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QEGS Newsletter 3 - January 2017

News of the following events can be found on our website http://www.qegs.lincs.sch.uk

 

Dear Parents,

As another school year is drawing to a close and once again we can look back and enjoy the myriad of successes and achievements our students have had.  We are currently immersed in Frantic Fortnight; so may visits, trips and activities are going on that I have literally lost count.  We have been out and about doing community service; tidying up local churches and the locality as well as running community cafes and visiting care homes.  Students have been amazing in their response to our school becoming ‘dementia-friendly’ and have engaged fully with the training.  Staff and students have volunteered to take part in a sponsored ‘memory walk’ which is due to take place today.  We used our recent Commemoration Service to celebrate the value of ‘wisdom’ and had a collection for the Alzheimer’s Society at the end.  QEGS joined schools nationally to celebrate Diversity and to work as a community to promote inclusion and to strengthen our commitment to the Schools Aims which focus upon respect and tolerance. 

In addition to the Y7 visit to France, students are heading off to three other continents this summer: Operation Wallacea are going to South Africa, Project Nepal to Nepal and Camps International to Peru.  Looking back over 2016-17, we have managed to squeeze in hundreds of visits and trips near and far; we have been working with Lincoln University and BGU on a new range of activities for our students both here and on their campuses.  We enjoyed success at the Lincolnshire Show with the STEM Club (look on the website for photos) and we have been treated to numerous musical performances including being invited to Lincolnshire’s School Prom and also the Flute Choir being asked to play at the Music for Youth Festival Fringe in Birmingham.  In terms of sports matches, fixtures and tournaments, well they are too numerous to list! Last week finished on a real high with the Sixth Form Challenge of Management Conference; the high level of teamwork was a defining feature, inspired by our excellent Advisors who are volunteers from local businesses community.

Y11 looked amazing at their School Prom a couple of weeks ago and later this week the Upper Sixth will don their glad rags for their Leaving Ball.  Simultaneously, we are welcoming new students to Y7 and to Sixth Form ready for September and going out to visit Y11 on their work experience. 

You should by now, I am hoping, have received a leaflet asking for any help you can give us.  We are finding that the government’s funding policies are beginning to have an impact and we want to be proactive and find ways to sustain the wonderful, all-round education that we can deliver at QEGS.  If you have not yet had your leaflet given to you, please ask your child for it or look on our website.

Finally, I would like to share some exciting news; we found out a couple of weeks ago that we have been designated as a Teaching School.  We applied back in December! Three schools in the East Midlands were successful, QEGS plus two in Leicester.  We feel very honoured to have been chosen as it will mean we will be working with lots of schools across Lincolnshire developing professional development programmes, delivering initial teaching training and working with our partners to provide sources of support for other schools. 

It remains for me to say ‘thank you’ to you; our students and staff are amazing but they could not function without your help and support.  Please try to come along to Party in the Park on Friday and Sports’ Day next Monday afternoon.  I might see you then or at Awards’ Evening or even on GCSE and A Level results days.

Thank you once again,

Mrs H. Payne

HEADTEACHER

 


PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

 

Party in the Park

 

Date of Next Meeting

The AGM will be held on 14th September, 6.00 pm, to be followed by the PTA Challenge Awards presentation at 6.45 pm. All parents are welcome to attend.

Parents' Association 200 Club - Winners

Details of winners can be found on the school website.


SPORTS DAY

Come along to watch sports’ day on the afternoon of Monday 17th July (weather permitting).  The PTA will be selling ice-creams and soft drinks and they may even be cakes to tempt you.  Do come along and lend your support; events start at 1.15pm.


SCHOOL VISIT TO ST MARY'S CHURCH

St. Mary's ChurchYear 7 Religious Studies classes have recently been taking the opportunity to visit St Mary’s Church in Horncastle. Students were able to use the visit to cement their knowledge of the key features of the church building, which they will then use to develop and enhance their very own church design. We are hugely grateful to the Revd Sam Parsons for showing us around and even more grateful to the team of St Mary’s volunteers who supplied us with squash, cakes and biscuits during our visits!

 

 

 

 

 


RETURN OF SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS 

Parents of Y11 and Y13. As the academic year draws to a close and with the completion of external exams we would remind you that school text books should be returned.  Each student was issued with a personalised book list before they left school.  Any unreturned books will be invoiced to you.  As you can imagine this can amount to rather a lot of money!


UNIFORM FOR SEPTEMBER

You will remember last year we did a big check on uniform when students returned after the summer break.  As a result, parents asked if we would send out a reminder about uniform prior to the end of the summer term.  The main things that you asked for a reminder about were over shirts, skirts and trouser style and colour.

School shirts: For the Autumn and Spring terms, students need to wear a long-sleeved white shirt; short sleeves are only allowed in the summer.

School skirts: Skirt length is a perennial problem and we ask that skirts are of knee length and either “A” line with kick-pleat or simply straight. Tight-fitting skirts, those with slits or those that are too short do not form part of our uniform.

School trousers: For both boys and girls, trousers need to be a ‘classic’ style which means that tightly fitting and/ or skinny (narrow-legged/ drainpipe) designs are not permitted. Boys trousers should be charcoal grey in colour for Y7 - Y11.

Footwear: we ask for plain, leather shoes – low-heeled, well-fitted and a non-sports/ trainer style.  Plimsolls and canvas shoes do not form part of our uniform.  Unfortunately, students are not permitted to wear boots or Doc Marten-style shoes.

Anyone requiring special consideration due to a medical condition, simply needs to send a letter from a medical professional to explain what is needed.

Sixth form: the same apply to students in the Sixth Form in relation to style of trouser and skirt.

We do expect very high standards of dress and appearance from our students and we are grateful for the support parents offer; it is not always easy and we appreciate that you want to ensure that you are purchasing the correct items.  The illustrations on our website are a good guide to what is expected and a useful reference for parents when making decisions on uniform especially in relation to ‘style’ of trousers and skirts.

 


MUSIC NEWSMusic note

The music department has had another busy term. The piano recital saw students from all year groups performing in a variety of genres and styles to our biggest audience yet. We supported the town's music and arts festival too with solos and ensembles in a lunchtime concert. More recently, our first musical showcase was a huge success. Directed and choreographed by Zoe Williams and Jess Rolfe, students from Years 7-10 and Year 12 sang, danced and presented an excellent array of music from shows including Les Miserables, 13, Annie, Wicked and Hairspray, to name just a few.  Well done to everyone involved!  The year finishes with performances in the Lincolnshire Schools’ Prom at the Embassy Theatre (Girls’ Choir and West Street Jazz), and at the Music for Youth Festival Fringe in Birmingham (Flute Choir).  Individual students have also taken graded examinations and no less than six students have achieved Grade 8 this academic year.  Mrs Addis and Mrs Brown would like to thank all the students for their commitment to music and look forward to another packed year of music-making next year.


ADULT EDUCATION

Adult Education - New Courses Now Available!
The range of courses available from September are now published on the website, take a look and sign up to join in with the fun.  http://www.adulteducationhorncastle.org.

You can also find us on Facebook to view What's on now... @adulteducationhorncastle.


SHOPPING ONLINE

easy fundraising imageDid you know that whenever you shop online, your retailer could be making a donation to our school funds at no cost to you?  We are now registered with easyfundraising.org.uk who have signed up over 3000 big name retailers willing to help schools raise money.  Simply access your chosen retailer through the www.easyfundraising.org.uk website to trigger the donation.  Every transaction will help!


LINCOLNSHIRE CO-OP Co-op Dividend Card Image

If you use the Lincolnshire Co-op, as a dividend card holder you can nominate our school to receive funds every time you shop at no cost to you. Please nominate us as your community champion, use this link and ‘Choose Your Champion’, but take care to choose the right QEGS! https://www.lincolnshire.coop/community/community-champions/choose-your-champion


GIFT AID

If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of any charity donations you make by 25% because the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift at no extra cost to you. As a school, we can apply this to donations, money raised for charities and through non-uniform days. You can read more about Gift Aid by following this link if you wish: https://www.cafonline.org/my-personal-giving/plan-your-giving/individual-giving-account/how-does-it-work/gift-aid.   To help us collect this additional income, you will need to complete a declaration which we will hold for the duration of your son/daughter's time at school (you can of course withdraw it at any time by writing to us).  We will be sending a form to you for completion and return to the Finance Department.  Thank you for your support.


SPORTING NEWS

You can read details about the successful Y7, Y8 and Y9 Rounders tournaments held during May on the Sport News part of our school website- http://www.qegs.lincs.sch.uk/index.php/news/sport-news


FORTHCOMING EVENTS

JULY 2017

 

10-14

Y8 Residential in the Lake District

13-14

Y9 Cricket Tour

13

Operation Wallacea leaves

14

Nepal 2017 build up day

14

Party in the Park, 7-10 pm

14

Reports and assessments go home

15

Nepal 2017 flies out

17

School Awards Evening, 6pm

19

Term ends

AUGUST

 

17 (Thur)

GCE Results Day: (Y13) 7.30 am, (Y12) 8.30 am

24 (Thurs)

GCSE Results Day: (Y11) 8.00 am, (Y10) 9.00 am

SEPTEMBER

 

5 (Tues)

Y7 and 6th Form

6 (Wed)

Years 8-11