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Principal's Blog 15th June 2018

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome so many students who are due to start with us in Year 7 at the uniform sizing event last night.  The Sports hall was bustling with the excited voices of students as they waited in anticipation to try on our Lipson uniform.  Parents declared how grown up their children looked, all ready for the big move to secondary school.  We look forward to welcoming our new families to various other events over the coming months including our fantastic summer school.

Next week we will start to welcome families of Year 5 students to come and have an initial look around the school in preparation for making the big decision as to which school to choose for their secondary education.  This year we are introducing ‘Open Mornings’ between 9am-11am on Monday to Thursday so families can get a real flavour for Lipson on a normal working day.

I wrote in last week’s blog about Year 8 student Arjun receiving a vast amount of medals at a weekend swimming competition.  This week the Lions Club president came along and presented the team with a medal for all the money raised in a recent swimathon for charity.  Well done Arjun.  You are a wonderful ambassador for our Academy.

Last week Miss Gravener visited Lipson Vale Primary school as part of our primary partners programme. She spent the afternoon working with two groups of year 5 and 6 students to create an environmental fish. Students built on the sea pollution project they had been working on in the morning, to collaboratively make scales for the fish. Each had an environmental message written on them. Miss Gravener described what a really friendly and energetic environment it was with students keen to be involved and eager to help one another. Many thanks to Lipson Vale for the invitation; it is always lovely to work with our Primary partners and thank you to Miss Gravener for organising such a wonderful project.

We all eagerly await the welcome return of Mrs Budd from Maternity leave in the next few weeks.  She will fully return to Lipson on 16th July and we will spend some time together so I can catch her up on all the fantastic achievements the school has undertaken during her absence and ensuring an effective and seemless transition.  Mrs Budd will also be popping in to the various events we have planned over the next few weeks.  We all look forward to seeing her.

Next Friday we will be running a project called Humanutopia with our Year 10 students.  The first phase of the project is called Who Am I and is a day-long experience which deals with important teenage issues around personal awareness, peer pressure and conformity. It will also encourage the students to

reflect on their life chances, encouraging them to have high hopes and aspirations for their future.  The day has been designed to help young people discover a more authentic side to who they are.

The experience is designed to empower young people to develop critical life skills and take motivation and ownership of their education. We are certain that this will be a positive and memorable experience for our students and feel it is a perfect complement to their academic studies.

One of our Cover Supervisors, Robby gave a captivating interview on Radio Devon on Thursday.  He gave some wonderfully positive publicity regarding the school and in particular regarding us taking part in the Green for Grenfell community commemoration today.  We are raising money for one of our local charities ‘Jeremiah’s Journey’ by wearing green to the school.  By following in the footsteps of the brave community surrounding Grenfell, this event strives to see us all pull together for the greater good.  I couldn’t think of a more deserving charity to receive support from such great community spirit.  I’m pleased to announce the current total raised is an impressive £532.22, with more donations still flooding in.

Finally, we will wish Year 11 a very tearful farewell in their last assembly at the school.  The last GCSE exam will take place on Wednesday at which time our hardworking students can begin a very well deserved rest.  I’m sure there won’t be a dry eye in the Muse for the assembly to wish them farewell.  I am very much looking forward to seeing them dressed to impress on 3rd July at Boringdon Golf Club for their prom.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.


Ms Farmer

Acting Principal