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Headteacher's Blog 31st January 2020

I start this week with some fantastic news regarding some very talented young Mathematicians.  Charlie Cuddy, Jack Holtham, Adam Clifford and Alex Stoleriumake make up a team in the Student Investors Challenge.  I’m pleased to be able to tell you that they have made it to the semi-finals of this national competition run by The London Institute of Banking and Finance.  The team have reached the top 250 out of 9,215, an absolutely fantastic achievement.  The competition involves teams investing virtual money on the London Stock Exchange.  They needed to keep their portfolios healthy by following the ups and downs of the market, judging when to buy and sell in order to make a profit.  They have worked hard and definitely beaten the Maths teachers team investments!

The Royal Society of Chemistry Spectroscopy in a Suitcase visited Lipson on Thursday 30th January. This was an opportunity for the A level Chemistry students to work with Dr Mike Folkes and a PhD student investigating unknown compounds. They got to use a spectrometer to identify unknown compounds utilising their knowledge to see how Science works in the real world.

We are looking forward to welcoming lots of our parents next Thursday as we hold the ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening for years 10, 11, 12 and 13.  This will be a useful opportunity to meet your child’s tutor to discuss progress and any pastoral queries you may have.  These evenings will be rolled out for every year group to really build on the relationship between home and school.

Lots of sporting success to report on this week.  Elisha Owen in Year 10 completed the amazing achievement of coming second in the Plymouth Rowing Championships.  Elisha is a very unassuming girl who competed at the British Rowing Championships last year. She averaged 2:02 for 500m, only missing out on winning the event by 18m over 5 minutes rowing.

Year 8 boys won their game 4-0 and drew 1-1 so along with Year 9, they are still undefeated with one set of fixtures to go.  Great work boys and testament to the work Mr Hunt does on the training ground.

Year 8 girls’ football team beat Plympton 1-0 and Plymstock 4-0 this week, three Year 7 girls made their debut for the school and were incredible! Great team effort. Well done to all.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.



Martin Brook, Headteacher