26 Mar 2021

Senior High Notes 26th March 2021

Senior High Notes 26th March 2021

The past three weeks back have provided us all with a degree of normality, albeit with a variety of restrictions in place, and the students have all responded amazingly. We can also feel positivity for the future – not only to deliver the best education possible in the safest way possible, but also to ensure that Derby High School comes back even stronger than ever after the enforced period of remote learning, with a re-doubled sense of the vital purpose of education and a commitment to achieving our individual academic and personal potential.

I would like to pay tribute to the way that students, parents and staff have coped with all the issues faced over the past year. Your messages of support and positive feedback have been appreciated more than we can say.

Best Wishes

Senior Easter Service

This afternoon our Senior School came together online to watch our Easter Service.  Recorded in school last week, we hope you enjoy watching this combination of readings, reflections, music and prayers. On behalf of everyone at Derby High School we wish you a happy, peaceful and enjoyable Easter.

To watch on YouTube please click here.



Astro Club Moon Photography Competition Prize Winners

We were really impressed with the standard of our entries for this competition. Our winners were Rose (artistic category) and Zainab (technical and overall categories) and we presented them with commemorative canvasses of their winning photographs this week.
We are also sending canvasses of Zainab's winning entry to our three amazing Astro Club guest speakers from this term, so they can represent Derby High School on their office walls!


Spanish Pen Pal Project

U4 Spanish have received letters this week from our Spanish school exchange (Edelweiss school) in Valencia. The students in both schools have the opportunity to practice their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills with native speakers. During the Easter holidays our students will be writing letters back to the Spanish students. Maria, our first ever Spanish Teaching Assistant, managed this project. It was lovely to see how excited the students were when they received their letters. 

Virtual House Dance

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and family members who took part in virtual House Dance during lock-down. Students were able to watch the videos this week in form time. It was lovely to see the smiles and hear the laughter from watching the video. Without the hard work of our House Captains this would not have been possible. Thank you.

Each House Dance video was given a score out of 10 by the PE department, then a point for each participant was added to this score. Congratulation to St Patrick who were the overall winners with 43 points!

Derby High Book of the Year

Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for the Derby High School Book of the Year.

Winner of the Derby High Book of the Year:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (nominated by Zaynah)

I like the Hunger Games because it's tense and clever. The plot is really cool and kept me addicted for 3 days. I'm intrigued to watch the movie and finish off the series... Zaynah

Runner Up:

Rules for Being a Girl by Katie Cortugno and Candace Bushnell (nominated by Darlina)

My nomination goes to ‘Rules for Being A Girl’ by Katie Cortugno and Candace Bushnell. My explanation is below:

This book centres around a teenager discovering the wonders of feminism after being sexually assaulted. I found myself relating to some of the protagonist's struggles (quite unusually!), making it very personal to me. Despite being the cliché privileged, popular, white protagonist, I liked Marin’s gradual revelation about intersectionality as I found it realistic. I also enjoyed the presentation of gender equality as a universal issue and was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of male feminists (hopefully encouraging some of our boys to read it!). This book should be DHS’s book of the year as DHS was built upon the foundation of feminism, having been established as a girls-only school - showing its commitment to girls’ education when others didn’t. Furthermore, this is a YA book – making it accessible to the majority of our secondary school. Most importantly, though, it would raise awareness and encourage others to help smash the patriarchy!  Darlina

Derbyshire Schools' Book Award Mega Quiz

Congratulations to Zoya and Angel for coming second in the Derbyshire Schools' Book Award Mega Quiz. Students across many schools in Derbyshire took part so this is a fantastic achievement. The Year 7 book group enjoyed watching the virtual event which included several of the shortlisted authors answering student questions as well as the announcement of the winner which was "The Soup Movement" by Ben Davis.

Intermediate Physics Challenge 2021

This year’s Intermediate Physics Challenge for Year 11 students was held for the first time on-line. This is an annual competition organised by the British Physics Olympiad to stretch and challenge the best GCSE physics students in the country. We were very pleased that eight U5 students entered this year and went on to achieve some excellent results. The students were Alice (Silver), Darlina (Silver), Ella (Silver), Annabelle (Silver), Rose (Silver), Alexis (Silver), PeaceofGod (Bronze) and Gia (Bronze). Many congratulations to them all.

Virtual Cross Country Competition

Calling all long distance runners!! You have a 2 week window to submit your cross country times, all the information for this competition was emailed to students on the 15th March. Please use bstirland@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk as the verification contact person.

Please use a fitness app to track your run as evidence. This will need to be emailed to Miss Stirland separately. The competition has been set up for Year 9 and above students but if you are in Year 7 or 8 and want to have ago then please send Miss Stirland your time and evidence.

The entry form can be accessed by clicking here.


Easter Egg Collection For Food 4 Thought

Thank you to everyone for their Easter Egg donations to support local charity Food4Thought. We really appreciate all the kind donations! We would especially like to thank Raw Revolution By Natural Dogs Direct and their customers, for donating so many Easter Eggs and for collecting them yesterday to be delivered.


Library News

This week we introduced the whole of L4 to the 2021 Carnegie shortlist, they will be working their way through the 8 books considered by UK school librarians as some of the best fiction on offer this year. The students will also get to submit their reviews and artwork as well as vote on their favourite book which will be announced in June. Find out more about the books here The CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2021 – The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards (carnegiegreenaway.org.uk) 

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

On Wednesday our TASS athletes were put through their paces with a virtual HIIT session, Tabata style, 30 seconds on and 10 seconds rest for 20 minutes. It was wonderful to see everyone's dedication! 


Safeguarding Corner

Instagram New Safety Features

An interesting new feature being rolled out by Instagram will hopefully stop adults private messaging persons under the age of 18 (unless the child follows the adult). As you will be aware, you should be 13 or over to use Instagram. This is verified when you create your account you enter a year of birth. It is known that many don't put their correct birth year for many different reasons, but this also means that some under 18's will have adult accounts.

Further to this, for adults and children that follow each other, Instagram is introducing a new feature where, if an adult has previously been exhibiting suspicious behaviour, such as sending a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18, the child will receive a prompt to be cautious.

You can read more about these features by clicking here.

YouTube New Parental Controls

New controls have been released by YouTube to give parents better filtering management. Previously the only filtering option was 'Restricted Mode' which basically meant videos flagged as 18+ were filtered out. Called 'Supervised Experience' there are now filters for:

  • Explore - 9+
  • Explore More - 13+
  • Most of YouTube - all videos except 18+ (the current Restricted Mode)

YouTube released a handy explainer video which can be viewed by clicking here.