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Principal's Blog 18th May 2018

Exam season got into full swing this week with students working incredibly hard to achieve the best they can.  I have been immensely proud at how maturely our young people have dealt with the pressures of what can be a very stressful time for them.  The behaviour of students going in and out of the exams has been exemplary and I have been delighted at how smoothly things have been running.  I wish you all the very best of luck and keep up the hard work.

As you know I love to hear about what our young people have got up to at the weekend.  I was thrilled to hear from Miss Geraghty about how well our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice weekend went.  Students embarked on their first expedition walking the coastal path from Jennycliff, finally setting up camp in Brixham.  This is a significant distance to walk without the added difficulty of carrying all of their equipment and bags.  Miss Geraghty expressed how proud she was of the students who showed great resilience without moaning and keeping a smile on their faces at all times.  Dynamic Adventure who oversee the students said they actually ask to go on the Lipson expeditions because our young people work so hard. What a credit to our students that is!

I look forward to hearing how the Bronze assessment weekend goes on 9th June and wish our Silver Duke of Edinburgh students the very best of luck this weekend as they complete their assessment.  The weather is set fine for what may prove to be a challenging weekend on the moors.

Last weekend saw 5 students from Lipson participating in the annual TenTors event on Dartmoor.  Rhiannon Witt, Ben Longworth and Charly Beeson from Year 12 were in a mixed team for the 55 mile challenge with students from Mount Kelly.  Students have been trained over the year by Mr Twyman.  Thorr Marner and Adam Henagulph walked for a Tavistock team in the 45 mile challenge.

The weather this year was particularly favourable with sunny yet cool conditions and more importantly, clear visibility.  The teams set off at 7am with 3000 other participants and walked 40 miles on day one, finishing at Rough Tor at 10pm at night. 

With 3 hours sleep and a bit of food in them, they set off for day two at 4am.  The 55 team arrived in ahead of time at 3pm on the Sunday with very sore feet and aching bodies. 

The 45 team arrived over the line at 2:30pm. The overwhelming sense of achievement soon dissipated any discomfort as they were awarded their medals.  It has been a privilege and honour to have trained the students over the past 5 years and I hope at some time in their lives they draw on the shared experiences of the weekend and be confident in knowing that with perseverance and determination the unachievable can be achieved.  Well done to them all.

PE staff took over 30 students to Brickfields athletic arena on Thursday for some specialised training.  Students are busy preparing for sports day which is on Monday 25th June.  Each student now has a record card where they will record their times and distances ready to record their times personal best.

Thankfully the sun was shining yesterday as three of our feeder primary schools joined us on the field for a Rounders Festival. Laira Green, Prince Rock and Lipson Vale all came to participate in what were some excellent rounders matches. There was so much talent being demonstrated and it was clear the primary schools had put in lots of practice and hard work for the event; we were very impressed! They also showed some great sportsmanship and respect for each other and the umpires. The final results were; in joint second place Prince Rock and Lipson Vale and the overall winners were Laira Green. Thanks to all those involved, particularly our young student leaders, Millie Thomas (Year 9), Sophie Hockin and Jessica Marshall (both Year 7). 

Over the last three weeks our Year 9 Rounders team have been playing their central venue matches at Notre Dame. As always, the girls were a pleasure to be around and tried really hard. We came away with a 9 - 8.5 win against Notre Dame and a 9 - 8.5 win against Eggbuckland. Both close games but with our cooperative team work and great communication skills we managed to come away with the wins. This Year 9 team always work hard throughout the year in a majority of sports and we have some fantastic leaders emerging. Thank you girls for your continued efforts. 

Last week year 11J/Ca2 completed their final, practical assessment. They all worked incredibly hard and produced some fabulous dishes.  Thank you to all staff who came and tasted their food, providing them with valuable feedback for their evaluations and for supporting them with time out of lessons.

I’d like to thank you all for your prompt payment for Enrichment week.  Letters with final arrangements for these exciting days will be sent home shortly.  We are all looking forward to what will be an amazing few days. 


Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Farmer

Acting Principal