Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 9th November 2018

As another busy weeks draws to a close we came to a stop this morning to observe a 2 minute remembrance silence. This poignant time allowed staff and students to reflect on the importance of remembering those who lost their lives, giving the greatest sacrifice for their country. We have commemorated the centenary of the First World War this week in SMSC and have talked about the lessons that can be learned from past conflicts and have looked at the experiences of those people who lived through war, to help shape the world in which we live today.

On Thursday Mr Byrne took some of our students to the Efford remembrance service where Jessica White & Jessica Collings played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’. Students laid a wreath on behalf of the school and were shining ambassadors. I received an email from a local ex-military gentleman who attended the service who wanted to pass on his sincere thanks for the students’ courage in performing an excellent rendition, he went on to say it was reassuring that there were such decent, honest young people shining through in our community.

We have welcomed students from 2 of our feeder primary schools this week. Lipson Vale visited our Science department on Wednesday to undertake some fantastic experiments. The event certainly went off with a bang! We also welcomed students from Laira Green to our Food Technology department to enjoy making and eating some tasty Greek treats including Honey cake, Hummus, Koulourakia, Greek flat bread and Tzatziki!.

Students from both schools were in awe of our wonderful facilities and were excitedly chatting about looking forward to joining us at secondary school in the future. These primary liaison events are always very popular and a great way to begin the bond with our future students from an early stage.

This week saw the visit of the BAE systems STEM roadshow, "It's a numbers game". The aim of the roadshow was to inspire future engineers and show how Mathematics is ingrained in everything we do. They performed an exciting presentation that included some thrilling dance moves from their robot Mia, balancing the aircrafts on top of HMS Queen Elizabeth, completing a drain pipe challenge and learning how powerful a paramotor is. The students even learned a magic maths card trick to wow you all at home.

This week also saw the start of our Robotics Club, co-delivered by the STEM ambassadors at Babcock. The students really enjoyed wiring up their own Robots and bringing them to life. Next week will see the 9th November 2018 students coding their Robots so that they can follow their commands.

The Devon Schools Table Tennis Team Championships was a real success, with the Under 13 Boys team finishing 4th in Devon. Consisting of a team made up of Bailey Page, Keanu Hicks, Olly Mitchell, Harvey Bailey and Declan Hambly. The boys finished a comfortable 4th place and with the majority of the team experiencing their first taste of competitive table tennis, they thrived in the situation and continuously improved throughout the day. Their attitude and conduct was exemplary and along with them all showing a keenness to umpire games, they were a credit to Lipson. We now look forward to them pitting their wits against the best of Devon in the Individual Championships in February.

On another sporting note I was pleased to hear of Archie Waines diving success, through recent diving trials for the south west region, Archie achieved a top 3 score in his age group for Plymouth enabling him to compete in the ESSA Interdivisional Schools National Diving Championship. This will be held in London on Saturday 8th/9th December. Two weeks ago, Archie competed in his age group at the Irish Open Diving Championships. He achieved a gold medal competing against 23 other divers of his age. Well done Archie, I look forward to hearing how you get on in London.

We hold our 6th Form Open Evening next week. An opportunity for Year 11 students, parents and carers to see what’s on offer at Lipson 6th Form. I’ll talk more about this next week but look forward to welcoming our community to the event. The big band are starting Christmas early by providing entertainment at the Buckland Abbey Christmas fair this weekend. They will be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday playing a vast array of seasonal music. Pop along to see them.


Mrs Lynda Budd