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Headmaster’s Letter 1st November

Posted on 4th November 2019

Dear Parent

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term. I hope your child/ children were well rested over that week.

Normandy
Our half-term Year 8 Normandy trip returned on Tuesday having enjoyed several days of activities: a muddy assault course, archery, climbing, orienteering and playing aero ball. On Sunday they visited the World Heritage site Mont St Michel. The students were superbly behaved, a credit to the School and their families. Mrs Bradbury sent frequent messages from the base, enabling me to tweet daily. Thanks to her, Miss Turner, Mr Cooke and Mr Bartels for making this excursion possible for the 39 students.

Netball
The Year 8 Netball Team have won the Wolds League and will now face the coastal zone in the final. The squad has performed consistently well this season and I would like to acknowledge the following students for their tenacity, dedication and support for their peers: Mollie Ross, Niamh Noble, Emily Plaskitt, Katie West, Freya Warne, Maisy Watmough, Izzy Catley, Anna Lusby, May Smith and Ayla Jafri. I also want to thank Mrs Ellerby who has inspired the team to reach the top of the league.

North East Football Tour
Our lower school footballers (Years 8 and 9) are on tour in the north east today and tomorrow. (If you recall, last year the current Year 8s made it through to the semi-finals of the national PlayStation Small Schools Cup and the county semis.) They have a packed itinerary which includes a match later today against Christleton High School and indoor bowling. Tomorrow, there’s a training session with a Manchester United coach followed by watching Manchester City vs Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. On behalf of the students and their families, my thanks to Mr Shutes and Mr Moloney for giving up part of their weekend. My thanks also to parent Mr Jack Smith who has sponsored the training t-shirts for the tour. Mr Smith’s company ‘Istrel’ focuses on technical consulting and life coaching.

Year 7 evening
I look forward to welcoming as many Year 7 parents as possible to school next Thursday. Miss Turner, Head of Year 7, and I will be speaking at 6pm, 6.45pm or 7.30pm. Parents will also have a brief meeting with their child’s form tutor. This is an opportunity to exchange information about how well students have settled since they joined us in September.

House Music
I am afraid that we have had to postpone the public performance of House Music by one week. (The unexpected opportunity to have the entire gym floor replaced was too good to turn down). So, the Junior House Music Competition for Years 7-9 will now take place in the Gym on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th November. It will be an own clothes day for Years 7-9 with a £1 collection at the door of the gym. The Senior House Music Competition for Years 10-13 will now take place in the Gym on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th November (it will be an own clothes day for Years 10-13 with a £1 collection.) The Public Performance will take place in the Gym on Wednesday 13th November from 7pm. This will include all Junior performances and selected Senior performances. Parents who have requested and given permission on Parent Mail for after school supervision of competitors on Wednesday 6th November need only contact us if their plans have changed. Otherwise the permissions still apply for the new dates. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Sixth Form Open Evening
On Tuesday 19th November at 7pm, we hold our Sixth Form Open Evening. There will be a brief talk in the gym introducing the evening and then a chance to attend up to five A level subject presentations. I hope as many Year 11 students and their parents can attend as possible to see the breadth and depth of opportunities we offer our post-16 students. Our entry requirements are on a par with other post-16 providers in the region and our travel bursary scheme means that we are accessible to those who might otherwise find transport costs an impediment. I am committed to widening access to our outstanding sixth form while maintaining our focus on personal development and academic outcomes.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Tyla Redhead (Y9) who competed in the WMF World Championships in Birmingham over half-term and achieved a Gold Medal for Kata, Gold Medal for Kumite and Gold Medal for Weapons (Bo Staff).  Tyla competes for Brigg Waldo Ryu Karate Academy. His Karate club achieved 38 medals in all so quite a successful day.

Vacancies
I am currently advertising for a Science Technician. Please follow this link if you’d like to know more or let anyone know that you think might be interested. Further details are available here. The closing date is this Monday.

Best wishes for the weekend.

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster