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Principal's Blog 12th July 2019

After spending last week inducting our youngest students, we welcomed our new Year 12’s into school this week as they underwent their 6th form induction.  The transition from GCSE to 6th form study should not be underestimated, students are treated far more maturely and expected to learn in a more independent manner.  This can be very challenging and a steep learning curve for many.  The Induction is designed to give students the very best insight into expectations for next year.  We had a high turnout of Year 11 students who have decided to study a variety of academic and vocational courses at Lipson and we look forward to welcoming them back in September.

Year 11 celebrated the end of school and exams in style on Thursday night with their Prom, ‘A Night on the Red Carpet’.  Staff were blown away with the stunning outfits and extravagant methods of transport used to travel to the venue.  I would like to thank Miss Lewis-Ward for organising such a memorable event filled with laughter, tears and dancing!

Out with the old and in with the new; we will be holding a Year 10 assembly this afternoon to launch Year 11 and set out expectations for this most important of forthcoming years.  Students will be mentored throughout the year and monitored to ensure maximum progress for all.  We want students to get in the right mindset from the very beginning of the year and be fully supported throughout this crucial part of their education.

On the sporting front I’d like to say huge congratulations to our Year 8 Rounders team who won their league this year, they played with great spirit and huge smiles as always. This is in addition to our Year 7 girls winning their Rounders league and our under 13 boys who came runners up in their Cricket league. A fantastic way to end the term. Well done to all who played.

Our Co-operative Big Band flew the Lipson flag at the Tavistock Edge Festival once again last weekend. They were booked to perform in the walled gardens of the Bedford Hotel to a very enthusiastic audience. The students played very well in challenging humid conditions.  They just have the concert for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday the 12th July at St Jude’s church to play and can then enjoy a well-earned rest.

As we head towards the end of term we are looking forward to a mufti day on Friday 19th July, with all proceeds going towards the RNLI and St Luke’s Hospice.  The event is being organised by our very capable new Year 11 students.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Mr Brook, Interim Principal