Headteacher's Blog 13th November 2020
I was deeply moved and proud on Wednesday as we marked Remembrance Day with a parade by our cadet force followed by the ‘Last Post’, played by Mr Martin. The whole school observed a 2-minute silence whilst this most important and sombre of occasions was executed with immaculate timing and respect as we stopped to remember armed forces members who died in the line of duty.
I was really excited to hear from the Local Authority this week that we have a record number of students choose us as their first ranked preference for secondary school next year! We have never had so many applications and this is testament to the exciting changes that are taking place at Lipson and the high esteem the school is held in amongst the local community. I am very much looking forward to welcoming our new students next year.
I was very touched to receive a large box of Diwali sweets yesterday from Mrs Shrestha, mum of Arjun in Year 11. Every year, the family explain the meaning behind the ‘Festival of Light’ and share their celebration with the staff at Lipson. I’m sure this year’s celebration will be very different but equally enjoyable with close loved ones.
Our PPE or mock exams have come to an end for Years 10 and 11 and have been completed in a very calm and organised manner, despite the additional measures that were put in place due to the current situation. I would like to thank all the staff involved for making the exams run like clockwork and most importantly, thank the students for their mature attitude at what is a very stressful time for them. I’m sure they will enjoy a very well-deserved break over the weekend.
‘Children in Need’ took place today and despite restrictions, we have still managed to have great fun raising money for this fantastic cause. Fancy dress, mufti and competitions all contributed to us raising almost £900, with donations still rolling in. Thank you to Mrs Comber and the Sixth Form students for organising the event so well. It has been nice to do something fun for the staff and students. We have not had many opportunities for this recently.
Finally, I just wanted to say what a nice atmosphere there is at the moment. In almost a war like effort, students and staff alike are pulling together to make the very most of school. I speak of kindness an awful lot, but I have never felt such an overwhelming sense of being kind and supporting each other. We hold a Random Act of Kindness draw amongst staff every Friday, an opportunity to anonymously nominate someone for a kind act and we have never had so many entries as we did today! I just wanted to share that with you all and thank you for your continued support both in school and from home.
Wishing you all a safe and restful weekend.
Martin Brook, Headteacher