The exceptional ‘Winter Warmers’ concert this week was a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the talents and enthusiasm of Ormskirk’s students. The variety of performances that featured in the programme showcased the breadth and depth of musical ability and was a testament to the hard work of the students and the entire staff team. I know that the Music Department were very proud of all who delighted the audience with a great festive treat [ Photos ]. More of these performances will feature in the Senior Presentation Evening and the Carol Services that take place next week.
In the same spirit, the school received some wonderful feedback from the senior citizens who attended the Christmas Party organised for them by the Sixth Form. The students provided the baked treats, entertained with musical performances and enjoyed the chance to chat with the VIP guests [ Photos ].
Year 8 and 9 computer scientists have had a huge amount of fun controlling computer programs with random objects. Try playing the piano with bananas, the bongos with mince pie cases and even playing Pac-Man with humans - you would have to see it to believe it! There is a video on the school twitter feed, so please take a look if you get a chance; a fantastic example of computer science inspiring and engaging students. Twitter also features the amazing finalists and the winner of the school’s ‘The Apprentice’ competition; another ingenious and highly skilled group of students, very well done to all involved.
The local press this week featured the story of Isaac Walton in Year 7. Isaac undertook the Aspire Channel Swim, raising money for Aspire, a national charity working with people with spinal cord injuries. Isaac completed the incredible challenge, swimming 1416 lengths within the designated 12 week timescale. We are all very proud of Isaac, what an inspiration he is.
Mr Herridge was also extremely proud of all of the fantastic students who received their Duke of Edinburgh Awards this week. These students are dedicated, determined and deserve the credit that is bestowed through these awards. We are all very proud of their achievement.
School Parliament met this week and we continue to reflect on ways in which we can: develop the rewards system, enhance College competitions, improve road safety messages, and contribute to ongoing school improvement.
I would like to thank all of the parents/carers who attended the Year 8 Parents’ Evening this week. These are very important events and all at school appreciate the opportunity to meet and share progress information with parents as well as to reflect on feedback.
Time certainly flies, and this is the final Blog of 2017. I conclude with the words of Peg Bracken: “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas.” On behalf of all at the school I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing everyone back for the new term on Monday 8th January 2018.