Posted on 22nd March 2019
The Senior Prefect Team took over the School for their annual project. At the end of their year of service, the team of six have an opportunity to spend the week driving their own agenda. The team chose ‘Unity’ and you might have seen the badges that have been given to each student, which reads ‘Unity begins with you.’ In light of current domestic and international agendas it is an important rallying cry. So much that causes anger and resentment is concerned with disunity and as a School we try our hardest to set a different standard. It is important that this comes from everyone. In terms of events, students have been able to participate in workshops on Refugee Rights, Women’s Rights, Meditation, LGBTQ rights, martial arts, world music, unity bracelets, an introduction to Japanese, meditation and mindfulness and a haka on the terraces. The senior prefect team and I are very grateful to the following staff who gave up their time to support the week: Mr Shepherd, Mr Holland, Mr Croft, Mrs Buck, Mr Gibson, Mrs Thompson, Mr Pountney and Mrs Porter. For one of the last times this year, the Senior Prefect Team are: Robert Hewis, Ros McCormick, Fran Dyas, Jacob Lawson, Lydia Handsley and James Harling.
I write ‘one of the last times’ because on Thursday we held the Second Round of interviews for the Senior Prefect Team. It is always a difficult choice to select the final six, and even more so this year. To be in the last round indicates that both students and staff believe that the candidates have the skills, maturity, empathy, determination and humility to represent and play their part in leading the students. It will be a difficult choice.
Public Speaking Competition for Years 7 and 8
The hard work of the students and teachers in the English department was celebrated in an afternoon of dynamic discourse and loquacious lambasting. Students have been preparing speeches for the last few weeks in lessons and yesterday afternoon, we collapsed the timetable and met in the New Hall. Over the course of 90 minutes each form’s heat winners present to their peers – I always think that this is a particularly demanding task if you are a Year 7 student talking to Year 8 students. Nevertheless, it was a very entertaining and informative afternoon. The students were fortunate to have Mr Pountney and a soon to be internationally recognised speaker, Jyothi Crossof Year 12 (Jyothi has been selected to represent England and Wales in this year’s International Public Speaking Competition in London) as their judges. Before announcing the winners, I wanted to record the names of each team and their topic. 7X: Problems Facing Sport – Poppy Cook, Dan Barrick, Edith Green; 7Y: Autism –Alice Robertson, Emily Rodgers, Harry Cowan; 7Z – Gender Equality: Ayla Jafri, Harshitha Pai, Catherine Hargreaves; 8X – Processed Foods: Claudia Smith, Priyasha Nijjar, Mia Chong; 8Y – The Case for Organic Food: Hardik Karan, Ayaan Cheema, Will Whitton; 8Z – Is Google OK?: Tenaya Wong, Katie Brown, Josie Burchell.
And the winners were:
Best Team: 8Y – The Case for Organic Food
Best Chairperson – Ayla Jafri
Best Main Speaker – Emily Rodgers
Best Vote of Thanks – Harry Cowan
I would like, on behalf of the 38 students and their parents, to thank Mrs Ellerby, Mrs Buck, Miss Naylor and Mr Moloney for running the netball trip to Condover Hall, Shropshire, last week, Friday to Sunday. Giving up a weekend to enable students to have these opportunities is something that should not be taken for granted.
Daisy Williams (Y8) and her pony Kingsley II had an amazing British Show Jumping competition at Bury Farm on Saturday and has now been asked to compete in Lier, Belgium and Fontainbleau, France in April, representing Great Britain. A superb achievement, well done Daisy!
Congratulations to the Year 11 Football team who have made it through to the County Cup Final. They will play their fixture on Tuesday afternoon next week (k.o. 2.30pm) at Lincoln College Playing Fields, Ravendale Drive, LN2 2BT. Their opposition will be decided later today. Parents will be very welcome to support the team.
Mrs Bradbury, the Head of Careers, is keen to promote opportunities for students during the holidays. The Creative College in Lincoln is holding taster workshops on Wednesday 17th April for ‘Event Production’ and ‘Video & Photo’. The timings are 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Before that, the Oncology Department at Lincoln County Hospital is hosting an open day on Saturday 30 March, 9.30am to 12.30pm. More details are available by clicking here.
Friends’ summer raffle
The raffle has two weeks to run and so far, £382 has been raised. Thank you for your contributions so far – there’s two weeks. I like to publish the totals of the best fund raising forms to inspire a bit of competition towards the form prize of a multitude of Easter eggs. Results are as follows: 7X – £97, 7Y – £80, 8X – £25 and 8Y – £25
Opportunities at CGS
Although currently I have a full rota of support staff, I am always keen to have people on the school’s employment lists who are keen to take on some occasional work in either the School canteen/kitchens or offices. If you are interested, then please contact the School using the enquiries email address above. Full induction will be given and safeguarding checks will apply.
As well as a letter today to announce that Year 13 study leave commences a week earlier than normal on Friday 17 May, this year’s exam timetable and documents have now been uploaded onto the website. You can find this in the Student. There is also Student Stress and Anxiety Guide for parents. I would also like to draw your attention to the Student Exam Handbook, which advises students and their parents/carers on all aspects of exam administration and conduct.
All good wishes,