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Principal's Blog 5th July 2019

Last week was full of extra-curricular and enrichment activities. Our Year 10 and 12 students had a taste of the world of work as they undertook their Work Experience. Staff visiting the students on placement were very complimentary about the professional manner in which they conducted themselves.

On Tuesday we held our sports day at Brickfields. The students gave 100% effort and worked brilliantly in their teams. I thoroughly enjoyed attending and giving out the trophies.

The second half of the week was dedicated to our Enrichment activities. These proved to be a great success with students being able to access activities they wouldn’t normally be able to. Look out for the full write up in the end of term Lipson News.

Our Co-operative Big Band waved the Lipson flag on Plymouth Hoe for Armed Forces Day on Saturday the 29th June. This is an annual gig for the Big Band and organised by Plymouth Music Education Hub. There were many different student ensembles from across the city and covering from Year 4-13. As always, our Co-operative Big Band commanded a large appreciative audience in 'extremely humid ‘conditions!

The band have two more engagements to perform at before the end of term: Tavistock Edge Festival this Saturday,6th July and our own concert at St Jude’s church on Friday 12th July in aid of Macmillan Cancer Trust.

It is always lovely to hear about the achievements of our young people after they have left Lipson. I had an email last week from Danny Filewod’s mum to say he will be participating in the England Schools 400 metre hurdles on 12th & 13th July in Birmingham. What a fantastic achievement and an Olympian in the making!

The school has been a buzz this week as we welcomed Year 6 students for their Induction days with us. I think it is safe to say that they all thoroughly enjoyed a taste of what’s to come in September having engaged in various lessons as well as accessing the fantastic facilities we have to offer here at Lipson. A big thank you to Mr Goodman and Mr Swiggs for organising such a great transition event.

We have been really impressed this week with the launch of our new Respect for Lipson behaviour management policy. It has already made a big difference to the behaviour and attitude of students around the school, with a visibly calmer more engaged feel to Lipson. We look forward to building on this initial success over the last few weeks of term.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Mr Brook, Interim Principal