Boston (MA) Marathon
One of our teachers, John McGarel, is running the Boston marathon in Massachussetts this year on 21st April.
"I'm running the Boston (MA) Marathon for Cancer Research UK because everyone knows someone affected by Cancer," says John.
If you are interested in donating then please visit the Just Giving website.
Boggle Hole 2014
The Lower Sixth Geographers travelled to Boggle Hole to collect information for their Skills exam. They travelled along the Holderness Coast looking at the impact of the recent storm surge on the sea defences and landscape. This was followed by investigating changes along a river's course.
A Statement from the Chair of Governors
David Bennett, Chair of Governors, said: "The school takes the welfare and well-being of all its students very seriously; it remains a priority whether they are on site or away on trips or visits. All educational visits are thoroughly risk assessed and, where any risk is identified, steps are put in place to minimise it. In dealing with the issue which arose on a recent school trip, the school acted quickly, responsibly and carried out a full investigation. I am happy this was dealt with in an appropriate and proportionate way. We remain very grateful for the support we have received from parents and students following recent coverage in a local newspaper. Although this issue was distressing for all concerned, we look forward to school life returning to normal for the benefit of all our students."
Race Night Sponsors
The race night on Thursday, 20th March was a huge success, very well supported and really good fun. The Parents' Association would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:-
E.H Thorne (Beehives) LTD
Goodwins Hardware.DIY.Gardening. Coningsby & Woodhall Spa
Peter Jackson Cabinet Makers Horncastle
Millwood Holdings LTD Boston
Jim Gillespie Ultimate Fittness 24-7
Ball & Lawton
Walking with Dinosaurs
The Upper Sixth Geologists are pictured on their field trip to the North Yorkshire coast where they spent their time unravelling the geology of the area and working out what North Yorkshire would have looked like during the Jurassic Period. Led by Dr Aggett and accompanied by Mrs Bourn, the party stayed in the Youth Hostel beside Whitby Abbey and did field work on the coast at Flamborough Head, Ravenscar, Scalby and Cloughton. As well as finding fossils and observing and recording the geology of the coastline the students found dinosaur footprints left in the wave cut platform.
Several school teams took part in the School Games Winter Festival, held in Grantham. The U14 hockey competed well and learnt a lot but unfortunately only managed fifth out of sixth place. The U14 Boys’ badminton team finished second in the County, only just losing out to William Farr in the final. The U14 girls’ badminton team received the bronze prize, finishing third in the county. The U14 girls’ basketball team went into the final group in first place but lost their third play-off game against Sir John Gleed, Spalding.
All the teams of students did well to take part in the Winter Games, qualifying in the Coastal and Wolds Zones. Special merit goes to Sonya Darby and the U14 boys’ badminton team who picked up ‘sporting values awards’ for their honesty and sportsmanship in the competitions. Congratulations also to Jazzmine Fotherby, Phoebe Merritt, Tamsin Roark and Tori Needham who helped referee and run the hockey tournament for the county.
QEGS Jazz Orchestra - video link
The QEGS Jazz Orchestra, West Street Jazz and other ensembles provided a two-hour programme of music in an informal jazz cafe environment.
Please visit the Horncastle News website, link here Horncastle News video of QEGS Jazz Evening for a video clip of the jazz evening that took place on Thursday 13th, February 2014 in the main hall.
The event was supported by the Lincolnshire Music Service and QEGS Parents’ Association.
Jazz and Rock Academy Day
At the end of January, West Street Jazz (our school jazz band) was invited to take part in a county Jazz and Rock Academy day. They performed two pieces as part of a series of workshops, alongside bands from other schools, and received advice from professional musicians such as Mary Pearce, Simon Bates and Dave Swift. In the evening they watched the professionals perform and also participated in the concert themselves. It was quite a day!
German Exchange 2013-14
The German Exchange has recently returned from another successful trip to our partner school in Mellendorf. Thirty one students from Yr 9 and Yr 10 left early on Fri 29th November to travel to Germany by coach, where they were met by their exchange partners.
The weekend was spent with their German families, giving them a chance to practise their German, experience German home life and to catch up on their sleep!
On Monday students spent the day in school, where they were welcomed by the Deputy Head teacher. Some students had a very long day, starting school before 8 o’clock and finishing late in the afternoon.
During the next three days students enjoyed trips to the VW Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Goslar in the Harz mountains and the historic city of Bremen. In the VW Autostadt we had a guided tour and they the opportunity to explore by themselves. In Goslar we went down an iron-ore mine and we had time to walk around the beautiful Christmas market. In Bremen they visited the Universum Science Centre where they were able to investigate with lots of hands-on experiments.
On Wednesday we also had a party in the school with some very interesting dance moves from staff and students alike!
As the exchange took place in December this year, the students were able to experience many German Christmas traditions – many received Christmas presents from Niklaus (St Nicholas) on Dec 6th, they spent time baking (and eating) traditional German Christmas biscuits and enjoyed wandering around the spectacular German Christmas markets!
Despite the stormy weather later in the week, we arrived safely back at QEGS late on Fri 6th Dec and now are looking forward to the return visit of our exchange partners in March 2014.
As always the students were excellent ambassadors of the school and were a pleasure to be with.
Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champion
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School has been accepted onto the Lincolnshire Co-operative Community Champions list.
If you shop in the Co-op and have a dividend card why not sign up to support QEGS as your chosen charity. http://www.lincolnshire.coop/your-community/community-champions/choose-your-own-community-champion.aspx
The Lord Cormack
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 1 November 2013 to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process. Lord Cormack met with members of the Sixth Form for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.
Mr Forster, Head of Sixth Form, said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum. For further information, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker.
The Lord Cormack visits QEGS to talk to the students.
International Schools Award
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School are delighted to have been successful in being reaccredited for the British Council's prestigious International School Award. This is in recognition of demonstrating our commitment to internationalism through our curriculum and international activities.
Cahors Exchange: 4th-12th October 2013
The end of the Autumn term saw a group of 31 pupils from QEGS returning from the French Exchange. This is the 2nd year running that QEGS has exchanged with St Etienne, a private school in the south of France near Toulouse, and hearing it from the horse’s mouth, I can only say that it has been a complete success. After a long coach journey we reached our destination and had the first week-end to relax “en famille”.
On Tuesday, the group spent the entire day in the capital city of Midi-Pyrenees exploring the “The Aerospace Centre”, enjoying the interactive displays about the planets, followed by a more down to earth experience in one of the busiest shopping areas in Toulouse. The following day was more mundane but nevertheless interesting: lessons in the morning followed by free activities in the afternoon. On Thursday the group spent the day exploring a neighbouring medieval village “Najac” in the morning and in the afternoon the pupils took the plunge in the river... in canoes, they rowed 6km down the river tackling mini man-made rapids. They loved it and admitted that, despite their initial reticence, it turned out to be the highlight of the trip. On the eve of our departure the school held a farewell party in our honour along with the French partners and their parents; there, we sampled the delicious cakes made by the pupils and their pen friends.
Sainsbury's 2013 School Games
The representatives from QEGS, Horncastle, were: Ahsan Mustafa, Tristan English, James Haslam, Tom Russon, Harriet Jones, Georgie Foster, Phoebe Merritt and Aimee Dinan; accompanied by Miss MacLean and Mr Wilkinson. As a group of volunteers the students were allocated work in the Athletes Village, Volleyball, Athletics and Table Tennis. During our time at the games various roles and tasks were carried out, including distributing lunch for the athletes and carrying kit for competitors. Each day students were on duty from 7.30 am to as late as 10pm on some evenings. Volunteers also experienced the Opening Ceremony, Volunteers’ Celebration Evening with guest speakers from the Youth Sport Trust (Sue Campbell) and the closing ceremony.
Overall, a truly amazing experience. Students were able to observe elite athletes of a similar age competing at the very highest of levels. As leaders, there were so many opportunities further to develop their existing skills as well as take on new challenges. Students were regularly working outside of their comfort zone, with adults and students whom they had not met before, being away from home and working very long hours, as well as the added pressure of being involved in a major sporting event.