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It was a privilege to listen to some of our outstanding GCSE musicians recording performances for their examination this week. They then delighted on Thursday evening in a hugely enjoyable concert that showcased their talents. I am always so proud of these pupils, whose dedication and commitment is truly inspiring. I warmly invite all to our forthcoming concerts in December, where you will be able to see more of this superb standard of performance.

A highlight for me this week was the opportunity to take some Year 7 lessons. I was impressed by the focus, thoughtfulness and positivity of all three classes that I took. In the midst of lots of negative national press about schools and young people, it is very important that we all remind ourselves that each day our pupils give of their best and strive to achieve. Of course, they make mistakes and we have to address occasions when such occurs, but we need to speak with optimism, confidence and belief in our young people.

The remembrance services in school on Monday were poignant and marked by our core value of respect. From my discussions with pupils it was very clear how they have engaged with the centenary in a meaningful way.

As I write, the FOOS team are preparing for their wine tasting evening. Thank you in advance to all who attend and are supporting the school as they do. I hope an enjoyable evening is had by all.

On Thursday 22nd November, Ormskirk School will be holding its annual Careers Fair from 6-8pm. This is a well-regarded event and we will be able to provide some excellent careers information, advice and guidance from local employers, colleges and universities. The superb team from Career North will also be in attendance.

Having started with our musicians and as a former teacher of A Level Philosophy, I couldn’t resist concluding this week’s Blog with Plato’s philosophical view on music: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

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
Monday, 7th January
A Level Oral PPEs
Tuesday, 8th January
Year 11 PPEs Sports Hall/Forum
Thursday, 10th January
Year 12 Parents' Evening
Monday, 14th January
Year 11 PPEs Sports Hall/Forum
Thursday, 17th January
Year 9 Options Evening
Monday, 21st January
A Level Theatre Studies Exam - rehearsals with set up

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