We were delighted to host the West Lancashire ‘Mini Masters’ conference on Monday. We welcomed as keynote speakers Dr Stuart Wood, a music therapist and research lead at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Joanna Barnard, an author and winner of the Bath Novel Award in 2014. Throughout the day the pupils attending from schools across the district enjoyed a wide range of seminar sessions on themes ranging from dystopian fiction through to behavioural economics.
On Tuesday the school’s Art Exhibition was a privilege to attend. The standard of work exhibited was remarkable, with the opportunity to hear from the students themselves about the inspiration behind their work making the evening a thought-provoking and highly enjoyable one. Please do take some time to see some of the work which is in the gallery on the website.
More exceptional talent was on display at the summer concert, celebrating ‘The Nation’s Favourites’. Our musicians and performers gave the audience a joyous evening of entertainment, with some excellent feedback to school praising the standards of music and dance that were on show. It was wonderful that some of these musicians were able to share highlights of the concert with our friends from The Learning Stars who attended school on Thursday. We are all very proud of these students.
The pride in our students was expressed on Thursday in the second of our Presentation Evenings for this year. It was excellent that former student Ben Darcy, ahead of his part in the cast of the nationally touring Hairspray musical, was able to attend and present the awards and give the address. Ben’s message was an inspirational one and we wish him every continued success. The awards being presented were much deserved by the pupils and it was so positive that staff and parents were able to come together to recognise and celebrate the pupils’ achievements.
The elections for the senior student team for 2017-2018 were completed this week. It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Head Girl is Hannah Richardson, the Head Boy is Arran Brisland and the senior students are Hannah Harrison, Niamh Cain and Georgia Whalley-Smith. Congratulations to them all. I know that they will undertake these roles with commitment and enthusiasm.
This week we ran the final of our Sixth Form Open Days, providing an opportunity for prospective students to experience Sixth Form life. As we look ahead to A Level results day on Thursday August 17th, please do listen out for us as a featured college on radio station WISH FM. It will be a great way to engage with the excitement of the day. We are also looking forward to working alongside the team at WISH FM on the ‘Brightsparks’ programme – more on this next term!
I am very aware that as the end of the school year approaches, parents can feel ‘bombarded’ with information in preparation for the year to come. We are working hard to gather this as clearly as possible. On Monday we will send out a detailed ‘end of year’ letter that will share a wide range of information. This will also be followed up by additional letters with further detail on uniform and homework.
One of the key changes for next year is the move to ‘biometrics’ in school and I would guide all parents/carers to the details about this that are on the website.
The end of term is always an exciting time; we have waved off the adventurers who are now in Peru and the start of their adventure has been shared on our Twitter feed, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver group are now in action and ICE learning has included: Maths Fun roadshows from Liverpool University, Macbeth ‘trailers’, Science masterclasses, China Day and the interaction with our guests on the Spanish Exchange.
Next week we are privileged to be hosting the MCC cricket fixtures at Ormskirk Cricket Club and an exciting Challenge Day event.
I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Greg Anderson, shared at the Presentation Evening: “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing – then we truly live life.”