Headteacher's Blog 18th June 2021
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier in the week that the easing of restrictions has been delayed, we have had to rethink a number of activities that were planned this term. Unfortunately, it will no longer be possible to hold Parents’ Evenings in person and for rest of this school year these will be either by telephone or Google Meet. Details will be shared for each event.
Our long-awaited Induction Days for our new students have, in line with all Plymouth schools, been postponed to the first few days of term in September. We are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome them to Lipson until September but know that all students are in the same boat and we will ensure that we do our upmost to nurture them even more when they finally get here.
I am really pleased to announce that we will be able to go ahead the Thorpe Park trips as long as we adhere to the theme park’s strict restrictions. Students will require a negative lateral flow test to attend and have their temperatures taken. This will be a fantastic day out and a real treat after what has been a very difficult year.
We are confident that our Sports Days will also be able to go ahead. Mr Goodman has arranged a really exciting plan for the 2 days, with various different activities. All our students will be able to participate with something to suit all abilities from fast paced sport to more brain training activities such as Chess. I am really excited about this whole school, inclusive event and hope that it is the first of many.
On the subject of Sports Days, some of our Year 12 Sports Leaders helped to support the Salisbury Road primary Sports Day yesterday. They were a fantastic help and a credit to the school.
One of the favourite parts of my job is meeting with students who have done really something special for hot chocolate on a Friday afternoon. Today I have the pleasure of meeting 26 Year 8 students who performed in connection with the National Theatre, ‘A Marxist in Heaven’. I was astounded at the quality of the performance before half term and likened it to a professional production. I’m sure I will be meeting with some stars of the future if they continue with such professionalism, with the fantastic guidance of Mr Rogers.
I love to hear about our students’ extracurricular activities and this week I was astounded to here that we have Devon’s fastest 15-year-old on roll! Jake Weir struck gold twice in the recent Devon County and schools Championships at Exeter, striding away to win both the under 17s’ 100m and 200m sprints. Well done Jake, what an incredible achievement, we are very proud of you!
We were pleased to be able to go ahead with some activities outside the classroom this week when our Year 10 Geographers went to Cadover Bridge to conduct a river enquiry which will go towards their final GCSE grade. With the wind in their face, there was no finer place to discover and learn! A taste of more normality to return to school life in the very near future.
Very best wishes,
Martin Brook, Headteacher