01 Jul 2022

Senior High Notes 1st July 2022

Senior High Notes 1st July 2022

It’s hard to pinpoint a more fun-filled, yet frenetic, part of the school year than the last half of the summer term.

Exam season is officially over – a huge well done to all students who sat exams this season. Attention now focuses on our end of term events - Activity Days, Exhibitions, Concerts and Induction Days.

On Monday we welcomed our 72 new Year 7 students to the Senior School. Moving to secondary school is an exciting time for Year 6 pupils who are now beginning to feel ready to become more independent, make new friends, experience new learning opportunities, develop more skills and take on more responsibility, but it can also be a time of apprehension and anxiety as everything is new, bigger and different. The focus of our Induction Day is to enable the girls and boys to meet teachers, begin to find their way around our campus and enjoy getting to know each other. Everyone certainly had a good day!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Showcase and Concert on Tuesday evening. I’d like to congratulate all our young musicians on their amazing performances. It was also wonderful to be able to highlight excellent Art and Design work along with the Sixth Form Extended Project work and Year 10 Genius Hour work. These projects encourage self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity and personal interest.


On Wednesday, we ran our very first House Activity Day. Students took part in African Drumming and Dancing, Self Defence, Team Building activities and heard from a famous voice actor. It’s always exciting to try new things - “If you never try, you’ll never know” - as true for us as it is for our students.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who supported each of the events this week with such enthusiasm and professionalism.

Best wishes 

Senior Sports Day

On Friday last week, our annual sports day was held on the field, which many parents and guardians attended. It was a fantastic day to display the sporting abilities at Derby High School. The day prior, the high jump competition was held on the field at lunch, where the record was almost beaten by Millie (Year 10).

On the actual day, all field and track events were completed and then afterwards house rounders commenced. In between a very necessary ice lolly was enjoyed! All day, various events took place, meaning there was always someone competing. Dr Mathews’ commentary ran throughout the day, entertaining pupils, staff and parents with quizzes about the teachers, music and humorous stories.

Special congratulations to St. David who were the overall winners of the day, but never the less all houses such be extremely proud of their efforts and accomplishments.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the day. We hope you enjoyed getting involved in the team spirit and supporting your fellow house members. The day is not only about the place in which you finish, it is about supporting and uplifting, which I am glad to say flooded the field with words of encouragement, House flags and banners.

Also a very important thank you to all staff who help run and arrange the day, from the teachers who kept score of times, to those organising the day, thank you for making it so special and lovely.

Ella (L6) and Darcy (L6), Sport Captains



House Rounders

The afternoon of our annual Senior Sports Day is our House Rounders competition. The houses put forward a junior and senior team to play in a round robin against the 3 other houses. There were some big hits and some fast fielding but there could only be one winner. Finishing in 4th place was St Andrew with 11 points, 3rd place was St George with 12 points, 2nd place St Patrick with 16 points and with 28 points, St David took the lead to win the House Rounders Trophy. Well done to everyone involved!

Senior Activity Day

We were very excited to hold another student Activity Day on Wednesday. The school invites a range of people to host interactive sessions in school, and this year’s guests included the famous voice actor Marc Silk, Joliba Drums, Ian Harrison from Dragon Freestyle and members of the Army.

Activity Day invites students to work together in their House Groups and helps build connections and friendships between year groups. Houses get to know their new Sixth Form captains and the friendly inter-house competition sets the house spirit for the following academic year.

To read more on this story please visit the news on our web site by clicking here.

Thank you to Josie (Year 10) for writing our full report on this special event and for taking photographs throughout the day.


Summer Showcase Evening

On Tuesday, Senior students wowed us with many excellent performances at our Summer Showcase. Students of all ages, from Year 7 to the Sixth Form, performed in solos, groups and ensembles. Our Senior and Intermediate orchestras, along with our Choir also performed in the Senior Hall.  There was a fantastic range of music included some of our winning House Music entries.

Our exhibitions of work included the Extended Project Qualification, Genius Hour, Art & Design and Design & Technology. Our students were very excited to show their fantastic work. Thank you to all the parents who came to join us for a special evening.


Geography Field Trips

Last Wednesday our L6 Geographers visited Birmingham to conduct urban fieldwork. They visited Brindley Place, The Jewellery Quarter and the central area around the Bullring. Students were examining how Birmingham has recovered from the decline of secondary industry while retaining some manufacturing. A variety of data collection techniques were used that provided the cohort with useful experience ahead of conducting their Independent Investigations over the summer. We also had time to visit the impressive new Birmingham Library and have a quick look at an exhibition on the legacy of empire in the city and how migration has shaped the area.

