4th April 2014
With daffodils on site, some warmth in the air and the reassuring sound of construction at the new Sports Hall compound spring has truly arrived. The last few weeks have been intense but very satisfying ones. I have been busy with recruitment as this is the season when we go about replacing colleagues who are retiring or moving elsewhere for promotion. I am delighted with the quality of people applying to work at our school and I am certain that our good reputation and ‘whole person’ ethos are critical in attracting the best applicants.
My other key focus has been in working with Year 11 to make sure that they have the motivation, confidence and resources to make the most of their Easter break. (Jeanne Fairs and her team have been doing the same work in the Sixth Form.) Our Year 11s this year have worked very steadily toward their goals. I know how engaged parents have been with us in creating the right balance of support and expectation and I know that will continue over the Easter break.
You will have seen my letter to parents about the changes to our school uniform. I hope that most people will see this is a positive development and one which will significantly promote pride and school spirit. The new suppliers, Price & Buckland, are offering the jackets and ties at a significant reduction for orders confirmed by 24th April and if you would like to take up this offer I suggest that you visit the Parent Pay website and confirm your order. My letter is available on the school website if you want to revisit the process for taking part in this initial roll out
.I am, as always, very proud to tell you about a few of the individual achievements of some of our students. Joe Cemlyn-Jones in Year 10 took a Silver Medal in the British Gymnastic Championships for U16 Pommel Horse. He was placed 7th overall in his age group. We have also heard that Catherine Pilsworth in Year 13 has received an offer for the prestigious Costume Design course at the Old Vic in Bristol. There are only three places on this course and they very rarely go to someone as young as Catherine. Charlotte Frost and Jon Hinchliffe gave the solo performances in the North Somerset Concerto Competition and Rebecca Hancock, our Director of Music, confessed to brushing a tear of pride away from her eye as she listened. Ben Cureton in Year 9 is also to be congratulated for a top 50 finish in the recent English Cross Country Championships. These few are typical of the great many students at Gordano who throw themselves at every opportunity that we offer and that will be my theme when we meet for our end of term whole school assembly tomorrow.
If you are taking a break at Easter may I wish you a restful and enjoyable time, and to families where there are exams ahead, good luck with the revision.