The new half-term starts at its usual frenetic pace. All items have sub-headings to allow you to access information more quickly.
I flew out to Germany for three days at the start of half-term to spend some time with our partner school in Eichsatt, Bavaria. Our students were hosted by families and enjoyed trips to Nuremburg, Munich and Regensburg. The spirit of unity is alive and well and I am committed to ensuring that this partnership continues to grow. On December 19, we plan to hold a ‘Skype’ assembly between our two schools to celebrate Christmas. We host our partner school at the end of March. I am grateful to Dr Wilton and Miss Turner for leading the trip, which finished on the Tuesday of half-term. The following day, the Iceland trip departed at 5.45am from the Market Place. It was a packed itinerary involving visits to the Blue Lagoon, a tour of Reykjavik, sights of the Northern Lights, thermal spas and a glacier walk. You can see the photos from the trip on the Geography twitter feed (@CGSGeog). The party returned in the early hours of Monday morning. While the students had the final day of half-term to catch up, staff were in school on Monday for INSET. Thank you to Mr Davey, who led the trip, and to Mr Frost, Miss Dales and Mrs Cooke, who attended. Mr Kay put a great deal of time in putting the trip together for the students, so a special mention to him too.
KS3/KS4 uniform survey
I wrote to parents before half-term regarding a consultation on a proposed change to the girls’ uniform. I received four responses by Wednesday, the closing date. I have been made aware that there was a poll on Facebook running in parallel to my consultation where parents voted either for or against a change. If you did vote, I would be grateful if you could write in expressing your point of view. Often, respondents come up with other ideas that had not been considered previously. All ideas and comments are welcome. I have therefore extended the consultation to Monday 5 November.
Maths Olympiad for Girls
Congratulations to Fran Dyas (Year 13) who achieved a Distinction in this very challenging competition. The Maths department will enter again. There’s much potential in Year 12.
Our ‘Be Aware’ page on the website has information about YouTube. Since the video viewing platform’s inception, there have been numerous additions and controls that parents can implement to ensure children are not exposed to inappropriate material. This information sheet from Lincolnshire Children’s Safeguarding Board offers some good advice.
Scholastic book fair
The Library is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Tuesday 13 November to Monday 19 November. The commission earned from sales makes a significant contribution towards the stock of the library. Last year, approximately 100 new titles were added.
Scholastic vouchers, costing £5 but with a value of £6, can be ordered via ParentMail, and collected from the library. This gives them 20% extra to spend at the fair. Alternatively, students can make purchases at the book fair in cash. The fair is open every break and lunch time in the library.
Tickets are now on sale for the Friends of Caistor Grammar School Quiz Night on Friday 23 November, starting at 7pm. If you would like to come along, but are unable to form a team, then the Friends can help you form one on the evening. Tickets cost £7 and include a fish and chip supper. This year’s quiz will take place in the refurbished dining hall. It is a competitive but friendly evening. And it is always fun to watch the staff team gamble it all on the final question. Tickets can be purchased via ParentMail.
I am today advertising for an Examinations Officer. If you would like to apply, or know someone that would like to apply, then please look at the information on the website by clicking on ‘Staff Vacancies’. Full training will be given. As well as a new exams officer, I am also looking for relief catering staff. Please complete a non-teaching staff application form if you would like to be considered.
I wish you and our students a very successful half-term.