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Headmaster’s Letter 1st March

Posted on 1st March 2019

Dear Parent,

Year 7 semi-final Small Schools’ Playstation Cup vs St Bede’s, Manchester, at home

‘All good things must come to an end’ cannot describe the disappointment that the Year 7 football team felt yesterday afternoon when they lost the national small schools’ semi-final.  With the game poised at 1-1 in the final seconds of extra time, a well delivered corner undid the team and St Bede’s Manchester progressed to the final. Congratulations to them but losing in the semi-final is the bitterest pill to swallow as there’s no consolation.  So near and yet so far!  The boys played superbly, battling onto literally the final second.  They came back from a goal down at the end of the first half, gaining that all important psychological advantage over the opposition.  The team are still in the county cup and once the disappointment has been conquered, they will acquit themselves well once again.  I know they appreciated the support of their Year 7 peers who were released from early afternoon lessons and watched from the sidelines.  I won’t mention any individuals as this was a team performance and they have supported one another through various challenging games.  They have done themselves and Mr Shutes proud.

CGS Equestrian team

Daisy Williams, (Y8) travelled to Northallerton in North Yorkshire to try and qualify her second pony for the 1m10 Show jumping Finals at Hickstead in a National Schools Equestrian Association competition for CGS.  Daisy’s task was a challenging one as over 270 entries from schools all over the North of England were represented!  The competition started at 8am and Daisy didn’t ride until 7pm!  In a small arena, Daisy managed to steer her young 5 year old pony and was delighted to come in second place, thus qualifying her for the Finals.  CGS now has two chances of doing well at Hickstead.  Thank you to Mrs Williams for supporting the school equestrian team.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Sheffield Crucible

Eva Phillips, (Y9) is currently managing to mix school work and an intense rehearsal schedule for the musical “Standing at the Sky’s Edge”, which premieres at the Sheffield Crucible on 15 March and runs until the 6 April.  The music has been written by Sheffield Mercury Music prize nominated Richard Hawley, who also used to be the guitarist in indie pop group Pulp.  Eva’s mum is happy to arrange a trip for parents and students to attend one night to support Eva.  Thursday 4 April has been suggested.  If you would like to liaise with Mrs Phillips please contact her on 07505 382213 or email:  Tickets cost either £26.45 or £32.80. If there is sufficient interest, a coach can be hired with travel costs being split. (Parking around the theatre is expensive so this might be an attractive option). Please note that even though staff might attend this trip to support Eva, this is not a school activity and so any student that attends must be the responsibility of an adult.

Be Aware – Momo doll

I have updated the Be Aware page on the website with an advice sheets and a news article about the Momo doll.  A student in Year 10 suggested the article to me.  The doll has been linked to some appalling incidents of self-harm but is also used to harvest young people’s information.  There are some useful numbers in the article and some practical advice.  I think that having an open dialogue with students is the most practical way to safeguard them against online issues.

Friends of Caistor Grammar School

We have a some Friends events in this part of the half-term.  Firstly, a week today, Friday 8 March, the Friends are holding their second Race Night in the dining hall.  Tickets cost £5 and include a fish and chip/vegetarian option and chips supper.  Tickets can be purchased via ParentMail.  Raffle tickets go on sale next week for the annual draw.  All of the Friends fundraising activity this year is focused on raising money for a kiln for the Art department. All students in Years 7 to 9 study Art so this is an opportunity to enhance all students’ creative experiences.  At the end of term, on Friday 5 April, the Friends will be holding their Easter coffee morning in the Old Hall. More details to follow.

House plays

It is alarming to think that this time last year, and following the late Spring-like heat earlier this week, that School was closed for three days due to snow.  Regrettably, the House plays had to be cancelled and although they ran later that half-term, we moved performances from our traditional venue of the Town Hall to the gym.  Despite the unpredictable Lincolnshire weather, we’re back in the Town Hall this year.  On Wednesday 6 March, students in Years 7 to 10 get the chance to watch the three plays, authored, directed and performed by their peers and students in Year 12.  For Years 7 to 10 inclusive, this is a non-uniform day (£1 donation, please).  The public performance takes place in the Town Hall at 7pm and all parents are invited.  It is an excellent evening so please do come along and support if you can.

And that same night…

The Design and Technology department are holding their exhibition from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday 6 March in the Old Hall. This is a chance to show case work for GCSE and A level students. Everyone is welcome but I would encourage in particular students in Year 9 to attend with their parents. The department set a very high bar and so it affords those considering taking the subject at GCSE the chance to see the level at which they’ll be working in two years’ time.

Personal information

Please ensure you update the School if you change contact details (email address, phone number, address, etc.)  We should have two current phone numbers as contacts for each student.  The pastoral team/support staff encounter significant difficulties when trying to contact home if numbers are not correct.  Similarly, if there is a change in family circumstances, please also let the School know.

Enjoy the weekend,

Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins