I was delighted to present certificates this week to the superb students who have been working on a project with Everton Football Club throughout the year. They have all clearly had a very positive and enjoyable experience and we are very proud of them and grateful to Jack and his team for their hard work and efforts.
This celebration of wonderful students continued on Thursday at our Year 9 and 10 Presentation Evening. We welcomed former student James O’Hara as our keynote speaker and presenter and James gave an inspiring speech that perfectly captured the focus of the evening. As I advised on the evening, I am always incredibly proud to stand at Presentation Award events and see the success, commitment and determination of students recognised and celebrated. To all of the award recipients I offer my sincere praise and say that what you are doing is laying the foundations for your future, demonstrating that effort and hard work pay off and I hope seeing that you should always aim high, believe in yourself and your aspirations and then use your achievements and success to inspire and support those around you.
This year’s Art Exhibition on Wednesday was as incredible as ever, demonstrating a breadth and depth of art work of the highest standards. Those in attendance were impressed by the talent of our artists and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with them and discuss their work. I know that Mrs Kamuteku and her team are rightly very proud of all of their students.
The week concluded with trips out to Alton Towers, Chester Zoo and Southport Plaza. Students benefited from the ongoing pleasant summer weather. As a school, we have been reviewing ‘rewards’, recognising that we need to revise and improve our approach, thus, from September we will be a Pivotal School. Parents will see a clear increase in: phone calls of praise, postcards of praise and students awarded ‘privileges’ as form groups and class groups. These have been well discussed at College and School Parliaments.
As we prepare for our final week of the academic year, we are looking forward to Sports Day and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Day, where all sorts of creative curriculum ideas will be delivered. Local business representatives will be visiting school on Monday and Tuesday to provide every Year 10 student with a one-to-one practice interview experience. Thank you to those involved and good luck to Year 10, who I know will make an excellent impression and approach the interviews with a positive attitude. In this spirit I conclude the Blog with words from E Lester: “A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life.”