Posted on 13th November 2020
Thank you very much for your support this week, particularly with the swift creation of packed lunches for children on Tuesday following very short notice. Also, amidst new national restrictions across the country thank you for supplying face masks with plastic storage bags. Our students have adapted very quickly and with minimal fuss to wearing their masks in communal areas inside and outside the school buildings, and we are very grateful to them for this. We are facing new challenges frequently and I will continue to keep you up to date with any new measures that we need to take to keep the school open, to mitigate risk, keeping students and staff safe.
Children in Need
Today we have been treated to an array of fabulous costumes and students have whole heartedly dressed up and contributed their cash for the BBC Children in Need charity. Donations have been collected by students in each form group and quarantined for counting next week. The Senior Prefect Team has also organised a socially distanced/bubbled fancy dress competition and will announce their winners via their Instagram account. We are delighted that, in the face of such difficult circumstances, we have been able to keep some traditions alive and our students have responded so warmly to this. (Photographs to follow)
On Wednesday we joined the nation to mark Remembrance Day with a two-minute silence at 11am. Earlier in the day, as part of our PSHE programme, the students took part in a Remembrance Service in their form rooms. This poignant service was meticulously prepared by Mrs Briony McNeilly, Mrs Fran Thompson and compiled by Miss Maya McCann, (Performing Arts Technician), and Rory Longcake (Head boy), our thanks go to them all. Our Senior Prefect Team also placed a poppy wreath at the foot of our Fallen Soldier silhouette, in order to represent our governors, staff and students in our traditional act of remembrance.
Sixth Form Entry for September 2021
Unfortunately, we are unable to welcome students and parents into school for our annual Sixth Form Open Evening, as we normally do. We have tried to give you a flavour of what our Sixth Form can offer students through two videos which can be accessed via the sixth form section on the school website, from today. Please follow this link https://www.caistorgrammar.com/apply/
In this area you will also find detailed information about the A level subjects we offer along with the breadth of opportunities students can access as a Sixth Form Student at CGS. Our entry requirements are on a par with other post-16 providers in the region and our travel bursary scheme means that we are accessible to those who might otherwise find transport costs an impediment. We are committed to widening access to our outstanding Sixth Form while maintaining our focus on personal development and academic outcomes. If you know of anybody who is considering applying to Sixth Form I would be grateful if you could share our contact details with them.
Middle School (Year 8 & 9) Quiz Winners
This year in Middle School we have introduced a monthly intra form news quiz. The students are shown an episode of CBBC Newsround in their PSHE lesson, the following lesson they are asked a series of quiz questions about it. The theory is to encourage students to stay abreast of current affairs in the UK and beyond. Students have just completed their second quiz and seem to be enjoying this new addition to the programme of study.
The winners of this month’s prize are:
8X- Lewis Bingley & Adam Jackson
8Y – Nathaniel Briggs & Katy Fradley
8Z- Poppy Wilson & Beatrice Lingard
9X – David Maw & Alexander Smith
9Y- Stan Roberts & Jack Smith
9Z – Ibrahim Gentry & Rhys Smaller
Year 9 & 10 Vaccination Consent
Letters were sent out earlier this week for the next programme of School Immunisations which will be delivered from January to June 2021, by the vaccination team when they visit our school. Parents of students in Year 9 & Year 10 are urged to give consent or decline the Meningitis ACWY & Teenage booster vaccination, by completing the online form which is linked to the original letter. Once we have a confirmed date, we will send this to you.
The NHS Lincolnshire Talent Academy are hosting a virtual event for those interested in careers in Health & Care. This will take place on 5th & 6th Dec. To investigate and book onto a session please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/nhs-talent-academy-virtual-event-14303052389
Time for Road Safety
Please see the attached newsletter for parents from the education team at the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership titled ‘Be Safe Be Seen’.
GCSE and A level exams
The Welsh Government announced that it was abandoning summer public exams this week due to disruption from COVID-19. Exam boards will rely on a system of national assessments. Plans for the English system continue to be the same: end of course exams for Years 11 and 13. School has maintained its normal assessment policy to ensure that we can produce justifiable centre assessed grades in the event of any changes to the English system.
Mrs Shona Buck