‘SHINE around the world’ was the theme taken by our superb SHINE team as they led a fashion show and exhibition in school on Thursday in support of the CORE UK charity; a charity committed to fighting all digestive diseases. SHINE is a superb self-esteem programme that has been created by our Pastoral Support Mentor, Mrs Coggins. The event included Team Serenity, an enterprise group involving former Ormskirk pupil Jasmine Simpson, who showcased their wonderful book ‘A Helping Hand’. The book includes some stunning photography and useful tips for mindfulness. Current Ormksirk student, Shelby Ankers, showcased her own beautiful range of cards, which evidenced her exceptional talent as an illustrator. The energy and enthusiasm of the fashion show and the musical and dance performances that it featured, not to mention the incredible ‘themed’ refreshments from around great cities of the world, ensured that the audience had a truly memorable evening. All at the school are very proud of the SHINE team and of the opportunity to show support to Core UK, details of whose work can be seen on their website, www.corecharity.org.uk and whose Chief Executive Julie Harrington and her colleague Nicki Hood were most welcome guests of honour at the show.
It has been a delight this week to begin making visits to primary schools as part of the welcoming of our new students, set to join us in September. It is very important that we support the transition of these pupils and Mr Mayne and the team here at Ormskirk are working hard to ensure that the pupils are able to have an enjoyable and supportive experience which leaves them reassured and looking forward to joining us.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness week, we have reflected in school on the guidance of the Mental Health Foundation, who have produced some positive and clear advice and resources that are focused on the importance of mental health and well-being. The link is www.mentalhealth.org.uk
ICE learning this week has included: programming robots for an outside course, learning about static electricity, debating about voting rights and responsibilities, learning about averages through playing cards and much more. My classroom visits saw me enjoy a range of experiences including: mime performances in drama, artistic representations inspired by listening to different musical instruments in art, pastry creations in Food, CAD CAM work in Technology, and the hard work of students as they focused on their assessments in Geography.
I enjoyed being able to have lunch with the senior students this week. We had a wide ranging discussion and I am very clear as to how hard our sixth formers are working as they give of their best in their advanced studies. The senior students are wonderful role models and ambassadors for the school and I can’t wait to see all that they will go on to achieve in the future. We all wish the sixth formers every success in their exams.
In the spirit of our SHINE event, I conclude the Blog with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”