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The “Sixth Form Ball” letter

Posted on 4th June 2014

A splendid Sixth Form Ball

This year’s Sixth Form Ball was held at the Oaklands Hotel, Laceby, on Friday 23rd May.  It was attended by nearly 200 students and staff and was a really special evening. You can see some pictures of how good the students looked on our website.  Unfortunately, our Head of Sixth Form, Mr Terry McTernan is currently ill and was unable to attend the evening.  Fortunately, he had written his customary witty speech which mentioned every member of the Upper Sixth by name.  Normally, I perform this with him but this year Mrs Wolseley, Mr Sunter, Mrs Buck and Mr Croft stepped in to keep me company.  Everything seemed to go very well, so a special thank you to them.  I am very grateful to the Sixth Form Ball Committee for all the work they did in preparing the event, to the co-ordinator, Mrs Julie Wolseley, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, and to everyone who attended, making it such a special event.

Farewell to a special Upper Sixth

Our Upper Sixth of 2013/14 academic year have been a very special one indeed and have made a huge contribution to the life of the School.  In particular, they have pushed at the boundaries of what student leadership can mean and have taken on expanding responsibilities in many areas of School life.  They have also contributed impressively to making this year’s House events especially successful and all in all, have been a special group of people.

An extraordinary Open Evening

Our Open Evening this year took place on Wednesday 14th May.  It was extremely successful and I am very grateful to all those students (over 200) who represented the School and supported us during the Evening.  We were visited by representatives of no fewer than 74 primary schools with nearly 250 families taking prospectuses.  This bodes very well for our future.  Whilst I spent most of the time giving a speech (no fewer than three times!) I did get to see a good many of our students being enthusiastic, interesting, committed and very charming to our visitors.  I hope that helped many new people to fall in love with our School.  It is, of course, not too late to register for our tests.  Indeed, we will be accepting applications to take our two September tests right up until early September.  So if you know of anyone who might be interested in taking our tests, then please do pass this information on.

Congratulations to our Year 8 Football Team

Our Year 8 Boys’ football team performed against a most impressive Downend Team and lost 2 – 0, which was played at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.  Reaching the final at all was a fabulous achievement and great credit goes to the team and to Mr Andy Shutes, Head of PE, for all the work he has done with the team.  You can read my blog about our exciting visit to Reading on the School website.  I am very grateful to all those students, staff and parents who made the long journey to the Madejski Stadium to support our team.  All in all, it was a really tremendous occasion and our boys can be very proud of their achievement.  The team included: Alex Dawson, Harvey Dent, Jake Doughty, Dominic Ellis, Angus Haswell, Cormac Knowles, Alex Knox, Joe Laverick, Jacob Lawson, Nethan Ramesh, Harry Strange, Jack Tasker and Jamie Wallace.

Some other congratulations

Congratulations go to the 42 students in Year 10 who have successfully completed both practice and assessed expeditions as part of their bronze Duke of Edinburgh.  Thanks go to a long list of staff and friends of the School who have made this possible.  This includes Mrs Jo Hoare, our Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, Mr Dave Moffat, 2nd i/c Duke of Edinburgh, the Assessors, Mr Mick Hoare and Dr Dan Wilton, and to Linda Patrick, Gill Cook, Lawrence Brown, Jan Waite, Kristian Smy, Norman Palmer, Angela Palmer, Monica Jacques, Anna Sharp and Chris Hoare.

A number of Year 10 students enjoyed the second leg of our German Exchange when they visited Königswinter in Germany both before and during half term.  Thanks go to Dr Dan Wilton, Head of German, for organising this trip and Mrs Judith Cripsey for supporting it.  Year 7 have recently made their annual pilgrimage to Walsingham with the RE Department.  Thanks go to Mrs Rachael Gladwin, Head of RE, for organising this trip and to a number of staff, parents and governors of the School for supporting it.

Very well done to Megan Harding (10X) who has successfully gained a place on the UK-German Connection Pupil Course for 2014.  I am also delighted to tell you that our School Newspaper, “Caistor Focus”, has been short-listed in the School Newspaper of the Year competition once again.  This is the third year running that we have been short listed.  Special congratulations go to budding reporter, Annabel May (12DC) who also received a nomination for Student Journalist of the Year.

And finally…..

The second half of the Summer Term is packed full of trips, activities and memorable moments including our Sports Day on Thursday 3rd July, and our Summer Concert on Wednesday 9th July.  Each year group will also receive a Report or Assessment so there is a lot to look forward to.  Full details are available on our website by clicking on the School Diary heading in the information bar.  I am enclosing a summary of Summer Term extra-curricular activities to give you a flavour of all the things that are going on in the School at the moment.

With very best wishes

Yours sincerely