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Headteacher's Blog 13th March 2020

We have been busy this week raising money for Sport Relief.  Staff have been limbering up to go head to head against students in games of Table Tennis and Badminton.  All in aid of such a worthwhile charity,  donations have been very generous.  The week has been topped off by sports mufti today and soak the teacher at lunchtime.  Our current total for money raised is £743, but we are still getting donations in.  It is really lovely to see staff and students pulling together in the spirit of kindness.

Our new governor Lucie Garland visited school this morning.  Lucie  is an ex Lipson student who has gone on to become a Primary teacher.  Lucie had the pleasure of visiting the Guided Reading sessions within tutor time, as well as meeting those students who find reading more challenging and are supported within the Learning Resource Centre.  Lucie was impressed at how focussed, calm and engaged the students were, even in their sports mufti!  She also had the opportunity to talk to our safeguarding team to find out about safeguarding requirements in more detail, she was impressed with the tireless work and impressive job the team are doing.  We very much look forward to welcoming more governor visits to school.

The Dance department has been really busy in the past 3 weeks, recruiting a new Year 7 Dance Company. They have been rehearsing for a virtual dance competition which was completed in just 3 rehearsals.  The students have worked so hard in rehearsals and have been chosen to represent Plymouth in the Devon winter games next week. The students are very excited to be attending the competition next week at Torbay Leisure Centre and will perform their dance piece and compete against other schools across Devon!

Miss Law and Mr Goodman took 11 girls to Ivybridge Rugby club to take part in a development festival this week.  The first time Lipson had put forward a competitive girls’ contact Rugby team, they were amazing and an absolute credit to the school. Naturally the team started showing a lack of confidence in regards to making tackles, but as the festival went on, their tackling was getting stronger and stronger. That together with speedy wingers and strong backs, meant that by the end of the tournament Lipson were a team to beat. Exciting times are ahead.

What a week our Year 13 RSL students have had! It started with their final concert at Lipson, then the amazing gig on Saturday with 10 other bands from all over the West Country at Heartlands in Redruth, finally with 3 other bands at Plymouth School of Creative Arts on Tuesday night. Our students have demonstrated exceptional qualities throughout and have enjoyed flying the Lipson flag with pride!

The next events are the rehearsal with the 150-piece orchestra in Truro and finally the Really Big Gig at the Pavilions on Thursday the 26th of March.  Well done Alex Cowley, Paige Harris, Max Caley, Raine Lord and Abbey Stephens. 

Our Year 11 and 13 students will be getting ready this weekend for their final mock examinations next week before the real thing in the summer.  Students have been working really hard in school and beyond for the final push to exam season.  I’m sure with the effort and dedication demonstrated so far, these students can look forward to some excellent results in the summer.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.


Martin Brook, Headteacher