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Headmaster’s Letter 24th January

Posted on 30th January 2020

Dear Parent,

Mrs Angela Warmoth

We received some very sad news on Friday morning last. Mrs Angela Warmoth, who will be known to many students as a strings’ teacher, passed away. She had been ill for some time and had been in hospital since before Christmas. She retired from teaching at Caistor in Summer 2018 and we recognised her contribution to the school’s music department and the lives of many 100s of students here and at local primary schools in the end of term concert.

Mrs Warmoth was a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, who studied cello and violin. She played in many professional orchestras in the UK before she moved to Lincolnshire over 20 years ago with her husband Paul and established herself as a much sought-after strings teacher. She established a strong connection with our school community, sending her three sons Nicholas, Matthew and Alexander here. Paul, her husband, continues to teach here.

Many, many students have been taught by Mrs Warmoth, several moving on to establish their own professional careers. Those who were taught by her either at school or at her home, will have been impressed with her high standards, resilience and technical ability. Her expectation of and ambition for her students were unrelenting. She opened her home to host practical music examinations, meaning that local students did not need to trek to Grimsby. As well as an outstanding teacher, she led the senior and junior strings, playing in many school concerts and featuring in many Town Hall productions. Her final contribution was to ‘Sweeney Todd’, but, in a typical act of supporting students, she made time to congratulate the orchestra on another success when she came to watch the ‘Addams Family’ last October. She will be greatly missed.

Cross Country

Well done to the following students who have made it through to the Anglian Championships in Boston on February 1: Elliott Smith and Isaac Waterhouse (both Y7), Alice Fearn (Y8), Henry Cullen (Y11) and Freddie Fearn & Ella MacPherson (both Y12). Alice, Henry and Ella have also secured places at the English Schools Championships in Liverpool on March 14.

U14 Regional Netball Tournament

When I asked readers of this letter to send their good wishes to the U14 netball squad for the Lincolnshire championships, they qualified for the regionals. I hope you will send the same positive thoughts as the regionals take place tomorrow at Repton School, Derbyshire. Thanks to Mrs Ellerby, Mrs Buck and the nine girls who will be taking part. The squad depart after school and are acclimatising overnight near the venue.

Songs of Praise

On Monday we will be acknowledging the millions that have died in genocides and seeking to resolve that these tragedies must never happen again in our Holocaust Memorial Service. The School’s memorial programme also involves a Year 9 trip to the National Holocaust Centre, Beth Shalom, in Nottinghamshire. This year, the students’ trip coincided with the filming of BBC TV’s Songs of Praise. The programme will be broadcast this Sunday at 3.05pm on BBC 1.

Aspire

We welcomed back Caistorian Luke Williams, who is currently working for Snowsport England last week. Luke, who has been a volunteer at many international sports events (London marathon, Sochi Olympics, 2019 Rugby World Cup) spoke to students about making the most of the opportunities they have and finding inspiration to succeed from within.

Unauthorised absences

I have received a small number of requests for term-time holidays these last few weeks. A gentle reminder to all: I am highly unlikely to approve these except in extremely rare circumstances and often on compassionate grounds. Further, if a holiday is unauthorised and parents decide to press on, then it is the student’s responsibility to catch up work and to do their utmost to understand the part of the curriculum that they have missed. Extra lessons will not be offered. I cannot stress how important this is, particularly for those students following public examination courses.

Town hall car park

Caistor Town Council has extended their parking restrictions. The Town hall car park will have a four-hour maximum stay between 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) from Monday 10 February with no return during that period. Any vehicle overstaying the four-hour maximum stay limit will be liable for a fine of £70 (£35 if paid within 14 days of issue.) This change to the regulations has been mentioned to students in Year 12 and Year 13 in assemblies.

With all good wishes for the weekend,

Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster