Headteacher's Blog

Our incredible Fire Cadets shared their success of the year and concluded with a passing out parade. Ormskirk Fire Station Crew Manager, Graeme Spencer, shared how proud he was of this year’s cadets. The cadets themselves had clearly got a great deal from the experience, one commenting that: ‘The three best things about being a Fire Cadet are team work, building confidence and I feel physically fitter!’ whilst another noted that: ‘I like going to the Fire Station as it is more of a realistic approach.’ Some of the excellent images of them in action are linked on our Twitter feed and there will be more detail in the new edition of Ozone magazine. On behalf of the school, I would like to thank Graeme and all of the wonderful staff involved and offer sincere congratulations to the cadets.

It was a privilege this week to attend Ormskirk Cricket Club where, enjoying some glorious weather, the MCC played against the school’s girls on Monday and boys on Tuesday. This fixture is a proud tradition for the school and is played in the spirit of the game as upheld and exemplified by the MCC. On behalf of the school I extend our sincerest thanks to the MCC and Ormskirk Cricket Club for their continued support.

I am delighted to advise that the winners of this term’s ‘Headteacher’s Competition’ were Isabel Palmer (Year 7) and Mr Page. Their vision statements, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’, were outstanding and uplifting.

Mr Long superbly led this year’s Challenge Day on Thursday; drawing on the themes of being kind to one another and cherishing and preserving our planet, it was a wonderful day that will be long remembered by all who took part. There was an amazing array of activity throughout the day, including: the Dig Deep water challenge, messages into space, pioneer plaque, a walking history tour of Ormskirk, sport in the Corinthian spirit, nature video work, sculpture, rocket launches and reaching other worlds, who speaks for the Earth and art challenges which included creating a herb garden and spray painting our external bins. We were delighted through the day to be able to support Sam Brocklebank and the Dig Deep charity who support communities with access to water and sanitation in rural Kenya. Sam came into school to explain the work of the charity and more will be in the local press about Sam’s upcoming climb of Kilimanjaro as part of raising funds for Dig Deep. The artist Thompson Dagnall was our special guest and he led workshops and addressed pupils. We were privileged to then unveil one of his sculptures at the entrance to our Eco Garden, before formally opening the garden and enjoying a traditional tea party.

As we come to the end of the school year, via my final Blog I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable summer break. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September as detailed in the end of year letter available on the website. My next Blog will be on Friday September 8th, until then I leave you with the words of Van Morrison: “Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”

Best wishes for the summer.

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday, 16th August
School Summer Holidays
Thursday, 17th August
A Level Results Day
Thursday, 24th August
GCSE Results Day
Monday, 28th August
Bank Holiday: August
Friday, 1st September
Monday, 4th September
Tuesday, 5th September
Wednesday, 6th September
School reopens for Autumn Term