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Caistor Grammar SchoolHeadmaster's NewsHeadmaster’s Letter 2nd March 2018

Headmaster’s Letter 2nd March 2018

Dear Parent,

I had hoped that I would be writing to you today to congratulate Year 12 and 13 students on directing another superb series of House Plays for Years 7 to 10 on Wednesday; to thank the Lincolnshire Safety Partnership for the Year 9 Stay Safe Day on Thursday; and to mention today’s Medics talk to Year 12. Unfortunately, the ‘Beast from the East’ has extended its baleful claw over our part of Lincolnshire, closing school for three days.

I anticipate School will be open as usual on Monday. Although the danger of snowfall receded on Thursday, high winds, black ice on roads and site safety means that it would have been ill advised to open today. Mr Bray, our site manager, has valiantly tried to clear as much snow as possible this week but it is a Herculean task and some still remains. I hope that we’ll be in a better position by Sunday, but in case we need some help, I’ll put out a request on the website and via Twitter on Saturday evening.

Teachers set work on days two and three of the closure via ParentMail. (I believe it is acceptable to allow students to enjoy at least one snow day with friends and family.) It is a very complicated process to get the work to students via their parents’ email address. Please will parents ensure that it is forwarded to students. I hope that some of the events that we had to cancel this week will appear at other points this School year.

We had some superb achievements in the Intermediate Maths Challenge, which was held before half-term. 15 students were awarded Gold certificates; 32 achieved Silver certificates; 21 achieved Gold certificates. There are two follow-on rounds: Ella Clark in Year 9 has qualified for the Intermediate Olympiad. The following have qualified for the Maths Kangaroo: Nikita Tan, Saffat Hossain, Pawel Grab, Vignesh Kamath, Tobias Barnett, Danielle Bate, Tom Harling, Neha Elangovan, Alistair Brookes, Benjamin Hughes, Chris Allen, Siddarth Kamath and James Gale.

Year 10 were fortunate recently to receive a talk on alcohol misuse from one of our parents, Dr Tom Phillips, who currently works as Deputy Director of Nursing for Humber NHS Foundation Trust, but who this month takes on the position of Professor of Nursing (Addictions), at the University of Hull. He is a recognised expert in alcohol treatment and research and is involved in advising government departments on alcohol policy. It is a privilege for students to hear from an expert. I am very grateful to him for giving up his precious time. I hope he will be able to return next year. I am very happy for others to come and give similar talks to students if they feel able. Please do get in touch.

If you are interested in statistics, the pre half-term flu bug brought our School’s average attendance down by one percent. For some students this was probably their first absence of the year and so it is worthwhile reminding that you should report an absence before 9:30am; absences should be reported every day the student is not in School for safeguarding reasons. You can either leave a voicemail, speak to Mrs Newton or alternatively use the email address: absence@caistorgrammar.com

There is a vacancy in the Music department for the start of next term. I’m looking for someone who can teach some KS3 Music and some practical lessons over two days. Details will be on the website from Monday. The closing date for applications is Monday 19 March but I might appoint earlier for the right candidate, so if interested, or you know someone who might be interested, please don’t delay.

As well as being our Librarian, Mrs Jago, performs a number of roles around school. These include helping to produce the School play, involvement in the BBC School Report, and organising literary events and author visits. We are looking for volunteers who could support the work of our busy library by covering her on an occasional basis, either at lunchtime or possibly for a whole day when she needs to be away from school supporting student quizzes or literary trips. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Jago either on the school telephone number, or via email katherine.jago@caistorgrammar.com

And finally, yesterday was World Book Day. Books can be read anywhere: students didn’t need to be in School to participate in World Book Day. As well as school work, I read a couple of EM Forster’s short stories and finished Denial by Deborah Lipstadt.

I wish you all a very happy weekend,

Yours sincerely,

Alistair Hopkins
Headmaster

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