Principal's Blog 31st March 2017
It is hard to believe that we are at Easter already! My mum always told me that time goes quicker as you get older –I’m sure it is more the fact that I enjoy this job so much that I don’t see the time passing by.
We have ended this term with our production of High School Musical which had a cast of over 70 students taking part from all year groups. Not only did we have 3 evening productions but the students put on an additional 2 matinee performances for our feeder Primary schools. Judging by the loudness of the cheers, everyone who came to see the production enjoyed it immensely. It was such a high energy performance that it was difficult not to join in with the singing and the clapping.
Our sports ambassadors met with me this week to discuss their leadership programme and what they have gotten out of it. They told me about the benefits it has given them in terms of transferrable skills that they have been able to use in other subjects and parts of their lives such as–leadership skills, increased confidence and much more. They would wholeheartedly recommend the project to others and in fact have already started to look for their next batch of recruits. It was great to see them in action at our Primary rugby festival on Wednesday afternoon which saw them deliver the exercises and competition to 150 Primary students from year 3, 4 and 5.
3 year 10 catering students participated in the City College ‘Master Chef’ competition. They came a close second in the dessert category and their cheesecake was highly commended by the judging panel, which consisted of members from Plymouth Raiders basketball club.
Our year 9 debaters took part in the pixl ‘up for the debate’ competition at Blundell’s school this week. 2 year 10 students who took part in the same competition last year returned as mentors to train contestants this year. The year 9 team; Or Karny Munoz, Emily Oaten and Claudiu Stoleriu narrowly missed a place in the top two that went into the final debate; but won both their prepared debates due to great tactical approaches, challenging their opposite teams with points of information and well-structured speeches .
They won against Sir John Colfox Academy (Bridport) in proposition of the motion: 'This House would censor music videos and lyrics with discriminatory content' and also won against Cardinal Newman RC, Pontyprydd team 1, speaking against the motion 'This house would ban International adoption'
Katey Glanville and Charlotte Dobbs were assigned to different judging panels, and following exceptionally complimentary feedback on their performance assisting the judges, were selected for the prestigious task of judging the grand Final Debate. Well done to all those students involved.
Just a quick note to let you know I had the pleasure of being a judge at the Devon heat of PiXL's 'Up for Debate' at Blundell's School in Tiverton yesterday.
Lipson Cooperative were very well represented and the team did remarkably well in a very tough competition. The reason I write, however, is to commend to you the maturity and outstanding performance of 2 Year 10 girls who came along as support for the team and to act as student judges, Katey and Charlotte.
I judged, with both girls, on different panels during the day and their level of insight and ability to pick out the finer points of debating skills and provide insightful critique was fantastic. They were both, quite rightly, recommended to be members of the final judging panel for the day and again performed magnificently.
Please pass on my congratulations to both girls for an outstanding day.
So good to be able to end the term on such a positive.
The Otter project which has seen artists all across the south west customise a 3ft sculpture of an otter to be placed along the Dartmoor way is coming to an end. Our school was extremely lucky to receive 3 otter sculptures which had originally been reserved for ‘acclaimed artists’. The students took great pride in customising our otters and on Wednesday we had to wave goodbye as they are now being prepared for the launch event in May. Just imagine my surprise and delight this week when I was called to a meeting with 3 V.I.Ps.
Over this weekend we have our Duke of Edinburgh expedition on Exmoor and our Ten Tors training camp taking place. Both expeditions are great opportunities for students to undertake challenges in a lovely setting –we are very lucky to be situated where we are with Dartmoor right on our doorstep and it is great to see our students making the most of it.
Revision sessions will be running over the Easter holidays and a full programme of activities has been sent to all year 11s. We look forward to seeing them at these events.
I would like to wish you all a lovely Easter break and look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back after a relaxing break.
Mrs Lynda Budd