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Principal's Blog 29th March 2019

There is still much work to be done in the run up to the Easter holidays and it was lovely this week to celebrate the completion of a project we have been running here at Lipson ‘Global Champions’.  We invited Devon Development Education to run the Cultural Champions project.  It has been an exciting project which was especially designed to explore questions of identity, build self-confidence, emotional literacy skills and self-esteem around questions of identity.


It has been a wonderful opportunity that has allowed our students to explore and celebrate their own identity, heritage and culture and offer skills for understanding and relating to others.  32 Lipson students have completed the course successfully and we are so proud of the impact the programme has had on them and by extension on the school community.  The course and our students were celebrated with a slot on ITV news, what a fantastic accolade for this great project. 


Mrs Marshall was very pleased to tell me this week about Year 12 student, Marcel Grabowski, who studies A-level English Literature at Marine Academy Plymouth as part of the PLE consortium.  He had attended a Young Reporter's debate on Brexit at Plymouth's BBC studios. Marcel was especially noted as being a wonderful student and ambassador for young people, being articulate, eloquent and extremely well-informed.  The debate was aired on Friday 29th March at 1.00pm on BBC Radio Devon. 


I love to hear about our students successes outside of school and once again Year 9 student Arjun Shrestha has come back from a swimming competition at the weekend adorned with medals!  Arjun received 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals for his efforts.  He beat his time on the 200 meter breaststroke which he apparently used to hate but is now becoming much stronger at.  His family and the school are very proud of him.


On Thursday Mr Mee and Mr Hunt took 11 boys to Paignton for the Devon Games football tournament.  I am told they overcame some really difficult situations by displaying a fantastic attitude and were a real credit to themselves and our school.  The boys were Max Roberts, Joe Vessey, Logan Jones, Dylan Singh, Luke Avery, Jake Pickering, Luke O’Mahoney, Ethan Powers, Kieron Edney, Kane Baker and Lewis Jory. Well done boys, if you see them around the school, please praise them as they were outstanding.


Remaining on the football theme, Year 10 boys team beat Hele's to reach the final of the cup last night.  They were comfortable winners with a final score of 4-1 with goals from Robbie Traynor, Teddy Sullivan, Josh Hogg and Jack Martin. The final will be against Devonport High for Boys, I look forward to hearing how they get on-good luck!


One more sporting success to report on this week.  Mr Corson had the pleasure of accompanying four of our Year 8 boys to Torbay Leisure Centre for the Table Tennis element of the Devon Winter Games. Ollie Mitchell, Declan Hambly, Marley Edwards and Keanu Hicks were pitted up against 8 other teams from around the county. This was the first time these boys had been involved in this momentous event and experienced a new scoring format where each of them were scoring points towards one overall team score. After, understandably, starting off a little nervous, and narrowly only winning 1 of their first 4 games, they then responded and grew into the competition by coming out on top in their final 4 games, having built some real momentum and all playing some very impressive table tennis. Not only was their level of play a credit to the Academy, but their attitude and unweathering support for each other was fantastic.  A superb effort all round!


As you are aware next week is my last at Lipson, I am very pleased to be leaving the school in the very capable hands of Interim Principal, Martin Brook.  Martin is the Principal of Axe Valley Academy and has extensive and varied experience across a range of educational sectors.  Martin brings experience, ambition and a proven track record in school leadership.  I am sure Lipson will thrive in Martin’s capable hands until a permanent Principal is appointed.  


Our Geography department have been very lucky with the beautiful weather for their field trip today and likely to have another glorious day on Tuesday for the Year 8 excursion.  With the weather set fair for the whole weekend, I wish you a very enjoyable one and don’t forget the clocks go forward on Saturday.


Mrs Budd