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Headmaster’s Letter 17th May

Dear Parent,

 

Year 13’s Final Day

 

Another sad day for the School: we said farewell to our Year 13 students today. It is difficult to encapsulate the contribution that they have made to School over their time with us in sport, music, drama, debating and Warhammer! Our younger pupils have benefited from their kindness. Our Year 13s have been role models to our younger students; we really have been blessed by them. I read Philip Larkin’s poem The Whitsun Weddings to them. It has been a privilege to be with them on their journey, ‘this frail / travelling coincidence’ as Larkin called it. We have seen them start to carve out their futures. They have left a great deal with us: their kindness, their generosity, their inclusivity and their support for one another. We have prepared them as well as possible for the next few weeks as they tackle their examinations and we have, I hope, prepared them beyond that to make their contribution to their world. I hope that as many as possible (possibly with parents?) will come to our Celebration Evening on Tuesday 17 December at School to receive prizes, certificates and to enjoy some light refreshments. I hope it will be a good opportunity to connect again with friends after a few months away from school. They have been supported through their time with us by a very strong tutor team: Mrs Cooke, Mr Kay, Mr Markham and Dr Wilton. My Hay and Mr McTernan have been tremendous in guiding them through both years.

 

Open evening

 

Thank you again to parents for allowing your child to help at Wednesday’s event. I always say that the students are the ambassadors for the school; they help to ensure that we remain a school that attracts students with all sorts of talents. The number of positive comments that we hear about the boys’ and girls’ contribution to the event supports their ambassadorial status. I also need to thank the teachers for giving their best too. We’re coming to the end of the final push for the examination classes – so to ask them to give up an evening to extol the virtues of their subject is to be praised. Finally, thank you, to the town council who worked with the school to help marshal the traffic. You can download the prospectus and any forms from the website. One final point: one enterprising local tutor did a mail shot of car windscreens. I’d like to state – and I’m happy for any parent to make this clear to someone considering taking the exam this September – the school does not endorse or recommend any tutoring service.

 

School sports update

 

Athletics

 

Our team competed in the first round of the English Schools Athletics Association at South Kesteven Stadium, Grantham, on Wednesday. My thanks to Mr Shutes, Mrs Ellerby, Miss Naylor and Mr Moloney for supporting the students.

 

Inter boys 314 points finished 5.
Charlie Lugsden time of 24.1 seconds for 200m – 23 points.

 

Inter girls 226 points finished 3rd
Alice Lingard time of 27.6 seconds for 200m – 22 points.

 

Junior Boys 295 points finished 3rd.

Louie Osbourne time of 5 minutes 0 seconds for 1500m – 18 points.

Callum Miller 9.92 metres triple jump, – 18 points.

 

Junior Girls 262 points finished 3rd.

Evie Asher time of 13.8 seconds for 100m – 21 points.

Alice Fearn time of 5 minutes 28 seconds for the 1500m – 21 points.

All of the students were impeccably behaved. A great day for our school sports.

 

Netball – Superzone final

 

The Year 7 netball team competed in their Superzone final against Skegness Grammar School at Louth Academy on Tuesday. It was a keen competitive game with the girls losing 14-17 in the last couple of minutes. As a new team, they have done incredibly well to reach this stage and so, with another year under their belt they could go one step further and win next time. Player of the game was Katie West.

 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Bronze practice expedition

 

Just under 50 students will be embarking on their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award practice expedition this weekend. They will be walking a variety of routes across the Wolds and camping on Saturday night at either Walesby or Goulceby. The expedition would not work without the help of volunteers or staff. Thank you, therefore, to: Ms Dodsworth, Mr Griffin, Mrs & Mr Leaning, Mr & Mrs Moffat, Mr & Mrs Palmer, Mrs Sharp, Mr Smy and Mr Sylvan.

 

PE Kit 

 

School is in a transition phase regarding our PE kit stock: we’re currently in the process of moving the PE kit to a new supplier, Price and Buckland. They are working on setting up the online system, which I hope will be established very soon.Parents can order at their own convenience, with garments usually dispatched to a personal address within 5 working days. I will let you know as soon as the system is live.

 

Nearly new uniform

 

The Friends wanted to give an update on the used uniform situation. We will shortly have an inventory, which we will submit with a Newsletter and will post the same on our Facebook page, together with prices. We will update this periodically. If you would like an item of uniform, can you please email elaine.hughes@caistorgrammar.com and it will be forwarded to you. If you are happy with it, please return the money in an envelope marked for the Friends. If you don’t want the item, please return it promptly in a bag marked for Friends.

 

The Friends are extremely grateful to those families who have provided items of uniform, so far. Can we please ask that all items are laundered (cleaned) and in good, wearable condition. We are unable to sell items with ‘pulls’ in the fabric (such as skirts/blouses/blazers), and items that are stained or have paint/felt tip marks on them (such as blouses/shirts). Can we also ask that we only receive items of uniform for Caistor Grammar School as we have received items for other schools. Thank you.

 

Parent-governor election

 

Students in Years 7 to 10 and Year 12 will receive two ballot papers today for the parent-governor elections from their form tutors. We have two candidates. The ballot closed at noon on Monday 3 June (the first day back after half-term). For your information, the governors identified the following attributes for the role in the initial letter.

 

  • A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
  • Good inter-personal skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • The specific skills required to ensure the governing board delivers effective governance
  • A willingness to be a link governor to one of the School’s academic departments
  • Experience of educational management in either the maintained or independent sector

I encourage as many parents as possible to vote. Please ensure you follow the voting instructions. Parents of students in Year 11 should ask their child to collect two ballot papers from the school reception.

Careers

 

Grimsby Institute are running a couple of Summer Schools for students in Years 7 – 11. The Estuary Student TV Summer Film School 2019 from Monday 29th July to Friday 2 August, 9am – 3pm, cost: £100. This summer course is for budding camera operators, editors, directors, presenters and actors will take place at the Grimsby Institute at Nuns Corner using their professional equipment.  The course will give students a chance to experience what it’s like to work in the film and TV industry. No experience is necessary and their professional tutors will guide you through the week during which you will have made a film to show at the end of your time with us.

 

The Summer Chef School from Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August 2019, 9.30am – 12.30pm, cost: £75 and includes all ingredients. There are limited spaces for10 keen young students to take part in Summer Chef School.  This opportunity is for anyone thinking of becoming a chef, working within the hospitality industry or just with an interest in cooking and learning more. You will spend the mornings under the tuition of one of our chef lecturers to prepare, cook and finish your dish which you can take home at the end.   All recipes and ingredients are provided. Please wear sensible shoes and long sleeves. Uniforms will be provided.

 

Students and parents can email tasters@grimsby.ac.uk to book either course and for more information.

 

Mobile phone and portable devices policy

 

I received only one email asking for clarification on the mobile phone policy and I have responded to this. The policy was approved by the Curriculum and Student Welfare committee this Monday and goes to Full Governors next Monday. I will ensure this policy, as well as an online safety policy, are published on the website before we break for half-term a week today. The new rules concerning mobile phones and portable devices come into effect on the first day back after half-term.

 

Congratulations

 

Tyla Redhead (Y8) competed in the World Martial Arts Organisation (WMO) European Championships on 12 May in Rugby, Warwickshire.  He achieved Silver in Kata, Silver in Weapons (Bo Staff) and Silver in Kumite.  Whilst he did end up in Coventry A&E from an injury because of the Kumite, he has bounced back and is looking forward to the next event!… Jyothi Cross (Y12) is currently in London representing England and Wales at the International Public Speaking Competition.

 

With best wishes,

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster

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