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Principal's Blog 27th April 2018

As we reach the end of another busy week at Lipson, I would firstly like to wish Miss Geraghty and all the students undertaking the Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice weekend the best of luck.  The weather is typically challenging for them but it will certainly be a character building weekend. 

It was great to see so many budding hockey players turn up at our Lipson family hockey festival last night. Over 80 primary students fought it out to be crowned Lipson champions. The standard of hockey being played was superb, and we are looking forward to progressing many of these students when they join us in September.  The final saw a competitive encounter between Montpelier and Compton with Montpelier scoring in the last minute of the game to ensure the trophy went home with them. The 3rd place play off was between Laira Green and Salisbury Road, which finished in a tie meaning they finished in joint 3rd position.  A massive thank you to the staff that supported the event in particular Mr Corson and Mrs Law, who officiated and coached students during the matches and Mr Mee for arranging the event.

On another sporting note, last week our year eleven Futsal team played in the level 3 competition in Paignton, after qualifying as runners up in the level 2 competition earlier in the year. The boys were a credit to Lipson Co-operative Academy throughout the day. Alex Brockett, Tyler Pickering, Jack Carlton, Jacob Cavanagh, Callum O’Riley and Peter Keanie played some excellent football in the six games that they played, against some very good opposition. Alex made some excellent reaction saves at important times to support Tyler, Jack and Jacob who were solid in defence but who also provided the quality for Peter and Callum to score the goals. Callum scoring a last minute equaliser against the eventual winners of the competition by making a clever run across the defender to drill the ball in at the near post and Peter scoring a screamer in the top corner right from kick off are just two examples of the quality football played. The boys showed resilience in games which were very close and great character to come back in games which looked like we could have dropped points to come third overall out of the seven teams competing. It was also great to see the boys supported by some of their parents, who made the trip to Paignton to watch. I am sure they were as proud of the boys as Mr Swiggs and myself are. Well done.

I was very impressed to hear about Arjuns Shrestha’s success at a recent swimming competition.  Arjun has been out of training due to ill health and had only gone back in the pool 2 days before the competition, making his success even more impressive.  Arjun secured an amazing 13 medals.  I hope he is very proud of himself because I certainly am.

Another sporting super star this week is Ryan Griffiths.  Well done for completing his first triathlon of the year in  Burnham-on-Sea on Sunday 22nd April 2018. Ryan’s time was 31:36 minutes for 200mtr swim, 6.4km bike ride, 2k beach run.  This meant Ryan finished 12th in his age group. What a fantastic result in his first competition of 2018, well done, Ryan keep up the good work! 

Not to be outshone by the students, our staff have achieved their own sporting success this week with Miss Preece and Mr Swiggs running the London Marathon in what saw record temperatures.  Mr Swiggs completed in 04.21.48 and Miss Preece in 05.47.05.  Running for Macmillan and Marie Curie, we are all very proud of them.

It is so lovely for me to be able to report back to you on so many extra-curricular activities both through school and outside.  It just goes to demonstrate what determined and ambitious young people we have at Lipson.

I will be holding assemblies next week to remind all students that we have very high standards of respectful attitudes between students and between students and staff.  I will also be describing again our uniform standards and the Respect 4 Lipson Positive Behaviour Policy so that we are all very familiar with the high expectations we have for active engagement in learning, very high standards for behaviour and that every learner’s fundamental, human right to a good educational experience is protected and respected.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Farmer

Acting Principal