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Headmaster’s Letter 24th May

Dear Parent,

 

Uniform

As we approach the last half term of this school year, I thought it worth mentioning our School uniform. Following our consultation earlier this year about girls’ uniform and skirts, at parents’ request, we will keep the box pleat skirt provided by Greenswear in Cleethorpes and Shahs Uniform in Scunthorpe. Please note that this skirt is bespoke, so we recommend that you use either of these providers, to ensure that you have the correct skirt. Please also note that the from September 2019, it should be worn to the knee. Attached are our uniform requirements. Please note that girls’ trousers should be black and are of a formal nature. Boys’ trousers should be charcoal grey and also of a formal nature.

 

The Friends of Caistor Grammar School are also selling ‘seconds’ uniform at very reasonable prices. Please click here to learn more about how you can order it.

 

A level Design and Technology

The Young Designer of the Year Lincolnshire is now in its third year, and the CGS Design & Technology team are now entering pupils annually, starting this year with Year 13.  All A level pupils were entered. Five pupils have been shortlisted, which is a superb outcome.  This means their work will be transported to Lincoln University and will be on display for the duration of May half term in the Nicola De La Haye building at the University of Lincoln, (LN6 7TS). The final winners are announced

later this evening (Friday). A guest from Adobe will be selecting category winners and the overall Designer of the Year.

Our finalists, all from Year 13, are:

Declan Bell, William Grayson, Georgia Maw, Zak Morgan & Shannon Preston.
Reading

 

Now that Year 7 and Year 8 have finished their exams, half-term is a good time to relax with a good book. If you click here, it will take you to the Year 7 and Year 8 reading list.
Caistorians

 

The Caistorians’ Association came into existence on April 1. This voluntary organisation seeks to bring together former students and former employees of the School so that they can maintain their link with their school once they’ve departed. Their first event will be held at school on Saturday 29 June from 10am to 4pm. I’m pleased to report that 70 of the departing Year 13 have joined up, which swells the membership to close to 400. There will be a chance to look around the school and to enjoy your picnic on the Terrace. Families are very welcome. Parking is available at the Navigation Lane sports field. Please contact the School’s Outreach coordinator Mrs Katherine Jago Katherine.jago@caistorgrammar.com if you’d like to join the association of if you’d like to know more about the event next month.

 

Careers

 

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield would like to invite Year 10, Year 11, and Year 12 students to take part in Dig It!; a series of free hands-on sessions in the archaeological investigation of a previously unexplored site in Meersbrook Park in Sheffield. Dig It! It runs across the weekend of the 29 and 30 of June. The sessions are designed to give students a taste of what practical university-level study in Archaeology is like and at the same time enable them to make a valuable contribution to current conservation-oriented research by the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology.

 

Next year

 

Next year’s term dates have been published on the school website. Please note that the February half-term starts on Friday 14 February. Apart from the fact that it is Valentine’s Day, it could be an opportunity to take advantage of cheaper flights if your family is planning a getaway.

I have also been asked to seek parents’ views on the possibility of moving parents’ evenings’ start times from 5pm to 4.30pm and the finish time from 8pm to 7.30pm. In essence, a year group’s evening would still be three hours’ long but with an earlier start and finish. Please contact the enquiries email address above if you’d like to support this proposal.

Mobile phones/ portable devices 

 

The new mobile phone policy was approved by governors on Monday and is now available in the policies section of the school website under ‘Information’.

 

Congratulations

 

Halle Burchell (Y11) has been offered places at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Bird College and Laine Theatre Arts for her post GCSE studies. She was offered a Dance and Drama Award (DADA) from both Bird and Laine and is on Tring’s reserve list for the scholarship. This is a huge achievement. The Dadas/Scholarships aren’t offered to many students; the standards are always very high.  Halle has worked extremely hard, she’s danced locally since she was three years old, and for the last five years, has travelled to Leeds every week where she is on the Associate Course at Northern Ballet…. Jyothi Cross (Y12) was last week representing England & Wales in the international finals of the English Speaking Union’s International Public Speaking Competition. Jyothi was one of 53 finalists from around the world, from a pool of about 1,000,000 students. Last week she was working with and competing against highly polished competitors from all sorts of countries, many of whom arrived in the UK with coaches and advisors in tow. Jyothi narrowly missed making the final six, who were made up of competitors from places as far flung as China, and the Philippines (two previous over all winners have been from the Philippines), as well as European countries like Italy and Spain. Despite her disappointment, I’m sure the experience will remain with her for a very long time.

 

Enjoy the half-term break,

 

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster

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