25 Mar 2022

Primary High Notes 25th March 2022

Primary High Notes 25th March 2022

Here at Derby High it is so true every Friday that we have had a very busy week. Our pupils astound me with all that they do alongside their studies. On Wednesday and Thursday this week, our Year 5 performed Hoodwinked - a fabulous show with great acting and singing and so many very funny moments. I was blown away by the incredible confidence these pupils showed on stage. Congratulations to all involved.


It is great to see so many co-curricular activities flourishing. As I write this I can see and hear Year 6 playing netball in their after school club. It is particularly special to see some senior school students involved, supporting the activity by volunteering to umpire. I am always so impressed by the willingness and desire from our pupils to be involved and give their best in everything they do and the dedication from our staff to offer a breadth of opportunities for their pupils.

Best wishes

Year 5, Hoodwinked

Congratulations to Year 5 on their wonderful musical performance of Hoodwinked. For the last two nights, the children performed the swashbuckling modern adaptation of the traditional Robin Hood story. Hoodwinked had the audience 'booing' and 'hissing' with gusto!

A link to watch their performance will be sent to Primary parents next week.

For more photos, visit our gallery by clicking here.


An Exciting Week in Reception

We’ve had a wonderful week in Reception, starting with our ‘Farmer Day’ on Monday.

The children loved doing different farmer activities; including making collage hatching ducks, making chocolate nest cakes, playing hook a duck, writing speech bubbles for ducks, taking photos using the green screen and much more.


Our eggs were put safely in their incubator on Monday night and hatched Tuesday and Wednesday. To watch the live stream of our ducklings, which will continue all weekend, click here.

Y3 and 4 House Football

This week during our Primary games afternoon, we held our Year 3 and 4 House Football. Houses were split into 2 teams and played in a round robin, playing 10 minute games. It was absolutely brilliant to see the skills our children have developed in their PE lessons and games afternoon put into practice in their matches. Miss Stirland was really impressed with the level of energy and enthusiasm shown by all the children. Congratulations to all of the teams and a big well done for working so hard and well as a team. Saint Andrew finished in 4th place with 7 points, Saint George finished 3rd with 11 points, Saint David finished 2nd with 19 points and with an outstanding 30 points and winning all of their games, Saint Patrick finished in 1st place!



U11 Bee Netball Tournament 

Our U11 netball team attended a Bee netball festival held by Nottingham High School last week. The weather was warm and the sunshine made it a lovely afternoon to be outside playing netball. Our team were in pool C, playing against three other schools. We played some brilliant netball, communicating fantastically as a team, effectively attacking and defending. We won our first two games, 10-1 and 7-0. Our third game wasn't played as the other team unfortunately were unable to attend. This meant Derby High won the pool and declared the winners of group C. Well done to all of our players, it is fantastic to see how much the team have improved since the start of the year and to see them putting Mrs Swainston’s training into practise. Well done!


Charity Collection

A huge thank you to the amazing Derby High community for all your donations for Ukraine. So far we have collected over 40 boxes of donations and well over 30 blankets and sleeping bags. Mr Lee and Chaplain Jo took the collection to the Polish Club in Loughborough this week, which will be transported to Poland to be distributed where needed most. We are collecting until next Wednesday so do feel free to keep donating!


Thank you to everyone who has donated Easter Eggs to support Derby Food4Thought Alliance in their attempt to provide 10,000 Easter Eggs to those in need closer to home. In order to be consistent they are asking that eggs (or other Easter treats) of around £2 each should be given. We will be welcoming donations in Primary and Senior Reception until Wednesday 30th March.

Action Academy Camp - Easter Holidays

Safeguarding Corner

Cyber Sprinters

Cyber Sprinters is a set of activities and puzzles from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for primary aged (KS2) children. They are aimed at parents to do with their children at home. There are lots of really useful activities such as learning about passwords, keeping personal information safe, suspicious messages and much more.

You can see all the resources HERE. There is also a Cyber Sprinters game which children can play HERE.

Let’s all Talk Mental Health

Let’s all Talk Mental Health is an online hub featuring insightful & supportive LIVE sessions alongside an extensive library of talks, interviews and Q&A’s with the UK’s leading experts covering all key areas of teen mental health including anxiety, OCD, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, autism & self-harm. Parents, carers and educators can join LIVE sessions or watch on-demand at a time to suit. Each LIVE session features at least 30 minutes of audience Q&A which we know our viewers find incredibly useful. 

Find out more here: Let's all Talk Mental Health (letsalltalkmentalhealth.co.uk)