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Headmaster’s Letter 11th October

Dear Parent

 

Careers Fair

 

I would like to thank the 40 exhibitors and speakers, some of whom were Caistorians or current parents, who came to our careers fair on Wednesday evening.  We had over 200 young people attend, with a number from other local secondary schools, including Caistor Yarborough.  I’m delighted that we can offer this biennial opportunity to our students and others.  Thank you to anyone who helped to advertise this beyond this newsletter and the School’s Twitter feed.  The more attendees we have the better we can attract other employers, higher and further education providers.  I am always impressed with the range of opportunities for young people now.  Educational pathways have changed a great deal since the late 80’s/early 90’s when I made the transition from Sixth Form to university.  Degree apprenticeships and foundation courses are all brilliant opportunities to add to the wide variety of traditional and vocational degree courses on offer.  Through PSHE and careers lessons, we encourage those students who have a clear focus on their future to engage with their aspirations by planning their route to what they would like to do.  I would like to pass on my thanks on behalf of those who attended to Mrs Bradbury, the Head of Careers, and Mrs Cowland, of our support team, who have been planning the event since last academic year. Many others pitched in with the logistics on the evening but I would also like to cite Mrs Glentworth and Mrs Newton who welcomed our exhibitors, ensuring that they had all they needed.  We had an army of student volunteers: they were brilliant ambassadors who received warm and commendable comments from delegates – thank you to them for their help.

 

The Addams Family

 

It’s almost time for the first night of our school production.  Over the weekend, Mrs Thompson, Mr Harris, Mrs Jago and Mr Robinson will be working in the town hall with technicians, actors and musicians to put the finishing touches to it.  A few tickets have been released for Thursday night (17 October) but these will be snapped up if you’re not quick. There were 22 tickets for Wednesday (16 October) and about 80 for Tuesday night (15 October).  If you have not experienced a CGS production, then please come along – you will be bowled over by what the students can achieve in such a short space of time.  Performances start at 7pm.

 

GO2 Eco group

 

Students have forged a strong link with other Caistor Yarborough and Caistor Primary students to take some positive action to tackle the growing climate crisis.  This initiative, coordinated by Mr Mann, at the primary, and Head of Middle School here, Mr Davey, dovetails well with the senior prefect team’s work on raising our awareness.  These termly conferences increase students’ awareness of and responsibility towards their environment. They are already looking forward to next term’s meeting.  The following students are part of the group: Ella Chappell, Libby Jackson, Lilly Rose Crawford, Rosie Griffith, Erin Ravenscroft, Mia Smith, Freya Dix, Hannah Cooke, Emily Rodgers, Beth Crowther, Claudia Smith, Lucy Ellis, Yasmine Sedaghat, Jack Attridge, Oliver Stork, Ava Farnsworth, Pearl McCann, Frankie Whitton, Hania Obaid, Sanaya Kurukula, Oliver Morton, Ellie Stothard, Omar Aabed, Ben Shale, Harry Nickells and Jyothi Cross.

We are endeavouring to do our bit at school too – but we can do more.  Since we moved across to ParentMail in September 2017, our carbon footprint has been reduced, saving the carbon emissions for using recycled paper of a car journey from London to Newcastle.  (Thanks to Jyothi Cross for working this out!)

 

Hollowford Centre, Peak District

 

Year 9 students returned from a very successful outdoor activity trip to the Hollowford Centre last weekend.  Despite the torrential and persistent rain on Sunday, students maintained their positive outlook and got on with it.  Thanks to Mr Frost and his team of Mr Bartels, Mrs Bradbury, Mr Hargreaves, Mrs Leaning and Miss Naylor for giving up four days, including their weekend, to run this opportunity.

 

Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning

 

Our final total for the coffee morning held two weeks ago was £909.17

 

School photographs

 

Please note that all enquiries for school photographs – portrait and group – should be directed to Tempest.  We no longer accept deliveries from Tempest or liaise between families and the photo firm.  I understand that the company may have mislaid some.  On their behalf, I apologise for their error.

 

School fund

 

Thank you to the 72 parents that contributed to the school fund this week, following my annual letter.  You contributed £2,140 to help enable us to continue to provide some of the extras to students.  The option to make a donation will continue for the next few weeks. Again, I am grateful for your contribution as I know that times are tough.

 

Congratulations to…

 

I would like to let you know that Renjay Chong (Y9) and Miss Mottram, the performing arts technician, were invited as guest performers at the Orpheus Grand Charity Concert at Grimsby Minster last Friday.  Their performances were very well received, raising over £800 for Humberston Lions.

 

And finally…

 

I wanted to acknowledge the contribution that Mr John Colley, who stepped down from his role as Chair of Governors on Monday, has made to Caistor Grammar School.  Mr Colley, a Caistorian whose three sons attended the School, joined the governing body in 2004, chaired the Finance committee from 2006 to 2012 before being elected unanimously to the role of chair.  During his tenure, he oversaw the School’s transition from being a local authority school to becoming an academy.  He was instrumental in realising the Olympic Torch Building and in 2016, the appointment of a new head.  His experience working for HSBC and Barclays has been invaluable as he offered advice and guidance on how to maintain the School’s focus despite real-term cuts to school finances

 

Governors elected Mrs Lucy Jackson as the new Chair.  She was elected Vice-Chair in 2012 and has chaired the Curriculum and Student Welfare Committee since 2007.  Mrs Jackson has had two children through the School.  Mr Chris Hewis, a parent of three children who have attended CGS, was elected unanimously as Vice Chair.

 

I am sure parents will want to wish Mrs Jackson and Mr Hewis all the very best as they take on these roles.

 

With best wishes,

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster

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