Thursday 27th November 2014
As I’d hoped would be the case when I wrote the last newsletter, our Sports Hall is now open and buzzing with activity. After months of plans, bids and construction, it is great to hear the voices of young people fill the space. I’m looking forward to getting the fitness suite open in January once our staff have been fully trained on the new facilities.
We welcomed Mike Jackson, North Somerset’s Chief Executive, as our guest at the GCSE Presentation Evening last Tuesday. It was great to see our former Year 11 students take to the stage to receive their certificates and the applause of their parents, friends and teachers. I was also interested to hear Mr Jackson’s words of advice to students and noted that he reinforced two very important messages that we also seek to communicate to our students. One point was about optimism in the future: Mr Jackson talked about North Somerset/Bristol region being the most economically vibrant area outside London and I think that Gordano students will be well placed to take advantage of this vibrancy. He also described his belief that the interpersonal and ‘soft’ skills are just as important as qualifications in being successful in work and life. I’m sure you will know how much that belief shapes our work on curriculum and learning at the school.
Evidence of that commitment to the whole person is apparent in the high activity of our extra-curricular programme presently. Rehearsals are in an advanced stage for music concerts, carol services and the school production. If your son or daughter is not currently involved in extra-curricular please have a look at the menu of activities on the website and encourage them to get involved.
GJ Lewis 27.11.14