14 Jan 2022

Senior High Notes 14th January 2022

Senior High Notes 14th January 2022

We have had a very successful, busy week. The weather has been wonderful, and has enabled lots of great sporting activities to take place. I have been delighted to see rehearsals well underway for our Senior School production, The Importance of Being Ernest.

Thank you to everyone for following our covid measures, keeping everyone as safe as possible. I am pleased to say that currently no one in senior school is isolating with covid and only 1 isolating in primary. There will be new measures from Monday January 17th, where isolation is reduced to five days, as long as a negative test is achieved on day 5 and day 6.

My assembly this week focused on the concept of self-belief. I explained that self-belief is a person's belief in their ability to complete tasks and to achieve their goals. Judging yourself to be capable of success increases your chances of actual success, whilst judging yourself as not capable of success reduces the chance of success. I used the example of the Third Round of the FA cup at the weekend, where teams from the Premiership all the way down to non-league played in the competition. For many of the lower league teams, they were deemed to be the underdog, less likely to win because they weren’t in as high a league. For teams like Boreham Wood and Cambridge United, they needed to believe in themselves and their team, working hard together to beat a higher team. It’s very easy to give up and say you can’t do something before you have even tried. For these teams that won at the weekend, it is all part of the journey, just like for our students and their journey through school, a win no matter how big or small adds to that belief and helps move you forward towards your goals. Whilst there are going to be bumps in the road and setbacks, it is also how you use those situations to continue on the journey.

Best Wishes


Gardening Club

We have a number of areas in the school that provide the perfect opportunity for growing plants, flowers and vegetables.  Some of our U3s are budding gardeners and have being nurturing the plants in Dr Mathews’ classroom.  Yesterday we started gardening club, we’re initially focusing on one area and see where that takes us! Dr Mathews, Mrs Martin Smith and Chaplain Jo will be on hand to help the students think about how they will develop their new space for years to come.  There will be so much to learn and do. The students are excited about helping our school to look smart. There will be regular updates on social media of what they are doing, what’s growing, what didn’t get quite enough water and what tastes delicious!



Astro Club Returns - Guest Speaker Next Week!

Dr Bhattacharayya and Mr Dodson were delighted to kick off Astro Club this week, and look forward to seeing more students as the term unfolds. Next week on Wednesday at 1pm would be a perfect time to check out what's going on, since we have our first guest speaker booked in. Dr Susan Cartwright, Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Sheffield University will be giving us an introduction to the subject of supernovae, or "what happens after a star dies", which will surely provoke some serious thinking on a big subject.

All students are welcome to attend when we have a guest speaker, but please email Dr B or Mr D an email if you want to know more, or if you want to join the Astro Club Team. Clear skies everyone!

Thank you to Mr Dodson for the photo above of the M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy, imaged this week over Derby skies!

L4 French Penpal Letters

Both L4 groups were very excited to receive their French pen pal letters. One group received their letters from Trappes, a city in the suburbs of Paris. We have been exchanging with this school for the past 3 years.

The other group received their letters from Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast. This is the first time we have received letters from this francophone country!


Gold Industrial Cadet Award Scheme

Last November saw the launch of our Gold Industrial Cadet Award Scheme. Formerly known as the Engineering Education Scheme, this has always proved a challenging but very enjoyable project for L6 and after a year’s break due to the pandemic it is great to have this project back. This year, 5 L6 physicists are taking part working alongside Rolls Royce Electrical Division and their plane, The Spirit of Innovation, as they try to break the speed record for an Electrically Driven aircraft. It promises to be an exciting, historic and innovative project.

The scheme will involve the building of a prototype model at a residential at Loughborough University this January, an assessment by industry experts of a written report and presentation in May and a face to face to face celebration in June.

British Physics Olympiad Success for Alex

Congratulations to Alex in U6 who sat round 1 of the British Physics Olympiad in November and achieved a Bronze award. The 2-paper exam took nearly 3 hours and included challenging questions on a wide range of topics including waves and electricity. The questions are always designed to stretch even the most able students, well done to Alex - this is a great achievement.

U13 Netball v Trent College

This Wednesday we headed to Trent College with two U13 teams, with a mix of U3 and L4 students. We played four 10 minute quarters on Trent's out door courts. Both of our teams played with determination and great team work. Our A team faced a very strong Trent team and although Trent came away with the win, have learned lots and have things to take away and work on in training. Our B team played with determination and secured a winning score of 11-7. Well done to all our players!


