Tours and Open Evening

Headmaster’s Letter 13th December

Posted on 16th December 2019

Dear Parent

School election

The school held its election yesterday, and, as in previous years, the result here correlated with the national result. (Who needs the 10pm exit poll?) The Conservatives won a comfortable majority with 129 votes. The other parties results were: Labour 69; Lib Dem 45; Green Party 85 votes. Turnout was a respectable 50%. A break down by year groups showed that a blue wave in Years 7-9 swept the Conservatives in, while the Greens have built their own ‘wall’ in Years 10 and above. I’d like to make two observations. Firstly, this is the third general election in the space of five years. Even though elections take place more frequently than the Olympics or Football world cups, students’ enthusiasm has not been blunted: debates were well attended and the assemblies were conducted with gravitas. Secondly, I want to congratulate the four candidates –Lewis Beighton (Lab – Y13), Oliver Levitt-Allen (Lib Dem – Y13), Rio Rawlings (Green – Y12) and Emily Sharman (Cons – Y12) for their role. No-one hid in a fridge, leaked private conversations or declined to face an audience! All addressed the issues without resorting to Project Fear and took part in positive campaigning – they talked about their party’s policies, sincerely addressing the issues and not following the party line wherever they disagreed. They did themselves and their school proud: professional politicians could learn a lot from them. Thank you to Mr Robinson (Politics) and Mr McTernan for their returning officer duties.

Foodbank

Thank you to all those parents who supported our Scunthorpe Foodbank Appeal through our non-uniform day of Caistor Goes Christmas. The total of items donated at 1pm was 1,479 – with more to come according to Mrs Leaning, who organised the event.

Cross country

Last Friday our cross country team competed in the Superzone championships in Louth. Our The Year 7 boys’ team came 1st and our Y7 girls’ team came 2nd. Both junior teams (Years 8 & 9 came second).

I would like to mention two outstanding performances from Alice Fearn (Y8) and Louie Osborne (Y9) who finished first in their races, well ahead of the rest of the field, earning the title Superzone Champion in the Junior Girls’ and Junior Boys’ events respectively.

In total, 17 CGS students finished in the top 20 and therefore earn the invitation to be part of the Coastal and Wolds Team at the County Champs in January in Stamford on Saturday 18 January. I shall publish their names in the new year, on the 17th January.

Christmas Carol Concert

Despite the cold, rain and the bouts of illness that have been circulating, we had a wonderful Christmas concert last night (Thursday). My thanks to Mrs Thompson, Mrs Allen, Miss Mottram and Mrs Ann, our new piano teacher, Mr Adams, the organist, all of whom led the students and parents through a fantastic Nine Lessons and Carols service. The Friends served mince pies and mulled wine.

Be Aware

The Be Aware page, which is in the parents’ section of the School website, has been updated to make parents and students aware of agencies that can support you or your child if you are facing emotional challenges over the Christmas break. Another document on the same page, ‘Safeguarding During the Holidays’ might also prove useful. Both were authored by Mrs Clark, the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Congratulations

The following students have been selected for Humber Hockey this season: Year 7: Beatrice Lingard, Amelie Spencer, Patrick Walker & Edward Watmough; Year 8: Noah Newbould & Maisy Watmough; Year 10: Craig Dickson, Alice Lingard, Alice Watmough, Evie Spencer, & Ben Spray; Year 11: Natalie Walker. Well done to them all on this achievement.

And finally

Please remember that, along with other Caistor schools, we finish at 2.30pm next Thursday. If any student needs to stay in school until 3.45pm, we can accommodate them. Please can you let Mrs Newton aware if you would like to take up this offer, so we know who to expect.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster