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Headmaster’s Letter 19th December 2017

Posted on 19th December 2017

I am confident that when we all started School this academic year on Tuesday 5 September, today, the 19 December, seemed an age away. Well, this morning we have arrived. Each student and colleague will have their narrative for this term. There has been plenty to celebrate and occasionally something on which to reflect. I hope this weekly newsletter acts as a record of what has happened and offers you an insight into School life.

As ever, much has happened since I last communicated seven school days ago. We enjoyed a super Christmas evening and carol concert last Tuesday night. The Friends provided mince pies and mulled wine in the Old Hall. It was a joyous occasion and for me was the start of the Christmas season. On Friday, we had Caistor Goes Christmas, an event asked for and organised by the School Council to mark National Christmas Jumper Day. I liked their initiative because it enabled students and staff to celebrate the day as they wished without having to purchase a jumper. There was an eclectic mix of activities at break and lunchtime: carol singing, a cup cake bake off, secret Santas and bingo. Thanks to all the students and staff that participated. Proceeds went to Save the Children. Year 9 also held their own Fundraising events last week in P3. Each form is given a lunchtime to run a charity fair. Their ingenuity was outstanding, with a variety of fairground games. 9Z raised the most but all raised significant amounts. £315 was raised for the local charity the Rock Foundation.

Year 11 have been coming into School to take their mock examinations these last two and a half weeks. The year group celebrated the end of their mocks yesterday evening with bowling in Lincoln followed by pizza. (Although, students need to remember that the French speaking assessments take place in early January). Well done to Katie Robey who annihilated me into last place and won our group’s second game. I am too modest to say who won the first match with three consecutive (lucky) strikes in the closing phase. Thanks to Mr Dobson who organised the event and to Mr Cooke, Mrs McNeilly, Mr Shutes, Mrs Dowthwaite, Mrs Leaning, Mr Frost and Mr Davey who gave up their penultimate evening of term. The students were superb ambassadors yesterday, which is no surprise as they have been a credit the School during the mock period. (Thanks to Mrs Thompson for her ability to orchestrate a labyrinthine process.)

I genuinely hope the students have a restful Christmas. When they return, they will receive their results and more guidance about how to maximise their potential in the summer. Year 11 parents’ evening is on Tuesday 23 January and this is an essential event to support students’ progress.

Last Friday we had our assembly for merit winners and those students who have displayed the Olympic ideals of Respect, Excellence and Friendship (REF). Our merit winners were as follows: Year 7 – Claudia Smith , Bairavi Printhavan, Maia Farnsworth; Year 8 – Hania Obaid, Shaona Mitra, Maddison Bray, Evie Chappell; Year 9 – Faris Alderson, Henry Cullen, Alston Rodrigues, Harry Nickells. Our
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REF winners were: Year 7 – Louie Osborne, Elicia Terry, Evie Asher; Year 8 – Holly Bradbury, Suzanne Bate, Emily Quill; Year 9 – Maddie Collins, Ella Clark, Will Payne. Our sports ambassadors also ran a poetry competition with the theme of the Football World Cup 2018. Lilly Bell in Year 8 won and I would like to share her poem with you. You can select the hyperlink to read it.

When you are next in School, please do have look at the changes that have been made to the reception area. The quality of the display work is thanks to Mrs Porter, Head of Art, and the Art Technician, Mrs Shilling. They are slowly changing the displays in corridors to represent students’ art work and achievements. Also in the reception area is Belle’s dress from this term’s Beauty and The Beast. Again, another opportunity to celebrate the School’s creativity. Thank you to Mrs Jago for keeping the costumes from this and other school productions in pristine condition.

We end today with our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in the parish church with readers from across the School. All that remains is for me to wish you and your families a safe, happy Christmas holiday and a very peaceful New Year. I look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Best wishes,