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 Mr Brinns gifting 'The Lost Words' book  Bluebell in 'The Lost Words' book

The Lost Words

Mr Binns, volunteer with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust kindly brought us a copy of ‘The Lost Words’ a beautifully illustrated book created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris in October 2017 to celebrate once-common “nature” words – from acorn and wren, to starling and dandelion – that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary some ten years before.  The book takes twenty of the words that have been falling out of use amongst children - such as adder, kingfisher and bramble - and brings them back to life, through the magical paintings of Jackie Morris and the 'spell poems' of Robert Macfarlane.

On the weekend of 11th – 12th October, Georgina Hadley took part in one of the five International Irish Dancing Championships that are held each year.  Georgina produced an outstanding performance, gaining a position that placed her in the top twenty competitors on the international stage.  A personal best gave Georgina 12th place overall (and also 4th British girl).  Her hard work, determination and intensive training (up to 18 hours per week) has seen her gain 62 ranking places in just a year.  She has qualified to represent England at the World Championships to be held during the Easter Holidays in USA next year.

Irish Dancing is an athletic art form that teaches true competitive spirit, resilience and determination as well as great comradery, respect and hard work.  Georgina’s successes proves that nothing in life can be achieved without effort! Well done, Georgina. Below is a photograph of Georgina performing in the competition.

 

Irish Dancing

Yellow-Bellied Knights - QEGS Chess Team

A couple of months ago Ian Scott (the LSCA Coach) put together and then entered a team of Lincolnshire students into the Junior Four Nations Chess League (J4NCL). This is the elite league for junior chess in the UK.  All the other teams are based at chess clubs or chess associations and have significant coaching programs and funding behind them. One club, for example, has over 150 junior players, many of the teams have weekly grandmaster coaching sessions.  The Yellow-Bellied Knights were the only team of privateers.

It has taken Ian Scott 4 years to find suitable players and he also coaches three of the four team members.  In September the team, accompanied by Ian Scott, went to Daventry to compete in the J4NCL.  The weekend consisted of 5 games for each team member (3 games on Saturday, 2 on Sunday).  Each game averaged between 1.5 and 2 hours. The standard of the opposition was significantly higher than the last time that a team from Lincolnshire had played in the league so the Yellow-Bellied Knights were up against it. Other teams that entered were representing Wales, Manchester, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Chess in Schools (a heavily funded national organisation) to name just a few!

David Scott who has just started the Sixth Form at QEGS, has been a regular on the chess circuit for a number of years and beat his first International Master last year at the London Chess Classic. On the Daventry weekend, he played board one for the Yellow Bellied Knights so was up against the top player of all the other teams they faced.  He came away with two wins, one draw and two losses. David was incredibly focused and put in a level of effort and concentration that would put many experienced adult players to shame. Playing Board One is not just about being the best player but also about leading the team. The result was the team came second out of twenty-two teams. David was an absolute credit to himself and his school. The other team members come from Boston Grammar School, LSST and QEHS (Gainsborough).

We are very grateful to Ian Scott who organises, supports, coaches and funds the team himself.  Below is the successful team with David Scott in the middle of the photo, third from the left).  Coach Ian Scott is standing next to David.

QEGS Dinner & Dance

 

On Saturday, 13th October, parents, teachers and friends of QEGS were invited to a Dinner Dance, to raise funds for the school's new rewards system, which will recognise and celebrate the achievement and effort of its students by offering prizes, such as chocolate bars and stationery, during the terms ahead.

On the evening, the school hall was transformed into what one parent described as a "fairytale"!  Through clever lighting, lent by Balcan Lighting, and plants, lent by Wyevale Garden Centre, diners enjoyed the conducive atmosphere, whilst eating a delicious supper prepared by the Parents' Association.  The bar helped everyone relax and mingle, whilst our very own Alice Verdon sang and played the guitar until the Bluestones Swing Band struck up and people began dancing.

The evening was something the Parents' Association hope to make an annual event.  It was extremely well-attended and raised nearly £2000, helped by the table raffles, a game of ‘Heads and Tails’ and the popular 'gin roll'.  The Parents' Association would like to thank everyone who helped, donated and attended the night.  A huge thank you goes to the Horncastle Co-ops, Tesco, Brightmedia, The Admiral Rodney Hotel, Tanya’s, The Old Stables, Redwood Café, Myers Bakery, The Golf Hotel, The Petwood Hotel, Lorenzo’s, Branston Hall Hotel and Foxy Cakes and Bakes for their generous donations of food and/or raffle prizes.  Finally, special thanks go to the sixth form waiters and to the site team, whose patience and help was invaluable.

On 10th July 2018, I was lucky enough to go to the RAF 100 parade and flypast in London !! The RAF was formed on the 1st April 1918, from a mix of the Royal Flying Corp ( Army), and the Royal Naval Air Service. Since 1918, the RAF has participated in operations from the famous Battle Of Britain, in World War 2, to current operations, fighting in Afghanistan and Syria. However, the RAF also supports numerous humanitarian operations, for example, airlifting people out of danger, and delivering vital food, medicines and shelters to areas hit by natural disasters.

  

Back in London, the celebrations began with a march of over 1000 men and women of the Royal Air Force. All the Squadrons standards (flags) were paraded. The band of the RAF and the RAF pipes and drums, accompanied the march. I found this march very moving because their drill was immaculate and so was their uniform. I found it inspiring because they all looked very proud and as the crowd cheered some of them smiled.

 

RAF 100 march in London
 

The next part of the event was the flypast, 100 aircraft of the Royal Air Force flew over central London, down the Royal Mall, and over Buckingham Palace. This was the largest flypast in memorable history, even Heathrow airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, had to close for 25 minutes! It started off with helicopters, including the Chinook, followed by slower aircraft, such as shadow and training aircraft including the Prefects. The crowed roared as the Battle of Britain flight came into view. Lead by the Dakota, we saw Hurricanes, Spitfires, and then, amazingly, the only Lancaster capable of flying, named, The City Of Lincoln. Next in the flypast there were the heavy aircraft, for example, the Voyager, Globemaster, Rivet Joint, Sentry ( which my mum flew in for 10 years!). Next, it was the turn of the fast jets, the Hawks, Tornados and the RAF’s latest fighter jet, the Lighting.

Then the crowd gasped, as the Typhoons flew past in the formation of the figure, 100!! The flypast was brought to an end by Britain’s favourites, the Red Arrows, streaming red, white and blue smoke across the sky. I felt honoured to be there and I will never forget this truly astonishing experience. It was a once in a life time event and I was thrilled to see it in person and to share the celebration with my family. I am thinking of joining the RAF as a career and watching these events has made me more keen to do so.

 

Written by Cara Walker  Typhoons in the formation of the figure 100  The Red Arrows trailing red, white and blue smoke