11 Dec 2020

Senior High Notes 11th December

Senior High Notes 11th December

Although 2020 has undoubtedly been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic which has changed people's lives beyond recognition, there's one festive event that is still going ahead - Christmas Jumper Day. And at Derby High today there is a delightful array of jingle bells, sparkle and flashing lights, ensuring that style and good taste go out of the window.

Not one to be outdone, I donned my Christmas glasses to take assembly this morning, which focused on celebrations of achievement across the year groups. We have been particularly pleased to be able to continue with Duke of Edinburgh award activities this year, working within Covid guidelines, and it was a pleasure to hand out certificates to so many participants.


More excitement will follow as we all enjoy Christmas lunch - a big thank you to our fantastic catering team!

Best wishes

New to Derby High School - Astro club

During lockdown, Dr Bhattacharyya and Mr Dodson both unwittingly started a new hobby in astronomy independently of each other. Dr B completed the Open University course on "Astronomy with an online telescope" (https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ocw/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=96046), while Mr D took up taking photos of deep sky objects in his back garden!

They are now hoping to inspire some of our students to "look upwards" by starting the first Astro Club, beginning after the Christmas break with Year 10. This will include looking at some of the amazing free software that is available for planning observations, as well as processing some of the images you can obtain both online and from your own back garden. They hope to learn from our students too, since we are sure that there is untapped stargazing talent out there...

Look out for details in the New Year. In the meantime, don't miss Jupiter and Saturn passing at their closest proximity since 1623 in the night sky in the next couple of weeks (https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/great-conjunction-jupiter-saturn/).

Let’s hope for clear skies!


Mr D’s photo of a crescent nebula         Dr B’s photo of Andromeda (with image processing assistance from Mr D)

Art Club

This week we have started a new Art Club. Every Monday an email will be sent out to all year groups. This will outline an artist to investigate along with a task to complete. Everyone is welcome to join in. The tasks are designed to let students explore their own creativity and style. The finished work can be submitted the following Monday and each week a selection of work will be showcased. The club has received great feedback from students and we have already seen beautiful pieces of work. 

Business Enterprise Teams

This week has seen the launch of the Business Enterprise here at Derby High. Like every year, we have three very strong teams competing, but due to COVID we are only competing within our own school.  This has also meant that the students have had to be very resourceful to come up with alternative and safe ways to trade within the school.  An ingenious system of ziplock bags with brochures has been developed by the students, to help students in other bubbles to get their super products.



Since the start of term students have had to form teams, decide on job roles, create a company brand, design a logo and produce products ready to sell.  The first orders from U3 are already coming in and the teams are now hard at work producing the products.

Virtual Fitness Challenge

This week some of our students have been taking part in a virtual fitness challenge against other schools. The challenge involved timing the number of repetitions students could complete in a set time. Great work everyone!

The Christmas Quiz

With thanks to Mr Dodson, our forms enjoyed completing the annual Christmas quiz this week. With some very impressive results the winners were announced this morning. Thank you to everyone for managing the new style quiz and showing so much enthusiasm!

There are three winners per key stage:

Key Stage 3

In third place, U31 - an excellent performance for an Upper 3 form

In second place, L41

And winning Key Stage 3, by 6 clear points, U42

Key Stage 4

In third place, U52

In second place, L53

And winning Key Stage 4, by 12 points, L51

Key Stage 5

In third place, U6.6

In second place, U6.4

And winning Key Stage 5, by only 3 points, and with the highest score in the school by a single point, U6.5

Derby High Advent Calendar

We hope you have enjoyed watching our Advent Calendar posts on Facebook and Twitter. You can also see our daily Advent Calendar on YouTube. If you would like to catch up on the calendar over the last week, here are links for YouTube:

Friday 4th Dec – Walking in the Air

Saturday 5th Dec – The Nutcracker

Sunday 6th Dec – In Dulci Jubilo

Monday 7th Dec – Jingle Bell Rock

Tuesday 8th Dec – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Wednesday 9th Dec – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Thursday 10th Dec – O Holy Night

Safeguarding Corner

TikTok investigating harmful content 

It has been in the news this week that TikTok are being investigated for having live pro-anorexia videos online.  You can read more about the TikTok investigation HERE.

Tips for Parents - in-game chat

As the holidays approach, many children will be spending more time online and many will be having fun gaming and chatting to their friends online. The majority of children use gaming for socialisation over and above the actual game. It's one of the reasons Fortnite, COD, PUBG and other games are so popular.  CEOP has released a YouTube video; it's only 38 seconds long and well worth a watch.  The YouTube video is HERE.

Messaging Services End to End Encryption 

You may have seen the news this week about messaging services starting to offer end-to-end encryption. This feature would make it impossible for anyone except the sender and the recipient to read messages sent, meaning that cyberbullying and online grooming becomes much harder to trace.  A recent report found the vast majority of children aged eight and over used some sort of messaging service. That includes 60% of eight-year-olds and 90% of 12-year-olds, despite the main apps having an age restriction of at least 13, if not older.  There are increased calls for parental vigilance regarding these services, especially as the tech giants are failing to protect children as they should. More information can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-5522249