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Headmaster’s Letter 15th July

Posted on 12th July 2019

Dear Parent

I had hoped that this was going to be a slim letter in anticipation of the next week’s end of term letter. How wrong I was! The calendar seems to get busier as we cannonball towards the end of term and the school year.

School walk

By the time you read this, we will have finished (or be near completing) our School Walk. Mr Robinson, supported by staff, masterminds the venture. The 12.4 miles that students walked symbolises the average journey that someone (normally a child) must 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 our students.

Summer concert and Art exhibition

We enjoyed another superb summer concert on Tuesday evening. This year’s event was especially poignant as we acknowledged Mrs Janet Warmoth’s 50 years with the School. I remarked that Mrs Warmoth’s slim personnel file does not accurately surmise the influence that she has had on students in her time with us. If we could capture that it would fill a three-tier filing cabinet!! As well as Mrs Warmoth, we thanked three departing students for the role that they have played in CGS music: Daniel Bassett, Lydia Handsley and Alex Sedman (all Y13). They have grown during their time with the School’s music department, taking on more and more challenging pieces. It was a privilege to watch their journey as they move on with their careers. Thanks to Mrs Thompson, Miss Craven, Mr Warmoth and Mr Pountney for their work. The concert ended with the orchestra and choir performing ABBA’s ‘Thank You For the Music’. Entirely appropriate for Mrs Warmoth.  On the same night as the summer concert, the Art department had its public viewing of A level and GCSE students’ work. Thanks to Mrs Porter and Mrs Shilling for the hours that they spent this year working with students on their examination courses. It was encouraging to see so many students from lower year groups attending. Students often aspire to produce their best work when they see what their near contemporaries have achieved.

Other events…

Language Leaders

Our Year 10 students, fresh from work experience, hosted local primary schools at their language leaders’ event on Monday and Tuesday. Omar Aabed, Hala Aabed, Cindy Bazoua, Anna Bradley, Alistair Brookes, Ella Clark, Willow Cleave, Rhianna Humphrey, Celia Hy, Caitlin Miller, Theo Powell-Howard, Alston Rodrigues, Fareedah Salawu, Mirha Sethi, Rojel Varghese and Eleanor Wood. Thanks to Dr Wilton for coordinating events.


On Thursday, Year 8 students were put through their paces in the Maths Department’s Orienteering trip in Willingham Woods. Thanks to Mr Clark and Mr Robinson who ran the trip, together with the Maths department and volunteers who ensured that no one went wrong.

Year 9 indoor climbing and cinema

Also on Thursday, Year 9 enjoyed a day in Hull on the indoor climbing wall and watched Toy Story 4. Thanks to Mrs Ellerby for organising the trip and the staff that supported.

Y12 Challenge of Industry

Finally, we also held our challenge of Industry Day for Year 12 students. Mr Hay, supported by Mrs Stones, host a superb event for our students. This year’s challenge concerned oil rigs. Thank you to the following companies and institutions that support the venture: Skanska, the Royal Air Force, QinetiQ, OSL Consulting Sheffield University, Hull University, Ann K Robinson Chartered Accountants, Lovelle Estate Agents, Lincoln University, ARH Tucker and Sons Ltd, Apostleship of the Sea.  Siemens and ID Architecture. The winning team comprised: Joe Basdeo-Taylor, James Bushby, Lizzie Dee, Xander Ashley-Turner, Lucy Cullen, Alistair Glossop, Joseph Andrews-Cifre and Aine Stenton.

In addition to these events, we also had Y12 Mentor training (again thanks to Mr Hay), a Y12 Biology trip to the University of Lincoln to take part in an electrophesis workshop, (thanks to Mrs Cooke and Mr Moffat for taking the students) and a Year 7 STEM day on Wednesday when students tested their anti-egg smashing designs. This was a cross-curricular project involving D&T, Maths and the science department. My thanks, on behalf of the students to Mr Donington, Mr Cooke and Mr Frost who led the work (the first time we’ve done it.) The competition’s winners win a day at RAF Waddington next term.

 (And as you can see in the diary, next week is similarly busy.)

Mr Smy

Mr Smy, our trainee Computing teacher, first aider, former DofE Bronze co-ordinator, former network manager…. leaves us today. I have listed just a few of his roles in school (and there are more!) as he has done so much in his six years with us. While with us, he also found time to take his Computing degree and then embarked on a trainee teacher year with us. He formally starts work in his new role at the Tollbar Academy in September. Understandably, they’re keen that he familiarises himself with the School as soon as possible hence his departure a week early. I am sure you will join in with me and wish him the best in fulfilling his career aspiration.

Hansard House

I’m pleased to announce that Mr Hargreaves will take on the leadership of Hansard House from September 1.


Please can I remind parents that the girls’ uniform code for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 is ankle length white socks. In Years 10 and 11 girls can choose either black or white ankle length socks.

Congratulations to:

Harry Nickells (Y10) who competed in the Round the island race two weeks ago. Ino XXX managed to finish 2nd on the water out of 1280 boats that started and win Class 0 and also the Fast 40 class. Harry worked as Mid-bow alongside a professional bowman at the front the 42 foot yacht and thoroughly enjoyed himself. Harry also managed to finish 2nd in the North East Youth Travellers Series which is contested through the early summer at Dinghy Sailing club events across the North and he participated in about seven different regattas from Teesside down to Sheffield… Katie West (Y7), Charlotte West (Y8) and Sienna Osborne (Y8) have been selected for Loughborough Lightning U15 netball team.

End of term arrangements

Please remember that we finish at 2.30pm on Friday 19 July. All service bus will depart earlier except for the LCC/Dents bus service which runs through Osgodby, Middle Rasen and Market Rasen. This service bus’ timetable does not change on the last day of term. We can accommodate students on that bus service in School until the normal finish time of 3.45pm. Please inform the office if you wish to take up this offer.

Yours sincerely


Alistair Hopkins