Thirty young musicians delighted the audience on Tuesday evening at our Young Musicians Concert. Their confidence, enthusiasm and talent shone through in a programme that featured a variety of musical selections from classical to contemporary, performed by: voice, flute, drums, clarinet, recorder and piano. The sets were superbly lit by the skills of our technical team, who feature some more talented students. I know that Mrs Wood and her team were incredibly proud of all involved and we cannot wait for the summer concert in July based on the ‘Great Composers’; you are warmly invited to what I am sure will be a superb event.
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being shown some of the incredible Art work that is being prepared for the GCSE moderator this term. The Art staff shared not just the finished pieces but talked me though some of the progress that students have made. I was in awe of the quality, evidencing the talents of the students and the significant investment of time and care that they have put into the work, clearly hours and hours of effort.
The Opportunity Centre staff and students made my week, when on Friday I was invited to attend their pre-Royal Wedding celebration event. Their creative ingenuity was a delight, from the invitations and decorations through to the delicious baking; what a treat.
Governors have been working hard in school this week, with the Standards and Effectiveness Group reviewing progress on Monday and planning underway for a Strategy Day in school next month to focus on school improvement. We have a clear focus on improving the consistency and quality of: our learning environment, teaching and learning experience and the outcomes and progress of our students. We have been working with external consultants, taking time to reflect on ideas and practice from across the sector and reaffirming the commitment and determination that all share in moving the school forwards. An aspirational and joyous learning environment is built upon positive relationships and continuous effort and we strive to work in this spirit, recognising what we need to improve and enhancing what we do well as a community. I aim to be able to share some of the detail at the Parent Forum on June 14th.
Our new intake parents will be welcomed to school on Thursday May 24th. We have another full cohort of 250 students preparing to join Ormskirk School and we are looking forward to welcoming them.
The Senior Students met with me this week and I was interested in their views on ways we could improve the College, especially as we prepare to welcome a larger, enthused and capable Year 12 cohort from September. I have been particularly pleased that our PROPEL mentoring scheme has taken off so positively. Some of our inspiring sixth formers are now mentoring Year 7 students and the initial experience has been very successful. Students as mentors and role models is a powerful example of a learning environment built upon positive relationships and I am grateful to all those involved for giving of their time and commitment in this way. It leads me to conclude the Blog with the words of Bob Proctor: “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”