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National Teaching Assistant Day was a positive opportunity to recognise how fortunate we are at Ormskirk School to have such a talented and committed team of Teaching Assistants. They are a vital part of the school team and make a very real difference to the pupils in their care.

We are all looking forward to the school’s Open Evening on Thursday 27th September, when so many of our fantastic pupils are in action: acting as guides, demonstrating lessons, sharing their work and experiences, performing aspects of the school production currently in rehearsal, and even busking in the corridors. Please remember that on the day the school closes at 12.40pm with buses running then.

Thank you to the parents/carers who attended the Year 12 Parent Information Evening on Thursday. The new Year 12 cohort have settled well into the College and we look forward to seeing them fulfil their potential.

School life this week has featured: Geography GCSE field courses, the construction of the set for the school production, aboriginal art, practical problem solving, pasta bakes, research into political leaders and much more. I always enjoy being able to visit lessons and see the students and staff at their enthusiastic best. In particular this week, as senior staff have been observing learning, there has been very clear and positive evidence of our new approach to positive classrooms and relentless routines. We are in the process of finalising parent guides to the approach, so that we can ensure that everyone has a shared sense of our commitment to high standards and celebrating success.

In recent weeks I have been training for the Abersoch Half Marathon that takes place at the weekend; an event that I have not attended before. I have been motivated by a huge sign in the gym that says:

EMBRACE CHALLENGE. RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

I encourage all of the students at Ormskirk School and Sixth Form College to be inspired by this notion. To that end I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Joshua Marine: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Thursday, 18th October
Year 12 Open Evening 6:00PM
Monday, 22nd October
Half Term Closure
Wednesday, 31st October
Parent Forum 1
Thursday, 1st November
Year 13 Parents' Evening
Friday, 2nd November
Public Exams GCSE Re-sits
Tuesday, 6th November
Public Exams GCSE Re-sits
Thursday, 8th November
Public Exams GCSE Re-sits
Thursday, 8th November
Year 7 P.T.P. Evening 4:00PM
Tuesday, 13th November
GCSE Music Practical Exams
Thursday, 15th November
GCSE Music Concert 7:00PM
Friday, 16th November
FOOS Wine Tasting Evening 7:30PM
Thursday, 22nd November
Careers Fair (LAH) 6:00PM

Life @ Ormskirk School