Headteacher's Blog

24th May 2013

The Whitsun holiday is just around the corner and the full ‘busyness’ and business of exams is in full flow. My fingers are crossed for good results this summer. I am content that we could not have worked harder for and with our Year 11 and Sixth Form students and I know that parents of both groups will be vigilant and supportive of the pupils as they continue their daily revision over the half term and into June.
Year 7 Transition
I attended the Year 7 Celebration Evening yesterday and it was great to see some of our fantastic Year 7 students receiving prizes and tutor awards. My feeling is that this has been one of our smoothest ever transitions into secondary school and I must thank Dan Strick, Rebecca Moore and their team for the great work that they have done. Year 7 students will be moving into their House areas next month and almost all will be going on residential visits with their Houses in July. There is still a lot to look forward to in Year 7.
Parental Survey
You should have received a questionnaire from Kirkland Rowell to allow you to give your views about how well we are meeting your expectations. I will value your feedback both about where we are doing well and where you think that we need to develop our work. It would be very helpful to have questionnaires back by the end of this week.
Second Sports Hall
We are just about to submit plans to North Somerset Council for our second Sports Hall and Fitness Suite. It is a tremendous opportunity in such tough times to be expanding our facilities. As soon as the drawings are complete I shall post them on the school website so that you can see what this will provide.
GSPA
Our GSPA meeting on 5th June will be discussing the quality of our built environment at Gordano. If you would like a tour of our new Student Centre or have views that you could offer I know that Caroline Blake-Symes would love to see you at the meeting (6.30pm in the Conference Room).
Business Breakfast
Our next Business Breakfast is on Thursday, 20th June at 7.30am in the School Library. If you work for a business and would like to develop closer professional links with the school, my colleague, Alison Wood would be delighted to extend an invitation to the event. The speakers will be from ‘Tomato Source’ a design company based here in Portishead but working for Disney and many well-known clients. I am really pleased with the progress that we have made in developing this network during the year to date.
Outdoors Education
It has been with great pride that I have heard of the very many Gordano students who took part in the annual Ten Tors challenge in Dartmoor this month. We shall be promoting participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in coming months, especially for students in Year 9 and 10. This is such a brilliant opportunity for the students and is heavily subsidised by the school. If it is right for your son or daughter, I hope that you will encourage them to be involved. My colleague, Jack Cartwright, will be happy to respond to any questions you may have about the scheme.
With best wishes for an enjoyable time with your families over the Whitsun Break
Gary Lewis

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