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!
Evening Class Tutors Required
September 2014-June 2015
New tutors are required to refresh and extend our programme.
Any subject area, apart from Literacy and Numeracy, is of interest. Only tutors able to work Wednesday evenings and with previous teaching experience should apply.
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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.
Three tables of QEGS students, aged between 12 and 17, have taken the opportunity to learn to play bridge under the guidance of Reg Loosley. Every Tuesday night, for an hour and a half after school, an English classroom is transformed into a hot-house of potential new generation bridge players, who are enthusiastic, committed and determined to take on Boston Bridge Club at Christmas. Watch this space!
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
UBS Award for Outstanding Students 2013
Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award
Voting took place to find the best read for young people in Lincolnshire, promoted through the school library earlier in the year. Victoria was chosen as the winner of the prize draw in the 12-14 year old category and went to Horncastle library recently to collect her prize. The prize was a copy of each of the 5 books from the shortlist.
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.
Report by Peter Pearce (8J)
On Tuesday 17th September 2013, the highly regarded children's author, Michelle Paver, author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series and the new series, Gods and Warriors, visited Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School. In attendance were all of Year 7 and 8 as well as students from Banovallum School and St Hugh's, Woodhall Spa. She talked to us about her new books and how as a writer she must become her character. Michelle went on trips all over the world to help her understand her characters by experiencing what they would feel. One of her main characters was a dolphin, so, in order to write from the dolphin's point of view, Michelle Paver swam with and on dolphins.