Junior School pupils have spent another month achieving great things both inside and outside of school. All of November’s achievements were celebrated in yesterday’s Achievement Assembly.

Mrs Sly, Head of Junior School, began the assembly by congratulating Oliver and Harjan who have both moved up a grade in their martial art – taekwondo and muay thai. Nicholas achieved an outstanding 81 out of 100 in his Grade 1 Classical Guitar exam, and Sam is now a billionaire – in Zimbabwean dollars, which are unfortunately not now legal tender!

Everyone who took part in the recent JingleJog, raising money for the children’s wards at the Royal Derby Hospital, was congratulated on stage, including Mrs Jackson who organize the team entry. And we congratulated the U10 rugby team who took part in The Elms Rugby Festival.

All Junior School pupils have weekly swimming lessons, and last week they took part in a Swimathon as part of our Charities Week activities. Mrs Hamilton congratulated all of the pupils as they worked so hard and really pushed themselves to swim as long as possible. All of the money raised goes towards the Tanzania 2018 project.

In the Primary Maths Challenge, a national competition which takes place in November each year, we are waiting to hear if any of our pupils have got through to the next round. But in the November initial stage we congratulated Jay who achieved a Bronze award, Adam and Roj who achieved Silver awards, and Hadi who won a Gold award.

Maths is very popular in the Junior School. Over October half-term we also took part in the Derby region’s Sumdog Challenge competition where each pupil attempted 1000 questions.

15 out of the top 25 scorers in the Derby competition were Derby Grammar Junior School pupils, including the top three. In third place was George, second was Omer and in first place, with 983 questions correct, was Hadi.

Tharusan, Jai and George were congratulated for the extra effort they have put into projects at school and too many pupils to mention were awarded achievement certificates for the effort they are putting in to their subject lessons.

The finale of each Achievement Assembly is the Honour points table which shows which House is in the lead in the annual House competition. This month Bemrose are slightly ahead of Derby, with Atkinson and Blackton not far behind them. There are lots of Honour points still to be gained throughout the rest of the school year, so the competition is very close.