23 Apr 2021

Senior High Notes 23rd April 2021

Senior High Notes 23rd April 2021

We have been so touched and impressed by the way our whole school community has supported one another this week. It has been a really difficult time for us all. Members of staff will continue to be available for anyone who needs support in any way. Please encourage your son/daughter to speak to Chaplain Jo, Mrs Bellman, Head of Key Stage, their form tutor or any other trusted member of staff. We are beginning to think about how we can celebrate Gabbi’s life in consultation with her year group. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Gabbi’s family.

Best Wishes 

Senior Physics Challenge

Alec, Gopika and Sora were presented this week with their certificates for the Senior Physics Challenge organised by the British Physics Olympiad, which they undertook at the end of lockdown. They achieved a Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively. Many congratulations on their excellent achievements.

Tennis Success for Tia

Tia in Year 7 was runner up in one of the three Youth National Series tournaments that were held at various venues over the country last week. Her success in the Under 12 event was held at Repton School, so she will join the other top 7 players that have qualified for the National Series Finals. The top 8 girls will battle for top spot at Corby on the 3rd May. 

Last year Tia played in the 10 and under Winter National Finals and met Andy Murray along with the other finalists. Well done Tia!

Photo: with thanks to Derbyshire Tennis Facebook

Positive Social Online Safety Talk

On Thursday afternoon our Year 9 students had a fantastic talk on using Social Media effectively and safely from Mark Saxby, Positive Social.  It was a very entertaining but also educational session about the importance of being responsible online with Social Media posts and use of apps like TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat.  The students were set the challenge of "could you go without Social Media, and if so for how long?" Three quarters of the year group committed to spend less time on Social Media at the very least, or agreed to have a significant period of time away from it.  Mr Lee will be following this challenge up!  The students were all extremely engaged in the talk. Year 8 are having their talk on Monday afternoon.

Thanks to Mark and Positive Social for their highly valuable input with this most important of issues.

Rolls Royce Design Engineering Competition

Thanks to Mrs. Orr for providing a link to a really interesting competition run by Rolls Royce.  The task is to design a helmet for a pilot.  This competition is open to all students aged 5 – 18 - so get involved! 

To find out more and enter the competition please click this link:

rr-spirit-of-innovation-helmet-design.pdf (rolls-royce.com)

Supercurricular and Careers Events in the Easter Holidays

Supercurricular and Careers never goes on holiday!  During the Easter Break we were fortunate to have two excellent webinars for our KS4 and KS5 students.  The first was from Construction Giants Balfour Beatty on career opportunities within this sector, particularly the increasing range of Degree Apprenticeships and how keen the sector is to recruit young women.  Thanks to Ella and Laura for the input!

Secondly we had our first webinar this year with our friends at CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding), specifically about the conflict in Yemen and how our students can raise awareness.  We didn't quite have the time for an Arabic lesson but that is coming up soon!  We also hope to be able to visit CAABU in London when we are able to.  Thanks to Chris and Nazifa of CAABU for their expert input.

Activate Camps – Summer Camps

We’re delighted to announce Activate Camps will be holding summer camps at Derby High School throughout the summer holidays. The camps are for children aged 5 to 14. Dates and full details can be found by clicking here.

A 10% discount is available for any early bookings, booked by 26th April.  Use code SUMMER when booking for the discount to be applied.

Safeguarding Corner

Social Media and Cyber-advice Posters (PDSC/ChildSafeVPN)

Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by the police, who believe that the majority of cyber crime can be prevented by taking a few simple steps.

PDSC partners, ChildsafeVPN, has created a set of useful infographics about cyber-safety aspects of the main apps and sites that young people may come across.  These give an outline of how to keep yourself safe on sites such as instagram, tiktok and youtube.

You can download the posters here: https://www.policedsc.com/security-advice/safeguarding