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Headmaster’s Letter 17th July

Posted on 17th July 2020

Dear Parent,

We finally reach the end of an unprecedented school year. Next year will be different too, but once we get through the first few days, we will settle into a new routine. The School buildings will not be the same – that’s obvious as you walk through the one way corridors, read the signage or see the way that the classrooms are now front facing – but we will be the same, endeavouring to provide the best care and support that we can for the students in our care. I hope that the paper you read last week reassured you and your children. Attached to this letter are my responses to your questions.

We will clearly adapt as we go through. We do need to ‘test’ our processes across the first few days which is one of the reasons why Governors, in their meeting this Monday, recommended a phased return to teaching. I have explained how this will work below. On each day, we start at 8.50am as normal.

Personally, I’m looking forward to being able to speak to my colleagues and students again – face to face. I’m looking forward to the busy-ness that working at CGS brings.

When schools closed in March, I thought we would be back by May half-term – at the latest. We’ve all adjusted and adapted as we have sought to work our way through these events. It has been unsettling at points. We have all experienced moments of sadness and have, I expect, had contact with people that have suffered in some way as a result of COVID-19.

What has struck me throughout this is the way in which we have adapted. We have all progressed through this crisis, even when we feel we have not. I spent the latter part of June commenting on students’ assessments. Very few students – no more than usual – have stumbled. Some have really enjoyed the opportunity to explore their subjects in greater detail. In fact, the one lesson that I have taken from this is that we’re far more resilient than we ever imagined we could possibly be. Despite everything that has happened, it is important we remember and build on that.

Arrangement for the first three school days of 2020/21

To ensure we can have a safe and well-managed return, year groups will be phased back.

Date                                            Year groups

Thursday 3 September            Years 7 and 12 only

Friday 4 September                 Years 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13

Monday 7 September              Whole school

We will provide work for students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 via SharePoint (part of the School’s Office 365 package) for the Thursday and Friday (Years 8 & 9 only). The Head of Section will email students more details by 3.15pm on Wednesday 2 September about how they can download work.

So that students are as well prepared as possible, here are a few more notes to accompany last week’s paper on our preparations for the September return.

Further arrangements:

Stationery

Students will not be permitted to share equipment in school. This means that students must bring their own equipment to and from school. I would recommend that where possible you name equipment – pens and pencils, etc. could just have a sticker attached with name printed on it. Any unnamed equipment will be disposed of. An equipment list is below:

Black pen

HB pencil and pencil sharpener

30cm ruler

selection of coloured pencils

highlighter pens

pencil case

geometry set

Casio calculator FX85GTX

‘School-safe’ scissors (i.e. blunted ends)

Glue stick

Uniform 

School uniform will be worn as normal, with the same high expectations. Please refer to the uniform requirements on the web site and ensure that all uniform is named. (NB girls’ skirts should be worn to knee length)

PE Kit 

On the days that students have core PE, the expectation is that students will come to school in PE kit. You may wish to consider some of the non-compulsory items such as plain black track suit trousers, as additional kit items. (Again, please make sure that all PE kit items are named)

School Bags

We will not be using lockers in September, so students will need to carry their bag with them and keep it under their desk. Please consider the size of school bag, which only need hold material for that day.

Buses

Mrs Buck has been talking to the bus companies this week to confirm times. Grayson’s and Sherwoods will collect at 3.15pm. Other buses will run as normal. Students leaving on buses at 3.45pm will be kept in bubbled groups in classrooms to do homework. This will enable more social distancing on departure.

If you have any specific questions for the transport providers, please contact them directly:

Dents, Telephone: 01673 828086

(MIDDLE RASEN, MARKET RASEN, WALESBY, OSGODBY, CLAXBY0

Mr Trevor Grayson, Telephone: 01472 812543

(GRIMSBY, CLEETHORPES, IMMINGHAM, HABROUGH, NORTH THORESBY, HUMBERSTON and villages close to these places: BRIGG and surrounding villages, FOREST PINES, SCUNTHORPE)

LINCOLNSHIRE County Council, School Transport, Telephone: 01522 782020
(BIGBY, GRASBY, OWMBY, NORTH KELSEY, SOUTH KELSEY, MOORTOWN, SWALLOW, THORESWAY, ROTHWELL, KEELBY, BROCKLESBY, LIMBER)

Sherwood Bus Company, Mr Stuart Oakland, Telephone: 01469 571140
(BARROW-ON-HUMBER, ULCEBY and GOXHILL area)

Further communication

I will continue to write to you every Friday with any updates. The next key letter will come on Friday 21st August when you will receive more guidance about the plans for September, as well as any information about our risk assessment. You should email School via the enquiries address at the top of this letter. The account is monitored throughout the holiday and we will try to respond within a week.

Sports Day (Virtual)

I am delighted to announce the results of our first ever (and hopefully last!) virtual sports day.

