The Making Opportunities Conference was a three-day event in October and June in Year 10, when the normal school timetable was suspended.
The conference has been designed to develop job application and interview skills, and to deliver careers information, with the day being supported by various external companies and independent careers service.
During the day students were encouraged to identify their personal skills and qualities, given activities to develop their self-confidence and practical job hunting skills. Students were also given advice on interview techniques and experience of a mock interview with an external provider.
This year’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which played to packed houses, was simply outstanding. The cast which included students from all year groups delivered two performances of the smash hit musical by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
The lead roles, Belle and The Beast were played by Anna, Y9 and Scott, Y11 (below). Both delivered moving performances especially with their solos Home and If I Can’t Love Her.
12 of our year 10 students completed their Silver DofE Expedition at the weekend.
Students walked from Roseberry Topping to Commondale on day 1. On day 2 students walked from Commondale to Lealholm in soaring temperatures but managed to complete the day in good spirits knowing that an ice cream was waiting for them.
We also managed to stream the England game on the iPad for students to watch. On day 3 students walked to their finish at Grosmont.
Once again a big thank you to Mr Weatherald, Miss Sadler and Miss Street for giving up their weekend to support this event.
Students have been asked to get creative and design the new memorial garden which will be situated near to the Sports Centre and the 3G pitches.
There are a number of items that must be included in the designs which are included in the design sheet instruction, as is the size and shape of the space available. Entries can be handed in either via form tutors or straight to L3 - where there will be a box for entries. There will be a winner from each form and also an overall winner. Below are a few pictures of the memorial garden from the old building.
Deadline for entries is Friday 6th July.
Any questions please see Miss Dixon or Mrs Spencer. Good luck Mrs Spencer/Miss Dixon
Former LJS and BTEC Dance Student Selected to Perform in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
We are delighted to share the news that former LJS student Andrew Ashton will be joining internationally acclaimed and world renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company for their National and International tour of Swan Lake! From the beginning this has been a dream show for Andrew and so to be graduating from university straight into the show is an incredible and well-earned achievement. As a BTEC Dance student at LJS, Andrew was an inspiration to many and helped break the stereotypes of males performing in dance and has been one of the key contributors to the success and popularity of dance within the school. We are ecstatic that his passion and determination to succeed in this fiercely competitive industry has been recognised and rewarded. Andrew will be based at Sadler’s Wells and will be touring the World with company. I am sure everybody who knew Andrew will share our pride!
In October 2018, 28 LJS students will embark on the trip of a lifetime to Dubai, where they will play local schools in various sporting activities as well as experiencing the amazing leisure and cultural opportunities this wonderful city offers.
To help provide sports kits and equipment, local businesses were contacted to ask for sponsorship and I am delighted to thank the following companies for their fantastic generosity in sponsoring our students.
Please take time to visit their websites and Facebook pages and use their business to repay their amazing generosity towards LJS students.
|N&T Civils Ltd||Active Mortgage Services||Dwela Online Estate Agents||Allama Health Studio|
|Café Sapori||Future Elite Sports Coaching||Ironed Out|
Maddie B(Y11) recently competed in the 'Diva' Freestyle Disco dance championships at The Spa in Bridlington. Despite being only 15, Maddie won the U18 title and the prize for winning was a holiday to Universal Studios in Florida!
What a fantastic achievement, well done!
Guisborough Town Hall Gateway Project
After two years of planning, the Heritage Lottery Fund has now given the proposals, which aim to turn Guisborough into the gateway to the North York Moors National Park, its initial support.
Guisborough Town Hall will be developed into a tourist information office, heritage centre, commercial units and offices.
Laurence Jackson School students have played a large part in shaping plans for this project, including presenting to the Guisborough Community about the town hall redevelopment and a number have been members of the student committee, alongside members of Redcar & Cleveland Council.
Maddie B. (Y11) recently competed in the 'Diva' Freestyle Disco dance championships at The Spa in Bridlington. Despite being only 15, Maddie won the U18 title and the prize for winning was a holiday to Universal Studios in Florida! What a fantastic achievement, well done!
Well done to students and staff who took part in our Spring Concert.
Find out more, including all the exciting events that have taken place in the Music Department this term on our Laurence Jackson School Music blog:
Huge congratulations to our fantastic Year 7 boys football team who won the 2017-18 U12 County Cup Final in March.
In the final they beat Egglescliffe School 2-1 with a superb team performance.
Thanks to Mr Harrison for his coaching and guidance over the past year with this team.
Well done to every member of the squad.
On Friday 23 March a large number of LJS students took part in the Sport Relief Mile on our athletics track in order to raise money for Sport Relief.
After some excellent fundraising and superb effort on the track, our school raised over £700 which is a fantastic achievement.
Thank you to everyone who contributed.
I am very pleased to announce that the governing body has appointed Mrs Catherine Juckes to the permanent position of Headteacher at Laurence Jackson School, effective from 01 September 2018.
The selection process on Monday 12th March consisted of:
- Interview with members of the student council and a cross section of staff
- Panel interviews on:
- Leadership & Management;
- Teaching and Learning.
- Performance data presentation to a senior leadership team member, governors and local authority representative.
- Learning walks
- 1 to 1 interview with Mrs Wheatman, Headteacher.
On 13th March three out of the five candidates presented to the governor panel on what they would have as their three key priorities, were they to be selected as Headteacher. This was then followed up by an in depth interview on their suitability for the position.
Throughout the two days of interviews and presentations, Mrs Juckes showed that she had all the qualities and attributes that we are looking for in a Headteacher to take Laurence Jackson School forward into a bright new future. Governors were impressed with her energy, commitment, vision and strategic thinking. The decision to appoint her was unanimous by the governor selection panel and whole-heartedly supported by the governing body at an Extraordinary Full Governor Meeting held on 13th March.
Governors, staff and students know that you will want to join us in congratulating Mrs Juckes and wishing her well in her new post.