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The ‘ParentMail’ letter

Posted on 30th June 2017

I am sure you were as disappointed as I was about the decision to cancel Sports Day this Wednesday.  A great deal of work had gone into the day: bus arrangements, catering, bookings, and the logistics that go with moving a School off-site for the day.  I am afraid the predicated wind, rain and unseasonal temperatures meant that health and safety had to take priority. As it seemed to rain for a day and a half from Tuesday evening onwards, the decision was vindicated.  I would, though, still like to thank the office staff, the PE department and our Heads of Houses for all the work that they put in to organise an event that regrettably did not occur.

The issue of cancelling an event with only 24 hours’ notice again reminded me of the School’s need to get messages to parents as quickly and as efficiently as possible.  We used the School website (, the School twitter feed (@Caistor_GS) and a letter home to alert parents to the cancellation and to explain its impact on our catering and transport.  However, I am always concerned that some messages might have metaphorically slipped through the net – it is amazing how long a letter can fester in the bottom of a school bag!  As I have mentioned before, from September, all communications home will be via the ParentMail website or app, this will include standard letters (trips, information evenings, etc.) and Headmaster’s letters.  I urge you again to sign up for the service even if you’re not topping up your child’s dinner account: it will become invaluable as next year evolves. Particularly, as this will be the portal for locker hire, paying for trips, etc. Please contact to receive a new registration email.

I will write again at the end of term, but I thought that I would outline the range of events for students taking place before the end of term:

As ever, I am grateful to colleagues for their dedication and commitment to our students’ studies and wider learning.  I wish you and your family a happy and productive few weeks before the end of term.

Yours sincerely


Alistair Hopkins