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The New House Officials Letter

Posted on 4th April 2014

New House Officials

Following the selection of the new Senior Prefect Team and Secretaries to the School Council, our Heads of House, Mr Steve Markham (Ayscough), Mrs Louise Triggs (Hansard) and Mrs Rachel Dowthwaite (Acting Head, Rawlinson) have selected House Officials for . their Houses and I am very pleased to list the students below.  We congratulate all of them on their new posts and hope that they will enjoy working with other students to bring House success.

House CaptainsSreemoyee Ghosh

George Kirkby

Sophie Botham

Matthew Hoare

Alexandra McNeil

Chris Hanley

Sports CaptainsOlivia Sowerby

Aidan Watts

Lucy Walker

Harry Capstick

Sam Boden

Sophie Hollows

Performing Arts


Katherine Briggs

Christopher Allan

Bethany Laverick

Noah Phillips

Ellie Robey

Benjamin Lee


Farewell to some colleagues

We will be saying farewell at the end of this week to Rosemary Hood, our Accounts Clerk.  Rosemary has worked at CGS for over 8 years.  She has been a first rate member of our very successful financial team and we are very grateful for her high quality service and loyal support.  This has taken place both within the Finance Department and also in the wider life of the School supporting Outdoor Pursuits trips and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme for example.

Ms Rhona Sheppard joined our Geography Department after a successful career as a Head of Department.  We are very pleased that she was able to extend her teaching career by working with us for many years in a part-time capacity, loyally and very effectively supporting our Geography Department, including on a number of residential trips.  We wish her a long and happy retirement.

We have recently said farewell to our guests, Marie- Laura Grosse from France and Katharina Stöber from Germany.  They have made a very big contribution to the life of the School in the last few months and we are very grateful to them too.

We are also very grateful for the service given during this Term to the School by Ms Lisa Murphy in our Computing Department.   She now moves on to take a permanent post at Skegness Academy and we wish her all the best with this.

We wish Mrs Athanasia Ellerby well as she begins her period of Maternity Leave at the end of this week.

Some recent good news

Our annual History Department Year 7 Balloon Debate took place this week and was of an exceptionally high standard.  All of the 9 finalists had been winners within their forms and this was very evident in their excellent presentations.  The 9 finalists were: Pippa Bradley (9X), Gabriella Clark (9X), Louis Debnam (9Y), Christopher Durham (9Y), Omar Khaled (9Z),  Emma Thomsen (9Y), Grace McGrory (9Z), Georgina Walkington (9X) and Powly Wijayaratna (9Z).  The winner was Christopher Durham, who was Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the runner-up was Pippa Bradley who was Alexander Fleming and 3rd was Georgina Walkington who was Eva Peron.

We have had some recent excellent news about the 2014 Chemistry Olympiad.  We are delighted that 4 students achieved Gold, which is a singular mark of distinction.  These students were: Sam Lomax (13DW), Eloise Thuey (13DW), Philip Moseley (13DW) and Edward Jeavons (13AH).  Alex Hibbert (13DW) achieved a Silver and was just 2 marks from a Gold.  Our highest performing student was Sam Lomax, who was in the top 50 in the country out of over 5000 entrants.

We wish to congratulate our Young Enterprise Team, Yellow, who won two awards at the local area Young Enterprise finals at Cordeaux Academy.  The members attending were: Ben Lee (Managing Director), Georgia Willey, Sheehan Quirke, Alex Wakeman, Hamza Ejaz, Ella Fraser, Vivek Suresh Babu and John Jose, but the hard work of the other members Aidan Watts, Isabella Polledri, Raza Naqui, John Holland and Olivia Sowerby helped them become victors.

They won the ‘Best Company’ Award and the ‘Innovation’ Award for their product, the ‘Beautensil’ which is a women’s beauty accessory product that combines the make-up essentials into a small portable multi-use device. They now travel to RAF Cranwell on 30th April to compete in the County Finals as winners of the Lindsey Area.

More information about some of these activities and other items of good news, such as two recent English Department theatre trips, can be found by going on to the School website,  From there you can also access my Twitter feed (and you do not need to be a member of Twitter to do this) by clicking on the little bird.  I recently celebrated my 400th Tweet so if you do not read them, you are missing out on quite a lot of interesting – and necessarily short – communications.

Guidelines for absence for the Lincolnshire Show

This School has a strong tradition of supporting the Lincolnshire Show and over the years has often taken parties of students to visit it, so please don’t misinterpret what you are about to read since I think the Lincolnshire Show is a wonderful institution.  However, I have been disappointed over recent years that a very large number of students took advantage of the opportunity to have a

sanctioned day off school at the last minute to visit the Show, not with their parents, it seemed, and with very little interest, apparently, in what the Show had to offer.  Therefore, last year I embarked on a new policy for dealing with absence requests for the Lincolnshire Show.

Firstly, I do not want any student who is following an external exam course, that is students in Year 10 or Year 12, to miss school to attend the Show.  Year 12 also are planning university visits (please accept that we do not want students to miss more than three days off school for this purpose) so I think there are enough other distractions from normal School routine.  Further, I think that if students do wish to go to the Show – Year 7, 8 or 9 – it should be because they are going with their parents – not their friends – and they have a genuine interest in the Show, perhaps because they are from a farming family.  If an application is still made, please can this be explained in the section on “Reason for Absence” (there is no need to put that the absence is to be on a School day “because that is when the Show is” because I have already worked this out for myself!)  Further, we have a list (a long list!) of the students who have attended the Show over recent years.  I do not think, except for in the most exceptional circumstances – because a student is competing or exhibiting – that there is a need to attend two years running.  I hope all of the above will be accepted by parents and students in the spirit in which it is intended: that each day at Caistor Grammar School is a special learning opportunity to be prized and that if a large number of students miss school, it undermines the educational experience for those who remain.  (This does not happen when we run a school trip for a year group as we are taking out the entire year group.)

A very successful Term

There are many different ways in which the Term can be measured.  One very conventional way is to look at the averages in terms of Effort and Attainment of our students in their Assessments and Reports during the Term.  By this measurement, the Spring Term 2014 has been one of, if not our most, successful Terms ever.  But another way of looking at a Term is how well our community responds to bad news and set backs.  As I have written to you before, in our foyer there is a sign on the wall which reads” Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” and I think that this has been lived out very impressively during the last three months.  I sense a greater caring in our community at the moment: from staff to student, from student to student, and from student to staff.  The way we support one another in difficult times is a mark of our character and a really important factor helping us as we seek to grow as people and as a community.  Judged by these measurements I think this has been a very successful Term.

I wish you and your families a very enjoyable Easter break.  Our Summer Term (optimistically so called in anticipation of warmer weather than we are currently experiencing) begins on Tuesday 22nd April and runs until Wednesday 23rd July.

I look forward to seeing you at some point during next Term.

With very best wishes

Yours sincerely