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Headmaster’s Letter 22nd November

Posted on 22nd November 2019

Dear Parent

House Cross Country
Despite the recent heavy rainfall, we were determined to run house cross country this year. Last year’s event had to be cancelled due to icy conditions. Thank you to Mr Shutes and his team for running the races on Wednesday. The winners were as follows: Junior Boys: Elliot Smith (1st) Isaac Waterhouse (2nd), Jasper Fox (3rd) and in the same order; Junior Girls: Annabel Peart, Mallory-Mae Marshall, Evie Hough; Inter Boys: Louie Osborne, Robin Smith, Noah Barnett; Inter Girls: Alice Fearn, Charlotte West, Katie West; Senior Boys: Henry Cullen, Jacob Aberra, Thom Harriman; Senior Girls: Robyn Hanks, Alisha Osborne, Alice Cross.

Senior Maths Challenge
I am pleased to report the results for the recent Maths challenge. This is an exceptionally demanding exam so well done to those who achieved a prize. In Year 13 Gold: Guy Lyons (Kangaroo qualifier); Silver: Eleanor Schofield, Kieran Cheung; Bronze: Toby Hibbert, Abigale Brady, Abilash Yogachandran, Grace Holmes, James Niles. In Year 12 Gold: Toby Barnett (Kangaroo qualifier) Pawel Grab (Kangaroo qualifier); Silver: Danielle Bate, Alex Carver, Saffat Hossain; Bronze: Adeel Afzal, Ashley Pan, Amy Sugden; Year 11 Gold: Neha Elangovan (Kangaroo qualifier); Silver: Thushi Thulasiraj, Alistair Brookes, Siddarth Kamath; Bronze: Ella Clark. Danielle Bate (Y12) also achieved a distinction in the Maths Olympiad for Girls.

Children in Need
School raised £947.19 for Children in Need last Friday. Thanks to the senior prefect team, of Will Gale, Anna Carter, Jyothi Cross, Francesca Hannath, Aimee Mason-Lynskey and Jack Swain who inspired the students to give generously. Mrs Buck captured many photos from the day and the best of these are on the School’s twitter feed.

RAF Waddington Project X
On Wednesday, Year 8 attend the finals of the RAF Waddington Project X STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) competition.  In July, our then Year 7 pupils, competed internally during their Science/Maths/Technology lessons to create supply drop capsules to protect an egg from a three-metre drop. The winning team ‘Out of this World’ built a model aircraft to travel down a zipwire and drop their capsule designs onto targets.  On the challenge day this week, the students then had to present and explain their ideas to the ‘Dragons’ Den’ of RAF officers. The model they created was fantastic with LED lights to guide it and release pins to drop the capsules to perfection. Sadly, this year we did not finish first, but all was not lost, the team won ‘Most Innovative Design’ which is a great achievement.  We will be competing again next year. Our team comprised of the following students: Poppy Cook, Edith Green, Zoe Hodgkiss, Isaac Lee, David Maw, Charlie Nickells and Maisy Watmough.

MENCAP spellathon
Well done to the English department and Mr Harris especially who has taken on the running of the MENCAP spellathon. This year £612.71 raised when the event took place in June and July. The department has been committed to the project for many years, earning over £13,500 since we started over a decade ago.

Year 13 celebration evening – Tuesday 17 December at 6.30pm
We are welcoming back last year’s Year 13 students to School on Tuesday 17 December to receive their A level certificates and prizes. I’m keen to know numbers by the start of next month so if you are intending to attend with your former Year 13 student please can you let me know so that I know numbers for the buffet. I have also booked a Caistorian to award the prizes and certificates.

Children’s Lit Quiz
The Kids Lit Quiz is known as ‘The Sport of Reading.’  A week ago on Wednesday, a small contingent of eight students from Year 8 took part in the East Midlands heat, held in Bakewell.  Answering questions as diverse as “Which amphibian, according to legend, is resistant to fire?” and, “Name the Darling family nanny,” to “Who was the author of Wuthering Heights (and you needed both first name and surname to get the mark!)?” one team came a very creditable 4th, with the other a mere 6 points behind them.  Particular thanks to Mr Cowan who accompanied Mrs Jago and the students.

Sixth Form Open evening
Thank you to those that promoted the School’s Sixth Form Open Evening to family and friends. As well as our current Year 11 students, we welcomed 46 from other schools across north Lincolnshire. If you’d like to download the prospectus or learn more about the travel bursary scheme, you can click here.

Into Film Festival
The” Into Film Festival” is a free, annual, nationwide celebration of film & education for 5-19 year olds.  As part of this, Year 9 Literacy Leaders were able to attend the Caistor Community Cinema screening of ‘A Monster Calls,’ with a screenplay by Patrick Ness, adapted from his novel. The students were taken on an emotional journey, evidenced by the stunned silence as the thought-provoking film ended. Thanks to Mrs Ferguson for accompanying Mrs Jago and the students, and Mrs Sterling and Mrs Gregory for library support.

Skirts
Shahs and Greenswear have now received the delayed delivery of school skirts. All sizes are now in stock. They do apologise but there was an issue with the suppliers machines which delayed the orders. This resolution of the supply issue means that I now expect all female students in Years 7-10 who wear the skirt to be wearing it to the knee. Thank you again to parents for supporting the School. It’s important that the standard is set and maintained for the boys’ and girls’ uniform.

Best wishes for the weekend,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster