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Headmaster’s Letter 25th September

Posted on 25th September 2020

Dear Parent,

Term is now well under way; the updates contained herein, as well as students’ successes characterises our busy-ness. After lots of health and safety announcements, it’s good to see lots of student names below.

The next six months…

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Tuesday confirms that it is highly likely that School will continue to have to implement COVID-19 safety measures beyond the end of this term.

I wrote to you on Wednesday to guide you that when we have wet breaks, because students will need to queue in corridors for a couple of minutes, this could be an area that induces additional anxiety. Therefore, temporarily wearing a face mask, while taking care to put on and remove the mask, might help some through this adjustment. Students can still choose to wear facemasks if they wish throughout the day. I would much prefer that students take on this responsibility rather than being directed as to what to do. We will continue to review the policy for as long as we must adapt the school day.

Timetables for lockdown

Students (and parents) will receive their lockdown timetables by Monday. This will be implemented in the event of a whole school closure only lasting more than two days.  If a year group is sent home due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, students will follow their current school timetable and will be taught remotely via Teams and SharePoint. Attendance will be expected at all sessions.

To be clear, students will have the following contact time per subject during lockdown:

  1. Years 7-9 – 30 minutes per week
  2. Years 10-11 – one hour per week
  3. Years 12-13 – two hours per week

The timetable has been adapted to enable students to study independently in Years 7, 8 and 9. Work will be set more frequently as any lockdown (I hope) will be a ‘circuit breaker’. We need to keep the momentum of learning going. We will be able to accommodate key worker and vulnerable children according to the published guidelines. These students will be supervised and will complete work that has been set for them by their teachers.

Changing weather

Autumn is now upon us with Winter just around the corner. We have a wet weather plan which we put into action when there is heavy rain. At the same time, good ventilation is one of the expectations of how we can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in School. Students will be allowed to wear coats (as plain as possible) in lessons when the weather becomes colder. In the meantime, providing students with their school jumper (grey or black V-neck or cardigan) will be a good idea. Getting students to be outside for a few breaks each day is good habit to encourage to combat COVID-19.

Feeling sick while at School

If students in Years 7-11 are feeling unwell, they must seek go to the School office. Students should not call home as this leads to confusion.

Exceptional absence/ medical absence forms

These can be accessed via the website here on the Useful Documents page in the Parent section. [link] (To avoid confusion, we use ParentMail for sending out letters and forms where we are seeking specific information from you.)

Communications Policy

One of the changes in routine following the School lockdown is that email communication is more prevalent, as is people’s expectation of a quick response. I would like to remind you that our communications policy states that emails/ phone calls should be acknowledged within two working days (48 hours). Safeguarding issues are different: we will respond on a case by case basis. I have no expectation that teachers respond to questions from parents or students over the weekend.

Awards evening

Our Awards Evening this year was due to have taken place on Thursday 1 October. Unsurprisingly, this won’t be happening in the church, but we plan to acknowledge students’ achievements in all spheres and to celebrate the school year. Our guest speaker was to have been Caistorian Bridget Blow, who is currently Chairman of GTP3 LLP, a Director of G-Labs and the Senior Independent Director of England Netball. Her previous non-executive roles have included Chair of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Deputy Chair of the Coventry Building Society, Chairman of Harvard International plc. Mrs Blow was very happy to write a few words for our awards winners. The booklet will be out soon.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Today is Macmillan coffee morning – or rather it should have been. Normally, our Year 11s lead the event, supported by the Friends, and raise a considerable sum to support the charity’s cancer work. Mr Davey, our Head of Upper School, encourages you all to enjoy a slice of cake with a few friends and contribute to the Just Giving page that he has created. [link] At the time of writing, almost £300 has been raised without a cake being cut.

School Council

I am delighted to announce that the following students have been voted onto School Council by their peers. We will meet in bubbled groups by section every other week. The council members will be more important than ever this year as they feedback and suggest ideas about how we can adapt School for students. (Year 7 Council elections are after half-term.)

YEAR 8: Reuben Kelly (8X), Libby Jackson (8Y), Evie Bird (8Z)

YEAR 9: Noah Newbould (9X), Alexander O’Donoghue (9Y), Ayla Jafri (9Z)

YEAR 10: Claudia Smith and Asmita Yogachandran (10X), Dawn Dinning (10Y), Tyla Redhead (10Z)

YEAR 11: Holly Bradbury and Will Pein (11X), Sapphy Dunn (11Y), Jonathan Omonbude (11Z)

YEAR 12: Harry Nickells (12VS), Alistair Brookes (12RHG), Isaac Dunn (12RDH), Omar Aabed (12AHO)

SENIOR PREFECT TEAM: Rory Longcake (HB), Nisha Prabhakar (HG), Toby Barnett, Pawel GrabAidan Parker, & Elena Salameh

The following students have been voted onto the Sixth Form Council:

Benjamin Hughes (12AH), Theo Powell-Howard (12RDH), Samuel Hughes (12RHG), Luna Akther (12VS)

Elena Salameh and Rory Longcake (13JK), Ruari Catani Brown (13JK) James Day (13DW) & Emily Sharman (13SM)

Literacy Leaders

Awards were presented to last year’s Year 9 Literacy Leaders in their year group assembly on Wednesday. I am a passionate advocate of the emotional and academic benefits of reading. Our students are fortunate every year to have a core of bibliophiles who really push the importance of reading. These students are fortunate to have Librarian Mrs Jago who inspires them onto great things each year.

Last year’s Literacy Leaders were: Zamin Ali, Jack Attridge, Megan Allison, Sophie Bishop, Ethan Brook, Tilly Coupland, Amelia Crompton- Howe, Darcey Cullen, Lucy Ellis, Eve Foster, Yash Gandi, Karan Hardik, Flora Jolly, Tyla Redhead, Jajja Saqib, Yasmine Sedaghat, Lily Sudaby, Will Whitton and George Wood.

Road safety

I’m attaching a newsletter for you from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.

Congratulations

Daisy Williams (Y10) has made another long journey to an equestrian event at Hicksted, Sussex. Billy, her 7-year-old and Daisy jumped a lovely clear in the 1m10 class coming equal 1st and Berti her young 5-year-old stallion also jumped clear. She was competing against many of the top adult trainers and riders internationally and it’s thrilling that she came in the top half of the competition.

Will Tate (Caistorian), who left us at the end of Y11 in 2018, has made his Rugby League debut for Hull KR on Wednesday in the Super League. The Hull Daily Mail commended Will on his assured performance. If you want to keep up with Will’s development, his twitter feed is: @willtate_

Have a wonderful weekend,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster