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Sports Presentation evening July 2018

Good evening, everyone.

Thank you very much for coming to this year’s Sports Presentation Evening – it is good to see so many of you here this evening celebrating the best athletes LCHS has to offer.

This is also something new for me! I have never had the opportunity to come and speak at one of these events.  I usually do the other academic ones but not this one.  I don’t know why, perhaps my physique suggests I have never played a sport before, I don’t know.

However, I can tell you, unbelievable as it may seem, yes, I have played sports in the past to a half decent level. I can enjoy a go at most things.  When I was your age, I was on the football team, rugby team, golf team, and the cross country team.  I was never much good at athletics – but usually gave it a go – pretty much to make up the numbers!

But I don’t play so much now and to be honest, don’t follow much sport now – perhaps that’s just the stage of my life at the moment with other things filling that time: work, family, and so on.

However, I am glad that there is a separate Sports Presentation Evening for our students because to excel at a sport is different to excelling in an academic subject. I am not saying that it is harder or easier, just different.

You see, for you to find success at Mathematics or French or English or Geography you have to work very hard every day, day in and day out, but success in these areas is very personal. That success is yours and yours alone.  If you get 100%, it’s because you have listened you have worked hard and you have put the time in.

However, to be successful at football or rugby for example, your success usually comes from the effort and dedication of the whole team. Not only that, but each member of your whole team has a different job to play in that. You have to rely on them, to trust them, and ultimately your success or failure can come as a result of someone else’s genius or mistake.

This is probably why the team spirit within sports is unique and very difficult to replicate outside of sport.

Nevertheless, it can be replicated. American Heptathlon gold medal winner Jackie Joyner-Kersee said:

‘The glory of sport comes from dedication and desire. Achieving success and glory in athletics has less to do with wins and losses than it does with learning how to prepare yourself, so that at the end of the day, whether on the track, in the office or in school, you know that there was nothing more that you could have done to reach your personal goal.’

So perhaps there are a lot of lesson that you can take from your field of expertise to help you every single day. That day to day effort and work helps you get where you want to be.

Sometimes it isn’t easy. Mohammed Ali once said:

‘I hated every minute of training. Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

Don’t get me wrong – we can’t all find the legendary status of possibly the greatest boxer of all time, but what he reminds us is that wining and success, whether in a team, on the track or in the classroom does not happen by mistake. The most determined people who put the time in will find the most success in life.

Sometimes this effort is not easy, sometimes you know you are probably going to lose. This might be against a football team you know are great – all your best players are injured – you know the match isn’t going to be pretty.  What then?

Arnold Palmer, a golfing legend, said:

‘Always make total effort. Even when the odds are against you.’

Usain Bolt said:

‘The difference between the possible and impossible is determination.’

Do you remember that person that gave up? No – neither does anyone else.

And you can take these lessons into everything. Have a goal, find out what your success is; then aim for it.  We all have different things which motivate us.  So figure out what it is and don’t let anything stand in your way.

I am going to finish off with one final quote. I don’t know who it is from this time, but it is certainly worth thinking about as you set yourself up for a challenge which comes your way:

‘Why do I succeed? I succeed because I am willing to do the things you are not.  I will sacrifice; I am not shackled by fear, insecurity or doubt.  I do feel those emotions – drink them in and swallow them into the blackness of hell.  Learn from them, conquer them and use them to motivate you.  I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride.  Pride consumes the weak – eats them up when things don’t go well.  If I fall – I will get up.  If I am beaten – I will return.  I will never stop getting better.’

Many congratulations to all of our prize winners this evening.

Junior Awards Evening

Monday 16th July 2018.  7pm

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and thank you very much for coming along to this evening’s Junior Awards Evening.

Tonight, we are here to celebrate the progress, hard work, and dedication of our lower year groups; to celebrate our differences, our common goals, and the collective responsibility we all feel to our school, parents and carers, and to ourselves.

We are also here to think about one of our priority founding principles: to support students to reach their personal excellence.

This excellence is different for you all. This excellence is unique.  Tonight, we celebrate progress in many subjects: Maths, English, Design and Technology, Languages, Humanities, and Art – just to name a few.  You are sitting here tonight because your teachers and staff are proud of your achievements over this past year and they have picked you as the one person they would like to congratulate over everyone else.  This is a very special thing.

However, this evening isn’t just about saying well done to the people who have got the best marks in a test or get 100% all the time. Tonight is also about celebrating the effort, determination and commitment that underpin achievement.  It is to those students who have faced challenges and may find things an uphill struggle that I look to for my own inspiration. 

Those individuals show us how to overcome our own personal struggles. Moreover, they inspire us to turn such struggles into opportunities; to learn new things and experience new ideas.

So – thank you to you all for such inspiration; for making our jobs so enjoyable, and showing that passion and that thirst for learning which we all know is so important.

I would just like to reiterate our Chair of Governors’ words about the wider support you have had. You all know that you are sitting there because of the teachers who give you the opportunities, teaching assistants who are by your side supporting you, the progress leaders who are caring about your every move and pastoral managers who are looking after you day to day.  I think they all need a round of applause!

I would also like to mention the support and influence that you get from home. The influence from home is so integral to your success: the encouragement in your studies, getting you to look smart in your uniform, getting you to school on time and every day, telling you to get off your phone and do some homework.  All of these have the cumulative effect of nurturing your progress and success.  So again,  please, can we have a round of applause for all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, carers and guardians wo are always helping you to do well.

Did anyone watch the world cup? Absolutely fabulous – an historic event for Russia and a moment of national pride for England: the best outcome for about 30 years.  But again – this didn’t happen by accident.

What we have seen is a team who have shown a commitment and determination, the outcome of which was that they exceeded expectation in the competition.

As I was reading an interview with Ronaldinho and I realised that there is a possible downside to gaining an award this evening. He said:

‘Brazil go into every World Cup expecting to win. You can't understand what the World Cup means to our country. Not just the fans and players, but everybody in Brazil lets us know that they expect it. Our president, people in politics, all tell us to come back with the World Cup.’

Now, obviously, they will be very disappointed in not winning, but it is the mindset here which interests me.

You see, in my mind, you are our Brazil team. You are the people we look to full of expectation.  We expect hard work and an attitude that makes you an impressive ambassador for your school and for your family.  Everybody will expect you to do well and to win.

Remember – winning isn’t a one match thing or a one set win or a one point thing. It is an all the time thing.  Preparation is everything.  Making sure that every day you are a little bit better at something.  It’s a big responsibility!

Yes this is pressure but…

You are also our England for the people in this room. Everyone wants you to do well – cheering for you, helping you every step of the way.  You will never be alone as you strive towards your goal.  Yes, you will have your times when you are disappointed, but your nation – your school and family -  will always believe that you can fight back and win!

Sport has a wonderful way of stirring up a national pride which many do not show day to day, and gives us excuses to unite and watch tournaments that we don’t normally bother with. My children wore face paints of the English flag – Eloise – my eldest – can’t even kick a ball and has never watched a match in her life.  My better half wore England earrings for every match.  It’s crazy isn’t it.  This game united us all under a banner of pride of our wider country.

So then, how do we stir up some of these feelings about our school, about our achievements? You have achieved something great by getting here, and hopefully you will do it again, and hopefully, when you pick up your results, this pride can come up again – reminding you of the reason why you bothered in the first place.

And – do you know – this is okay. It’s okay to feel that pride in yourself and your friends.  It’s okay to feel pride in excellence and be happy for others who have also got it.  It’s okay to feel pride in the most improved school in the whole of Lincolnshire; it’s okay to feel proud of your English department or Maths department or your Art department or the football or basketball team.  People work hard; so, be proud of them.

So, we have two options. We could just leave it and forget and get on with our lives or, tomorrow, you could go and tell your friend, ‘Well done, you are remarkable’.  You can go to your English teacher and say thank you or your football coach and say thank you or to your dad for always doing your packed lunch or your mum for never missing a parents’ evening or your grandad for helping you make something for your homework.

I challenge all of us to take the time to say those words to encourage and show gratitude to those who support us.

Next year will be full of more opportunities to learn and new experiences. Just like this year, you will have a choice: the choice to just survive and get through or the choice to thrive.  It is tempting to take the easy route but I really do hope that you will continue to take what could be described as the rocky path: the path which will challenge you, the path that will test your boundaries.

It won’t always be easy, but these tests in character and commitment will determine your success and measure your strengths.

So, my second challenge to you is to not just to survive but to thrive!

Many congratulations to all of our prize winners this evening.

Thank you

I think it appropriate to hand this week’s blog over to Red Nose Day. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the fund raising today by bringing in cakes, selling buns, donating money to come in non-uniform or just helping on one of the stalls. Every effort helps to improve lives across the globe.


School might feel exhausting after a day of excellent progress and hard work, but young people all around the world are desperate to get an education because they know it is their best chance of a brighter future. Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea introduces this short film about Rabecca, a girl from Zambia who could no longer afford to go to school after her parents died.


It is certainly worth having a look at the video link below to remind ourselves of those who are less fortunate than we are and to perhaps think about how we can help.



Enjoy your weekend.


M Mckeown




Headteacher's Address Year 7 Foundation Service at Lincoln Cathedral, Friday 29th September 2017.


Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this very special occasion.

I have mentioned before that to be a part of the Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School community is a very special thing. You are the next generation of our 1000 year history who will go on to achieving great things within school and beyond. You are walking the path of thousands of great people who have gone on to make a positive difference to our world.

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Literacy: Currently reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell. Numeracy: How do I use the exchange rate information to change pounds into dollars?

SMCS Focus: Freedom Extended SMSC Focus: Healthy relationships

This term’s Big Question: Literacy – what do we like to read? Attitude to Learning Focus: Expert learners pride themselves on being friendly and helpful to others in our school.

‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ Anne Frank

For this week’s blog, I have found the lyrics to a song which might just help every student who is on the path to success.

50 vivos to the first student to tell me what song it is!

Dark is the night

I can weather the storm

Never say die

I've been down this road before

I'll never quit

I'll never lay down

See I promised myself that I'd never let me down

I'll never give up

Never give in

Never let a ray of doubt slip in

And if I fall

I'll never fail

I'll just get up and try again

Never lose hope

Never lose faith

There's much too much at stake

Upon myself I must depend

I'm not looking for place or show

I'm gonna win

No stopping now

There's still a ways to go,

Someway, somehow

Whatever it takes, I know

I'll never quit, no no

I'll never go down,

I'll make sure they remember my name

A hundred years from now

When it's all said and done

My once in a lifetime will be back again

Now is the time

To take a stand

Here is my chance

That's why I'll...

I'm gonna win

Enjoy your weekend

M Mckeown