Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 11th May 2018

Students came back to school on Tuesday after a glorious weekend, ready and raring to go.  Miss Johnson’s Year 11s were 'clocked' working hard using the timers recently acquired in English.  Students worked with revived vigour on returning to school after enjoying the beautiful weather at the weekend.

With only 4 weeks left until their first Language exam on the 5th June, Year 11s know that timing is everything and every minute counts. After finding 'quality quotes', students used their timers to write as fast as they could in response to exam-style questions which builds resilience in extended writing and working under pressure. Keep practising your timed responses at home Year 11 - remember - quality quotes and timing are everything!                                                    

I would like to wish the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh team the very best of luck.  They will undertake their practice weekend for the award.  I look forward to hearing from Miss Geraghty about how they get on and I’m sure will have some photos for my blog next week.

I was delighted to hear about our under 15 Cricket team this week.  Despite a depleted team, great resilience was shown, winning two out of three games. Good victories against Tor Bridge and Plympton Academy led us into our toughest fixture against Stoke Damerel which we narrowly lost by one run on the last ball. The students were fantastic in every aspect and the team consisted of: Liam Chant, Riley Ching, Jacob Gaskin, Marshall Pearson, Alex Breddy and Alfie Sproson. They now go into their final fixtures against Eggbuckland and Coombe Dean next week full of confidence.  I wish them luck.

Year 7 girls’ rounders played their first fixture this week and beat Plympton 8.5 to 7.5. Overall they showed persistence and awesome team work and deserved the win. We are all very proud of them!

We welcomed Wayne Marshall from St Luke’s to school today to accept the substantial amount of funds raised by the level RSL Music Practitioners.  Students had to organise a live gig in aid of charity from start to finish as part of their Event Management exam.  Mr Marshall was very pleased at the donations collected by these talented students.

The Muse was alive with laughter and a few tears on Thursday, as we wished our Year 11s good luck in their forthcoming exams. All gathered for a coffee or a cup of tea first thing before they watched a presentation expressing the school’s pride at all they have achieved at Lipson.

Staff kindly donated their teen images (to great laughter) and some brave teachers also created a little film to express their best wishes …in fact one teacher even did a rap. The assembly ended with each student receiving a personalised letter from parents, carers and loved ones expressing their own thoughts on how well our students have done this year. It was a beautiful moment to behold and many were a little overcome with emotion (and that was just the teachers).

Finally, some lucky students were given a time slot to view (in one of our offices) a short film made by their parents with a very personal and emotional message of support.

It was a wonderful day and shows the love, admiration and pride we have in our students.

Have a lovely weekend.


Ms Farmer

Acting Principal