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Headteachers Blog 6th December 2019

Some of our Sixth Form girls had the honour of being invited to travel on the maiden journey of the Lady Astor train last week.  The journey was part of several celebrations, honouring the life of the first female to take her seat in Parliament.  Lady Nancy Astor made history 100 years ago being elected to represent Plymouth Sutton.  We were very proud to have our students participate in this memorable event.  The girls were fantastic ambassadors for Lipson.

Remaining on the political  theme, we were incredibly fortunate to host Lipson’s first Pre-Election Hustings on Tuesday.  We had the pleasure of welcoming candidates from the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green and Brexit party.  Students listened to candidates outline the main points of their manifesto followed by a highly entertaining and informative question and answer session.  The students, staff and I thoroughly enjoyed the event and candidates commented on what a fantastic event the school had hosted.  I believe it is important for students to feel fully informed about politics in this country and it was truly inspiring to see how enthusiastic they were listening to the opposing arguments.

On the musical front, students from the Senior Music Academy Ensemble performed both on Saturday Evening with the visiting American Band and then got up early on the Sunday to perform at Morrison's to raise money to pay for their saxophone and brass lessons. The band raised £400 in just 2 hours of lovely carols.  A busy weekend full of high-quality music and festive cheer!  I am very much looking forward to attending my first Lipson Christmas concert on Tuesday 17th December at St Judes church.  I have been told by staff and students that the event will really get me in the Christmas spirit.

Also, on the Christmas theme, on Thursday 12th December we will be serving Christmas lunch in school.  When I say we, I mean Mr Boyes, Mr Dyke, Mr Goodman and myself, who will be part of the canteen staff for the day.  I do hope our customers will be kind and there won’t be too many complaints about the service or the aprons!

Have a lovely weekend.

Martin Brook Headteacher