The next three weeks…
This time in three weeks, we will be starting the Christmas holiday. I would like to make you aware of what’s happening in the run up to Christmas: many of the details can be viewed on the website on the annual school diary. Wednesday 5th December is Christmas dinner. The meal costs £4 – you can see the menu here. The kitchen staff, assisted by the leadership team, will serve over 500 students. Please ensure that your child has enough funds on their account for Wednesday. Students in Years 12 and 13 who have not yet done so already must register for the thumb print pay system beforehand; it’s not a good idea to try to do this on the day!
On Thursday 6th December, we have our Autumn concert in the gym starting at 7pm. The following week, on Wednesday 12th December it is the School carol concert in the parish church, starting at 7pm, followed by mince pies in the Old Hall. Throughout that week, Year 9 will be hosting charity fairs in their form rooms at lunchtime. On Thursday 13th December, there is a Year 13 parents’ evening and the following day, we have “Caistor Goes Christmas”, organised by the School Council. The rule is wear something ‘Christmassy’. The following Monday 17th December Year 8 have a day trip to Hull for a climbing wall experience, lunch and to watch a film. On Wednesday of that week, Year 11, who will have just finished two weeks of mock examinations, have their bowling and pizza night out. My thanks to Mrs Ellerby and Mr Davey for leading these trips respectively.
We finish at 2.30pm on Thursday 20th December. All buses, bar the county buses, will depart at 2.30pm. We will be able to accommodate any child that wishes to stay in school because they’re on a county bus until 3.45pm, our normal finish time.
Year 7 Football team
Congratulations to the Year 7 Football team and their coach Mr Shutes who are on quite a run at the moment. The team is now into the last 16 schools of the EFSA Small Schools Cup. (The tournament is open to Schools with fewer than 65 boys in a year group.)
Mr Shutes reports that at half time we were 1-0 down to a big and very physical team from Holy Family Catholic High School, Carlton, Goole. The students battled through and in a real test of temperament and character, the boys gradually got the upper hand and put on a dominant display in the second half, coming out 3-1 winners.
By the middle of this week, I had pressed ‘send’ on 39 UCAS applications. The students, Mr McTernan and his team of Year 13 tutors spend a great deal of time and energy crafting their respective parts, the personal statement and school reference. As I wrote last year, I continue to be impressed with the range of activities in which they participate and the depth of talent that they have. It is no surprise therefore to see that offers of places are already starting to come in. I am, however, concerned about the number of unconditional offers that universities are offering. Despite evidence that students are more likely to underperform if they accept an unconditional offer, universities are offering more unconditional offers than ever this year. I would like to offer a few words of advice. If students accept an unconditional offer, please ensure that they do not become complacent because they have secured a destination for next year. A levels are truly standardised assessments, which means that A level grades are often used to ‘rank’ job applications for employment. It is therefore important to work through to the end of the course with the same focus as if aiming for an A level or points offer. Further, some universities award financial bursaries and scholarships based on A level grades. Most importantly, the sense of personal achievement, of a job well done, is evident when any student does their best.
Over 100 of us gathered in the new dining hall for the Friends’ quiz last Friday. As is traditional now, the staff team gambled it all in the final round, this time on an obscure Hungarian composer, and finished third despite being equal first at the end of the penultimate round. Congratulations to the Archive Team, led by Old Caistorian chair Mr Tom Hunter, who came first (again). The next Friends’ event will be the Race Night on Friday 8 March. More details to follow next term.
If you have not done so already, please can you give your agreement to the universal consent form. I am trying to reduce the amount of paperwork that goes to parents. By agreeing to this form, it will save you a lot of time. 92% of parents have already completed it via ParentMail.
The annual school parents’ survey closes at midnight this Saturday. Thank you if you have completed this already. If you have not done so, and would like to complete it, please go to the website using this link. Please complete the survey for each child that you have in the School.
With best wishes,