Headteacher's Blog

Our superb U-15 girls cricket team excelled themselves this week, winning the Lancashire County Cricket title. Ms Goff advised: “It was an incredible team performance and such a close game, all credit to our opposition St Peter’s. The girls all did the school proud both during the game and afterwards, applauding every single St Peter’s girl collecting their runners up medals. Special mention to Captain Eleanor, who during the ‘Super Over’ ensured that the opposition scored 0 runs, with some fantastically accurate and fast bowling (not sure how she held her nerve), taking 3 wickets in 4 balls. Then batting with Katelyn scoring 5 runs from St Peter’s 1st ball to give the game to Ormskirk!” The team now go on the North of England finals on Tuesday 24th April and we all wish then the very best of luck.

The Whitechapel Centre were delighted to receive the donations that had been collected in recent weeks. A team of volunteer students were needed to carry all of the items down for collection. Charlotte, a former Ormskirk student, represented the Centre and spoke to representative students about the vital work the Centre undertake and the difference that such makes to ensuring human dignity is preserved through care and support. Again, thank you to all who donated. The spirit of our wonderful students is further reflected in the work that so many of them do to support charities; a great example of this is on our Twitter feed, setting out Josh’s support for Cancer Research. As a community we have some young people to be very proud of.

Our Foundation Trust Governors met this week and lent their support to numerous exciting developments across the school. We are particularly delighted that they have facilitated our being able to have AlterEgo Creative Solutions bring their Applied Theatre Production ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ into school in May. There will be details about this in due course.

We have students out in London today. Year 8s are attending a Science event that has recently featured in the news and is designed to capture the imagination and the SHINE team are on an adventure to some of the great locations in the city. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed.

As a school, we value the partnership we have with parents and encourage parents to contact school as and when they need to. Please note that teaching staff often have a full day of lessons timetabled, as well as break / lunch supervision duty, internal and external meetings and training sessions. It may therefore not be possible for a member of staff to return your call or reply to your email on the same day. Ormskirk School staff will endeavour to respond to parental queries within 48 hours (covering working days only). Note that any serious safeguarding issue will be dealt with as a priority.

Our talented artists have some superb stencil drawings and clay sculptures featured on the Twitter feed and another treat this week has been to be able to hear some of the musical performances that our amazing GCSE musicians have recorded for their exam. They will be in concert on Wednesday at 7pm in the School Hall and tickets for the event are available from the Music Office for £1. You are all warmly invited.

In this creative spirit, I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Henri Matisse: “Creativity takes courage.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Monday, 7th May
Bank Holiday: Early May
Tuesday, 8th May
KS3 Chelsea's Choice Play
Thursday, 10th May
Spanish Play
Thursday, 10th May
PE Presentation Evening
Thursday, 24th May
Year 6 Parents' Information Evening
Monday, 28th May
Bank Holiday: Spring
Monday, 28th May
Half Term Break
Friday, 8th June
FOOS Quiz Night
Wednesday, 13th June
STEM Workshop
Thursday, 14th June
Parent Forum 3
Friday, 15th June
Year 8 College Sports