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Mr Alex Lingard BSc (Hons)
Head Teacher

Liskeard students and parents have been embracing the mannequin challenge that is currently sweeping the nation. The first challenge was met by students on the Millennium Bridge during their Art Trip to London. Not wanting to be criticised by the younger generation for not keeping up with the times, I decided to challenge parents, grandparents, students and teachers to strike a celebratory pose at the GCSE Celebration Evening for the Class of 2016 last week. How everyone kept so still, for so long, I have no idea! The challenges are available to view on the website or via our Facebook page.

It was a real delight to catch up with the Class of 2016 at the GCSE Celebration Evening last night. Most students are, of course, still with us in our sixth form, but many returned having left a few months ago to catch up with old friends and teachers. It was an informal evening with a great atmosphere. Thank you to Chartwells who put on a delicious buffet and to Ms Penberthy & Ms Brown for organising the event.

Since being appointed as Head Teacher I have been actively promoting a team spirit across the school. The importance of co-operating and being kind and supportive to others doesn’t need to be explained. I truly believe that students and staff achieve more together than in isolation. Such a culture in school helps create good citizens, who will impact on society in a positive way. I therefore thank you for your support in helping us promote such an ethos.

We have introduced a simple strategy to all of our Y10 and Y11 students, which can easily be used by all the students, called ‘545’, to help with revision and embed key knowledge. 545 stands for 5 cards for 5 days and requires students to make 5 very simple ‘flash cards’ every week day. The cards have a question written on one side and the answer on the reverse. Once made, students learn the answers then lay all 25 cards out on the table. Parents, siblings or friends then test the student on each card, putting the ones they got right in one pile and ones they get wrong in another. These ones, then get revised again.

Many thanks to those of you who responded to our communication survey. The results are both interesting and very useful. We didn’t realise quite how many of you use social media to keep up to date with the school’s news and events. One of the requests from parents is to receive more ‘live’ action in terms of the things that are going on in school. This is something we will be looking into over the next few weeks.

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