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It never eases you in gently. No matter how well prepared you are, the start of September is always nought-to-sixty!
The first weekend of term looked like this.
The LRGS Big Band were brilliant, playing at Lancaster Brewery in the Lancaster Jazz Festival; rugby teams from... read more
“Do you know what schools run on?” the Head asked me, with a slightly forbidding air, as I accepted my very first responsibilities in school management. “Goodwill. And don’t you forget it!”
There’s a bit more to it than that. A longer list might start with:
Timetables... read more
“To make an end is to make a beginning,” wrote TS Eliot.
It has been lovely to host Year 6 transition afternoons recently – the end of primary school approaching, and the beginning of a new adventure!
Meanwhile the Upper Sixth head on towards their own new beginnings at the... read more
The Manchester bomb felt very close indeed to some of the LRGS community. Many of our pupils and parents know people who were at the concert or were directly affected by that terrible event.
The Bishop of Manchester said: “Today is a day to mourn, to pray, and to reaffirm our... read more
We held a brilliant reunion of former pupils and staff last week at St John’s College, Cambridge. There was a good mixture of recent and not-so-recent leavers, and plenty of cheerful conversation!
The current undergraduates stand in a very long tradition of those who have gone... read more
As a teenager interested in natural history, I read biologist JBS Haldane’s famous essay: “On being the right size.” Why are insects so small? Why do trees grow to 30 feet, but rarely 300 feet?
Everything has a right size, depending on its structures and environment.
LRGS is... read more
“Only connect” was the great motto of novelist E.M. Forster. It is excellent advice in schools as well.
Fifty teachers gathered in Blackburn last week to watch a primary maths lesson in the hall of Lammack Primary School. We had travelled from across Lancashire, but the teacher... read more
All communities teach and transmit values. That is the deepest purpose of a school.
Our ancient motto is one statement of our values. You will lead – do so for the benefit of others. Lead in order to serve: Praesis ut prosis.
Who cares wins is a more recent phrase to sum up... read more
Our Founders’ Day preacher this year, former pupil Stephen Burrow, spoke about times when he had gone beyond his comfort zone. He encouraged us to “step out of the boat”:
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat and walked on the water ... (Matthew 14)
It is an... read more
“Prepare students for an international future” is one of the LRGS governors’ strategic priorities. The school has long enjoyed global links – even in the 19th century, some of our boarders came by ship from as far away as Ireland and India.
Boarding lifts the school’s eyes to... read more