19 Mar 2021

Senior High Notes 19th March 2021

Senior High Notes 19th March 2021

This week, I have been doing one of my favourite tasks of the year - interviewing each of our L6 students to award prefect roles for the next 12 months. Accompanying me in this have been Mr Gallagher and our Sixth Form tutors who know these students particularly well. We have all been so impressed by the confidence, enthusiasm and breadth of talent these students exhibited during their interviews.

Recognising the potential in all of our students, we offer a range of opportunities and roles for our students to become involved in leading others, influencing practice and embedding change. It's important for students to experience leadership opportunities during their schooling, to learn the art of building relationships within teams, defining identities and achieving tasks effectively. It also provides an opportunity to learn to identify and display effective communication and interpersonal skills.

The boys and girls we interviewed should all be very proud of how they performed in this week’s interviews and we will be announcing next week how we have distributed the responsibilities, ready to take over from the U6 at May half term. Well done, everyone!

Best wishes,

Senior Physics Challenge 2021

This year’s Senior Physics Challenge for Year 12 students was held for the first time on-line. This competition is organised annually by the British Physics Olympiad to stretch the best L6 physics students in the country. We had three students enter this year and achieve some of our best results in recent years. The students were Alex H (Gold), Gopika (Silver) and Sora (Bronze). Many congratulations to them all.

U6 Psychology Brain Day Conference

On Friday, 12th March, U6 Psychology students attended a ‘Brain Day’ virtual conference alongside pupils from Nottingham High School delivered by Dr. Guy Sutton.  He is a very engaging speaker, who expanded their knowledge of biopsychology with up-to-date research. There were three sessions: brain anatomy and brain scans, damaged brains, and one where he dissected a sheep’s brain live on camera! The students were especially excited about this and one said: ‘I found the dissection of an actual brain fascinating, and it really helped me to be able to visualise the actual structures we studied in class’.  Further student comments: ‘In the final session of the day, we learnt about the ‘damaged and disordered mind’. This talk was particularly interesting and raised many questions, some of which we were able to put to Dr Guy Sutton’. ‘Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the conference and it helped us to put into context the recent material we have been learning in class’. ‘I would really recommend it to the psychology classes of the future’. Next year we hope we can do ‘Brain Day’ as a live event.


Easter Egg Donation

We have been overwhelmed by the number of Easter eggs donations for local charity, Food4Thought - thank you!  The eggs will go to children in Derby who wouldn’t normally receive an Easter treat.  If you would like to make a donation, there is still time!  Please bring your eggs to either the Senior or Junior Reception by Wednesday next week.

Spotlight on TASS:

Our TASS (talented athlete scholarship scheme) students are now 6 weeks into their virtual delivery session with the University of Derby. So far students have been put through their paces in some strength and conditioning workshops, have attended an online sleep workshop and this week welcomed former GB gymnast Grace Harrison to the Teams meeting to speak to the group about Dual Career pathways during and after life at Derby High. This was a great workshop and taught our athletes about the many different pathways that will allow them to follow both an academic and athlete career path.

This week’s PE challenge:

Following on from last week’s plank challenge U41 have set this week’s school PE challenge - the handstand challenge. It is open to all staff, students and parents, just take a picture of yourself performing a handstand in an unusual location.

Virtual Tour Available

As a reminder for all parents, our virtual tour is available for everyone to see on our web site. Here you are able to click and look around our classrooms, facilities and outdoor areas. The 360 degree photography allows you to view our Infants, Junior and Senior buildings, including our courts, sports hall and field.

To view the Seniors, please click here.

Activate Camps 12th to 16th April

Activate Camps are back at Derby High School this Easter. They will be running their Multi Activity Camp for children aged 5-14 years old who want to have fun during the school holidays! Every camp is packed full of a combination of sports, activity, outdoor exploration, arts and crafts, games, and challenges.

The camp will run from 12th April to the 16th April, from 9:30am to 4:30pm, with extra time club hours available 8:30am to 5:30pm. Half days are also available to book. To find out more information, prices and to book go to the Activate Camps web site by clicking here.


Safeguarding Corner

How to set up 'emergency settings' on your phone:

Personal Safety has been in the news a lot recently. National Online Safety have created these brilliant posters about how to set up the emergency settings on your mobile phone. Please do talk to your children about personal safety and how to use these settings.