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

 

Dear Parents and carers,

We have finally seen some signs of summer this week and it has been great to see our students outside enjoying the sunshine.  We had a most amazing start to the term when Richard Henderson, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, visited us on Tuesday morning.  GCSE and Sixth Form students had the opportunity to listen to him talk about his life scientific and the research that earned him his Nobel Prize; he was truly inspirational. 

You might remember that we were awarded the prestigious designation of Teaching School; you can read more about the work we have started in the newsletter.  We have called our Teaching School – The Charter Teaching School Alliance.  Mrs Fieldsend is our new Assistant Head who has been appointed to lead the Teaching School.  We said a temporary farewell to Mrs Holmes at the end of the Spring term; she has taken maternity leave and welcome Mrs Howe who is joining the Maths department two days per week to replace Mrs Spence.

It was great to see so many Y11 students coming into school to do revision over Easter and a big thank you to all the staff who gave up their holiday to run those sessions.  The ski trip was really successful and students and staff enjoyed good weather and ski conditions; thanks to Mr Wright and his team for organising such a great trip. 

Ahead lies a busy term with GCSE and A level exams and then after half term internal exams for the rest of the school.  There will be lots going on including community service, sports day, the Y8 residential visit to the Lake District, work experience for Y11 and much, much more.  Our Adult Education Coordinator, Sue Grau, has organised a fantastic programme of talks in honour of the RAF’s centenary celebrations.  Next week the PTA has managed to organise the screening of the film ‘Embrace’; Embrace uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what people everywhere can do to have a brighter future.  Tickets are on sale for £5 and the PTA has organised a range of wellbeing stalls to browse before the film starts at 7.30pm.  I hope you can come along and watch the screening; Tuesday 24th April here at school.

Thank you for all your support; we have enjoyed so much help from our  team of parent volunteers, from the contributions you continue to make to our £1 per week fund and through the general fetching and carrying you do on behalf of your children! We are seeking a new parent governor so if you are interested, there are details in the newsletter.

I hope to see you at some point at one of the many and varied events that we are running at school this term.

Mrs H. Payne

HEADTEACHER

 

CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHING


As a Teaching School, we have the exciting opportunity to play a key role in school improvement across Lincolnshire and beyond. It has been a busy few months as we, alongside our partner schools, have planned and developed how this work will be undertaken.

On 22nd March over 20 delegates from schools and business joined us for a discussion around the vision and values of our future work. We were fortunate to enlist the help of Maggie Farrar, former interim Chief Executive of the National College, to facilitate and shape our discussions. It was a fantastic afternoon, with lots of excellent discussion and ideas.

One of Charter’s key roles is co-ordinating and providing high-quality initial teacher training. This year we have enhanced our relationship with Bishop Grosseteste University to both promote teaching as a career and provide in-school placements for trainee teachers. It has been both refreshing and rewarding to have worked with so many motivated people, full of enthusiasm and ideas about making a difference in the classroom.

It is important for Charter to work in partnership with the other Teaching Schools in Lincolnshire. We are delighted to join Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together, a coalition of all the Teaching Schools within Lincolnshire. More information about the group’s work can be found at www.lincolnshireteachingschoolstogether.co.uk and Charter’s own website can be found at www.chartertsa.uk.

 

NOBEL PRIZEWINNER VISITIS QEGS


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nobel Laureate for Chemistry visits QEGS

It was an absolute delight to hear the inspirational presentation given by Professor Richard Henderson (Nobel Laureate for Chemistry 2017). Not only did he describe how scientific thinking and practice had changed over the last 50 years but also how he had entered the profession of scientific research personally. Pupils simply listened in fascination as to how biological molecules, these days, are identified and how such findings are helping with the modern day treatment of disease. Professor Henderson exemplified an intellectual curiosity and thirst for knowledge that together make a great scientist. This time spent with QEGS’ pupils has hopefully inspired many to take their science further!

 

PARENTS' ASSOCIATION


 

WHEN:  Tuesday 24th April              

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle, LN9 5AD

TIME: Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.30pm

TICKETS: £5 per ticket, available from the school office or Parent Pay

Please come and browse wellbeing stalls before the film.  Including the Body Shop, Aloe Vera, beauty, jewellery and gifts.

 

Image result for 200 club200 CLUB - A quick reminder that winners of the 200 Club will be listed on the school website. Parents’ Association 200 Club

 

 

STUDENT NEWS

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Year 9 fund-raiser for Diabetes UK 

The Year 9s are planning a raffle to raise money for their designated charity this year Diabetes UK. If any parents would like to contribute a raffle prize or something for a healthy-lifestyle hamper (get fit for Summer) please send contributions to Ms Dale in the English Office. The raffle will take place in the glass corridor at breaktimes from Tuesday 8th May until Monday 14th May. Tickets will cost 25p each or 5 for £1. Mr Legat will draw the winning tickets at the end of assembly on Thursday 17 May and announce how much has been raised.

