Ray Mears said: “Bushcraft is what you carry in your mind and your muscles.” The amazing Year 7 pupils, who braved the elements earlier this week and attended a Bushcraft experience in the woods of Cholmondeley Castle, can certainly attest to his point about mind and body. It was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils, led by our Head of PE, Ms Goff. The pupils learnt about: fire-making, shelter building, first aid, and camouflage. They created tribal flags, chants and dances. They put their skills together to effect a rescue from a crashed aeroplane (featuring some excellent staff acting!) and enjoyed some wonderful games in the amazing setting the woods provided. They had to be resilient, with the British weather challenging them with downpours of rain. Throughout, all of the staff who attended were very proud of the conduct and enthusiasm of the pupils who were a credit to themselves. I enjoyed being part of the experience and would like to thank the Ormskirk staff who took part and pay tribute to the superb Bushcraft company and their excellent staff, who made us so welcome and allowed us to have such an inspiring experience.
In the same spirit, this week our Bronze DofE Award team undertook the first of their three practice expeditions. Again, they showed strength of spirit in the face of wet weather and did themselves proud. It was excellent to receive very positive feedback too from the pupils and staff who visited Normandy over the half-term. They thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity. My thanks to the staff who led these experiences, which are such an important part of what we believe in at Ormskirk School.
Our Twitter feed this week is showcasing some superb art work. From animal portraits to African tribal masks, the talent of the pupils shines through. You can see so much of this work on display in school, it creates an inspiring environment for us all.
With the General Election a hot topic of discussion this week, the school undertook its own election during which 400 votes were cast. The school’s results were as follows: Labour 63.25%, Conservative 19%, Green 7.25%, UKIP 4%, Other 3.5%, Lib Dem 3%.
Leadership Team colleagues enjoyed the thoughtful and positive discussions at the Parent Forum event that took place on Thursday. 40 parents attended and there was particularly useful discussion regarding Key Stage 3 reports and the changes that the school are planning on rolling through over coming months.
With the spirit of adventure across the school this week, I conclude the Blog with the words of H D Thoreau: “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately … to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”