Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 11th November 2016

'Nobody becomes poor through giving’

The focus for assemblies this week was Remembrance Day; students reflected and remembered the soldiers who have lost their lives or been injured fighting for their Country. 

I heard the above quote in Mariners Guild assembly this week and it really made me proud to be a part of this community. Our students were talking about the Remembrance Day parade and the reason why people wear a poppy and how even a small donation can go such a long way in helping people. As a school, we held a 2 minute silence on Friday to commemorate. At two minutes before 11 o'clock students and staff observed the two minute silence to remember everyone who has lost their lives in wars and conflicts. Also, Mr Byrne and Mr Martin led a group of students to support the annual Efford Remembrance Memorial. It is crucial that young people learn and understand the importance of such events and at school we ensure this goes far beyond facts and figures, encouraging reflection on the freedom that we enjoy in Britain today.

Again carrying on with our theme of giving back, the school is preparing its fundraising programme for Children in Need.

As part of our commitment to fundraising for Children in Need, on Friday 18th November, we have a full calendar of events planned next week to ensure all children can take part. As well as Pudsey the Bear attending school, we also have various activities running at lunchtimes such as Lip Sync battle, penalty shoot-out with Pilgrim Pete and of course, lots of Pudsey shaped edible treats. Staff are also getting behind Children in Need and participating in a Great Lipson Bake- off. Our Young Catering Co-operative group will be part of the judging panel and are so used to baking themselves that they are going to be tough judges.

As I write this, I am preparing to read some letters of application from students who are interested in being ‘Principal for a day’ in aid of Children in Need. I have to say that reading the letters from students, who are keen to be me for the day, is very inspiring. They have so many wonderful ideas that it will be difficult to choose just one successful candidate.

I look forward to seeing how much money we raise next week for this worthy cause.


Mrs Lynda Budd