The Fair this year will have a wonderful Christmas atmosphere, together with the Christmas tree and the smell of mulled wine and hog roast filling the hall.
We would be grateful for donations of bottles, books, cakes and any tombola items. Please take to the school office.
Our auction will commence early in the evening and all the fantastic 'Auction Lots' are available to view here on the Parents' Association link - Christmas Fair - Auction lots. If you are unable to attend you will be able to send in sealed bids.
Christmas Fair - Auction Lot
One of QEGS past pupils Tom Maplethorpe works for the Formula 1 team Williams Martini Racing. He has very kindly organised two team caps for us to auction.
One of the caps is signed by both drivers, Felipe Massa & Valtteri Bottas.
A must have for any Formula 1 fanatic.
Those who regularly watch the races, Tom is the "back left wheel off guy" for Massa.
Press Release -
Rabbit Theatre featuring
David Mynne - 'Dracula'
"Listen to them... the children of the night. What music they make!"
The team that brought you the award-winning ‘Great Expectations’ have got their teeth into Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the vampire.
Written by Andrew McPherson and directed by Simon Harvey, 'outrageously versatile' performer David Mynne brings you his one-man performance of... DRACULA!
Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing (and completely batty) tale of dark deeds and the undead, will thrill and seduce you.
David Mynne was a founder member of Kneehigh (Cornwall) and over the last 30 years has worked on many of the company's shows as actor, musician and maker.
In 2012 he created a new show and under the name of RABBIT theatre.
“Dave Mynne is to Cornwall what Leonardo da Vinci was to Florence... he can do everything! Actor, designer, comedian, artist and fi rst class idiot - anything Dave touches promises to turn to glorious fools gold! Don’t miss him under any circumstances!” - Emma Rice: Joint Artistic Director, Kneehigh
Date: Friday 23 January 2015
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue:Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle
Cost: £8.00 and £4.00 (concessions)
Tickets available from: School Office and on the door
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.
This tennis opportunity, provided by School Sports Magazine, was led by former British ranked, Wimbledon and Olympic competitor, Chris Wilkinson, who currently coaches the U16 Boys national team.
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle (QEGS) comprised of: Alice Farrow, Anna Frick, Harriet Jones, Dana Kenneally-Forrester, Phoebe Merritt, Hattie Needham and Sophie Walsh, and were joined by Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) and Queenswood – both reputable for their tennis accomplishments. So, 30 players ventured to La Manga for the first time.
La Manga, deep in the heart of Murcia, Spain, is home to 28 red clay tennis courts and traditionally is where many training camps are held whether it be for tennis, national football, cricket or golf. Our base was Las Lomas Village, staying in luxury apartments.
Five hours a day of clay court tennis in glorious sunshine. What a prospect! Each morning had a coaching theme governed by focus points provided by the players – movement on court, consistency of shot production, more accurate serving or how to slide on clay were suggestions put forward. The afternoon sessions were Matchplay.
A singles tournament in league form was held on the first afternoon, and a doubles event the following day. In the singles, both Dana and Sophie were in the top league together with 3 other players from PGS and Queenswood. Sophie provided the upset of the competition in beating Dana 3-2 but could not sustain her impressive start and was defeated 5-0 in her next round. The league finished in a 3-way tie on points with Dana in 2nd place and Sophie 3rd on games count back.
The doubles competition was seeded. The format was such that it was difficult to get knocked out and plenty of matches ensued. Mrs. Parsons provided some controversy by volunteering to make up numbers and was paired up with one of the opposition schools who were a player short, winning 2 matches and losing 1. Dana and Sophie proved too strong for all opposition and won the final 6-3.
A fantastic trip!
Badminton England Tournament
On Sunday, 2nd November, two QEGS pupils, Web Mahajan and Josh Burgess took part in a Badminton England Tournament at York. This is a large national event with players coming from all over the country including from Yorkshire, Durham and the Isle of Man. The boys played tremendously well, Web and Josh won the doubles and Web won the singles
The Last Post
Sixth form student, Natasha Fretwell, playing the 'Last Post' in front of the school’s Roll of Honour during the Remembrance Day assembly today.
Peer Listening - Training
On Thursday 6th November, twelve Lower Sixth students and three members of staff were off timetable for a whole school day to become the new additions to the Peer Listening Team.
Peer Listening is a service that is open to all students in school and gives the students someone to talk to about any problems they may be experiencing for example: friendship issues, home matters, struggling with the school demands i.e. homework, organisation and decisions such as The GSCE Options in Year Nine.
It is a scheme that has been running here at QEGs Horncastle for several years now and is extremely valuable to the school. The new Listeners had to apply for the role from which we had an overwhelming response from our Lower Sixth. The sheer number of applicants made it extremely hard for Mrs Divers and me to select only twelve students.
The chosen twelve stood out and made a brilliant impression and therefore were put forward to the Training Day. This was a great day to get everyone together and build relationships between students and staff. Together they worked as peers to prepare for this joint team project. With expert advice from Relate (the UK's largest provider of relationship support) the team worked their way through useful scenarios whilst learning about what it is to really listen to someone, how to build trust, to gain knowledge and promote awareness on many important topics that young people face today.
It was a brilliant and successful day for all involved with a lovely relaxed and open atmosphere. All staff and students at QEGs will benefit from this wonderful training session and our new Listeners will now officially be part of the Peer Listening team. Thank you to all the students that applied and to those twelve who were successful, I wish to say thank you for making the training a fantastic success and I look forward to working with you over the next two years.
The New Listeners are:
And the new Support Staff are:
Miss Smith from Chemistry
Mrs Waters from English
Mrs Longbottom from Geography
Each summer, when the A/S Media Studies students return from exam leave, they are set one of the most difficult, but enjoyable, challenges of their two year course - the LAFTAs short film competition. With more than 200 entries from schools across the county and beyond, the LAFTAs are (in their own words) “the country's premier event showcasing and celebrating the films and animations made by children and young people.” With only three weeks between returning to school and the closing date for the competition this is a chance for the students to work under real pressure which is compounded by the knowledge that each year we have entered, we have won a prize of some description. Thus it was that last June the A/S returners found themselves working feverishly to produce a short film in response to the word “sponge”.
Entries were collated and sent off for the 4th July deadline and then we had to sit and wait.
In late September we received the news that one of our films, Uninvited by Ben Stockdale, Jess Marshall, Lauren Key and Thomas Oliver, had been nominated in both the ‘Best Production’ and ‘Best Overall’ categories; quite an achievement when one considers that there are only twelve nominations in the Secondary Schools section.
The awards event takes place every year at The Engine Shed in Lincoln and so it was that Mr Grant loaded the minibus with nine very smartly dressed 6th formers on 20th October to go and learn their fate.
This black-tie event is always a good night and this year was no different. BBC Radio Lincolnshire asked if they could interview a few of our students about the awards and their work and so it was that five minutes before the event was due to start Jess Morris, Gemma North and Kate Tindall were stood outside one of the fire exits being broadcast live to the county. We dashed back inside and took our seats as the lights fell and LAFTAs Patron and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent took to the stage to compère the evening.
After the primary school awards there was a short break before, what was for us, the serious end of the proceedings. Looking down the nominations list it was apparent that Spalding Grammar School had a particularly strong set of entries, with nearly half the nominations; would this be the year we left empty handed? As the nominations for Best Production were read there was a palpable increase in tension around our table. Clips were shown, the competition was strong, lips were being bitten as the envelope was opened… and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle were announced as the winners. An excited trip to the stage to collect the award and the prize of a video camera, photographs with Jim Broadbent and much shaking of hands and patting of backs quickly led to the sudden realisation that we were now in with a real chance in the ‘Best Overall’ film category. Again the tension was cranked up in traditional golden envelope style… but this time it was, sadly, not to be and the coveted ‘Best Overall’ award eluded our grasp again.
Oh well, there’s always next year…
Challenge Award Scheme
The Challenge Award scheme at QEGS aims to give students a chance to undertake an activity of which they may not have any other means of achieving. The Parents’ Association allots a certain amount of money to successful applicants, giving them the opportunity to do something they care about. Choices of challenge range immeasurably: learning a new skill, or acquiring further knowledge and experience of an existing talent; trialling for charity; or simply going on an enjoyable venture. Another category of Challenge Award, of which my experience falls into, is a personal affair.
A Commemoration of the Life of Władysław Szpilmanby Juliette Bretan
My Challenge Award was a very personal trip for me to be able to see sights connected to a Holocaust survivor called Władysław Szpilman, whose story has had a very profound effect on me. I decided to commemorate his life on my Challenge Award because his story has had a very great effect on my life, and seeing the places he saw and visiting places he knew; effectively walking in his footsteps, was an important action personally that I felt I needed to take. My life has been changed through knowing about him; by the sheer strength, courage and perseverance this man had. He was not only a very talented man, not only survived the Holocaust, but also lived a wonderful life afterwards, despite losing his close family, his possessions and his home, and having to deal with starvation, disease and desperation during the war.
One of the most crucial parts of my trip was to see Szpilman’s grave, and to pay my respects to him. It was one of the most important, moving and heart-rending moments of my entire life and it meant so much to me to be stood there.
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.