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QEGS Newsletter 3 - January 2017

News of the following events can be found on our website http://www.qegs.lincs.sch.uk

 

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!


We have started 2017 at a brisk pace and with Year 11 straight into mock exams. There has been lots going on in and around school which you can find out about on our website and there is a flavour in this Newsletter. The Parents’ Association have been doing a great job and welcomed our new Year 7 parents with tea and coffee at last week’s Parents’ Evening. They have also sent out their excellent calendar which – through local business advertising – raises lots of money each term. If you haven’t had yours brought home – please ask your child – it will be in their bag somewhere!

There is a reminder about the arrangements if we have to close the school due to bad weather; our website and local radio are your first port of call.

The School Development Plan brings together our priorities for the school year; a kind of to do list of things we have identified as needing to be focussed upon. There is an overview on our website if you are interested. In the summer term we are aiming to train the entire school community to become a Dementia-Friendly generation. We are going to use time in Frantic Fortnight to deliver the training and we hope to put on a session for you and the wider QEGS community.

 

School funding continues to worry us with huge pressures on our budget. We are particularly grateful for the support you and the Parents’ Association provide.

Mrs H. Payne

HEADTEACHER



 

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

 

Advert for jazz evening

 


 Date of Next Meeting

The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 1st March 2017, 6.45 pm, QEGS Staff Room. All parents are welcome to attend.

Parents' Association 200 Club - Winners

Details of winners for December can be found on the school website.


Advert for 'The Giant Jam Sandwich' Production

New Perspectives in association with Derby LIVE presents

The Giant Jam Sandwich

 

Thursday 9th March 2017, 6.00 pm

Tickets available from QEGS School Office, Parent Pay and on the evening,

£8 (concessions £4)

 Running time: 50 mins

 Interval length: no interval mins

 


SPORTING NEWS

Annual District Cross-Country Championships

On Friday 2nd December, a large number of students and 6th form helpers made the trip out to a cold and muddy Hubbard’s Hills, Louth to compete in the annual district cross-country championships. The hilly course provided a challenging contrast to the flat dry course of the school field and yet the competitors handled it well, with great results through all age groups – the top 16 of each age group qualify to the County Championships to be held in the New Year. The year 7s set the standard running first and despite many having run cross country for the first time this year, an amazing six of the eight boys qualified for the county round: Tom Lancaster (7th), Oliver Fields (8th), Callum Kiss (9th), Guy Timmins (14th), Will Cheer (15th) and Mattie Hunter (16th). Jonny Caswell and George Hadden also ran really well, coming 21st and 22nd respectively, hence only just missing out on qualifying. The girls did themselves justice as well with qualifications from Isobel Leggate who came 5th and Nicole Scott (7th) whilst Daniela Kingswood, Georgia Newton, Olivia Hull, Florence England, Mariam Elseragy and Mollyann Sabin all running well for the team.

Next were Years 8 and 9. The boys ran well with two qualifiers: George Parkinson (5th) and Matthew Spendlove (6th). Despite only two boys in the top 16, Aaron Smith, Harry Alexander, Callum Dodsworth, Lewis Dean, Dewi Bourke, Charlie Portlock and Liam Cotton all earned points for the team earning them third in the team event. Similarly, the girls had two qualifiers with an outstanding run from Ella Bennett who won the race, and Kirsty Gladding who just made the county round finishing in 16th place. Chloe Pickering, Lucy Wood, Louise Jackson, Lydia Morton, Ava Vernon, Abi Lawson and Anna Scott completed the team with the year 8 and 9 girls also finishing third in the team event.

Great performances followed by the year 10 and 11 boys, with Jack Rushby narrowly missing on a win and finishing second, closely followed by Alex Ellis in third. Matthew Waters (13th) has also qualified for the next round and with the help of Jonathan Timmins, Liam Wilson, Ben Hartley, Max Gowshall and Alfie Lindsey, the team earned 3rd place. Not to be outdone by the boys, Joanna Ward finished 9th, followed by Megan Bennett in 10th and then Bea Spendlove in 14th. Adding to the team were the performances of Jess Rocci, Dilly Smith, Ellie McAnna, Izzy Stephenson and Georgia Carter who all contributed to the girls finishing second in a the team event.

A special thanks should be given to all the 6th Form Helpers who ensured all the students made it to the correct race at the correct time, with a special mention to Karan Gupta who acted as our first aid man. Last but not least, Mr Cope and Mrs Wilkinson need to be thanked for their support and organisation allowing the day to happen.

Written by Eleanor English L6W


Football match against Priory Ruskin (Won 5-0)

During January QEGS hosted bottom-of-the-league Priory Ruskin in their 10th game of the season. In order to keep up the momentum they needed to make sure they took 3 points. The game was very much one sided with QEGS having the majority of the possession and Priory Ruskin barely getting out of their own half. However, QEGS couldn’t find the goal with Kenneally-Forrester, Midmer and Johnson all coming close. However, QEGS went into half-time disappointed with the score was 0-0. In the second half QEGS soon found an opening when Midmer tapped in a cross from close range to make it 1-0. QEGS were without doubt the better team and found the net again. Midmer then scored again from close range and Kennelly-Forrester from the edge of the box to make it 4-0. In the last minute when Johnson drilled a ball in to the box that Benton latched onto and tapped it home to make it 5-0. QEGS remain top of the league with four games remaining.

Squad: S. Jenkins, E. Ludlow, C. Bennett, B. Catchpole, M. Hendy, N. Benton, S. Cull, J. Jenkins, A. Midmer, J. Jordan, B. Kenneally-Forrester, T. Johnson, S. Perry, B. Robinson

Man of the Match – Tom Johnson


EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE

If we do have to close for any reason such as bad weather, we will be using our own website and local radio to get the message out.  If we can access the school site, we will also text and email parents.


QEGS STEM Club Schools' Challenge

 

On 21st and 22nd June the STEM Club will be participating in the Lincolnshire Show Schools’ Challenge. Students will design and make a miniature show garden, similar to those at the Chelsea Flower Show! If any parents could provide suitable plants, seeds, compost or gardening equipment we would be extremely grateful.


LIBRARY NEWS

Reading Lists

https://www.asme.org/getmedia/c2c8ea5a-b690-4ba7-92bb-34bd1432862b/book_guide_hero_books.aspxWe now have a variety of recommended reading lists available to view online, accessed via the links on the Library sections of both the QEGS website and Moodle or directly at the Love Reading 4 Schools website. Lists currently available include those for Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Age 14+ years, GCSE and reluctant readers.

Books from the lists can be purchased through the site at up to 25% discount and earn 5% commission for the school Jobson Library. You will be asked to register as a parent and create your own account. All you need is an email address and a password that you can remember. Registering is free, and very important as it enables us to earn commission. For every £100 spent by parents of our school we are given a £5 book voucher to purchase more books for our school library, benefiting your child even further. Once you have registered you will need to LOGIN each time you visit the school reading lists. After registration you will be sent to the QEGS book page where you can click on any of the book lists to see the recommended books.

http://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/login/?fwd=viewschool/3131/favourite

 

Scholastic Book Club

The Librarians have set up an account with Scholastic whereby parents and staff can purchase books online. Many of the books are at greatly reduced prices and include recently published titles. The school benefits by receiving commission at the rate of 20p in every pound spent, which is used to buy new books for the Library.  You can view the whole selection at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/queen-elizabeths-grammar-ln9

If we have a school Book Club order running at that time, you will receive free postage and packing to the school. However, if there is not, you can still place an order with free delivery on orders over £25. To ensure our school library receives commission on your order, please select ‘QEGS Horncastle’ when prompted at the checkout. Thank you.


MUSIC NEWS

The Autumn Music noteTerm finished with a wonderful Carol Concert and the Spring Term sees the start of a busy period in the Music Department.

 

Thursday 9th February

West Street Jazz (our resident jazz band), together with other ensembles and soloists, will perform at this year’s jazz evening.  As ever a relaxing evening with a great selection of jazz, blues and pop music.

 Thursday 23rd March

Our Spring Concert takes place in the Main Hall on Thursday 23rd March, starting at 7.30pm.  Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children/Senior Citizens.  The concert will features the school orchestra, wind band, 3 choirs and smaller instrumental ensembles.  We hope you will be able to come along and support us.


FREE SCHOOLS MEALS

New online system for Free School Meals

Did you know that the value of Free School Meals is approximately £420 per child each year? If eligible, this is paid directly and discretely into your child’s school meals account.

