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Headmaster’s Letter 9th July 2018

Posted on 10th July 2018

Work experience


Year 10 commence their work experience on Wednesday through to next Tuesday. I was impressed with Year 11’s approach to this valuable opportunity last year. They returned with some exemplary feedback from their employers. The chance to work in the real world, working through some of the problems that ‘adults’ face on a day to day basis is eye opening. I found it inspired students to step up to the challenge of GCSEs in Year 11. Thank you to the local and national firms that have accommodated our students and to parents and carers who have done their part to ferry students to placements, complete paper work, etc. to make this happen. I would like to thank the new Head of Careers, Mrs Bradbury, for all the effort that she has put into making this happen for students and Mrs Cowland, who has undertaken a great deal of the administration.


Art exhibition


The Old Hall hosts the annual Art exhibition today and tomorrow (Tuesday). The exhibition will be open to friends and students’ parents on Tuesday 4pm – 6pm. I am particularly proud of the creative opportunities that we offer at Caistor Grammar: music, drama, design and art. These events celebrate their success and so if as many as possible can get there, it makes it all worthwhile. I know students value the opportunity to have their work critiqued.


Summer concert


Our Summer Concert takes place on Tuesday 17 July in the School gym, starting at 7pm. All are welcome.


Chemistry Olympiad


The Chemistry department has again enabled students to participate in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Olympiad this year. This the leading chemistry competition for students across the UK and enables teachers to challenge their students to develop problem solving skills and apply familiar knowledge in new and interesting contexts. Well done to the following student for their success. Gold awards winners are: Fran Dyas, James Harling, Emma Lunn & Joshua Morris. Silver awards go to Callum Barton, Poppy Bett, Thomas Christie, Raian Jaibaji, Jacob Lawson, Thomas Mead, Edward Raddings & Fleur Wilden. Bronze awards winners are: Sonia Akhter, Ben Bedford, Casey Dommett, Emily Ferguson, Jack Gerrity, Talia Herron, Laura Jackson, Imogen Laycock, Molly Matthews, Olivia Smith, Aisling Stenton, Jack Tasker, Peter Taylor, Jessica Wallace, Abdul Wasey, Joe Wilkinson & Melissa Williams. Thank you to the Head of Chemistry, Mrs Leaning, for arranging their entry.


School Walk


Friday brings the annual School walk. We will be walking 12.4 miles around the beautiful countryside to the north of Caistor. Our charity will be Water Aid. Please sponsor students to give them an added impetus to complete the walk. The forecast for the week indicates that the hot spell will continue. There will be water at various points of the walk but please do help your child to be as prepared as possible by supplying them with a litre of water, sun screen and a hat for Friday. Jeans/ denim is not suitable attire for this long walk. Thank you to Mr Robinson for organising this wonderful event – and literally cutting out a route in some parts of the countryside.


Challenge of Industry


Year 12 are off timetable on Thursday and Friday to take part in our Challenge of Industry. We are very fortunate to have engaged with a range of businesses and services to deliver a unique two days of activities in which students take part in a sort of Apprentice style competition. Thank you to them for giving up staff to come and support our students for two days. Thank you to Mr Hay and Mrs Stones for putting so much time into making this work. I expect full attendance from our Year 12 students.


With kind regards,


Alistair Hopkins