16 Oct 2019

Senior High Notes 11th Oct 2019

Senior High Notes 11th Oct 2019


I am very much looking forward to tonight’s performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I am delighted to see so many students from our Years 7, 8 and 9 involved both on stage and back stage.

This year’s Senior Highlights magazine has arrived! Each student in the Senior School will be receiving a copy on Monday, which showcases the many and varied interests and talents of our students, with the majority of items written by the students themselves. I would like to thank all members of our school community who have contributed to making possible the opportunities and experiences outlined within the magazine.


Best wishes,




On Tuesday, the 1st XI hockey team travelled to Repton to play the first game of the season against their U16Bs. With a number of our pupils playing hockey at club level, the level of hockey was promising and the team created a number of scoring opportunities. Repton were able to sneak a few goals in the first half, but Derby High never gave up and showed great determination, both on and off the ball. After a quick team talk at half time, the team went back out raring to go. Sadly a couple more goals went in from Repton, but a penalty corner in the final minutes saw Alice smash a beautiful strike against the backboard. Certainly a score that didn’t reflect the game, but their effort and determination was great to see. Well done to the team. 





Match report written by Freya Hannaford

On Tuesday 8th October our U16 netball team travelled down to Littleover to play the city tournament. 

The team played well together throughout all the matches. First, we played Littleover and we had some great interceptions in the centre third from Lauren, Freya and Olivia who brought the ball down to the shooting third where Mysha showed her persistence by shooting and catching the rebound goals. Harriet and Lucy kept on persistently defending the ball and passing back through to the centre. It was a good start to the competition and we worked some adjustments to carry through to the next game. Unfortunately it ended 6-1 to Littleover. Derby Moor was our next opposition and in this match we improved our playing which helped us gain a win of 8-0. Moving on to our third match where we were against Chellaston, where Harriet and Lucy did some great defence work and everyone did some great passing but unfortunately the opposition had a stronger team and beat us 7-3. These results moved us into playing for the plate and our next match was against Landau Forte where the team picked up their pace and accuracy leading to a 7-1 win. Lastly, the U16s played St Benedicts where we successfully won 8-4 due to some excellent teamwork. Well done to all the players for winning the plate. 




The 2019 Art & Design Competition was launched today in assembly.






Match report written by Freya Hannaford

On Wednesday 9th October the U16 team travelled to Repton to compete in the county championships. Their first match was against Chapel School where the team showed improvement from their match at Littleover on the previous night. Libby and Mysha got some great shots in with the help of Alice, Ellie and Olivia getting the ball into the shooting circle, with the match ending in 18-6 to us. Our next match was against Lady Manners where Lucy and Harriet kept persisting with their defence work but we had an unfortunate lost. Our next opposition was QEG’s and Lauren made some great interceptions, along with some excellent teamwork all round, ending in a close 8-7 to them. Well done to the U16s for showing their excellent persistence and strong skills.



In form time on Thursday Y7 were introduced to a variety of books.  The students also then watched the authors on screen, talking about the books that they had written.  From this they were able to choose the book that they would really like to own.

Mrs Bussey is putting in an order for these books via the Bookbuzz scheme.  Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in 11 to 13 year olds.

Each of our Y7 students will receive their book very soon.  We hope that they will enjoy them and write about them in their Bullet Journals.




Fantastic gymnastics in L4 this week. The winning groups celebrate their success with their trophies!






In order to celebrate National poetry Day, we hung some poems on a ‘poetree’ outside school, and Y9 selected poems to send out to forms and senior staff members.








Monday 14th October, 7pm – An Evening with Jim Kay, illustrator of the Harry Potter Books, Senior Hall

Tuesday 15th October, 11.30am-12.30pm – Harvest Festival, St Peter’s Church, Littleover

Wednesday 16th October – U4 Design Technology trip to Harley Gallery, Worksop