03 Dec 2021
Primary High Notes 3rd December 2021
Perfection is overrated! In so many areas of life we are encouraged to strive for perfection. Now that’s not a bad thing, however it can result in us missing out on the beauty of the world around us. Make no mistake, I am all for being the best you can be and having high standards, but not at the expense of enjoying life. You see, if you become obsessed with perfection, living in an imperfect world can become quite taxing and you risk losing sight of the importance of the process. In my Primary assembly yesterday, I illustrated this with the wonderful story A Squash and a Squeeze.
The story starts with a lady complaining that her house is too small, she doesn’t feel that it is perfect and so she asks advice from a wise old man. Instead of trying to make her house perfect, he suggests she welcomes a variety of animals into her house, from a hen, to a pig and a cow. When eventually the wise old man suggests that all the animals leave the house, the lady realises what she has is great, it might not be perfect but it is just right for her.
Perfection as an ultimate goal is great but the imperfect process of getting there is wonderful in itself and not to be underestimated. The reward at the end is much sweeter if the imperfections are greater. The process is far more important than the result.
I love working in an imperfect school. Yes, you read it here first - Derby High is not perfect! What we are is imperfectly perfect. We have just enough imperfections to keep us striving to be better!
The Angel Express
On Wednesday we recorded our Early Years’ Nativity, ‘The Angel Express’. The children enjoyed the challenge of performing in front of the camera and we can't wait to share their performance with parents next week!
Snow Queen Day
On Monday next week we are having a fantastically exciting ‘Snow Queen’ themed day. The children will take part in a range of fun and engaging activities based on the fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen. As part of this day, we have paid for a touring theatre company to come to Derby High to perform ‘The Snow Queen’ in the Senior Hall for all primary children. This theatre show is our gift to the children for Christmas. The children are all looking forward to the event and the magical day we have in store for them.
Wrens Visit Conkers!
The Wrens had an amazing time at Conkers this week. They made Christmas crafts, went on a woodland walk to meet Santa, had a story with the elves and then explored the discovery centre. Lots of Christmas fun was had by all!
Year 3 and 4 played an U9s A and B fixture against Nottingham High School this week. A great afternoon of matches on the Astro saw us draw 1 game and lose narrowly 1-0 in the other game. Well done to everyone!
On Tuesday 30th November, students from Year 5 and 6 travelled to Denstone to play in a friendly girls 7-a-side hockey fixture. After a good warm up, the group split off into their two teams to play their matches over half a pitch. Both matches were well contested, with such improvement shown in their skills and confidence on the pitch, as well as their improved understanding of the rules of the game. There were a number of strong individual performances on both pitches being displayed, but what was most impressive was the team work and collaboration on show, which produced some fantastic goal scoring opportunities... and goals! There was a 6-0 win and a 1-6 loss for the teams, but the students enjoyed the games and should be very proud of their progress and performances! Well done to all involved!
Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated gifts to Christmas Connection. Last year provided present parcels to over 700 children in Derby. We continue to welcome gifts of brand new toys, teddies, books, toiletry gifts, chocolate selection boxes and sweets. A reminder that these need to be brought into school by Wednesday 8th December so that we can pass them on to the charity in good time. If you would prefer to purchase gifts online, please go to https://amzn.eu/683VaUr for a gift list and further information.
We are looking forward to sharing our gift to the primary children on Monday 6th December as we welcome Quantam Theatre to deliver Michael Whitmore’s enchanting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s ever popular Christmas classic "The Snow Queen". The special performances will take place in the Senior Hall for infants and juniors
School Christmas dinner will now take place on Tuesday 14th December. We have chosen to move Christmas jumper day to this day too, to help us enjoy the festivities.
As Christmas time approaches, it’s likely that many children and young people will be looking forward to receiving technology-based gifts under the tree this year. This means the festive period is a great opportunity to highlight simple tips to help parents and carers make safer choices when buying new devices. Please Click here for helpful tips on how you can help your children to keep safer online during the festive period, and beyond.