9th December 2011
The Carol Service at St Nicholas’ Church on Monday was every bit as delightful as I had anticipated. Rev’d Tina Hodgett remarked at the end that it had been by turns moving, reflective, funny and exuberant and I would heartily agree with that view. It was wonderful to see so many of our students enjoying making music through so many different yet complementary genres. If you are ready for more excellent festive music I can strongly recommend the Christmas Concert in school next Wednesday. This is always a sell out so try to get your tickets in advance from the Music Department in school.
I am grateful for the cooperation and understanding shown by parents who have been accustomed to making student ‘drop offs’ on the school site and because of the construction works are now making alternative arrangements. The first morning was less straightforward but Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning have seen the new arrangements working well. The best drop off point is now likely to be on Wetlands Lane with students accessing that by the back pedestrian gate.
We are approaching the handover point on school uniform between Monsoon and ‘The Sports Shop’ on the High Street. Our new contractor Mark Hill will be taking over the contract from 1st January. The first few weeks may be difficult for Mark as he will be establishing stock levels so if there are any urgent uniform orders I would suggest that they are placed with Monsoon for immediate delivery. Mark Hill is very confident that within a few weeks he will be able to establish a fast and efficient service with most items being in the shop when parents wish to buy them. As always, I would be grateful for your observations.
You will have watched the coverage of the public service strike last week and I know that many families will have been adversely affected by our school closure. You may be interested to know that we had 102 teachers on strike at Gordano so there was absolutely no question of safe opening. The signs are that the parties are inching closer to agreement and I very much hope that this dispute will not cause any further disruption to our students.
Although we still have a week of work ahead of us, this is the last Blog/Newsletter before Christmas. I wish all our parents and friends a very happy Christmas and we can look forward together to great enjoyment and excitement in developing the full potential of our fantastic young people in 2012.