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Headmaster’s Letter 2nd October 2018

Posted on 2nd October 2018

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Congratulations to Year 11 and the Friends who organised the Macmillan Coffee morning in the Old Hall on Friday last.  The team raised a record £1148.15 for the charity.  Thank you to the Head of Year, Mr Davey, who led the students’ efforts, Mrs Thompson, Director of Music, who organised the entertainment and finally, the Friends, who again gave their time to set up, serve and tidy away.  Safeguarding compliance means that these events require an extra level of forward planning so thank you for your understanding if you came on site.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Silver Expedition – Peak District

The Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme silver students set off for their assessed expedition in the challenging Peak District on Saturday.  They return on Monday with an experience that helps to form leadership and self-sufficiency.  It is a wonderful opportunity and, as ever, only works because we have a supply of volunteers who give up their time.  The appointment of a discreet awards manager will, I hope, see the award continue to flourish at all three levels, but especially silver and gold.  The application process for Silver has just begun.  The cost of completing the award in school is cheaper than other approved activity providers because we run it as a not for profit organisation.  Thank you to Mrs Sharp, who coordinates the Silver Award.

Young Enterprise

The Year 12 Young enterprise group are well underway with their project for this academic year.  We normally have two groups, but this year they have decided to combine their forces to create one.  Under the leadership of Ben Dawson, the team have created the Posh Bag Company.  As part of their product development, it is necessary to do product research.  They are hoping that as many parents as possible will help them with this survey.  It will take no more than 90 seconds and can be accessed here.

 Sweeney Todd

Tickets for Sweeney Todd are now on sale via ParentMail. The company are rehearsing lunchtimes and Sundays. It promises to be an excellent show. Even though this is the ‘school edition’, we recommend it is suitable for children aged 11 and over. Performances are on Monday 15 October to Wednesday 17 October inclusive. Performances are in the Town Hall, starting at 7pm.


Parents of students in Years 7, 9, 11 and 12 will soon be receiving an email from the school photographer Tempest.  Ordering is now online although I have opted to allow students to collect photographs from school to save parents a £5 postage and packing fee.  There is a  limited window for ordering photographs to be sent to school. Parents will receive an email when the collection orders have been dispatched.  Any questions relating to Tempest’s use of parents’ data can be answered here.

Year 8 HPV injection (girls)

This an advanced notice to make parents aware that girls in Year 8 will have their first HPV injection this Thursday.  The date is in the school calendar which can be accessed here:

Junior men’s World Time Trial Championships

Congratulations to Year 13’s Joe Laverick who came 8th in the UCI Junior Men’s World Time Trial Championship in Innsbruck, Austria on Tuesday.  Joe emailed to say that he was inspired by the well wishes from students and teachers at CGS.  After his success, he went back to the Team Sky tour bus where he watched the remaining competitors.  Joe said he was aiming a top 15 finish: eighth is a considerable achievement.

Mobile phone request

It cannot have escaped your notice, but mobile phone manufacturers are now releasing their new models for Christmas.  School has recently upgraded its stock of mobile phones for trips to include smart phones.  There are two trips heading out this October half-term: the German exchange and the Iceland trip.  We are one phone short and I was hoping that somewhere there might be a redundant phone that a parent or student could donate to the School.  If there is, please contact the Educational Visits Co-ordinator, Lisa Southwick ( to donate your phone.

School fund and bursary

Parents will receive some additional letters from me today.  One asks for contributions to our school fund, explaining how the money is distributed, while the other outlines our bursary policy and explains the application process if you would like to apply to access it on behalf of your child.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead,

Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins