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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

On Friday 3rd February I had an extremely exciting day. I met and presented a demonstration to Princesses Anne, the Queen’s daughter. She is very knowledgeable and has competed at the Olympics (eventing discipline) so she knew what she was talking about.  

My friend Evie and I are both members of Lincolnshire Wolds Riding for the Disabled group. We were picked to be part of the demonstration because we are both RDA national show jumping champions! Our routine was based around Ricky (my horse) and Breeze (Evie’s horse) liking each other so it was good that they did. There were lots of times when we crossed over and jumped jumps at the same time.

show jumping demonstration

When we had finished riding, we all got to meet Princess Anne. She was very bubbly and chatty. She liked my pony, Ricky, a lot and thought our demonstration was amazing too.

It was a really memorable day and I loved every moment of it!

Knitting for charityOver the period of a couple of weeks, students, staff and the wider QEGS community gave up their time and talent to produce over 70 knitted squares which have been sent to the Animal Health Trust. This was in a response to an appeal for squares that could then be made into 'MRI jumpers', to keep dogs warm and comfortable while under anaesthetic or undergoing scans. Students from a range of different year groups, many of whom had never knitted before, gave up their lunchtimes to add rows to the total and thanks also go to the various staff members who came along to give extra tuition and pick up the occasional dropped stitch! The sessions provided a pleasant opportunity to chat sociably and find a moment of calm in the often hectic school day. The activity even proved popular among the wider QEGS community, and special thanks must go to Mrs Bealby's mum and Miss Macdonald's mum, whose red-hot knitting needles really helped to swell our total!
We are now looking to continue our charity knitting endeavours and hope to support projects like the Innocent Big Knit and Knit for Peace. While we have a small stash of yarn and knitting needles to keep us going, we would be very grateful for any donations of leftover yarn or knitting/crochet equipment that is no longer needed, so that our novice knitters can continue to develop their talents. If you are able to help in this way, please contact Miss Macdonald. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some of the winners of the Willoughby Memorial Trust's Lincolnshire School PoetryCompetition

Once again I would like to take the time to thank the pupils in your school who entered the Willoughby Memorial Trust’s Lincolnshire School Poetry Competition.  The Presentation Evening was held at the Willoughby Memorial Gallery in Corby Glen last Friday and I attach a photograph of the event which I thought you might like to see.  You may recognise one of your pupils there although a couple of prize winners were not able to attend the evening.  Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, the Chairman of the Trust, is pictured on the left and Camilla McLean, Stamford Poet Laureate and judge is pictured on the right.  This photograph along with the winning poems will be placed on the Willoughby Memorial Gallery’s website shortly, www.willoughbygallery.com.

We are already looking forward to the competition in 2017 and the theme will be ‘Freedom’!!

Helen Langman

Clara Dunbavin receiving her winners medal

Clara Dunbavin, Year 8, competed in the County Level 4 Gymnastic Championships on the 19th June and is now the 2016 Floor Champion.  She also came second in the Vault which meant that she came 6th overall and 3rd in her age group.

At half term Clara represented the East Midlands at the Regional Team Trampoline Finals held in the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham where the team came third and Clara came 9th individually at NDP Level 5.