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Caistor Grammar SchoolHeadmaster's NewsHeadmaster’s Letter 18th May 2018

Headmaster’s Letter 18th May 2018

Open Evening

The sun shone (eventually) on Wednesday to welcome over 300 families to the School for our annual open evening. That’s a record for the School. The event, my second at the School, is an opportunity for students, parents, teachers, support staff and those looking to join our small community to pause and reflect on what ‘happens’ here to make this such a wonderful place to learn and to work. There was something tangible happening in every corner and, as ever, our students, your sons and daughters, did us proud. They are wonderful ambassadors for the School: polite, self-confident, humble, engaged and enthusiastic. Thank you for allowing them to participate in the event: it makes such a difference in ensuring that visitors are aware of our students’ innumerable strengths.

 

As we do every year, we try to work with the town council to alleviate parking problems in Caistor. As well as working closely with the town council, Sixth Formers delivered letters to nearby residents to alert them to the event and the measures that we were taking this year to mollify the parking problems. Regrettably, all the good work was undone by one driver who chose to park in such a way that it impeded traffic flow along North Kelsey Road. I know it was not one of our parents. I do feel, however, that I should make you aware so that when you next visit the School by car you can continue to do your best to ensure your considerate and responsible parking helps us to maintain a good relationship with our neighbours.   

 

Careers

Parents of students in Years 10 and 11 will today receive an invitation to attend a Lincoln seminar on a career in medicine. I strongly advise any student looking to pursue/ interested in a career in Medicine book a place at this seminar. It will give them an idea about the skills that medical schools are looking for as well as the dedication and commitment required to be offered a place. In fact, any research about future careers, university places, apprenticeships, etc. stands students in a strong position for their future. I cannot stress enough the importance of being well-informed and undertaking the research now. If nothing else, it gives students something for which to aim.

 

In addition, Year 10 are preparing their work experiences posts for the next half-term. Please can you address any questions about this to Mrs Bradbury, Kathryn.bradbury@caistorgrammar.com who will be the new Head of Careers after May half-term. Miss Turner will be taking on a new role in the School from September. 

 

English Schools Athletics Association

The School hosted the first round of the ESAA at the King George V Stadium, Grimsby, on Tuesday. The weather was perfect. Almost 70 students competed against others in the region. I thought I would share with you some of the athletic highlights. If you have a twitter account, the PE departments feed has some very good photos. Follow them on @CGSPEDEPT. I thought I would let you know about some of the very strong performances.

The Junior Girls’ team (Years 7 & 8) came 2nd.. Alice Lingard ran the 200m in 27.8s seconds. Suzanne Bate ran the 800m in 2 minutes and 36.2 seconds and Evie Asher, who was competing in the 100 metres against students in the school year above, ran it in 13.7 seconds.

 

The Junior Boys’ team came 5th with 250 points. William Plaskitt put in an outstanding performance scoring highly in the hurdles in the shot put. Josh Knowles ran the 300m in 42.4 seconds. Louie Osborne ran an impressive 5 minutes 2 seconds in the 1500m against students in Year 8.

 

The Inter Girls’ (Years 9 & 10) team came 3rd with 248 points. Frankie Shepherd threw 24.15m metres in the javelin. Lily Welton threw 41.73 metres in the hammer and Ellie Roberts ran the 200 metres in 28.5 seconds.

 

The Inter Boys’ came 4th with 322 points. Chizu Obu ran the 300m in 37.7 seconds.  Finlay Lawrence ran the 800m in 2 minutes and 10.2 seconds. Joel Cottingham ran the 1500m in 4 minutes and 29.1 seconds. Pavel Grab ran the hurdles in 12. 8 seconds and jumped 11.90 metres in the triple jump. Thank you to all those that competed and thank you to the PE department and the Year 12 volunteers who supported the event.

 

Sports day

Please can parents ensure that they respond to Mr Shutes’ request for information about your arrangements for Sports Day on June 7 as soon as possible. Transferring the whole school to the King George V Stadium, Grimsby, for the day is demanding: he would be grateful for as much information as possible to ensure students’ journeys to and from the site are safe.

 

General Data Protection Regulation

Attached to this letter is a privacy notice for parents only, which explains how we use and store data on you. The data that we hold on parents is linked exclusively to our public interest to educate students. (Sorry – GDPR phraseology there!) Next week, all students in Years 7-10 and 12 will be asked to review some of the data that we hold on them: this relates to the use of their photograph in various contexts and the use of the thumb/finger print payment system operating in the dining hall. You can read more about how the latter works on the website. Students that decline will instead receive a four-digit pin number, which is not as secure as an algorithm. You can read more about how the system works on the school website. https://goo.gl/21zQov The School will not accept any liability if the pin number is shared with and used by another student.

 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – Centre Manager post

I wrote to you a couple of weeks back to make you aware that our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Centre Manager, Mrs Hitchcock, was stepping down from the post at the end of this academic year. I am grateful to her for the work that she has undertaken, including some fund raising, which has expanded the range of activities on offer. I have looked at the role and have expanded its scope. This is a new development for the School and I hope it underlines our commitment to the Scheme, enabling students in Years 10 and above to participate. The job and application form are on the website: please take a look and forward the details to anyone you think might be interested. I’m also happy to talk to anyone who is interested. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is one of the fundamental pillars of what we do here to enable students to flourish.

Forty eight students will be undertaking their Bronze assessed expedition this weekend. Most groups start at the Navigation Lane sports field and will be navigating our corner of the Wolds. If you’re out and about tomorrow, you’ll know them by their colourful rucksack colours.

 

On Saturday, three incoming Year 7 students, Joseph Reece, Matthew Quill and Noah Newbould and current Year 8 students Abby Reece and Emily Quill will be attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks It’s a 24-mile route and includes over 1500m of ascent. The five are raising funds for the Friends of Caistor Grammar School, who, as you know, provide items that benefit all students. If you’d like to support, here’s their donation page. https://mydonate.bt.com/events/friends3peaks/459954  I wish them, our DofE-ers and you all a very peaceful weekend.

 

Best wishes,

Your sincerely

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster

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