Senior & Prep School News | 3 July 2020
As the school year draws to a close, I wanted to thank the whole school community for pulling together so brilliantly and supporting each other during these most difficult circumstances. The importance of the introduction of iPads a few years ago, to support our teaching and learning provision, can’t be understated. This resource allowed us to switch to our virtual learning platform immediately and enabled the learning to continue so well. We have been able to deliver the syllabuses in full, and in some cases, make more progress than anticipated. Thank you to my colleagues for all their hard work and dedication during this time. It is appreciated so much.
We were able to host a virtual Year 10 Parents Evening on Monday, which was a first,and this worked very well indeed. Thank you for your feedback which has been most helpful.
Released this week, University College London research shows that 31% of independent schools have delivered 4+ hours per day of online learning compared to 6% of state schools. LMS have delivered a full school timetable day. As well, the UCL research shows that in some cases, even at Grammar Schools, some pupils have done no schoolwork since 23 March 2020.
The government has announced the very good news that all schools will be re-opening in full from September.
We have now received the full government guidance(can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak) about how this will work, and we will consider our plans for how we will deliver this over the coming weeks. At all times, the safety, health and well-being of pupils and colleagues will be of the greatest importance and we will be ensuring that everything needed is put in place over the summer for a safe return to site for all pupils and staff.
Our intention is that the school will run as normally as possible within the guidance. There will be a number of restrictions that will impact on this, however,and we will be writing to you during the summer with specific details of how these will work. In that letter we will also confirm arrangements for the very beginning of term. Please be assured that wherever you are in the world classes will begin in September. I very much look forward to us all being together again.
The end of an academic year is always one of mixed emotions; excitement that the holidays are about to begin tinged with sadness at having to say goodbye to colleagues and pupils who have been part of our community for some time.
For Year 13 pupils and any other pupil leaving thank you for all you have contributed to LMS school life. It is very much appreciated and, I am sure, you will leave with very fond memories. Good luck in your next educational chapter and remember to stay in touch. There is an opportunity from next week to return all your LMS school resources i.e. textbooks, iPads and chargers to main school through a booking system. Do book a time to come to the Prior Building to do this – thank you.
There has been much to celebrate and be in awe of this year including our world record Nepal Hockey trip, the production of The Odyssey, our Compassionate Minster group being part of the YMCAs Sleep Easy event, the fabulous Musical concerts and being recognised as the top performing school in Lincolnshire based upon the value we add to pupils at A-level as well as a Top 100 school for sport. There are the wide variety of successes in girls and boys sport, both team and individual, as well as LMS continuing to be one of the largest providers of the Duke of Edinburgh schemes in the county.
This is just the tip of the surface. However, it reminds us all how engaged and involved our pupils are and the opportunities they are presented with.
Lincoln Minster School
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Message from the Headmaster
Dear Parents & Guardians
All of this does not just happen and to make this possible, it is down to an extremely hard-working staff body.
At this time of year, we say farewell and a huge thank you to colleagues moving on from the Lincoln Minster community.
We say goodbye to Alison Fenton, Alison Sims, Karen Croy and Jenny Darby from our Finance Department, Foundation Stage Support and Preparatory Reception, respectively. Alison Fenton and Karen Croy are leaving at the end of this month while Alison Sims and Jenny retire at the end of the summer. We wish them all the very best and thank them for their valuable support and contribution.
Lorraine Marshall is retiring from the Preparatory Department after 20 years of service. Lorraine has had a variety of roles within Prep, more recently working part time. Her contribution to the development of our young pupils learning has been much valued and appreciated and we wish her a happy retirement, allowing Lorraine to spend more time with her husband and do some voluntary work.
Katie Gilbert joined us in 2018 as a Learning Support Assistant and later joined the Boarding team in addition to this role. Katie has had an excellent two years at LMS and made a valuable impact. She leaves us to take on a primary teacher role, where Katie will excel.
Jenny Longstaffe leaves after 4 years in the Head of Careers role. Jenny has transformed Careers provision at LMS and leaves the Department in an excellent position for her successor, Dr Karen Cox, who will be joining us in September from the University of Lincoln. Jenny will be leaving LMS to take up Higher Education Careers provision, which she will, undoubtedly,be agreat success in.
John Thomas retires after 8 years at LMS. John has had a variety of roles including Acting Head of Economics and Business Studies (twice), ESOL teacher, Young Enterprise co-ordinator and Exams Support. A popular and valued member of the common room, we wish John all the very best for his retirement. John will be replaced by Abbie Eke, who joins us from Queen Elizabeth School, Gainsborough.
So a final reflection,from this period of lockdown, and what have we been able to learn?
We can deal with and adapt to a lot more than we thought, even though it is very challenging and tiring to do so;
We have learned that support networks are even more valuable when you are dealing with very high levels of uncertainty;
We have learned to be more forgiving of ourselves, recognising that we can’t do everything, as much as we would like to;
And, hopefully, we have been reminded of what we already knew - that it is an absolute privilege to work in this wonderful school community.
