27th September 2011
As I write we are just about to hold our Year 6 Open Evening and in preparing my speech I am more than usually focussed on the many strengths of the School. I know that as a parent when I was choosing a school for my daughter, I was looking for a high achieving comprehensive school where she would be stretched, not just in the curriculum, but in a whole range of extra curricular activities to. This is what Gordano is and I am very proud that I can present such a successful and happy school to our community tonight.
Further evidence of that will be seen at the School’s Art Show which will be previewed tomorrow (Wednesday, 28th September) from 5pm until 7.30 pm. Parents and members of our community are very welcome. I remember being very challenged by the emotional intensity of last year’s show and I am sure that the standard will be just as strong this year.
We have seen some artistic endeavours too in the entries for the competition to design a new school scarf. We hope that the winning design will go to production in the next few weeks and will be in stock in time for the cold weather. The issue of uniform supply has caused some problems this year and I know that many parents will be delighted to know that the Sport Shop in Portishead High Street will soon be our principal supplier. I hope that this will provide a convenient and reliable service.
Our Student Leadership Teams have been meeting today to complete their training prior to tackling a new term’s challenges. I have high hopes for the continued contribution that these teams will make to the School. My message to them was simple: ‘Don’t talk, do!’ I look forward to reporting their achievements as the year goes on.
I have had some bittersweet news for the Youth Centre in Portishead this week. They will be holding the official opening for the newly redeveloped centre this Friday so some of our students will be their guests to see the great new facilities. They have an application in for the Nat West Community Force Awards. If you wish to add your vote to their tally you can use this link - http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/2781
The sad part of the news is that the Youth Service in North Somerset faces a £1m cut in the next wave of economies being forced on the Council. This will be a serious blow and I know that many parents will share my anxiety on how this might affect the Youth Service’s important work in Portishead. I will say more on this as information reaches the school.