Party in the Park
QEGS PARENTS' ASSOCIATION
PARTY IN THE PARK
Headlining student band CORSICANA
Friday 17th July 2015
7 - 10 pm
Tickets available via Parent Pay. School Office or on the night - £5 or £20 per family
Lincolnshire Schools' Prom
West Street Jazz (our resident jazz band) closed the first half of this year's Lincolnshire Schools' Prom. All performing from memory, our students performed 'Soul Bossa Nova', 'She Said' and 'Runaway Baby'. They had to audition to gain a place at the concert, held at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness. In addition, Fraser Dever performed a tuba solo, Tubaphonics, demonstrating rather unusual techniques on the instruments and the ability to sing and play through the tuba simultaneously - it was a fascinating and excellent performance. For the first time, the Lincolnshire Music and Arts Hub awarded people in various different categories and we had 2 successes. Charlotte Richardson won 'Young Music Maker of the Year' and our brass teacher and jazz band director, David Chambers, won 'Inspirational Leader of the Year'.
On Thursday 25th June 28 students went to Cadwell Park to perform as part of the National Cycling Championships Samba Band. Organised by the Lincolnshire Music Service, the 600-piece band performed on the bank of the track by the start line. The sun was shining and we all had a great day.
On Wednesday 24th June the Music Department had their annual singing recital. Students from all year groups performed solos (some for the first time) and there was also a performance by the Horncastle Community Choir. Genres ranged from Brahms and Schubert to Gershwin and Sondheim. One student even performed a song they composed themselves. This concert concluded our concert series for this academic year and it restarts in December 2015!
Year 10 Mixed Rounders Tournament
Team: Joelle Bromidge, Ioan Clark, Hugo Finley, Grace Fuller, Jamie Jenkins, Blake Keneally Forrester, Alden Midmer, Hattie Needham and Layla Sultan
On Thursday the 24th of June a selected group of Year 10 girls and boys from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school, Horncastle, took part in a rounders tournament at Skegness grammar school.
This tournament consisted of 6 schools, meaning we played 5 games and managed to beat our opposition each time, due to our excellent fielding and batting skills. Everybody in the team worked well together and managed to play to the best of their capability, but certain players did stand out, for example; Hugo Finley’s batting skills were incredible, twice he even managed to hit the ball out of the field in which the tournament was held up temporarily, meaning that practically every time he had the chance to bat, he would score the team a rounder.
Read more: Year 10 Mixed Rounders Tournament
Louth KS3 Tennis Tournament 2015
QEGS set off to Louth Tennis Club on the 22nd of June to play in the KS3 tournament for the third year running, and current defending winners. The tournament consisted of two groups, Group 1: QEGS Horncastle, Banovallum, De Aston and Caistor Grammar and Group two: MDTC, QEGS Alford and KEVIS Louth.
Each game was timed for 20 minutes and then the scores would be handed into the officials. The first match, QEGS Horncastle played against De Aston, a comfortable win by QEGS winning overall 25 games to De Astons 9. The stand out victory was Charlie and George winning convincingly 7-1. The second game was versus the arch rivals Banovallum, but there was nothing to worry about. Only one match was closely lost by Lucy and Lucy, who still played amazingly well but were just beaten in a tight last game. But the final score of the four matches 16 games to 8 wasn’t affected.
Read more: Louth KS3 Tennis Tournament 2015
Appetite for Change
Last year we made some improvements to our catering provision. This year, yet more change is on the way! Incorporating feedback from our students and staff, refurbishment of the pavilion creating an additional food outlet during the summer, funding from the MoD to create another outlet in the quad area adjacent to the main hall. These elements, along with the Food Standards which were revised in January and our desire as a Healthy School to refresh the menu and dining area, demonstrate that we place a high importance upon catering at QEGS.
All of your comments will be gratefully received and help contribute to our recipe for success!
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.