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Headmaster’s Letter 11th March

Posted on 11th March 2022

Dear Parent,
It has been a busy week for staff and students with more to come (!) as we reach the midpoint
of this halfterm.

Looking after…

The Senior Prefect Team have put together a brilliant week of activities to support our
students, their community, and the world. Today’s nonuniform day was well supported and
over 700 items of clothing were donated to support the work of Harbour Place, in Grimsby.

House plays

Another reminder that the House Drama competition will take place on Wednesday 16th
March in the Town Hall (performed in the morning to students in Years 9 and 10 and in the
afternoon to students in Years 7 and 8). This will be an own clothes day for students in Years
7, 8, 9 and 10 with a minimum of a £1 collection on the door day and this will go towards
supporting relief work in Ukraine.

This will be followed by public performances of all of the House plays in the Town Hall on that
same evening, Wednesday 16th March at 7pm. You are most welcome to join us and the
event will finish at approximately 9pm. There will not be an entry fee but there will be a raffle at
the door. There will be a short interval at around 8pm. A letter about arrangements for
supervision of participants before the evening performance was sent to parents of participants
on Parentmail on Wednesday 25th February. For safeguarding arrangements, it is essential
that this form is completed by parents of participants. We look forward to seeing you on the

String Soiree

On Tuesday 22nd March at 7pm, the Music Department are organising an evening for junior
and senior strings. If you’d like to attend, please sign up via ParentMail. The event will be in
the Old Hall, so we will need to restrict numbers to 70.

Year 9 History Balloon Debate

It was a welcomed return to the normal format of the History Balloon Debate this year. Nine
finalists elected by their peers from their form heats, championed a place for their chosen
character’s historical significance in a sinking hot air balloon. The reward of House Points for
the winning trio and a cup at Awards Evening for first place hung in the balance. Students
showcased their speaking skills, powers of persuasion and aptitude in delivering wellcrafted
arguments for their characters with stories and legacies of power, discovery, conviction and

compassion. Our returning guest judge, Dr James Greenhalgh from the School of History and
Heritage at Lincoln University was impressed by the high standard. Congratulations to all our
finalists and my thanks to Mrs Dowthwaite for running the competition.

The winning students were:

First place: Claire Tun (Hansard) as Karl Landsteiner

Second place: Noella Dollaway (Ayscough) as Sojourna Truth

Third place: Grace Gregory (Rawlinson) as Emmeline Pankhurst

Our other finalists were:

Charlotte Gothard (Rawlinson) as Ada Lovelace

Isaac Waterhouse (Rawlinson) as Charles Darwin

Zara Zafar (Ayscough) as Leonardo da Vinci

Kacper Wroblewski (Rawlinson) as Nikola Tesla

Grace Johnson (Hansard) as Malala Yousafzai

Tashif Jajja (Ayscough) as Johannes Gutenberg

Year 7 and 8 Public Speaking

The same afternoon as the Year 9 Balloon Debate, the English Department organised the
public speaking competition for Years 7 and 8. Thanks to Mrs Rachel Murray (trustee) and
Sapphy Dunn (Y12) who judged the speeches. The breadth of topics demonstrates the
cultural capital of our younger students.

Here are the winners, and participants, detailing the topics of the speeches:


BEST MAIN SPEAKER: Jayden Bluku (Y8)


BEST TEAM: Billy Bevers and Jayden Bluku (Y8)

Full list of speakers and topics:


Chairperson/ Vote of Thanks: Jai Pathak

Main speaker: Tejas Prasad

Topic: Are there more humane options for slaughterhouses?


Chairperson/ Vote of Thanks: George Evans

Main speaker: Ryan Hailstone

Topic: The importance of health and fitness


Chairperson/ Vote of Thanks: Elise Chelotti

Main speaker: Emily Cooper

Topic: Are we doing enough to fight animal cruelty?


Chairperson/ Vote of Thanks: Billy Bevers

Main speaker: Jayden Bluku

Topic: Is time more valuable than money?


Chairperson/ Vote of Thanks: Manpreet Padda

Main speaker: Darcy PowellHoward

Topic: Neurodiversity and impact of dyslexia


Chairperson/ Vote of Thanks: Oli Burton

Main speaker: Liam Burke

Topic: What if you don’t fit the school system?

Thanks to Mr Harris and the English Department who coordinated the competition.

English Speaking Union Regional Final University of Lincoln

Good luck to our English Speaking Union team of Megan Allison, Jack Attridge and Lara
Baugh (all Y11) who are representing the School at the University of Lincoln on Saturday.
Thanks to Mr McTernan who will be supporting the team tomorrow.


The local authority has asked all schools to write to parents to make them aware of their
School’s Complaints Policy and the necessity of going through school channels, including
contacting school trustees, before referring any concerns to external agencies. You can read
our policy here. [
Congratulations to…

Henry Cullen (Y13) who came first in the Scunthorpe Park Run last Saturday, setting a new
PB of 15:45.

All good wishes for the weekend,

Alistair Hopkins