L6 Geography Water and Carbon Cycles Day

On Monday 27th June, L6 Geographers ventured to the Longshaw Estate in the Peak District to learn about fieldwork techniques used to measure the state of the area’s peat moorland as a carbon store. Upon arrival we were greeted by a torrential downpour so took shelter in a café for a coffee (or in the case of some, despite the weather, an ice cream). Thankfully the rain abated and we headed out to carry out a variety of fieldwork techniques, some of which will be put into use by our cohort on their Independent Investigations over the summer. Our data showed that while the peat stores in the area were fairly shallow, they were healthy, with a good range of indicator species and relatively little being lost into local streams. It was great to work with expert staff from the Peak District National Park’s Learning and Discovery Team.


U4 Spanish Exchange

After the summer exams, U4 Spanish have had the opportunity to explore the different games that the students at Edelweiss school in Valencia made for us; crosswords, trivial quiz, monopoly, scavenger hunt and many more! Now, it is our turn to make some fun games for them ready for September. It has been a fantastic year and the students have loved the experience.


Euro’s Girls Festival

This week we held the DCCT (Derbyshire Community County Trust) Euro’s Girls Football Festival. We hosted 6 other schools on the day of the event and had a sports field full of enthusiastic young girls wanting to play more football. The event was set up to give girls with less experience playing football a chance to build their confidence and develop their skills in a supportive environment. Over 40 of our students signed up to take part, unfortunately the event could only accommodate 20 students so we had to select our participants names out of a hat! Although it was a shame not all of the students who signed up were able to take part, it is a positive that so many of our students want to get more involved in football. The afternoon was split into stations, our students moved round each station, spending 30 minutes in a drill/game. Sometimes competing against other schools, sometimes developing their skill in a drill. Some of the events were led by sports leaders from local schools and football clubs, it was fantastic to see young girls sharing their knowledge and passion with other young girls. Sport England have recognised the gender gap in football and want to give girls a stepping stone towards joining a team outside of school. The SQUAD sessions will be running on Tuesday at Moorways Sports Village 6-7pm and are designed to build girls confidence, in the aim to help them gain the skills to join a local team.

Squad Girls – Recreational Football for Girls Aged 12 - 14

The aim for this new and exciting FA programme is to provide girls between the ages of 12-14 a fun, relevant and engaging recreational offer that allows them to develop themselves as much as their football skills in a safe, inclusive environment.

Specifically designed to give the girls a choice and a voice when taking part in the sessions, it also aims to give them the freedom to develop their social identity, become a valued member of a team as well as building their own self-confidence through the fun and flexible approach of the Squad Girls Football programme.

The sessions are suitable for complete beginners, as well as Girls that have played previously.

These sessions are hosted by Pride Park FC at Moorways Sports Village on Tuesdays from 6-7pm. For more information see https://www.prideparkfc.com/news/join-the-squad-2704396.html email secretary@prideparkfc.comor phone 07905 719505.

Derby County FC Women Success for Emma

Congratulations and well done to Emma (Year 7) for being selected to play for a 5th consecutive season with Derby County FC Women as part of the U13 2022/23 squad. Competition was tough this year with over 40 girls trialling for 16 available places at DC’s Moor Farm Training Facility. This coming season Emma and her teammates will play up a year, 11 a side, in the U14 Central Warwickshire Girls Football league. Emma has been playing with Derby County since she was 8 years old and is looking forward to the challenging season ahead.


This week we headed to Abbotsholme to play in an U13 and U15 rounders match. Both teams had a slow start but picked up their game and both went on to win their games. The U13 finished with 18.5 rounders to 15 and our U15 won with 11.5 rounders to 8. We saw some really big hits and great fielding. Miss Stirland would like to give a special mention to Jasmine in L41. Jasmine was very supportive of the team through the whole game, giving great advice and encouraging comments to her team mates.


U13 County Rounder

Our U13 travelled to Lady Manners this week to take part in the County Rounders Tournament. They played 3 games, 25 good balls and 1 innings per game. It was clear from the first innings that it was going to be a tough competition and the teams were of a high standard. The fielding of Lady Manners was very strong and it was difficult for us to score many rounders in our first innings against them. The team stepped up to field and although had a shaky start, were able to get nearly all players out, leaving just 1 of their batters in after the 25 good balls. Unfortunately, we lost our first two games so going into our third and final game, we set ourselves a team target. To score double the amount of runs and to get out at least 5 of the batters. The team worked hard, with some great hits scoring use points and we were able to get 7 players out with some great stumps and catches. Well done!

