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Headmaster’s Letter 29th January

Posted on 29th January 2021

Dear Parent,

INSET day

I need to introduce an INSET day to start to prepare teachers for the awarding of GCSE and A level grades this summer. The most suitable date is Friday 12 February, the day before February half-term. Two weeks today.

Due to the short notice, I will still be opening the School for the supervision of critical worker and vulnerable students. Lessons will not be taking place that day and no work will be set. If you wish to take up this offer, please let School know by emailing supervision@caistorgrammar.com by Wednesday 10 February. If you have not booked critical worker supervision before, please look at this link to ensure you qualify. [link]

We will be closed to all students over half-term.

Return to School

The earliest date on which Schools can start to welcome students back is Monday 8 March, it was announced this week. The specific details are unknown currently, although we have been promised at least two weeks’ notice to plan for the return. If we are running a rota, Years 11 and 13 will take priority. I will let you know our plans as soon as the proposed return is confirmed.

Year 13 parents’ evening

December’s postponed parents’ evening will take place remotely on Tuesday 9 February. Year 13 parents and students will receive information later today in a separate letter. Parents can book appointments via School Cloud.

Well-being

Healthy Minds Lincolnshire are running a series of workshops to help parents and children with emotional well-being. You need to book for the events, which are free. Here’s the link for the Eventbrite calendar and booking page. [link]

Student absences

Please continue to complete absence forms if your child is going to be absent for a medical appointment, interview, etc. Absence forms can be completed online. Here’s the link. [link] It avoids their teacher raising an absence mark from the Teams register in lessons. Likewise, please let the office know if your child is ill that day and will not be attending lessons.

Careers opportunities

Our careers department continues to receive information about lots of free workshops for students. Two that I would like to draw your attention to are:

  1. There will be a live broadcast on RAF careers on Wednesday 3 February at 6pm. [link] Mrs Bradbury, the Head of Careers, shared the link with students earlier in the week.
  2. The DREAM dentist course on Saturday 20 February. You can view the poster giving more information, including how to book a place, here [link] The workshop is being run by the Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences society (BWAMS) at the University of Birmingham. BWAMS aims to encourage and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in undertaking careers in medical sciences. They do this through a number of free outreach events hosted by medical students throughout the year. These events include talks and workshops delivered by students, doctors and surgeons. To find out more about what they do, please visit our website: https://www.bwams.co.uk/.

In addition, CGS is a partner school for InvestIN careers. All students can get a discount by quoting the code CAISTOR10 when applying for the wide range of work experience and internship courses they offer.  Furthermore, they offer bursaries for eligible students to attend their programmes without charge. In order to qualify for an InvestIN bursary you must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

We have already had several students accepted for an InvestIN bursary, so if you believe you are eligible and would like to apply for a course please email kathryn.bradbury@caistorgrammar.com

Universities and colleges are also offering online open days and information about applying to them, so please take the time to look at individual websites for further information – there are too many to list here.

Thank you

And finally, thank you for your support these last few weeks in getting students online and to lessons on time. You are doing sterling work to support your children’s education.

I came across this in an education feed on Twitter. It made me smile. Please feel free to download and display in your home! [link]

Best regards,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster