Principal's Blog 15th February 2019
Another half term has come to an end with a lot achieved. It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the year already.
The ski trip returned safe and sound, albeit after a long journey home. I’m happy to report that there were no injuries. The whole experience was amazing for all who attended and Miss Geraghty could not speak highly enough of our students whilst away. Staff were extremely proud to have such great ambassadors representing the school. It was lovely to receive messages from parents, sending huge thanks to everyone involved for taking the children on such a memorable adventure. Parents said that their children came home smiling from ear to ear and loved every second of the trip. I would like to personally thank all the staff involved in giving up their time to run such a memorable trip for our students.
Year 7 Parents’ Evening took place on Wednesday and attendance was very high. The evening was very well received with parents eager to speak to teachers and find out how their child was progressing at Lipson. Parents’ Evenings are a great opportunity for parents to get to know the teachers at Lipson and create relationships which will last through their child’s secondary education.
This week has been extremely busy as some exam preparation has been underway. Our A level Drama students had their Drama practical examination with the external examiner. Excellent performances by our students and testament to hard work and dedication by all throughout the duration of their course.
Year 11 French and Spanish students have been undertaking their speaking and listening PPE (or mocks exams). This first taste of exam conditions has been met with great maturity in a very sensible manner. The rest of Year 11 will begin their mock exams when we return from half term. It is vital to make students aware of how to work in true exam conditions. Being fully prepared and having had the mock experience enables students to remain calmer and disperse the fear of the unknown.
On Thursday Mr Boyes and Miss Lewis-Ward conducted a Year 11 Parents’ Evening guiding parents and students on how best to revise in the lead up to the GCSE examinations. Once again preparation is key.
Rubicks club is proving to be ever more popular with Rebecca Tomkins achieving her first sub one minute! She is absolutely thrilled as am. What an achievement, one I am sure most people could not match. Who would have guessed this club would be so popular, thank you to Mr Roulston for his enthusiasm and dedication in getting the club up and running.
On the sporting front, Year 10 boy’s football team beat St Boniface 3-0 last night to get through to the semi-final of the cup. A hat trick from Teddy Sullivan secured the win. Well done boys.
On Friday last week Year 8 Options booklets were distributed in preparation for Options Evening on Monday 4th March. The booklet gives students a head start to talk to parents and teachers about which subjects they would like to study. Students can start to think about what career they would like to do in the future and which subject would best compliment this. Option choices need to be submitted by 11th March.
The weather is set to be fine next week, so I hope you are able to go out and enjoy the beautiful part of the country we live in. Have a lovely half term.
Mrs Lynda Budd