15th November 2013
In my last blog I mentioned the very positive response that we have had to Outdoor Education activities this year. I was able to see that in action last Saturday when I joined more than 80 of our students on a very wet Duke of Edinburgh training event on the Blaise Castle Estate in Bristol. It was great to see our very enthusiastic Duke of Edinburgh students, 16 of our staff and a good number of our parents and getting stuck into the navigation activities, putting up tents, cooking, practising first aid and finding their routes around a rather muddy Blaise Estate. I hope they have great fun on November 23rd when they undertake their first Mendip walk.
The muddy theme continued in sports at school when more than 500 of our students sprinted or hauled their way around the cross country track in the inter-house competition last week. I think it is a real indication of the health of inter-house rivalry and community spirit in school that so many of people participated. This was a great foundation for success in the North Somerset Cross Country Competition on Wednesday of this week where Ben Cureton, Cecilie Andersen, Zac Holdaway and Katie Constable all won their events. As the PE Twitter account said, “#commitment #good job”.
This leads me on to our use of social media. Last month we launched our school news Twitter feed and our Gordano School Facebook page. It has been good to see the numbers of ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ steadily increase on both of those media. If you do use these forms of communication and haven’t yet had a look at the Gordano feeds can I encourage you to do that. We hope it will be a positive and enjoyable way for our community to stay more closely in touch with what is going on in school. The PE faculty are already very good at sharing their news through social media and you will see that they have launched a weekly update of up-coming fixtures and reports on fixtures that have been played under the title “The Sporting Week”. You will find it on the school website and (inevitably) tweeted by the PE faculty.
I would like to draw the attention of Yr 11 parents to the great booster sessions being run by the Maths faculty after school on Tuesdays. These are aimed at GCSE mathematicians of all abilities who would like some additional support from their teachers towards achieving or exceeding their target grades.
I’m really delighted that our Sixth Form RAG week was such a brilliant success. They have just announced their total for the event was £3,046 which will be divided between our Mend the Gap project in Kenya and the Teenage Cancer Trust. The RAG week illustrated very well our Sixth Form culture which is all about both achieving and enjoying. We’ll be talking about that on Thursday at our Sixth Form Open Evening. My thanks to all our parents for their support of the RAG causes!