19th December 2013
This time of year is always filled with beautiful sounds from the music department. If you were at the Carol Service two weeks ago you will know what a wonderful start we had to the season of Advent. Our Christmas concerts this week will be just as wonderful I am sure. As I write, tickets are available for both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. I commend them to you.
Rehearsals are also underway for our school production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in January. I am sure that this will be an unseasonal treat. We have a huge cast, a very imaginative take on the text and unbounded enthusiasm so I look forward to the experience with great anticipation.
A season of sporting success continues and our Year 11 Boys’ Football team have made it into the last 16 of the National Cup. They produced a more than convincing win 4:0 against Ivybridge. Fingers crossed for more good news next term.
It was brilliant to see so many of our former Sixth Formers at the A level presentation last night. I feel very proud that our students have made such excellent transitions to competitive university places, apprenticeships and new jobs. It is fantastically satisfying to see our students confident and happy at the end of their time at Gordano but on the threshold of life. Setting young people up for success and fulfilment is the school’s key purpose and last night was a reassurance that we are being successful in that aim.
I am grateful to the twenty parents who have been working with Tom Inman and myself to review our homework policy. We clearly need to become more consistent in our approach and we have agreed new guidelines that I will be launching in January. Sophie Francis will be conducting a review of Extended Learning and I anticipate changes to our structures on this to be implemented in September. This was our first ‘new style’ parent consultation group and I feel we made significant progress with an important issue. I shall be seeking volunteers in January to work with me on our review of school uniform.
Lastly, I would like to thank Year 11 students and parents for their engagement with the ‘mock’ exams this month. We have never had a smoother or more positive set of mocks. Year 11 are showing ambition and commitment and it is our job to nurture that and support them in the coming months. We shall be holding a mock results day on 10th January and I hope that successes there will be repeated in August and where there are lessons to learn students will work with us to turn problems into achievements.
Thank you for your support in 2013 and best wishes for a Merry and Peaceful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.