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Headmaster’s Letter 22nd October

Posted on 22nd October 2021

Dear Parent,

Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I hope as many as possible made it to the Town Hall on at least one of the three production nights to watch a stunning Joseph. I have always been humbled by what our students achieve over the intense eight-week rehearsal period this term. We have a host of talented students in the company who make this mammoth effort worthwhile. Their talents would not come to fruition without the incredible efforts of colleagues. Not only do they guide and inspire a company of almost 100 students, they pull in some phenomenal expertise too. On behalf of the cast, I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a memorable three evenings for our audience of students and their families. Well done to all.

COVID

This week, we introduced some control measures in KS3 to try to eliminate transmission of COVID in school. After the two week half term, based on the assumption that students are home testing regularly, we will return to the arrangements we had when students returned in September. The significant bulk of cases were in year groups which have not had access to the vaccine.

We’ve been advising parents if their child has been identified as a close contact of a positive case because the tracing system has not worked as we were promised. At the end of that ‘trace’ letter, we direct you towards the current guidance via a link. Please do follow the link because it gives you further guidance about exemptions from PCR testing if your child has been positive. Because we are tracing close contacts voluntarily, there is no need to inform School if your child returns a positive PCR test over the holiday.

The vaccine team, who were in school on Wednesday, were not able to vaccinate all the students aged 12-15 who had been signed up. Parents can book an appointment for students in this age group on line at a walk-in centre now. I have attached the letter explaining how this works (which you also received yesterday) to this newsletter.

Year 8 ‘A Christmas Carol’ Performance

The English Department have arranged for Quantum Theatre to visit the School to perform its highly acclaimed adaptation of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.  This new production, adapted by Michael Whitmore, is taken straight from the original text so it supports classroom study of 19th Century Literature.

The performance will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 10th November in the New Hall.  We are offering this opportunity as a ‘voluntary contribution’ of £9 per student. There is no obligation for parents to make any contribution, and no child will be excluded from the activity if their parents are unwilling or unable to pay. However, if the school is unable to raise enough funds for this activity, then it will be cancelled. The item is in the ParentMail shop.

Friends of Caistor Grammar School

The Friends of Caistor Grammar School are holding their AGM at the School on Monday 8th November at 7pm in room O6. The group supports the School in all sorts of ways and importantly enables parents to meet. Please just turn up if you’d like to help to support the School.

The Boy, The Dog, The Donkey and The Panda! (English Department: Gifted and Talented)

Mrs McNeilly writes: Wag your tails and get your walking boots on! Mom and Pops have given Boy a rescue puppy to keep him company during Lockdown and, every day, the new-found friends set off on a mini adventure around town (in between home schooling, of course). On their travels, they meet Panda and Donkey who help them, in their own furry ways, to journey through the ups and downs of the pandemic.

Written by current Year 7s as part of a Year 6 creative writing initiative at Caistor Primary School, this story touchingly brings to life many of the worries experienced by young children during the Lockdown period, and the ways in which troubling thoughts and events can be overcome. I am pleased to inform you that The Boy, The Dog, The Donkey and The Panda is now available to order in hardback for £6.99 through ParentMail. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Young Minds and to a local animal sanctuary.

Taking Flight: Making Good Decisions in Adolescence

Mrs Buck has asked me to make you aware of this remote seminar on Monday 8th November. The seminar is hosted by the Tony Little Centre at Eton and gives students the tools to establish ‘a moral compass’ and ‘stilling the anxious mind.’ You can book a place here. [link]

Half-term

I hope you all enjoy this two-week half-term break.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster