17 Sep 2021

Senior High Notes 17th September 2021

Senior High Notes 17th September 2021

I am sure, like me, you were gripped with the US Open last week - such incredible tennis being played by very talented athletes. In my live assembly this morning, we watched some of the highlights from the women’s final between Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez. Emma went through 10 rounds to get to the final without losing a set, absolutely incredible. But, my assembly wasn’t about winning or the journey to get there. I shared the story of Emma at Wimbledon earlier this summer and Dr Tim Brabants (Olympic Gold medallist in the 100m kayak sprint). Both of these athletes have been outstanding in their sports, with high hopes and expectations pinned on them. For Emma this was at Wimbledon earlier this year, where she had to withdraw from the 4th round due to breathing difficulties, many said it was too much for her. Tim Brabants went into the Athens Olympics in 2004 at the top of his game, having medalled at European and World Championships in the lead up to the Games. In the heat he set a world best time, a time that would have won the final. However, in the final he came fifth, missing out on the medals. For both Emma and Tim, they could have seen these situations as failures and given up. Instead they both worked hard and came back. For Emma it was winning the US Open, for Tim it was winning Gold at the Beijing Olympics four years later.


What can we learn from these two athletes? Sometimes we are not going to win, get the top mark in a piece of work or miss out on our goal which we have been working towards. It does not mean you have failed, simply that you aren’t there yet.
My advice to our students when they don’t quite reach their goals is to take time out, re-evaluate, find out how to improve, ask for help using the team around you (teachers, parents and friends) and most importantly keep trying because with belief and determination you will, in time, reach your goals.
Best Wishes 

Derby High Parent Portal Launch

Over the summer break we have changed our MIS provider and we are delighted to announce we are now ready to launch our Derby High Parent Portal.

Yesterday at 1:30pm all parents received an email from Mrs Chapman detailing how to access our new parent portal.

Within the portal, parents are able to view information relating to their child. Ahead of our annual data check which will be communicated next week, it is essential parents update contact information via the portal by clicking the “My Contact Information” tab.  Please do this by Monday 20th September.

If you have any issues logging into our new parent portal please email networkadmins@debyhigh.derby.sch.uk.

Derbyshire Track and Field County Championships

Congratulations to Annabelle U5 and Hannah L4 for competing in the Derbyshire Track and Field County Championships last weekend. Annabelle won a silver medal in the 800m, 300m, 200m and Hannah came 5th in the 100m and the long jump event.


Young Professionals Invitation 30th September 6pm to 7.30pm

Young Professional would like to invite parents to their very first parent / carers information evening event.

Leaders from some of the biggest employers in their industry IBM, HSBC, PwC, bp, University of Bath, Clifford Chance & Capgemini will be talking about how your son / daughter can navigate the job market to find some incredible work experience / internship placements as well as graduate and apprenticeship opportunities. Useful tips will be shared around psychometric testing, how to prepare for assessment centres, CVs, and applications as well as lots of information around preparing your child for the workplace or university.

This event is free of charge on Thursday 30th September, 6pm – 7:30pm. You may join this event virtually with your child, ask questions directly to leading employers and obtain lots of useful information. The booking link can be found below here.

Booking Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YP-Insight-Evening

Derby High Book Club

Some of you may remember that we started a Derby High Book Club on Teams during lockdown last year.

The Book Club Teams page is a great place to find inspiration for your reading or simply share ideas about great books you have encountered.

If you would like to be added to the Book Club on Teams, please email Mrs Webster, jwebster@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk. Happy reading!

Pragya’s Fundraising Campaign For Calcutta Rescue

Pragya, Year 6, has launched a digital art exhibition and invites all the children (18 and under) across the globe to contribute with their piece of art based on the theme "Kindness".

Some wonderful art work has been submitted from both UK and India, with £291 raised so far. To read more on Pragya’s campaign, click here to read an article in Telegraph India. 

The image of the artwork can be emailed to Nabarupa.Mukherjee@gmail.com. The submission deadline is 30th September 2021. Please mention your child's name and age in the email. The submitted artwork will be displayed in Calcutta Rescue's social media page.

To donate please click here to be directed to Pragya’s Just Giving page. Well done to Pragya for launching this campaign, this is an amazing initiative.

Message from Miss Stirland, Director of Sport

Hello, I hope everyone has settled back into their new routines and enjoying taking part in sport again, both inside and out of school. I love to hear and share all of the sporting achievements you get up to outside of school. If you’ve played for your club at a football match at the weekend and got player of the match, competed in a dance competition or ran in an athletics race – I want to hear about it! Please email me all the details at bstirland@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk along with a picture (if possible) to share on High Notes. Thank you.

Safeguarding News

This week's safeguarding corner comes from the National Online Safety Centre and is a parent guide to social media scams. It is really familiarising yourself with these key points so that you know what to watch for and can talk to your children about it. Download here: Free Online Safety Guide | Social Media Scams | National Online Safety