Inspirational Invictus athlete Michelle Turner was the keynote speaker at our district ‘Mini Masters’ event on Thursday, where we hosted some outstanding Year 9 students from across the area. They were able to engage in seminar topics from game theory to behavioural economics and every student was an absolute credit to their school. The event was a great example of schools working together within the Endeavour Learning Teaching School Alliance, to share opportunities for our students to excel.
The Leadership Team had the privilege this week of attending a presentation by our Well-Being Champions. This team of Year 9 students had worked with Lancashire MIND over recent weeks, reflecting on the ‘five ways to well-being: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.’ They had then drawn together a detailed survey that they used as evidence to inform some thoughtful and creative planning. The ideas that they presented were impressive and it was evident that they had forged themselves into an outstanding team, of whom their Pastoral Manager Mrs Morley was rightly very proud. Well done to all involved.
On Thursday evening our Year 11 of 2018 lit up Hurlston Golf Club at their Prom. Mr Fitzgerald and Mrs Oldfield are incredibly proud of the year group and all enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate in style. I am sure there were some very proud and emotional parents, seeing their children taking part in what across the country is the event that marks finishing school. We will welcome the cohort into school on Monday for their leavers’ assembly, where, if tradition holds, there may be a few tears; although I will try to compose myself.
Mrs Hayes has been leading ‘Futures Week’ across the College, supporting Year 12 as they prepare for next year and tackle: UCAS applications, HE processes, financing further study and all things ‘next steps’. The cohort also had the opportunity to attend Edge Hill University this week. That we have an amazing year group was made very clear this week as the candidates for ‘senior students’ for next year gave their formal presentations ahead of the voting process before an audience that included school Governors. I look forward to announcing the results in due course.
We have another busy week ahead: on Monday our Sixth Form Ball takes place at West Tower, on Wednesday we have our wonderful Summer Concert to which you are all warmly invited and on Friday the full staff team will be training with the Pivotal Education team. Please remember that school will be closed to students on Friday July 6th for this INSET.
I was delighted this week to be invited to give an address to the graduating teacher training cohort from Edge Hill University. It was a privilege to be back in the Education Faculty main lecture theatre, where I was one of the first people to lecture when the building was first opened, and to see the enthused and committed teachers of the future preparing to join their schools as newly qualified teachers. It leads me to conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Abdul Kalam: “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual.” I wish them all careers to be proud of.