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Headmaster’s Letter 29th November

Posted on 3rd December 2019

Dear Parent

A shorter letter this week

Christmas Dinner
Our Christmas Lunch will be served on Wednesday 4th December in the dining room costing £4. Please can you ensure that lunch money accounts are topped up before this date in order to make this a smooth experience for all concerned. (The catering team served 612 lunches in 1 hour and 40 minutes last year.) If Sixth Formers are using the cashless catering system for the first time, they must sign up before Wednesday otherwise they won’t be served. You can view the menu here .

And Christmas in general
December starts on Sunday and from that day onwards, it feels like a headlong rush through the festive season to the end of term. We have two events to which parents are very welcome to attend. On Thursday next we have our Autumn Music Concert in the gym, starting at 7pm. The following Thursday, in the parish church opposite school, we have the Christmas Evening carol concert. If you’re looking for an event to ‘start’ Christmas, then I recommend this. Afterwards, it’s across to the Old Hall for seasonal drinks and mince pies. (If you’d like to donate mince pies, please send them in and pass to Mr Sunter.)

In school, students in Year 9 will be raising money for charity through their own spin on the theme of Christmas Fairs. Its 9X on Tuesday 3rd December, 9Y on Thursday 5th December and 9Z on Friday 6th December. Stalls don’t offer cashless payments for this so please can students remember to bring in some change if they want to take part.

On Wednesday next week, to link up with Christmas dinner, Sixth Formers are invited to wear their Christmas jumpers for the day to support a local charity. On Friday 13th December, we will be holding Caistor Goes Christmas. All students can wear something Christmassy – their interpretation as to how far they go – but we ask for a donation of food to support Scunthorpe Foodbank. (A separate letter went out this afternoon explaining our link with the food bank.)  We finish at 2.30pm on Thursday 19th December. I’ll put my usual reminder in next week about changes to bus services and in school provision for those public bus services that don’t alter their times.

Debating
Our Y12 debating team participated in the MACE competition this week against Sheffield Park School on Tuesday night at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough. They won and are through to the next round. The team comprised: Toby Barnett, Rio Rawlings and Emily Sharman (all Y12).

Parent survey
Earlier today, you will have received a separate letter inviting you to participate in the annual parent survey. It will take about eight minutes to complete. The survey is different to that from previous years in that it is very similar to the new Ofsted inspection parent questionnaire. If you did not receive the survey letter this morning with an embedded hyperlink, then please contact the school via email to receive the link. The survey is open until Monday 9th December.

The Sunday Times Parent Power
According to the Sunday Times, CGS is the top state secondary school in the East Midlands in the newspaper’s Parent Power table. We’re far more than a school that achieves strong academic results, and I hope you gain a sense of this in this weekly newsletter, the extra- curricular programme and the pastoral care that students receive. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful accolade and on behalf of students, I would like to thank staff and parents for all that they do to make this specific aspect of the school’s life such a success.

Vacancies
I am currently advertising for a deputy site manager (full time) and a science technician (35 hours per week/ term time). Details of both can be found on the website. Please let anyone you know who might be interested. Both roles start as soon as possible into the new term.

Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins
Headmaster