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Headmaster’s Letter 15th October

Posted on 15th October 2021

Dear Parent,

COVID

My ongoing thanks to everyone for their support since we came back in September. I am grateful to everyone who has sought a PCR test following a letter from School. The close contact definition has been refined by the local Health Protection Team to the extent that we now send out approximately 13 emails for each positive case. Last year, it was 27.

To expedite our communication, I would like students that return a positive PCR test to email their list of close contacts to Mrs Coulston, my PA. (Charlie.coulston@caistorgrammar.com)   A close contact is someone that they have sat next to in class, or someone with whom they have been within 1 metre of for a minute or more in an indoor space. I am also grateful to the number of students that are taking regular LFD tests. It is important to report these to the NHS Test and Trace website. There’s no prize for the School with the best return, but I know that only 1 out of 10 results are formally reported.

Attendance

We’re now uploading as much work as possible to Teams for students who are isolating. Although this is no substitute for face to face teaching, it helps students who are instructed to remain at home to ensure they have kept up to date with the content of their courses. Please remember that if your child is absent due to illness the priority is to get better rather than try to keep up with their course. Similarly, as soon as a student is well enough to return, they should return to School. The availability of online resources is not a substitute for face to face learning so please do continue to keep up with the expectation that being in school is a priority.

School play

The Joseph company are now in overdrive mode as they look forward to the opening night on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday night are sell-outs, but we still have tickets 38 remaining for Tuesday. We have reduced capacity for all three nights to ensure we’re COVID safe. I am sure you will want to wish the company every success as they prepare for the first night. In excess of 80 students are involved, it’s a significant event in our calendar – even more so this year. Thank you too to the parents who have ferried students back and forth to Sunday rehearsals, listened to lines and encouraged dance routines. If you are coming, I hope you will be as proud of the students as I am.

 

Careers

InvestIN’s autumn term programmes and exclusive evening workshops via AmbitionX commence from the beginning of November.  Our students can get 10% off the courses by quoting the code CAISTOR10 [link] or visit investin.org .

 

Furthermore, as a partner school, we can apply for up to 10 bursaries for the AmbitionX programme, giving those students one year’s free access to any of InvestIN’s online programmes.  These bursaries must be applied for through school.  To qualify for a bursary you must either:

 

If you believe you are eligible for one of these bursaries, please email Mrs Bradbury kathryn.bradbury@caistorgrammar.com

 

London mini-marathon

 

There’s a separate letter from the PE department about a fundraising drive to furnish the fitness suite.

 

Parent Governor elections

You should have received ballot papers and candidate statements yesterday for our Parent Governor elections. Please return voting slips to school by next Friday. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk to Governors, Emma Dodsworth, (emma.dodsworth@caistorgrammar.com)

 

Several ‘congratulations to’ this week….

 

Tyla Harris (Y9) dominated proceedings and came away with first place in the final at the British Kart Championship event at Paul Fletcher International circuit. Tyla received three trophies: first overall, first rookie and first privateer. Here is a link to Tyla crossing the line [link] and Tyla on the podium [link]

 

Jasper Fox (Y9) came second in the Youth Trials British Championship for his age group, which extends up to the age of 15.

 

Joshua Reading (Y8) took part in a charity event at his local kickboxing gym in Grimsby to raise money for Sepsis UK. Joshua, his brother and team mates completed seven reps of 10 different exercises for 24 rounds. A total of 1680 exercises with only 30 – 60 second breaks in between rounds. As a group they raised approximately £10,000 for the charity.
Yours sincerely,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster