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Our Sixth Formers reflected on the emotive and challenging themes of Holocaust Memorial [ http://www.hmd.org.uk/ ] on Friday, in a programme of events planned and co-ordinated by the Year 13 Ambassadors. The day contained a powerful testimony from a Holocaust survivor and concluded in our Long Garden with a tree-planting and stone-laying ceremony.

Guided by Mr Herridge, our Sixth Formers are also being encouraged to engage with the Duke of York iDEA Awards. Modelled on the Duke of Edinburgh Award, this is a new programme which helps students develop digital and enterprise skills. The students who have piloted this have found it to be a very positive experience. Details are available at https://idea.org.uk/

I mentioned our superb Cryptographers last week and Mrs Howes has proudly updated that they have made it through round 2. Both of our teams have moved up the leader board – Team RJT from 18th to 10th and Team Octopus from 62nd to 16th. In light of the fact that there are over 1200 teams/schools involved in the competition from all over the world, our teams have done amazingly well to both be in the top 20! We are very proud of them.

Next Wednesday (Jan 31st) the Year 11 pupils will have their ‘Taster Day’ experience, based in either our Sixth Form or at West Lancashire College. We will then commence interviews with pupils to discuss their post-16 choices. Last year’s record results for our Sixth Form and our focus on ‘Your College. Your Future.’, alongside our exciting new partnership with Bootroom Academies, leads to me being proud of what our College has to offer. I hope that many of our wonderful Year 11s will plan to stay with us as they strive to fulfil their potential and gain qualifications that open doors for them.

Next Thursday (Feb 1st) is the Year 9 Parents’ Evening and the invitation letter has been sent; a copy is available on the website, where we have also just posted the invite for Year 7 Parents ahead of their event at the end of February.

If you have not yet had the chance, I encourage you to read Emily and Hannah’s report on the Peru & Bolivia expedition of last summer, which along with some excellent photos of the adventure is hosted on the website [link]; in their words the trip was ‘amazing, eye-opening and inspirational’. The opportunity to broaden and deepen understanding through such experiences is something valued at Ormskirk School and in this spirit I conclude with the words of Salman Rushdie: “A purpose of our lives is to broaden what we can understand and say and therefore be.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Thursday, 22nd February
Yr 7 Parents Evening
Wednesday, 28th February
Parent Forum 2
Thursday, 1st March
World Book Day
Wednesday, 7th March
GCSE Music Concert
Thursday, 8th March
International Women's Day
Thursday, 15th March
Y13 Parents Evening
Monday, 19th March
Able & Ambitious Stretch & Challenge Day
Tuesday, 20th March
Battle of the Bands
Thursday, 22nd March
Y11 Parents Evening 2
Monday, 26th March
Easter Holiday
Friday, 30th March
Bank Holiday: Good Friday
Monday, 2nd April
Bank Holiday: Easter Monday