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Headmaster’s Letter 10th November 2017

Posted on 10th November 2017

Dear Parent,
This morning we had our Remembrance Services in School to remember those that have died in conflicts past and present, to honour those that have died in the service of their country in war and to resolve that we can take note and we can make changes to our world. It was also a privilege for our School to be the guest of Caistor Primary School, and to join with students from Caistor Yarborough, at the primary school’s Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in the Market Place. The Senior Prefect Team and I will be joining the Caistor community for the Remembrance Service in the Parish Church this Sunday. We will then make our way to the cenotaph to lay our School wreath together with other members of the local community.

In my newsletter of last week, I wrote about asking questions. This week, it’s my turn to ask that you complete some questions about the School. We are in the process of writing our self-evaluation statement. An aspect of this is that we ask parents how they think we’re doing. As I explain in the introduction, this year I would like the survey to be completed online. I hope that this will increase the number of respondents. * All responses are anonymous: the only question that identifies you as part of a cohort is that which refers to your child’s year. This helps me to identify any trends. The statistical outcomes will be published to parents later this term. Any comments remain private and will not be used. Here’s the hyperlink:
Students will be asked similar questions next term. Their questionnaire is longer because I ask the student council to write additional questions that are pertinent to their concerns.

We’re now well into the second half of this term and looking ahead to a busy calendar. Next week, we have house music. I look forward to welcoming some of you to the public performance in the Gym on Wednesday evening, starting at 7pm. The week after on Thursday 23 November, we have house cross country. Following a request from the Student Council, the PE department has revised its guidelines. Skorts are optional for girls and all students can now wear running tights if they wish, as long as they are of a sober colour and have a minimal pattern. Please ask your child to speak to the PE department if they are unsure. Also, as the weather is likely to be damp at best, and certainly windy, they should bring a plastic bag for dirty trainers and a coat/ jacket to keep warm when they are not running.

Finally, with the memories of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ just beginning to fade and so many of those involved beginning to look at each other and ask: “Did we really do that?” There is an opportunity to relive the whole experience as the final Thursday night performance will be available on DVD. There are two formats available: a standard DVD version which will play in most domestic DVD players, and a higher quality MP4 version which will play in most media players. Due to the limitations of the format, it should be noted that the DVD version is of a lower picture quality and, if your player will allow, we would recommend the MP4 version. Both will be available to order from ParentMail for £6 from Monday at 7pm. Mr Harris, the play’s director, has also written a fulsome tribute and given thanks to all of those involved: this is also on the School website.
With best wishes for the weekend ahead,