Headteacher's Blog

29th November 2013

We are in a very busy time of the academic year with Year 11 Mocks just around the corner, many sports teams involved in National and County competitions and the buzz of preparation in the Creative Arts Faculty as Christmas concerts, the Carol Service and our school production draw near.
I’m grateful for our energetic Science Faculty for running a fun and provocative series of events to mark National Chemistry Week. Our students were entertained by the inevitable bangs and explosions but we also had an after school lecture from Dr Alex De Bruin on the topic of ‘Nano materials’.
I’m also delighted to congratulate our Year 11 Boy Football Team on their progress into the last 32 of the National Schools’ Cup. They play Ivybridge School from Devon in the next round and I wish them luck.
Next week sees our Carol service on Monday and the Christmas Concerts will follow on December 18th and 19th. As always I can’t recommend these events too highly. Further signs of the excellence of music at the school has come with a series of accolades for some of our Sixth Form musicians. Both the students taking the lead parts in the North Somerset Concerts Competition will be from Gordano: Jonathan Hinchliffe on Tuba and Charlotte Frost on Cello. I look forward to attending their concert next March. We have also heard that Miles Chandler has been awarded a place in the National Youth Wind Ensemble, where he will play trombone, and Heather Bragg won the Nailsea Music Festival, playing piano, and will be representing the festival at the Emanuel Cup in London in May.
Congratulations to all of them.Our first Parent Consultation event on homework took place last week and I am grateful to the twenty parents who came to offer views. We have a very clear grasp of the issues around consistency and will be rolling out new systems and proposals next month to address issues identified. I plan to run similar events on curriculum and school uniform in the New Year.
Lastly, I am delighted to tell you that we have now had planning permission for the new Sports Hall project and hope to begin work in December. A very lovely early Christmas present for Gordano School and our community!

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