Oklahoma! Tonight at 7pm
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!
UBS Award for Outstanding Students 2013
* Dominic travelled to South India with 15 other students to work on several community projects such as teaching in a school and a reconstruction project
* Passionate about physics, Dominic co-ordinated a school trip to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva for a group of like-minded students
* Dominic achieved 10 A* grades for his GCSEs and achieved 5 A grades for his AS examinations this summer.
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.
Geography Controlled Assessment
Year 11 Geography students collected their primary data for their Controlled Assessment. The students are studying a variety of topics this year from sand dune succession, at Anderby Creek, to traffic problems in Lincoln.
Duke of Edinburgh Silver 2013
Despite terrible weather conditions the small group persevered and completed their three day expedition through the Lincolnshire Wolds in good spirits. Congratulations to them all and looking forward to their presentation on Trees.
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”.
The rest of the week was packed with exciting activities, ranging from a visit of the local town in a touristic little train on the first day, followed by a breathtaking descent into a prehistoric cave, one of the best preserved ornate sites in Europe.
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.
The weather, though it was not as hot as the previous week, was mild for the season and fairly dry, in a nutshell much better than at home! It was such a shame that a major electrical breakdown on the coach on our way to Paris on the return journey delayed us to the point that we had to cancel our scheduled visit to the French capital. However the pupils, although understandingly disappointed, kept their spirits up and accepted the situation with maturity.
I can only say that, as their group leader, I have been very proud of the whole group for the entire duration of the trip. I heard nothing but excellent reports about all of them; they represented their school with pride and were perfect ambassadors. I therefore thank them for such exemplary behaviour. I also extend my thanks to everybody involved in such a project: to all the parents and staff who supported the exchange.
National Citizen Service
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.
Sainsbury's 2013 School Games
Sheffield, the City of Sport and the home of Jessica Ennis. Four days, 12 sports – 8 venues which included the famous Don Valley Stadium, the English Institute of Sport and Ponds Forge.
Over 1600 elite athletes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brazil competed, watched by 3500 spectators. The event boasted over 400 volunteers with 75% of those being under the age of 25.
The Sainsbury’s School Games is the biggest multi-sport event in the world, and has disability events across 6 sports. Fourteen per cent of the athletes competing had a disability. After a ruthless application process we as a school were selected amongst 11 other schools in the country to represent as volunteers at this year’s 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.
Lincolnshire Schools' Prom
The Girls' Choir, Woodwind Ensemble and West Street Jazz all auditioned and successfully got through to perform at the Lincolnshire Schools' Prom on Tuesday 2nd July at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness. The groups performed at their absolute best and were a credit to the school and themselves.
Park Farm Visit
All year 7 visited Park Farm in Baumber on Thursday 18th July 2013. We met Mr Michael Harrison at his farm and went on a walking tour.
The weather was hot, but the students were well prepared and really enjoyed getting close to the cattle and learning about his crops.
Lower Sixth students took two days off timetable recently to take part in their annual 'Challenge of Management' business conference. Once again we were fortunate to have the support of local professionals who gave their time to advise the students in the tasks set which included developing a new product, budgeting, negotiating, selling to a buyer and throughout the two days, working as a team. The students were complimtented on the standard of their work and enthusiasm. The winning group, 'Fusion' are pictured with the conference trophy and their proud Advisor, Mr Peter Bretan of Badley Geoscience Ltd, Hundleby.
Sailing Regatta 2013
QEGS Sailing Club competed at the Lincolnshire Schools’ Sailing Regatta on July 4th. Eleven sailors competed in the three racing classes; Topper, Laser Pico and Wayfarer. The event was held at Hykeham Sailing Club and the day turned out to be sunny and breezy. Bethany Pritchard and Ellie Bird took a first place in the Wayfarer class and there were notable performances from Maya Finley and Roisin Waters in the Pico and Topper Class. Congratulations to all the competitors for all the great sailing on the day. Thanks to Miss Durkin for organising the event.