Our spectacular summer concert on Wednesday ended with a standing ovation! The ‘great composers’ theme ensured some wonderful music was shared in a diverse and inspirational programme. The audience were in awe of the talents of Ormskirk’s young musicians. Some of the Year 11 and Year 13 leavers, who have wowed audiences over the years, gave emotional ‘farewell’ performances of such quality that it couldn’t fail but inspire and motivate the many younger pupils who were part of the event. It was evident how incredibly proud of them Mrs Wood and her amazing team are. A huge well done to all involved.
The Year 13 Ball at West Tower on Monday was another wonderful evening where the students deservedly celebrated their achievements and time together. They have been a superb cohort and Mrs Hayes and Mrs Mayne have been rightly very proud of them. The next generation of senior students now take up the reins and I am delighted to advise the following for the academic year 2018/2019: Head Girl – Ella Pownall, Head Boy – Alex Gaughan, Deputy Head Girl – Amelia Size, Deputy Head Boy – Sam Hepke and Senior Student School Orator – Amelia Horrocks. Congratulations to them all on their achievement.
Year 7s experienced Chinese Culture Day this week and Mr Halliwell advised that they really enjoyed it, particularly the calligraphy with ‘magic paper’; although, many took a while to cotton on to the fact that it was the paper that made the text eventually disappear and not the water ‘ink’. We are really grateful to Edge Hill’s Confucius Institute staff for leading this event.
The Spanish Exchange students spent an action-packed week with us and enjoyed numerous activities, events and trips. It was a privilege for me to meet with the Headteacher and some of his staff, who made a presentation of a beautiful book as a gift for the school. It is evident how much the students gain from such experiences.
Thursday evening saw the school break out in Dance Fever. The amazing pupils of our local primary schools delighted the audience with some absolutely brilliant performances. It was a joy to attend and we are really grateful to the pupils and staff of all of the participating schools who had clearly put so much into the routines. Ms Heaton was very proud of all who took part in an event that also raised money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
A busy week in school has included a range of sporting events, more Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, and the Festival Enterprise Challenge. Of particular note were the Leavers’ Assemblies, saying a fond farewell to our Year 11 and Year 13 students. In this spirit, I conclude the Blog with the words of Eleanor Roosevelt that I shared in the Year 11 assembly: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”