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Colin Callaghan Our Headmaster

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BC: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

FC: Colin Callaghan our Headmaster 2004-2012

1: Whatever you achieve, your best is always good enough here. Bliss, aged 17

2: So, this is our new Headmaster!

3: You'll be getting treble your bonus this year | Not your sister, not your mother or your daughter but your PA! I enjoyed being your PA during the 'Callaghan' era. Best wishes for your new post. i hope you make many new friends. Sue | I don't believe in league tables but.... | PA number five is a winner | You are all entitled to my opinion | mai pen rai | Assembly Notes | All of our leavers this year got into their universities of choice, yet we were told that thousands of good A level students would be left without places. Why did this not happen to our girls? I suggest five reasons: firstly, Derby High School is not obsessed with academic work to the exclusion of everything else. For example we have two Reading Weeks, where no homework is set. Most girls ‘only’ do 9 full GCSEs and three A levels. This does not stop them getting on to the most competitive courses at the best universities, but it does give them time to think and have other interests. Secondly, girls follow a range of activities outside the classroom to develop the skills and self-knowledge which make them interesting and confident young women. Thirdly, our A level tutor groups are small and girls are given excellent advice and support when they make their university applications, Fourthly, all our U6 girls have prefect roles, so they are able to further develop their leadership and teamwork skills in their final twelve months at school. Finally, they have many learning opportunities outside the classroom including the Engineering Education Scheme and numerous trips overseas. In short they are truly educated in the broadest sense. CCa Speech day 2010 | Big Idea

4: "I | Teamwork is key! | It’s a Knockout was such a brilliant laugh – Colin was a great team member. His motivational talks kept the staff team going! Lucy

5: . | Or is it Winning?

6: Staff | SPIRIT | The Jane Austen appreciation society (and Mel) | Di and friend! | Your personal support meant a lot even if you gave the term ‘mobile library’ a whole new meaning! Stay well and keep reading. Sue | No Parking

7: As if you could ever forget us! | Cheers | On a break

8: 50 years at the Top of the Hill | A Champagne moment

10: Onwards and Upwards

11: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

12: Lord of the Dance | “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.” William W. Purkey | anyone for Abba?

13: " | Thank you Renate | Happy Birthday Nathaniel Woodard | Staff v Pupils | The Old Girls

14: Award Winning Build | Tapping the Foundation Stone

15: Mission Accomplished

16: Family, Fun, Food and Fireworks | Thailand memories

17: "life changing"

18: TRENDS | All we need now is Noreen to test the handbrake...

19: Let's Celebrate

20: H | Speech Day | What's that noise? | Is that for me? | OOPS! | Please remember to switch off your mobile phones

21: and the winner of the staff sweep stake is? | A New Venue

22: Prize giving | When I grow up will I be that tall?

23: Always a New Adventure | Every one a winner

24: STAFF BAND | IS IT MY TURN GABBY? | "Praise the lord with clashing cymbals." Psalm 150

25: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche | Play Time | COLZ CREW

27: “Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

28: From Quads to Zumba" | “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” Willie Nelson

29: The names Callaghan, Colin Callaghan

30: Football arrives with Colin | The children though it was hilarious when Rammie gave Colin a big cuddle!

31: Notebook and specs check | Sponsored kit and and an Awards Dinner

32: Sporting Prizes

33: “Winning isn't everything--but wanting to win is.” Vince Lombardi Jr.

35: Do they do cheesy chips/mushy peas in Kazakhstan? | Masters of the Universe

36: Still not sure who won! | “Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself.” Anthony Trollope | Colin, Great colleagues help make work a pleasure, parting difficult and are impossible to forget. I can’t believe it is eight years since you arrived and wanted to change everything: you mellowed! You taught me to believe in myself and ‘never assume anything’. Thank you so much for your support and friendship over the last few years and very best wishes for the future. Jen

37: And finally .. Vision, drive, innovation, perception, discernment, the ability to take calculated risks and the genuine desire to develop potential in individuals and a community are some of the things which I constantly saw in your leadership and admired and respected you for. It was a privilege Colin to work alongside you as your deputy. The journey, represented here in such a wonderful pictorial way, has been exciting, rewarding, sometimes scary, but never ever anything but hugely successful. You got the balance right between working hard and playing hard, never losing sight of the importance of moving forward in education and school leadership. So you leave behind a job well done and I hope you take with you happy memories of the things which together, with you as Head, we all achieved and were part of along the way, which made it so rewarding and successful! As you reflect on your time at Derby High it will be clear just how far the school has progressed from the one you took on over eight years’ ago and the credit for the far-reaching, formidable reputation that the school holds is certainly . You have an exciting new adventure ahead and I wish you all the very best for the future Anne

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