We will all have different priorities in our lives. For some, it may be our family, for others your school work. It might be to do well in exams, get the right job or to have a certain car. Whatever your own personal priorities are – don’t forget to think to think of how your priorities affect your friends, your family, your school and your community.
Christmas is a time to celebrate and be with the people we love. A time to stop and think about our actions over the past year. To pause and remember the good times and the bad of 2015 and to promise ourselves that the coming year will be the best ever. After all, 2016 will only happen once.
Unfortunately for some people, Christmas is not a time for celebration. We may know people who have lost a loved one this past year or may be looking after someone who is sick. Some may be worried about loved ones who live abroad or who are serving in the forces in a conflict zone. Some families may be struggling financially and Christmas is a burden they really can’t afford. Maybe one of your priorities in the New Year could be that you look out for those who are not as fortunate as you.
This past term has been amazing and I have been so proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of staff, students and Governors to ensuring our school continues its long tradition of striving for excellence and being fiercely ambitious.
There are so many wonderful examples of this fierce ambition – far too numerous to mention all of them.
With Football, Netball, Cross country, Rugby, Tennis, STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics), European day of Languages, China trips, ski trips to name but a few – these are the things which make LCHS a school with a genuine community spirit.
Our recent performance of ‘LCHS will rock you’ was simply marvellous. We must all be very proud of the exceptional talent we have in school. Both staff and students worked tirelessly to ensure this performance was truly one we will never forget. From actors to singers to dancers, musicians, directors and props – a sincere thank you to all involved for making the end of this year so special.
Our Open Evening in September saw over 1000 people attending. Prospective students and their parents saw the best we had to offer, including our fabulous facilities but most of all, our talented and amazing students. Students performed plays and music, acted as guides and were excellent ambassadors for our school. It was a great evening and one which will stay with me for a long time.
It has been a very busy start to the year with the Year 7 Foundation Service, our students wining the Best in School award during the construction week for the second year running, 6th form trips to Lincoln University, Cambridge University, Sheffield University, London, Sculpture parks, the Year 7 creative writing workshops at the Museum of Lincolnshire life, our work with various year groups in our local community, our new prefect system, success in slam jam, our success in gaining the Religious Studies Quality Mark, welcoming our Dutch visitors in October, the Year 11 doing well in the Geography quiz night, the Brick Lincs event, Roald dahl day, our Children in Need appeal, Our Christmas fayre – the list is endless.
We have come a long way. You have worked exceptionally hard in your lessons – aiming for highly aspirational and challenging targets. I am very proud of how you have taken on the challenge to exceed expectations.
And finally, with amazing Sixth Form students, we now have facilities to match. I am very proud indeed of their progress and the commitment they show to their studies in our brand new, state of the art facilities. Our 6th Formers continue to develop and grow with over 90 of our students gaining a university place last year.
All of these things are examples of how commitment, hard work and an inspiring sense of community can lead to very special outcomes. The students and staff involved in all of these things have shown an ‘I CAN’ attitude, a ‘WE CAN’ attitude. With this attitude, it becomes very clear that through determination, resilience and working together, extraordinary things can happen.
Each one of you is extraordinary. You all have something very special to show or to give. Each one of you has it in you to be inspiring and motivational – to stand out from the crowd and show that we can positively influence and change the lives of the people around us as well as our own.
2016 will present new challenges.
We will ask you for an even higher standard of behaviour. We will ask you to look even smarter in your uniform and insist that you focus on reaching for aspirational targets. But how will you react when we ask for more? Will you let all of these examples I have talked about today just pass you by – opt out, complain, says it’s unfair and don’t really go that extra mile – or will you stand up and make that difference and approach every challenge with that ‘CAN DO’ attitude?
I challenge us all here today – students, staff, governors, parents, carers – to present an unswerving determination which will ensure our school continues to grow, develop and improve even further.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.