World and European medal winning athlete Jenny Meadows was the inspirational speaker who presented our outstanding pupils with their awards at this year’s Ormskirk School Sports Awards. It was a wonderful occasion, recognising and celebrating the commitment and success of the pupils. Jenny shared her belief in the importance of: resilience, maximising talent and fulfilling potential, drawing on a support network, learning the important lessons from challenges and set-backs so that you grow, and believing in yourself, your dreams and ambitions. The enjoyable evening included some games and concluded with a celebration disco. My thanks to Ms Goff and the PE team for their organisation of the event, Smart Move for their sponsorship, and to all who attended and made it a success.
Another elite athlete was in school this week, as we welcomed World Champion bobsledder Nicola Minichiello. Nicola is mentoring some of our Year 10 pupils as part of the Get to the Start Line programme of the Youth Sport Trust. It is wonderful that athletes like Jenny and Nicola give of their time and effort to inspire the next generation.
On Monday we launched the school’s Respect Charter. There were trips to: Alton Towers, Chester Zoo and Dunham Massey. The Year 10s undertook an Enterprise Challenge. Students in school undertook a range of activities, including: vision statements, action planning inspired by great leaders of the past, sport and art. One outcome was the amazing ‘Respect’ mural, which you can see come together in the timelapse video hosted on our Twitter feed. My thanks to all the staff who led these trips and activities, the external speakers who contributed expertise and to the fantastic pupils of Ormskirk School for their enthusiasm and engagement.
It has been excellent this week to see the excitement and positivity of the Year 6 pupils who have been in school as part of their transition experience. We look forward to welcoming them to the school community in September.
A busy week in school has included a wide range of exciting learning opportunities, highlights of which include: pupils attending the HCR Young People in Humanitarianism conference, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, music remixing, debating and literature analysis.
It is inspiring for me to see the pupils of Ormskirk School work hard every single day as they strive to fulfil their potential and I conclude the Blog with words from Jenny Meadows: "It proves you should never say never; you should always believe in yourself. If you work hard and keep the faith, good things will happen."