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Headmaster’s Letter 19th December

Posted on 19th December 2019

Dear Parent,

I shall start by wishing you all a very happy Christmas and holiday.  This has been a day short of a 14-week term and we are all looking forward to a restful, well-earned break.  Thank you to you too for your support this term: the home school partnership is fundamental to each child’s happiness and progress here.

KS3 award winners

On Wednesday, in a special assembly led by Mrs Ellerby, (Head of Middle School) and Miss Turner (Head of Lower School), we acknowledged our KS3 student award winners.  These are as follows:

Merits winners 

Year 7 

1st – Kacper Wroblewski

2nd – Chloe Watson-Bryans

The draw winners – Jasmine Hazzard & Izzy Squire

Year 8 

1st – William Crowe

2nd – Catherine Hargreaves

The draw winners- Ellie McBride and Esme Burkhill

Year 9

1st – Claudia Smith

2ndSaqib Jajja

The draw winners- Poppy Chappell and Grace Pyke

E2E (Ever to Excel winners)

The E2E award recognises those students that have done something special this term.  The E2E award was introduced last year by our Sixth Form Sports Ambassadors, encouraging students to recognise Paralympic values in their peers of determination, equality, inspiration, courage and respect.  Reasons for nominations could include coping with setbacks, impressive public speaking performances, respecting others and showing determination in class and on the sports field.

Year 7:

Libby JacksonRebecca MatthewsElliot Smith, Zara ZafarAnnabel Peart,

Honey Victory and Ashton Tilling.

Year 8:

Jack SmithAlex O’DonoghueAbdur SethiHattie PaiPhoebe HouchinAlice Fearn and Liam Moore.  

Golden Ticket

Following feedback from the school council, we also changed our reward system for Year 9 students last year.  We now award a golden ticket which gives students’ the chance to have a free biscuit, etc. from the school canteen every Friday for a term.  The criteria for winning changes each term.  In Autumn term, the ticket was given to those who had made a good start to Year 9 based on merits and contribution.

9X – Claudia Smith and Joe Glentworth

9Y – Saqib Jajja and Yash Gandhi

9Z – Tyla Redhead and Maria Fretwell

In addition, form tutors nominate two Golden Ticket winners from their form.

9X – Jessica HutsonArun Babu

9Y –Megan Allison & Oliver Wilkins

9Z- VaanujanVasuthehan and Sienna Osborne

Well done to all the students who have done well this term whether that be in lessons or in setting the right example to others.

Christmas fair update

I wrote last week about Year 9’s Christmas Fairs.  I’m pleased to say that the three forms raised a total of £312.36 and this was divided between two charities – The Health Tree Foundation and Harbour Place in Grimsby.

The stall that raised the most money was The Wheel of Fortune, which raised £39.60 well done to Ethan Brook, Jack Attridge, Oliver Stork, Tyla Redhead and Oswin Khoo. (Mr Donington made the wheel.) The form group that raised the most was 9Y – £127.95

Year 8 Activity Day in Hull 

The winners of the speed climbing event were: Katie West, Freya Warne, Liadan Rea-Leaning and Poppy Cook. Each have won a free climb at Rock up.

Eco assembly

We have had a couple of very strong student-led whole school assemblies these last two weeks. This Monday, our Eco-group spoke about their agenda for the next two terms.  Thank you to Jyothi Cross & Libby Tasker (Y13) and Hannah Cooke (Y8) who gave an inspirational message about preserving our fragile planet.

Bowling

Our Year 11 students, who have just finished two weeks of mock examinations were in Lincoln last night ten pin bowling and eating pizza.  Thank you to Mr Davey, Head of Upper School, Mrs Smith, Mr Robinson and Miss Mottram who accompanied them.

Parent questionnaire

Thank you to all the parents that took time to answer the new Ofsted questionnaire.  I shall publish and respond to comments, etc. after Christmas.  Thank you to those too that reflected on the penultimate question concerning development planning.  Your views chimed with the staff, students and governors.

Uniform – skirts

Please remember that from January, all students that wear skirts in Year 10 and below, must wear their skirt to the knee.  Our suppliers are now fully stocked which means that the adjustment to skirt length on which I consulted last year can now be implemented.  The only year group to which this does not apply is Year 11 as it would be financially unviable to buy a skirt for two terms.  From September 2020, this uniform rule will apply to all students choosing to wear a skirt in Years 11 and below.

TV quiz

An early invitation to Year 7 parents for our TV-based quiz and their families.  This will take place on Friday 24 January, starting at 7pm.  You will receive a letter giving more details on the first Friday back after the holiday.  It was a great evening last year and it would be good to see as many of you as possible.

Be Aware – a reminder

The Be Aware page, which is in the parents’ section of the School website, has been updated to make parents and students aware of agencies that can support you or your child if you are facing emotional challenges over the Christmas break.  Another document on the same page, ‘Safeguarding During the Holidays’ might also prove useful. Both were authored by Mrs Clark, the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

New examiners

I am advertising for invigilators to support the school exam seasons.  Most work is required in May and

June but there are other opportunities throughout the year.  Please refer to the advert and job description

on the school website.  Enquiries can be directed to our Exams Officer, Janet Barnett at

janet.barnett@caistorgrammar.com

Part-time science teacher

An advertisement for a part-time science teacher, starting in September 2020, is also on the website.  Please pass the details on to anyone who might wish to apply.  It will be advertised nationally in the new year.

Congratulations

Renjay Chong (Year 9) has been offered a place as a violinist in the Main Orchestra of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain.  This is a tremendous and prestigious honour He will perform at the NCO concerts in Poole, Manchester and London next year.

I will end this final letter of 2019 as I began by wishing you all a very restful holiday.  We’re back on Monday 6 January.

All good and festive wishes,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster