Headteacher's Blog

14th December 2012

Our Year 11 students have been doing their trial exams this week and although that gives a slightly unwelcome early Christmas present to the teaching staff in the way of deep piles of GCSE scripts to mark it also sees the tipping point in the year for us: from now onwards the school is very focused indeed on preparing our students for the last round of exams in the summer. It may seem like a long way to go but it will slip by all too quickly. I know that many parents will have been receiving phone calls and emails from teachers to engage your support in concentrating the minds of your sons and daughters on a deadline or piece of Controlled Assessment. The influence of parents is absolutely crucial in creating the conditions for success and although the Year 11 Parents Evening has passed a few weeks ago I would encourage you to contact the school and individual teachers if you have any questions or would like advice. This applies across every year group in the school!
I am grateful to the Sixth Form parents who answered our questionnaire about their satisfaction with the school’s support to post-16 students and communications with families. The outcome is generally very reassuring but, as always, there are a few areas to develop. If we are not getting things right we want to know and sort it out!
I had the great pleasure of providing a Head’s Lunch on Tuesday for some of the Year 7s who had produced especially wonderful Extended Learning projects on their hobbies and interests. It is very good to praise and reward our students who are working hard and with enthusiasm. We have now corrected the issue in Icaris which was preventing us from sending home the electronic Praise Postcards and I hope that many families are now receiving those. If you have not yet logged on to Icaris, please do have a look. The link is on the Parents page on the website and you will be able to see merits etc as well as any issues of behaviour. Knowledge is power!
Our Christmas Carol Service was as delightful as ever and I am looking forward with great anticipation to next week’s Christmas Concerts. We are in the exceptionally fortunate position that we have so many groups, ensembles and soloists that we are having to run the concerts over two nights to fit them all in. I was talking to a parent yesterday who was extolling the quality and work ethic of our staff in the music department and I really do appreciate all that Rebecca Hancock and her staff do to make music the huge success that it is at Gordano.
Year 7 ran a very enjoyable Christmas Fayre yesterday to raise funds for Cancer Research. I don’t yet know how much money was raised but we had a lot of fun. The DT Faculty are holding their Christmas Market today and tonight I am off to Aachen with the German Department (the French Department are off to Lille) to visit the real Christmas Markets. I’m sure that full reports will appear on the website soon.
This is my last Head’s Blog before Christmas so although it’s still quite early I will take the opportunity of thanking everyone in our community for their support this term and wishing you all a very enjoyable and peaceful Christmas.

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