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Principal's Blog 7th June 2019

As we near the end of another week at Lipson there are still so many positives to be highlighted and many thank yous to be said. The Year 11s and Year 13s are now coming towards the end of their external exams. On the whole their attitude and behaviour during the exam period has been excellent and I hope that when the results come out in the summer they will feel they have achieved all they deserve. Thank you also to the teachers who have kept these students going right up to the end.

The feeling amongst staff in the school remains positive. We are trying to bring in some common-sense changes to our teaching and learning practices and our behaviour procedures which should provide clarity and make everyone's life a bit easier. It is early days but I sense that staff are embracing the changes and doing everything they can to make the individual small adjustments that will collectively make a big difference. Next week sees the start of our Middle Leader training programme which I believe will give people a bigger stake in what we are doing and again hopefully enable us to continue to move things forward quickly.

Looking to the future, we are all excited about welcoming some of our new Year 7 students next week for their transition visits to the school.  These visits help to alleviate any concerns students have before starting with us in September and it is an exciting opportunity for them to familiarise themselves with the school. 

Keeping on the transition theme, on Thursday we will be joined by many of our new Year 7 students for the uniform sizing evening.  This event is always very well attended and a hive of excitement as students try on their Lipson uniform for the first time and start to feel very grown up before that all-important move to secondary school.

As promised, Miss Geraghty has regaled us with tales of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition to the French Alps that took place over half term.  After giving up hundreds of hours to learn and develop their skills and volunteer their time to help others, Charly Beeson, Sammi Demuth, Flora MacDonald and Hayley Kelly embarked on the trip of a lifetime for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition.  Two of the students had never flown before so were understandably excited and a little nervous so I’m told!  Camping next to Lake Annece and climbing a gruelling 12K on the first day, Miss Geraghty remarked on the on the true grit and determination of the girls.   What a fantastic achievement and memories to last a lifetime.

On the sporting front, the Year 7 rounders’ team continued their winning streak with 2 wins out of 2 this week, beating Eggbuckland and Plympton Academy, well done team, keep up the good work!

I would like to thank everyone once again for their efforts during the week and the part that they are playing in making Lipson such a nice place to be. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. 

 

Mr Brook, Interim Principal