Posted on 14th November 2013
Welcome to four new Governors
It has certainly been a time of change on our Governing Body. Our Clerk to the Governors for over 20 years, Mr Andrew Dollery, a partner at Bates and Mountain, Solicitors, has retired and we would like to thank him for all his service over an extremely long period of time. He has been replaced by Mrs Jo Hoare, who can be contacted as Clerk to the Governors on the School telephone number. Additionally, a number of governors have recently retired. These include Dr Nawa Sumbwanyambe and Mr David Hewitt. Both of them made important contributions to the work of the School. In particular, Dr Sumbwanyambe generously enabled many students seeking a medical career to experience valuable on-site work shadowing at Grimsby Hospital where he is a consultant and David Hewitt acted as a voluntary Quantity Surveyor in our recent major building project. We thank them both very much for their service. We recently advertised for a vacant Parent Governorship and received three nominations. By the time the process was complete, we had two vacancies and then an opportunity arose to re-arrange things within the Governing Body to create a third vacancy so I am delighted to announce that all three of the parents who came forward are elected as Parent Governors. They are: Mr Christopher Hewis, Mrs Fiona Jex and Mrs Julia Sedman. I attach their nomination papers so you can find out more about them.
Additionally, the Governors co-opted Mrs Sharon Robey to be a Co-opted Governor at their last full meeting. She is also a parent of three Caistor Grammar School students. I am extremely grateful to all four for coming forward and being prepared to serve the School.
Another great experience in China
We are delighted to welcome back our International Ambassadors following their two week stay in the city of Tangshan in China in late October and early November, a group of 10 students were led by Mrs Tara Taylor and Mrs Deborah Craddock. By all accounts, they had a marvellous life changing experience and all feel very privileged to have sampled a completely different culture. They were also hugely grateful for the very warm hospitality offered by our Chinese hosts. Now, the International Ambassadors, under the energetic leadership of Dr Dan Wilton, will be working out ways in which they can contribute to the life of the school and promote internationalism in the wider community. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Celebrating Children in Need
On this coming Friday, we will be celebrating Children in Need by having a fancy dress non-uniform day. This is the second time we have dared to look different following last year’s very successful inaugural year. I am grateful to the Senior Prefect Team for their support and enthusiasm in pushing for this very worthy charitable activity. I do hope that students will enter into the spirit of it and dress in style. We are charging £1 for the privilege so we hope to raise a sizeable amount for the charity. Please do support your children’s efforts for this event.
A moving Remembrance Assembly
We held a very moving assembly on Monday morning to mark Remembrance Day and joined the nation in observing two minutes silence. I am grateful to all those who took part in the assembly and especially to Mr Thomas Ryon, our Comenius Assistant, who gave a very moving homily. This can be read on our School website and it is well worth doing so.
Sixth Form Open Evening
We are holding our annual Sixth Form Open Evening for entry into our Lower Sixth in September 2014. We very much hope that every student in our current Year 11 will attend with their parents, but we also have a number of places for external students (there are 25 students who are currently in our Lower Sixth who took their GCSE exams in other schools). If you know of anyone who might be interested, please do encourage them to come along. The evening will start at 7pm prompt and will begin in our school gym on Tuesday 26th November 2013.
Public Performance of our House Music
We are very much looking forward to the public performance of our House Music competition which will include a large number of performers from students in every year in the school playing on their own and in musical groups. It will be on at Caistor Town Hall at 7pm next Wednesday 20th November. Please do come and support the Evening, especially if your child is taking part. Entry is free but you will have the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket if you so wish. Thanks go to student House officials who are organising the event with support from Mrs Fran Thompson, our y*`and Mrs Rachel Dowthwaite, Acting Head of Rawlinson.
Term dates 2013/2015
I am happy to enclose the term dates for the next 18 months. I very much hope that you will be able to respect them and to take any planned holiday or trips outside all term time. The School now has an Attendance Policy which can be accessed on the School website. If you do need to request to remove your child from School at any time, there is a special form for this which can be obtained from the School Office and which must be returned to me at the School in good time.
Some recent personal achievements
I am very pleased to celebrate some recent student achievements. Eloise Thuey (13DW) achieved the distinction of being the joint leading girl in the country in the recent Maths Olympiad. Adam Robinson (13DW) has been selected as a UK-German Youth Ambassador for 2013-14. Luke Green (10Y) has achieved the distinction in the Federation of Shotokan Karate National competition of being second in the country in both the team and individual event. Congratulations to them all.
Congratulations to the following students who have been team members winning a Lifestyle Award organised by the Community Police Unit. They are as follows: Esme Coultas (10Y), Emily Brown (10Y), Charlie Kitching (8Z), Sally Belcher (10Y) and Sarah Clark (10Y).
With very best wishes