing her PE teacher and peers with her vaulting and aerial skills in gymnastics this week. Not only does Millie perform advanced skills but they are executed with excellent technique. 


Christmas Connection

Thank you so much for all your generous donations thus far.  If you would like to get involved, the deadline has been extended to Wednesday 2nd December.

Safeguarding Corner

TikTok and Challenge Videos

Please be aware that there are increasing numbers of 'challenge videos' circulating on social media apps such as TikTok. These are the 'clickbait' videos that pop up with messages such as 'Don't watch this!', in order to engage the curiosity of users. Some of these videos are distressing to watch and can even be described as traumatic. It is important that you talk to your children about their use of apps and the dangers associated with these sorts of videos.  Remind them that the people who make them do so to go viral and hence to make money, and do not care about the distress they may cause. It is also important to reiterate that if anyone is upset by anything they have seen they should talk to you or someone at school about how they are feeling. Please do continue to alert us to any concerns you may have regarding any sort of online safety and students of Derby High. We cover online safety in many different ways and on many different topics in every year of the school but nonetheless it is always useful to hear what is happening at home and we very much appreciate your input.

The following useful links are taken from Alan MacKenzie's Online Safety Briefing:

Playstation 5 - Parental Settings

With the new gaming consoles at the top of many wish lists this year this is a timely guide from Andy Robertson (GeekDadGamer) which includes how to set up a parent account and child accounts. 
Setting up the Playstation 5 for your family - click HERE

Games for (younger) Children

Staying on the gaming theme, Internet Matters has a new article for parents showing some of the top child-friendly games for children aged 3 upwards.

Click HERE to read the article.