Friday 10th March 2017
It has been a phenomenal fortnight for extra-curricular activities at Gordano and one that has shown the very best of what we do.
Last week saw the culmination of our school production in five packed out performances of the musical ‘Hairspray’. Those of us lucky enough to see it were absolutely blown away by the talent and skill of so many students, whether performing, playing or supporting in a range of other roles. It is always dangerous to say the words ‘best ever’, but it was without an absolute highlight of the year to date, and an experience that our students will never forget. Of course, underpinning it all has been the incredible dedication of our Creative Arts teams spearheaded by director Stefan Chilcott. It serves as another example of staff going way beyond the call of duty for the young people in the school.
Not to be eclipsed, the PE department have also been celebrating two stunning achievements in girls’ football. The Year 8 girls have earnt the privilege of playing on the hallowed turf of Wembley in the final of the ‘EFL Trust Sport and Kinder Girls’ Cup’ competition. This will take place in front of tens of thousands of supporters just before the ‘Checkatrade’ (formerly ‘Johnstone’s Paint’) trophy on 2nd April. To follow that, this week our Year 7 girls’ football team came from 2 – 0 down, with just a few minutes to go to become National Champions in the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) competition. Both are wonderful achievements by the girls, but are also made possible by the PE staff in leading their teams to such success. I just hope that Mr Yau doesn’t have aspirations to Premiership management – I fear he’d be snapped up.
Year 11 and Sixth Form students continue to have their minds set on the summer exam season, and may have mock exams over the next few weeks to support that preparation. The success of our Creative Arts production and Sports teams perhaps illustrate best how perseverance and commitment does, over time, prove hugely worthwhile!
Tom Inman, Head of School