Dedication of Porch Window to Mr Scoffield
I was invited to attend a service at Reepham Parish Church on Friday 13th February 2015 at 2pm.
The service was very important as it was to dedicate the new porch windows to Mr Scoffield to celebrate his 27 years as headmaster at Reepham Church of England Primary School. Mr Scoffield retired when I was in Year 5.
The Bishop of Grimsby, the Right Reverend David Court, took the service. Years 4, 5 and 6 attended from Reepham and other members of the community.
The porch windows were made of stained glass by local artist Richard Still. His designs incorporated the work of Year 5 and 6 children when I was at Reepham and they show the four seasons of the year.
The service also celebrated the bond between school and church and introduced a new school prayer.
Written by Will (7H)
On Friday, 13th February 2015 I attended a service at Reepham Parish Church led by the Bishop of Grimsby, the Right Reverend David Court.
The service was to celebrate the headship of Mr Scoffield who was head teacher at Reepham Church of England Primary School for 27 years. Mr Scoffield retired when I was in Year 6 and was a well loved and respected head.
Bishop David used the service to dedicate the new porch windows to Mr Scoffield. The porch windows are made from stained glass by local artist Richard Still. His designs incorporated the work of Year 5 and 6 children when I was at Reepham and they show the four seasons of the year.
Some of the children from the primary school attended along with the new headmaster Mr Randall. I was asked to do a short speech about Mr Scoffield. Lots of other members of the local community were also there.
The service also celebrated the bond between school and a introduced new school prayer.
Mr Scoffield once did an assembly to test how much trust pupils had in him.
He asked them to stand and close their eyes, then to fall backwards. On the floor was just hard wood so it would have been quite painful.
Every pupil willingly accepted the task, even though they did not know he was going to catch them, which thankfully he did! (well apart from one).
This simply shows how respected and how much trust he earned from everyone around him.
Mr Scoffield was the foundations of Reepham School; he was its beating heart, and no one will ever forget him for everything truly unbelievable he did.
Written by Oliver (8H)
Ms Dale came looking for Lucy and I before Christmas asking us if we would paint this blank wall near the history study bay. Ms Dale had decided that she wanted some artwork on the blank space and informed us that we were free to paint whatever we wanted. This was a perfect experience for the both of us as we could both use it in our portfolios as artistic experience.
We spent our time thinking up what we were going to paint, as we had total freedom. We decided on a piece of portraiture as that was Lucy's strength and a piece of nature such as flowers and trees which was my strength, mixing the ideas together and taking each painting session as it came, we ended up with the bright artwork we have now. We spent a day from the winter half term in school starting the piece, and from then on, did a couple of hours on the wall every Tuesday night up until March/April time.
The painting tries to symbolise a journey: the indoor tree turns the corridor into an arboretum, with the tree climbing through the building towards the skylight. The tree seems to be growing towards the outdoors, attempting to lift it's branches into the sunlight; because of this, there is a clear sense of light and dark In the painting, with hidden leaves and branches weaved into the structure of the wall. The face emerging from the tree represents our individual interaction with nature, and also uses imagery of beetles, fungi and dandelions to bring the Lincolnshire scenery into the school.
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School recently handed out its Parents’ Association Challenge Awards to students from the school. Every year the Parents’ Association invites students to apply for a grant to assist them in undertaking a project during the holidays (independently of the school) of educational value which requires initiative. This year’s recipients are carrying out a wide variety of projects including: a study trip to the United Nations, a cultural visit to Paris, a visit to the Animal Ark Rescue Centre, visiting 92 football grounds in 92 days. One student, Declan Bennett, has the honour of representing Great Britain & Northern Ireland in a number of swimming events at the World Transplant Games in Argentina this summer.
German Exchange 2015
On Friday 20th March we said - in some cases a tearful – Good-bye to the German exchange. After having spent a week in Mellendorf in November/ December last year, it was now the Germans’ turn to come to Horncastle.
They arrived in London on Friday the 13thMarch and spent the day exploring the Tower of London, going on a walking tour past many of the major sights and shopping in Covent Garden. They were met by their English partners at school in the evening and went off to spend the weekend with their host families.
On Monday they went to York with their German teachers and Mr Hogg.
Tuesday morning they experienced English school life for the first time and all agreed that the teachers were a lot stricter than in Germany and that there were a lot more rules. The German and English students started off with the Maths Fun Road Show, ably supported by Mrs Lascelles and her Further Maths students, and then sampled some more lessons.
Wednesday morning was spent in school and finished with a Treasure Hunt through Horncastle.
On Thursday the German students set off for Lincoln, where they were met by Mrs Chambers who gave them a guided tour through the Cathedral. After some time for shopping the Germans joined their English partners for bowling in the afternoon.
On the final day they went to Cambridge where they stopped to look at King’s College. All students enjoyed their stay in England and some did not want to leave. I am sure that some of them will meet up again with their partners in the future.
A big Thank You goes to all the students and their families who looked after the German exchange partners and made their stay so pleasant and memorable.
Youth Achievement Awards 2015
Your local Councils have joined together to present the
“Youth Achievement Awards 2015”
You are invited to nominate a young person for this award; there are two age groups 0 – 11 years and 12- 18 years; there are no specifications on the nature of the nomination it can be for anything you feel worthy of a mention; a couple of examples could be shopping for someone house bound, a happy smile each time you see the young person something that brightens your day, the list is endless if you think it is worth mentioning please send in a nomination for someone who lives in Coningsby or Tattershall.
Nomination Form 2015.pdf
Upper Sixth Geology Field Trip 2015
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. The weather was fine, if a little windy, and the tide timetable meant that the students could spend a good length of time on the shore recording the geology of the coastline. The students found dinosaur footprints left in the wave cut platform and Dr Aggett showed how easy it can be to find a fossil when you are a Geologist and know what to look for; he picked up a round rock, hit it with his hammer and inside was a perfectly formed ammonite!
Year 10 GCSE PE Orienteering Trip – High Adventure
On Wednesday 25th of February the GCSE P.E. group of year 10 embarked on the orienteering trip. We set off early in the morning, in 3 minibuses, very much looking forward to the days to come. We arrived at High Adventure (the centre for orienteering) and had a brief introduction followed by a quick view through our rooms for the upcoming days.
After this we split into our orienteering groups and our group headed off with Dan who was to be our orienteering instructor for the next two days. Our group consisted of: Blake, Karan, Gaurav, Hattie, Hugo, Ioan, Toni, Umair, Web, Yasmin and Mr Cope as our teacher.
Read more: Year 10 GCSE PE Orienteering Trip – High Adventure
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.