Y9 County Rounders

Last week we took a team to compete in the Y9 County Rounders at Lady Manners in Bakewell. It was a beautifully sunny day, without a cloud in the sky. Our teams played in a round robin against 2 of Lady Manners Teams and Dronfield. The format was 28 good balls and out meant you were out. Our team won all of their games, apart from one, putting them in join first place with Lady Manners A team.

Yr 7/8 Athletics

On Wednesday 22nd June (a rather warm afternoon!), a Year 7 and 8 athletics team travelled to Chellaston to take part in a Derby City athletics match. Considering the heat and lack of shade, everyone did their absolute best and there were some really admirable performances. Everyone was very supportive of each other and it was really nice to see students cheering each other on! Special mentions to Poppy who came 1st in the Javelin for Year 7, and Juliette who came 1st in the discus for Year 8. We await the overall results, but well done to everyone who took part - a job well done! 

Athletic Success!

Congratulations to Annabelle in L6! She has qualified to get into the senior girls’ English Schools Track and Field for cross country! On Saturday 11th June Annabelle ran for Derbyshire Schools at Burton and got a PB of 2:22.25 in the 800m, coming 1st in the senior girls. On the following Wednesday she ran the BMC regional race at Loughborough and I got a PB of 2:18.95 (Almost four seconds faster!!), which is an amazing achievement and something I know Annabelle has been working hard to achieve! This result secured her place and means she will be running the double as she ran for Derbyshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in the winter! Well done Annabelle!


Congratulations, Zoé

Last Thursday, Zoé (Year 9) played for the Derbyshire Girls U17 Development team against Cheshire at Langley Mill. Zoé hit a career best of 31 runs, including 5 boundaries. It was a close game, Derbyshire narrowly losing by just 14 runs.

The full match report can be found by clicking here.

Well done Darcy and Pippa

Congratulations to Darcy (L6) and Pippa for coming first in their competition over the weekend! They jumped 10 1M fences in a Speed Class and put on an impressive show to take the win!

Pony Club Regional Qualifiers Success for Sophie

Well done to Sophie (Year 8), her team and her horse Jack for competing in an area competition in Nottingham last weekend. Her team came 5th which meant they qualified for the grassroots regional championships in August. We wish you luck for the regional championships!

Library Summer Showcase

Library News

As you know we have been celebrating Pride month in the library with a display of new books. We also took part in a twitter relay where 32 schools recommended books with good LGBTQ+ representation. You can check out the photos here. You may recognise one of the photos - a big thankyou to Dr Mathews for taking part. Click here #ReadWithPride 2022 (office.com)

You can of course, search our complete collection of books via the library catalogue Derby High School (accessit.online)

The library has signed up to a diversity pledge with inclusion labs to have 25% diverse literature by 2030.  In order to reach this target, Mrs Husskinson would love to hear of any titles students would like to see in the library with diverse voices. Including ethnic minorities, disabled and neurodiverse as well as LGBTQ+.

Summer Holiday Activate Camps

Activate Camps will be holiday camps at Derby High School over the summer holidays. For more information and to book please click here.

Whole School Online Safety Group - request for parent representatives

Online Safety is a substantial issue for all; and increasingly so for most. With this in mind, we are setting up an online safety group which will consist of representatives from across the school, staff, parents and governors. The group will discuss online safety policy, curriculum and any new and emerging threats from the online world. Student representatives will meet termly and we will invite governors and parents to join us bianually in the first and fourth half term of school year.

The proposed date for the first meeting will be Wednesday 21st  September 4-5.30pm.

If you would like to be a member of the group, please let us know by emailing Mrs Forbes jforbes@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk

Free Autism Workshop for Parents

The Autism Advice and Information Service are offering a parent workshop about autism. They say:

Every month we will host a 2 hour session, comprising of a 1 hour skills building course delivered by Autism Information and Advice’s trained staff and a 1 hour peer support and Q & A opportunity with Karen Airey of Spectrum Heads.

Click here to book on: Parent Carer Autism Workshop Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Safeguarding Corner

From Alan MacKenzie - WhatsApp - View Once

Ephemeral data isn't new, most famously Snapchat introduced so-called disappearing images as its selling point when Snapchat was first released. As good as WhatsApp is (I use it daily) there are very serious concerns in relation to end-to-end encryption, meaning that WhatsApp/Facebook are unable to detect and report illegal posts to authorities. WhatsApp has now introduced 'view once' which, as it states, an image/video will be auto-deleted once it has been viewed, or within 14 days if it is not viewed.

In THIS blog article, Wayne Denner goes into a little more detail about how the feature works and the concerns, including a quick video which you may find useful.

Parents' Ultimate Guide to TikTok (Commonsense Media)

TikTok app safety – What parents need to know (Internet Matters)