07 Jan 2022

Primary High Notes 7th January 2022

Primary High Notes 7th January 2022

Happy New Year! It has been wonderful to welcome back our students this week for the new term. We started the term with a whole school assembly with everyone, from pre-school up to Sixth Form, joining on Teams. We had hoped to be able to slowly start to bring back in-person events such as assemblies and occasions with parents coming into school, at the beginning of this term. Unfortunately the latest, more transmissible variant of Covid has led to us postponing these plans, hopefully only for a short while. I will keep everyone informed of any changes to our current safety measures.

My assembly focused on the link between three things – Will Smith, an elephant and 2022. Like many people, my family and I stayed up on Friday night to see in the New Year - I particularly enjoy watching the London fireworks display on TV. New Year’s Eve is a good opportunity to look back at the year just gone, reflecting on the highs and lows, and then to look forward to what might happen in the new year ahead. There can be a temptation to say I don’t want to move to a new year, I am happy where I am, I don’t want to get older! Looking ahead at the whole of 2022 can be quite daunting.


Desmond Tutu wisely once said “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time”. What he meant by this is that everything in life that seems daunting, overwhelming and even impossible can be accomplished gradually by taking on just a little at a time.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read more. For Christmas, Santa gave me Will Smith’s autobiography, which I started to read last week. The first chapter, titled “The Wall”, describes a lesson Will and his brother Harry learnt as children, when their father got them to build a wall. Every day for a year, come rain or shine, they had to work together to build this wall. They did everything from digging the footings, mixing the mortar and carrying the buckets. Will Smith describes often looking at the hole, feeling totally discouraged thinking they will never be able to finish building the wall. One day, Will and his brother were complaining, saying this is impossible. Their father said “stop worrying about the wall. Your only concern is one brick”. It took time but Will Smith came to realise that his father was absolutely right. When you focus on the wall, the job feels unmanageable, never-ending, but when you focus on one brick, everything gets easier, he knew how to lay one brick well.

So whether you are building a wall, eating an elephant or looking ahead to 2022, the key to success is taking it one step at a time.

Best wishes,

Primary Tea Time Concert

We do hope you have enjoyed watching our numerous performances over the Christmas break. We are delighted to confirm the next Primary Tea Time Concert will be recorded on Thursday 27th January. Please reply to the High post from Mrs Cooke if your child would like to perform. 

LAMDA Speech and Drama at Derby High School

LAMDA offers a sense of achievement and empowerment, aiding the development of important key skills needed for success, self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly. Some spaces have become available this term for junior pupils to begin LAMDA lessons.

LAMDA Lessons will help to:

  • Develop a clear and effective speaking voice
  • Encourage an awareness of positive body language
  • Develop practical presentation skills
  • Improve self- discipline and focus
  • Increase emotional awareness and empathy
  • Improve conversation and listening skills
  • Provide valuable support to English studies, improving vocabulary and knowledge

Lessons cost £17.00 per week, payable termly in advance, and can begin at any time of the school year, from Year Three onwards.

If you wish to enroll your child or you would like further information then please contact Emily Berryman BA (Hons) Acting, at chennery@hotmail.com or on 07967 441114.  Spaces are limited and as such, will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Action Academy, Spaces Still Available

There are still some spaces available for the Action Academy after school classes this term. The details are as follows:

Musical Theatre and Drama & Performance (Infant Hall) £88 (11 weeks). Tuesdays: 3.30-4.30pm Years 1&2

Dance Fusion (Infant Hall) £88 (11weeks). Thursdays: 3.30-4.30pm Years 1&2

Musical Theatre (Infant Hall) £65 (11 weeks). Thursdays: Lunchtime 12.45-1.15pm Early Years (Preschool & Reception)

Holiday Camp at Action Academy Studios (approx. 3 mins drive from DHS) 8am-4.15pm, £30 per day Monday 21st Feb, Tuesday 22nd Feb, Weds. 23rd Feb

Please email ktudor@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk for a form to enroll your child.

Safeguarding Corner

NEW: Report Harmful Content button on the website

Report Harmful Content (a service run by the UK Safer Internet Centre) is pleased to introduce a new, innovative and accessible way for users to report legal but harmful material online. The Report Harmful Content button is a quick and simple method for helping anyone to report offensive or harmful material online, no matter where they are. You can find the button on our website, at the bottom of the home page within the “useful links” section. You can find out more about the initiative here: Report Harmful Content Releases Reporting Button For Organisations and School Settings (swgfl.org.uk)

Digital Family Agreement - from Alan MacKenzie, Safeguarding expert

A digital family agreement is one way in which parents can strike up conversations with their children and agree online boundaries, such as time, phones at the table etc. This sets clear rules for the child and when broken, they will understand that there can be consequences.

London Grid for Learning have put together a new digital family agreement which you can use as a template: link HERE.