U14 Netball v Trent College

On Tuesday our U14 A and B team played away at Trent College. Thank you to Beth and Zoe for their reports on the match below.

Game 1 DHS 3-22 Trent

The team played hard throughout all quarters against the highly skilled Trent, putting in lots of effort and never giving up. Although they did not secure the victory they worked excellently as a team and got many fantastic interceptions. With a special well done to Rosie, voted best player, who sneakily dodged her opponents and got many amazing interceptions throughout.


Game 2 DHS 8-6 Trent

The year 8 and 9 girls worked well as a team even though they had not played together before. Great shots, passes and interceptions were made and the team played really well together. By the half way mark, the Derby High girls were winning 4-2 and the match ended in an 8-6 victory, .


Swimming Success

Congratulating to EJ, Y7. EJ has been invited to join the Derventio Excel Regional Swim Squad and will start next week. A brilliant achievement and something to be proud of!


Great Netball News

Well done to Rosie U4 and her netball team, playing for Allestree Netball Club. Her team played in the U15s Derbyshire county competition, winning their first game 23-8 against Ripley, the second 12-11 against Long Eaton and the third 17-8 against Ashbourne. Winning all three matches takes the team through to play in the East-Midlands regional competition in April. We look forward to hearing about the Regional Competition!

Cross Country Success

Well done for Connie and Florrie in Y9. Both students raced last weekend and finished with a qualifying position. Connie raced at The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire county trials in Mansfield and came 8th, progressing her through to the UK championships. Florrie raced at the Leicestershire county qualifiers last weekend for her club, Wreake and Soar valley, and came 7th. Florrie will now be racing for Leicestershire in the nationals in March! Well done to both of you!


Congratulations to Annabelle U6 for coming 1st in the Derbyshire County Cross Country Championships! The race was held on Saturday 8th January at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield. Not only did Annabelle come first to secure a place at the inter-counties race in March at Loughborough, but her team won the medal for the fastest team as well. Well done Annabelle, your hard work is paying off!

Go Karting Star

Well done to Lucy, Y7 for competing again last weekend. Not only did Lucy do well in her race, but she was also presented with her trophies from the 2021 season. She was the runner-up in the HKRC Minimax championship and was also delighted to receive the Derek Deglass Ladies Trophy 1st place 2021. This was for the top female driver across all racing classes at the club. Lucy received a trophy to take away but there is also a trophy which remains at the club, which will have her name engraved for all future winners to see. Keep up the speedy work!!


Co-Curricular Timetable

We are delighted to share this half term’s Co-Curricular timetable.  Our Co-Curricular activities launched last Monday, with an impressive range of clubs and activities.

Thank you to our teaching staff for organising these additional activities for our students.  In the forthcoming weeks, expect to see our Co-Curricular activities in action on our Social Media channels and in High Notes!

To view our Spring Term 2022 Extra/Super Curricular timetable, please click here.

To view our Spring Term 2022 Music activities time table, please click here.

FREE Spring Work Experience Opportunities from Springpod

Here is a link to the amazing range of online work experience opportunities for our students.  Springpod recommend these from L5 and above but it's never too early to start thinking about where you're heading and gaining some experience in the field, so do please have a look at these opportunities.


Schoolblazer Sale

Schoolblazer have a sale next month from 7-18th February inclusive with a 1/3rd off selected uniform lines.


LGfL DigiSafe – Keeping Children Safe

Lgfl DigiSafe ran a Parent Facebook Live Q&A over the Christmas break, this is now available to watch again. The Q & A is about keeping children safe on phones, games & devices.

Lgfl are joined by leading experts from Common Sense Media and PopJam/SuperAwesome, sharing tips to keep to children safe online and on devices, and practical advice on:

  • parental settings and age restrictions
  • apps, games and the latest trends
  • bullying, relationships, criminal and sexual exploitation
  • how to start those tricky conversations

Some of the useful Common Sense Media links looked at include:

What Parents & Carers Need to know about TikTok 

Click here to read to the latest edition of DITTO, the Online Safety magazine from independent consultant Alan Mackenzie.