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Headmaster’s Letter 6th December

Posted on 6th December 2019

Dear Parent,

 

Michael Bublé sang ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,’ … and the same can be said for CGS this week.

Our Year 9 students have been running their Christmas Fairs for charity across Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, the whole school enjoyed Christmas lunch on Wednesday. Thanks to the kitchen team of Amanda Stainton, Donna Hinch, Sharie Wright, Margaret Rojahn, Kim Smith, Pamela Lingard, Alicia Wylie and Sarah Jollands. Available this year, were three main course choices and an option of five puddings. The kitchen team served 607 diners in a little under two hours. Considering the complexities of the operation, coordinated by Mrs Buck, it went without a hitch. This is in part thanks to some fine marshalling by Mr Ewing and Mrs Ferguson, our lunchtime supervisors.

 

Yesterday evening, we had a brilliant Autumn concert: a mixture of modern, classical and Christmas music. One parent commented that this was their child’s final ‘Autumn concert.’ They have watched them take an increasingly more prominent role as they have worked their way through the school, since they began in Year 7. No doubt, there will be other students in Year 7, performing in the choir or performing a solo, who will be in similar ‘leading light’ as they grow in ability in their journey through the school. This progression of talent is thanks to Mrs Thompson (supported by Mrs Allen, Mr Robinson and our performing arts technician Miss Mottram – who herself performed in a small ensemble) who inspires the students to give their best. It is a packed concert: 28 separate performances (individuals, duos, ensemble, choir, quartet and orchestra) in a little under two hour. That includes an interval served by our committed Friends of CGS.

 

Christmas Carol concert

We meet next Thursday 12 December in the parish church for the School Christmas Carol concert. Although we start at 7pm, it’s standing room only when we start so please do arrive early if you want to ensure a seat. We then head across to the Old Hall for mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies and cakes afterward. If you’d like to contribute to the mince pies and cakes, please bring them into school via a student and hand to Mr Sunter or reception. If you’re new to the School, the setting, the music and the readings make this a very special evening.

 

Caistor Goes Christmas

I hope you received Mrs Leaning’s Foodbank letter last week announcing our day of Christmas festivities on Friday 13th December: Caistor Goes Christmas. Instead of asking students to contribute a small nominal sum, we support the excellent work of the Scunthorpe Foodbank by asking students to bring in food that can be passed onto families in need. Please email enquiries if you’d like to receive this letter again.

 

School newspaper

The next edition of Caistor Focus will be on its way home soon. This edition’s front page splash focuses on the work that the Eco-Council are undertaking to make us all aware try to change our lifestyles to preserve the environment. A copy, printed on recyclable paper, will be on its way home soon and I will let you know when it appears on the website. In the interim, I’d like to acknowledge the following students, supported by Mr Davey who coordinates the undertaking in just one day:

Year 7: Holly Smith, Jamie Parker, Erin Ravenscroft.

Year 8: Hebe Gabel, Charlotte Phillips, Omer Shahbaz, Michelle Agreda, Alice Robertson, Tommy Higginson

Year 9: Asmita Yogachandran, Evie Binns, Jayden Cheung, Amelia Crompton-Howe, Sienna Osborne

Year 10: Lilly Bell; Holly Bradbury; Pearl McCann, Amicia Harris, Fareedah Salawu; Maddie Seamer, Cindy Bazoua.

 Year 12 Pawel Grab, Isabel Laycock, Ella MacPherson, Ruari Catani-Brown, Milena Finch-Robinson, Imogen Horton, Ellie Brook;

Year 13: Ewan Martin, Euan Bryson, Lucy Krofchak, Fadwa Al-Moasseb, Georgia Bartley, Emily Dingwall

(students whose names are in italics edited a page.)

 

General Election

Our Politics students have been engaging with the democratic process as we, as a School, vote next Thursday. Today, we enjoyed a debate where over 70 students, from all year groups attended. (And the candidates did really debate and discuss the points as opposed to pronounce pre-prepared sound bites.) On Monday, the four parties will address the whole school. There will be a final question and answer with Year 13 on Wednesday followed by the election proper on Thursday. Mr Robinson, the Head of Politics, has coordinated the events. The four candidates are: Emily Sharman (Conservative), Rio Rawlings (Green), Lewis Beighton (Labour) and Oliver Levitt-Allen (Lib Dem).

 

End of term sports standings

We’ve seen some impressive performances from our Year 8 and Year 10 teams in the Wolds netball and football leagues this term. The Year 8 boys and girls did the double, winning both their leagues. The Year 10 boys were fourth in their football league while the Year 10 girls – were second in their league. On behalf of the students, thank you to Mrs Ellerby, Mr Moloney, Miss Naylor, Mr Shepherd and Mr Shutes for their support.

 

Water Aid

The School raised £1,360.75 for Water Aid in last July’s school walk. Thanks to Mr Robinson and a number of colleagues who don’t just supervise on the day, but walk the route in the week beforehand to make it accessible for the 550 students who participated.

 

Parental survey

As of this morning, 187 questionnaire responses had been received. Thank you to those that have completed it. I’d like to have in excess of 250 responses. The average completion time is six minutes. This is an important opportunity to advise on the School’s direction. The Senior Leadership Team and Governors do note your responses. Please click here if you would like to contribute. (You can make one contribution per child as experiences can differ.)

 

Caistorian

The Caistorians have a committee meeting next Thursday, 12 December, before the school carol concert. We are actively looking for additional committee members. If you could help please come along and see what we do. We meet once a term – please email katherine.jago@caistorgrammar.com  or contact Mrs Jago via the school for further information

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Noah Newbould (Y8) who, for the second year in a row, has been selected to play hockey for the Humber Hockey Academy Under 14s team. This weekend the Humber Academy will be playing 5 matches against other county teams at a tournament taking place at Ben Rhydding Sports Club, near Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

 

Final day arrangements

Term comes to an end at 2.30pm on Thursday 19 December. So you are aware, buses, apart from the service bus W27D Caistor to Market Rasen, will depart at 2.30pm.  This bus will depart at the normal time from Nettleton Road. We will be able to accommodate any child that wishes to stay in until 3.45pm, our normal finish time. Please let reception know if you intend to take up this opportunity for your child.

 

Opportunities at CGS

The closing date for the Deputy Site Manager and Science Technician is fast approaching. Details and application forms can be downloaded from the school website.

 

Have a peaceful weekend.

Best wishes

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster