A very Happy New Year to you all – I trust that you enjoyed the two-week break and are slowly getting back into the new year.
This half-term’s assembly theme comes from another iconic female figure, Mother Teresa of Kolkata. She said: ‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across waters to create many ripples.’ In my assembly I outlined Mother Teresa’s vocation, her visit to the USA in 1981, the work of pancreatic cancer researcher, 15-year-old Jack Andrata and finally, Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Another eclectic assembly but I hope the point that it’s never too late to make a difference was clear. TS Eliot’s words, ‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language/And next year’s words wait another voice’ are especially pertinent as we consider new starts.
As well as welcoming in the new year, I was pleased to welcome the following staff to CGS. Mrs Janet Barnett joins us as Examinations Officer. Ms Kate Galligan and Mr Jonny McNulty will be working with us for six weeks as trainee teachers in Maths and PE respectively. Mr Adam Pountney, who was a Year 13 student last year, will be our Performing Arts Technician until the school year.
I’m sure you will be pleased to hear that Daniel Bassett (Y13) achieved a silver medal in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round One and has qualified for round two at the end of January. This places him in the top 50 mathematicians in the country for students in Years 10 -13. An impressive accolade! I would also like to acknowledge the work of Aden and Zenia Alvi, (Y10 & Y7 respectively) who have worked diligently last summer holiday for their Lifestyle Humberside project ‘Promoting Mental Health Awareness in the Community. They also collected £450 for the ‘Wish Upon a Star’ charity organisation. Their efforts have won them a PGL holiday in Wales for one week at Easter.
Pupil premium and Free School Meal applications
Lincolnshire County Council has changed the way in which students are eligible for Pupil Premium/Free School Meal allowances. In the new system parents apply directly using the following web address: https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schools-and-education/free-school-meals/. This explains the process and the various criteria for qualifying for the payment. If you are unable to access the site, please contact the Finance Manager, Claire Mosey, via the school phone number by the end of Monday 14 January at the latest.
The results of last December’s parental questionnaire are now on the School website. You can look back on previous questionnaires too. As promised, I have published some comments relating to any general enquiries emerging from the questionnaire. Any concerns relating to issues in a pastoral section or subject area have been passed to the head of section or the head of department. If you raised a specific concern relating to your student in the survey and would like it to be discussed further, please email the School enquiries address.
I must insist that parents must come to reception if they wish to drop something off to their child. Under no circumstances should items be passed over fences. There were a couple of incidents in recent weeks where this has occurred.
I hope you have a good weekend,