11 Dec 2020
Primary High Notes 11th December
Although 2020 has undoubtedly been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic which has changed people's lives beyond recognition, there's one festive event that is still going ahead - Christmas Jumper Day. And at Derby High today there is a delightful array of jingle bells, sparkle and flashing lights, ensuring that style and good taste go out of the window.
Not one to be outdone, I donned my Christmas glasses to take assembly this morning, which focused on celebrations of achievement across the year groups. We have been particularly pleased to be able to continue with Duke of Edinburgh award activities this year, working within Covid guidelines, and it was a pleasure to hand out certificates to so many participants.
More excitement will follow as we all enjoy Christmas lunch - a big thank you to our fantastic catering team!
Normally this week we would have seen our Primary School walking down to St Peter’s Church for our Christingle Service. As with many things this year, we have had to do this a bit differently and on Tuesday morning the children participating in the service together, through watching the video in their classrooms and making their very own Christingles. We enjoyed spending time together, learning and reflecting on the meaning of the Christingle.
Thank you to all the children who participated in the service and all the staff who made the service possible.
Budding Electricians in Year 4
As part of their Electricity science topic this week, Year 4 all learnt how to wire a plug. Mrs Hamilton explained the practical and life skills involved, as well as important safety messages. Some of the children related to the roles of their parents in engineering and were excited to learn what they do at work. Every group successfully managed to wire their plug, using great persistence, communication, collaboration and curiosity. Sparky work, Year 4!
Derby High Advent Calendar
We hope you have enjoyed watching our Advent Calendar posts on Facebook and Twitter. You can also see our daily Advent Calendar on YouTube. If you would like to catch up on the calendar over the last week, here are links for YouTube:
Friday 4th Dec – Walking in the Air
Saturday 5th Dec – The Nutcracker
Sunday 6th Dec – In Dulci Jubilo
Monday 7th Dec – Jingle Bell Rock
Tuesday 8th Dec – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Wednesday 9th Dec – We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Thursday 10th Dec – O Holy Night
TikTok investigating harmful content
It has been in the news this week that TikTok are being investigated for having live pro-anorexia videos online. You can read more about the TikTok investigation HERE.
Tips for Parents - in-game chat
As the holidays approach, many children will be spending more time online and many will be having fun gaming and chatting to their friends online. The majority of children use gaming for socialisation over and above the actual game. It's one of the reasons Fortnite, COD, PUBG and other games are so popular. CEOP has released a YouTube video; it's only 38 seconds long and well worth a watch. The YouTube video is HERE.
Messaging Services End to End Encryption
You may have seen the news this week about messaging services starting to offer end-to-end encryption. This feature would make it impossible for anyone except the sender and the recipient to read messages sent, meaning that cyberbullying and online grooming becomes much harder to trace. A recent report found the vast majority of children aged eight and over used some sort of messaging service. That includes 60% of eight-year-olds and 90% of 12-year-olds, despite the main apps having an age restriction of at least 13, if not older. There are increased calls for parental vigilance regarding these services, especially as the tech giants are failing to protect children as they should. More information can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-5522249