Headteacher's Blog

19th October 2012

Sixth Formers have been busy raising funds for charities in recent weeks.  The McMillan Coffee Morning two weeks ago raised £300 for that very deserving charity and this week the Sixth Form RAG will be supporting CICRA, a charity for sufferers of Crohn’s Disease, and also the Portishead Lifeboat Trust.  The ethic in school is always to have fun while doing good work and the schedule of events for this week looks as if it will be both action-packed and very enjoyable.  Today the Sixth Formers have chosen ‘the country’ as their fancy dress theme and our campus looks like a cross between a Countryside Alliance march and Nashville, Tennessee: there has been some latitude in interpreting exactly what country means! 
RAG has come hot on the heels of Biology Week when our Science faculty were running activities to raise interest in subjects biological.  These activities were very diverse and ranged from a rat dissection on Monday through to taking part in the Guinness World Record Mass Memory Game which took place after school on Friday.  This is part of a project with Bristol University.  At the time of writing I have not yet heard if the record was achieved. 
I would like to thank parents for their support on school uniform which has been steadily improving over the term.  The energy that goes into reinforcing our expectations for smart appearance is well spent as it means that lesson by lesson we can focus on the important thing in school – learning – rather than dealing with small issues of uniform policy.  As always, should you be shopping for school uniform items over the half term can I ask you to check what our uniform requirements are so that you can help us by maintaining our consistency of approach.
It was good to see so many parents from the upper school at the Careers Convention earlier this month.  I was also delighted that so many local employers and training providers were able to support us with that.  Our new Assistant Head, Alison Wood, has been capitalising on that success by inviting local firms and companies to join a business partnership with Gordano School and if you are aware of any local enterprise that might engage in that partnership, please do let Alison know and she will extend an invitation to them also.
It has been a busy and, I hope, successful two months since the school year began and we are looking forward to a few days break at the end of this week.  I look forward to seeing our students back in November ready for an intensive and rewarding Term 2.



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