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Headmaster’s Letter 16th November

Children in Need Day

Two hot dogs, Bob the Builders, 2 x Scooby Doo ensembles, numerous magicians, wizards, soldiers, a brace (seven at last count) of unicorns, Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, an Alice through the Looking Glass group, a two man peloton, a Victorian British army flag bearer – with Union Jack, the Milk Tray man, a stormtrooper, Theresa May, a viking, a ladybird, Australian holiday makers, Shaun from Shaun of the Dead, Borat, a dinosaur, an inflatable ballerina, cowgirls, a banana, Cruella de Vil, Mr Bumble, a bandito and a handful of Pudsey Bears.  These are just a few of the wonderful costumes that students wore today. There was a School Council fair in the Old Hall at lunchtime and a best dressed fancy dress competition with different representatives from different forms.  Thank you to all our students and staff for their imagination and to parents/ guardians who, I expect, had some part in making these wonderful costumes.  I will let you know how much was raised next week.

Sixth Form Open Evening – Tuesday 20 November

The Sixth Form Open Evening takes place on Tuesday evening.  We start at 7pm in the gym. Mr McTernan and I will give a brief introduction and will be followed by talks from our sixth formers. Next year, the A level curriculum is expanding to include Psychology.  Volunteering and extra-curricular opportunities will continue to be the focus.  This week, we began the first of Mr Donington’s five-week University Cookery Courses for Year 13 students.  The Extended Project Qualification has been selected by about 30% of Year 12.  We also have other students who use their Wednesdays to gain work experience for university applications or who participate in sports and represent school teams.  The evening is aimed at our current Year 11 students; it might be the case that you know of other Year 11 students in other schools to whom our Sixth Form might be of interest. Please invite them too.  Students who come from homes where income is below approximately £25,000 per year and who live outside our catchment area (6.5 miles from school) can make an application for free bus travel to the School.  The Governors are committed to widening access to students who achieved the GCSE entry criteria, (which is not as high as you might believe) but are put off by attending due to transport costs.  Both current and new CGS students are eligible to apply.  Our Sixth Form Information pack can be downloaded from our website.  Hard copies will be available on the evening.  Students can attend five A level talks from teachers, who are all subject specialists.

Bank Lane

Please be aware that from Monday, Bank Lane, the road which links the Market Place to Church Street is closed for one week.  It is likely that students disembarking from the bus will need to find an alternative route as the pathway will also be closed.  Although it’s a little farther, students should head down Plough Hill to the Heritage Centre, turn right onto Fountain Street and then make their way to School through the church yard.  The volume of traffic and the width of the footpaths on the High Street are too thin to enable safe passage to School at that time of the morning and evening.

Forest Pines Hotel

I wrote last week about the new time limit and barrier at the Forest Pines Hotel.  To avoid being ‘locked in’ after 20 minutes, if you register your car registration with hotel reception, I understand that your car will not be liable to the new parking restrictions.

Tempest photos

Only 53% of photo orders have been collected from the School office.  Please can you remind your child that they are there waiting for them to collect.

Internet Safety

Lincolnshire Children’s Safeguarding Board have their own You Tube channel where you can watch short, simple informative videos about current online trends and safety controls. You can access their channel via this web address: https://bit.ly/2QNTWda.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Edith Green (7X) attended the Lifestyle Awards at Hull City Hall this week.  She was part of a two person team who raised £350 for the RNLI and were also involved in the #200Fish project based at the new North Sea Observatory.  The team’s artwork – which consisted of a 2.5ft x 2.5ft plaque featuring 200 hand painted wooden fish – was featured on the cover of a book.  Edith and her friend, who is at Caistor Yarborough Academy won a trip to Go Ape.  This was the second year she has taken part in Lifestyle – last year she won a trip to PGL.

Friends Quiz

A few tickets remain for next Friday’s Friends’ quiz. Tickets, at £7 which includes a meal option from Savages can be purchased from ParentMail. We start at 7pm in the school dining hall.

Website

I am currently working on a new school website, which I would like to have live by late Spring next year. If there is any parent with web design expertise who would like to work with the School, then please get in contact.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster

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