16th July 2012
The end of term is here and although it has been a fantastic year, pupils and staff are tired and very ready for a rest. We have been extremely busy right up to the wire and last week saw a series of great events all celebrating our students’ talents and achievements. Adam Snow and I greatly enjoyed being part of the judges’ panel for the Year 7 Extended Learning Presentations where the standard was exceptionally high. We also had a brilliant Design and Fashion Show on Tuesday night, following a London theme and using the title ‘Underground Vibe’. The Summer Music Concert picked up on the patriotism of the Diamond Jubilee and followed a Last Night of the Proms format. We concluded the week with the Year 8 Graduation Event where my new Deputy, Tom Inman, stood in for me as I was attending a Governors’ Meeting. All this has left me more conscious than ever of the huge talent and potential of our young people at Gordano School.
This week is also following that theme as we have ‘Going for Gold’ celebrations today. It is really unfortunate that our events this year are somewhat weather affected. We have had to cancel our Silver Award visit to the Open Air Pool and the students receiving the Gold Award went off to Weston super Mare in a pretty persistent drizzle. I hope that by the time they leave the cinema the sun will have returned! Poor weather has also cost us our Sports Day and wreaked havoc with our sports fixtures this term, we may still manage the Sports Day athletics events on the very last day of term and if we do we shall publish the results on the website.
I am writing separately to parents to set out our expectations about uniform for next year. The key issue for us is around girls’ skirts or trousers and I would ask you to resist the pressures to buy fashion items as these are not acceptable to school. Unfortunately, the supermarkets are increasingly conspiring with this trend and I would ask you to avoid buying the Lycra tube skirts and tight stretch girls’ trousers that they now stock. Straight A line or box pleat skirts are acceptable and so too are the more modest straight trousers. My daughter is in Year 8, going into Year 9, so I am well aware of this battleground!
Gavin Ball and Lesley Greenway have been working as hard as ever for Gordano School over the last few months but their thoughts must increasingly be turning to their new responsibilities as Headteachers in Somerset. Although they will be sorely missed they leave considerable legacies at Gordano and can take enormous pride in the successful school that they have built. We bid goodbye too to a number of other staff and I would like to mention Mrs Diaper, Mrs Maund, Mrs Smith and Mrs Lidstone. These colleagues have a combined service to Gordano of 117 years! They have been outstanding teachers and we wish them very long, busy and enjoyable retirements.
My thanks to our parents for their support for the school this year. We really felt that goodwill at the time of the Ofsted and I am almost always struck by the positive approach that parents bring to discussions when there are issues to resolve. We work in partnership with you at Gordano and that is a significant foundation of our success. I wish you all a really enjoyable time with your families this summer and look forward to doing it all again next term!