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Caistor Grammar SchoolHeadmaster's NewsHeadmaster’s Letter 1st December 2017

Headmaster’s Letter 1st December 2017

Although Christmas is 24 days away, like high street shops and online retailers, we’re already starting to get into the Christmas spirit here. I would like to invite you to two events we have coming up that will showcase students’ talent. The first is our Autumn Concert on Tuesday 5 December in the Gym at 7pm where there will be individual and group performances. There will be special performances by students in Year 7 and by the choir and orchestra. Following that, we have our Christmas Evening in the parish church opposite School on Tuesday 12 December starting at 7pm. This is particularly special because the church is ‘star-lit’ for the evening. Again, our Year 7 students will be performing. There’s an opportunity to have mulled wine and mince pies that evening, provided by our Friends. If you wish to contribute any mince pies, please ask your child to bring them into School by the Monday.

Next Wednesday is Christmas lunch. This will cost £4.00 and includes a full Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings and a choice of desserts. Vegetarian option will be tartlet or nut roast. Please ensure that accounts are topped up before Wednesday so that there are no delays. Sixth Formers only are allowed to wear Christmas jumpers for the day for a £1 donation to charity.

We had our first snow flurries of the year yesterday afternoon which necessitated closing school at 3.30pm. We used ParentMail to get the message around but we will text in future. If we have overnight snow and are closed all day, please check the school website first for any announcement. We will also inform Lincs FM and BBC Radio Lincolnshire. We will do this as soon as possible.

Thank you to all parents who completed the parental questionnaire. I will make some general comments in a separate letter before the end of term and will also publish the statistics. I have already affected two changes based on feedback. Firstly, we now have front facing screens in the dining hall so students are reassured that they have been charged correctly. Secondly, all students will receive a copy of general letters pertinent to their year group in their email account at approximately the same time as the Friday ParentMail distribution to ensure that they are ‘in the loop’. I regret that we won’t distribute hard copies to students: I am keen to make savings where possible so that eventually these can be put back into School to improve facilities for students and the School environment in general.

Following last Thursday’s house cross country, I am publishing the first three places in each category. Winners have received medals in assembly or came to my office to collect them this week. Year 7 Girls: 1. Sienna Osborne, 2. Claudia Smith, 3. Flora Jolly; Year 7 Boys: 1. Louie Osborne, 2. Robin Smith, 3. Noah Barnett; Year 8/9 Girls: 1. Suzanne Bate, 2. Alisha Osborne, 3. Cindy Bazoua; Year 8/9 Boys: 1. Henry Cullen, 2. Thomas Harriman, 3. George Lingard; Year 10/11 Girls: 1. Emily Barratt, 2. Anna Carter, 3. Ella MacPherson; Year 10/11 Boys: 1. Michael Durham, 2. Joel Cottingham, 3. Oliver Sullivan. Today these students, as well as those who came in the top 10, are
competing in next Friday’s Superzone Final in Louth. Thank you to the PE department for supporting these students.

We have some vacancies currently for relief cleaners and relief midday supervisors in the dining hall. Please contact the School via the enquiries email address if you would like to know more. Often our relief staff become permanent staff as and when opportunities arise.

Finally, thank you to all those that sent congratulations to the School following our Sunday Times Parent Power award. It’s very much business as normal here but we’re quietly very proud this week, particularly as the award recognises the range of activities on offer in School. As well as appearing in The Sunday Times, one of our recently departed students has featured in Farmers’ Weekly. Alistair Brook’s DT project caused something of a stir when he parked it outside of the Old Hall during last year’s D&T exhibition. If you want to read either article, then please follow the link. https://goo.gl/DRvWwL

Best wishes,

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