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The “Wonderful 6th Form Ball” Letter

A wonderful Sixth Form Ball
The social highlight of the Caistor Grammar School year took place once again at the Oaklands Hotel, Laceby, where over 180 students and staff gathered for our Sixth Form Ball. It was a wonderful occasion and was enjoyed by all. Our thanks go to the Sixth From Ball Committee for all their good work led by Mrs Julie Wolseley, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, and also to Mr Terry McTernan, Head of Sixth Form, who organised our speeches in a delightful fashion.

Welcome to a new Governor
Following the resignation of Mrs Sharon Robey from the Governing Body, the Governors have co-opted Mrs Diane Marshall to be a Co-opted Governor at their last full meeting. She is also a parent of a Caistor Grammar School student. I am extremely grateful to her for coming forward and being prepared to serve the School. We would like to thank Mrs Robey for the work she has done on the Governing Body over the last two years. Please see below Mrs Marshall’s statement.
“My name is Diane Marshall and I am delighted to accept a position on the Governing Body of Caistor Grammar School. We live in North Owersby, and have a son, Oliver, currently in year 9 at the school, and have a 10 year old daughter, Isobel. Oliver enjoys all aspects of the school, and we see the quality of teaching reflected in his enthusiasm, attitude and commitment to his schoolwork. We are very impressed with the academic results of the school, but also with the overall atmosphere and environment, where the children are known and understood as individuals, and can therefore flourish and achieve their full potential.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and continue to work on a part-time basis advising a small number of private clients. Until last year, I was a governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at Osgodby Primary School, where I had held the position for 8 years. Together with my accounting background, I hope to draw on this experience to make a positive contribution to the governing body of Caistor Grammar School. I very much look forward to the role.”

Uniform
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our school uniform requirements and allow you to prepare for the start of the 2015/16 school year.

We continue to set high standards to ensure that school uniform is worn smartly – thank you for your continued support with this. Please can I ask that parents pay particular attention to the uniform item of girls’ skirts, which in a few cases do not adhere to the school guidelines. This should be a box pleat skirt, worn longer than mid thigh length. In addition girls’ trousers should be a formal black style and should not be of a ‘skinny’/tight fit, nor should they be a typical 5 pocket jean style. (For further guidelines please see items on the web site of our uniform providers Greenswear, email www.greenswear.co.uk. It has also become noticeable that some boys have reverted to wearing black trousers, to school, rather than the expected colour of charcoal grey. The only jewellery which should be worn is a wrist watch, single plain ring and single ear studs; it would be helpful if students were encouraged not to come to school wearing wrist bands. Make up and nail varnish are also not permitted.

Attached is a copy of the school uniform guidelines for 2015/16 – this can also be found on the Parents’ Page of the School web site.

School Uniform

A great range of trips and activities
Once the internal exams are out of the way, students are able to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities to aid their studies. Year 7 went to Conisbrough and Roche Abbey with the History department and then to Whisby Nature Reserve with the Biology department. We are very grateful to Mr Croft and Mrs Taylor for organising these trips. This weekend many of Year 7 are going to Newlands Activity Centre, near Keswick in the Lake District. We are very grateful to everyone involved with the Newlands trip. Year 8 have benefited from an International Day put on by our International Ambassadors, co-ordinated by Dr Wilton. Meanwhile, some lucky Year 10 students studying German had the chance to take part in a German Translation Day at the University of Cambridge. Students in Year 10 have had a Geography trip to Lincoln. Thanks to Mr Nick Robinson and Mr Ed Cook for organising that. Year 10 also recently enjoyed the return leg of the German Exchange. Thanks go to Miss Turner for leading that. Students in the Lower Sixth have been involved in a Higher Education Day in Lincoln and also on a Higher Education Evening at School. We are very grateful to the work of Year 10 and Sixth Form students in supporting our primary PE festival which went extremely well.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has also been very active and successful during the Summer Term with Bronze practice and assessed expeditions and a Gold training day as well as practice expedition with the assessed expedition to come. We would like to thank NISA for their contribution towards the work of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Caistor Grammar School with a generous donation of £300.

Some particular successes
We are delighted by the success of our Year 8/9 maths team which reached UKMT Team Maths Challenge National Final which took place in the Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminster. 1750 schools entered the competition and there were 88 regional finalists, of which CGS was one, and our team achieved a very creditable 23rd place. We are grateful to Mr Frost, Head of Maths, for leading the team to London which consisted of: Daniel Bassett (9X), Laura Brady (9X), Nikita Tan (8X) and Indumita Prakash (8Y).

We have also had another Newspaper Day and you will be able to read all that was written on that occasion in the latest edition of Caistor Focus which will be available before the end of Term. Meanwhile, our Newspaper reached the final of the Shine Media Awards for School Newspaper of the Year competition for the fourth year running and Mr Richard Davey took representatives from the editorial team to London recently too. They were: Emily Sharman (7Y), Anna Carter (8Y) and Henry Montgomery (8X). We did not win this year but to reach the final was a great achievement.

Many congratulations also to Anna Carter (8Y) who has recently won an art competition to design one of the barons currently on display in Lincoln as part of the Magna Carta 800 years’ celebration. We hope to have an item showing her baron on our website shortly. Her baron is sponsored by Stagecoach and her name is thus emblazoned on many of the buses driving through Lincoln. Well done Anna!

I am also delighted to commend Ben Wong 10Y for winning a place on a prestigious UK German connection scheme which will take place in Ortenburg, Bavaria in July. Such places are very hard to achieve and Ben has done tremendously well.

We are very pleased to note the success of our athletics teams. All four of them reached the regional finals of the English Schools’ Athletics competition. Three were in the B final and the Junior Boys team reached the A final.

With very best wishes

Yours sincerely

Headmaster

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