It was a pleasure to meet with the twelve teachers from Spain who spent Monday in school as part of learning about the educational system in England and gaining a direct experience of our school. They engaged in lessons, met pupils and put me through my paces in a Headteacher’s Q&A session, which I found fascinating.
A challenge day on Tuesday was led by a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador from BAE systems. It was excellent to see our able and ambitious pupils get their teeth into the activities and impress with their ingenuity. It was particularly positive as we also had a group of school governors with us for the day and they were able to see some of the challenges in action. The governors also enjoyed lessons in Music and English, meeting with a Year 7 pupil panel and observing some of the wonderful work in the ECM Centre and the Learning Hub. Thank you to all involved.
I enjoyed being interviewed for the forthcoming Ozone magazine this week. I look forward to what I am sure will be another packed edition that celebrates the life and success of the school. As ever, I am hoping the editors can set their airbrushes to ‘Tom Cruise’ setting on the Headteacher interview page.
More wonderful opportunities this week have included: The Science Festival at UCLAN, a really encouraging Y6 parental meeting on the school’s iPad scheme (thank you to the 100 parents who attended and gave such positive feedback), and a wonderful Futures Day event for Sixth Formers. It was so positive that alumni of the school returned to share their experiences of university life from a first-hand perspective. This was further developed by the evening presentation on Wednesday with regard to Higher Education finance and applications led by Mrs Hayes and senior Sixth Form staff.
The first of the school’s Presentation Evenings took place on Thursday. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend as I was involved in a residential conference for West Lancashire Headteachers, but I was delighted to be advised that the evening was a wonderful success and that all were very proud of the students. I offer my sincerest congratulations to all who were recognised with awards and certificates. The next event takes place on July 13th.
Our Year 11 Leavers are preparing for their Leavers’ Prom event this evening. I hope that they have a memorable and enjoyable experience. I look forward to addressing them at their final school assembly next week.
Preparations are already well underway for this year's summer concert where our pupils will perform 'The Nation's Favourites'. The concert takes place on 11th July and tickets will be available for pupils to purchase from the music workroom during morning break from Monday 3rd. I am informed that this is always an extremely popular event and tickets will sell out quickly. Further details will be posted on our Twitter feed.
We have also included the important research report on school life for young LGBT people, produced by Stonewall, in our main Twitter feed. As a school we are fully committed to inclusion, equality and the celebration of the wonderful diversity that enriches society. We are proud to be a Stonewall Champion School and will continue to work hard to support all our students in school, challenging prejudice and discrimination in any form. Everyone is valued for the person that they are.
In this spirit, I conclude the Blog with the words of Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird: “I think there is just one kind of folks. Folks.”