Thank you for all the support you have given to Lincoln Minster School
over the course of this academic year. The School continues to be a joy
to lead and I would like to wish you all an enjoyable and restful summer.
I look forward to you coming back to a physical school once more in
September ready for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead
With by very best wishes
Message from the Head of Pre-Prep/Prep
Dear Parents & Guardians
Thank-you for joining us for the Teams transition meetings this week. It was lovely to see so many of you after such a long time and I hope you found the meetings useful.
It wasn’t quite the end of year that we are used to, however we were able to say a proper farewell to our Year 6 pupils. They enjoyed a picnic on the playground surrounded by bunting and balloons and were presented with Year Books and hoodies. We even found a way to sign one another’s books and write messages. A big thank-you to Mrs Gupta and Mrs Hall for organising everything and giving us all the opportunity for one final get together.
As you will be aware the DfE has now published new guidance for schools for September. The intention is that all year groups will return and with some changes to social distancing and other aspects I am confident that schools will be able to return to some sort of normality. I will keep you informed over the summer as plans are finalised.
Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank-you for the support you have given us over the last few months. I would also like to thank the staff team at Pre-Prep and Prep for the incredible job they have done.
Whatever your plans, I hope you are all able to enjoy some relaxation and are able to catch up with some family that you may not have seen for some time.
Preparatory Head Teacher
Year 10 Graphics students have been producing some fantastic work looking at Magazine Design and the iconic Lou Reed poster by Stephan Sagmeister. Here is a selection of the work produced using the Adobe Ipad apps in conjunction with Photoshop. Some really thought provoking designs by a very talented group of students. Keep an eye for future creative developments to come next year!
Tom McC Tom W Will M-G Ted G
Emily W Evie B Marnie B Millie W
A Level Results Day
13 August 2020
I would like to say a heartfelt goodbye to LMS as I retire this summer. Over the last 20 years I have taught so many children at the Pre-Prep and the Prep Schools and have had some wonderful times and seen so many children go forward in their learning and achieve great things. It is hard to believe that the first class of children I taught are now aged 24 and 25! That makes me feel old.
I have left a gift for the Prep School library and to the new Year 4 classes for September. I hope you will enjoy the new books and love reading as much as I do.
I have worked with some amazing and talented staff and have met some great, supportive families.
I will miss you all very much. Take care and have a happy and relaxing summer.
Lots of love to everyone
A Message from Mrs Marshall
Well done James C, 9RGl who has completed The European School of Languages (TESL) Pre A1-Level Italian Course. The effort, engagement and excellent attainment James has shown has been outstanding.
Mr M Nicola
GCSE Results Day
20 August 2020
Year 2 - Over My Rainbow by Hannah S inspired by Doug Hyde
This term the children in Years 1 to 6 were asked to choose an artist or sculptor who inspires them, write about the life and work of their chosen artist and create a painting or sculpture in the same style. All pupils would win house points for their house and the winning entry in each year group would have their artwork professionally framed or mounted.
Thank you to all the children who entered the competition. The standard of artwork was extremely high making it very difficult to choose the winners. We are hoping to display every competitor's artist biography and art work in an exhibition at the Prep School in September.
Year 1 - My Angel of the North by Jackson W inspired by Antony Gormley
Art Through Our Eyes Prep School Art Competition
Year 3 - Rainbow of Happiness by Henrietta W inspired by Leonid Afremov
Prep Art Competition
Y5 - Red Macaw by Reuben T inspired by Lisa Morales
Art Competition House Results
1st - Gibson 100 points
2nd - Jackson 75 points
3rd - Nettleton 50 points
4th - Learoyd 25 points
Well done everyone
Prep Art Competition
Y4 - Kira the Graceful Ballerina by Grace W inspired by Edgar Degas
Y6 - Yellow Flower by Sam J inspired by Oscar- Claude Monet
ongratulations to the following pupils who have completed the challenges at Prep for the newsletter. The extra credits to each house:
Prep House News
PSHCE Challenge 2020
The House Isolation Challenge Cup (HIC Cup!)
Gold – 30+ tasks completed = 150 house points
William S (3D)
Silver – 20+ tasks completed = 100 house points
Samuel J (6B) Theo T (6B)
Walter D (3D) Rueben T (5D)
Freya G (6H) Lily W (6H)
Mimi L (5H) Theo P (6H)
Isabelle J (5D) Jonathan G (3D)
William J (3D) Rufus B (5G)
Bronze 10+ challenges completed = 50 house points
Swastika C (3C) Grace C (3C)
Pryiaa G (6H) Kiana G (4TW)
Megan S (4TW) Rose Mary H (6B)
Isaac A (3D) Faith D (6B)
Grace W (4TW) Ella M (4TW)
Rosie W (5D)
2019 - 2020 Prep House Competition Results
Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2 have joined forces to find The BBC Young Chorister of the Year. Former Choristers Aled Jones ad Katherine Jenkins will coach the 5 boys and 5 girls aged 10-16 who are selected to go through to the radio and television competition, where they will sing in front of an expert panel of judges.
