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Headmaster’s Letter 5th February

Posted on 9th February 2021

Dear Parent,

Entrance test dates

Our entrance test dates for entry to the School in September 2022 will take place this year on Saturday 25 September and Saturday 2 October. Registration will open by the end of the first week back after half-term via the school website.

English Speaking Union Churchill debating – East Midlands round

Sapphy Dunn (Y11) has written a report on our participation in an East Midlands virtual heat for the English Speaking Union Churchill debating competition

On Tuesday 2nd February two CGS teams had the privilege of competing against two Northampton High School teams in the East Midlands heat of the English Speaking Union Churchill competition.

The teams consist of a chair, questioner and speaker. Caistor Grammar Team one was Ava Farnsworth (chair), Emma Cowan (questioner) and Pollyanna Paterson (speaker). Their topic was “Is it class or race that rules in Britain today?’. Team Two was Jonathan Omonbude (chair), Holly Bradbury (questioner) and Sapphy Dunn (speaker). Their topic was ‘Is America still a land of opportunity?’

They competed against two teams from Northampton High School- who discussed ‘Should we cancel cancel culture?’ (team two) and “History lessons should take into account the diversity of ethnic backgrounds in the classroom.”(team one).

Mr McTernan was a great help, giving up lunches and time after school to guide students through the competition. As a team, we want to say a huge thank you to him for all his efforts.  Each team also took much of their own time to write speeches/ questions, practise and research their topic and the other team’s. 

Team two won first place in Tuesday’s heat, with Northampton High School team coming as runners up. The runner up and first place will compete in the next round. Congratulations to Emma Cowan who was awarded best questioner. Thanks to all who competed. 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Although lockdown means that our expeditions cannot take place currently, students have been working on the other aspects of their courses that can be completed remotely. Saqib Jajja (Y10) has put together a newsletter which I’d like to share with the whole School. It will be particularly useful if students in Years 9 and below are looking at participating in the award. [link]

Careers matters

Mrs Watson continues to meet with students remotely to advise on careers. She has also published her first newsletter of the year. You can access it here. [link]

University of Lincoln parents’ evenings

This from the University of Lincoln:

We understand that as a parent or guardian, there can be many things to consider when supporting your child on their journey into higher education; so, we are pleased to announce our next Parents’ Evenings will take place in February.

The evenings will allow parents and guardians to gain an insight into university life in general, and what the University of Lincoln offers. Our Education Liaison team will be joined by departments from across the University to help answer any queries you may have.

Dates/Year groups:

Thursday 11 February 6-7:30 pm – Post 16 Year 2 [Year 13 students]

Thursday 25 February 6-7.30 pm – Post 16 Year 1 [Year 12 students]

To book a place, please go to:

www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/portals/parentszone/parentsevenings/

Department for Education data

Every day, we send a return to the DfE recording our attendance. The DfE has changed their data capture form this week. I now need to know if your child falls into one of these categories:

  1. Your child is unable to access lessons because they have COVID;
  2. Your child is self-isolating because they are symptomatic;
  3. Your child is self-isolating because they have had close contact with a positive case (including household isolation);
  4. Your child has a confirmed case of COVID.

Please can you let us know using our enquiries@caistorgrammar.com email address.

We will continue to report positive cases to the public health team for those who have attended School only up to the Tuesday of half-term. Please email enquiries@caistorgrammar.com if you need to report a positive case.

Half-term

Half-term starts a day earlier than the published date to enable us to run some INSET training for staff. There will be no lessons next Friday 12 February. Due to the short notice, we will continue to supervise critical worker and vulnerable students. We will be running some sports activities that day so students should come in PE kit if attending. Please email supervision@caistorgrammar.com by Wednesday 10 February if you wish to book a place for your child. If the numbers are small, we will not be able to provide a school lunch. We’ll confirm lunch arrangements with those attending on Thursday morning.

With best regards,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster