On Saturday 30th January, 21 students, 3 staff and 3 parents participated in the Lincolnshire Symphony Orchestra and Lincolnshire Massed Schools and Community Chorus performance of Orff's 'Carmina Burana' in Lincoln Cathedral. The concert had sold out with people standing at the back; the atmosphere was truly amazing. The work was conducted by Esther Jones from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the soloists were students in their postgrad year at the Royal Northern College of Music. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to the Lincolnshire Music Service who organised the event.
On Thursday 3rd December the catering team at QEGS, Horncastle, were awarded the national Peter Blakemore Award which is given for commitment by the team to their workplace and to recognise them as an important asset to the school.
Andrea Brooks and Annette Coupland attended the black-tie awards in Nottingham to receive their award.
In addition to providing food for the students at QEGS, they provide food to the local primary school in Bucknall. Special theme days are held, including Space Day, Bastille Day, Guy Fawkes and Red Nose Day. The school also run a number of schemes including a Healthy Points System.
On Friday 4th December, 54 students and 7 A-Level PE students made the trip to a very cold and muddy Hubbards Hills, Louth where they would compete in the district cross country championships. It was confirmed that the top 16 out of 90 in the race would qualify to compete in the county championships in Stamford on 16th January. The conditions were challenging and very different to the flat, dry course that our students practice on, on our school field, but it was tough for all the competitors.
First out were the year 7 boys and girls who made an outstanding effort as it was their first time at the competition. Grace Lunn performed best for the girls, who finished in a great 4th place with Kirsty Gladding (10th) and Ellie Clay (13th) also qualifying for the girls. In the boys race Matthew Spendlove performed the best with a fantastic 5th place finish, closely followed by George Parkinson (6th), Joe Mackey (8th) and Jack Leggate (14th) also performed very well and made it to the County Championships.
Next out were the Year 8/9 boys and girls. The girls only had one qualifier, Ella Bennett who came in 3rd but many only just missed out with Abbie Lawson and Izzy Stephenson finishing 17th and 20th respectively. A different story was to follow for the boys however, with 3 qualifying from their race. Alex Ellis and Liam Wilson ran the race superbly finishing 6th and 7th, with Dexter Coulthurst also qualifying by a narrow margin with an amazing finish to capture 16th place on the line.
The final races were the Year 10/11 boys and girls. These were the races where we as a school had high hopes and they delivered. Hattie Needham and Blake K Forrester stormed the races as both of them finished in 2nd place, the highest finishes of the day for the school. Also qualifying amongst them were Joanna Ward (4th), Jack Rushby (6th) and Hadley Hilton (10th).
However, it wasn’t just individual performances which were the main highlight of the day. Every single year group, boys/girls finished in the top 3 in the team event and a special mention has to go to the Year 7 Boys who came first in the team event with 3 students qualifying and taking top spot from the 10 other schools that were represented in the race. A special thanks must go to the 6th form helpers; Tom Johnson, Declan Bennett, Tori Needham, Rebekah Ward, Ben Clarke and Ashley Bullivant for all their help throughout the day and of course Miss Maclean, Mr Cope and Mrs Wilkinson for all their support and organisation. The successful students now cannot wait to show what more they have in store and represent QEGS at the County Championships. We wish them all luck.
Written By Tom Johnson L6D