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Headmaster’s Letter 22nd January

Posted on 27th January 2021

Dear Parent,

School day
We have reviewed our School day following some comments about the brevity of the 30-minute lunch From Monday, lunch will be 40 minutes long and School will now end at 3.20pm, five minutes later than the current end time. Before this second school closure, period 8 was five minutes longer than normal to accommodate registration. We no longer need this. Below are the new times for afternoon lessons. Students have received a copy via email.

Period 19am
Period 29.30am
Period 310.05am
Break10.40am
Period 410.55am
Period 511.30am
Lunch12.05pm
Period 612.45pm
Period 71.20pm
Break1.55pm
Period 82.10pm
Period 92.45pm
Finish3.20pm

Once we’re back in School, we will need to return to the 3.15pm finish to coordinate with the buses.

Meningitis ACWY feedback
We had many students attend School on Tuesday’s Meningitis ACWY immunisation. The immunisation team took the time to write to Mrs Buck to express their gratitude to parents for the high turnout. We did receive some concerns from parents about the way in which details about the clinic were communicated. Please note that communication for these events is the responsibility of the health care team who organise the event and prepare the paperwork. Schools provide an appropriate space for the vaccine to be administered. Please therefore direct any feedback to the Heath Care team on 01522 572950.

Testing
Our testing centre has now opened to students attending School. However, as you have probably read, daily testing of close contact students, (those who would have otherwise had to self-isolate following close contact with a positive case,) has been put on hold by the Department for Education.

The (first) Lockdown cup
On Monday, we are launching our first ever (and hopefully last) inter-house Lockdown Cup. Both students and staff will have the chance to score points for their houses by completing their distances by either walking, running or cycling. Students can use apps such as Strava, Nike Run Club, Runkeeper or any others, to keep track of their distances. Students should send photos of their distances at the end of each week. Entries should be sent to Mr Moloney at joe.moloney@caistorgrammar.com

Students can take part during timetabled PE lessons or in their own time. Key Stage 3 students who are taking part in the live walks on Microsoft Teams can submit their distances for the event.

Government guidelines states you can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble.

You can see the details for the Lockdown Cup here. [link] Mr Shutes, the Head of PE, is keen for as many students as possible to participate. There is an additional letter coming to you via ParentMail setting out the challenge.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening
Year 11 parents received a letter yesterday giving further details about how to book an appointment for next Thursday’s virtual evening.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership
The partnership has published a newsletter to parents for this term. You can read it here.[link]

Parental support for student well being
There’s some guidance in this six-minute video on how to look after your child’s wellbeing. I hope you find it encouraging, supportive and practical. [link]

Best regards,
Alistair Hopkins
Headmaster