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Our sixth formers have taken advantage of some wonderful opportunities this week. Scientists spent three days visiting CERN. Based in Geneva, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research Centre’s mission is to ‘uncover what the universe is made of and how it works’. They give a particular focus on how their world class research unites people from all parts of the world in pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge. Two wonderful sixth form ambassadors, accompanied by Miss Breckon, visited Auschwitz this week and participated in a very moving service. This powerful and emotional experience will lead to them reflecting on how they will lead some reflective work with lower school students when Holocaust Memorial Day takes place next year. Such learning experiences as these are those that stay with people for life.

Throughout the week, we have been reflecting on the theme of remembrance. From activities in Progress Groups through to a film being shown over lunchtimes, we have ensured that the school has taken some time to reflect on the centenary of the ending of the First World War. A particularly poignant element each day has been the reading of the names of local people who lost their lives in the conflict. We will conclude our formal remembrance on Monday as we have five services taking place throughout the day, where readings will be undertaken and the Last Post will sound.

As the Chair of Governors, Mr Slawinski, has advised parents, Mr Witter has been appointed to the Headship of Ormskirk School from Easter. I was delighted to spend a morning with Mr Witter this week, now that he is the Headteacher Designate, and we were able to discuss a wide range of matters relating to the school. Mr Witter is an experienced Head who currently leads Ladybridge High School in Bolton and I know that he is very much looking forward to joining the school. For the Spring Term Mrs Smith and Mr Wood will be Co-Headteachers and I know that in the highly capable hands of these colleagues, the school will continue to grow from strength-to-strength.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended the Year 7 Progress Tutor evening on Thursday. As ever, staff valued the opportunity to discuss how this new cohort have settled in as well as to listen carefully to parental feedback and suggestions.

Tickets are available for our GCSE Music concert that takes place on Thursday 15th November at 7pm in school. These incredible students are truly a joy to listen to and you are all warmly invited.

In the spirit of our remembrance services, I conclude this week’s Blog with the words attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds:

“When you go home, tell them of us and say,

For your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Thursday, 22nd November
Careers Fair 6:00PM
Thursday, 29th November
Year 11 Parents' Evening (1) 4:30PM
Monday, 3rd December
GCSE Drama Exams
Thursday, 6th December
Year 9 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Wednesday, 12th December
Winter Warmers Concert 6:30PM
Thursday, 13th December
Year 10 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Monday, 17th December
Senior Presentation Evening
Tuesday, 18th December
Carol Service
Wednesday, 19th December
Year 7 Disco
Monday, 24th December
Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, 25th December
Bank Holiday: Christmas Day
Wednesday, 26th December
Bank Holiday: Boxing Day

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