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Headmaster’s Letter 8th October

Posted on 11th October 2021

Dear Parent,

Awards Evening

With the increase in COVID cases locally, Awards Evening was cancelled this week. It was a difficult decision, especially as so much preparation goes into making this a very special evening for everyone. Our guest speaker Flo Newton (Caistorian), the first team doctor at Arsenal FC, is keen to return before the end of the school year, so it might be that we can run it when case numbers are lower. In the meantime, I will be handing out prizes to students over the next couple of weeks.

The Boy, The Dog, The Donkey and The Panda! (English Department: Gifted and Talented)

Mrs McNeilly writes: Wag your tails and get your walking boots on! Mom and Pops have given Boy a rescue puppy to keep him company during Lockdown and, every day, the new-found friends set off on a mini adventure around town (in between home schooling, of course). On their travels, they meet Panda and Donkey who help them, in their own furry ways, to journey through the ups and downs of the pandemic.

Written by current Y7s as part of a Y6 creative writing initiative at Caistor Primary School, this story touchingly brings to life many of the worries experienced by young children during the Lockdown period, and the ways in which troubling thoughts and events can be overcome. I am pleased to inform you that The Boy, The Dog, The Donkey and The Panda is now available to order in hardback for £6.99 through Parent Mail. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Young Minds and to a local animal sanctuary.

Many congratulations must go to Aiden Binks, Erin Casey, Enya Chatha, Matthew Holland, Evie Nelson, Alfie Price, Alice Robertson and Suzi Squire for all their imaginative efforts on such a rewarding project. Many thanks, too, to Y13 students Lola Stretch and Daisy Colley who led virtual and face-to face lessons throughout the summer; to Shaona Mitra (Y12), who gave the book its wonderful illustrations; to former students, Toby Barnett, who composed the musical introduction and to Jyothi Cross, who type-set and edited the narrative.

Election for parent governors

Our nominations for parent governors closes at noon on Tuesday 12th October. If you would like nomination papers, please contact the clerk, Emma Dodsworth. (emma.dodsworth@caistorgrammar.com)

Flu vaccine

The School Nurse Immunisation Team have been in school today issuing the flu vaccine to those students who had gained consent. If you have not consented but still wish for your child to be vaccinated, please see the attached information from the Lincolnshire Community Health Team. If you have any queries about this, please contact the Immunisation team directly on 01522 572950 (8.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri)

COVID vaccine

The COVID vaccines, which were cancelled this week, have been rearranged for Wednesday 20th October. The portal has reopened but there is no need to resubmit your consent. The portal will close at 2pm on Tuesday 19th October.  All students who are aged between 12 and 15 on the 20th October are eligible for a vaccine. Students who have turned 16 between this Wednesday and the 20th are no longer eligible. Students who have turned 12 between now and  Wednesday 20th  are eligible with parents’ permission.

Be Aware

Here’s a couple of events of interest to help develop parents’ knowledge of current safeguarding topics:

A Date with Dan: Keeping Children and Young People safe Online

Online safety can be a bit of a minefield and many of us have lots of questions on how we can not only keep our children safe but also let them enjoy the benefits the online world brings. After our live streamed event earlier this year, many parents and carers asked for the opportunity to ask us some questions. Join our resident Online Safety Officer, Dan Hawbrook, on the 25th November 2021 for a special Question and Answer session for parents and carers which will cover whatever YOU want to know – whether it’s game ratings, parental controls, bullying or strangers – we will let you ask us those burning questions.

Sign up will be required to access this FREE session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-date-with-dan-tickets-168597709287

Parent Protect Resources

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has produced some fantastic, bitesize, information clips and resources for parents around protecting children and young people from harmful sexual behaviour both online and offline. Child sexual abuse is a major public health problem affecting more than a million children under the age of 16 in the UK. All available evidence indicates that the risk to children has grown during the Covid-19 pandemic. Parents can learn from short films telling them what they need to know about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it, including spotting the signs and online safety. https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/

Congratulations to…

Paige Allison (Y9), who last weekend, took part in the two-day Premier Dance Festival at the prestigious Blackpool Winter Gardens, competing against dancers from across the country and international competitors. She took three trophies for first place positions in Classical Sequence with her Sutton Swing, Modern Sequence with a Shadow Salsa, and Ballroom with a quickstep. She also took a third place for Latin with her Jive.

 

Yours sincerely,

Alistair Hopkins