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Headmaster’s Letter 1st October

Posted on 1st October 2021

Dear Parent,

COVID updates

We have so far had a relatively smooth return to ‘normal’. Thank you for your ongoing support in participating in home testing and keeping your child off school if they are displaying any of the symptoms: new, continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste and/ or smell. As the weather turns, I am anticipating more children will be getting coughs (and colds) so please remember to seek a PCR test. Our guidance is to send children home if they are displaying any of the symptoms.

The LFD tests are designed to find asymptomatic cases. Work is uploaded to Teams for students to complete – once they have recovered sufficiently.

Students who are participating in the home testing regime will have received a new type of test today from Mrs Sharp. The ‘FlowFlex’ tests takes samples from the nasal passage ONLY. Please read the instructions carefully to ensure the result is accurate.

Finally, students should avoid sharing food or water bottles with one another.

 

(A brilliant) Careers opportunity!

Fantasy Wings has decided to make three spaces available for CGS students for the 21/22 Fantasy Wings programme. The students must be in Year 9 – 11. There is no financial obligation for these spaces as we will be covering the cost.

Fantasy Wings is a 10-month programme run each month that equips young people from minority ethnic backgrounds with an understanding of the skills needed to become pilots and enter the Aviation Industry. It is run by commercial pilots, aviation leaders and Fantasy Wings.

It includes sessions that give an insight into:

– How to become a Commercial Airline Pilot
– The lifestyle and career expectations of a Commercial Airline Pilot
– Aviation / Aerospace engineering
– Leadership in Aviation
– What to expect from flight training
– The Airline recruitment process
– The Aviation industry as a whole

At the end of the programme, 50 young people will be selected to have a trial flight and three young people will have their 45-hour Private Pilot Licence training sponsored by the organisation.

They have partnerships with Virgin Atlantic, The World Championship Air Races, NATS and numerous pilots and Aviation Professionals. Last year 1500 young people across the UK from 800+ schools attended their sessions and received an accredited certificate at the end.

If your son or daughter is from a BAME background and would like to commit to taking part in the scheme, please email Mrs Bradbury: kathryn.bradbury@caistorgrammar.com and she will give you details as to how to apply for one of the three free places.

Reporting planned and unplanned absences

Please remember to report your child’s absence before 9am on each day of the absence. This saves Mrs Newton and her team from making unnecessary safeguarding calls. Email is the best way to report an absence: absence@caistorgrammar.com

Please can parents also complete the relevant form online alerting us to planned absences as soon as you know. Those documents can always be accessed here: [link]

 

Parking

I’d just like to remind parents again to park responsibly in Caistor when collecting students. Please be mindful of residents’ driveways, of pollution from running engines while stationary, and parking too close to junctions.

 

Congratulations to…

Chloe Watson-Bryans (Year 9), who shows dogs with her mum, has not only achieved a Reserve Best in Show this month, but also a Best In Show with another dog! This is an amazing award for any adult – let alone a Year 9 student.

 

Enjoy the weekend,

 

Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins