22nd March 2013
BBC School Report
We are on the eve of BBC School’s Report Day when Year 7 students will be acting as reporters to cover news stories at Gordano. Please do have a look at our website to see their ‘TV bulletin’. I am very grateful to Stephen Roberts and Chris Turner of our English Faculty for their leadership of the day and to Ian Johnson, from our ICT team, who will be cameraman and producer.
North Somerset Concerto Competition
For the third time in the last four years a Gordanian has won the dubious prize of playing the lead part in a concerto backed by the North Somerset Youth Orchestra. I say ‘dubious’ as I can think of few prospects more terrifying! Olivia Withers discharged her role with great flair last Saturday when she played Cimarosa’s Concerto for two flutes at All Saints Church in Weston. It was a delightful concert and I was very pleased to see the various ensembles absolutely packed with Gordano pupils. I am extremely proud of the quality of music at this school and Saturday was a further reminder of just how high our standards are.
I would also like to congratulate Hannah Mounter 8L1 and Ellie Burrows 9P1, who jointly won their class in Grade 2 Piano at the 111th Bristol Eisteddfod and received The Ivey Dickson Throphy between them.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are grouped together in schools as the STEM subjects. We are a STEM Specialist College and our Head of Technology, Paul Wilson, has been coordinating cross curricular STEM activities in the weeks leading up to the half term. I was able to pop into some great science demos yesterday lunchtime and saw our Sixth Formers conducting some fabulous ‘science tricks’ for an avid group of Year 7s and 8s. I hope that parents may have heard some reports back from STEM fortnight over the supper table.
Evidence that STEM is flourishing came also with the news that four of our Year 11 students have made it through to the last round of the prestigious Arkwright Scholarships Competition. Congratulations to Rob March, Lawrence Wellesbury, Tom Bath and Chris Morris and we wish them all the best for the interview stage next month.
I shall resist wishing everyone a happy holiday as I know that for Year 11, 12 and 13 students, and for some members of Year 10, the holiday will be a busy one focussed on revision. We are working incredibly hard towards successful outcomes for exam candidates. I hope that everyone achieves what they need to this Easter and also have some time for a rest. Next term starts with an INSET day so I look forward to seeing our students back on Tuesday, 9th April.