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Headmaster’s Letter 13th July 2018

Posted on 11th September 2018

School walk

By the time you read this, we will have finished (or be near completing) our School Walk. Mr Robinson masterminds the venture. The 12.4 miles that students walked symbolises the average journey that someone (normally a child) has to make to collect clean water in the Third World. This long journey takes the child away from activity that we take for granted in the UK: an education. We are again raising money for Water Aid so please do sponsor your child or children.


A number of our very talented musicians, Thomas Christie, Daniel BassettAidan Parker, former student Caroline Bassett and our performing arts technician and former student Matt Thompson were representing Lincolnshire on Saturday and performed with the Lincolnshire Schools Youth Orchestra at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. They played extremely well. Thomas led the Orchestra. Matt and Thomas were then asked to perform in Birmingham Town Hall with the RNCM session orchestra in a side by side project. It was a fabulous day. Some will be performing at our summer concert on Tuesday 17 July at 7pm in the gym. All are welcome.


Laura Johnson and Emily Shilling have had work accepted for the Mall Galleries Student Exhibition in London. Our students will be viewing their work in situ on the Art trip next week. Thank you to Mrs Porter who encouraged the students (and others) to aim high.

Sweeney Todd

Rehearsals and behind the scenes planning for this year’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Rehearsals are already well underway and the air of excitement amongst those involved is palpable! A full rehearsal schedule, including dates for weekend rehearsals, will be distributed to all cast and chorus before the end of term but to ensure that everyone comes back in September ready and raring to go there is a rehearsal scheduled for the last Sunday of the summer holiday, September 2nd, from 1pm to 4pm in the New Hall. Whilst we understand that some students will be unable to make this because of family holidays it is expected that as many of the cast and chorus as possible will be there; we really do have only a short time to put the show together and every rehearsal counts. With this in mind, I would also like to thank parents in advance for your commitment to ensuring that your child attends all the weekend rehearsals between September 2nd and the dates of the show: October 15th, 16th and 17th. Ticket details will be announced early in the new term.

Gold DofE

Good luck to the 14 students who depart for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme assessed expedition tomorrow in Northumberland. Last week, I appointed a new DofE manager for September. This means that all the practice and assessed expeditions will be coordinated by School rather than using the services of an approved activity provider, as we had to for this year’s Gold award.


While Year 10 began their work experience on Wednesday, they did manage to coordinate the collection of in excess of 1,000 items of food for the Scunthorpe Foodbank. The food was collected on Tuesday and is already being distributed to families in the region. Thank you to the students involved.

Going away

And finally, a polite reminder to parents to let us know, prior to going away, who will be caring for your child/ren during your absence, and importantly, to make sure that we have direct contact details for you during your absence in case there is an emergency.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair Hopkins