Principal's Blog 24th February 2017
Martin Luther King Jr. — 'Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.’
Character education is key at Lipson Co-operative Academy. This academic year, we have been creating opportunities for our students to experience learning beyond the classroom.
So, the week before half term we were inundated by photos of the ski trip and this week I have been fascinated with stories of their adventures out there; it is evident that the students had a really great time on the trip and would recommend it to others.
Speaking of trips, we held a planning meeting on Wednesday evening for the students heading to Borneo in the summer. They will be undertaking a 4 week programme including: building works in the local community; hiking and finishing their trip with an amazing scuba diving experience. The students have been planning this trip for over a year and have had to fundraise for the charity they are supporting. It really is shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime!
This week has seen our A Level Drama students perform in '#yolo' which was a sensitive and emotive storyline given to them by Connections. This is the second year that the Drama department have been involved in the National Theatre’s Connections Festival, a nationwide celebration of youth theatre and new writing. This year our cast had to tackle a very heavy script covering a potential cancer diagnosis, concerning a teenager. They did this with sensitivity, maturity and humility. Observing all of these young people perform to such a high standard and seeing the transformation in their acting abilities, over their time at Lipson Co-operative Academy was truly rewarding. Proceeds of ticket sales were donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
We had teams out at the regional final for Futsal this week - our under 14 squad won their heats and returned as County champions and our seniors gained position on the podium in 3rd place. All teams have played exceptionally well this year and their training has clearly paid off- well done to all involved.
Our Year 11 and 13 students took part in a 'mock results day' picking up their results from their recent PPE exams; students embraced the opportunity to understand their areas of strength and their key areas for development for the last few months before their final examinations.
The next round of the Rotary ‘Youth Speaks’ Public Speaking competition is on Saturday and our teams are again looking forward to performing. They have been working hard preparing for the event and we wish them well with their teacher Mrs Tranfield Thomas. Our senior team comprises: Marcel Grabowski, Katey Glanville, Max Caley (all Year 10) and they will be presenting 'Life is not a problem to be solved but an experience to be lived' and our intermediate teams: Or Karny Munoz, Michael Rossington, Claudiu Stoleriu (Year 9) with 'Fiction can teach us so much more than facts'. They will be competing against local teams for a place in the Regional Finals in East Devon. Good luck!
Mrs Lynda Budd