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Headmaster’s Letter 19th June

Posted on 19th June 2020

Dear Parent,

Virtual Sports Day

Since we closed in March, I made the decision not to delete school events from my Outlook calendar. It reminds me of how school should have been this year, but it also enables me to remain optimistic and to consider what it will be like again when we return in September.

Today would have been Sports Day. The School would have been transported across to the King George V Stadium in Grimsby and we would have enjoyed the friendly competition, framed around our house structure. Students would have broken records, competed proudly for their house and above all, there would have been unconditional support for all competitors in each year group regardless of their house or ability.

To try to create that event in your own homes, Mr Moloney, one of our PE teachers, has come up with the Virtual Sports Day Pentathlon. It’s a ‘fun’ event where students can email scores for one, two, three, four or even all five events to Mr Moloney. You can see the PowerPoint here [link]. Students should film their attempt and save the file to either their One Drive, Google Docs, etc. accounts and send the link for verification. All student entries will count towards the ‘friendly’ House Sports day competition. He would like all times submitted by Friday 10 July. Students in Years 7-10 will have received their instructions this morning. [link]

Beyond that, we’re extending this to parents too. Your entries won’t regrettably count towards the house competition but there will be a prize! Please observe all H&S advice, including warming up too.

We’re planning to run a family friendly socially distanced (!) School walk called the 1, 2, 4, challenge as well. More on that soon.

Instrumental Music Lessons

The Music Department are very keen for students to commence and make good progress playing their musical instruments whilst we are away from School. We can arrange for instrumental and singing lessons to take place remotely for the remainder of this term and from the beginning of the new term in September, if need be. Caistor Grammar School has a very experienced team of instrumental teachers some of whom are from the Lincolnshire Music Service.

Students already having lessons will be contacted via Parent Mail about continuing with lessons.

Parents / guardians who wish for their child to start or continue with instrumental lessons with Miss Leighton- Hoggett- Piano, Mr. Rob Egerton – Brass, Mrs. Mastin- Smith – Woodwind, Mr. Josh England – Cello, Mrs. Sue Baker – Violin,  please email Mrs. Thompson ( Head of Music) at Frances.thompson@caistorgrammar.com. You will then be sent the relevant information via Parent mail.

To begin or continue singing lessons with Ms. Kate Whitney or drum/ guitar lessons with Mr. Edward Hemsley, please follow the link for Lincolnshire Music Service below:

https://www.lincsmusicservice.org/services-for-schools/booking-request-form

Information about Lincolnshire Music Service provision can be found below:

https://indd.adobe.com/view/633a2a5e-42e7-4258-9a80-94ec0e641b16

Please contact Mrs. Thompson via her email address for any other enquiries about instrumental lessons.

UCAS Preparation for Y12 and Y13 Parents/Carers

Year 12 Parents may find the following resources useful. Understandably, the Year 12 Higher Education Evening was cancelled but Jordan Milnes, from Hull University, who would have given the presentation, has very kindly sent these updates.  These have been sent to students via their email accounts but there are also useful talks for parents of Y12 students on student finance on July 1, and the UCAS applications process on July 9. I am including a link to a PowerPoint from UCAS (also sent to students) that explains the process and was sent out in an earlier letter. It can be accessed here [link]. You can access the schedule by clicking here. [link]. You can access previous sessions by clicking here. [link]

For parents of students in Year 13, there is the Preparing for University Guide for Parents/Carers 15th July and a Results Day and Clearing guide for parents/Carers on 16th July. Further details about the seminars can be found here. [link] The link to previous sessions is here. [link]

Over the next few weeks, we will be sending Year 12 and Year 13 students more information about the pre- and post-application UCAS process. We will, of course, be available on A level results day (August 13) to support students as they prepare for higher education, employment or apprenticeships.

PE kit

Price and Buckland, our PE kit suppliers, are asking parents to place orders as soon as possible and they will do their best to get the order out as fast as they can. Parents should be aware that delivery times will be longer and that the returns policy has been extended from 14 days to 21 days. Please click here [link] to go direct to the suppliers’ web page.

Face to face support for Years 10 and 12

Our first group of Year 10 and Year 12 students have been coming in for a morning or afternoon of support. This runs into next week before we have a week’s break. I will write to all parents in Years 10 and 12 on Monday 22 June to enable them to book a place on the next carousel of sessions. These will take place w/c 6 and 13 July. The form will close on Thursday 25 June at 4pm.

Meetings for students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

At some point in the final two weeks of term, we will be offering all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 the chance to come into School for a one-to-one meeting with a member of staff. In this brief session, we hope to develop a picture of students’ individual progress and well-being in anticipation of a September return. A letter explaining this process will be sent out by next Friday at the latest.

A polite reminder about deadlines

These opportunities for face to face contact need to be organised to conform to risk assessments and health and safety guidelines. Although non-essential shops are open now, schools remain ‘closed’. It is extremely frustrating seeing the world resume some sense of normality – but we are where we are! To ensure we can keep school as safe as possible, it is important therefore that parents and students respect deadlines to help plan for these coordinated events.

The same applies to anyone who wishes to ‘pop in’: you cannot. I want school to be open as much as students and staff – but, to ensure we are as safe as can be, we cannot have uninvited visitors on the site. This is likely to be the case until at least September. Please support my hard working team in following this measure to protect everyone.

Best regards,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster