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Headmaster’s Letter 20th November

Posted on 20th November 2020

Dear Parent

Isolation

Thank you once again for your rapid response if you had to collect your child from School this week, following ‘close contact’ with a positive case. Work for students is available via SharePoint/Teams. Students will have been shown where they can access work. If there is a problem, please email the relevant Head of Section for guidance.

Year 11 English Assessment

If your child is in Year 11 you will be aware that next week is the scheduled week for the English spoken assessment. If your child is self-isolating on the day of their assessment, they must log in for a Teams video call 5 minutes before their scheduled time so that their presentation can take place. All students have been made aware of the date and time they have been allotted.

Please ensure your child contacts their English teacher as soon as possible if they are unable to make their appointment due to anticipated technical issues.

Sixth Form Entry

This week students in Year 11 should have received a hard copy of our entry booklet with detailed information about the A levels we offer & Sixth Form Life at CGS. Please also visit our website to look at the new prospectus and videos, sharing further insight of our outstanding Sixth Form.

https://www.caistorgrammar.com/apply/

Private Land

In recent years on our School walk we have been granted permission to walk through private land – The Farm at Audleby Top. It seems that there has been a significant increase in youths using the route through the farm. I have been asked to remind you that this is private land and permission is only granted to the School for the date of the summer walk and therefore they should not access outside of this date.

Personal Hand Sanitiser

Students have continued to comply with the wearing of face masks in communal areas. Please can I remind you that in addition to a mask and sealable plastic bag, students need a small bottle of their own hand sanitiser to use after removing their mask, once sat at their desk. This will further support the increased hygiene standards that we have instilled as part of our routines in School.

School Kitchen

We are delighted to be able to re-open the school kitchen and offer hot food again from Monday. The menu will be available to view on the school website.

Anti-bullying week

This week is national anti-bullying week. We continue to have a zero-tolerance policy on bullying. We ask students to be upstanders and not bystanders. This means they need to report issues around bullying. We want to be a positive learning community – this only happens when we all look out for one another.

Real Game Day

We held our annual Real Game Day for Year 8 on Wednesday this week as part of the careers programme. Our thanks to Mrs Bradbury for the time and effort that was dedicated to ensuring we could continue to run the day and that it was conducted with appropriate social distancing measures.

Christmas

I thought it useful to outline the plans to acknowledge the upcoming festive season. COVID won’t curtail our Christmas in School!

Christmas lunch: Additional hygiene restrictions mean we cannot serve the volume of students wanting our traditional Christmas lunch. Instead, we will run Christmas-themed menus in the final week of term. Year 12 and Year 13 students can wear their Christmas jumpers throughout that week as normal.

Caistor Goes Christmas: Effectively, a Christmas-themed non-uniform day, will run as per the calendar on Friday 11 December. We usually ask students to donate to our food bank collection. COVID-19 restrictions make this impossible this year so I would like all students to donate a minimum of £1, which will be used to purchase food for the Scunthorpe foodbank. This Christmas Foodbanks will be in more demand than ever so I hope we can give generously.

Children in Need update

Students raised £653.85 for Children in Need last week. I posted several photos on the School Twitter feed last weekend to represent the spirit of the event. I would like to thank the Senior Prefect Team for their efforts in ensuring that the day was as successful as ever in terms of money raised and students’ endeavours to come together as a community.

And finally…

You’ll note that this letter has two authors. I want to thank Mrs Buck for her brilliant work these last two weeks while I was away. She will be the first to say that it’s a team effort, but every team needs their ‘captain’: she has worked tirelessly behind the scenes along with others to ensure we’ve remained open. She has been supported by brilliant colleagues.

I wish everyone a restful and peaceful weekend.

Kind regards

Shona Buck                        Alistair Hopkins
Deputy Head                      Headmaster