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Caistor Grammar SchoolHeadmaster's NewsHeadmaster’s Letter 12th January 2018

Headmaster’s Letter 12th January 2018

Term is now in full flow and our students continue to achieve tremendous success in many, many areas.

The P.E. department returned with all the spoils in both netball and football fixtures against Franklin Sixth Form college. These are outlined below but they are all the more remarkable because, as we have fewer students from which to select, our task is harder. The Sixth Form football team achieved a new School record for goals scored (11-0). Congratulations to the KS4 badminton team who took part in a tournament at Caistor Yarborough Academy this week. The girls’ team won their competition and progress through to the county finals. The KS3 team compete next week. Some more news reaches us that former pupil and professional footballer Charles Vernan (who left us in 2013) is returning to his roots as he has just gone on loan to Grimsby Town FC from Derby County FC. He’s been selected to play in tomorrow’s home match against Newport County.

Daniel Bassett achieved a Bronze Medal and a book prize in the British Mathematical Olympiad, which took place before Christmas. This places him in the top 100 students in the country for maths. He has qualified for the BMO Round 2, which takes place on Thursday 25 January. I’m sure you will agree that this is very impressive.

Last week, I mentioned that we had held our annual Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening. To acknowledge their achievement, I would like to print their names for parents to see. Our award winners were as follows.

Bronze Award: Jessica Allan, Guy Annis, Paul Asumang, Emily Barratt, Abigail Bower, Alicia Bowker, Anna Carter, Iona Christie, Jyothi Cross, Jake Doughty, Callum Fotheringham, Stephanie Goulding, Lili-Rose Gregory, Tegan Hinch, Grace Holmes, Joshua Hughes, Katherine Jennings, Marsaili Jolly, Ance Kalyar, Charlie Kitching, Ewan Martin, Aimee Mason-Lynskey, Eva Miller, Henry Montgomery, Tyler Pickerden, Indumita Prakash, Eleanor Schofield, Eleanor Shepherd, Olivia Smith, Aine Stenton, Oliver Sullivan, Isabel Taylor, Harry Wilkins, Jennie Wood.
Silver Award: Thomas Christie, Alex Dawson, Harvey Dent, Beatrice Duckitt, Emilia Dutton, Francesca Dyas, Dominic Ellis, William Grayson, Lydia Handsley, Edward Harper-Smith, Theo Holman, Laura Jackson, Jessica Jex, Henry King, Jacob Lawson, Emma Lunn, Oliver Marshall, Rosslyn McCormick, Lucy McDonald, Shannon Preston, Lauryn Scotney, Olivia Smith, Isabella Spilman, Aisling Stenton, Harry Strange, Jack Tasker, Peter Taylor, Jamie Wallace, Melissa Williams, Gavin Wu.
Gold Award: Georgiana Bacon, Emily Brown, JJ Chauhan, Keerthan Dhanasekar Holly Horton, Freddie Holmes, Ashin Leons.

Well done to them all, whichever level they achieved. Some of our students still need to complete some sections so I encourage them to tidy up those loose ends. Our Duke of Edinburgh scheme is very successful here, I believe, and this can be credited to the support that parents give. If you would like to offer a skill to the DofE team, please contact the DofE manager, Mrs Kim Hitchcock.

Our diary and extra-curricular calendars are now on the School website under the parents’ section. Teachers give their time freely to support our very strong extra-curricular programme. Every lunchtime, there is something happening. Please do look at the programme and see if there is something that your son or daughter would like to become involved in.

On Wednesday evening, Mr Sunter and I attended our Friends of Caistor Grammar School meeting. Mrs Hughes, the chair, was delighted to report that the Wish List donations had raised a total of £1,940 so far for various departments around School. (This was more than last year so thank you to the Friends). Thank you to all those that contributed, and please, if you’d still like to make a gift to the School’s wish list, please do so. Cheques should be sent in via the School office.

At the start of every term, Mrs Buck and Mrs Shilling assemble all the unclaimed lost property in the Old Hall for students to collect. If you would like to see a picture of last term’s booty, then please use this link. (https://goo.gl/v457kJ) Having been a teacher for 18 years, I can trace my career by the ever-improving quality of lost property: expensive trainers, coats, fashionable bags, etc. that seem to be unclaimed. Those in charge of lost property do spend a considerable amount of time trying to link students with lost items. A list appears frequently in the Daily Bulletin. I know that I will return to this at some point in the next few years, but please can you encourage your son or daughter to hunt out lost property. And please can you ensure that clothing has your child’s name in it. It does help.
Today, all of Year 9 received documents about vaccinations from the School nurse vaccination team. Please can parent ensure that that these are returned to School, signed by Thursday 18 February.

With all good wishes for the weekend,

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