We now have access to an online system which will make it easier and faster for you to check your child’s eligibility.  Follow this link, input your details and the results should be emailed to you within minutes.  This removes the need for you to provide personal details to school and avoids unnecessary delays.  Of course, our Finance Team are still on hand to assist if required.   You can use this link to check eligibility as often as you wish if you feel your circumstances have changed. 

https://cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims

Eligibility for Free School Meals also links to the Music Remissions Scheme (currently a 50% discount), Pupil Premium Funding and the annual school budget allocation.  If you feel you may be eligible, please access this system before 17th January, your support is much appreciated. 

If you would like more information about Pupil Premium, view our website http://www.qegs.lincs.sch.uk/index.php/parents/pupil-premium  or contact Mrs Divers, Deputy Headteacher.


PARENT PAY

The Parent Pay system enables you to make online payments for trips, school meals, library books and many other items.  As a result of your feedback, we have reduced the lower limit of top up from £10 to £5.  You can also check your balance quickly and easily using Parent Pay, please help us to ensure your child can enjoy school meals without any delay and avoid becoming overdrawn by topping up your account in advance.  If you have any questions about using Parent Pay, the Finance Team will be happy to assist.


HEALTH AND SAFETY REMINDER

Please could you assist us to maintain our high standards of safety when visiting our site.  The school becomes very busy at the start and end of each day with school transport vehicles.  If you are travelling to school by car please avoid entering the grounds and find a safe drop off/collection point nearby.  If you do enter the site during other times, please be aware that the maximum speed permitted on site is 5 mph.

When driving on site:

  • Always keep your speed to less than 5 mph.

  • Avoid driving onto site at busy times (just before and after school).

  • Be vigilant for pedestrians.

  • Only park in designated bays.

  • Obey instructions from members of staff on duty/marshalling traffic.

  • Be mindful that Reindeer Close is a private road for residents only.


Adult Education

Adult education advertCan we tempt you?  Join us to draw, paint, sing, create your own jewellery, play an instrument or learn a language.  Check the latest courses available on website:  http://www.adulteducationhorncastle.org/

 


WORLD CHALLENGE 2018

22nd February - Bingo night to be held by the World Challenge group 2018 to raise funds for charitable work in South America. Six games of bingo and a raffle in the main hall, starting at 7pm with a 9:30 pm predicted finish. Refreshments will be available. Admission costs £8 with a chance to win mystery prizes!


FORTHCOMING EVENTS

 

 JANUARY

 

 18 (Wed)

 6th form Application Afternoon, 2 pm

 

 

 FEBRUARY

 

 2 (Thurs)

 Intermediate Maths Challenge

 3-6 (Fri-Mon)

 Art/Spanish to Barcelona

 8 (Wed)

 6th form Application Afternoon, 2 pm

 8 (Wed)

 Y11 Parents’ Evening, 7 pm

 9 (Thurs)

 Y8 Civil War Day

 9 Thurs)

 Jazz Evening, 7.30 pm

 9-10 (Thurs-Mon)

 Y11 Stop the Clock: 1-1 mentoring

 10 (Fri)

 END OF TERM

 20 (Mon)

 Spring Term 2 begins

 20-24 (Mon-Fri)

 L6 and U6 mock exams

 22 (Wed)

 Y9 school leavers booster vaccinations

 22 (Wed)

 World Challenge Bingo, 7.00 pm

 

 

 MARCH

 

 1 (Wed)

 6th form Application Afternoon, 2 pm

 2 (Thurs)

 Ski Trip Meeting, 6.30 pm

 2 (Thurs)

 World Book Day

 9 (Thurs)

 The Giant Jam Sandwich, Theatre Production, QEGS, 6.30 pm

 14&15 (Tues&Wed)

 U6 Careers: Stop the Clock Day

 16 (Thurs)

 Y9 Parents’ Evening, 7 pm

 16-18

 L6 Geology Trip and Whitby

 17 (Fri)

 Y9 Stop the Clock Day

 20 (Mon)

 Y9 Stop the Clock Day

 23 Thurs)

 Spring Concert, 7.30 pm

 29 (Wed)

 L6 Parents’ Evening, 7 pm

 30 (Thurs)

 Y9 trip to Stratford-upon-Avon

 31 (Fri)

 TERM ENDS

 31-7 (Fri-Fri)

 Ski Trip, Aprica resort, N. Italy

 31 (Fri)

 Theatre Studies trip – Grapes of Wrath

 

 

 APRIL

 

 18 (Tues)

 TERM BEGINS