After a rigorous application process the selection of Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl and the team of senior prefects has been announced. Potential candidates are invited to set out in a letter how they will contribute to student leadership in the school. Shortlisting is based not only on the application letter but also the votes of the whole prefect team and votes from teachers. All candidates on the final shortlist are interviewed by our Principal and the Progress Leader for year 10. Principal Alison Mobbs said decision making this year was harder than ever which says so much about the quality of our young people. After much agonizing it was announced that Alice Wakeley is to be Head Girl, and Callum Hart will be head boy. They will be supported by Deputies Clarissa Burwood and Cody Skeggs. The Senior prefect team is made up of Jake Annison, Georgina Baxter, Ella Bell, Harry Martin, Alyssa Osben and Chloe White. The team have already set to work devising their Leadership Development Plan – good luck to you all.
‘Discover what you are good at’ is a Lynn Grove motto and one of the ways we help year 10 to do this is by organising a week of work experience. All of our year 10 pupils have been out and about experiencing the world of work in an incredible range of businesses. From solicitors’ offices to geophysical surveyors, and from care homes to nurseries, Lynn Grove pupils got a taste of adult life and showed themselves to be great ambassadors for our school. To conclude the work experience pupils participated in a Preparing for Opportunities conference where they updated their CVs, met representatives from local businesses for a mock job interview and attended seminars on topics including how to get an apprenticeship and how to finance university studies. We are proud at Lynn Grove that 100% of our pupils go on to further education or work when they leave us – work experience certainly helps them make the right choices after Lynn Grove.
Excellence and Endeavour were celebrated in our Prize Giving evenings in late June. Parents, staff and school governors came together to reward the hard work of pupils in every year group. Principal, Alison Mobbs expressed how proud she was of all the prize winners as they exemplified values that are highly esteemed in our school; scholarship, endeavour, service and leadership.
Chief Executive of the Creative Education Trust, Mr Marc Jordan, spoke at the Upper School prize giving. In his talk he stressed the importance of resilience and developing skills that will prepare our young people for the next stage. With the formal part of the evening over, parents, prize winners and Lynn Grove staff enjoyed fruit punch and canapés in our Atrium. It was a lovely occasion, much enjoyed by all.
The end of the summer term brings round a much loved Lynn Grove tradition – Enrichment Week. Pupils travelled far and wide on trips designed to add an extra dimension to their learning or reward excellence through the year. Science staff took pupils to the London Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. English Scholars enjoyed an overnight trip to London where they took in a tour of the Globe Theatre, a production of A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and a flight on the London Eye. Sports fanatics enjoyed a trip to Wembley Stadium where walking through the tunnel was a highlight for many. Our Zoologists enjoyed an outing closer to home with a visit to Africa alive. At home, pupils had a great range of activities to choose from including a Harry Potter day, a day of forensic science and cooking and craft. We rounded off enrichment with a wonderful sunny sports day for all. Well done everyone and thank you to the teachers for putting on such a great range of trips.
Lynn Grove pupils love to travel and year 8 were thoroughly excited about heading over to Northampton for our inter-trust sports day. Teams took part in football, netball, dodge ball and rounders along with a full range of track and field events. New this year was a team triathlon which involved rowing, running and cycling. The event, which was on one of the rare sunny days this term was superbly organised by our dedicated PE staff across the trust and well supported by Sports Leaders from each school. The day was rounded off with an inspirational talk from Steve Brown – who captained the GB Wheelchair Rugby team in the 2012 Paralympics. Oh, and to complete a wonderful day – Lynn Grove was awarded with the cup as the overall winners!
We were delighted to welcome all our new year 7 pupils to spend three transition days with us. The six year pupils enjoyed three busy days of exciting activities. So that no one gets lost in September, everyone joined in a challenging treasure hunt around the school. Science lessons were a real hit, as were the mini Olympics which proved a really good way to get to know pupils going Lynn Grove from other schools. Some year 7 pupils commented that they enjoyed meeting each other in the dedicated year 7 area at break and lunchtime. Year 9 pupils were excellent buddies for the new pupils showing them around and making them feel at home. Mrs Hirst, Progress Leader for year 7 was very pleased with how the days went. We are looking forward to seeing them at summer school and in September.