Friday 01 December 2017
It’s that time of year when we start to look forward to the festive season. It is a long term and I always find that reaching the start of December is a good milestone. The enthusiasm and resilience of students and staff helps hugely, and it has been wonderful to see and hear of a wide range of successes that students and staff have been involved in, both in the classroom and in so many areas beyond. One example last week involved the performance of our students at the Bristol Schools Swimming Final at Horfield Leisure Centre in which they won a number of first and second places. In particular, the Intermediate (Year 9 and 10) girls (Ellie Hollier-Pinnington, Ella Jenkins, Eva Farmery and Abbie Phipps) not only won the medley relay but smashed the previous record by 2 seconds. In particular, I would like to thank Stuart Phipps and Jemma Lowe (an ex-Olympian herself) who acted as Team Managers, for their efforts in supporting the students to such success.
On the academic side, Year 11 begin their mock exams this week and we wish them every success for a really positive experience. I would also like to wish our Year 13 students with forthcoming university interviews, including those at Oxford and Cambridge, the very best of luck.
We enjoyed a hugely positive Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday, where once again the staff and Sixth Formers showcased what is a rich and broad offer our Sixth Form provides. It’s so pleasing to see so many of them taking such a proactive leading role in their school.
Finally, you will see the notice regarding the Appointed Parent Governor later in the newsletter. Having a strong governing body is such a key part of being a successful school. We are blessed with a group of committed and talented people on our governing body and we are seeking a further parent governor who would be willing to play their part in Gordano’s next chapter. Please do consider it.
Mr T Inman