Half Term Fun Days
Student's design used for National Award Evening
QEGS student, Kathryn Bargh, successfully completed her work experience last year at graphic designers 'the Page Design' based in Woodhall Spa. Whilst there, as part of her work experience, she designed several covers for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014 evening, one of which was chosen by the Award panel. The British Book Design and Production Awards evening celebrates the very best in British book design and production and is one of the most prestigious events in the Literary calendar.
Kathryn is seen pictured with a copy of her cover entitled 'into the fold' which was chosen for the evening.
QEGS Strengthens Links with Bangladesh
Following on from a successful visit to QEGS of Asim Acharjee from Tabgi Secondary School, Bangladesh in June 2013 Mrs Bargh visited Bhola Island, Bangladesh last week on a reciprocal visit. This was part of an on-going collaborative partnership between our two schools that began through the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms scheme in 2012. It has involved the exchanging of students' personal experiences of floods through emails, letters and drawings. During her visit Mrs Bargh took more letters from QEGS students and was invited to share these flood experiences at Tabgi Secondary School. Tabgi Student Council then took her on a tour of their new flood defences.
Mrs Bargh also attended five other local schools where she spoke with students about the cultural similarities and differences between the two countries, met with the District Education Officer, and took part in an inauguration ceremony for the new students at Charnoabad Muslim High School.
The Blood is the Life
Bram Stoker’s epic, Dracula, includes a grand smorgasbord of characters: the domineering and caliginous Count; the educated Jonathan Harker; the brave and commendable Van Helsing. These are so diverse to each other it would seem impossible to consolidate them; however, last Friday night, the versatile David Mynne of Rabbit Theatre succeeded marvellously in bringing each of the disparate roles to life (or, perhaps, to death) in a fluid performance of Gothic humour.
Mynne used with ease a variety of slight props and techniques to conjure each separate character; he used a handkerchief to embody Mina; put on an emphasised and eccentric Dutch accent to take the part of Van Helsing; and his operation of a trio of Bratz dolls will especially be remembered as the sinister interpretation of the three Brides of Dracula. Abundant lights were employed impressively for setting and atmosphere; and a single upturned box became a plethora of objects: first a stair, then a carriage, and later a window sill.
The actor stood alone, encompassed by the gloom, and yet, just beyond the realms of perception, it indeed seemed a whole cast of performers were reaching out from the darkness, madly grasping the raw threads of the audience’s innocent souls and pulling them deeply in to the crypt of the drama. When he mimed shaving, the blood that spurted from his cheek was not a mere quickened movement of his finger through the frozen air - it was there, it glistened and mirrored through the dark eyes of all who watched, a vermillion fountain; in the front row, I could feel its gentle patter as it splattered upon my cheek.
Mynne’s skill resulted in a marvellously eerie rendition of Dracula, which will, of course, be remembered by those who saw its wonder for time to come. If you happened to have a future opportunity to view a performance of Mynne’s, it is highly recommended; “there is some fascination, surely, when I am moved by the mere presence of such a one…”
Review by Juliette Bretan
Reading for Charity...
Over the Christmas holidays, 18 members of our form, 7S, raised almost £700 by doing a sponsored read.
During the Autumn Term, we all chose a charity, researched it and did several assessments based upon it. This included a writing test, where we had to produce a persuasive letter informing a potential supporter of our charity’s work and asking for sponsorship; next, we had to create an advertisement for the charity: both the completed letter and advertisement were sent to the charity and most of us have had very positive responses from the various charities.
A speaking and listening assessment also took place. For this, a group consisting of 4 people imagined £50 in the middle of the table. The participants then gave a short speech on why their charity should receive the £50. After that, the group discussed which was the best cause and who the money should go to and why. Because we felt strongly about the important work our chosen charities do, many of us volunteered to raise money for them over Christmas. All the money has gone directly to the charities and now we’re looking for another challenge .…. Any suggestions?
By Daisy Samra 7S
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.