Senior High Notes 19th January 2024

Elizabeth and Isabella Blake Thomas visit Derby High School

Senior High Notes 19th January 2024

On Thursday, we were honoured to host a distinguished alumna, Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, who shared her inspiring journey since her departure from Derby in the ’90s. Elizabeth has carved a remarkable path as an award-winning director and philanthropist. Year 7 and Year 12, along with our A level Theatre Studies students, had the opportunity to engage with Elizabeth and her daughter Isabella (an accomplished actor, writer and producer), hearing valuable insights into the world of filmmaking, storytelling, and the intricacies of the entertainment industry. The students were captivated as they learned about the challenges and triumphs that shaped Elizabeth’s journey from Derby High to becoming an award-winning director in Hollywood. The students were inspired not only by their success but also by the genuine passion they exhibited for their craft.

Elizabeth’s anecdotes from her time at Derby High School brought a nostalgic charm to the occasion, highlighting the lasting bonds and friendships that have stood the test of time. It was a heartening reminder of the strong connections forged within these walls.

Welcoming back alumni like Elizabeth is a testament to the enduring spirit of our school community. It is truly heartwarming to witness the success and accomplishments of those who once attended Derby High, and we take pride in their successes.

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