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Headmaster’s Letter 30th April

Posted on 30th April 2021

Dear Parent,

The past is a foreign country

We’re very much looking forward to the future in School now. Our assembly theme for this term is from the opening of the novel The Go-Between by LP Hartley: ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’

In this spirit of looking forward, students voted for their house officials last Friday. Along with our Senior Prefect Team, who were decided before the Easter break, these students have received the support of their peers to lead their houses. It’s a tremendous privilege!

House captains

AyscoughHouse CaptainsMiles Peck & Eleanor Wood

 

 Sports CaptainsGeorge Lingard & Abi White

 

 Performing Arts CaptainsCaitlin Beaumont & Isaac Dunn
 
HansardHouse CaptainsSiddharth Kamath & Lola Stretch
 Sports CaptainsMaddie Seamer & Joe Ward

 

 Performing Arts CaptainsVictoria Lewandowski & Jason Sedman
 
RawlinsonHouse CaptainsAgash Gnanasundaramoorthy &Thushi Thulasiraj

 

 Sports CaptainsOwen Noble & Karolina Pilch
 Performing Arts CaptainsBen Hughes & Emily Thompson

 

Kayne Delee (Y7)

I hope parents and students will send their best wishes to Kayne Delee (Y7) who was involved in a road traffic accident on Wednesday night in Caistor. Kayne is currently in hospital in Sheffield where he is receiving treatment. Although painful, his condition is stable and I understand he will be home next week. His recovery will be a long one and we will do our best to support him and his family in the coming months.

Year 7 and 8 exams

I would like to inform you that the Year 7 and Year 8 exams start on Monday 17 May and last for the entire week. Due to the disruptive year and the difficulties with bubbling, the procedure will be slightly different this year and the exams will be taken in the usual classroom setting. Teachers will inform the students next week when their exam will be. Each exam will last for approx. 45 minutes. Any student, who misses an examination through absence, will be required to sit the paper on their return to school.

As with many aspects of school life, we are keen for students to get into good working habits as early as possible. We welcome your support to help your child plan their revision effectively and suggest about an hour of revision per night. All students will have a study skills lessons during tutorial time where they will learn about exam technique and how to create a revision timetable. There will be an assembly on examination preparation and procedures. Students will not receive homework during the two school weeks preceding the exams, to allow them to concentrate their efforts on revision.

There will be no separate collection of these exam grades, but they will contribute to the end-of-year Standards. If you have any further queries, please contact your child’s Form Tutor.

School Uniform and dress code

I’m keen to broach some of the indiscretions occurring with school uniform/ dress code currently. As we’ve had a disrupted year, inevitably these do occur – but now we have a term without interruption, it’s time to address these. We need parents’ support with this as some of the issues we’re encountering can be easily resolved by a quick check in the morning. Students have been reminded of our expectations this week in form groups.

For Y7-11 students

  1. Skirts should be worn to their natural length, and they must not be rolled up at the waist. (A reminder that skirts should be worn to the knee, this should be rectified by September 2021)
  2. Boys’ socks should be plain black or dark grey; girls’ socks should be white socks (plain black is fine for Y10 and Y11 only), ankle length and most definitely not trainer socks.

iii. Accessories and jewellery: only a wristwatch, single plain ring and a single ear stud to be worn in each ear. No make-up or nail varnish are to be worn in Years 7-9 and should be discreet in Y10 and Y11.

  1. Finally, we adapted our uniform in the Autumn and Winter because we had to ventilate our rooms. As we move towards better weather, from Monday, I don’t want students to wear hats in lessons or school buildings.

Sixth Form

A reminder: students’ appearance should be smart and professional. No trainers, flip flops, sandals, deck or canvas shoes. No Ugg boots, Dr Marten boots or biker boots. Stilettos aren’t appropriate for our site’s topography.

Full uniform and dress code information is available in student planners or on the school website.

Friends of Caistor Grammar School

Thanks to the Friends of Caistor Grammar School who have bought a new kiln for the Art department. Their generous gift means the department can continue to offer students a broad creative experience. It should be ready to be fired up in September.

Year 11 and 13 assessments

We’re just short of the half-way point for teacher assessed grades. Departments (or Head of Sections for broader concerns) need to be informed if students have mitigating reasons for under performance in any assessments that took place before Easter and which have been chosen for their basket of evidence. We need this information by Friday 14 May.

Parent questionnaire

In a separate letter, there is a link to our annual school survey. If you can spare 10 minutes to complete it, it helps me, the senior leadership team and the governors review the Schools’ progress and development.

I wish you all a happy three-day weekend.

Kind regards,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster