15 May 2020

Senior High Notes 15th May

Senior High Notes 15th May

Today would have been U6’s last formal day in school. It is indeed sad times that we are not able to be together and enjoy many of the traditions that normally occur over their last few weeks.

In the Queen’s recent address, she referred to Dame Vera Lynn’s now famous song ‘We'll Meet Again'. 

I will remind you of some of the words:

We'll meet again,

Don't know where, don't know when,

But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

Keep smiling through,

Just like you always do,

Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds, far away.

Vera Lynn's words give people hope that the 'goodbyes' shared with their friends and loved ones may not be as final as they first feared. The thought of meeting again meant that when they said 'goodbye', it was only temporary.

JM Barrie's hero of Neverland, Peter Pan, was afraid of saying goodbye. His golden rule was, ‘Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.' But this isn't true. We will never forget this wonderful group of students. Our U6 have been outstanding leaders, team players and role models. They are kind, caring and thoughtful, having worked hard academically and contributed so much across all other areas of school life. This lovely Winnie the Pooh quote certainly sums up how we all feel.

This isn’t the end that we would have wanted for this group of students. However, I know you will all keep in touch and we are planning to hold a celebration later in the year when we can all safely come back together.

Best Wishes 

Music News

Congratulations to Hannah, Year 11, for gaining a prestigious place at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire studying viola and violin. This is a fantastic achievement and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication that Hannah has put in over many years. Congratulations to both Hannah and her teacher, Mrs Benson on this outstanding achievement. 

Well done to Rowan, Year 8, for playing her violin and taking part in the JESTA online orchestra, broadcasted on 8th May on YouTube. To listen to the full recording on You Tube click here. 


Sport Milage Challenge

Miss Stirland has been really impressed with the amount of students who took on ‘The 3 Week Mileage Challenge’, our students did a combination of walks and runs to compete in the challenge. Congratulations to Alice, Annabelle, Gabriella, Imogen, Julia, Lauren, Olivia and Victoria who reach 50 miles, receiving the Bronze award. Congratulations to Charlotte who did an amazing 100 miles, receiving the Silver award and finally, congratulations to Daisy and Miss Coggle who reached an outstanding 150 miles, receiving the Gold award.

Prefect Role Introductions:  

Head of Student Council

“Hi everyone! I am the new head of Student council. I am really excited to work alongside representatives from each year group to find ways to better the school. From day one I always knew I wanted to make a difference and be more involved. For many years I have been a representative and to now be the lead is really exciting. This role really allows me to utilise my strengths and I’m really determined to bring back the student council and give the pupils a voice again.”


Sports Captain

“I am super excited to be Sports Captain this year and I'm really looking forward to working with all age groups to share my passion for sport!”


St. David’s

“I am delighted to be appointed the role of St. David House Captain. I am most looking forward to putting forward winning teams and organising events for my house, especially House Dance! I can’t wait to get started in the role properly when we return to school and I am confident that with the help of my deputies, Eliza and Hope, St. David will achieve great things next year!”


“Getting Deputy House Captain for St. David is a real privilege for me, and I’m so excited to help lead my house to many victories this year. It’ll be such a pleasure to have the normalcy of school after quarantine and being Deputy House Captain will just make my last year at DHS that much better.”


“I am excited to be the deputy house captain for St David and can’t wait to work with Caitlin and Hope to try and win as many house events as possible!”


St George

St George House Captain : Tom

St George Deputy House Captain: Ella

St George Deputy House Captain: Ben


STEM Prefects

“The three of us are extremely excited about our new roles and can't wait to get back to school to implement our ideas. In the new school year we aim to broaden the horizons of STEM at Derby High, and be representative of all the fascinating disciplines that STEM has to offer. Between us, we have varying visions for STEM here, which range from discussing the opportunity for more STEM related field trips, to organising a school STEM competition, and even exploring the possibility of getting Derby High to participate in exciting competitions like Greenpower. We are ecstatic about the opportunity to introduce these ideas to our school, and we hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are!”

Suhani, Rene and Sophie

Deputy Head Prefects

Hi, I’m Sarah, and I am really looking forward to being one of Derby High’s next Deputy Heads! What I am most excited about in having this role is the ability to participate with and give more to the community at Derby High, as well as carrying out some great ideas I’ve had. “


“I look forward to starting my new role as Deputy Head this year and embracing all the new opportunities and responsibilities it holds. During my time I hope to help in creating and sustaining a school environment both staff and students are proud of, as well as seeking new ways to bring our community together, even in spite of recent challenges. Best wishes and I look forward to working with you all soon”.


We will continue to introduce more Prefects over the next editions of High Notes.

Co-Curricular Bulleting

Courtesy of Dr. Nelmes, here is an opportunity to brush up on your communication skills. There are wonderful benefits to learning Classical Languages and Dr. Nelmes has said she’d be very pleased to help anyone with doing some Latin! 


An activity, from the British Council. Inviting you to look at the coronavirus in a way you may not have considered.


Safeguarding Corner

ThinkUKnow have created a page to support parents and young people online. The site includes home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities support children's understanding of online safety at a time.

There is also parent support information for primary and secondary age groups.

The resources can be found here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets