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Headmaster’s Letter 19th October

Sweeney Todd

I am rarely stuck for a word or a phrase but having just returned home from the final night of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, I quite simply am.  Despite its popularity, this is a fiendishly complex production.  Time signatures change without warning to create discord in the dark alleyways of Victorian London.  Songs are conversations, internal dialogues and monologues: difficult to achieve in a play let alone a musical production formed against a rapidly changing backdrop.  Added to that the props and scenery, it was a wonderful evening, on a par with anything you might see in a professional theatre.

 

When our theatrical trinity of Mrs Jago (producer) Mrs Thompson (musical director) and Mr Harris (director) said that they wanted to do ‘Todd’, they said it could only be achieved because they had the right cast to pull it off.  Well, they did that and then some.  It was a very special evening.  Our students excelled at whichever task was put before them and once again it was heartening to see them all working together.  Moreover, if you take a look at the programme here, you will also understand the wide network of people were approached to support the project.  Thank you to them for their unstinting support.

 

I would like to say a particular thank you to all of the Year 13 students for their contribution to CGS’s performing arts in what was their final production. These students are: Chloe Brown, Emily Ferguson, Ross McCormick, Daniel Bassett, Thomas Christie, Ethan Peck, Alex Sedman, Gavin Wu, Robert Hewis, Alex Mottram, Tom McCormick, Theo Holman, Harry Strange, Poppy Bett, Abbie Laycock, Lydia Handsley and Emily Shilling.  In their time at the School, these students have grown in stature and confidence.  They have been part of the ‘ever turning wheel’ of CGS talent.  If you’d like to see another revolution of the wheel, I extend an early invitation to you to see the public performance of House Music on Wednesday 7 November in the School Gym at 7pm.  You will spot our next generation of stars there.

 

Uniform consultation – girls’ skirt

Following issues with the bespoke box pleat skirt over the years in terms of length, waistband size, upkeep, cost and availability, we are investigating an alternative skirt for the KS3 and KS4 girls’ uniform.  The skirt we propose to replace it with is grey, straight in style, lined with a grown-on waist band and worn to knee length.  Current indications show that this skirt would be approximately £7 cheaper to buy.  As well as Greenswear in Cleethorpes, we are in discussions with another uniform provider in Scunthorpe.  The skirt can only be purchased from these shops only.  This will save parents to the west of Caistor a journey to Cleethorpes. Online ordering will continue to be possible.  If you’d like to contribute to this discussion please use the School email address above and write KS3/4 in the subject line.  The deadline for contributions is Wednesday October 31.

 

All views will be anonymised when they are presented to the School Council. The change will be phased in from September 2019 with the expectation that all girls that choose to wear a skirt will be wearing the new skirt by September 2020. Girls may still wear smart and formal black trousers. Up to September 2019, girls should continue to wear the box pleat skirt. I hope to make a decision by early December.

 

Tempest photos

The window for ordering Tempest photographs will close on October 24.  Any orders placed after this date can only be sent to home addresses – this will incur an additional postage and packing charge.  If you have already placed on order and opted for delivery to School, the expected delivery will be by the end of October. https://www.tempest-orders.co.uk/.  Orders can be collected from the School office.  If you have any concerns about your order, please contact Tempest direct.

 

MENCAP

Well done to Y7, 8 and 9 English classes who raised an impressive £818.62 in the recent MENCAP spellathon, bringing the overall total to £13,000 to date: a fantastic achievement in our continued support of those who benefit from this very important charity.

 

Online safety

Our website has a page for students and parents about online safety called Be Aware.  Over half-term, students’ use of social media, online gaming, etc. increases.  I feel it is worthwhile pointing you in the direction of some information about the online game Fortnite, which is the current trend.  (Where did Pokemon go?)  The page has a factsheet about the game that you may wish to read with your child outlining ways in which players can stay safe.  If you’d prefer to watch a video highlighting ways to be safe online, then I’d recommend this link on Twitter which takes you to a You Tube video, endorsed by National Online Safety.

 

I wish you and your families a very restful and happy half-term.  Staff have a training day on Monday 29 October.  Students are back in School on Tuesday 30 October.

 

Best regards,

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster

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