 

Music noteMUSIC NEWS


The music department has a busy term ahead. We are taking part in the Horncastle Arts Festival with a lunchtime concert in St Mary's Church on May 9th. The Leavers are holding their farewell concert in the school hall on Thursday May 10th.  We have a Piano Recital in the school hall on May 15th and will be holding a singing recital in June (date to be decided!). You are welcome to attend any of these concerts.

We are also taking part in Samba City on June 26th at Lincoln City football ground; we are taking part in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest Samba band. You can always keep up with music department events by liking us on Facebook (QEGS Music Dept). The Autumn Term finished with a wonderful Carol Concert.

 

ADULT EDUCATION


Can we tempt you?  Join us to draw, paint, sing, create your own jewellery, play an instrument or learn a language. 

 

Check the latest courses available on website:  http://www.adulteducationhorncastle.org/ and please see below for our forthcoming programme of guest speakers for individual events. Contact Sue Grau by email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All events listed below commence at 7.30 pm.

18th April   “The History of the RAF in Lincolnshire”:                                                WO Len Sutton (Ret’d)

24th April    “Lincolnshire Aviation in WW1”:                                                            Brian Riley (Aviation Heritage)

1st May      ‘Displaying the Typhoon in the Royal Air Force’s 100th Year’:              Flt Lt James Peterson (2018 display pilot)

8th May      BBMF Squadron Leader:                                                                         Mark Sugden

16th May     Air Craft Recovery:                                                                                 Ian Blackamore

22nd May     International Bomber Command Centre:                                                     Air Vice Marshal Paul Robinson (Ret’d)

13th June    “Flying the Lancaster”:                                                                               Flt Lt Mike Chatterton (Ret’d)           (Lincs Aviation Centre)

20th June    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission:                                         WO Len Sutton (Ret’d)

 

CHANGES TO FREE SCHOOL MEAL ELIGIBILITY


The eligibility criteria for free school meals has been changed. Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or carers receive any of the benefits below.

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC

  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, use this link to check: https://cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims.

Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you are currently claiming free school meals, but don’t meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their secondary education.

If you have any queries, please contact a member of our Finance Team.

 

RETURN OF SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS AND LOCKER KEYS


This message is for parents/carers of Y11 and Y13.  As usual we will be collecting in textbooks as students complete their external exams.  Each student will be given a list of the books we believe they have been issued with.  Y11 students should return their books to their subject teacher or to the library and Y13 students to their subject teacher or the Administrator’s office.  All students should obtain a signature for every book returned and all completed forms should be handed in at the end of the process.  This is very important because the completed form is the proof that books have been returned.  An invoice will be generated and sent to parents/carers for the value of any books which are not returned by the 22nd June so that they can be replaced.  Please encourage your children to follow the procedure, this will enable us to ensure that essential resources remain available for students in school.

Y11 students must remember to hand in their locker key before they leave. Students should present their key with the book return sheet to the main office.

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

APRIL

 

18-20 (Wed-Fri)

GCSE Cycling Trip

19-21 (Thurs-Sat)

Y12 Whitby Trip

26 (Thur)

Junior Maths Challenge

26 (Thur)

Y8 PARENTS’ EVENING, 7.00 pm

26 (Thurs)

Warhammer Semi-Finals, Nottingham

27-29 (Fri-Sun)

DofE Silver Expedition

MAY

 

4 (Fri)

Y11 Sports Award, 7.00 pm

5-11 (Sat-Fri)

Horncastle Arts Music Festival

7 (Mon)

May Day Holiday

11-12 (Fri-Sat)

DofE Bronze Expedition Practice

14 (Mon)

EXTERNAL EXAMS BEGIN

15 (Tues)

Piano Recitals

25 (Fri)

END OF TERM

JUNE

 

4 (Mon)

START OF SUMMER TERM 2

5 (Tues)

Y10 Internal Art Exam

6-12 (Wed-Tues)

INTERNAL EXAMS

19 (Tues)

Commemoration Service, 11.45 am, St Mary’s Church

25-28 (Mon-Thurs)

L6 Induction Week

JULY

 

2-13

Frantic Fortnight

2-6 (Mon-Fri)

Y11 Work Experience

2-6 (Mon-Fri)

Y8 Residential Week, Lake District

5 (Thurs)

Sailing Regatta

6-7 (Fri-Sat)

DofE Bronze Expedition

9 (Mon)

New Y7 Induction Day

9 (Mon)

New Y7 Parents’ Evening, 7.00 pm

13 (Fri)

World Challenge Expedition leave for Costa Rica

16 (Mon)

Sports Day, 1.15 pm

16 (Mon)

School Awards Evening, 6.00 pm

20 (Fri)

End of term