Headteacher’s Blog – November Events

21 September 2016
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LJS officially opened

Whilst the keys to our fantastic new building were formally handed over on 30 August and we have been fully occupying since the first week in September, the official opening ceremony took place on Friday 4 November from 1pm until 2.30pm.  The event was led by our inspirational local politician and paralympic legend Baroness Grey-Thompson, crowned a full week of activities to mark this historic landmark for Laurence Jackson School.


Week commencing Monday 31 October, witnessed a number of high profile events including:-


Wednesday 2 November – after school enrichment visit

A major Science Department educational visit to the Robert Winston lecture at Hartlepool Town Hall, involving over 50 staff and students.


Thursday 3 November at 6pm – AGP opening

Official opening of the Artificial Grass Pitch, our full size, floodlit, state of the art facility already enjoyed by thousands and the ‘talk of the town’.  Activities started at 12 noon with our flagship female footballers giving an exhibition match followed by a Primary School 5 aside tournament, Guisborough RUFC training sessions, the RCBC Y11 7 aside Football tournament and Guisborough Town FC junior skills session.

The official ceremony will took place at approximately 6pm, after the Y11 final and was performed by Dave Parnaby and Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough Football Club.


Friday 4 November from 1pm until 2.30pm – New build opening

The morning featured lively literacy sessions from renowned national figure Dan Freedman (of Jamie Johnson books and TV series fame).

Local Primary Schools were entertained by Dan from 9.15am until 10.30am and LJS Y7 students were involved from 11am – 12 noon.

VIPs and dignitaries, including local Mayors, Lord Gisborough and the Lord Lieutenant, plus staff/students old and new gathered from 12.30pm to enjoy a feast of music and performing arts, culminating in the official opening ceremony performed by Baroness Grey-Thompson. 

Friday 11 November from 8.30am until 9am – Remembrance ceremony

To mark Remembrance Day, LJS in partnership with the Royal British Legion celebrated the lives of two former pupils; Private Richard Turnbull and Marine Chris Maddison who gave their lives for a better world.  The ceremony was conducted at the end of our Y11 Armistice Assembly, when after the last post, two commemorative plaques were unveiled before Y11 History students took part in a QA with WW2 veterans.


Further events in November and December:-

Thursday 17 November from 7pm – Class of 2016 celebration evening

Our high achieving Year 11 students from last year return for their presentation of prizes, awards and certificates by Chris Dunn a former student and successful business man.  It will be their first visit to the new building, which will add to the memorable event hosted by Mrs Downs.


Thursday 24 November from 3.30pm until 6pm - Christmas Fayre and  Guided Tours  

This event is a ‘must’ for curious local residents and members of the wider community.  Our Christmas Fayre will provide an opportunity to purchase gifts and nick-nacks made by LJS students and will also feature guided tours of our wonderful new building.  The fun starts at 3.30pm when stalls open with tours available from 4pm, led by our Head Boy and Head Girl, plus senior prefects – don’t miss this chance to look behind the scenes and please arrive early to avoid disappointment as gates will close at 6pm.


Tuesday 13 December from 7pm – Christmas Concert

Looking further ahead, this is our first concert in the new school building and is highly commended.  Please book tickets early to reserve a seat for a varied showcase from our many talented musicians and performers.


Tony Gavin - Headteacher


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