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We were delighted to welcome Callum, a professional live sound engineer (most notably with the band Blossoms) in to school this week. He came to speak to A-Level Music Technology students, GCSE Music students, and also the Music Technology Club students about his job role, followed by a more technical discussion with a Q&A session for the A-Level and GCSE students exclusively. We are really grateful to him for giving his time in this way. In the same vein, some of our wonderful Sixth Formers, who are undertaking enrichment activities in Music, have been out teaching Music to primary pupils; they have been a credit to the College.

In more Music news, Mr Pearson was proud to present three acts who performed a short rock concert in the school hall on Wednesday lunchtime. There were two full bands, whose performances were superb; plus, an outstanding acoustic set from Mayan, who performed his original material. The hall was absolutely packed with students who really enjoyed the concert. We hope that there may be more of such to come.

In sporting news, last week our swimming gala team won the district event, with Ms Goff advising that it was fantastic to watch our talented swimmers excel. Our under 15 girls were superb in the North of England cricket finals, narrowly losing out in the final by 3 runs, in what was an incredibly close game. From a field of 500+ schools that entered, to finish second overall is an outstanding achievement; well done to all. The Y9 boys' football team rounded a great season as double winners, another achievement that we are all proud of. As ever, there will be much to celebrate at the Ormskirk School PE Presentation Evening on May 10th. Remember that you can keep up-to-date with our PE and sporting success directly through the PE team Twitter: @ormskirkpe

Superb teams of Y8, 9 and 10 students represented the school at a Cryptography competition at Manchester University on Thursday. Mrs Howes described both teams as brilliant, saying: "They represented the school so well, tried incredibly hard to complete the live challenges on the day and have been an absolute pleasure to spend the extra time with. They're all a credit to the school. Although they didn't win the live challenges yesterday, they didn't give up and submitted their answers 30 seconds before the timer; cracking the code correctly."

Our students have been enjoying Science week. The excitement of 'rockets' launching in the school playground is always a sight to behold.

I mentioned last week that Mrs Cross was running the London Marathon and I am delighted to advise that she successfully completed the marathon, through record temperatures, and has raised over £3,000 for Core UK. We are all really proud of her achievement. It prompts me to conclude this week's Blog with the words of John Hanc: "I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible."

Best wishes
Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

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
Thursday, 21st June
College Presentation Evening
Thursday, 21st June
College Presentation Evening
Monday, 25th June
HE Parent Information Evening
Monday, 25th June
Year 12 Futures Day
Tuesday, 26th June
PE Presentation Evening
Wednesday, 27th June
Year 12 Information Evening

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