The results are:

First:                            Jasper Fox

Second:                       Joseph Reece

Third =:                       Jack Attridge

Third =:                       Evie Hough

Third =:                       Annabel Peart

Some impressive individual scores were recorded in the five events:

Toilet roll challenge: Luke Harriman: 80

Sock balance:              Annabel Peart: 6 min 45 secs

Standing long jump:   Evie Hough: 2.19m

Pillow Bounce:           Evie Hough: 134

Ultimate Plank:           Yash Gandhi: 3 mins 59 secs

And the overall scores in the house competition were:

House Overall:

Ayscough                   168

Rawlinson                  124

Hansard                     108

Well done to Ayscough!

Music

Despite the school closure, life has continued virtually for some. I would like to congratulate the following students in Year 13 on achieving their Grade 8 awards in the Associated Board exams. Maya McCann and Henry Montgomery achieved a Distinction and Lili-Rose Gregory achieved a Merit. Well done to them on their achievement as they move on to the next stage of their academic careers.

Chemistry

Mrs Leaning, Head of Chemistry, coordinated the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. Many congratulations to the following students in Year 12 who have been acknowledged for their achievements. This was a demanding test:

Gold – Pawel Grab, Saffat Hossain

Silver – Adeel Afzal

Copper – Joel Cottingham, Rithik Gaikwad, Dusyanth Gowda, Nisha Prabhakar, Lily Welton

Maths

The Junior Maths Challenge took place as an online competition on Monday 29th June. Nine students in Year 7 and nine students in Year 8 took the challenge. The results are as follows (grade boundaries are much higher than usual, so all students have done very well). The challenge was entirely voluntary.

Gold award (and best in school)

Joseph Reece (Year 8)

Silver awards

Nathaniel Briggs (Year 7, best in year)

Peter Jackson (Year 8)

Ibitayo Salawu (Year 8)

May Smith (Year 8)

Bronze awards

Michelle Agreda (Year 8)

Shahnaz Anwari (Year 7)

Ilias Briscoe (Year 7)

Ella Chappell (Year 7)

Poppy Cook (Year 8)

Edith Green (Year 8)

Reuben Smith (Year 7)

Yash Vaddaram (Year 7)

Participation awards

Caitlin Frost (Year 8)

Leanna Hy (Year 8)

Reuben Kelly (Year 7)

Isaac Waterhouse (Year 7)

Leo White (Year 7)

Year 11 Yearbooks

These will be available to collect in School in September, at the start of the new school year.

WaterAid 1, 2, 4,

We were unable to run our School Walk this year – it would have been happening today, by chance – but you can still support WaterAid by taking part in our 1, 2, 4 challenge. You can set a family target of doing a walk that includes those three numbers and you can interpret it as you wish. For instance, two students taking a dog for a socially distanced walk of four kilometres.

Safeguarding through the holiday

School will be closed from Wednesday onwards. There are numerous agencies that can provide support for students in the holiday. Mrs Clark, the DSL, has written a leaflet for you, which is attached to this letter.

COVID-19 update – face masks/ coverings

I want to make an observation on facemasks/ face coverings. The DfE advice is very clear that face masks/ coverings are not required in school. However, I need to give some thought to how it might work here at CGS if they were optional and the safeguards that will be put in place to ensure they are used properly. A decision will be made in mid-August and communicated to parents on Friday 21st August.

Healthy Minds Lincolnshire workshops for parents/carers

Healthy Minds Lincolnshire are running online workshops for parents and carers of children that may be experiencing worries. The workshops will provide strategies and tools that parents/carers can use within the home to support their child manage their worries. There are two separate workshops running over a number of days between July and August: one for parents/carers of primary age children and another for parents/carers of secondary aged children (see attached for further details).  Details of how parents/carers can book onto the workshops are here. [see PDF for link] .More dates will be added due to demand, parents and carers can register their interest on the booking form and they will be notified when new dates are available.

For ease of access the link to book onto the workshops is below:

See PDF for link

And farewell to…

At the end of this strange year I wanted to acknowledge the contribution of sone colleagues who will be leaving us at the end of this year.

Miss Alexandra Mottram leaves us after her year as the Performing Arts Technician. She has worked tirelessly on the school production, house music and drama, ensembles, etc. packing in as much as possible. Miss Mottram will be joining her family in Egypt for a gap year and then heading off to London to study Musical Theatre

Mr Zac Morgan joined us in January to support the Science department as a Technician until the end of the school year. He was a great colleague who enjoyed moving from student to a member of staff. Mr Morgan plans to study Product Design at Leeds Beckett University.

Mrs Katie-Anne Murphy taught KS3 Science for us from late January on a temporary contract. Although she was with us for a day and half per week, her planning, enthusiasm and kindness won her many fans amongst the students. We wish her every success at her new school, King Edward’s Grammar School, Louth.

Maternity leave

Ms Ruth Wildman will be on maternity leave at the start of next year. We wish her and her partner every success and joy over the coming months when they welcome the new arrival into their family. We appointed a new maternity cover Classics and Latin teacher, Mr Laurence Gardiner, earlier this year to start in September.

That’s the final letter for this school year.

I would like to thank you for your support and feedback. I also want to thank everyone here at the School for all that they have done for our students this year, especially since March 20. I am fortunate to work with such a talented team. Thank you to them.

In the meantime, do stay safe and enjoy the break. This September, more than ever, we will be looking forward to welcoming the students back.

Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster