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Posted on 16th September 2018
I must politely remind parents about the protocol for visiting the School. If you are coming onto site, please wait to be buzzed in, head straight to the reception area to be signed in and then receive a visitor’s badge. We had an issue last week where a parent bypassed reception and was walking around the site unaccompanied. Safeguarding is our priority and it is imperative that parents work with us to ensure that we are fulfilling our duty to students.
Our Senior Prefect Team ran an extra-curricular fair in the Old Hall today at lunchtime for students primarily in Year 7. This term we have 54 clubs on offer. I encourage students across the School to get involved in a minimum of two activities a week and to be committed to that activity. They will develop friendships with students in different classes and year groups, learn new skills and discover abilities that they did not know they possessed. This would not happen without the staff who are selfless in giving up their time to enable students to make the most of these sorts of opportunities. The extra-curricular calendar can be viewed here. In addition, we have a very busy calendar of house activities that run throughout the year. Students can also become involved in this too.
Free School Meals
Parents of students in Year 7 will receive a letter and guidance today via ParentMail about applying for Free School Meals (FSM). Lincolnshire County Council now expects parents of students in this year group to register directly with the county rather than registering with schools to access this fund. If your child already receives a FSM then there is no need to contact LCC – their status is unaffected. If your child is in Years 8 to 11 inclusive, and you think your child now qualifies for FSM due to a change in circumstances, then please read the Finance Manager’s letter to Year 7 parents here and look through the guidance notes to applyhere. If you qualify, I encourage you to use this service to provide your child with a meal from the school canteen. Students’ dining accounts are credited with the allowance. We do not place restrictions on what students can use their FSM allowance to purchase: this is at parents’ discretion. Please contact Mrs Mosey if you have any specific questions.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver
The Duke of Edinburgh Silver group departed today to tackle their practice expedition. They will be walking and camping around the Wolds until Sunday. The assessed expedition is in The Peak District. Thank you to the following volunteers for giving their time to support the 26 students participating in Year 12: Norman and Angela Palmer, Heidi and Mark Leaning, Dave and Linda Moffat, Emma Dodsworth, Alan Griffin and John Colley, and in particular to Mrs Anna Sharp, who has coordinated and planned the three days (as well as being there!). Mrs Dodsworth, our award’s manager, will begin the process for this year’s three awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) by the end of the month. Thousands of CGS students have benefitted from the award since its inception. A separate DofE manager is a new post for the School. The role has evolved to such an extent that it cannot be an ‘add on’ to someone’s already busy job. It makes a strong statement about how important we view the award in students’ personal development. If you would like to join other parents and staff who are already involved, please contact Mrs Dosdsworth on emma.dodsworth@caistorgrammar.
Awards Evening is on Thursday 20 September in the parish church opposite the School. We will start at 7pm and I anticipate that the event will have finished by 8.30pm. Please be in your seats by 6.50pm. If students have any cups at home, they must be returned to School on Monday of next week. Parents and prize winners are very welcome to join us in the Old Hall for tea, coffee and Lincolnshire plum bread afterwards. Our guest speaker is Professor Toby Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln.
Friends of Caistor Grammar School
The first major social event of the Friends’ calendar will be the quiz on Friday 23 November. Tickets will go on sale just before half-term. Tickets cost £7 which includes a fish and chip supper from Savages. It’s an opportunity to meet up with other parents and to make new friends. If you’d like to come, but aren’t part of a team, you can form one on the evening.
Joe Laverick (Year 13) has been selected to represent the Junior Great Britain team in the time trail at the UCI World Cycling Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Joe’s event takes place on Tuesday 25 September. Joe will also be a reserve for the GB Junior road team.
With all good wishes for a relaxing weekend,
Football vs Caistor Yarborough Academy
Won: 13 (thirteen) -2
Friday 14th Sept – Y7 Social Evening (ends 9pm); Silver DofE practice Expedition (unitl 16th)
Monday 17th Sept – Y13 Oxbridge Interview Prep (10.30pm – 2pm)
Wednesday 19th Sept – Y8, 9 & 11 School Council Hustings 9am;Y10 Alcohol Awareness Presentation 9am; Y12 ALIS tests 9am; Sixth Form Football and Netball v QEGS Horncastle
Thursday 20th Sept – Awards Evening, in the Church, 7pm
Friday 21st Sept – Y7 CATS tests 9am; Y9 CATS tests 1.10pm, Y10 & Y12 School Council Hustings
Saturday 22nd Sept – 11+ entrance exams 10am