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Headmaster’s Letter 4th October

Posted on 4th October 2019

Dear Parent,

School council
Both the School and Sixth Form councils were announced this week in assembly following voting last week. Both councils, coordinated by the Senior Prefect Team, feedback to the senior leadership team about the running of the school. The school council members for 2019/20 are:

Year 7Annabel Peart, Yash Vaddaram, Paige Allison
Year 8Edith Green, Alex O’Donoghue, Beth Crowther
Year 9Claudia Smith, Megan Allison, William Nadin
Year 10Will Pein, Henry Clark, Jonathan Omonbude
Year 11Mirha Sethi, Rosie Barker, Fareedah Salawu
Year 12Milena Finch-Robinson, Max Garton, Jazz Davis, Rio Rawlings
SPTWill Gale, Anna Carter, Francesca Hannath, Jack Swain, Jyothi Cross, Aimee Mason-Lynskey,


The Sixth Form council members are:

Year 12Rory Longcake, Ruari Catani-Brown, James Day, Emily Sharman
Year 13Lizzie Dee, Nathan Sharpe, Hattie White, Olivia Atkin

It is a privilege to be a part of either council: students are voted on by their form. Their priority this year will be to advise on formulating the School Development Plan for 2020/23.


Careers evening
The School’s biennial careers evening takes place on Wednesday next week (9/10) from 6pm to 8.30pm. Mrs Bradbury, the Head of Careers has invited just under 40 exhibitors and speakers representing employees, apprenticeships and further and higher education opportunities. It is a chance for students to speak to a range of exhibitors about the skills and qualifications required to fulfil their ambitions. If you would like to know more details, then Mrs Cowland’s booklet is now on the school website for you to help to plan your evening. You can view it by clicking here.


The Addams Family
Tickets are selling fast for the school production, the Addams Family (School edition). These can be purchased via ParentMail but a small number can be bought in person from the School office. The production is accessible to all ages. The three performances take place in the Town hall are on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 of October commencing at 7pm. Tickets cost £8/£6 (conc.) I have published some of Ewan Martin’s (Y13) photos on the school Twitter feed. There are eerily good!


School Friends
The Friends have their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 8th October at 7pm in School. Please come along if you want to support this very important group.


House Music
Another date for the diary is House Music. Posters appeared last week for auditions. After two afternoons of good-humoured competition at senior and junior level, the public performance of the competition takes place on Wednesday 6th November from 7pm onwards. This is an informal event which celebrates student talent.


Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition
The Duke of Edinburgh Silver expedition took place in the Peak District last weekend. Fifteen students walked for three days through bouts of heavy rain. One student commented: ‘You get to the point where you stop being bothered about being wet and just get on with the job in hand.’ Several of the students have now signed up for their Gold award. I would like to thank the following colleagues and volunteers for giving up their time last weekend to support our students’ activity: Mrs Sharp, the Silver coordinator, Miss Dodsworth, Mrs and Mrs Barnett, Mr Craig, Mr and Mrs Palmer, Mr Smith and Mr Sylvan.


Macmillan outcome
Thank you to those that came and supported our Macmillan coffee morning last Friday in the Old Hall. I do not have the total yet but I wanted to acknowledge the sterling contribution of the following students in Year 11: Maggie Connor, Cindy Bazoua, Hala Aabed, Ben Shale, Mirha Sethi, Ella Clarke, Rhianna Humphrey, Oscar Khoo, Jessica Cheung, Delphine Meier and Fareedah Salawu.


Young Enterprise
This year’s Young Enterprise team is Record Revamp, a company upcycling pre-loved records into stylish, retro bowls. They will be debuting our beautiful product at Careers Evening so be sure to visit the refreshments to have a sneak peek. They’ll be appearing at various events throughout the year including The Addams Family in a few weeks. In order to be as eco-friendly as possible, they’re on the lookout for old records so if you have any lying around that you no longer want, they’d love to take them! Please hand in records of any size, condition, and age at the office and they will lovingly upcycle them. Also, if you have a moment, please feel free to fill their market research survey here: Look out for Record Revamp on the ParentMail shop soon!


Daisy Williams
I was delighted to receive a phone call yesterday afternoon (Thursday) from Year 9 student Daisy Williams. Daisy had her first event at the Horse of the Year show in Birmingham and won first and second place in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers on her two ponies Billy (Bermudez BDA) and King III respectively. You can read more about her stunning achievement and even hear an interview with her by clicking here.


School Fund
Today parents will receive a separate letter about the School Fund. I send this out once per year. Please do read and consider making a donation to the School to support those ‘extras’ that are intrinsic to students’ education.


Youth activities in Caistor
There will be a meeting for those aged 11-18 at the Caistor Arts and Heritage centre on Saturday 12 October from 10am to noon to discuss the current range of activities and opportunities in the town. Refreshments will be available (free cake!).


Job opportunities
I have posted an advert for a Science Technician to join the School from January 2020. If you are interested, or you know someone who might be interested, please look at the Staff Vacancies section on the website for more information.


Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins