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Headmaster’s Letter 24th September

Posted on 24th September 2021

Dear Parent,

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

This year, to support Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning, Year 11 want to help parents bake some of the greatest cakes the world has ever seen.

The idea is simple.  If you have a recipe that you use to make a delicious cake, biscuit or cookie, then send it to recipes@caistorgrammar.com.

All the recipes will then appear here: caistorgrammarschool.wixsite.com/macmillan

If you would then like to bake one of the cakes detailed on the site, then all you need to do is make a donation on this page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caistor-grammar-school) and make a real difference to people all over the country who have been affected by cancer. We raised £700 last year just by saying we were acknowledging the day. I hope we can raise a bit more in recognition of Year 11’s ingenuity.

Mentors

Every day in O6 our Year 13 mentors are working with younger students on everything from support with homework, making the transition into the next year group, offering general support – or playing board games. The sessions are published in our Daily Bulletin. I think the mentors demonstrate our older students’ commitment to helping everyone to feel welcome here. Please encourage your child to drop in if they are looking to find an activity at lunchtime.

Foodbank

The Senior Prefect Team are collecting non-perishable foods for the local foodbank which is held in Caistor Methodist Church hall every Wednesday. The collection takes place outside the staff room every Wednesday lunchtime.

School Council

Students in Years 8 and above have voted for their council representatives this week. Several stood in different forms, ensuring that there was some healthy competition for these important leadership roles in School. The council has had a role in advising on the School’s development for many, many years. The design of the dining hall, lockers, extra water fountains, additional recycling bins, extra counselling, campaigns against prejudice and supporting well-being and mental health. They are more than a debating society.

The School Council members for this year are:

FormName
8XNathan Ganyani
8YAustin Priestley
8ZIsal Perera
9XLewis Bingley
9YEthan White
9ZMillie Murray
10XLiam Moore
10YAlex O’Donoghue
10ZPeter Jackson
11XTom Kelly
11YAfeef Hadi
11ZParth Shirgaonkar
12FCBen Howard
12JKSophie LeGood
12SMLucy Chung
12DWSophia Dolan
13AHOBen Hughes
13RDHTheo Powell-Howard
13RHGSam Hughes

The Sixth Form Council is:

12JKSapphy Dunn
12FCCaiomhe Stenton
12DWBrandon McKie
12SMTom Hart
13VSDaniel Tomlinson
13AHOBen Hughes
13RDHTheo Powell-Howard
13RHGSamuel Hughes

They meet in M3 at noon every other Monday starting next week. Year 7 will vote for their three form reps after half-term.

Year 10 and Instagram

 

After these examples of amazing leadership and positive contributions to school life, I hope you will appreciate my disappointment to communicate a social media incident, involving primarily Year 10 students.

 

On Wednesday, we were informed about an Instagram account that was created on Monday inviting Year 10 students to share gossip. As the account’s following grew, posts became more targeted and increasingly offensive, employing racist, sexist and homophobic language, while goading students to engage in these discussions. There is a sense of injustice in the year group about someone’s disregard for others’ well-being.

 

Our investigations are ongoing but I would be interested to hear from any parent in Year 10 who has a Sky Broadband Account which operates through a Virtual Private Network. The account was particularly active on Tuesday evening.

We do deal with online safety, digital footprints, etc. in PSHE lessons, subject lessons, and through visiting speakers. You will understand that despite your and our best efforts, the message needs repeating.

Parent Governor elections

Parents of students in all years will receive a letter inviting parents to submit an interest in becoming parent governors. We have two vacancies currently and the governors are keen to receive applications from parents with a background in finance and/ or human resources/ personnel. Governors play a significant role in improving the outcomes of the students that attend School. Please consider the letter carefully if you are interested in being considered. Having secured a large sum for capital expenditure to address some pressing issues with the estate, we can now develop other aspects of our offer and it’s important we have a robust representation from our parenting body.

 

An election will be held if there are more than two names brought forward. Please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Miss Dodsworth, (details on the letter) if you have any questions about the role or process.

 

Awards Evening

 

We plan to hold our Awards Evening to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our students over the last year. This will take place on Thursday 7 October at 7pm in Caistor Parish Church. Invitation letters have been sent this week to prize winners; please complete the reply slip and return it as soon as possible to the collection box at reception. Two guests can attend with each student and I ask that everyone who is coming takes a LFD test prior to attending. No-one should attend if they are symptomatic.

 

Our guest speaker is former student Dr. Florence Newton. Dr. Newton is the First Team doctor at Arsenal Football Club, and I am really pleased that she can come back to Lincolnshire to present the awards that Thursday. If time allows, she will spend some time in school on Friday morning working with our GCSE and A level PE students and aspiring medics.

 

Flu Vaccine 

 

Please note that the request for consent for the Flu Vaccine, sent out from the School Nurse Vaccination Team on September 10, applies only to students in Years 7-11. Students in Years 12 and 13 are not being vaccinated in School.

 

Sports results

 

After a break of 18 months, it’s a privilege to report our first set of sports results.

 

CGS vs De Aston School, Market Rasen

 

Year 10 netball team won 38-9

 

Player of the match: Isabelle Catley

Year 10 football team lost 3-5
Player of the match: Ethan Holmes-Barber.

 

Year 8 football team lost 1-3

 

Player of the Match: Archie Rowlands

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

Sincerely,

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster