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

Dear Parents,

A very warm welcome to everyone, especially the newest members of our school community who have only recently started at QEGS.  We have new students in nearly every year group in addition to our new Y7s.

It has been a busy summer with students heading off to Costa Rica with World Challenge; we are looking forward to hearing about their adventures.  Our lovely Y7 students seem to have settled-in well and survived the Big Year Seven Sleepover with a lot of help from staff and Sixth Form students.  Our Y11 did us proud with their GCSEs and many have returned to the Sixth Form along with many equally talented students from local schools. We seem to have even more feeder schools this year.  Last year’s Upper Sixth set an impressive standard with some brilliant A level results and nearly all of our leavers have gone to university or enrolled on a training course.   

Whilst the students have been on holiday, the site staff have been busy decorating, cleaning and mending.  We have moved some offices around and re-located the Learning Support department in the Main School.  Our Teaching School is located in the buildings opposite Reception which meant that the Hub and Sixth Form Reading Room have been re-housed on the main school site.

Thank you to everyone who offered support last year through our ‘QEGS Needs Your Help’ campaign.  We will be sending the same leaflet out again this year because your help made a huge difference.  The team of parent volunteers are now integral to trips and visits, putting up displays, helping in the office and in the library and a host of other things; it is wonderful that you are willing to give of your time and that you are part of what goes on at your child’s secondary school.  If you would like to help and you have not yet been in touch, don’t worry, simply follow the instructions on the leaflet when it comes home or find details on our website. 

The ‘Pound a Week’ fund has been a fantastic source of funding for the extras that we think make the excellent education we can offer even better.  We appreciate times are hard for everyone; whatever you can do to help, we value. We have also found we can claim Gift Aid on money that is donated to school so we have registered QEGS for that scheme.  Unfortunately, we need parents to fill-in a form (it only has to be done once!) so that we can claim Gift Aid – I will include a hard copy of the form inside the leaflet about volunteering; please, please, please fill it in and return it to school.  Details of how to make a contribution to the ‘Pound a Week’ fund and Gift Aid can be found on our website or look out for the leaflet coming home soon.  

We have been working on the School Development Plan for the coming year. I will include a summary on the website of what our priorities are this year and how we are going to try to achieve them. 

We have had our first meeting of the PTA and the amazing Challenge Award presentation evening.  The next PTA meeting is on Tuesday 16th October here at school in the Staff Room at 6.30pm, please come along and get involved – our PTA definitely puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising.  They also have a Facebook page.  You can also find out from this newsletter and from our website how to buy your tickets for the Dinner Dance on 13th October.

Not having mobile phones in school is already making a difference and it is nice to see young people talking to each other at break, lunch and waiting for the bus.  If you do need to get an urgent message to your child during the school day prior to them leaving the site or getting on their bus, please telephone the Main Office, they will ensure that your child gets the message before the bell goes for the end of school.

 

Mrs H. Payne,

HEADTEACHER


WELCOME TO NEW STAFF

I am pleased to announce that the following new part-time staff have joined us:

Mrs Hall (English)

Miss How (Physics)

Mr Parsons (Business Studies & Economics)

Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Bourn are the new joint Head of Year 8, Miss Hobbs is our new Head of Year 9, Mr Wilkinson is Head of Year 10 and Mr Bouic is Head of Year 11; Mr Wright remains with Y7. Mrs Frost is Faculty Leader for Science, Miss Hebden is Faculty Leader for Technology and Ms Dale is now part time in English. Mrs Waters and Mrs Brinsley are now both full time. Mr Scott has taken on a part-time teaching role in Technology and Science.

 

QEGS PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Facebook Page

The PA has a dedicated Facebook page.  It includes details of future meetings, events and requests for help.  If you are a Facebook user please follow the link below and like the page to get these notifications directly to your own Facebook home page. Many thanks to those of you who already have. https://www.facebook.com/QEGSHorncastlePA

Twitter

Another way of keeping in touch is through the QEGS twitter account.  See the latest tweets for news and updates at https://twitter.com/qegs_horncastle

200 Club

The 200 Club is now open for entries to be made via Parentpay. Alternatively, forms are available to download from the school website or you can email the PA on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For a single payment of £10 you will be entered into a draw for each of the next 10 months with a chance of winning prizes of £40, £30, £20 and £10 each month.  This is one of our main fundraisers and is a really simple way of supporting the work of the PA.  The money generated helps towards funding our Challenge Award Scheme and other regular commitments to the school. The closing date for entries is Friday 30 November – the date of the Christmas Fair.  

Recycling

A recycling box is located in the main entrance. Please fill an envelope or carrier bag with the following items and put in the recycling box.  Jewellery - gold, silver, costume jewellery and watches, even damaged items.  Old/new and foreign/UK banknotes and coins - any currency UK or foreign of any age.  Gadgets - sat navs, games consoles and games, tablets, video cameras and cameras, mobile phones, iPods and laptops. In addition, this year we are collecting pens and glue sticks for recycling.  There will be receptacles placed around the school for students to dispose of these items separately.

 

EXAMINATION SUCCESS

U6 Leavers

We are extremely proud of our A level students who have produced another well-deserved set of results.  They worked hard throughout their time in the Sixth Form and their results reflect this; about a third of results were either an A grade or one of the prestigious A* grades. Over 10% of students gained at least one A* grade.

Particularly impressive were the results of Eleanor English, Karan Gupta, Gaurav Kakkar and Ciaran McCulloch; they achieved A* in each of their A level subjects.  We were delighted to hear that Oliver Jones along with Karan, Gaurav and Ciaran have all secured places at Cambridge University.  They are in very good company as 12 students also secured excellence across the board gaining As or A*s in each of their A level subjects: Matthew Arden, Daniel Baker, Hannah Bunting, Oliver Chaffey, Peter Doody, Anna Hutton, Umair Khan, Vaibhav Mahajan, Beckett Marshall, Danielle Miles, Pamod Piyatissa and Grace Verdon. The overwhelming majority of our students have secured their first choice university place or been accepted on apprenticeship or training schemes.  They have done so well and we applaud their achievements; they are fine ambassadors for QEGS.

GCSE Results

Our Year 11 students have enjoyed success again this year with GCSE results of which they can be justifiably proud.  Over 40% of the year group gained 5 or more grades at 7 or above or at A/A*; nearly three quarters of students earned their English Baccalaureate.  However, excellent GCSE results do not happen by chance and come about through the hard work and commitment of staff and students along with unfailing support from home. 

Special mention should be made of Niamh Bradshaw, Charlotte Harvey, Lottie Hopwood, Ella Marshall, Holly Newton, David Scott, Hope Sidebottom, Alice Verdon and Adam Waters who achieved grade 7 or above (or A/A*) in each of their subjects. Whilst Vanessa Ankude, James Clay, Jabir Hussain, Aaron Marshall, Ella Pearson and Emily Smith achieved the same amazing standard in all but one of their subjects.

This year the new GCSE grading system that uses numbers from 9 – 1 has been extended to most subjects with a few left using the old A* - G grades.  Nationally only about 4% of students reach the new top grade ‘9’ so we are particularly proud and impressed to see so many of our students achieving this exceptionally high standard.

 

SENIOR PREFECTS 2018-19

We are very proud to announce the senior prefects for this year as follows:

Head Boy and Head Girl: Thomas Massey and Joanna Ward

Deputies: Maisie Burgess, Max Gowshall, Emma Haslam and Charlie Rogers.

Our Head Girl, Joanna Ward is doing the Nottingham Half Marathon in a week’s time; if you would like to sponsor her she is raising money for Cancer Research.

 https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=JoannaWard5&faId=960056&isTeam=false&stop_mobi=no

Or simply go to Virgin Money Giving page and search 'Joanna Ward'.
 

MUSIC

Whole Class Instrumental Tuition

This year the music department are embarking on a new venture.  Every child in Year 7 will be given the opportunity to learn trumpet or trombone as part of their normal music curriculum lessons.  The Lincolnshire Music Service has provided instruments and teaching resources.  7J and 7W will be having their turn this term; 7B and 7S will be later on in the year.

The Wizard of Oz

The auditions are over and rehearsals are in full swing!  With over 60 students in the cast, plus a team back stage, controlling the lights and microphones, and supervising front of house, this is well and truly a whole school project.  The Wizard of Oz will be open to the public to watch on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th, and Saturday 15th December.  Put the date in your diary – it is not one to miss!

Instrumental Tuition

The deadline has passed on booking or cancelling instrumental lessons this term but if you are interested or have any questions, please contact Mrs Addis via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will be able to help you.  We have some spaces for the new term in woodwind, brass and strings.

 

FIELD TRIPS

GCSE Geography Anderby Creek Trip 2018

69 students, 3 parent helpers and 4 members of staff travelled to Anderby Creek on Wednesday 12th September to carry out a study on the sand dune ecosystem. The weather conditions were very favourable after a wet start to the day and once all of the hard work was completed, students enjoyed the refreshments available at the Beach Café, before returning to school.

GCSE Geography Trip to Anderby Creek

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

All parents are invited to an evening of celebration for last years’ Duke of Edinburgh Bronze participants at 6pm on Thursday 27th September in the Main Hall. All the students will be talking through their July expeditions. New students who would like to start the Duke of Edinburgh Award this year are invited with parents to attend this also.

There will be a parents’ evening for anyone wishing to do the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze or Silver Award at 7pm on 27th September 2018 in the Main Hall.

Last year there were 62 Awards completed. 6 Silver and 56 Bronze. Congratulations to all!

 

UNIFORM UPDATE

A huge thank you to all parents/carers who have supported our updated uniform policy this year. With regards to suitable school shoes, we have received a number of enquiries about the suitability of the style of shoe in the photograph below. I can confirm that these are acceptable.

We are also asking for parents’ support with regards to the correct style of school trousers. Tight fitting ‘drainpipe’ style trousers are not permitted.  Our policy states that the style should be classic tailored ‘school uniform’ trousers and in Years 7 to 11; these must be either navy or grey, not black.

Please contact Mrs L Divers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if further guidance is required.


Open Evening 2018 - Advert


Sixth Form Transition Evening

 

LIBRARY NEWS

BOOK BUZZ

The Librarians are delighted that the Parents’ Association has agreed to fund the Book Buzz programme for another year. This scheme provides each Year 7 student with their own copy of a recently published children’s book at no cost to the student. All Year 7 students are currently choosing their book and will be eagerly awaiting delivery of the order.

SCHOLASTIC TEEN BOOK CLUB

The Autumn issue of Teen magazine has been distributed to all Year 7 and Year 8 students. Additional copies are available from the Library for students in other years. There are some fantastic books available to purchase at greatly reduced prices, many of which are on the new Key Stage 3 & 4 recommended reading list. Orders should be returned to the Librarians or can be placed online at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/queen-elizabeths-grammar-ln9 before the deadline of 7th October. The school benefits by receiving commission at the rate of 25p in every pound spent, which is used to buy new books for the Library.

LOWER SIXTH LIBRARY INDUCTION

The Librarians will be delivering Library introductory sessions to the Lower Sixth during form periods in October. Content will also include some advanced research skills.

KEY STAGE 4 & 5 REGISTRATION TIME LIBRARY SESSIONS

The new rotation of sessions will begin shortly and topics throughout the year will include the benefits of reading, interview skills and revision tips. If you have any suggestions of other topics which you would like us to include, please let Mrs Samra know via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LIBRARY FINES

Library Fines are now payable using ParentPay. Students will be notified termly of fines due and we would request your support in the payment of these. Similarly, if your child damages or loses an item from the Library we will ask you to replace it and again payment can be made via ParentPay. If you are making a remittance using ParentPay, please indicate what item the payment is for.

 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

In support of raising the profile of languages and increasing their popularity, a lecturer from Bishop Grosseteste will be coming in to MFL on Friday 28th September as part of an investigation into motivation within MFL – we are hoping that her research and findings will be of interest and we can learn from it to increase the number of students who love languages.

Wednesday 26th September is European Day of Languages, where we have a range of activities planned.

 

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

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We are once again proposing to reopen the highly successful ‘sixth form/staff cafe’ morning in the Sixth form centre around break-time on Wednesday 26th September to support the MacMillan Cancer charity.  The ‘cafe’ will be open to all Sixth formers and staff and is intended to be an informal gathering, giving all the opportunity to drink coffee (or tea), eat cake & chat! All cake donations will be gratefully received.

 

 

 

MONEY MATTERS

Image result for macmillan coffee morning Have you topped up?

 ParentPay is the quick and easy online payment system allowing you to top up your child’s school meals account. Log in to check your balance and ensure funds are available in advance of purchases.

£££ 16-19 Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a means of providing financial support to overcome barriers that would otherwise prevent a student continuing in their education. The deadline for applications is upon us, however, if you think that your son or daughter may qualify for a bursary you can speak to Miss Nathan, our Finance Officer, who will be happy to assist you.

Image result for macmillan coffee morningFree School Meals

We are delighted that recent applications have risen and more students will receive free school meals. If you believe you may be eligible, you can use the quick and easy online system to check. Follow this link, input your details and the results will be emailed to you within minutes.

 https://cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims

 

Co-op Dividend Card Community Champion – Community Quarter

 We are delighted to have been selected as one of the organisations to benefit from fundraising during the quarter September to December this year. Funds will be raised from the carrier bag levy, a percentage of  dividend card transactions and other in store events. Shop with the Lincolnshire Coop to help us raise money!

 

Image result for macmillan coffee morningOn Line Shopping

Did 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 https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ website to trigger the donation. Every transaction will help!

Image result for macmillan coffee morningRoadworks in Horncastle

Roadworks are underway which continue to affect access to our school. Until the end of October, the A158 junctions with West Street and Langton Hill will be closed and diversions are in place. To help us manage congestion and for your own safety, please avoid bringing a vehicle onto our site or near to our school entrance at drop off or pick up time. You can check our website for more information.

 

QEGS ALUMNI

Where are you now?

We are starting an exciting new alumni programme where we would like to keep in touch with former students and staff. We know that many of our current students come from a long line of families who came to school here, and we would love to hear from you. The short term aim is to share alumni news in the form of a newsletter and eventually hold a series of alumni events. If you are a former student please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with your details.

 

SIMS PARENT APP LITE

Beginning with Year 7 students, QEGS will be rolling out SIMS Parent App Lite this Autumn to interested parents.

Our aim is to make it easier and more secure for you to review the information we hold is accurate and to request changes when necessary. This will replace the annual data checking sheets that are currently sent out via pupil post.

SIMS Parent App Lite can be accessed from a conventional web browser or from your smartphone or tablet using an app available from the Google Play or Apple App Store. You will be able login using your normal Google, Microsoft, Facebook or Twitter credentials or you can choose to create a separate SIMS account.

A demonstration of how it works is available here: https://www.capita-sims.co.uk/resources/videos/sims-parent-lite-demo

 

QEGS DINNER & DANCE 

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

AUTUMN TERM 1

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

25(Tues)

Y13 Geography fieldtrip – Lincoln

26 (Wed)

European Day of Languages

26(Wed)

Macmillan Coffee Morning

27(Thurs)

Y13 Mock Interview Day

27(Thurs)

University of Lincoln Challenge Quiz

27(Thurs)

D of E Presentation evening 6pm

27(Thurs)

Meeting for parents new to D of E. 7pm

 

 

OCTOBER 2018

 

3(Wed)

Open Evening, 6.30 -8.30pm

11(Thurs)

U6 Parents’ Evening, 7pm

13(Sat)

PTA Dinner Dance 7.30 -11.00pm

16(Tues)

L6 Meet the Tutor 7pm

17(Wed)

Y7 Meet the Tutor 4-6pm

19(Fri)

End of Term

24 -30(Wed -Tues)

Iceland Field course

 

 

AUTUMN TERM 2

 

OCTOBER 2018

 

29(Mon)

Staff Training Day

30(Tues)

Term begins

 

 

NOVEMBER 2018

 

6(Tues)

Senior Maths Challenge

7(Wed)

Sixth Form Information Evening 7 -9pm

14(Wed)

Sixth Form Application Afternoon, 2pm

21(Wed)

Sixth Form Application Afternoon, 2pm

28(Wed)

Y10 Parents’ Evening, 7pm

30 -7(Fri -Fri)

German Exchange to Mellendorf, Germany

30(Fri)

PTA Christmas Fair 6.30 -8.30pm

 

 

DECEMBER 2018

 

12 -15(Wed -Sat)

School Production, Wizard of Oz

18(Tues)

Carol Concert, St Mary’s church, 7pm

19(Wed)

Senior Prizegiving Evening, 7.30pm

21(Fri)

End of Term