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Principal's Blog 20th January 2017

As I write my blog this week, I have just returned from spectating at our annual Primary Football Festival. This year saw over 130 students in Years 3 right through to Year 6 take part, and of course parents coming along to support. It was great to see so many schools take part in this professional and competitive inter school competition. The schools involved were: Salisbury Road; Prince Rock Primary; Highview; Mount Street and Compton Primary. It was a fantastic event and our Sixth Form Sports Leaders showed great leadership skills.

The results for the Year 3/4 individual skills tournament and fair play award went to:

High View B

Within the main event, the Year 5/6 tournament finished as follows:

1st Salisbury Road A
2nd Compton A
3rd High View A and Salisbury Road B
Salisbury Road A beat Compton A 1-0 in the final to secure 1st place.

Well done to all teams involved!

Staying with our sports results, it was another tremendous week for our football teams. Year 8 boys won their match against Plympton Academy with a great score of 7-0. The Under 12 girls team also won their match against Stoke Damerel school 3-0 and drew with Tor Bridge High 1-1. Considering this is their first season, they are developing into a great team already.

Our ski trip is fast approaching and students are very excited – parents attended a final meeting this week. To fully plan for the trip, our two trip leaders, Mr Phillips and Miss Geraghty, undertook a recce visit last weekend and the activities planned for the students at the resort are phenomenal. Students and parents couldn’t contain their excitement after seeing photos of the resort and hotel and I have to admit I am a little envious!

Year 11 continued with their GCSE preparation this week by completing their final PPEs (mocks). Students handled these mock examinations with real maturity; they understand their purpose in supporting students to focus on areas for development. As Year 8 approach their GCSE Options Evening, Year 11 have been supporting them with course information and answering student questions within their tutor groups. Our vertical tutoring system is at the heart of Lipson and this example is testament to how students support and coach each other through their time at school.

Year 8 Options Evening is on Monday and, to support students through their choices, there is a Careers Fair with many businesses, apprenticeship trainers and universities in attendance. It is a key time for students and we aim to ensure they are as prepared as they can be for making their choices.

It is hard to really capture all that goes in a week in my blog and we never want to take events and opportunities at Lipson for granted. Trips, clubs, sports events and Careers Fairs all take considerable effort to plan and deliver and I appreciate the extra mile Lipson staff go every day to ensure our students have those vital experiences. I really enjoy giving visitors a tour of our school and have the pleasure of doing this several times each week. Comments such as, ‘you can really tell students are respectful and enjoy it here,’ ‘staff are friendly,’ and ‘what a clean and vibrant school,’ just fill me with pride.

Mrs Budd, Principal