Over the Easter break, a team of students and staff had an outstanding visit, skiing in the wonderful setting of Saalbach-Hinterglemm. It was a pleasure to follow their adventure via their Twitter updates and then to hear how they excelled themselves as representatives of the school community. I am really grateful to all who gave their time to ensure this amazing opportunity was provided. The school ski trip is a highlight of the year and is very popular so interested parties please note that Mr Fazal has already written about the 2019 trip to Bormio. His letter is on the website and return forms of interest need to be with him this Monday, April 16th.
More adventurous students have impressed this week and we are incredibly proud that the first ever Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, as delivered through the school’s provision under the leadership of Mr Herridge, have arrived. This is an incredible achievement and the students should be rightly proud of their success. They are inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.
Over Easter the SHINE team undertook a thought-provoking and inspiring ‘Easter School’, under the leadership of Mrs Coggins. The event was supported by local business, featured creative work around the symbols and themes of Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom) and concluded with a reception for families. It was much enjoyed and Mrs Coggins advised that “the students were all an absolute credit to Ormskirk School and this work would not be possible without their hard work, commitment and the continued support of their families.” The students were especially keen to tell me about the chocolate-making masterclass. A huge well done to all involved.
As we return from the Easter break all are welcomed back to school at the start of the summer term. Our Year 10s have been hard at work with their exam week and have been much praised for the focus and conduct they have displayed. Year 11s and 13s are very much in the final stages of revision, with the exam season starting next month. We are also very proud of this year's 'Read for Good ' winners who have helped to raise over £389. The money raised supports children in hospital. A big thank you and well done to all that have contributed.
This long summer term will certainly be a busy and action-packed one. A key priority will be the determined focus on our school improvement planning, with continued work on ICE teaching and learning and the collaborative planning models for the department teams. A very important element will be our commitment to building on our strengths in pupil behaviour so that excellent behaviour permeates all aspects of our school culture. To this end, we are beginning work on: a thorough review of behaviour policy and practice, new and exciting approaches to a rewards system, and staff training to deliver consistent best practice. We were delighted to work this week with a Senior Trainer from Pivotal Education and as this work develops we will be including all stakeholders in discussions and evaluation. I look forward to sharing more on this vital element of schooling as the process commences. In this spirit I conclude the first Blog of the term with the words of Abraham Maslow: “The fact is that people are good, give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behaviour.”