Singers have until midnight on Monday, 20 July 2020 to submit their entries. The recording will be at The Monastery in Manchester in mid-September.
Singers apply online by submitting two short films of themselves singing a Christmas carol or song and a sacred song such as a hymn, classical solo, spiritual, inspirational, gospel or worship song.
The winning chorister will receive a trophy, appear on future BBC Radio programmes and on Songs of Praise and have a recording session with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Click here to apply online
More details here: bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise bbc.co.uk/radio2
A message from our school uniform supplier Schoolblazer:
‘We are delighted to let you know that, despite some significant supply challenges, we are just about fully stocked ready for the back to school period. Any remaining out of stock items will be in stock before the students return to school in September.
Our warehouse is Covid-Secure and ready to dispatch orders but can we ask for your help in communicating to parents the following important messages:
Please order early. Our warehouse is operating on a two shift system to enable social distancing so it is more important than ever for parents to shop with us in July and not wait until August.
Tel: 0131 447 3414 https://www.schoolblazer.com
To help encourage this we are offering free shipping from 6 to 19 July 2020.
We only charge at point of dispatch, so parents should order any item showing as out of stock. It will be dispatched on receipt into our warehouse. Parents are only charged once for delivery per order.’
A reminder that only
the new uniform
will be accepted
from January 2021.
Term Dates 2020 - 2022
Year 7 & 12: Thursday, 3 September 2020 All other years: Sunday, 6 September 2020
First Day of Term
Years 7 & 12: Friday, 4 September 2020 All other years: Monday, 7 September 2020
Monday, 19 - Friday, 30 October 2020 (incl)
Last Day of Term
Friday, 11 December 2020
Friday, 25 September 2020 Friday, 20 November 2020
Sunday, 3 January 2021
Monday, 4 January 2021
Monday, 15 to Friday, 19 February 2021 (incl)
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Monday, 19 April 2021
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Monday, 31 May to Friday, 4 June 2021 (incl)
Lincolnshire Show Day
Thursday, 24 June 2021 (School Closed)
Thursday, 1 July 2021
Years 7 & 12: Thursday, 2 September 2021 All other years: Sunday, 5 September 2021
Years 7 & 12: Friday, 3 September 2021 All other years: Monday, 6 September 2021
Monday, 18 to Friday, 29 October 2021 (incl)
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Friday, 24 September 2021 Friday, 19 September 2021
Tuesday, 4 January 2022
Wednesday, 5 January 2022
Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 February 2022 (Incl)
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Monday, 18 April 2022
Fist Day of Term
Tuesday, 19 April 2022
EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
Monday, 2 May 2022
Monday, 30 May to Friday, 3 June 2022 (Incl)
Thursday, 23 June 2022 (School closed)
Thursday, 30 June 2022
Lincoln Minster School are unbelievably proud to have been voted into the Top 100 Independent Schools in the UK for Sport. There are 2500 Independent Schools in the UK so this recognition of our sport provision puts us in the top 5% in the whole of the UK! This is all down to the tireless efforts of our dedicated team in the LMS Sports department and they should be proud of themselves along with our pupils who are benefiting from this excellent achievement!
One of the positive results we have already been seeing due to the widespread lockdown in response to COVID-19 is the range of free online resources and activities being made available. Below are some examples I have been able to identify:-
· Gooseberry Planet
· Phonics Play
· Audible Stories
· PE with Joe
· Elevenses with the World of David Walliams
· BBC Bitesize
· Pobble writing lessons
· Geography & Nature Q&A with Steve Backshall
· Kids cook with Theo - live cookalong
· DDMIX for schools - daily dance 'shake up'
· Myleene Klass' Music Klass
· History Hit TV
· The Maths Factor with Carol Vorderman
· Stem4 resources - supporting teenage mental health
"This is just a quick note to say thank you to all the staff for all their hard work in the past weeks.
It was so helpful for us to have our daughter focussed on her work and have a proper school schedule to follow. The iPads have proven to be such a valuable asset for children for distant learning".
Resources available to support home learning
We would like to send a massive thank you to all staff and parents for your support and positivity at this time...
'As parents we are absolutely blown away with what the school are doing for their pupils. Thank you so much. It’s really appreciated.'
I just wanted to email to inform you how brilliant having teams is, having only had lessons with it for a day and a bit , I can say that it has made lessons so much better and much more engaging. I’m understanding topics easier and it’s so helpful having the teacher there to ask any questions. So a big thank you from me as this is a great app and it’s being used brilliantly by the school. So thank you ! - LMS Pupil