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Headteacher's Blog 19th November 2021

Children in Need initiatives have been organised today by our ever-capable Student Leadership Team.  With a number of activities taking place in school such as mufti, Pudsey biscuits and guess the staff baby; we have done incredibly well in raising lots of money for this worthwhile charity and hope to exceed our usual high donation by the end of the day.  It has been lovely to see our students get so enthusiastic about helping other children.

Our Year 9 and 10 dance students have been very busy this week.  Firstly, they took part in a workshop based on their ‘Making Waves’ project, led by a practitioner in Exim Dance company.  Focusing on contemporary dance and improvisation, students were allowed to be creative in a group setting and were challenged to their limits with some of the movements but learnt and adapted very well to them!

They were then treated to a fantastic evening last night with some of the students watching 'The Nutcracker' by Matthew Bourne at the Theatre Royal. For some, this was their first trip to the theatre and they all thoroughly enjoyed the exciting choreography and production features in the performance!

This is one of many trips planned to take place from school as we try to return to a fully enriching curriculum.  We have even started initial discussions about Enrichment Week for summer 2022 and hope to bring you exciting details of the opportunities on offer to students in the new year.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week the Year 11 Learning Conference took place.  The red carpet was rolled out for our Year 11 students who were seated in a traditional conference style and presented to by motivational speakers about future aspirations and ambitions.  Emphasis was made on the fact that nothing if out of bounds if you apply yourself fully and it give it your all!  This wonderful annual event, led by Mr Mitchell, really is fantastic at inspiring students in this most important of years, to think ahead to the future and aspire to be the very best they can.

Following on from this, last night we held our Sixth Form Open Evening, allowing students to explore the wide and varying range of options open to them at the Academy from Autumn 2022.  Prospective sixth-formers heard from Deputy Head of Sixth Form Kevin Mee, Deputy Head Paul Boyes and Executive Head Boy Cherno Sumareh before meeting with subject teachers, current students, and careers advisors to hear from them about sixth form life – inside the classroom and out.  We really do see students time at Lipson as a 7-year journey, where most will naturally progress into the Sixth Form.

Finally, a little bird told me that tomorrow is exactly 15 years since one of our most helpful and knowledgeable  members of staff started at Lipson.  Lukasz Mlodziniak has worked tirelessly over the years with our EAL students to ensure a smooth transition for those in an incredibly daunting situation.  Nothing is ever too much trouble for Lukasz and I regularly call on him at the drop of a hat to film my VLOG for me, I really think he has found a new calling in film production! An example of his fantastic work can be seen by clicking here. Lukasz really will go above and beyond for any member of staff or student in the school and I would like to thank him for the huge impact his dedicated 15 years of service has had to all at Lipson.    

On that nice note, I would like to wish you all a restful weekend,

Martin Brook, Headteacher