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Headteacher's Blog 1st November 2019

An important part of my role as the Headteacher at Lipson is to encourage liaison with our Primary school partners.  What could be more important than working closely with our local schools to create effective working relationships and ultimately aid the transition from Primary to Secondary school?  In the spirit of this we had the pleasure of welcoming some of our primary partners this week to work with our MFL department and ignite the Languages Primary Liaison Project which will begin this year. Teachers passionately discussed the development of languages in Primary School and beyond.  I believe this will be a really exciting project for our students of the future.

The Music department are busy preparing for lots of events with the first being the Buckland Abbey Christmas weekend Fayre from Friday 8th November.  Although a little early to celebrate the festive season, it will be a treat to hear them play all the Christmas Classics.  I hope you can come along and join in.

We are looking forward to welcoming 50 American students as part of the youth exchange choir for 11-14-year olds.  We will be welcoming the  Massachusetts High School's Marching Band to Lipson as part of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.  The group will perform a concert at Lipson as well as taking part in their Thanksgiving celebrations, participating in the Nancy Astor Statue unveiling event, plus visiting historic local sites and the Eden Project.  The culmination of the trip will be a massed performance with local Plymouth Youth Bands, including our Co-operative Big Band on Saturday 30th November at 7pm at Marjon Theatre.  We feel very honoured to be part of this project. 

The atmosphere was electric last night at the launch of our Performing Arts Academy.  With a dynamic mix of staff involved; including Creative Director in Residence Wendy Holmes the group are eagerly awaiting to start rehearsals.  It’s not too late to join, students should see Mrs Lockhart if they are interested in being part of the action!

On Monday we are running the Year 11 Expectations Evening 6-8pm.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend this event which will provide workshops around revision strategies with heads of departments available to discuss key approaches and expectations in order to enable students to succeed.  Parents will be given key dates and information to map out this vital year ahead of them.  This event precedes the 6th Form Options Evening which will be held on 21st November and will showcase the vast array of course we have on offer in the 6th form at Lipson, both academically and vocationally.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the rugby!


Martin Brook, Headteacher