18 Jun 2021

Senior High Notes 18th June 2021

Senior High Notes 18th June 2021

On Wednesday this week we celebrated with our U6, the end of their time at Derby High. This group of young people have shown great resilience, strength of character, care and kindness. We are hugely proud of all that they have achieved during their time at school. The Leavers’ Service is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the achievements and events throughout their time at school. These students have represented the school in many a sporting competition, performed in concerts and productions, showcased their talents in art, visited far flung destinations to further their studies and so much more. Thank you to the U6 and Chaplain Jo for delivering a wonderful service.


Best wishes

Derby High Virtual Festival

On the final day of term, Friday 2nd July, we will be holding our online event called the Festival of Learning. We will be celebrating and recognising all the excellent achievements that have taken place this year. The event will have pre-recorded videos to watch and we will be holding a live stream from 10:30am to noon. Parents will be able to access this event online and pupils will watch together as a class. Further information will be sent to parents via HighPost nearer the time.



Carnegie Book Award - Winner Event

This week we had a fantastic event in the library for L4 who have been shadowing this book award. After a quiz we awarded prizes for

Most books read in each class:

  • Zainab read all 8
  • Yassin read 6

Best reviews went to -

  • Connie - Fountains of Silence
  • Zaynah - Run Rebel
  • Ciernan - Look Both Ways
  • Janmeet- Run rebel


L5 10 Netball

The L5 Netball team walked down to Littleover on Wednesday to play in their first netball fixture for a while in the blazing heat of the recent heat wave! The students represented Derby High with excellent grit, determination and persistence throughout the game, where they certainly rallied hard and made huge improvements with every quarter. Although the game didn't go our way, the students worked hard to put their skills into practice and collaborated as hard as they could throughout the match. Well done to all involved!

L4 Girls Football

Our L4 girls played a football fixture against Repton Prep this week. It was a very hot afternoon and the team played with determination and gave 100% of their energy throughout the entire match. Repton Prep have a very strong team and although we lost the game, we are getting better every week. Repton are particularly strong at attacking and DHS put up a strong defence and stopped many goal scoring opportunities. Well done to Zainab for receiving Player of The Match! 


L4 Boys Football

Our L4 boys had their first football fixture of the year this week, against Repton Prep. After the first quarter DHS were winning 1-0, in the second quarter Repton levelled up and the score finished 2-2, in the third quarter DHS took the lead with 3 goals to 2 but that quarter finish 4-4. Unfortunately in the final quarter we conceded another 2 goals, and the game finish 6-4. It was a fantastic first fixture and the score did not reflect the strong defence our team demonstrated. Well done to Oliver for his defensive skills, Martin for his many goalkeeper saves and Alfie for being top goal scorer. Well done Ciernan, Yassin, Callum and George, you all worked tirelessly and it was a pleasure to see your comradery as a team. 

Rounders England

It is fantastic to hear what our U5 students are getting up to now that they have broken up for the summer. Chantal is continuing to demonstrate her skills and playing in high level ladies tennis. She also represented England U17s at the Herefordshire Junior Rounders Festival last Sunday. The junior England teams play festivals around the country against local teams/schools to promote rounders. It was a lovely sunny day and the team performed well. Chantal fielded very well, finishing the highest scoring England batter and along with the captain, she received the ‘Most Valued Player' award from the coaches/referees. 

Derbyshire Schools Athletics Championships

Last weekend 10 students competing at the DDSA Championship at Moorways Stadium. For some of our students it was their first time competing in their event or the first competition since restrictions have lifted. Well done to Bella for competing in the 100m, Vidhmahi for competing in the 100m and 200m, Annabelle for competing in the 800m and 300m,  Sowmya and Eleanor for competing in the discus, Elsie for competing in the 300m and 800m and Connie, Daisy and Megan for competing in the 1500m.

Our aim was to enjoy the day, get back to competitive sport and to give our students the opportunity to experience an Athletics Championship. Despite this DHS came away with 3 medals! Congratulations to Elsie for her Bronze medal in 300m, Annabelle for her Silver medal in the 800m and Eleanor for her Gold medal in the discus.


Congratulations, Mrs Goodman!

Congratulations to Mrs Goodman for making selection to the Masters squad to represent England Hockey in the forthcoming International Event, taking place in August 2021. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to hearing all about it.

Free Parent webinar: Tougher Minds

Although exam season for this year has passed, students who feel they would like to get ahead of coping with exam stresses might find the Tougher Minds free webinar interesting:  

The webinar will help parents understand:

• Why children can find revision difficult and how help secure the grades they deserve

• How to reduce stress in the home for both children and parents

•How to improve exam performance

• How parents can support their children to be the very best prepared they can be on the day of the examination

It’s on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The free access code is SPKRVIP and this is the link to the booking: http://bit.ly/TougherMindsRL

Safeguarding Corner

TikTok - Anti Bullying Campaign

A few days ago TikTok released their new anti-bullying campaign on their @TikTokTips account. It is an animated series using the personal stories of six creators who offer their perspectives on how to counter bullying, the impact, and the importance of working together. Given the popularity of TikTok with students, it may be worth sharing the campaign with them just in case they need help and support. More information can be found HERE

New Helpline Service - 13-18 year olds.

With the significant rise in mental ill health issues, Is This OK  is a helpline and text service in partnership with Childline and the Runaway helpline, funded by BBC Children in Need and The Worshipful Company of Information Technologies. As well as a helpline there is lots of useful information and advice for young people. See HERE for more information.