14th June 2013
It is good to see school getting back to something like normality after the exams period. I have especially enjoyed seeing our Yr 12 students returning after their AS exams; school just is not the same without our Sixth formers on site. It is of course far too early to have any sense of how our students have done with their exams but I am delighted to say that feedback about their attendance at revision sessions and the positive “vibe” from them after exams has been very encouraging. Fingers crossed!
New Sports Hall
Plans continue apace for our second sports hall development and we are just about to submit the detailed scheme to North Somerset Planners. This phase has taken a little longer than we had hoped but I feel confident that the plans that we will submit will be acceptable to the Authorities and I hope that we will have some images on our website very soon. The building works continue on another aspect of the site in the next few weeks when we will begin the reroofing project for the Creative Arts buildings and the Science Block. By commencing this work during term time we will be able to make sure that the noisier aspects of the work are carried out during the school holiday period and in that way we can minimise disruption to our students and staff.
I am very sorry to say that for the third year in a row we have had to cancel our Sports Day. This is based on the atrocious weather forecast for tomorrow (Thursday). We will now hope to hold the Sports Day on the reserve date which is 12th July. A brighter note about school sports is provided by the great news from the County of Avon Athletics Championships which was held earlier this month. We had a large number of very successful Gordano performances on behalf of North Somerset and I would particularly like to congratulate Sarah Smith, David Warnes and Ben Cureton who have been selected to represent Avon Schools in the South West Championships.
We are looking forward to welcoming our friends from South Africa and the Za Foundation to our school once again for their day of activities with our students and the evening concert on 25th June. If you have not seen Zakhele in concert I would urge you to contact Mr Chilcott at the school to reserve your ticket as their performance is always exuberant and uplifting.
I am sure there is great excitement in Portishead and beyond as students look forward to Activities Week at the beginning of July. I am really delighted with the superb programme that Katie Watts, our Activities Week Co-ordinator, has laid on for this year. I think we can guarantee that our students will have a stimulating and tremendously enjoyable week and I look forward to sharing some images and stories from their adventures on our website next month.