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Principal's Blog 20th April 2018

I would firstly like to welcome you all back to school after a lovely Easter break. It’s a shame the sun waited for us to come back to school to shine, but that’s always the way! The beautiful weather has certainly been welcomed by our PE department and students who have been enjoying lessons in the fresh air and warmth, such a contrast from the snow of just a few weeks ago.

We are keeping our fingers crossed this weekend for two of our teachers, who will be running in the London Marathon on Sunday. At times, the preparation has been gruelling but as you can see they are still smiling and raring to go. They have been busy fundraising and through their efforts Macmillan and Marie Curie will benefit greatly. Good luck Miss Preece and Mr Swiggs.

We have had the pleasure of welcoming our new Assistant Principal Mr Goodman to Lipson this week. Mr Goodman joins us from All Saints Academy and is an English and PE specialist. He is very much looking forward to getting to know all the students, their families and staff in his new role specialising in Key Stage 2-3 transition and the exciting new Oracy project.

Over the Easter break many of our Year 11 and 13 students came into school to attend extra revision sessions and as you can see from the photo, the sessions were fun and many made more interesting with snacks and treats. Year 11 have started the new term working at full capacity preparing for the upcoming exam season. Dedicated revision sessions will be taking place in departments and the revision café will also be running with the ever popular free hot chocolate to spur them on. Please encourage students to access as many extra revision sessions as possible in this vital lead up to the exams.

I was amazed to hear of the achievements of our Year 10 student Amelia Page who recently competed in a swimming competition against clubs from Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. She received 6 medals in total, 3 of these were Gold in the 100m Individual medley, 200m Individual medley and the 200m Breaststroke. She also got two silver medals in the 100m and 200m Backstroke and then a Bronze in the 200m Freestyle. A truly outstanding performance and one which reflects Amelia's dedication and hard working approach to all aspects of her life. Well done Amelia, you should be very proud of yourself. I certainly am.

On another sporting note I would like to wish our under 14 girls football team good luck for the County Finals at Coach Road Tuesday in which they are competing.

We look forward to our 'new look' Sports Day which is going to be launched to students next week through assemblies. This is an exciting time especially for those in Year 7 who have the chance to compete in their first ever #TeamLipson Sports Day. Let’s hope this glorious weather holds out for all the sporting activities planned.

On Thursday this week our students joined with students from High View Primary School as part of a community litter-pick. It was inspiring to see Lipson students working with younger students as they went about clearing the area around High View with enthusiastic smiles and real community spirit.

I always love to hear about the extra-curricular activities our students undertake and was impressed to hear about Year 10 student Lisa Menhennet who went on a course as part of the cadets to learn how to speak at presentations. She put into practice all she had learnt by speaking in front of a crowd of 200 people about the benefits to young people and their communities of participation in the cadets organisation. Lisa explained that it was only by being a cadet that she had learned to overcome her shyness and speak to large audiences. Well done Lisa, what an achievement.

This Thursday our very own Lipson Senior Sax Group were selected to perform at Temple Place in London for the National Fine Arts 50th Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony. They have practiced assiduously for the past two months giving up breaks and lunches to prepare for the event and all the dedication to their musical development paid off.

They performed to an exceptionally high standard, with many high profile dignitaries commenting on the quality of the music. Well done to them all. They are such strong ambassadors for the music department, themselves and Lipson.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Farmer

Acting Principal