19 Nov 2021

Senior High Notes 19th November

Senior High Notes 19th November

This week has been Anti-Bullying week. From odd socks, to good vibe messages and post-it notes on lockers, our students have embraced the message “One Kind Word”. I want to particularly thank our U4 students and Mr Ince who have been the driving force behind so many key activities.
Children in Need is always a wonderful day in school, where we see tutor groups dressing up in different themes for a very important charity. There has been a wonderful array of outfits, I am always so impressed by the ideas and thinking behind the themes. Special mention must go to the staff, whose theme was crazy hairstyles!

This week I have had to isolate at home following a positive Covid test, but fortunately with relatively mild symptoms. I will be back in school on Monday 29th November. In the meantime, I would like to thank my Deputy, Miss Jordan, for ensuring everything continues to run smoothly and keeping me updated on all the wonderful things going on in school.

A reminder that next week we have an inset day on Thursday 25th November and Exeat on Friday 26th November. The exeat gives everyone the opportunity to recharge batteries ready for the busy final weeks of the term.


Best wishes,

Anti-Bullying Week at Derby High

This week at Derby High School, we have taken part in the national anti-bullying week under the motto ONE KIND WORD. To raise awareness, we have created a helpful and informative assembly, put kind messages in each form’s register daily and using smiley post-it notes, placed kind words on lockers for everyone to see.


Alongside this we have also sold anti-bullying merchandise every break and lunch time in the Wessex Hall.

Running up to the week itself we have had a lot of fun in our weekly Tuesday morning meetings. We have all enjoyed taking part in something so important to our school community. We hope that our school has enjoyed this week as much as we have and we hope that people now understand how bullying can affect everyone.

We feel it is important to raise awareness about bullying because it can affect everyone in different ways at any time and everyone should know what to do if they are bullied or see it around them. Bullying in any form is not tolerated at Derby High and everyone in the school community can help to stamp it out altogether.  We hope this school is an even safer and happier place for everyone than it was before.

Anabelle and Morgan, Year 9

Lunchtimes in the Art Room

The art room is always a hive of activity during lunchtimes. Here is a little insight to the wonderful independent work being created and the skills sessions led by our Art Prefects.


U3 Photography Club

The U3 photography club have been exploring the theme ‘Collection’ this week. They have been composing their own still life pieces to photograph from different viewpoints and explore various settings on the cameras.



Creative Industries Session with Birmingham City University

L6/U6 Art & Design students took part in a virtual creative industries session with Birmingham City University. Students had the opportunity to see work created on the courses offered, gain information regarding career options and receive portfolio advice for university applications. This was all topped off by a fun and creative practical task challenging students thinking.



U3 Netball v Ecclesbourne

This week our A & B U3 netball teams played in a home fixture against Ecclesbourne. Both teams started strong, creating lots of goal scoring opportunities in attack, whilst putting the pressure on the opposition with tight marking and hands over ball, in defence. Both of Ecclesbourne’s teams didn’t make it easy for us, they played some great netball and were fighting hard throughout the entire game. Congratulations to both of our teams for winning their game and showing great determination and resilience. All 4 U3 teams played some great netball! Well done!

U13 Netball v Chellaston Academy  

We welcomed Chellaston on Monday, to play some friendly netball matches against our U13 teams. Both games were closely fought and amicably competitive, with some fine skills and team work on display. 

The A team played well, building their play up the court with some success. However they did have to work hard in defence to thwart a number of opportunities. Their final score was 11-4 to Chellaston. 

The B team persisted and collaborated effectively, producing some really positive performances all over the court, with some players in new positions. The game finished as a win for Derby High, 7-4. 

A huge well done and thank you also to Lauren Ferrie who umpired the A team game. 

Well done to all involved! 


U3 Netball vs Woodlands

This was our U3’s second game of the week, playing a home game against Woodlands. Our U3 squad put out 2 teams and they played 4 quarters of 6 minutes. The focus of this fixture was to perform correct footwork, mark the ball without breaking the obstruction rules and to drive into space to receive a pass. Both teams played some brilliant netball, taking on feedback from both Miss Stirland and the Woodlands coach and improved in all of the areas we wanted to focus on. Both of our teams won their game, 3-0 and 11-9. Well done to all of the players!


U14 County Netball Tournament

The U14 Netball took part in the County Netball Tournament held at Repton on Tuesday afternoon. The tournament consisted of two pools of five teams, with Derby High then having four pool games to play and the possibility of progressing to the semi-finals and finals.

The team fought really well and worked together effectively to produce some really positive passages of play. The first game against a tall Ecclesbourne resulted in a 7-1 loss, but the team persisted right to the end. After a game off to do a little more practice and have some tactical discussions, the final three pool games took place. A close 4-3 win over Littleover was a tight game, and very end-to-end. The next game was against Woodlands, which ended in a 5-1 loss but, again, in true Derby High spirit, the team collaborated and persisted right to the final hooter. Our final game against Repton was a tough one to finish with, but determination was evident from all the players. The game ended in a 7-1 loss.

Despite some losses, our win over Littleover meant that we finished 4th in the pool but sadly didn't progress any further in the tournament. Lots of positives from the games today, and scoring at least one goal in every game was a great feat! The team were proud of their efforts and performance - well done to all involved!

U14 Derby City Football Tournament

On the 18th November the U14 girls travelled to Lees Brook School for the Derby City U14 Girls Football Tournament.

The games, competing against Da Vinci and Woodland, were played in great spirits and the girls were extremely excited to represent the school. Some brilliant football was played by both teams and the girls all supporting each other, which was great to see. We were victorious in our first game against Da Vinci, thanks to goals from Rosie and Florrie and a clean sheet from our goalkeeper Alana.  Unfortunately, we then lost to the eventual winners Woodlands who were extremely strong and represented by several girls who play for Derby County.  Thank you for your fantastic efforts, girls!

U13 Boys Basketball

The U13 boys played in their first ever basketball tournament this week. The boys have been working hard at lunchtime practice and during lessons and were very excited at having an opportunity to play against various other schools.

After a nervous start, we managed to beat Landau by a small margin.  As the tournament progressed, we began to win more rebounds and the shooting of Ugonna was superb as he bagged several baskets in quick succession to claim victory against West Park and CODA.  It was a real team effort, where all the team managed to score at least one basket each. In the end, we remained undefeated and we will benefit greatly from the experience and continue to practice in preparation for our next game. Well done to all the boys who took part on the day. 

Swimming Success at the Derbyshire Junior Grand Prix

During the three gala series, EJ (Year 7) competed against the top girls in her age group in the Derbyshire Junior Grand Prix. EJ swam 8 events, managing personal best times in 7 of them. Points were awarded for the finishing position achieved in each event and the results calculated to identify the top three swimmers for each age group. Congratulations to EJ for coming 1st in her age group. She will receive an award from the President of the Derbyshire ASA at the county long course championships next month.


On Wednesday our TASS students had their first strength and conditioning session. The focus was on core stability, flexibility and joint stability. This was the first of 3 practical sessions for our athletes this term.


Safeguarding Corner


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