Appetite for Change
Last year we made some improvements to our catering provision. This year, yet more change is on the way! Incorporating feedback from our students and staff, refurbishment of the pavilion creating an additional food outlet during the summer, funding from the MoD to create another outlet in the quad area adjacent to the main hall. These elements, along with the Food Standards which were revised in January and our desire as a Healthy School to refresh the menu and dining area, demonstrate that we place a high importance upon catering at QEGS.
All of your comments will be gratefully received and help contribute to our recipe for success!
Lincolnshire's Young Music-Maker of 2015
L6 student, Charlotte Richardson is one of three young musicians nominated for the award of Lincolnshire’s Young Music-Maker of 2015.
Charlotte just needs a second of your time to vote for her online. Go to Lincolnshire Music and Arts Education Hub and vote for ‘Charlotte Richardson’ at Lincolnshire Music Awards 2015.
If you would like to vote for her please go to http://www.hublincs.net/news/21-lincolnshire-music-awards and click on her name. Voting closes June 19th.
Many thanks for your support.
Y9 Rounders Report - A Team
Overall we came first in the tournament; however, it was close as we didn’t win all our matches because we drew to Alford.
Firstly we played QEGS B, which was a surprisingly tough match, but we still managed to win 8 ½ - 6. It was our most convincing victory, but we batted well and fielded strongly. We arranged our best batting order during this match and caught a few balls out.
Our next game was against Banovallum; we batted and ran excellently in this match, and managed to win by 8 rounders, with the score being 9-1. This was our best result in the tournament, but the rounder they gained was a result of miss fielding the ball and hesitating to throw the ball.
Morgan Bennett, Paige Cannon, Georgia Carter, Chloe Donohue, Lucy Gedney, Millie Goodwin, Evie Gregory, Emma Haslam, Hannah Smith, Joanna Ward
Another, convincing win was when we played John Spendluffe. We beat them 8-1 ½ in this match we gave a consistent batting performance, but we fielded at our best. This was a very important match because Alford lost to this team and we couldn’t make the same mistake, but fortunately we surpassed expectations and gave 100% effort and won the match.
Our next match against Skegness Grammar was a slightly difficult game as they have a strong team, but we knew we could beat them. The end result of the game was 6-3, we didn’t have an amazing batting performance so the pressure was on to give our strongest fielding performance and we managed to achieve just that.
Our last match against Alford was definitely our worst performance and we drew the match. The result of the match was 4-4, showing that our batting was disappointing, but luckily we fielded well against Alford’s strong batting team and managed to draw the game. However, all the team was frustrated at our performance, so next tournament we will give our best ever performance.
Written by Evie Gregory 10B
Mental Health Awareness Coffee Morning
On Wednesday, 13th May the school held a 'Tea & Talk Cafe' morning to support the Mental Health Foundation during Mental Health Awareness Week. The 'cafe' was open to all sixth formers and staff as an informal gathering, giving all the opportunity to drink tea (or coffee), eat cake & talk!
Thank you to all those who supported the event, either by donating cakes, setting up & serving or by joining us to eat cake!
I hope that you all agree that it was a very pleasant social gathering, and I am happy to report that just over £105 will be donated to the charity.
1000th Edition of the Talking Newspaper
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School pupils have been serving the community by recording the Talking Newspaper (a service available to the blind and partially sighted) for over 25 years and are just coming up to their 1000th edition.
Miss Jo Woodhouse, a former English teacher, set it up after having heard a piece on the radio about a school in Herefordshire offering this service. She was assisted by Mr Don Ford and they used to line a language booth with egg boxes for sound proofing, using the Language Department’s equipment.
The Talking Newspaper now takes place in a small office adjacent to the Library where year 7 pupils carry out the administration of the tapes for the recipients. Year 8 and year 9 pupils (on a rota basis) then review the articles in the Horncastle News and identify the most pertinent for inclusion. The main headline and leading article is always included and then the pupils select relevant articles under the following headings: County/Horncastle news, District news (relating to the villages where recipients live), Letters, What’s On and Births, Marriages and Deaths. They then record their vocalisation of the chosen articles. The pupils are overseen by sixth form pupils who, when all of the recording is completed, also copy the tapes ready for posting.
If you know anyone who would benefit from the service, please contact the school and they can be added to the mailing list.
Year 7 Rounders A Team Match Report – 11 May 2015
The Horncastle A team’s first match was against Banovalum. As this was our first match, we were discovering the best places to go whilst fielding. During the match we developed a good technique of getting the ball straight to second base after it had been bowled. This technique was used for all the games after and stopped many teams from getting points.
The batting on the first match was great. Nobody missed the ball and some of the hits went miles! We know what to do if the ball went behind the batter so we could still get the points. The fielding got better as we played and the team all discovered where we were best positioned when fielding. The batting carried on all the way through the tournament and the hits got stronger. The hardest match was against QEGS Alford. They were very quick at getting the ball around and running from base to base however; our fielding was strong and so was our batting. We managed to get several of them out and won the game by one rounder.
Our last match was against John Spendluffe. By this point we had sorted out our technique for fielding and were able to aim where about we would aim to hit. We knew where the best place the players so they could catch the ball and get players out. We won the match ten and a half rounder’s to one and a half. The team won every game played and won the tournament!
Miss MacLean said ‘We have the makings of an exceptional Rounders team’
Written by: Eleanor Chevli
Year 7 B team
Monday 11 May 2015
First we played QEGS A team and we played well but unfortunately lost.
We played Skegness Grammar next and we comfortably won! It was a very good game with all the team playing strongly.
After Skegness Grammar we played John Spendluffe and won confidently by two rounder’s! Again the team played really well, learning as the tournament progressed.
Finally we played QEGS Alford but sadly lost this game, the players were very strong and fast fielders. The team tried extra hard in this match as Alford were a very strong team. We were impressed with our performance still.
Girl of the game goes to Abbie Lawson as she ran for Annabel who was injured and we scored rounders from it.
Written by: Ava Vernon
Almost every QEGS student and member of staff went out onto the school field to watch the partial solar eclipse on the 20th March. Recognising what a once in a lifetime opportunity this was the school had paid for everyone to be equipped with solar viewing glasses. While much of the country was covered in cloud we had a glorious view from the very beginning as the moon’s shadow just started to cover the Sun right through to maximum coverage.
There was a noticeable drop in light levels and the quality of the ambient light changed. In addition to the solar glasses, telescopes were used to project the Sun’s image. This was an event that all of us were glad to have seen and will remember for the rest of our lives.
UNICEF Day for Change
Year 8’s UNICEF Day for Change took place as planned on Friday 1 May, in aid this year of children in need because of the war in Syria.
Students, ably led by Pippa Taylor, Lottie Hopwood, William Beckett and George Avison, dressed in blue, sold various foodstuffs (often coloured blue), ran a tombola, and held a guess-the-teacher-from-their-photo-as-a-baby competition.
For many, however, the highlight was having various teachers do the bleep test. Mr Wilkinson, Mr Bradbury, Mr Wright, Mr Randman, Mr Forster and Mrs Payne bravely volunteered. For once youth triumphed over experience as Mr Bradbury, fittingly a Year 8 tutor, won the laurels.
The current total raised is well over £700, a fantastic achievement for a year group of under 100 students. And there is still more sponsor money to come in.
Well done, Year 8!
Under 15's Cricket Team
County Cup 20/20
The Under 15's team travelled to Carres Grammar School in Sleaford last week to take part in the first round of the County Cup. The match started out with QEGS winning the toss and electing to bowl. With three Year 9 boys in the team it strengthened the teams bowling and batting line up. The sun was shining over the ground it was set to be a very good day of cricket. The first overs went by with Carres batting at a slow rate against some tight bowling by Alfie Lindsey and Guarav Kakkar, but they kept wickets in hand. The QEGS boys put in a strong performance in the field and the bowling was fast and on the stumps. The pressure was being created and all it took was a very good ball on the stumps and QEGS had their first wicket courtesy of Alfie Lindsey. The pressure still on Carres when Jamie Jenkins came on to bowl ;after a few stray balls he suddenly bounced into action, He bowled a tight line and a wicket was taken in the deep with a good catch by Hugo Finley. The wickets began to fall at more regular intervals from then on with all Gaurav Kakkar, Tom Caswell, Alfie Lindsey, Umair Khan and Jamie Jenkins all chipping in. A great effort from the whole team in the field, no dropped catches and no miss fields! Carres finished their 20 overs 84 for 7.
QEGS opening Batsmen (Ollie Haskins and Scott Jenkins) walked out in to the middle very confident that the score could be chased down. Very quickly we all saw they had good reason to be confident being 50 runs for no wickets lost after 10 overs. QEGS were looking very good to finish the game with both opening batsmen not out. However a very good looking shot from Scott Jenkins managed to find its way into a Carres player’s hands which was a very unfortunate way to end an excellent innings. Hugo Finley came in at 3 with 2 balls left to face in the over. The first going for 2 runs, followed by a four and a six. With 9 runs to win and Ollie Haskins on strike in very good form the game wasn’t going to last much longer. The game was over in the next 6 balls with Ollie finishing the game off. He ended the game 39* Scott with 15 and Hugo with 12*.
A perfect start to the season for QEGS Under 15's cricket team, winning the first game of the county cup. They head off to Bourne Grammar School next week for the quarter final.
BYOD for 6th Form
We are delighted to announce the introduction of BYOD (bring your own device) at QEGS. Initially available to our Sixth Form students, this means that own devices such as laptops, tablets and netbooks can be brought to school and will have approved, regulated access to our school wi-fi network.
The aim will be for BYOD to become an important classroom tool, enabling staff to enhance the learning experience for students of all abilities. It is intended that this increases the use of technology in a broad range of lessons; staff will be able to plan and explore the use of other educational tools, for example, educational apps, the vast majority of which are available in multiple formats across a range of devices for use at school and at home.
Students and parents are asked to read and sign a specific user agreement, which can be found within student planners, before own devices are utilised at school. A copy of the agreement can be found on this page for reference.
Sixth Form BYOD Acceptable Use Policy.pdf
Students can access user guidance on our intranet within the Help section.
GCSE RESULTS FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, HORNCASTLE
Mrs Heather Payne, Headteacher commented:
Our Year 11 students have enjoyed tremendous success again this year with results of which they can be proud. Nearly 50% of the year group gained 5 or more grades at A or A*; just over 80% of students earned their English Baccalaureate. Excellent GCSE results do not happen by chance and come about through the hard work and commitment of students and staff along with unfailing support from home.
Special mention should be made of Hina Khan who gained 11 GCSEs at A*. She is kept company by Damaris Bennett, Mollie Biggadike, Abigail Hunter, Lucy Thompson and Rosalind Walden who each earned either 9 or 10 A* grades. Others, like Shriya Arya, Catherine Benson, Juliette Bretan, Elijah Catchpole, Nicola Cragg, Tristan English, Matthew Geldard, Daniel Hall, James Haslam, Aaron Hutton, Kate Loosemore, Dylan Moore, Simon Morton, Ahsan Mustafa, Holly O’Neill, and Daniel Scullion achieved A or A* in 10 or 11 of their GCSEs. It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of all our students and the contribution they made to the wider life of the school. We are looking forward to welcoming many of them back in the Sixth Form in September.
Exam Results - A Level
We are extremely proud of our A level students who have delivered excellence across the board, surpassing the high standard set by last year’s cohort. These impressive A level results say much about their hard work and their determination to be the best that they can be. We have sustained our 100% pass rate A* - E with over a third of results being either an A grade or one of the prestigious A* grades. Just over a fifth of our students gained at least one A* grade within their three or four A levels. Special mention should be made of Sam Hough, George Needham, Jack Pesterfield and Ben Warren who each gained 3 of their grades at A* whilst Tabitha Bennett, Nia Clark, Matthew Dalton, Lucas Fuller, Sarah Gosling, Ben Samra and Dom Samra, each had 2 of their grades at A*. They were in good company with David Aby, Muzakkir Ali, Eleanor Brown, Elizabeth Crane, Melissa Hill, Rhiannon Pearce, Steven Price, Elanor Siriwardena and Shannon Woodley all earning an impressive array of A and A* grades for their A level subjects. The overwhelming majority of our students have secured their first choice university place or been accepted on apprenticeship schemes. We were delighted to learn that Ben Samra has earned a place at Cambridge to study Medicine. This time last year, Grace Hillsmith was celebrating achieving two A* grades and an A grade and opting to take a gap year before going to university. During her year out, she took up the challenge of studying, part-time, for an A2 in English Literature. She earned an A grade and heads off to study Medicine at Newcastle in September. All our students are to be congratulated on their fabulous achievements. They leave with our very best wishes for the future.