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Principal's Blog, Friday 6th July

As we move towards the end of term, the pace has certainly not slowed down here at Lipson.  Last week was a complete success with our first Enrichment Programme. I would like to thank all those staff who went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver such a spectacular week for the students, providing them with life long memories.  In particular I would like to thank Miss Geraghty for organising the whole event. Miss Geraghty received an email from one of the students who attended Lipson Lush with the photograph of all the lovely products she had made and a thank you for an amazing week.

I have been overwhelmed with the positive feedback from employers of our Year 10 Work Experience students.  I feel very proud to have sent our young people out into the community to demonstrate such mature attitudes to life in the work place.

It wasn’t just those students out on trips who enjoyed themselves; there were many engaging workshops and activities for those students on site.  Year 7 worked with the organisation 'HOPE Not Hate' completing two sessions - 'Stereotyping' and 'Harmful Language'.  Students were asked to look at the 'pyramid of hate' in order to understand ways in which prejudice and discrimination take a hold in society.  Students were exemplary in their work and decided to write the Academy's SMSC for the next week as a result of their learning.

It was lovely for Miss Gilbert to welcome back ex-student Esme Payne to school last week.  Year 12 students had the chance to listen to Esme talk to them about university life. Esme spoke about the opportunities offered by university attendance but also advised students to work hard from the beginning of the term.  She also talked them through finance at university. The students enjoyed the talk and said they were going to act on the advice given. It was nice to hear a true reflection of university life from a student rather than an adult.

The Co-operative Big Band has been flying the 'Lipson' flag once again at Plymouth's Armed Forces Day on Saturday the 30th June 2018. They were kindly invited by the Plymouth Education Music Hub to perform as part of many performances from the various ensembles.  Our students really rose to the challenge by having to set the stage within 5 minutes and then start! The weather was spectacular with a fantastic stage and large appreciative audience and the Co-operative Band performed with their consistent confidence, maturity and style.

The Big Band will be playing at the Tavistock Edge Festival on Saturday 7th July 12.30-1.30pm, please go along and support them.

We had the pleasure of the company of our new Year 7 students, who were in for their two induction days this week. The students met their Heads of Guild, Tutors and many of the staff they will be working with in September. It was also an opportunity for the parents to be introduced to Tutors and Heads of Guild. This was the start of a positive relationship between home and school, something that we value highly at Lipson.  I know all the students have all left more confident and like us, excited about what September brings. A fantastic start - from pastry baking to friend making! We welcome them to our Lipson family.

Students in Year 9 and 10 took part in a ‘Personal Safety day’ on the 26th June and the 2nd July. Students went to workshops on internet safety, love and relationships, attitudes to alcohol and drugs and a contraception workshop.  The day was incredibly informative and all students responded in a mature fashion. We are so proud of their input and look forward to future days like this.

I would like to thank Miss Lewis-Ward for the outstanding Year 11 Prom she organised this week at Borringdon Golf Club. It really was a night to remember filled with tears and dancing. Students looked so grown up in all their beautiful outfits and spectacular modes of transport.  With the England Football result, who could have asked for a better night! We are busily downloading all the photographs and will have an article filled with photos from the night for you next week.  We will welcome many of our old Year 11 students into Year 12 next week as they attend the Sixth Form Induction Week.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Ms Farmer, Acting Principal